Your June Edition of the Road Safety Ink

From Sea To Shining Sea: AAA Predicts 47.9 Million People Will Travel This July 4th

AAA Newsroom, Florida, June 21, 2022

Summer travel is already in full swing and Independence Day will be no exception as AAA predicts 47.9 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home over the holiday weekend (June 30 – July 4). This is an increase of 3.7% over 2021, bringing travel volumes just shy of those seen in 2019. The biggest surprise – car travel – will set a new record despite historically high gas prices with 42 million people hitting the road. With crowded roads and busy airports, AAA wants to prepare travelers so they can have a stress-free July 4th celebration.

 

 

Four New Red-Light Cameras To Be Activated In Colorado Springs

KRDO, Colorado, June 28, 2022

The city has added red-light cameras to four intersections in Colorado Springs, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department. The red-light cameras are set to go live on July 1, 2022.

Police say the goal is to protect drivers, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians at the intersection from crashes and injuries. It’s also an effort to reduce crashes and improve citizen safety in Colorado Springs.

Learn more about Colorado Springs Red-Light Safety Camera Program here.

 

Live Wire: Smile! You Might Be On A Red-Light Camera

Fayobserver.com, North Carolina, June 19, 2022

Here is some information on the Red-Light Camera Program in Fayetteville. Red-light citations are issued daily. Cameras capture events and once reviewed by the vendor, Verra Mobility, and a violation is confirmed, a citation is issued. Funding for the program is provided by the violators who receive citations.

The fine for a red light violation is $100; $35 of which goes to the cost of operating the program and $65 goes to Cumberland County Schools. The city receives no money through the program, according to city officials.

 

Red-Light Cameras Here To Stay As Ventura Extends Traffic Contract

VCStar, California, June 3, 2022

The Ventura City Council unanimously approved an agreement to continue operating 18 red-light cameras in the city.

Assistant Chief David Dickey said from 2001 to 2021 there had been a 62% reduction in traffic collisions as a result of the Redflex cameras, which capture images of vehicles with a potential red-light violation.

 

 

New York City Speed Cameras Now Operating 24/7

CBS News, New York, June 24, 2022

Friday, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a law allowing speed cameras. to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the city.

Previously, the cameras would only operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays.

Mayor Eric Adams said the move will save lives.

“Seventy-two percent of the fatalities were taking place when the cameras were not operating. That’s basic math,” Adams said. “It was a hard-fought battle because some people thought the cameras were a way of being punitive when it was not. It was a way of deterrence. because once you get that ticket one time, you’re not going to speed again.”

 

 

 

Similar to red light cameras, speed cameras capture photos of vehicles traveling faster than the posted 25 mph through a school zone. (Amy Davis/Amy Davis)

Speed Cameras In Chesapeake School Zones Catch More Than 1,400 Motorists Going Too Fast–In A 2-Week Span

Pilot Online, Virginia, June 10, 2022

More than 1,400 motorists were caught speeding in Chesapeake school zones the last two weeks of May, and the police department’s new speed cameras have the videos to prove it.

“In this day and age, we have so many things that could distract us from safely driving. This is a stark reminder that we need to focus on driving safely through school zones,” Lawrence said.

 

Alexandria Getting First-Ever Speed Cameras In Five School Zones Early Next Year

Alxnow.com, Virginia, June 28, 2022

The Alexandria Police Department (APD) will be ready to deploy five speed cameras in school zones around the city by early next year.

“Staff have immediately mobilized to develop and implement this new program,” Hayes and Lambert wrote. “staff working group, which includes representatives from ACPS, APD, T&ES, and others, has formed to address the various aspects of such a program, including location selection, public communications, procurement, and other critical tasks. This group is working towards the goal of launching the program by early 2023.”