Your September Edition of The Road Safety Ink

 

Take a look at the September edition of the Road Safety Ink, where David Roberts, the CEO of Verra Mobility presents his vision of smart mobility at the MOVE America 2022 Conference, Verra Mobility prepares for National School Bus Safety Week, and find out why experts say speeding is the new norm and how communities are combating this deadly epidemic.

Have you seen it? Meet the Verra Mobility Solutions for Government website. Explore the site to discover how our Safety and Smart Mobility solutions can help your community build safer cities, roadways, school zones, and work zones. www.verramobility.com/government

 

Move America Success

Movement.net, Global, October 3, 2022

Verra Mobility was a platinum sponsor of the MOVE America 2022 conference on Sept 27-28 in Austin, Texas. More than 3,000 attendees and over 100 exhibitors met at the conference to discuss new and emerging technology, industry trends, and solutions to transportation challenges. David Roberts, CEO of Verra Mobility, presented his vision of smart mobility with a particular focus on measurable outcomes. As David concluded, we at Verra Mobility believe in Vision Zero and are committing to our own company’s purpose of enriching lives by making transportation safer and easier.

In addition, Jon Baldwin, EVP of Government Solutions for Verra Mobility, participated in a panel discussion entitled “How new tech is reducing traffic flow and increasing safety”. Moderated by Bob Bennett, chair of Cities Today, the panel discussed some of the current challenges that cities are facing today along with successful implementations of technology-enabled safety programs. Jon was joined by leading transportation officials from Austin and the city of Peachtree Corners as well as Kris Hafezizadeh, Director of Transportation and Vehicle Services for Austin Independent School District.

Steve Lalla, EVP of Commercial Services for Verra Mobility, joined a panel discussion entitled “How connected services are transforming the way we drive”. The panel examined the growing trends of connected vehicles, the complex payments challenges that could arise, and what impact connected and shared vehicles would have on the mobility ecosystem. Steve was joined by senior leaders from respected industry brands, including Nissan North America, Grape Up, and GEOTAB.

Learn more at MOVE America 2022.

 

National School Bus Safety Week, October 17-21, 2022

National School Bus Safety Week 2022, October 3, 2022

What started because of a letter-writing campaign to President Nixon in 1969, has flourished into an impactful National Campaign highlighting school bus safety. Touching thousands of lives every year, National School Bus Safety Week takes place the third week of October. This year’s National School Bus Safety Week (NSBSW) is October 17-21, 2022. The theme is “Zero in on Bus Safety.”

Our goal during this week is to continue to educate the public on the dangers of illegally passing stopped school buses while children are onboarding and offloading. We hope you share and join us in advocating for safety. Please use the hashtag #NSBSW2022 when posting and sharing content so we can follow along. Your participation will help us provide a more memorable way to maximize our outreach efforts. Learn more about National School Bus Safety Week here.

 

Strengthening Automated Traffic Enforcement Systems to Reduce Road Deaths

Police Chief Magazine, National, September 14, 2022

In an effort to save lives by reducing road traffic crashes, Bloomberg Philanthropies developed a multiyear, multi-partner initiative that identified 30 cities in low- and middle-income countries with elevated levels of traffic-related injury and fatality rates. The city-level initiative advocates for four key interventions, proven effective in reducing road traffic fatalities and injuries: improving data, changing road user behavior, improving safe road design and infrastructure, and implementing safe sustainable urban transport. The initiative focuses on four road safety risk factors: excessive speed, drunk driving, motorcycle helmet use, and seat belt use. Out of these four risk factors, speed remains a priority as it has been proven to be a primary contributing factor to road injuries and deaths.

 

 

 

The city of Kent plans to install red-light cameras at six more intersections during the second half of 2023. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

Kent To Add Red-Light Cameras At Six More Intersections In 2023

Kent Reporter.com, Washington, September 30, 2022

Drivers in Kent will face six more intersections with red-light cameras next year after the City Council decided to expand the program. City leaders say they support the program because it helps make intersections safer and brings in revenue to pay for the body-worn cameras used by Kent Police officers.

 

First Two Intersections On Oahu Getting Red-Light Safety Cameras

Hawaii News Now, Hawaii, September 20, 2022

The Hawaii Transportation Department on Tuesday unveiled the first two locations in Honolulu where red light cameras will be installed as part of a two-year pilot program.

Ed Sniffen, the deputy director of the DOT Highways Division, said the goal is to start changing behaviors and reduce speeds in those areas.“What we want to do is make sure first we take care of the red-light running and second, potentially, adjust that speed that everybody is going through this community in,” Sniffen said. He said that at the Liliha location, there were 20 major crashes in the last five years. Five of them were due to drivers running red lights.

 

 

Reckless Driving Classes, Expanded Traffic Cameras Among D.C. Plans For Bad Drivers

Washington Post, District of Columbia, September 30, 2022

With traffic fatalities at a 14-year-high last year, D.C. looks to driver’s license points and other measures to reduce recklessness on city streets.

The bills aim to reverse an alarming rise in reckless road behaviors that contributed to a 14-year high in D.C. traffic fatalities last year. The proposals are part of the city’s efforts to move away from car dependency as it also struggles to create public spaces where transit users, pedestrians, cyclists, scooter riders, and drivers can safely coexist.

 

 

We register an increase in the proportion of British Columbians who approve of the use of fixed speed cameras – devices that stay in one location and measure speed as a vehicle passes.Simon McGill, Moment, Getty Images

SURVEY: Majority Of British Columbians Back Wider Use Of Speed Enforcement Technology

Prince George Citizen, Canada, September 15, 2022

Since 2018, Research Co. and Glacier Media have asked British Columbians about automated speed enforcement. Our survey asks residents about four different ways in which technology can assist law enforcement authorities in issuing tickets to those who feel that existing speed limits do not apply to them.

Most British Columbians have supported automated speed enforcement for years. In 2022, the most significant change is in the embrace of point-to-point enforcement. The speed-on-green concept, already implemented in specific parts of the province, remains a welcome addition for more than seven in 10 residents.

 

Speeding Is A Dangerous ‘New Normal’ On U.S. Roads, IIHS Says

Safety and Health Magazine, National, September 13, 2022

Engaging in risky driving behaviors – particularly speeding – has become “the new normal” since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to an analysis conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Findings show that although traffic volume in the areas studied fell by more than 25% during the lockdown compared with the same period in 2019, the proportion of vehicles exceeding the speed limit by at least 10 mph surged 30%-40% on all roads other than rural arterials, which experienced little change. Additionally, on weekdays in spring 2020, the proportion of vehicles traveling 10 mph or more over the speed limit climbed 43% between 6 and 8:59 a.m., and 63% between 3 and 5:59 p.m.

“We can’t accept this increase in dangerous driving behaviors,” Jessica Cicchino, vice president of research at IIHS, said in a press release. “We need to double down on implementing proven solutions that have been shown to prevent speeding, like automated speed enforcement and road designs that slow traffic.”

 

Sioux City Police Say Crashes Are Declining Near New Speed Kiosks On Floyd And Hamilton Boulevard

Sioux City Journal, Iowa, September 10, 2022

Sioux City police say two new mobile speed kiosks recorded more than 900 speeding violations during their first roughly seven weeks in operation and that crashes at nearby intersections are “trending down.”

“We are very pleased that we are seeing a reduction of people speeding on the roads there and we are seeing a trend down in accident reports for the areas around the cameras, which is the whole intended purpose of them,” said McClure, who noted that the department has no immediate plans to move the kiosks to other locations.

 

Alexandria Historic District Most Dangerous For Pedestrians: Study

Patch.com, Virginia, September 30, 2022

Law firm Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp looked at data on pedestrian crashes from 2015 through June 2022, finding over 10,000 injuries and 848 deaths throughout Virginia. In collaboration with data visualization firm 1Point21 Interactive, the law firm ranked 20 areas in Virginia “where pedestrians are hit both frequently and in close proximity to one another,” according to the study.

Despite its history of pedestrian crashes, the City of Alexandria has sought steps to improve pedestrian safety across the city. In 2017, City Council adopted the Vision Zero action plan, which seeks to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2028. Implementing the Vision Zero plan means actions like improving pedestrian crossings, no turn-on red restrictions, and speed limit reductions.

In 2023, the city is expected to launch speed cameras in several school zones to record speed limit violations. The exact locations of speed enforcement cameras have not yet been announced.

 

 

A set of flashing lights and a speed limit sign warns drivers that the area of North Nevada Street is a 20 mph school zone during certain hours of the day, as seen in this May 2021 photo. Classes begin Tuesday at Spokane Public Schools, and officials are warning both motorists and pedestrians to obey all traffic laws. (Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review)

Getting There: Safe Driving Urged In Spokane School Zones As Classes Begin Tuesday

Spokesman.com, Washington, September 6, 2022

As students head back to school Tuesday, Spokane city officials are reminding motorists to slow down in school zones and watch for pedestrians crossing the streets.

To help with enforcement, traffic cameras are in place at schools throughout the city. In addition to 12 red-light cameras, there are five school-zone speed cameras at four elementary schools.

Three new school-zone cameras are planned to be installed later this fall: one at Roosevelt Elementary and two covering Ferris High School and Adams Elementary. Locations were chosen in consultation with the school district and police department.