Explore the November recap of Road Safety Ink. In this edition, we honor the lives lost to traffic violence for World Day of Remembrance, feature our purpose-driven values through Giving Tuesday, dive into the positive momentum behind Vision Zero campaigns, and much more.
At Verra Mobility, we take our commitment to improving safety seriously. The work we do to create technology and build holistic programs to develop safer streets, safer driving behaviors, and safer overall environments can help reduce the millions of lives lost to senseless traffic-related crashes.
On Sunday, November 20, Verra Mobility celebrated with others around the globe to honor those killed or seriously injured in road traffic crashes during World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
Giving Back During Giving Tuesday
Through our purpose-driven agenda, we support nonprofits dedicated to helping sick, hungry, and unsafe children, and we also proudly support our employees’ own giving efforts to the causes they care most about through our company matching program. This #GivingTuesday, we are excited to announce our support of Operation Underground Railroad, a nonprofit working tirelessly to eliminate child trafficking worldwide and provide aftercare to the children they help rescue. Learn more: https://ourrescue.org
Bloomberg.com, National, November 25, 2022
Recent evidence shows that robust efforts dedicated to Vision Zero campaigns are increasing road safety. In the report from the International Transport Forum, called “Monitoring Progress in Urban Road Safety,” the authors compare the decrease in road traffic deaths across 22 major cities that participated in a pledge to reduce traffic deaths. New York City is the only US city included and one of just four where the city significantly outperformed national-level safety figures.
Cities-Today, New York, December 1, 2022
New York City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) is planning a ‘significant expansion’ of its bike lane infrastructure from 2023.
“As the DOT continues to build, we are also excited to unveil some of the agency’s plans to continue expanding protections for all New Yorkers in the next year.” These include Open Streets and Bus lane cameras.
The upgrades are an extension of the city’s Open Streets initiative – which closes streets to motor vehicles in favour of pedestrians and cyclists. Elsewhere in the city, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced that it has expanded its automated bus lane enforcement (ABLE) cameras to three bus routes in the Bronx.
“For many of our residents, public transportation is an essential means to getting to their destination,” said Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson. “With this initiative, the MTA is prioritizing safety, accessibility, and speed.”
Khon2, Hawaii, November 23, 2022
The warning and education period at the Palama intersection is over and citations have begun. HDOT released two crashes caused by red-light runners highlighting the dangers of red-light running.
“We want to make sure we get more information out to everybody to show the dangers of something like this. The red-light running cameras that we’re putting out bring a lot of insight to everyone to say, ‘Hey, you come to these intersections, make sure you’re following the law.’”
Ed Sniffen, HDOT Highways Division Deputy Director
Greenville Journal, North Carolina, December 1, 2022
Observing the apparent epidemic of motorists running red lights, a number of concerned citizens are beginning a grassroots effort to reverse South Carolina’s ban on using traffic cameras to enforce red light violations.
The growing peril on the state’s roads is deeply personal for Ryan Soukup, whose wife, Carli Brewer Soukup, was killed by a hit-and-run driver on June 6, 2021, while she attempted to cross Sulphur Springs Road while biking on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
SpokaneCity.org, Washington, November 3, 2022
Several years ago, members of Spokane’s City Council voted in support of School Zone Speed Safety Cameras after a student was critically injured by a speeding vehicle just blocks from an elementary school in 2014. City leadership was determined to find a solution to the growing problem of pedestrian safety and speeding in school zones. A resolution passed in December of 2014 called for the placement of Speed Safety Cameras in school zones and the installation of flashing signals to remind drivers of the posted speed limit.
MSN, Washington, November 2022
Cameras could soon watch for speeding drivers near three schools in Edmonds, the result of a proposal by Mayor Mike Nelson to start a pilot project to improve safety.
“Increasing pedestrian safety is a top priority for our city. Pedestrian injuries and deaths are preventable. Reducing vehicle speeds with speed enforcement cameras at schools is a proven way to protect our most vulnerable,” said Mayor Mike Nelson in a news release.
Kare11.com, Minneapolis, November 21, 2022
Fawley is the program coordinator for Minneapolis’ Vision Zero Action Plan, which aims to end traffic deaths and severe injuries by 2027.
“City of Minneapolis has been interested in speed safety cameras for some time, that’s because we know they can help make our streets safer for everyone,” he said. “Last year in Minneapolis, we saw 23 people were killed in our streets for traffic crashes — that’s unacceptable.”
The City is asking for a three-year speed pilot program. Minneapolis’ pilot is drafted to focus on school and work/construction zones. If the bills pass, Fawley said it would be around a year before the pilot kicks off in any shape.
WUSA9, Maryland, November 30, 2022
Area police are stepping up traffic enforcement throughout the region, hoping to bring down the number of people killed or hurt while out walking and biking on local roads.
In November, there have been at least nine people killed in the region.
Fixing the problem takes time and money, said Mike Doyle, Founder of the Northern Virginia Families for Safe Streets. “Nevertheless, we try to do that. We also try to advocate at our state legislature to reduce speeds and allow other jurisdictions to reduce speeds to allow the jurisdictions to implement technology such as speed cameras. Drivers will slow down when they see speed cameras. They don’t want the ticket, which is great. That’s the whole idea: Slow down.”
CBC, Canada, November 6, 2022
25 new speed safety cameras will join the 50-speed cameras currently used around the city as part of the city’s Vision Zero plan to cut traffic deaths.
“We know that speed cameras work — they are a proven, data-driven Vision Zero tactic that is changing driver behavior and having a positive community impact,” Mayor John Tory said in a statement.
Tory said Vision Zero is a “massive transformation” of Toronto’s streets that includes road redesigns and changes to intersections, new mid-block crossings, more than 1,000 Head Start pedestrian signals, more than 1,100 Community Safety Zones, and speed limit reductions on more than 500 kilometers of roads.