Your February Edition of The Road Safety Ink

Join us for the February edition of the Road Safety Ink. Check out USDOT’s new data visualization tool focusing on traffic crashes, listen to David Roberts, CEO of Verra Mobility share his commitment to transportation technology, and explore what Vision Zero means for the future of traffic safety.

Verra Mobility CEO Discusses Efforts To Pioneer Transportation Technology

CNBC, National, January 27, 2023

David Roberts, CEO of Verra Mobility, joins ‘Power Lunch’ to discuss Verra Mobility’s urban mobility commitment, business travel remaining strong, and partnerships with governments and universities.

U.S. Awarding $800 Million To Improve Roads, Cut Traffic Deaths

Reuters, National, February 1, 2023

The Biden administration announced it is awarding $800 million to redesign roads, improve sidewalks and make other upgrades to address the sharp increase in U.S. traffic deaths.

Traffic deaths jumped 10.5% to 42,915 in 2021, the highest number killed on American roads since 2005. After declining for decades, traffic deaths jumped sharply after COVID-19 lockdowns expired in 2020 and more drivers engaged in unsafe behavior.

USDOT has also launched a data visualization tool showing where traffic crashes occur.

 

People crossing the street in downtown Seattle. Photo: SDOT.

Vision Zero | Our Top-To-Bottom Review Provides A Roadmap And New Actions To Reverse Challenging Trends In Traffic Safety

SDOT Blog, Washington, February 23, 2023

Seattle’s Mayor Bruce Harrell and SDOT Director Greg Spotts published a draft “top-to-bottom review of their Vision Zero initiative, which aims to end traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by 2030. They commissioned the agency self-examination after seeing years of traffic safety success reverse course in recent years.

Check out the full review here.

Chris Boardman (Image: Eddie Garvey)

Government Funding To Be Used Towards Changes To Hull’s All-Day Bus Lanes

Hull Daily Mail UK, United Kingdom, February 2023

The fund is being administered on behalf of the government by new-look cycling and walking body Active Travel England, which is being headed by former Olympic gold medal cyclist Chris Boardman. He said: “If we want to enable hundreds of thousands more people to walk, wheel and cycle for everyday trips then we need to deliver high-quality schemes that make it feel easy, fun and safe.

“Ensuring the right technical skills are in place at a local level is vital but so is engagement. Survey after survey has shown strong community support for making space for active travel but it is vital that people get strong input into helping to decide what is the right solution for their area.”

Red-Light Safety Program Expands in Phenix City

WRBL, Alabama, January 7, 2023

Phenix City expanded its Red-Light Safety Program by adding additional cameras to monitor traffic and keep the roads safer at busy intersections.

The cameras are intended to help police enforce red-light violators and offer surveillance of the intersections. Data from the Phenix City Police Department shows a 36% decrease in total crashes at the photo-enforced intersection of 13th St and Broad St alone.

 

FILE – Honolulu police investigate the scene where a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle at the intersection of Kapiolani Boulevard and Kamakee…

Deadly Hit-And-Run At Future Red-Light Safety Camera Site

KHON, Hawaii, February 15, 2023

Wednesday morning’s fatal hit-and-run happened at an intersection that had already been selected for Oahu’s Red-Light Safety Camera Program.

The red-light cameras along Kapiolani will face in both directions, eastbound and westbound. Signage will be posted in the area and officials hope raising awareness will improve safety on the road.

Police said awareness is key for folks behind the wheel and on foot when it comes to pedestrian safety.

One of 17 automated speed enforcement cameras currently in operation in Ottawa, this one is on Alta Vista Drive between Ayers Avenue and Ridgemont Avenue. PHOTO BY ASHLEY FRASER /POSTMEDIA

SPEED WATCH: City Of Ottawa Will Be Installing 23 More Photo Radar Cameras In 2023

Ottawa Citizen, Canada, February 25, 2023

The City of Ottawa is adding 23 new photo radar cameras in various locations this year as part of the Traffic Services’ Automated Speed Enforcement Program in an effort to decrease the amount of speeding violations.

“Where installed, speed cameras were found effective at increasing compliance to the posted speed limit, which reduces the risk to vulnerable road users,” reads a memo from Traffic Services.

 

Work Zone Camera Bill Passes WA Senate

Yakima Herald-Republic, Washington, February 27, 2023

A bill to authorize the use of speed safety cameras in state highway work zones passed the Washington Senate on Wednesday.

A release by the Washington State Senate Democrats stated the Senate Bill 5272 aims to increase safety for workers on state highways through speed safety cameras. Speed safety cameras are already in use in Washington at locations such as school speed zones, railroad crossings and more.

The state Department of Transportation reported that in 2021, there were 1,232 work zone collisions — including five fatal crashes.

 

Photo Pablo D. Castillo Jr.

More Than 435K Speed Camera Violations Were Issued In The Bronx After Camera Expansion Last Year

Bronx Times, New York, January 24, 2023

Violations have been decreasing each month since the expansion took place. According to Mayor Eric Adams, cameras flagged about 755,000 speed violations in August, which dropped to 565,000 in November, a 25.2% decrease.

Adams also said that pedestrian deaths were down 7.5% in 2022, the third lowest number in the city’s recorded history, after a rise in traffic fatalities that started in 2019.

 

Toronto Adds 25 More Speed Enforcement Cameras

BlogTO, Canada, February 2, 2023

On Feb. 2, Mayor John Tory announced 25 additional speed enforcement cameras across the city, bumping the grand total to 75 cameras. 

Drivers were already warned about these new cameras as 90-day warning signs were installed at the exact locations, alerting that cameras would soon be installed before charges were dished out.

Find out where the cameras are located here.

School Officials Report Uptick Of Motorists Running The ‘Stop Arm’

Independent Enterprise, Idaho, February 5, 2023

School officials countywide say that they need drivers to pay more attention during students’ commute to and from school. The matter was brought to the newspaper’s attention by Payette School District Business Manager Barbara Choate.

“We are having a huge problem with people driving by the extended stop arm when students are getting on and off of the buses,” wrote Choate in a Jan. 26 email. “In just the last two weeks [as of Jan. 26] there have been 28 cars run the stop arm on the busses in Payette … Highway 95 through Payette is only 3 lanes wide meaning oncoming traffic MUST stop when the bus stop arm is extended and lights are flashing red.”

City Needs More Red-Light, Speed Cameras Installed

Beverly Review, Illinois, February 21, 2023

“We need more red-light cameras and speed cameras. Lack of enforcement results in too many preventable injuries and deaths on Chicago streets.

It’s time to reverse the increasing trend of fatalities and serious injuries.”

-Anne Alt, Chicago Resident