Your March Edition of The Road Safety Ink

The March edition of the Road Safety Ink is here! This edition kicks off with a new report on distracted driving from GHSA, learn more about Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, then see where automated enforcement is zeroing in on safety in work zones, at intersections, and in school zones across the country.

Directing Drivers’ Attention: A State Highway Safety Office Roadmap For Combating Distracted Driving

GHSA.org, National, March 30, 2023

Distracted Driving Awareness Month starts tomorrow! According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), an estimated 3,142 people lost their lives in the U.S. due to distracted driving in 2020, but the true number of fatalities is likely much higher.

GHSA recently released a report which examines the obstacles impacting efforts to reduce distracted driving and provides action-orientated recommendations to reduce this dangerous behavior.

Invest in traffic safety and join us this Distracted Driving Awareness Month by putting those distractions down.

 

David Roberts Of Verra Mobility On How Leaders Make Difficult Decisions

Authority Magazine, National, March 5, 2023

Rebellious Intl’s CEO Maria Angelova interviewed CEO David Roberts to find out what it takes to be a leader and how his core values continue to motivate and drive his success today. You will also learn where David came from and how his experience has made him the leader he is today.

 

On Thursday, police announced the addition of a red-light camera at the intersection of E. Woodmen Road and Campus Drive.

Red-Light Cameras Added In Colorado Springs This Week

KKTV, Colorado, March 2, 2023

The “Red-Light Safety Camera Program” in Colorado Springs continues to expand.

“The goal of the red-light camera program is to protect drivers, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians from injuries or crashes caused by red-light running,” police wrote in a news release. “It is also a component of the Colorado Springs Police Department’s effort to reduce crashes and improve citizen safety in Colorado Springs. The new intersections will go live, March 6, 2023, and a 30-day warning period will start. Following the warning period, a $75 fine will be implemented for violators.”

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

 

Red-Light Safety Camera At S. Beretania Street And Piikoi Street Will Issue Warnings Beginning Wednesday, March 29

HIDOT, Hawaii, March 29, 2023

The activation of the S. Beretania and Piʻikoi RLSC will add a third site to those currently issuing warnings for red-light violations. Hawai‘i’s RLSCs issue warnings for a 30-day period before they are activated to issue citations.

HDOT reminds all O‘ahu motorists that red-light running will be automatically enforced at the 10 RLSC sites. A complete list of locations and more information on the pilot can be found at https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/red-light-safety-program/

 

A Colorado Bill Would Allow For More Speed Cameras. The Sponsor Says It’s About Safety, Not Revenue

CPR News, Colorado, March 22, 2023

The new bill would allow municipalities to designate corridors within their boundaries where they could install speed cameras, so long as the municipality also posts permanent signs warning of their presence. The bill would also remove an existing requirement that an officer has to be present when a speed camera is in use.

“We know that this technology can save lives, but currently we limit where it can be used,” state Sen. Faith Winter, D-Westminter, said in an interview. “We want to allow local municipalities to use it in the most dangerous places if they see that it works with their communities.”

 

Speed cameras will soon be installed in three school zones in Alexandria (via ACPS)

City of Alexandria Announces Locations of School Zone Speed Cameras

AlexandriaVA.gov, Virginia, March 28, 2023

This year, the City of Alexandria is planning to install speed safety cameras at four school zones. The City selected the above locations using a data-driven process that considered factors such as crash history, traffic volumes, vehicle speeds, and age and number of students. The cameras are expected to be installed this spring, after which the program will go through a testing and warning period. The program is expected to be active for the 2023-24 school year.

Visit alexandriava.gov/go/3785 for more information about the City’s speed camera program.

 

New Market School Zone Speed Safety Program Increasing Community Safety

Town of New Market.org, Maryland, March 28, 2023

New Market’s school zone speed safety cameras are making streets safer. The program has witnessed a nearly 50% reduction in speeding since the program launched in the fall of 2022. Over 8,000 school zone speed citations have been issued by the Frederick Police Department since the programs start.

For more information on the Town of New Market Speed Safety Program, visit: https://www.townofnewmarket.org/home/pages/school-zone-speed-safety-program

 

Connecticut DOT Placing Cameras In Construction Zones To Crack Down On Speeding

News 8, Connecticut, March 30, 2023

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is placing three vehicles with camera equipment at construction zones to catch cars speeding through.

The vehicles will be placed at construction sites throughout the state as part of the Know the Zone pilot program that will begin on April 10.

There have been more than 3,600 crashes in construction zones in the past four years in Connecticut, leading to 13 deaths and 37 people who have been seriously injured.

 

 

FILE: A road sign tells drivers to slow down for construction by the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, Mich.Ben Orner | MLive.com

Speeding Cameras At Michigan Work Zones? Bills Hope To Save Lives

Mlive.com, Michigan, March 22, 2023

Over the past decade, around 14 workers have been killed every year in Michigan road construction zones, something Jonathan Byrd knows too well. The frequency of these deaths is why he supports two bills that would allow Michigan State Police and the Department of Transportation to implement automated speeding cameras in work zones, a step up from the current enforcement of troopers nabbing speeders from the roadside.

 

Mom Pushing For Stop-Arm Cameras After Video Catches Drivers Illegally Passing School Buses

11 Alive, Georgia, March 17, 2023

A concerned mom speaks up about illegal school bus passing’s in her community. Hannah Freeman and her husband said illegal passing’s were becoming more frequent so they installed cameras to capture evidence. The family also shared their concern with Rome City School leaders, hoping the district would install stop-arm cameras to deter drivers from breaking the law.

 

 

Within three months of this camera’s installation on Fisher Avenue, typical speeds here dropped by nearly 10 km/h and the number of ‘high-end’ speeders fell sharply, according to the City of Ottawa. (CBC)

Here’s The Really Annoying Thing About Speed Cameras: They Work

CBC News, Canada, March 27, 2023

Studies show they (speed cameras) make drivers slow down, and cities are buying in.

“This is an important safety feature that is shown to work well, and we’ve seen that at the other schools [where] we’ve installed these,” said Phil Landry, Ottawa’s Director of Traffic Services. “Our goal is to get down to zero fatalities and serious injuries. And the sooner we can get to that goal, the better.”