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Your July Edition of The Road Safety Ink

Check out our July edition of the Road Safety Ink. Join us for National Stop on Red Week taking place August 6-12, get details on how automated enforcement program funds are being used to implement other road safety initiatives, and see where speed safety cameras could be slowing down speeders in a community near you!

National Stop on Red Week is August 6-12

We are excited to announce our partnership with the National Coalition for Safer Roads for this year’s National Stop on Red Week taking place August 6-12. Using our theme “Zero in on Red”, the week-long event highlights the importance of road safety education, traffic safety legislation, and enforcement technology. We invite you to join us in spreading awareness about the importance of traffic safety and stopping at red lights on social using #ZeroInOnRed and #StopOnRed2023.

Every action you take during this week can save lives and prevent collisions. Together, we can make a difference during National Stop on Red Week. For resources and tools, visit our website and our LinkedIn and Facebook pages next week!

 

Correspondent Jim Axelrod with Beth Osborne at a crosswalk in Langley Park, Md., with no stoplight or call buttons for pedestrians to cross safely. CBS NEWS

Unsafe Streets: The Dangers Facing Pedestrians

CBSNews.com, National, July 9, 2023

“The traffic speeds are high,” she said. “The crossing distances for someone walking is long. They have these features like what we’re standing next to, called a slip lane, that allows the cars to take a right turn very, very fast. The communication to the driver is, ‘Don’t slow down, but stop at an instant if there’s a person there.’ We can totally do better. These are not hard things to change.”

In Philadelphia, they’re hoping new approaches will work as well. In 2020 speed cameras were introduced on Roosevelt Boulevard, and crashes have dropped 36%. The city has also pledged $78 million from the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan to make the boulevard safer.

 

Here’s Where San Francisco Will Put 8 New Red-Light Safety Cameras

The San Francisco Standard, California, July 24, 2023

San Francisco will install eight new enforcement cameras that could catch motorists jumping stop lights and allow the city to automatically send them a ticket.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board this week renewed a five-year contract that would have expired in August so the city could continue automated enforcement of red-light cameras.

The program already runs cameras at 13 intersections along major thoroughfares such as Market Street and Octavia Boulevard in the Lower Haight or at Fell Street and Masonic Avenue along the Panhandle. With the recent contract renewal, it could now see eight new cameras up and running by late next year.

At Fell and Masonic streets, passersby praised the plan to add another red-light camera.

 

Manassas Police Allocating $1.5 Million In Red-Light Safety Camera Funds

WTOP.com, Virginia, July 26, 2023

Manassas police are starting to make use of their red light camera enforcement funds.

On Monday night, the City Council approved a resolution budgeting $1.5 million of what the city has collected from photo red light enforcement. The money will be used for new dispatch and records software. Also on Monday night, the council approved a $193,000 equipment grant for the police department. The grant, issued from the Attorney General’s office to the commonwealth, will pay for a new transport van, ballistic vests, shields and helmets, as well as a drone with software.

“From the very beginning, when we put this photo red-light program in … people ask ‘what are the funds going to be used for?’” Police Chief Doug Keen said at a committee meeting last week. “It was always the plan that this is the type of thing, so it doesn’t come out of our taxpayer general fund basis.”

 

Seattle Approves Law Authorizing More Automated Speed Cameras In Bid To Curb Street Racing

Greekwire.com, Washington, July 25, 2023

The Seattle City Council approved legislation Tuesday that paves the way for increased use of automated speed cameras in an attempt to crack down on street racing.

“This technology is another tool in our tool belt to reduce collisions and save lives on some of our city’s most dangerous roadways,” Seattle councilmember Alex Pedersen, who co-sponsored the bill, said during Tuesday’s meeting.

 

Community Groups Call For Speed Cameras In California

CBSnews.com, July 11, 2023

With organizations like Walk San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay Area Families for Safe Streets, Jenny is taking part in the fight for legislation that would legalize speed safety cameras in California.

“The streets are supposed to be shared by everyone… they’re supposed to be usable areas. Don’t wait until you become part of the victim’s side,” Yu said.

“I want you to listen to what the bill is about and why there’s a group of people trying to make this legal…it’s about the streets that you’re gonna travel on, your loved ones are gonna travel on, your kids, your grandparents,” Jenny Yu said.

 

 

By |July 28th, 2023|Categories: News|Comments Off on Your July Edition of The Road Safety Ink

Your June Edition of The Road Safety Ink

Don’t miss our June edition of the Road Safety Ink! Check out our safe driving tips for the 4th of July, get insights from our panel discussion on boosting school bus safety, and see where new legislation on automated enforcement has been installed to create safer streets and save lives.

Happy 4th Of July From Verra Mobility

As we celebrate the upcoming Independence Day, let’s also remember to prioritize road safety. According to our own data, Independence Day weekend witnessed the highest count of red-light runners compared to other holiday travel periods.

If you are traveling this weekend, be sure to follow these safe driving tips:

  • Buckle Up!
  • Don’t drive impaired
  • Avoid distractions such as cell phones, eating and drinking or talking to passengers
  • Obey traffic devices: Always stop on red and drive the speed limit

We hope this holiday is a safe and memorable one for all the right reasons.

 

June Is National Safety Month

National Safety Council, National, June 1, 2023

We believe safety belongs to us all and is everyone’s responsibility. We not only prioritize work place safety but road safety as well. That is why we participated in National Safety Month by spreading the message on social. Committing to a safe workplace and on the road doesn’t stop in the month of June. Join us in committing to safety all year-long by taking our Zero In Pledge and clicking the button below.

 

Traffic on Main Street in Hartford Credit: Mike Savino photo

Lawmakers Give Green Light For Traffic Enforcement To Cameras By 2026

CTNewsJunkie.com, Connecticut, June 14, 2023

Some cities around the state are ready to rely on automated traffic enforcement to help keep their streets safer.

Lawmakers approved allowing municipalities to use red-light and speed cameras as part of a package of roadway safety policies that awaits Gov. Ned Lamont’s signature.

“Too many people have been killed or injured by reckless driving, and this bill will make our streets safer for everyone,” Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said in a statement.

Thousands Cited For Running The Red, The Few Who Contest It Are Unsuccessful

Khon2.com, Hawaii, June 26, 2023

According to numbers by the Department of Transportation, since the red-light safety camera pilot program started in November 2022, a total of 6,311 citations have been issued at all 10 of the locations.

Tiffani Muramoto lives in McCully and she said she sees people racing through the red at the intersection of McCully and Algaroba streets all the time. She’s in favor of the red-light safety cameras.

Click here for more information about the red light camera safety program.

Using Camera Technology, Data & Training To Boost Student Safety

STNOnline.com, Indianapolis, June 5, 2023

We hosted a panel at the STN Expo in Indy last week with Radio Engineering Industries, Inc. discussing the importance of school bus safety solutions, data, and training in order to enhance student safety. Read more about what was discussed during the panel here.

DeSantis Signs School Bus Camera Bill

AroundOsceola.com, Florida, June 8, 2023

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that will allow school districts to use cameras designed to capture images of drivers who illegally pass school buses.

The law (SB 766), which will take effect in July.

The Florida Department of Education last year conducted a survey of school-bus drivers and found widespread instances of vehicles illegally passing stopped buses. The survey results from 2022 show that on a single day, 7,867 illegal passes were made based on the observations of 6,416 school bus drivers who completed the survey, a Senate staff analysis of the bill said.

Several legislative supporters said the bill could help save lives, with Senate Rules Chairwoman Debbie Mayfield, R-Indialantic, pointing to an incident that happened in her district.

Yes, Speed Cameras Reduce Speeding And Speed-Related Crashes | VERIFY

WUSA9.com, Virginia, June 2, 2023

Alexandria is keeping family safety front and center. In accordance with state law, the city announced this week that speed cameras now operate near a pair of elementary schools and a pair of middle schools.

Verify asked and verified that speed safety cameras reduce speeding and referenced multiple sources. Check them out here.

 

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Your May Edition of The Road Safety Ink

Check out our May edition of the Road Safety Ink. We are thrilled to unveil our second consecutive certification as a Great Place to Work! Additionally, learn about our involvement in UN Global Road Safety Week, then take a closer look at how automated enforcement is prioritizing safety in work zones, at intersections, and in school zones throughout the nation.

 

We’re Certified™ By Great Place To Work

VerraMobility.com, Arizona, May 19, 2023

We’re proud to be Certified™ by Great Place To Work® for the second year in a row. This prestigious recognition is based entirely on a survey of current U.S. employees about their experiences working at our company. Great Place To Work is the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience and the leadership behaviors proven to deliver market-leading revenue, employee retention and increased innovation.

According to the survey, 84% of Verra Mobility’s U.S. employees say the company is a great place to work, compared to 57% of employees at a typical U.S.-based company.

 

UN Global Road Safety Week 

VerraMobility.com, Arizona, May 15, 2023

We participated in this year’s UN Global Road Safety Week which took place May 15-21 to raise awareness of road safety issues and promote initiatives to reduce the number of road collisions and fatalities around the world.

The week-long event highlights the importance of road safety education, stronger laws and enforcement mechanisms, and data collection and monitoring. Governments, organizations, and individuals are encouraged to take action to make their streets safer and more sustainable, including improving infrastructure, reducing speed limits, increasing public transport options, and promoting active travel such as walking and cycling.

 

Improving Road Safety In Honolulu

VerraMobility.com, Arizona, May 30, 2023

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) has installed red-light safety cameras across 10 intersections throughout Honolulu communities to enhance road safety and reduce red-light running.

The program launched in the fall of 2022 as part of a two-year pilot program approved by the Hawaii state legislature. A 60-day public awareness campaign was launched to remind drivers to pay attention, stop on red and share pertinent program updates.

For more information visit HIDOT’s Red-Light Safety Program website.

 

Number Of Speed Camera Citations Dropping In New Market

Frederick News Post, Maryland, May 17, 2023

Since the town of New Market began issuing speed-camera citations in its school zone on Main Street in October 2022, the number of citations given has been decreasing, according to data provided by the town.

“People are getting the message to slow down,” Tommy Dommel, New Market’s program administrator for school zone speed safety, wrote in an email.

 

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Local School Districts Received Cameras To Catch Drivers Passing Buses

UticaOD.com, New York, May 15, 2023

Oneida County, working with partner Verra Mobility, has equipped 191 school buses in eight districts with cameras on the left side to take video of vehicles — and their license plates — that pass buses with their stop arms extended.

“This is a lifesaver,” Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol said at a press conference May 8 at the Sauquoit Valley Central School District bus garage. “It’s all about saving lives.”

A speed-limit sign near Bret Harte Elementary School in Burbank.(Tim Berger / Burbank Leader)

Is This The Year California Oks Speed Safety Cameras?

LA Times, California, May 16, 2023

An average of more than 3,800 people per year were killed in California traffic collisions from 2018 to 2022. A growing share of those deaths has been pedestrians and bicyclists who are struck by a car.

Automated speed enforcement programs, a.k.a. speed cameras, have been used in other states as an effective tool to curb dangerous driver behavior and, by extension, serious and fatal crashes.

Photo Cred: The Green Law firm

Bill To Allow More Speed Cameras In Colorado Heads To Polis’ Desk

CPR, Colorado, May 4, 2023

A bill that would allow local governments greater control over where they could use automated speed cameras is on its way to Gov. Jared Polis.

The legislation cleared its last hurdle in the Senate on Thursday afternoon. If signed, the bill could result in far more speed and red light cameras across the state — which supporters say will lead to lower traffic speeds and safer roads.

“Senate Bill 200 is a very important bill because it will save lives,” state Rep. Leslie Herod, a Denver Democrat and prime sponsor, said on the House floor this week.

 

Slow Down: State’s First Speed Camera Program In Work Zones Starts Issuing Fines To Speeding Drivers

Hudson Valley News, New York, May 17, 2023

The warning period ended Wednesday for New York state’s first speed safety camera program in work zones.

For locations and information on the Program, visit their Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement Program Website

 

Whatever can slow down traffic will save lives.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Opinion: Speed Cameras Save Lives. California Is Long Overdue To Try Them

Latimes.com, California, April 4, 2023

Speed is the single biggest factor in determining the severity of a car crash, and yet California has resisted the most obvious tool to slow down traffic: speed-enforcement cameras. Still, the state has learned a few lessons over the years from experiments with red-light cameras, and there’s now a bill in Sacramento that could deploy similar technology to lifesaving effect.

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Your April Edition of The Road Safety Ink

In our April edition of the Road Safety Ink, we highlight the movement for work zone safety and learn how bus lane enforcement is creating a faster and more environmentally friendly way of travel, then see what a group of moms are doing to protect their children in school zones.

 

Work Zone Awareness Week: Safeguarding Our Highways

Verra Mobility, Arizona, April 20, 2023

The goal of Work Zone Awareness week is to encourage drivers to understand how their driving behaviors can have a direct impact on the lives of the workers who are helping to improve our roadways. Speed and distractions can have deadly consequences. Fortunately, the movement to protect all road users is underway and we clearly saw those efforts magnified this month. This month, organizations across the country raised awareness of Work Zone Safety and encouraged everyone to take action to decrease work zone fatalities and injuries. Any driver can tell you – road work never seems to stop. Work zone safety is a year-round effort.

Check out some of the highlights from this month here.

 

Cameras Caught Drivers Illegally Using Bus Lanes 110,000 Times

Axios.com, Washington, April 2023

New automated cameras caught drivers illegally using Seattle bus lanes more than 110,000 times last year, the city transportation department says.

Why it matters: Transit-only lanes are supposed to remain car-free so buses can quickly move a large number of people through traffic. When cars clog bus lanes, it makes gridlock worse, transportation officials say.

 

Red-Light Safety Cameras Reduce Violations At Intersection Where Teen Was Killed

HawaiiNewsNow.com, Hawaii, April 20, 2023

According to the Department of Transportation, there were eight red-light running violations a day at Kapiolani Boulevard and Kamakee Street from April 10 to the 17th.

This is a significant decrease compared to the estimated 88 violations per day by westbound drivers before the installation of red-light cameras and speed humps.

Read HIDOT’s full press release here.

 

Lawmakers Approve Bill To Allow Speed Cameras In All Oregon Cities

OregonLive.com, Oregon, April 25, 2023

Mobile speed cameras could soon be popping up around the state after lawmakers approved a bill Monday that would allow any Oregon city to use photo enforcement to catch and ticket speeders.

“We are taking proactive steps towards reducing the risk of high-speed crashes and protecting pedestrians, cyclists and kids,” Sen. Aaron Woods, D- Wilsonville, said in a statement the day after the Senate voted 20-9 to pass House Bill 2095. “As a state, we must continue to prioritize safety on roads and invest in evidence-based solutions that make our streets safer for everyone.”

 

In Bid To Make Hawaii Roadways Safer, Incoming DOT Chief Pushes Speed Enforcement Cameras

HawaiiNewsNow.com, Hawaii, April 19, 2023

With new technology and acceptance of the use of red-light safety cameras in Oahu, the discussion to expand automated enforcement to create safer roads is open to discussion. Ed Sniffen, Transportation Director Appointee championed for speed safety cameras to reduce speeding on highways and urban roadways to reduce traffic collision injuries and fatalities associated with speeding.

 

Baltimore DOT Announces New School Zone Automated Speed Enforcement Locations

FoxBaltimore.com, Maryland, April 23, 2023

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation is advising motorists that new automated speed enforcement locations will soon be implemented, as part of the City’s Automated Traffic Violation Enforcement System (ATVES).

Baltimore’s ATVES uses automated speed, red-light, and commercial vehicle height monitoring cameras to promote safe driving in city communities. This program is designed to increase safety by reducing driver speeds in school zones and decreasing the incidence of vehicles running red lights. The ATVES program also helps to reduce traffic congestion and damage to streets, homes, and other infrastructure by commercial vehicles that travel along restricted roadways.

 

CT Now Using Cameras To Catch Cars Speeding In Work Zones. Here’s How It Works.

MilfordMirror.com, Connecticut, April 17, 2023

Connecticut’s first-ever speed cameras are up and running, but though some infractions will be sent to drivers, the goal is not revenue, according to a state spokesman.

“Success is that we’ve raised awareness, that we’ve changed behaviors, that we’ve slowed people down and we saved people’s lives,” said state Department of Transportation spokesman Josh D. Morgan. “We’re looking at this as not a revenue generating program, not a ‘gotcha’ type of program, but really a program to reduce injuries, to save lives. Ultimately, if there were $0, if no one paid a single citation, that’s a win.”

Crashes in work zones are not uncommon. Between 2019 and 2022, there were 3,674 work zone crashes in Connecticut, resulting in 13 fatalities and 37 serious injuries, according to DOT data.

New York Launches Highway Work Zone Speed Camera Program: Here’s What You Need To Know

silive.com, New York, April 24, 2023

The new program, which launched on Monday, April 17, at the start of National Work Zone Awareness Week, is intended to protect highway construction workers who are placed at an increased risk of injury by speeding motorists.

“This new pilot program will be instrumental in encouraging safe driving habits in highway work zones and protecting the lives of those who help maintain a safe and reliable highway system,” said Gov. Kathy Hochul.

For more information on the Automated Work Zone Speed Monitoring program, read Governor Kathy Hochul’s announcement here.

New Law Will Allow Speed Cameras In Arkansas Work Zones

5NewsOnline, Arkansas, April 27, 2023

Arkansas law enforcement officers could soon have the ability to utilize cameras as a method to aid in enforcing speed limits along highway and interstate work zones.

The law would allow automated speed enforcement devices to capture images of speeding vehicles in work zones across all Arkansas counties.

Crossing guard Kim Williams greets students near Bay Point Middle School in St. Petersburg in 2021. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]

Here’s Why Florida Needs School Zone Speed cameras | Column

TampaBay.com, Florida, April 11, 2023

We’re members of the Legislature and also moms, and here is why our bill matters for schoolchildren’s safety. As lawmakers, there are many ideas we sponsor that we feel passionate about and compelled to propose. But this year, legislation that we have jointly filed in the Florida Legislature, Enforcement of School Zone Speed Limits, was filed not only because of our job as lawmakers, but because of our most important job — being mothers to school-age children.

Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez is a Doral Republican representing District 40 in the Florida Senate. Rep. Traci Koster is a Tampa Republican representing District 66 in the Florida House of Representatives.

 

The Daily Gazette

Editorial: School Bus Cameras Will Save Lives

Gazette Editorial Board, New York, April 7, 2023

The installation of cameras will help prevent a tragedy in which a driver illegally passing a school bus strikes and injures or kills a child.

And the presence of cameras on the outside of buses that activate when the bus is coming to a stop will not only serve as a deterrent to this dangerous behavior, but also help catch those who break the law.

 

By |April 27th, 2023|Categories: News|Comments Off on Your April Edition of The Road Safety Ink
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