In the August Edition of the Road Safety Ink, we dive into the rapid progress of a speed safety camera program, highlighting the impressive results achieved in just the first year. Our CEO’s recent feature on Forbes.com sheds light on our company’s visionary leadership. The expansion of safety continues with the addition of red-light and speed safety cameras in various cities, complemented by an impactful school bus safety campaign. We also share the recent opposition facing a beneficial speed safety camera bill in California, emphasizing the importance of overcoming challenges for the greater good.

 

Have a Happy and Safe Labor Day Weekend!

We want to send a big thank you to our employees for their dedication and hard work. As we celebrate Labor Day, let’s make safety a priority. During the Labor Day holiday weekend last year, more than 170,000 motorists were issued speeding violations. Help us Zero In On Safety to reach a world where everyone can travel safely.

 

 

A speed camera along Houston Street in Manhattan’s East Village, which has seen speeding decline by 96 percent since speed cameras went 24/7

Speeding, Injuries, and Traffic Fatalities Declined In Areas With Speed Cameras During First Year of 24/7 Enforcement

NYC.gov, New York, August 28, 2023

NYC Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) announced that speeding, injuries, and traffic fatalities declined in areas with speed cameras during the first year of 24/7 enforcement. Speed camera violations dropped an average of 30%, with the most dramatic drop occurring on Houston Street in the East Village, where speeding declined by 96%. In addition to the reduction in speeding, injuries also declined along corridors across the city.

 

The Road To Mass EV Adoption: Three Barriers To A Sustainable Future

Forbes.com, National, August 30, 2023

David Roberts, President and CEO of Verra Mobility discusses how electrification is one of the most significant smart mobility trends of the past few decades, and it will have a major impact on transportation and infrastructure for the foreseeable future.

NY’s City & State Transportation Power 100

CityandStateNY.com, New York, August 7, 2023

Congratulations to Charles Callari, our VP of Business Development and Account Management, for making NY’s City & State’s Transportation Power 100. The Power 100 features the many movers and shakers who are behind projects that are keeping New Yorkers on the move. We are proud to deliver transportation technology that improves mobility for all.

 

Lakeland Commissioners Consider Adding More Red-Light Cameras

lkldnow.com, Florida, August 18, 2023

Lakeland’s red-light safety camera program began in 2009 with nine cameras at five intersections. In 2013, more cameras and intersections were added. The city currently has 18 red-light safety cameras at 11 intersections.

Lakeland Police Sgt. Chad Mumbauer told city commissioners on Friday that the city’s 14-year-old red light camera program is working because 85% of the people who receive a $158 ticket do not get cited again.

“If 100 people run that red light, 85 people do not do it again because that wallet hurts,” Mumbauer said. “It’s all about altering behavior. It hits pretty hard.”

“Which is really powerful,” Mayor Bill Mutz replied. “And that saves lives. … That’s the whole purpose of the program.”

License plate readers help solve crimes : Mumbauer and Lehman also told commissioners that the license plate readers their 165 squad cars are equipped with are helping to solve crimes and they want to add license plate readers to the 11 intersections where they have cameras.

Rumble Ponies Partner With Broome County Stop-Arm Campaign

WBNG.com, New York, August 21, 2023

The Binghamton Rumble Ponies announced that they are partnering with the Broome County Stop-Arm Safety Campaign to highlight the program.

The program, which began in Summer 2021, allows school, law enforcement and municipalities to track vehicles driving through school bus stop arms through the use of camera attached to the side of the bus. Since its implementation, hundreds of violations have been recorded.

“With the 2023 to 2024 school year approaching, the safety of the children and community going to and from school is on the forefront of our minds,” said Public Safety Program Coordinator Kirby Sainclair. “Our goal with this event is to put the safety of the children at the forefront of everyone’s mind as well.”

 

 

Cameras Will Nab Drivers Passing School Buses In Cumberland

ValleyBreeze.com, Rhode Island, August 17, 2023

A new program coming to Cumberland will see cameras installed on the outside of school buses to catch the license plates of drivers illegally passing the bus.

School Supt. Phil Thornton presented the plan to the School Committee last week, saying that drivers passing school buses happens “more than we’d like to hear about.”

Chief of Police Matthew Benson agreed that a new camera program and ticketing system will act as a deterrent, said Thornton, and the town and schools will partner with the company Verra Mobility, at no cost to local taxpayers.

 

Cities Turn To Cameras To Cut Traffic Deaths

Smart Cities Dive, National, July 2023

As traffic deaths continue to rise across the U.S., many cities have turned to automated enforcement technologies, such as red-light cameras and speed cameras that issue tickets to violators without the need for on-site police presence.

With fewer officers on the street, cities turned to technology. “Cities are increasing the number of sensors that they have in the city to detect what’s going on,” said Jon Baldwin, executive vice president of government solutions at Verra Mobility, a smart mobility technology company. People understand that these programs are very effective, and they’re trying to find ways to get them to protect the people they care about, the most vulnerable people on the roads.”

 

Speed Camera Bill Has Bent Over Backwards to Answer Opponents

California Streets Blog, California, August 28, 2023

For years, proponents of speed cameras, which have proven to reduce vehicle speeding, have been trying to get a bill through the state legislature to allow their use in California. While these bills have met with strong support, there has also been opposition based on a range of objections including equity and privacy.

What is alarming is how much misinformation the Arizona resident keeps on peddling in California.

The pilot programs defined under A.B. 645 deserve a chance to be tested.

A.B. 645 is currently in the Senate Appropriations Committee, where it will be decided on this week. If it passes there, it will go to the Senate Floor.