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DO ROAD SAFETY CAMERAS REDUCE WORK ZONE CRASHES?


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 Numerous studies confirm road safety cameras reduce speeding, which leads to fewer crashes.  According to an Arizona State University study, a Scottsdale Pilot Speed Camera Program showed a 54% reduction in total crashes and a nine mph speed reduction.  In three U.S. municipalities, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found 70 to 88% of drivers who traveled more than 10 mph over the speed limit reduced their speeds because of road safety cameras.  These are just two examples of countless studies demonstrating the positive results from road safety cameras.

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 Road safety cameras play an especially important role in work zones.  With summer here, most States’ Departments of Transportation will be in full construction mode.  Ongoing road repair means many drivers will need to traverse work zones.  Because they’ll be required to slow down, stop and wait sometimes for lengthy periods, some drivers will become frustrated and want to speed through these zones.  Or, they may not be paying attention and miss the posted warning signs.

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ROAD SAFETY CAMERAS WHY IS WORK ZONE SAFETY IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE?

  Everybody is at risk in a work zone, not just the construction workers. In fact, the Maryland “SafeZones” program found four out of five work zone crashes injured or killed motorists and passengers, not workers. In addition, work zones usually create problematic driving conditions. Many zones have limited space, such as single lanes. Plus, drivers might have to negotiate lots of obstacles, including construction trucks, machinery and equipment. They have to deal with lane restrictions, hazards, as well as obey changing speed limits.

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ROAD SAFETY CAMERAS WHY IS WORK ZONE SAFETY IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE?

  By going too fast, drivers may not be able to steer safely around curves or objects. They also may not be able to stop their vehicles quickly if needed or react as fast as required to a dangerous situation.   With these challenges, drivers must pay careful attention to the road. They have very little room for error while driving through these tight and busy areas.

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ROAD SAFETY CAMERAS ROAD SAFETY CAMERAS AND WORK ZONES: A PERFECT MATCH

  One main purpose of road safety cameras is to deter driving at unsafe speeds. That is especially important in areas where workers may be working right next to lanes of fast moving traffic. Slower work zone speeds help avoid crashes and save people from injury and death. Other factors contribute to work zone crashes, including going too fast for the current road conditions, using a mobile phone, being distracted, not yielding the right-of-way, following too closely or any number of other risky driving behaviors. To ensure these work zones remain safe for everyone, many states, counties and municipalities are using road safety cameras to protect drivers, passengers and construction workers from MAKING injuries or fatalities A SAFER WORLD


ROAD SAFETY CAMERAS ROAD SAFETY CAMERAS AND WORK ZONES: A PERFECT MATCH

  For example, the state of Maryland has implemented a successful SafeZones program that reduced speeding in work zones. Using road safety cameras, the SafeZones program resulted in more than an 80% reduction in speeding violations. In addition, crash injuries and deaths in work zones reached their lowest levels in more than 10 years. The goals of road safety cameras in work zones should be to encourage changes in driver behavior and improve awareness. Everyone must understand how driving too fast in a work zone can lead to deadly crashes.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jody Ryan is Communications Director at Redflex Traffic Systems速, Inc., a leader in road safety technology that operates more than 2,000 photo enforcement systems in over 250 cities throughout the United States and Canada. For more information about Road Safety Cameras, visit http://www.redflex.com today.

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Do Road Safety Cameras Reduce Work Zone Crashes?