Hate Speed Cameras? Look for More of them in the Future

Rising traffic deaths have officials all over the country worried. One solution to those deaths might be found in the new infrastructure law. On Wednesday of last week the Department of Transportation said billions of dollars are now available for safety programs to help bring deaths down.

Part of that effort will involve the installation of more speed cameras in dangerous areas and areas with higher than average auto crashes.

The goal of the Federal Highway Administration — says deputy administrator, Stephanie Pollack — is to improve road design, lower speed limits in places and develop more auto safety regulations.  She said the goal is to “help state and local transportation agencies across the country deliver projects that make streets, highways and bridges safe and accessible for all users. States now have more flexibility and funding to make highway safety improvements.”

The idea — as you know — is controversial because these speed traps bring in millions for local communities. Controversial or not, the push is to make highways more safe. And since one in four traffic fatalities happen because of speed, the Federal Highway Administration says they are important and can reduce injuries and deaths by 50%.

Automated speed enforcement, if deployed equitably and applied appropriately to roads with the greatest risk of harm due to speeding, can provide significant safety benefits and save lives,” the Department of Transportation said.

Source link: Insurance Journal — https://bit.ly/3uAyejJ

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