Naked breasts billboards cause 517 accidents in one day

The larger-than-life ads were plastered on no fewer than 30 trucks spread across Moscow’s roads.

A sexy mobile advertisement featuring a woman’s breasts is being blamed for causing over 500 car crashes in one day. The larger-than-life inadvertent distracted driving ads were plastered on no fewer than 30 trucks spread across Moscow’s roads.

The specific purpose of the ad campaign – designed by an advertising agency specializing in mobile ads – was to draw attention to the mobile billboards. The sparse text in the ad translates from Russian to “They Attract.” They certainly do!

Russian motorist Ildar Yuriev says, “I was on my way to a business meeting when I saw this truck with a huge photo of breasts on its side go by. Then I was hit by the car behind who said he had been distracted by the truck. It made me late and left my car in the garage, and although I am insured I am still out of pocket.”

Drivers across Moscow were quick to vocalize their outrage and have reportedly unleashed their anger on AdvTruck.ru, the agency responsible for the stunt. A spokesperson for AdvTruck says “‘We are planning to bring a new advertising format onto the market, encouraging companies to place their ads on the sides of trucks, as we thought this would be a good alternative to putting them on the sides of public transport. We wanted to draw attention to this new format with this campaign” he explained.

He then added “In all cases of accidents, the car owners will receive compensation costs from us that aren’t covered by their insurance.”

The ad campaign, however tacky, obviously did the job it set out to do, but it left a city full of carnage in its wake, as no fewer than 517 collisions related to the mobile billboards have been officially reported. We’ll be sure to keep you abreast of the situation as more reports flood in. Check out the full video report below.

Revealing Breast Billboard Causes 517 Accidents In One Day

News Source: AOL via Daily Mail

Category: Etc., Marketing/Advertising, Safety, Videos

Tags: advtruck.ru, billboards, boobs, marketing stunt, moscow, sexy ads, video

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Virginia concerned over safety of its guardrails

Bus Crash Maryland

The highways in Virginia may look a lot different in in the coming weeks depending on the results of safety tests on guardrails there. The Commonwealth is demanding new crash evaluations on the end terminals of the ET-Plus guardrails (not necessarily pictured above) supplied by Trinity Industries, by October 24, according to The New York Times. If state officials observing the analysis aren’t happy with the results, then the product could be banned from the roads there and possibly even removed.

Just a few weeks ago, Autoblog reported on a study from the University of Alabama Birmingham into the safety of guardrail designs. It found the ET-Plus was nearly three times as likely to cause fatalities than an earlier product from Trinity, based on eight years of crash data in two states.

The alleged flaw with the ET-Plus design was that Trinity reportedly narrowed a portion behind the rail head, according to The New York Times. The change, which supposedly wasn’t disclosed to states, possibly allowed the end to spear into vehicles. As a result, a trial against the company recently began in Texas that claimed the product was responsible for 5 deaths and as many as 14 injuries.

Virginia is just the latest state to voice its concerns about the safety of the ET-Plus design. According to The New York Times, the product is now banned in Nevada. The Federal Highway Administration promises to investigate the guardrail safety further with input from public and private partners.

News Source: The New York Times

Image Credit: Maryland State Highway Administration/ AP Photo

Category: Government/Legal, Safety, Technology

Tags: et-plus, guardrail, legal, safety, trinity, trinity industries, virginia

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Why narrower 10-foot roads may be safer than 12-foot roads

Bicycle Buffer Zones

We live in a society where more is generally considered better. We want improved fuel economy from our cars, more data from our phones and a better picture from TVs. But when it comes to engineering some roads, giving drivers more room might not actually be an advantage. There’s some evidence that switching from the current 12-foot standard for lanes to 10-foot-wide lanes for urban streets could boost safety. The change might potentially mean around 900 fewer fatal crashes each year.

An article on CityLab, a site that brings scientific thinking to the questions of urban life, investigates the current state of traffic engineering for lane width, and the author lays down a compelling argument about making things narrower. Two-feet might not sound like a lot, but when multiplied over the whole roadway, you end up with quite a bit of extra real estate to play with.

The piece explains some of the reasons that 12-foot lanes are the standard in the first place and then breaks each of those arguments down to show that they might be a fallacy. If nothing else, the story makes you think more about traffic engineering than you probably have in years. Read the whole story for yourself, here.

News Source: CityLab

Image Credit: Richard Vogel / AP Photo

Category: Safety, Technology, Read This

Tags: cities, lanes, read this, road lanes, traffic, traffic engineering, traffic lanes, traffic safety, urban traffic

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalls nearly 750k vehicles in two campaigns

2014 Chrysler 300S

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling a total of 747,817 vehicles in the US in two separate campaigns recently added to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration database.

The first one covers about 434,581 units of the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Challenger, Durango, and Jeep Grand Cherokee from the 2011-2014 model years with electric hydraulic power steering, the 3.6-liter V6 engine and a 160 amp alternator, according to FCA. In the affected vehicles, it’s possible for the alternator to fail without warning and possibly cause the car to stall. According to the documentation submitted to NHTSA, the automaker began investigating the problem in August 2014 and has found possible evidence of one crash caused by the failures but no known injuries.

Customers will begin receiving notification about the recall next month, and obviously the repairs will be done at no cost to them.

The second recall covers a reported 313,236 units of the 2011-2013 Jeep Wrangler built between February 16, 2010, and July 19, 2013. An electrical connection could corrode and cause a short in models with heated power side mirrors. The company says that this could potentially cause a fire. However, there are no reports of crashes, injuries, fatalities or fires related to the problem known to the automaker at this time.

According to the documents submitted to NHTSA, the first reports of this came from three Wranglers in Canada in February, 2013. Testing showed that water was making contact with the connection and caused the corrosion.

To fix the problem dealers will move the connection to a new place and will add a water shield and dielectric grease to the area. The company will begin contacting owners in early December.

Scroll down to read NHTSA’s reports about both recalls.

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RECALL Subject : Alternator may Fail Resulting in Engine Stall

Report Receipt Date: OCT 08, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V634000
Component(s):
Potential Number of Units Affected: 434,581
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Mode lModel Year(s)
CHRYSLER 300 2011-2014
DODGE CHALLENGER 2011-2014
DODGE CHARGER 2011-2014
DODGE DURANGO 2011-2014
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 2011-2014
Details

Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Challenger, Durango, and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured June 17, 2010, to December 23, 2013, and equipped with a 3.6L engine and a 160 amp alternator. In the affected vehicles, the alternator may suddenly fail.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the alternator fails, the vehicle may stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Chrysler is expected to begin notifying owners of this recall on November 28, 2014. The remedy for this recall campaign is still under development. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is P60.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

RECALL Subject : Potential for Fire in Heated Exterior Mirror
Report Receipt Date: OCT 08, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V631000
Component(s):
Potential Number of Units Affected: 313,236
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
JEEP WRANGLER 2011-2013
Details

Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Jeep Wrangler vehicles manufactured February 16, 2010, to July 19, 2013. Corrosion in the exterior heated power mirror electrical connector may result in an electrical short.

CONSEQUENCE:
An electrical short increases the risk of a fire.

REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will move the exterior mirror power feed to a separate connector, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 5, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is P61.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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News Source: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Image Credit: Chrysler, Jeep

Category: Coupe, Sedan, SUV, Recalls, Safety, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep

Tags: chrysler, chrysler 300, dodge, dodge challenger, dodge charger, dodge durango, fca, fiat chrysler automobiles, jeep, jeep grand cherokee, jeep wrangler, national highway traffic safety administration, nhtsa

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Toyota recalling 1.67 million vehicles worldwide in 3 campaigns [UPDATE]

Pittsburgh Auto Show

UPDATE: Toyota is now announcing specifically which models are covered under its fuel pipe recall in the US. The company is repairing about 423,000 Lexus models that include the 2007-2010 LS, 2006-2011 GS, 2006-2011 IS, 2010 IS C and 2008-2010 IS-F. The automaker says that it isn’t aware of any fires, crashes, injuries or fatalities caused by this problem.

According to Toyota, the recall is because it’s possible for the fuel delivery pipes and the fuel pressure sensor to form a bad seal with the gasket between them because of a protective coating protecting against corrosion on the pipes. It’s possible for this to eventually cause a fuel leak, and obviously in a hot engine bay that’s a potential fire risk.

To fix the problem, dealers will replace the gasket and repair the gasket seating surface between the fuel delivery pipe and the fuel pressure sensor. The company will begin notifying owners soon. You can find the official press release, below.

Toyota is issuing three separate recalls covering 1.67 million vehicles worldwide with most of those models in Japan. It looks like the campaigns’ impact on the US may be smaller, though. According to Reuters, Toyota isn’t aware of any accidents, injuries or fatalities affecting the models. Some yet-unnamed Lexus models might also be affected.

The largest of the campaigns does not currently affect any US-market vehicles. About 802,000 units of the Toyota Crown Majesta, Crown, Noah and Voxy in Japan are being repaired to replace a seal that could leak in the brake master cylinder. Those already leaking get a new brake booster, as well, according to Reuters.

The only recall currently believed to affect the US is due to a problem covering approximately 759,000 vehicles with 423,000 of them here. The repair is to fix a faulty fuel delivery pipe that could cause a fire if the fuel leaks out. Unfortunately, we don’t know which models it covers. Autoblog spoke to Toyota spokesperson Mona Richard and was told the information was still “under embargo.” When exactly that embargo will lift isn’t yet known, but we’re on the case.

Finally, Toyota is recalling 190,000 Corolla Rumion and Auris models in Japan for a faulty evaporative emission control unit.

Autoblog is in contact with Toyota, and we’ll update this story as soon as we know more about its affect on the US market.

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LEXUS ANNOUNCES RECALL OF CERTAIN LS, GS, AND IS VEHICLES

TORRANCE, Calif., October 15, 2014 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., today announced plans to conduct a voluntary safety recall of approximately 423,000 Lexus vehicles including 2007 through 2010 Model Year LS; 2006 through 2011 Model Year GS; 2006 through 2011 Model Year IS; 2010 Model Year IS C; and 2008 through 2010 Model Year IS-F vehicles.

In the involved vehicles, the fuel delivery pipes in the engine compartment were manufactured with a plating to protect against corrosion. Some of the pipes could have been produced with plating particles on the gasket seating surface where the fuel pressure sensor is installed. In this condition, the sealing property of the gasket seated between the pressure sensor and the pipe could become degraded. During vehicle operation, fuel could leak past the gasket. In the presence of an ignition source, this could increase the risk of a vehicle fire.

Toyota is not aware of any fires, crashes, injuries or fatalities caused by this condition.
Owners of the vehicles involved will receive a notification by first class mail. Lexus dealers will repair the gasket seating surface of the fuel delivery pipe where the fuel pressure sensor is installed, replace the gasket with a new one, and re-install the fuel pressure sensor.
Detailed information is available to Lexus at www.toyota.com/recall and by calling Lexus Customer Service at 1-800-255-3987.

News Source: Reuters

Image Credit: Gene J. Puska / AP Photo

Category: Japan, Recalls, Safety, Lexus, Toyota

Tags: japan, lexus, recall, safety, toyota

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Michael Schumacher’s brain injury may be blamed on his GoPro

It seemed like a freak accident when Michael Schumacher suffered a traumatic head injury while skiing in France last winter. After all, while he may have embarked off the marked trails, he knew that ski hill well, and was wearing a helmet when he fell over and smacked his head on a rock. So why did the helmet not protect him better? The latest reports may have the answer.

According to photography blog PetaPixel, the integrity of the seven-time world champion’s ski helmet may have been compromised by the GoPro camera that was attached atop it. While Schumi almost certainly would have died if not for the helmet, it may have been the camera that prevented him from skiing away from the incident unscathed instead of putting him in a coma.

Apparently the ENSA alpine sports academy in Chamonix, France, is investigating the influence of the camera’s attachment to the helmet’s integrity. Preliminary findings suggest that the presence of a solid object in between the helmet and the rock would cause the helmet to split open, severely reducing the level of protection it would provide the head inside.

Schumacher is still recuperating at his home in Switzerland. At present, he reportedly has yet to regain the ability to either walk or speak. Of course we wish Michael a speedy and full recovery and will be watching for updates to bring you as his recovery continues.

News Source: PetaPixel, Metro

Category: Safety, Celebrities

Tags: gopro, helmet, injury, michael schumacher, ski

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Red-light camera use declines as speed cameras continue to rise [w/video]

Red traffic light with 'No Turn On Red' sign and intersection camera.

Over the past three years, the number of speed camera programs has grown from 115 to 140.

Early in his tenure, Gov. Chris Christie saw red-light cameras as a way to augment traditional traffic enforcement and keep motorists safe on New Jersey roads. Lately, he’s seen the automated traffic technology as more of a nuisance.

Christie indicated last month a five-year statewide pilot program wouldn’t be renewed when it expires in December. “I’ll wait until all the evidence comes in … but I will tell you that my gut feel on this one is that I don’t favor it,” he told The Asbury Park Press.

He’s not alone. Red-light cameras are falling out of favor with communities and motorists across the country. After two decades of continuous growth, the number of red-light camera programs is declining in the United States. The number peaked at 540 two years ago, according to records kept by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Today, there are 502 programs, a decrease of about seven percent.

Conversely, growth in speed-camera programs remains steady. Over the past three years, the number of speed-camera programs has grown from 115 to 140 today, according to IIHS, an increase of 21.7 percent.

“There’s a bit of a disconnect there, in seeing one go up and the other go down,” says John Bowman, communications director of the National Motorists Association, which also tracks the number of automated programs. “I would hope some of the backlash with red-light cameras would start to carry through to speed cameras, but we haven’t seen that yet.”

The reasons behind the decline of one type of automated enforcement system while the other continues a steady uptick aren’t clear. In some cases, changes in state laws affect local programs; in others, the fiscal health of municipalities affects automated enforcement contracts. And sometimes the controversial nature of the traffic cameras plays a lead role in discontinuing their use.


Speeding Ticket Blitz

An Avalanche Of Problems

Next month, voters in Maple Heights, OH, will vote on whether to terminate the town’s fledgling traffic-camera program. Launched only in July, the cameras have already accounted for nearly $400,000 in revenue for a cash-strapped town. The Ohio Supreme Court had to compel the town to include the issue on the Nov. 4 ballot. If history is any indication, the cameras won’t be popular with voters.

In 27 of the 30 instances in which automated traffic enforcement ballot initiatives have been voted upon over the past 23 years, voters have rejected traffic cameras. In votes involving red-light cameras only, voters rejected them 10 of 11 times, according to National Motorists Association records.

Recently, high-profile problems with these systems have only worsened.

An ongoing investigation into Chicago’s red-light camera program revealed unexplained spikes in the number of violations recorded at certain locations. Thousands of motorists received tickets they did not deserve, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“I would hope some of the backlash with red-light cameras would start to carry through to speed cameras.”
– John Bowman

In August, the former CEO of RedFlex Traffic Systems was indicted on corruption charges in Chicago. Prosecutors allege that Karen Finley bribed a city transportation official to win more than $100 million worth of contracts.

In New Jersey, a judge dismissed approximately 17,000 red-light camera citations because a glitch in the system prevented unsuspecting motorists from receiving their tickets.

A recent Inspector General’s report that examined Washington DC traffic enforcement found aspects of its automated programs troubling. The report found that an earlier study “intended to instill public trust that speed cameras are installed by the DC government to improve safety and not just increase local revenues” had the opposite effect when it concluded that 300 of 300 possible locations for automated enforcement equipment were justified.

The report found an abundance of problems in DC Automated enforcement cameras issued violations in cases when they did not have enough information to conclusively identify vehicles, when camera information did not match license-plate registration information and when photographic evidence was not available to motorists.

In the Capitol and elsewhere, the burden of proof often lies with ticketed motorists, who are increasingly frustrated in their inability to fight back.

More than a few critics believe that red-light cameras are outright money grabs designed to generate revenue, not enhance traffic safety. The decrease, they say, is coming because motorists are fed up with these violations and are finally fighting back.

“It’s all about the revenue,” says Declan O’Scanlon, a New Jersey assemblyman who has introduced legislation that would thwart the use of automated enforcement cameras and encouraged Christie to not renew the pilot program. “The more people know about these ATMs – automatic taxing machines – the more they realize that they are nothing more than government-sanctioned theft.”

Do Cameras Improve Safety?

Even when deployed properly, there are lingering questions over whether red-light cameras actually enhance traffic safety. Numerous studies of various scope and method have attempted to determine their effect and delivered mixed results. One that both supporters and critics cite is a 2005 study sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration.

Researchers in that study analyzed cameras stationed at 132 locations in seven US cities. They found both sides had some merit: red-light cameras in the selected cities reduced right-angle crashes by 25 percent, but they also found a 15-percent increase in rear-end collisions, the latter of which is potentially caused by motorists who hit their brakes when they realize they’re entering an automated enforcement zone.

“You seem to see that red-light cameras do have more and stronger opposition.”
– Anne McCartt

The authors found a net economic benefit for the system – that is, the costs saved by preventing more-serious, right-angle crashes are more substantial than costs incurred from the increase in rear-end crashes. But they also noted a need for a second, more definitive study of the issue.

The economic aspects of red-light cameras aren’t only found in accident reduction. A 2011 report (PDF here) from the U.S. PIRG Education Fund on red-light cameras warned that contracts between public municipalities and private camera vendors often put profit above traffic safety, because many of these contracts call for the vendors receive 30 to 40 percent of the revenue raised by tickets. When traffic enforcement is privatized, these contracts often limit the government’s discretion to set and enforce traffic regulations, further putting the public at risk, the report said.

The report noted some red-light camera vendors have organized under the auspices of grassroots organizations, such as the National Coalition for Safer Roads, which produced the video below. U.S. PIRG criticizes the group for presenting only the upside of automated enforcement without discussing other alternatives.

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More Complexity To Red-Light Cameras

Anne McCartt, senior vice president for research at IIHS, says the organization’s studies show red-light cameras enhance traffic safety. Accidents that occur as a result of red-light running claim approximately 676 lives per year, according to the FHA, so reducing those accidents by a quarter could substantially save lives.

“ATMs – automatic taxing machines… are nothing more than government-sanctioned theft.”
– Declan O’Scanlon

The benefit of red-light cameras can be difficult to quantify, she says, because the cameras don’t merely modify a driver’s behavior at one intersection, they can potentially modify a driver’s behavior at all intersections. That’s hard to measure.

In some cases, she says, red-light cameras have been removed because they’ve done their job. “It can do with cameras that are no longer needed because they’re been successful in reducing violations,” she said. Yet she concedes there is growing public opposition to the red-light cameras, something she finds befuddling because in IIHS surveys, motorists regard red-light running as a more serious traffic violation than speeding.

But speed limits are simpler to understand, and typically well marked. Red-light violations can have more complexity. Motorists often have less control over the timing of yellow lights, and motorists may not regard rolling through a right turn at a red light as an offense on par with a straight-line path through a red.

“They both can be controversial, but you seem to see that red-light cameras do have more and stronger opposition,” she said.

News Source: Asbury Park Press, WKYC, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, U.S. Pirg Education Fund

Image Credit: AP

Category: Government/Legal, Safety, Earnings/Financials

Tags: camera, gatso, iihs, law enforcement, red light camera, speed camera, surveillance, traffic camera, traffic safety

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Should F1 move to closed cockpits? Alonso thinks it’s worth further study [w/poll]

The deaths of Ayrton Senna and Dale Earnhardt revolutionized safety in top-flight motorsports. And while we continue to mourn their passing, the truth is that the safety changes made after their deaths have saved lives. Now, Jules Bianchi’s severe head injury is reigniting the safety controversy in Formula One.

In particular, concerns over moving F1 to a closed-cockpit format are being reanalyzed, with some, such as Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, arguing that the idea needs to be revisited in light of the Bianchi incident. According to Autosport, F1 abandoned the idea because the teams were worried about how the cars would look (which is basically like a kid whining he doesn’t want to wear a helmet while on his bike because it makes him look like a dork).

“I probably tend to agree we should at least check and try or test the idea,” Alonso told Autosport. “We are in 2014, we have the technology, we have airplanes and many other examples used in a successful way, so why not to think about it?”

“All the biggest accidents in motorsport in the last couple of years have been head injuries so it’s probably one of the parts where we are not on the top of the safety,” the Spaniard added.

“I totally agree with Fernando – it would be interesting to try to work on that possibility. Definitely for my accident,” Williams’ Felipe Massa told Autosport, who was seriously injured when he was hit by an errant spring in 2009, “it would have been perfect. For Jules, I don’t know.”

What are your thoughts? Should F1 go to a closed-cockpit format? Head down to our straw poll and register your vote.

Do you think F1 should adopt closed cockpit racecars?

News Source: Autosports

Category: Motorsports, Safety

Tags: closed cockpit, f1, fernando alonso, motorsports, safety

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One of America's most notorious speed trap cities disbands police force

In 2003, AAA took the unprecedented step of erecting billboards to warn motorists of speed traps ahead

Most people have never heard of Waldo, Florida, a tiny town of about 1,000 residents that lies along Route 310 between Gainesville and Jacksonville. But motorists who have driven through the tiny community may know it all too well. For decades, Waldo has operated one of the most notorious speed traps in America.

The speed trap has been considered such a blatant money-grab that AAA, one of the nation’s leading advocates for traffic safety, has rebuked the town’s enforcement practices. In 2003, the organization took the unprecedented step of erecting billboards along Route 310 that warn motorists of the speed traps ahead.

But now, the traffic situation in Waldo may be changing. Last week, the city council voted to disband the town’s police force. The vote came on the heels of the resignation of the interim Cpl. Kenneth Smith, the interim chief. Five of the department’s officers had told the city council that Smith had imposed a “strict ticket quota,” according to The Associated Press.

Smith had been the interim chief since August, when Chief Mike Szabo was suspended pending a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation.


Now, the Alachua County sheriff’s office is handling patrols in the area. AAA says it will watch the traffic situation in Waldo closely, and if traffic tickets are written to enhance safety rather than to meet a quota, it will consider ending its lease on the billboards.

“Assuming the disbanding results in the end of traffic enforcement taking place for the purpose of revenue generation, then we would strongly consider not renewing our billboards there,” Karen Morgan, a public policy manager for AAA’s southern office, tells Autoblog.

AAA said there’s significant consideration in naming a town a ticket trap and erecting billboards. There’s only one other town in the country where the organization has taken the step of buying billboards that warn drivers of a trap ahead. It’s in Lawtey, Florida, about 19 miles north of Waldo along Route 310.

As a percentage of its city budget, no other municipality in Florida relies on traffic citations as heavily as Waldo. The small town has derived as much as 73 percent of its overall budget from traffic fines. Florida Department of Law Enforcement documents say the ideal ratio of police to citizens is 2.5 officers for every 1,000 citizens. Prior to the resignation, Waldo had eight.

One of the key factors is whether the town has mandatory ticket quotas for its officers.

“AAA condemns traffic enforcement practices that are designed to raise revenue rather than prevent crashes,” Morgan said. “AAA condemns all practices whereby a law enforcement agency rates the efficiency of its officers based upon the number of arrests made or citations issued.”

News Source: The Associated Press

Category: Government/Legal, Etc., Safety

Tags: aaa, florida, law enforcement, speed trap, speeding ticket, traffic citation, waldo, waldo florida

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