The provincial government has received four applications for nine new locations where cameras could be used to catch and fine speeding motorists.
But critics say these “citizen cops” are a recipe for disaster. The plan, critics say, could put citizens at risk of unnecessary confrontations, increase favoritism and discrimination in traffic crackdowns and hurt the impartiality generally associated with traffic enforcement.
The Columbia Police Department released its traffic stop data for 2018 which show once again that black drivers are more likely to be pulled over than would be expected at random based on their percentage of the population. All other identified races were underrepresented in traffic stop data compared to their percentage of the population. The racial disparity index is a number that represents the percentage of traffic stops involving people of a given race to their percentage of the population. A number of more than one indicates that the group is over-represented. The data for last year’s traffic stops in Columbia shows a racial disparity index of 2.92 for black drivers. White drivers were underrepresented with a racial disparity index of .80.
Just a week after New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy authorized the use e-scooters across the state, Hoboken launched a pilot program that will bring 300 e-scooters to its streets. The move is getting praise from some while others are concerned over the congestion headaches the city already faces. Hoboken is the first city in the tri-state area to authorize e-scooter usage in city bike lanes.
New research from the University of Pennsylvania shows that denser cities and towns can save lives. The four-year-long study compared Pennsylvania Department of Transportation records of all car accidents in a five-county region with population data, socioeconomic factors, different road types and other factors. The resulting analysis, which examined collision data from 2010 and 2014, showed that the densest parts of the region — like downtown Philly or suburban town centers — had lower accident rates than more sprawling areas.