EFF Warns: Ring Doorbell App Packed with Third-Party Trackers
Ring isn’t just a product that allows users to surveil their neighbors. The Ring also uses it to surveil its customers.
Report at Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
$200 Additional Speeding Fine
The Arlington County Board voted unanimously to establish a $200 additional speeding fine zone for residential neighborhoods that meet certain criteria. The move came in response to complaints from residents about speeding and pedestrian safety. The current $80 fine would jump to $280.
To qualify for the designation, a road must be in a residential area; must be classified as a neighborhood principal, minor arterial or major arterial street on the County’s road classification map and must have a documented speeding issue.
Once a road is found to qualify, a “$200 Additional Speeding Fine” sign will be attached to the speed limit signs along the road to alert drivers. The fine will be added to the current fine for speeding in a residential neighborhood, which is $6 for every mile-per-hour above the 25 miles-per-hour speed limit (plus the state-mandated $66 in court fees). The County Manager said staff will widely communicate the new fine.
County Board Chair Libby Garvey said that speeding fines are just one of many methods the County uses to make streets across Arlington safe for all who use them, including protected bike lanes; signage; traffic signals; enforcement campaigns, and the Vision Zero traffic safety strategy, adopted by the Board in July 2019.
App to Report Traffic Safety Violators Starting up in DC now. Hopefully Arlington will follow.
The Our Streets app allows users report traffic safety violations directly to DC government. The app connects to the complaint system at DC’s DFHV (Department of For-Hire Vehicles, which regulates taxi and ride-hailing companies). Click to Continue Reading…
The Vision Zero Action Plan will include strategies to make travel safer for everyone: walking, driving, biking, scootering, or taking public transit.
The project team is hosting a drop-in meeting to share more information about Vision Zero, discuss draft Vision Zero goals, and hear about your priorities for the future of safe transportation in Arlington County.
When: Jan 28, 5-8 PM
Where: Washington-Liberty High School Cafeteria, 1301 N Stafford St
Recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that while overall traffic fatalities fell 2.7% from 2017, pedestrian deaths rose more than 3%, to 6,283. Bicycle fatalities increased more than 6%, to 857. Both figures are the highest since 1990.
Pedestrian deaths have ballooned 69% in urban areas from 2009 to 2018, while cyclist deaths have jumped 48%. The increases far outpace population growth in those areas.
“People tend to be impatient at intersections and that leads to cars doing things that might not seem reasonable to try to get the light or swerve around somebody who’s stopped to turn.”
Before You Buy a New Car…
“The popularity of SUVs and light trucks are contributing to the increase in roadway fatalities… If you’re behind the wheel of one of those vehicles… you need to take extra caution. It has a lot more weight… poor visibility, it takes you longer to brake and it is harder to see around turns. Drivers of those vehicles need drive very carefully to compensate.” — NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg
Arlington’s SMD (E-Scooter/E-Bike) Pilot Evaluation Report
Arlington’s pilot kicked off in September 2018 with Bird and Lime and is expected to end in December 2019 with seven operators. This report provides the results of the evaluation of the nine-month Arlington County pilot program, including trends in deployment, utilization and feedback from the community to understand Shared Mobility Device (SMD) adoption and system performance. Click to Continue Reading…
The October meeting featured three of the four County Board candidates running for the two open seats. Arron O’Dell did not attend.
Christian Dorsey (incumbent Democrat) Website
Katie Cristol (incumbent Democrat) Website
Audrey Clement (Independent) Website
Arron O’Dell (Independent) Website
“See Me Flags” Popping Up in Arlington, F.C. & Alex.
2019 has seen a troublesome rise in pedestrian fatalities in Arlington. Last month a 55-year-old woman became the fourth pedestrian fatality. The number of traffic-related pedestrian fatalities in 2019 now equals the combined total of in the preceding four years. Click to Continue Reading…
The stretch of Washington Blvd between N. Quincy St and Glebe Rd near Ballston has been the site of several serious pedestrian collisions. Some pedestrians have said cars often do not stop for them along this four-lane road, even in crosswalks. Please observe extra caution along this stretch of Washington Blvd.
Recap from Sept 9, 2019 General Meeting
Thanks to Sgt. Tom Rakowski and Officer Kristen Oesterling of the The Arlington County Police Department who spoke to LVCA members at the Sept 9 General Meeting.
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