ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 36

August 18th, 2016 Comments off

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Boynton Beach Renews Red Light Camera Agreement
WPTV-TV NBC 5 (Florida), Aug. 17, 2016

Red-light cameras are not going dark in Boynton Beach. It’s the only city in Palm Beach County actively using the cameras and commissioners gave the green light to keep the cameras on. The commissioners’ vote extends the contract with American Traffic Solutions until May 2021. See related coverage at Sun Sentinel and at Palm Beach Post.  (WPTV-TV NBC 5 image)

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Mom Catches Drivers on Camera Passing Stopped School Bus
WAKA-TV CBS 8 (Alabama), Aug. 15, 2016

A Wetumpka woman caught drivers passing a stopped school bus on her home security cameras as her son was boarding the bus. “I was just in disbelief that they not only would just not stop because they could clearly see the lights flashing and the stop sign, but he laid on the horn just as soon as he knew they were not going to stop,” the mom said. The incident happened on her son’s second day of 10th grade. (WAKA-TV CBS 8 image)

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Traffic Light is Red for 44 Seconds before Pickup Truck Runs It
Palm Beach Post (Florida), Aug. 13, 2016

The Boynton Beach Police Department’s latest example of red-light running involves a pickup truck running through a traffic light that was red for 44 seconds. Police post this and other videos to raise awareness about driving hazards. (Palm Beach Post/Boynton Police image)

 

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Change in State Camera Law Disrupts Drivers Ed. Program Funding
The Chattanoogan.com (Tennessee), Aug. 17, 2016

Since its inception in November 2009, close to 3,000 young Chattanoogans have successfully completed the professional defensive driving curriculum and multimodal instruction provided by the city of Chattanooga’s Drivers Education Program. This program, funded by photo enforcement fines, is now suspended because a new state law prevents most unmanned speed enforcement cameras to be used. See related article at Times Free Press. (Chattanooga Times Free Press image by Alex Washburn)

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Speed Enforcement Cameras Help Police Identify Shooting Suspects
WJW-TV FOX 8 (Ohio), Aug. 15, 2016

For years, the village of Linndale has been heavily criticized for its aggressive speed enforcement. But following an armed robbery attempt earlier this month, the community’s speed enforcement cameras are now credited with helping identify two accomplices as they were speeding away from the scene. (WJW-TV FOX 8 image)

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Virginia Beach Hires ATS for Red-Light Safety Camera Program
The Virginian Pilot (Virginia), Aug. 14, 2016

The city has given the green light to a new company to run its red-light cameras. On July 7, the city inked a five-year-deal with American Traffic Solutions that gives it an option to extend the contract for up to three years after 2021. ATS will operate and maintain cameras at 11 intersections.

Driver Found Guilty of Vehicular Homicide
The Republic (Indiana), Aug. 12, 2016

A man accused of weaving through Ohio traffic on a flat tire and causing a crash that killed two pedestrians in downtown Columbus was convicted Friday of two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault. He faces up to 13 years in prison. Prosecutors say the driver recklessly drove his pickup truck on a flat, running red lights and weaving through traffic for two miles before hitting a school bus that struck and killed two pedestrians.

 

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Crash with School Bus Sends Child to Hospital
WTVA-TV ABC 9 (Mississippi), Aug. 16, 2016

A three-vehicle crash involving a stopped school bus sent a child to the hospital with minor injuries on Monday morning. Troopers say the school bus was stopped while unloading a child. One vehicle was stopped behind the school bus when another vehicle approached from behind, stuck the first vehicle and sent it crashing into the bus.

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School Bus Cameras Capture 6,600 Traffic Violations in 6 Months
Austin American-Statesman (Texas), Aug. 12, 2016

The first day of school for Austin students is around the corner, which means the district’s yellow school buses will soon be back on the road. So will the bus-mounted video cameras used to monitor whether drivers are being safe around them. During the last four months of enforcement: more than 6,600 tickets were mailed to drivers accused of illegally passing Austin school buses before the summer break. Videos of the violators are reviewed by the Austin school district police. (Austin American-Statesman image by Ricardo B. Brazziell)

Student Injured in School Bus Crash, Police Make Arrest
WJTV-12 CBS 12 (Mississippi), Aug. 12, 2016

Authorities have arrested a man in connection with a hit-and-run crash involving a school bus. When the crash occurred, a student was getting ready to get off the bus. The bus driver grabbed the teenager upon noticing what was about to happen. The student was injured and taken to the hospital. The teen was later released.

City of Mercer Island Reminds Drivers of School Bus Cameras
City of Mercer Island News Release (Washington), Aug. 11, 2016

Both the City and the Mercer Island School District have launched a public information campaign about the new CrossingGuard School Bus Stop Arm Safety Camera Program. The system will go online at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, with no grace period for early violators. Every school day in the United States, more than 70,000 motorists illegally pass school buses as they stop to let students on and off. This inexcusable behavior endangers the lives of children, may of whom aren’t yet as observant as adults.

 

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Retweeted by ATS_RoadSafety  AustinISD @AISDPoliceChief gives tips for back-to-school safety. Please help us keep our students safe by driving safely.

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Retweeted by ATS_RoadSafety @Don’t Tweet & Drive You can’t make this stuff up: PA woman caught texting and driving while using her FEET to steer! #DontBeThatDriver  (WPVI-TV ABC 6 image)

 

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Tolls Not Likely to Fade Away, Experts Say
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Aug. 17, 2016

In the year 2042, something potentially significant to Central Florida motorists could happen. The Central Florida Expressway Authority, which operates 109 miles of toll roads in Orange County, will have paid off its $4.3 billion in bonds. But when the roads are paid for, what happens to the tolls? … Growing transportation needs make it unlikely the tolls will be removed, experts say. The authority’s 2040 preliminary plan is looking at building another 80 miles of roadways with a projected cost of $3.2 billion to $4.5 billion. (Miami Herald image by John VanBeekum)

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E-Pass Reload Lanes Catching On with Drivers
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Aug. 16, 2016

By mail or by Internet, paying bills is a routine chore, but what some consumers haven’t seen yet is unusual: a drive-through. The Central Florida Expressway Authority opened the nation’s first Reload Lanes for motorists to replenish their E-Pass accounts in May and say consumer response so far has been positive. Since it’s opened, about 5,000 motorists have used it to refill their E-Pass balance and an additional 2,500 E-Pass accounts were started.

Tiny Sensors Could Turn Toll Roads into Energy Producers
KCRA-TV NBC 3 (California), Aug. 10, 2016

Imagine harnessing the power of millions of cars as they simply drive on the freeway using a sensor smaller than a quarter. … The California Energy Commission has several pilot programs to install these sensors next year. … Assemblyman Mike Gatto sees this technology being applied to toll roads. “The toll roads could sell the power to houses along the toll roads. CalTrans could lease the freeways to power-generating utilities. The possibilities are endless,” he said.

 

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“I think we need to remember that we’re talking about a culture here that we’re changing. I do think twice now when I approach an intersection and that’s where we’re going. If it saves one life it is worth it.”
Woodrow Hay, former Boynton Beach Mayor
Palm Beach Post (Florida), Aug. 17, 2016

“It is unclear at this time to what degree the bill will potentially limit our public safety capabilities or increase workload on officers. But what we do know is removing these cameras does not make our streets safer.”
Kyle Miller, Chattanooga Police Department spokesman
Times Free Press (Tennessee), Aug. 18, 2016

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