ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 8

April 13th, 2017 Comments off

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City OKs 7-Year Agreement with American Traffic Solutions
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), April 12, 2017

Dallas’ red-light camera program will roll on after the City Council approved a new seven-year contract Wednesday. The council’s vote was 9-6. The winning bidder is American Traffic Solutions. … Dallas’ red-light camera program began in 2006, and the city had as many as 66 cameras installed at one time. The new deal with ATS as a new vendor calls for at least 40 cameras. (The Dallas Morning News image)

Report Forecasts Growth in Traffic Enforcement Camera Market
Individual.com (National), April 12, 2017

According to a new market report published by Credence Research Inc., “Traffic Enforcement Camera Market — Growth, Share, Opportunities, Competitive Analysis, and Forecast 2015-2022,” stringent road safety regulations and increasing efforts to reduce road fatalities across the world are increasing the adoption of traffic enforcement cameras.


Pedestrian Deaths Are Increasing in Sacramento
KXTV-TV ABC 10 (California), April 5, 2017

It’s more dangerous than ever to go for a walk — at least when there are cars on the road. A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association says pedestrian fatalities are up 22 percent from 2014 to 2016. The consultant who prepared the report called the increases “unprecedented.” Sacramento is also seeing a rise in fatalities. Read the report here.  (GHSA image)

 

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Pedestrian Injured in Red-Light-Running Chain-Reaction Collision
WTNH-TV Channel 8 (Connecticut), April 11, 2017

An alleged red-light runner collided with a vehicle legally entering a New Haven intersection, causing it to strike a man walking across the road without the walk signal. Police said the pedestrian suffered a head laceration and is now in stable condition at the hospital.


Red-Light Safety Cameras Could Soon Be a Reality in Hawaii
KHON-TV Channel 2, April 7, 2017

A bill that would bring red-light cameras to Hawaii continues to make its way through the Legislature. The bill would give the green light for red-light cameras to be installed at intersections around the state. … The Public Defenders Office opposes the idea. … But for those in support, it’s a chance to make Hawaii’s roads safer. (KHON-TV Channel 2 image)


Painful Story of Distracted Driving Becomes Safety Message
KFSM-TV Channel 5 (Arkansas), April 7, 2017

A local man’s life was forever changed by a distracted driver and he’s speaking out about his experience as part of Distracted Driver Awareness Month. “In about five seconds, my whole life was turned upside down,” Don Moore said.  (KFSM-TV Channel 5 image)

 


Motocyclist Injured, Hospitalized after Avoiding Stopped Bus
Salina Post (Kansas), April 12, 2017

A motorcycle driven by an 18-year-old swerved to avoid a school bus stopped to let a student off in Reno County. Emergency workers transported the motorcyclist to Hutchinson Regional Medical Center with undetermined injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

Bill to Toughen School Bus Passing Penalties Advances in State
News-Press.com (Florida), April 4, 2017

Legislation named after a local teen struck and killed while getting off his school bus last year continues to make its way through the Legislature. Motorists who cause deaths or injuries when illegally passing stopped school buses would have to pay bigger fines, have their licenses suspended for a year and perform community service in a trauma center or hospital, under proposals moving in the Senate and House.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted NSC @NSCsafety Some screen time can be deadly. Learn more at nsc.org/ddmonth #distracteddriving #justdrive #DistractedDrivingAwarenessMonth


ATS_RoadSafety  @ATS_RoadSafety  VIDEO: A Mesa driver ran a red light at 104 MPH after the light was red for 36 seconds! #SpeedKills #StopOnRed

 

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Electronic Toll Collection Market Report Shows Growth
Military-Technologies.net/Satprnews, April 11, 2017

The Global Electronic Toll Collection Market accounted for $4.75 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach $10.96 billion by 2022, according to Stratistics MRC. Factors such as increasing demand for safe and secure infrastructure, low travel time, cashless travel facility and free flow of traffic are propelling the market growth.


Construction Begins on Maine’s 4th Open-Road Toll Plaza
WCSH-TV NBC 6 (Maine), April 10, 2017

Construction is under way on the fourth open-road toll plaza in the state of Maine. The four-phase construction project began April 10 on the toll facility for exit 44 off the Maine Turnpike in Scarborough. The new toll plaza will include EZ-Pass lanes that allow drivers with EZ-Passes to travel through without slowing down. (WCSH-TV NBC 6 image)


Commute Times Tumble in Massachusetts with Electronic Tolling
ConstructionEquipmentGuide.com, April 5, 2017

Drivers into Boston from its western suburbs are now saving 12 minutes of commute time each way, or two hours a week, after the Massachusetts Department of Transportation removed all middle-lane toll booths last fall to let traffic flow without stopping, according to State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack. The results are in conjunction with a Massachusetts Pike change to all-electronic tolling. (ConstructionEquipmentGuide.com image)

 

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Commentary: Big Fines Could Raise School Bus Safety Awareness
Faribault Daily News (Minnesota), April 11, 2017

When parents send their children off on a school bus each morning, they should find comfort in knowing it’s one of the safest options available. Unfortunately, statistics proving that statement don’t completely ease the anxiety. … Surveys show there are thousands of violations each week involving vehicles passing stopped school buses. For that reason, Rep. Dean Urdahl is sponsoring a bill in the Minnesota House that would increase a fine for stop-arm violations from $300 to $500.


Editorial: Pass Bill to Regulate Cameras
Sioux City Journal (Iowa), April 5, 2017

We hope this session marks the last time we hear and read about traffic camera debate in the Iowa Statehouse. We have lost count of how many sessions have included this obsessive discussion, with no change resulting. This year, the Senate passed what in our view is a reasonable compromise on these divisive devices. Our hope is the House joins the Senate, passes the bill and finally puts the issue to rest, at least at the Capitol.


Letter to the Editor: People Often Run Red Lights
Palm Coast Observer (Florida), April 10, 2017

No more red-light cameras. It’s obvious since every time I drive on Palm Coast Parkway I see cars going through red lights. They don’t even slow down since they are normally speeding. … Two people have already been killed by a red-light runner this year, and hopefully our new sheriff will put more deputies on traffic control before it happens again.

 

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“If only a few people are saved from a T-bone accident, this program is worth it.”
Sandy Greyson, Dallas City Council member
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), April 12, 2017


“We know that speed kills, and red light running and these little violations of our civic code lead to an environment of death and carnage.”
Doug Hausladen, New Haven Transportation Director
WTNH-TV Channel 8 (Connecticut), April 11, 2017

 

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In Bellevue, the number of infractions issued through the road safety camera program decreased 10 percent from years 2016 to 2015, a change that police say indicates the cameras are helping to change driver behavior.  Authorities approved 31,304 infractions through the nine-camera program in 2016, according to the Bellevue Police Department’s Annual Report. Source: MyNorthwest.com and KIRO-TV Channel 7 (Washington), April 12, 2017.