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Road Safety Ink, Vol. 3, Issue 43

September 26th, 2013 Comments off

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Red-Light Running Citations Decrease in Florida
Sun Sentinel, Sept. 26, 2013

Are we getting used to red light cameras? A recent report says fewer vehicles are being cited for multiple violations. See related coverage from Digital Journal.

Top Cop Supports Photo Radar in School Zones
HQPrinceGeorge.com (Canada), Sept. 23, 2013

Photo radar in school zones has the support of Staff Sergeant Pat McTiernan of North District Traffic Services. “I think anything that will improve safety in our school zones for the youngsters is something we have to look at we have to support.”

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Red-Light Running Crash Involves School Bus

Yakima Herald (Washington), Sept. 20, 2013

A 21-year-old Moxee man ran a red light and crashed into a school bus Thursday morning at State Route 24 and Riverside Road, causing minor injuries to seven students and the bus driver. (Yakima Herald-Republic photo by Gordon King)

City to Post Names of Outstanding Warrant/Ticket Holders
Renton Reporter (Washington), Sept. 20, 2013

Beginning later this month, the city of Renton will try a new tactic to collect on outstanding warrants: shame. During the week of Sept. 30, the city will be posting on its website the names of about 2,500 people with outstanding warrants and a second list of those with outstanding tickets from red-light camera violations. The hope is that people will contact the city to pay their debts to avoid the public embarrassment.

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Lawmaker Crafts Bill to Improve School Bus Safety

York Dispatch (Pennsylvania), Sept. 25, 2013

Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, has proposed a bill to add video cameras to the extending arms on school buses to capture photos of the license plates of those who disobey the law. About 1,000 motorists per year violate the School Bus Stopping Law, which carries a 60-day driver’s license suspension, five points on the offender’s driving record, and a $250 fine. (The Evening Sun photo by Shane Dunlap)

Clayton County Schools Deploys Stop-Arm Cameras
School Bus Fleet, Sept. 25, 2013

Clayton County Schools will partner with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to deploy CrossingGuard on its school buses. ATS’ technology helps school districts address the growing problem of motorists illegally passing school buses that are stopped while children are boarding or disembarking.

Cameras Will Fight Illegal Passing of School Buses
Dallas-Hiram Patch (Georgia), Sept. 24, 2013

Paulding County Schools will partner with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to deploy CrossingGuard, ATS’ new technology to help school districts address the growing problem of illegal passing of school buses that are stopped and boarding or disembarking children, according to a news release from the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office.

Watchdog Report: Drivers Be Aware of School Buses
Democrat and Chronicle (New York), Sept. 22, 2013

A Democrat and Chronicle review of three years’ worth of state Education Department data concerning school bus crashes and injury accidents shows that the greatest danger posed to students on school buses comes from other motorists on the roadways. … Estimates by the state Association for Pupil Transportation are that motorists pass stopped school buses at least 64,000 times every day in New York alone, with buses being passed on the right side — where children get on and off — about 2 percent of the time.

Drivers Ignore School Buses’ Lights, Stop Sign
The Herald (Washington), Sept. 23, 2013

In Everett, 67 drivers blew through the blinking lights and stop signs that flip out from the side of school buses — in just one day. In Mukilteo, it happened 24 times. And in Marysville, 18.  … Although the survey was just a one-day snapshot, “it happens all the time,” said Andy Muntz, Mukilteo School District spokesman. “People go on around the bus anyway.”

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Orange Park Police Say Cameras Check Traffic, Help Solve Crime

WTEV-TV CBS 47/WAWS-TV FOX 30 (Florida), Sept. 23, 2013

Orange Park Police Chief Gary Goble says his city’s red-light safety cameras help improve traffic safety, provide his officers with more time to investigate crimes and provide important video evidence to help officers solve other crimes such as robberies.

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Commentary: Red-Light Indignities No Cause for Panic
NorthJersey.com (New Jersey), Sept. 22, 2013

This year, on the 90th anniversary of its patent, here’s my nomination for an electronic device that everybody recognizes as essential, yet it remains universally disliked: The traffic light. … As all drivers know, occasional electrical malfunctions aren’t the only danger they face at traffic lights. The chances of getting broad-sided by a red-light runner, for example, are much more likely than a crash caused by an outage, a flood or worn-out wiring.

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Editorial: Cameras Can Stop Drivers Who Endanger Students
York Dispatch (Pennsylvania), Sept. 25, 2013

Most people know what it means when a school bus comes to a halt, red lights flash, and a stop sign swings out from the driver’s side. … It’s about children’s safety; most everyone understands this and obeys Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law. Yet about 1,000 people a year are in too much of a hurry and ignore the stop signs.

Editorial: Keep Red-Light Cameras, but Fix Law
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Sept. 23, 2013

Like motorists who blow through red lights, the ill-advised effort to unplug Florida’s red-light camera law simply doesn’t stop. Last week, state Senate Transportation Chairman Jeff Brandes filed a measure to repeal the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act of 2010. The St. Petersburg Republican’s bill likely won’t be the last one filed to kill the law that allows communities to use red-light cameras. It should be.

Editorial: Cameras Worth the Cost because They Work
Star News Online (North Carolina), Sept. 23, 2013

The Wilmington City Council voted again last week to extend the red-light camera program, in which electronic watchdogs click photos of drivers who blow through stoplights. The cameras cost the city about $300,000 a year; New Hanover County kicks in about $180,000. Nevertheless, Wilmington officials remained committed because of the evidence that the cameras’ presence helps reduce accidents.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Make Crossings Safer

The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Sept. 23, 2013

To do away with red-light cameras would be stupid. Everyone who is caught by this device is entitled to go to court and protest the fine. So some drivers got their egos slapped. So what? Look at all the good the cameras do, as well as the accompanying signs that urge caution at these intersections.

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“I don’t really see how that becomes any kind of issue with privacy. You have someone breaking the law and putting the lives of children at risk.”
Lloyd Smucker, Pennsylvania State Senator
York Dispatch, Sept. 25, 2013

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“One of the scariest times I ever had as a bus driver was when I had one girl at Latta Road who was going to cross in front of me to go to an apartment complex, and I kept telling her that she had to look at me, look at me so I could give her the signal to cross. Anyway, she started to cross while not looking at me and I saw this car that was coming, with a guy driving and a girl talking and I knew it just wasn’t going to stop. I blew my horn and the girl looked up at me and stopped just as the car went right by.”
Michelle Sears, Interim Director of Transportation, Greece Central School District
Democrat and Chronicle (New York), Sept. 22, 2013 

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 42

September 19th, 2013 Comments off

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Bicyclist Nearly Hit by SUV Turning Right on Red
Temple Terrace Patch (Florida), Sept. 19, 2013

It could have been a terrible accident. The SUV was making a right turn and instead of stopping at the red light kept traveling and nearly plowed into a bicyclist in the crosswalk.

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Red-Light Safety Cameras Stay Put in Wilmington
WSFX-TV/WECT-TV Channel 6 (North Carolina), Sept. 17, 2013

Wilmington’s red-light cameras aren’t going anywhere, for now. On Tuesday, the city council voted unanimously to extend a contract with American Traffic Solutions to continue operating the cameras for another year, until Aug. 31, 2014. See related coverage from Star News Online. (Star News Online image)

Red-Light Cameras to Come to Popular Memphis Intersections
WMC-TV Channel 5 (Tennessee), Sept. 13, 2013

Dozens of new red-light cameras are coming to Memphis intersections. Right now, there are 24 red-light cameras that generated more than $2 million since late 2009. Very soon, the number of cameras will more than double.

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Osceola Considers Red-Light Cameras at 10 Intersections
Central Florida News Channel 13, Sept. 18, 2013

More red-light cameras could be coming to Osceola County. The county manager was authorized to begin negotiations with American Traffic Solutions to place the cameras at 10 intersections that were recommended by the sheriff. See related coverage from Orlando Sentinel. (WPBF-TV Channel 25 image.)

Collisions Decrease at Newark Intersections with Cameras
The Star Ledger (New Jersey), Sept. 17, 2013

Newark officials say seven intersections with red-light cameras have had a 64 percent drop in accidents since the controversial technology was installed four years ago. The city found a 69 percent reduction in right-angle collisions, or broadsides, among the deadliest type of car crashes, and a 61 percent reduction in rear-end collisions.

New Red-Light Safety Cameras Coming to Saskatoon
The Star Phoenix (Canada), Sept. 19, 2013

People accused of running a red light at certain intersections in Saskatoon will soon be able to watch the alleged infraction from the comfort of home. … New technology will allow those who receive tickets to view the alleged violation online and decide if they want to fight the ticket in court. Previously, people had to come to City Hall to watch the video.

Should Fleet Drivers Pay Their Own Violations?
Business Fleet Magazine, Sept. 15, 2013

From controversial red-light enforcement cameras to cashless toll lanes and smart parking meters, cities and counties are stepping up enforcement using the latest systems to make sure no infraction gets away. … So with these new ways of enforcement, how should fleets react?

 

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Frederick Expands Red-Light Camera Program
WFMD-Radio 930 AM (Maryland), Sept. 12, 2013

Frederick Police say red-light cameras will be added to two more intersections in the city. … Since the photo enforcement program began, red-light running violations at intersections with cameras have fallen 55 percent, indicating a change in driver behavior. See city press release. (Frederick News Post photo by Travis Pratt)

New Red-Light Cameras Go Up in Amarillo
KVII-TV ABC 7 (Texas), Sept. 12, 2013

The City of Amarillo is adding red-light cameras to its program, saying the cameras are working and 95 percent of drivers who get one ticket don’t get a second.

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Dorchester County Considers School Bus Safety Cameras
WMDT-TV ABC 47 (Maryland), Sept. 17, 2013

Jim Gilbert is a Dorchester County school bus driver. … At least once a month, Gilbert says cars zip past his bus when he stops to drop kids off back home. “Just one time to me is too much,” said Gilbert. Dorchester County officials agree and are now looking to install cameras on the outside of school buses.

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Survey Notes Drivers Who Pass Stopped School Buses
Bainbridge Island Review (Washington), Sept. 16, 2013

A Bainbridge Island isn’t immune to one of the most reckless acts on the road: Drivers passing a stopped school bus.

Clayton County Schools to Use Stop Arm Cameras
Digital Journal, Sept. 16, 2013

Clayton County Schools will partner with American Traffic Solutions, the leading photo enforcement provider in North America, to deploy CrossingGuard, ATS’ newest technology to help school districts address the growing problem of illegal passing of school buses that are stopped and boarding or disembarking children. See related coverage from School Transportation News.

Thinking of Passing that Stopped School Bus? Think Again
KCPQ-TV FOX 13 (Washington), Sept. 13, 2013

Bad drivers beware: One local school district is arming its school buses with cameras to catch drivers who don’t obey the traffic laws or endanger children.

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@ATS_RoadSafety Must Read! LTE: More red-light cameras, please via @MiamiHerald: http://hrld.us/1862SzR #StopOnRed #Miami

@ATS_RoadSafety Red light cameras help #relentless @kcpolice 2ChiefForte solve tragic murder. MT @kcstar http://tinyurl.com/ml6jclj

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Editorial: Red-Light Camera Realities
Herald-Tribune (Florida), Sept. 18, 2013

The debate over red-light cameras in Florida is dangerously being framed as a false choice. … Floridians and rank-and-file legislators deserve more than a choice between a ban on red-light cameras and unfettered local control not only of their use but of the conditions in which they are used.

Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Helped Murder Inquiry in Kansas City
The Kansas City Star (Missouri), Sept. 17, 2013

Kansas Citians recently were reminded that local government surveillance can have positive outcomes, especially when it comes to public safety. With the assistance of red-light cameras on Bruce R. Watkins Drive, prosecutors said they had gathered enough evidence to bring second-degree murder charges in a 2009 homicide.

Editorial: Drivers Behaving Badly Endanger Public
The Bellingham Herald (Washington), Sept. 17, 2013

Washington drivers, get a grip. Many of you are doing some bonehead things, and you’ll be lucky if you don’t kill or badly injure someone. Two new studies that came out last week paint a disturbing picture of too many drivers in this state blatantly endangering public safety. They ignore laws that carry hefty fines all to save a few seconds or to text someone.

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Letter to the Editor: More Red-Light Cameras, Please
The Miami Herald (Florida), Sept. 14, 2013

Regarding the Sept. 5 article “Bill banning red-light cameras introduced in Tallahassee:” I support the use of red-light cameras at intersections. Before they went into operation, I had to pause at every intersection after my light turned green before venturing through, since some car would almost always run the red light. Now, it’s a rarity that someone runs a red light. Thus, cameras are changing people’s actions and habits.

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“Our goal is to educate and awaken drivers to the dangers of illegally passing school buses. This program is designed to teach drivers the school bus stop arm laws and change their behaviors in a positive way to protect the lives of the children who ride a school bus to and from school every day.”
Harold Walker, Director of Transportation for Clayton County Public Schools, Georgia
School Transportation News, Sept. 18, 2013

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“I think this program has been tremendously successful. We have reduced the number of traffic accidents in our city.”
Myron Lowery, Memphis City Councilman
WMC-TV Channel 5 (Tennessee), Sept. 12, 2013

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The city of Saskatoon estimates intersections with red-light cameras boast a 15 percent lower injury and fatality rate and a 22 percent drop in the most severe type of collisions compared to the city’s other busy intersections. SOURCE: The Star Phoenix (Canada), Sept. 16, 2013.

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At separate intersections in Wilmington, T-bone crashes have fallen 67 percent and 87 percent and left-turn collisions have decreased 25 percent and 43 percent in a comparison of crash counts 2 1/2 years before red-light cameras were installed and 2 1/2 years after installation. SOURCE: Star News Online (North Carolina), Sept. 18, 2013.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 41

September 12th, 2013 Comments off

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Stop for the Red Light or Risk This …
The Washington Post (District of Columbia), Sept. 11, 2013

The nonprofit National Coalition for Safer Roads just put out a scary compilation of video filmed through the lens eye of red-light cameras across the country. Better than words, it shows just what can go wrong when drivers don’t pay sufficient attention to the road.

Orange County Selects 1st 20 Locations of 80-Camera Expansion
WFTV-TV Channel 9 (Florida), Sept. 11, 2013

Orange County drivers have until the end of the year before more red-light cameras can catch them. The county is pushing to add 80 cameras around the county, and has released the locations for the first 20 installations.

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New Orleans Touts Support for Road Safety Cameras
KTBS-TV Channel 3 (Louisiana), Sept. 11, 2013

Road safety cameras – which at times have drawn the ire of some motorists and lawmakers – are the subject of a new public service announcement video being released by the city of New Orleans and American Traffic Solutions, the company that runs the traffic camera system for the city. See related coverage from WWL-Radio AM 870. Read mayor’s office news release.

Double Trouble Gets Caught on Camera
Clearwater Patch (Florida), Sept. 10, 2013

It appears a white car runs the red light at Fort Harrison Avenue and Chestnut Street just moments before another car flies through the stop light. Clearwater police selected this incident as this week’s dangerous Red-Light Camera Violator of the Week.

Boynton Beach Police Say Cameras Reduce Traffic Crashes
WPBF-TV ABC 25 (Florida), Sept. 5, 2013

As two state lawmakers are proposing bills to outlaw red-light cameras, one South Florida city claims the cameras have reduced traffic fatalities and will continue to use them as long as they are legal.

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Stop or Go? The Yellow-Light Dilemma
Money MSN.com, Sept. 11, 2013

It sounds like a reality TV show, but it’s actually something most drivers encounter every day: the moment when, approaching a yellow traffic light, you must decide to continue through the intersection at the same speed, hit the gas or apply the brakes. Each of these decisions carries risks. A sudden stop could result in a rear-end collision. A burst of acceleration could bring a ticket. Easing through the intersection makes you a T-bone target. (WNCN-TV NBC 17 image)

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Missouri Court of Appeals Finds Red-Light Cameras Legal
Riverfront Times (Missouri), Sept. 10, 2013

The Missouri Court of Appeals has once again ruled that the controversial red-light cameras are legal and that municipalities have a right to regulate traffic in this manner. The decision today — affirming key parts of a lower court’s dismissal — is tied to a Florissant case challenging the local ordinance. See related article from KMOX-Radio 1120 AM.

Crashes, Violations Decrease at New Jersey Intersections with Cameras
The Wall Street Journal (New York), Sept. 10, 2013

According to new data obtained from the Rutgers, Plan4Safety crash database, right-angle crashes continue to decline at intersections in New Jersey currently using American Traffic Solutions’ (ATS) red-light safety cameras. Additionally, nearly 9 out of 10 vehicles receiving a violation have not received a second.

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Pennsylvania Turnpike Could be Cashless by Late 2017
Burlington County Times (Pennsylvania), Sept. 10, 2013

Within four years, it’s likely you will not see toll collectors on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In fact, toll booths will be a thing of the past. Get ready for all electronic tolling, known by the acronym AET.

By the Numbers
Palm Coast Observer (Florida), Sept. 9, 2013

For the week of Aug. 19 to Aug. 25, the red-light safety camera program in Palm Coast captured the following violations: There were 1,858 violation events this week resulting in 311 citations being issued. The camera at the intersection of State Road 100 (west) and Belle Terre Parkway had the most violation events, with 164.

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New York City Rolls Out Speed Cameras at Schools
WPIX-TV Channel 11 (New York), Sept. 9, 2013

A speed camera made its debut near DuBois High School  on Eastern Parkway on this first day of public school — part of an effort to slow down drivers near crash-prone locations. In a six-year period, five people were killed and 27 injured by speeding drivers in the school zone near DuBois. See related article from Home Reporter News. (Staten Island Advance file photo)

More Red-Light Safety Cameras Planned in Amarillo
Amarillo Globe News (Texas), Sept. 9, 2013

Contractors in Amarillo started installing four red-light cameras on Monday, which means there will be nine cameras at eight intersections by the end of the month if work goes well.

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State Superintendent Calls for School Bus Cameras
Northwest Cable News (Washington), Sept. 12, 2013

Washington state’s school superintendent is launching a new push to have cameras on school buses to catch drivers who illegally pass. See superintendent’s news release.

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Motorists Still Passing School-Bus Stop Signs
The Seattle Times (Washington), Sept. 11, 2013

In a single day last May, Seattle school-bus drivers reported that 320 vehicles passed them illegally while they were stopped with signs extended and red lights flashing — including 15 motorists who passed on the right side where students get on and off. (The Seattle Times photo by Lindsey Wasson)

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@SaferRoadsUSA Waiting at a red-light can save lives. @MelissaWandall shares her family’s story #StopOnRed http://bit.ly/11pQBFj

@ATS_RoadSafety Road Safety Camera Programs are making roads safer in the City of New Orleans! Find out more: http://bit.ly/16i6i1F #StopOnRed

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Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Proving Their Worth
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Sept. 7, 2013

The evidence in Tampa is pretty persuasive. The number of accidents at intersections with red-light cameras is down nearly 30 percent, the number of citations for running red lights at those intersections is decreasing, and police say motorists are changing their driving habits for the better. The city has every reason to continue, or perhaps even expand, its use of the technology. Yet, once again lawmakers in Tallahassee are taking aim at the cameras.

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The Ledger (Florida), Sept. 12, 2013

According to the article in the Sept. 3 edition of The Ledger, Lakeland City Commission candidate Michael Tamney opposes the use of red-light cameras because, he says, “The company providing the cameras is the one making the money.” The same edition of The Ledger included a front-page article stating that two 10-year-old girls were killed when a driver of a pickup truck ran a red light. I’m sure the parents of these children could not care less who made a profit if cameras could have prevented the accident that took the lives of these young girls.

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“The red-light camera program has definitely caused drivers to slow down. But our goal here in New Orleans is to reduce injuries and reduce fatalities. Those cameras are there to ask you to slow down , to make it a safer intersection, and if we all do our part we’ll all make New Orleans a safer place.”
Ken Bouvier, Deputy Chief of New Orleans Emergency Medical Service
KTBS-TV Channel 3 (Louisiana), Sept. 11, 2013

“Passing stopped school buses remains a serious problem. Every violation represents a potential accident and potential injury to a student.”
Randy Dorn, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Press Release (Washington), Sept. 11, 2013

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“We’ve seen a significant decrease in traffic crashes at the intersections where red-light cameras are installed. And we’ve had zero traffic fatalities at those intersections since 2011 when the first cameras were installed.”
Stephanie Slater, Boynton Beach Police Department Spokeswoman
WPBF-TV ABC 25 (Florida), Sept. 5, 2013

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At the 12 intersections in Phoenix with red-light safety cameras, crashes are down nearly 50 percent and injuries and fatalities are down 60 percent from four years ago. SOURCE: KTAR Radio FM 92.3, Sept. 9, 2013.

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The Boynton Beach Police Department reports zero fatalites and a 20 percent to 30 percent decrease in traffic crashes at intersections where the city placed red-light safety cameras in 2011. SOURCE: WPBF-TV ABC 25, Sept. 5, 2013.

Orange County has red-light cameras in 10 locations and has seen an 11 percent decrease in crashes since 2011 at eight of those intersections. SOURCE: WFTV-TV Channel 9, Sept. 11, 2013.

Traffic crashes are down nearly 30 percent at intersections with red-light safety cameras in Tampa. SOURCE: The Tampa Tribune, Sept. 7, 2013.

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September 5th, 2013 Comments off

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U-Turn Triggers Red-Light Violation
Clearwater Patch (Florida), Sept. 3, 2013

A driver makes a U-turn as other traffic is turning from Belcher Road onto Gulf to Bay Boulevard making the latest Red Light Camera Violator of the Week in Clearwater. The traffic light was red nearly five seconds before the driver started turning.

Lakeland Turns on 9 More Red-Light Safety Cameras
WTVT-TV FOX 13 (Florida), Sept. 2, 2013

On Sunday, the city of Lakeland turned on nine new red-light cameras. It now has 19 robotic eyes snapping away when someone illegally runs a red light or makes a rolling right-hand turn.  See related coverage from BayNews9.

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School Is Back in and so Are Speed Cameras
The Issaquah Press (Washington), Sept. 5, 2013

School is back in session and so are the speed cameras along Second Avenue Southeast. The cameras were installed to reduce speed and increase safety. (The Issaquah Press photo by Greg Farrar)

Miami’s Red-Light Running Ticket Appeals Team Takes Shape
Miami Today News (Florida), Sept. 5, 2013

The City of Miami will soon hear dozens of red-light camera ticket appeals, after the Miami City Commissioner in July approved formation of a hearing board.

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Paralysis Research Advocate Addresses Palm Coast Council
Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Sept. 3, 2013

Marc Buoniconti traveled six hours from Miami to make certain the Palm Coast City Council knew where he stood on the issue of red-light cameras. … He considers them lifesaving devices that help reduce the number of spinal cord injuries.

Chicago Unveils Plans for 50 Speed Cameras
Lake View Patch (Illinois), Sept. 3, 2013

The city of Chicago announced its plans to install 50 new speed cameras by the end of the year, but it seems as though Lake View is being let off the hook—for now. See related articles in the Daily Herald and Lincoln Square Patch.

School Speed Cameras in Position at New Locations
The Daily News Online (Washington), Sept. 2, 2013

When school starts Wednesday in Longview, five school zones will have an extra set of eyes watching drivers’ speeds. The city has expanded its photo-enforced school speed camera program to include the St. Helens, Kessler and Olympic elementary school zones, adding to the speed cameras installed in 2011 in the Columbia Valley Garden and Mint Valley elementary school zones.

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Child Hit by Car while Trying to Board School Bus
KAKE-TV ABC 10 (Kansas), Sept. 5, 2013

According to investigators, a westbound school bus was stopped at the intersection with lights flashing while children boarded. That’s when an eastbound car came through the intersection and hit an 8-year-old boy. The child was taken to a Wichita hospital with a leg injury.

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Thousands of Drivers Illegally Pass School Buses in Maryland County
NBC Washington, Sept. 3, 2013

Stopped school buses, often offloading children, deploy stop signs and warning lights to alert drivers to stop within range of the bus. However, Maryland State records show more than 1,078 instances of Montgomery County drivers failing to stop within range of a school bus during just one day in April this year.

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Illinois Law Allows School Bus Cameras to Deter Illegal Passes
WCBU-FM Public Radio 89.9, Sept. 2, 2013

Illinois drivers already get traffic tickets from red-light cameras and speed-zone cameras. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, a new law means drivers could soon be ticketed by school-bus cameras. Gov. Quinn approved the law on Aug. 27. It will take effect Jan. 1, 2014. See related articles in Alton Daily News and WSIL-TV ABC 3.

Child’s Death Prompts Harsher Penalties
Winston-Salem Journal (North Carolina), Sept. 1, 2013

Last year, illegally passing a stopped school bus in North Carolina could lead to a misdemeanor charge and points on a license that could raise insurance premiums. Hitting or killing a pedestrian while illegally passing a stopped school bus brought a felony charge with a maximum sentence of six months. Spurred by the death of Hasani Wesley, a new law pushed by two state representatives of Forsyth County — Donny Lambeth, a Republican, and Ed Hanes, a Democrat — imposes stiffer penalties.

School in Session; Be Careful in Southeast Michigan
The Times Herald, Aug. 31, 2013

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments is urging drivers to watch out for little pedestrians as school begins. In 2012, there were 395 school bus crashes that resulted in one fatality and 96 injuries in southeast Michigan. In the last five years, crashes involving school buses resulted in five fatalities.

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Editorial: Schools Are Reopening; Watch Out for Kids
Duluth News Tribune (Minnesota), Sept. 4, 2013

The start of school means both small, don’t-know-any-better-yet, inattentive tykes and older, distracted-by-their-devices kids will be getting on and off buses, will be walking along busy streets and will be darting through intersections.

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“It [the safety benefit of red-light cameras] is not only showing up on the stat sheets, it’s showing up in the lack of people with spinal and brain injuries coming into our trauma centers throughout the state of Florida.”
Marc Buoniconti, President of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Daytona Beach news-Journal (Florida), Sept. 3, 2013

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“We have advanced to the point where we’re asking even some of the school buses to have cameras inside because of kids being mistreated and what have you. This is just a natural progression.”
Linda Chapa LaVia, Illinois State Representative, on installing exterior school bus stop arm cameras
WCBU-FM Public Radio 89.9, Sept. 2, 2013

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