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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 4

December 26th, 2013 Comments off

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Happy New Year!
American Traffic Solutions wants thank everyone for their dedication to roadway safety over this past year. People are alive today because of your commitment to traffic safety. As an added expression of our appreciation, ATS invites you to watch this brief New Year’s message.

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School Zone Speed Safety Cameras Enter Warning Phase
The Daily News (Washington), Dec. 25, 2013

School zone speed enforcement cameras will be activated at Mark Morris High School in the Longview School District for the first time on Jan. 6. The first 30 days of the program will be a warning period. Camera testing began Monday and will continue sporadically until Jan. 6. (The Daily News photo by Roger Werth)

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New School Zone Speed Safety Cameras Ready for January Rollout
Renton Reporter (Washington), Dec. 23, 2013

New cameras in school zones that were originally expected to be ready to go in September have now been installed and will go into operation on Jan. 6 at the three new locations. School sites were approved based on a traffic study that identified these areas as having the highest number of vehicles exceeding the 20 mph speed limit. (Renton Reporter photo by Brian Beckley)

Report: Drivers Oppose Speeding, but Still Enjoy Doing It
Bellevue Reporter (Washington), Dec. 22, 2013

Americans almost unanimously agree speeding is a problem, yet seem to have difficulty kicking the habit, according to a report released in early December by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

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Busiest Red-Light Safety Cameras in New Jersey Catch Thousands
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), Dec. 23, 2013

The red-light camera at eastbound Springdale Road and Route 70 in Cherry Hill has snared more violators than any location in the state this year, with nearly 11,890 citations through October. (Daily Record photo by Jason Towlen)

Police Request Red-Light Camera Video of Fatal Crash
The Miami Herald (Florida), Dec. 22, 2013

A 21-year-old man was killed over the weekend when his motorcycle collided with an SUV in a busy Sunrise intersection. Detectives have requested red-light camera footage to determine how the crash happened.

Red-Light Running Crash Injures 6 Students
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), Dec. 19, 2013

An SUV ran a red light and crashed into a school van this morning, injuring six students. The youth were taken to Allegheny General Hospital with minor injuries. No one in the SUV was hurt.

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New Illinois Law Allows School Bus Stop Arm Safety Cameras
Dewitt Daily News (Illinois), Dec. 26, 2013

State Representative Jay Hoffman says a new law going into effect next week allows school districts to put cameras on their buses to keep an eye out for vehicles that go around the stop sign on a school bus. Hoffman says they aren’t trying to punish anyone because the law includes measures that protect drivers. (WCBU-Radio FM 89.9 photo)

Safety Cameras Changing Drivers’ Habits in Marietta
The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia), Dec. 23, 2013

Marietta City Schools may be changing the way Mariettans drive around school buses, school officials say. With cameras installed on 12 of the school’s system’s buses since mid-October, the number of drivers violating school bus traffic laws is diminished.

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Governor-Elect to Announce Tunnel Toll Relief Plan
WTKR-TV Channel 3 (Virginia), Dec. 20, 2013

As we count down to the New Year, we are also counting down to the start of tunnel tolls! Today, Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe’s team confirmed to NewsChannel 3 they are working to make those toll costs more affordable for Virginia families, and will release a final plan after McAuliffe’s inauguration.

Toll Rates Set for I-95 Express Lanes
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), Dec. 19, 2013

The average rush-hour commuter will pay about $3.50 in daily round-trip tolls to use the new express lanes being built along Interstate 95 north of Baltimore, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. Those rates fall at the low end of the toll range approved in September by the board.  Drivers will use E-ZPass to access the express toll lanes.

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@ATS_RoadSafety Red-light running is 100% preventable. These videos show why you should #StopOnRed: http://bit.ly/giLVpR

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Commentary: Prevent Dangerous Crashes with Red-Light Cameras
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri), Dec. 20, 2013

As your chief of the St. Louis Fire Department, I can tell you that water is not the only way to stop a fire, and that bandages are not the only treatment for a traffic crash. In both circumstances, the best action to take is the one that will prevent the tragedy in the first place, whether that is accomplished through code enforcement, safety education classes or public awareness programs.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Safety Cameras Reduce Risk
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Dec. 24, 2013

When visiting relatives have driven my car, particularly in the Temple Terrace area where I live, I used to always have to warn them that, if they were the first person in line when the light turned green, they should not move forward without making sure no cars on the cross street are running the red light. With red-light cameras, this risk has been greatly reduced.

Letter to the Editor: Trouble with Red, Green
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), Dec. 24, 2013

To those whining that they got ticketed at red-light cameras (“Nightmare on ___ St.,” Dec. 23): What part of “red means stop” don’t you understand? If you break the law, you pay the price. Learn to slow down, put your foot on the brake instead of the gas and you won’t have to worry about a ticket.

Phone Message to the Editor: Expand Use of Speed Cameras
Hagerstown Herald-Mail (Maryland), Dec. 23, 2013

I think the speed camera idea is great, and I think it should be expanded to be in the county and on the interstates. The speeds that people are running are just crazy, way over the speed limit. So I think it would solve a lot of things. It would increase public safety and it would also help us with taxes.

Comment to the Editor: People Kill People
Des Moines Register (Iowa), Dec. 20, 2013

During this wave of traffic cameras being viewed as an eye of government infringement and revenue without representation, why not fly our state and national flags at half-staff in honor of a person killed by a driver who failed to obey speed limits or stop at a red light?

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“What’s the difference between 20 mph and 26 mph? Twenty-six feet of stopping distance. With children walking in the area, that 26 feet could mean the difference between life and death.”
Clark Wilcox, Renton Police Department Commander
Renton Reporter (Washington), Dec. 23, 2013

“Speeding deaths are entirely preventable. They result from the decision to speed. That decision creates risk for not only the speeding driver, but everyone else on the road with them.”
John Batiste, Washington State Patrol Chief
Bellevue Reporter (Washington), Dec. 22, 2013
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With school bus stop arm safety cameras in operation for at least two months, the number of violations issued from October to November decreased 56% from an average of slightly more than 16 a day to an average of nearly seven a day. Authorites issued 281 citations from the bus safety cameras during those months. SOURCE: Marietta Daily Journal, Dec. 23, 2013.

Washington
A decrease in year-to-year speed violations at separate elementary school zones in the Longview School District precedes the start of a new school zone speed camera program in the district. Speeding violations decreased 27% at Columbia Valley Gardents Elementary School and 25% at Mint Valley Elementary School from January to November 2012 to the same period in 2013. SOURCE: The Daily News, Dec. 25, 2013.

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Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy Holiday Season
Holiday time is travel time, and American Traffic Solutions urges everyone to be cautious when traveling on the road. This season, nearly 95 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from their home. Drive carefully and enjoy this wonderful time of year. Happy Holidays.

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Ticket Fines Fund Internship Program
Florida Today, Dec. 17, 2013

Palm Bay’s Juniors to Jobs program will pair high school juniors with local businesses, and potentially the city, for internships that teach career skills, work ethic and basic job performance skills like dressing appropriately and showing up on time. … The city’s cut of the costs will come out of the Palm Bay Municipal Foundation, the nonprofit administered by the council that collects red-light camera ticket revenue.

City Applies Red-Light Ticket Fines to Public Projects
Community Impact News (Texas), Dec. 16, 2013

The city of Tomball is nearing completion on another medical area project meant to better connect the hospital and medical facilities in the area—the installation of sidewalks along Graham Drive and Lawrence Street. The construction on the 4,000-feet of new sidewalk started in August and is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Funding for the sidewalk project comes from money generated through the city’s red-light camera system.

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Red-Light Safety Cameras Catch Many Reckless Drivers
WHBQ-TV FOX 13 (Tennessee), Dec. 18, 2013

A recent video released by the company that operates Memphis’ red-light cameras shows they are catching more than just cars running red lights. The YouTube-posted video from American Traffic Solutions shows Memphis drivers at their worst, plowing through intersections and putting lives at risk.

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Installation of 45 New Red-Light Cameras Begins in Early ’14
WMC-TV Channel 5 (Tennessee), Dec. 16, 2013

Red-light cameras busted 8,000 drivers at the corner of Germantown Parkway and Highway 64 this year, which is more than any of the other intersection with red-light cameras. And more are coming soon to the Mid-South. The company that supplies them says the cameras do the job.

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Pedestrian Fatally Hit in Crosswalk; Police Search for Driver
WSB-TV Channel 2 (Georgia), Dec. 16, 2013

County police are looking for the driver of a van that hit and killed a 57-year-old man as he walked through a crosswalk. Police said a van, possibly a dark-colored Chevrolet, ran a red light and struck the man.
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County Board to Study Use of School Speed Cameras
Denton Record-Chronicle (Texas), Dec. 17, 2013

The Denton County Commissioners Court agreed to move forward Tuesday in considering installing traffic cameras in school zones throughout the county. Commissioners voted 3-1 to create a board to study the issue. If the deal is approved, the county would become one of the first in the state to use the cameras — similar to red-light cameras at intersections — for school zone safety.

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State Senator Pictures Speed Cameras along ‘Killer’ Boulevard
WTXV-TV FOX 29 (Pennsylvania), Dec. 16, 2013

With two of the country’s most dangerous intersections, and 12 other miles that are often deadly, the Roosevelt Boulevard can be a real scare for drivers. So, can it be made safer? A local lawmaker says yes. State Sen. Mike Stack wants to have new cameras installed to deter drivers from speeding.

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Georgetown School District Nears Safety Camera Agreement
Community Impact Newspapers (Texas), Dec. 19, 2013

The Georgetown ISD board of trustees is expected to consider a memorandum of understanding with American Traffic Solutions and the city of Georgetown to put cameras on school buses to catch drivers who pass the bus while its red lights are flashing during drop-off or pick-up times. Trustees are expected to vote on the issue at their Jan. 21 meeting.

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School Bus Safety Cameras Urged to Stop Illegal Passes
The Journal News (New York), Dec. 18, 2013

Frances Wills was driving up to Putnam Valley Elementary School for a meeting one afternoon in October when she was met by frantic staffers. A 7-year-old boy had just been struck by a Saturn as he crossed the street after getting off his school bus, which had its red lights flashing. The driver of the car then fled the scene. (The Journal News photo by Ricky Flores)

Boy Injured Running for School Bus
WTKR-TV Channel 3 (Virginia), Dec. 17, 2013

An 8-year-old has been struck by a vehicle in Virginia Beach, according to police. The mishap occurred as a vehicle struck the boy as he was running to catch up with a school bus. The child was transported to a local hospital after complaining of a leg injury.

Felony Charge Brought Against Driver Who Hit Boy Approaching Bus
The Augusta Chronicle (Georgia), Dec. 12, 2013

The man whose van hit an 8-year-old boy as he walked to a school bus Monday morning is now being charged with a felony count of serious injury by motor vehicle, Richmond County authorities said.

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@ATS_RoadSafety Texas @3onyourside Video of #Memphis red-light runners serves as a reminder to obey law & #StopOnRed: http://bit.ly/1bUi8BU

NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Avg no. of citations per red-light safety camera down 56% in 3 years since Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act took effect. http://nbuff.ly/19thMS6

@ATS_RoadSafety Texas woman accused of running red light, causing fatal accident all for a really stupid reason: http://bit.ly/1bNYAyd via @theblaze

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Letter to the Editor: Cameras Enforce the Law
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot (Virginia), Dec. 19, 2013

Re ‘City on defensive again over red-light cameras’ (Hampton Roads, Dec. 13): I am always amazed by people who want to challenge the legality of red-light cameras at intersections. I fail to see the difference between a police officer issuing a citation for running a red light or a camera taking a picture resulting in a citation. The person ran a red light. What difference does it make? He or she still is guilty of the violation.

Letter to the Editor: Traffic Cameras Stop Bad Habits
The Quad-City Times (Iowa), Dec. 18, 2013

I wonder why the legislators and Department of Transportation have listened to the minority who have complained that the traffic cameras are used only as a source of income for the city. I think those who have complained are probably the ones who have had to pay fines after being caught by the cameras. The police have proof that the cameras have made problem intersections safer. The fines are necessary as a consequence, or the cameras would not change drivers’ bad habits.

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“When the (school bus) lights come on, people speed up to get by. I think the answer is enforcement. When they realize there is a risk of enforcement, they are more likely to adjust driving behavior.”
Terry McDonnell, New York State Police Sergeant and spokesman
The Journal News, Dec. 18, 2013

“We’re not trying to fine the whole world. We’re only trying to fine people that are going at an excessive rate of speed, but mostly it’s for a deterrent.”
Mike Stack, Pennsylvania State Senator
WTXV-TV FOX 29 (Pennsylvania), Dec. 16, 2013

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20 Red-Light Safety Cameras to Go Up in Pittsburgh
KDKA-TV CBS 2 (Pennsylvania), Dec. 11, 2013

They’re coming to a city red light near you: cameras that take pictures of a person’s license plate after running a red light. The concept for Pittsburgh Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto is a straight forward one. “We’re gonna use those people and the funds that they have to pay that $100 to make the improvements so that everyone is safer,” Peduto said. See related coverage from WPXI-TV Channel 11.

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Intersection Dangers Caught on Camera
WECT-TV NBC 6 (North Carolina), Dec. 11, 2013

American Traffic Solutions has posted a string of recent collisions in Wilmington to show just how dangerous red-light running is and how violent the collisions can be.

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Red-Light Running Violations Decline in Rockville
Montgomery Community Media (Maryland), Dec. 9, 2013

Rockville City Police Major Mike England says one year after red-light safety cameras were installed, the number of violations have decreased 47 percent, indicating a change in driver behavior for the better.

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Right-Angle Traffic Crashes Drop 35% in Tallahassee
WCTV-TV Channel 2 (Florida), Dec. 9, 2013

The city of Tallahassee’s program update to the City Commission will show that injuries reported from crashes at red-light camera safety monitored intersections are down 35 percent since the program began.

Sugar Land’s Red-Light Cameras Could Explain Fatal Wreck
Houston Chronicle (Texas), Dec. 8, 2013

Sugar Land Police Department spokesman Doug Adolph said the intersection where a fatal collision occurred Sunday is equipped with red-light cameras and police will use those images as part of their ongoing investigation to help determine what happened. See related coverage from the Houston Chronicle.

Cameras Are Not Moneymakers in Groveland
South Lake Press (Florida), Dec. 5, 2013

Groveland has been using a pair of red light cameras since 2010, raising public awareness but not a lot of money, officials say.

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Chicago Speed Camera Program Expands
Lake View Patch (Illinois), Dec. 10, 2013

A speed safety camera has been installed near Challenger Park, as part of the Chicago’s Children’s Safety Zone Program. The program aims to protect children by reminding drivers to slow down and obey speed laws, especially near parks and schools. Warnings will be issued for the next 30 days beginning on Dec. 10. See related article from WLS-TV ABC 7. (Image by WLS-TV ABC 7)

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Vehicles Passing Stopped School Buses ‘Out of Control,’ Board Told
The Vanguard/NovaNewsNow.com (Nova Scotia, Canada), Dec. 4, 2013

Tri-County Regional School Board members have been told that there is a serious issue going on with drivers not stopping when buses have their red lights flashing. The board’s director of operations says already this school year there have been some very near misses involving students and vehicles that didn’t stop. (The Vanguard photo by Tina Comeau)

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Florida a Model for Massachusetts’ Toll Roads Plans
Boston Globe (Massachusetts), Dec. 8, 2013

In Florida, aggressive selling of SunPasses has allowed the state to enjoy one of the highest electronic tolling rates in the country: 91 percent of vehicles on the turnpike roads in the southernmost part of the state have SunPass transponders. In Massachusetts, by contrast, only 67 percent of drivers who cross the Tobin Bridge use E-ZPasses, which are only available at a comparative handful of locations in the state. (The Boston Globe photo by Florida Turnpike)

Moody’s Revises U.S. Toll Roads Outlook to Stable
Reuters, Dec. 4, 2013

Moody’s Investor Services have uprated the outlook for U.S. tollroads from negative to stable. They think traffic should grow 1.5% on a median basis in 2014, which they describe as a “sustainable comeback” from the 3% decline since 2009. See related coverage from TollRoadsNews.

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@ATS_RoadSafety Video: Wilmington’s red-light safety cameras bringing attention to the dangers of red-light running: http://bit.ly/1hOb/1sN @StarNewsOnline

@KDKARadio Red-light cameras have been approved. Charley Territo of American Traffic Solutions joins us at 8:05! Listen: http://bit.ly/JntSu1 @tunein

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Editorial: Council Should Back Red-Light Cameras
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), Dec. 7, 2013

It’s a well-known rule of the road: A police officer is rarely around when some jerk blows through a red light. Pittsburgh City Council has a chance to rewrite that rule Tueday by giving the go-ahead for a red-light camera system.

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Letter to the Editor: Stop Complaining about Red-Light Cameras
Pensacola News Journal (Florida), Dec. 6, 2013

It’s sure tiresome to keep hearing complaints about the Gulf Breeze red-light cameras. People, try this simple remedy: obey the laws, don’t speed, forget trying to beat the yellow lights and you’ll do just fine in Gulf Breeze. In fact, just crawl through our city and be thankful that the city of Gulf Breeze staff, police, mayor and City Council have your best interests at heart.

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“This has an opportunity to provide the city with safer intersections where we know people are running lights and we don’t have the police to get them.”
Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh Mayor Elect
WPXI-TV Channel 11 (Pennsylvania), Dec. 10, 2013

“Red-light running is a safety issue across the nation – one that can cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Our goal with this program is to decrease the number of people running red lights and we are pleased that it is working.”
Allen Secreast, Traffic Mobility Manager, city of Tallahassee
WCTV-TV Channel 2 (Florida), Dec. 9, 2013

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The City of Tallahassee reports that injuries from crashes at red-light camera safety monitored intersections are down 35 percent since the program was implemented. The number of violations issued through the camera program, which became operational in August 2010, continue to decrease each year, nearly 20 percent from Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 to FY 2013. Compared with the time before the cameras came to Tallahassee, there has been a reduction in violations as great as 90 percent at the Monroe and Tennessee Street intersection. SOURCE: WETV-TV Channel 2, Dec. 9, 2013.

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Scottsdale Adds to Photo Enforcement Program
KPHO-TV CBS 5 (Arizona), Dec. 5, 2013

Scottsdale has added a new red-light camera at a city intersection as part of the city’s photo enforcement program. The camera was installed at the intersection of Hayden and Chaparral roads Wednesday and will monitor red-light runners and speeders, according to the Scottsdale Police Department website. Motorists will have a 30-day grace period, which began Tuesday, to get used to the new American Traffic Solutions camera, according to the police website.

City Officials: Red-Light Cameras Reduce Crashes
Northern Valley Suburbanite/NorthJersey.com, Dec. 5, 2013

Officials attribute the decrease in the number of accidents at the intersection of Sylvan and Palisades avenues to the red-light camera installed last year. The camera was installed in 2012 after a survey from the Department of Transportation reported that approximately 66,976 vehicles enter the intersection every day, creating more than 30 accidents a year.

Red-Light Cameras Win Preliminary Approval in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), Dec. 4, 2013

Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval to a bill that lays the groundwork for a red-light camera program in the city. If the bill is passed next Tuesday and signed by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, it would likely be a full year before the city gets red-light cameras because the cameras have to be purchased and the state has to approve the intersections where they would be installed.

12,000 Petitioners Ask for Red-Light Cameras in South Jersey
Press of Atlantic City (New Jersey), Dec. 3, 2013

More than 12,000 people have signed a petition supporting the use of red-light safety cameras at dangerous intersections across New Jersey, but despite the signatures collected by the National Coalition for Safer Roads, state officials remain undecided about adding the technology at intersections in the southern part of the state.

Few Contest Red-Light Running Camera Tickets
Cox.net (Florida), Dec. 3, 2013

More than 45,000 drivers have been ticketed by red-light cameras in Orlando since July 1st. Despite a modified state law making it easier for drivers to contest those tickets, records show fewer than 150 have done so. Supporters of the cameras contend they have reduced accidents at critical intersections. Opponents say the new law unfairly increases costs for drivers if they lose their appeals.

Clermont Activates 24 Red-Light Safety Cameras
South Lake Press (Florida), Dec. 1, 2013

Clermont police gained two dozen extra eyes on the streets this week. Twenty-four red-light cameras became operational at 13 intersections along State Road 50 and U.S. Highway 27. Motorists will have a month to get used to the cameras, with warning notices coming in the mail rather than tickets, said City Manager Darren Gray.

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New Jersey’s Camera Program Approaches Noteworthy Year
The Express-Times, Dec. 1, 2013

New Jersey’s five-year red-light camera pilot program is entering its final year and up to this point, the trial run has been nothing if not controversial. Depending on whom you ask, the cameras have been a resounding success, reducing crashes and initiating safer driving habits, or they have been a terrible failure, invading privacy and likely increasing wrecks. (South Jersey Times file photo by Tim Hawk)

5-Year Snapshot in Tacoma Shows Cameras Reduce Wrecks
The News Tribune (Washington), Nov. 30, 2013

Six years ago, Tacoma officials began installing cameras to catch red-light runners at seven intersections, saying they wanted to reduce accidents and make the streets safer. Early on, traffic accident data didn’t show a clear correlation between the cameras and improved safety. But lately, all the intersections with cameras are seeing slightly fewer accidents than before.

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Video Explains Red-Light Safety Cameras in New Jersey
Brick Patch, Dec. 2, 2013

American Traffic Solutions, a vendor for New Jersey’s red-light cameras, has put out a video intended to provide a comprehensive look at the process — and clear up some persistent questions. The video can be viewed here.

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School Bus Passengers Face Never-Ending Problem
KLTV-TV Channel 7 (Texas), Dec. 4, 2013

Unfortunately, the laws meant to protect school buses and the children on them are frequently ignored. Drivers across the state fail to stop for loading and unloading school buses every day, so we hopped on a Tyler school bus with our cameras rolling to see just how big of a problem we have in East Texas. 

2 Boys Hit Crossing Street to Board School Bus
The Daily News (Washington), Dec. 3, 2013

Two Kelso middle school students escaped critical injury Tuesday morning when they were struck by a car while crossing Beacon Hill Drive to board a school bus, authorities said. … A third student, a girl, was grazed and knocked down but was not injured and did not require treatment.

4 Vehicles in 30 Seconds Illegally Pass School Bus
KTBC-TV FOX 7 (Texas), Dec. 3, 2013

How safe are your children when they get on and off their school bus? Tuesday morning a cell phone camera was rolling as a school bus unloaded children at 8th and Congress, four drivers sped past. Two of those violators work for a city agency.

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On U.S. Highways, More Fast Lanes Aren’t Free
The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 28, 2013

Rush-hour drivers in congested U.S. cities are increasingly facing a stark choice: Stay stuck in traffic or pay to get in the fast lane. … Drivers who wish to use the lanes use a transponder mounted on their car, and the tolls are collected electronically. (Photo by Kendrick Brinson for The Wall Street Journal)

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@ATS_RoadSafety Jersey City tickets driver for running red light before collision with Light Rail train http://bit.ly/1eWqUjg  #stoponred  #NJ

@ATS_RoadSafety Red Light Cameras: Changed Behavior & Improved Infrastructure a Winning Combination http://bit.ly/1hy9UmL @BikePGH  #Pittsburgh

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce the signing of a new multi-year contract with the town of Juno Beach, Florida. A client since 2008, Juno Beach will continue its road safety camera program in partnership with ATS for an initial term of five years. ATS is honored to remain as the town’s chosen traffic safety partner and looks forward to contributing to driver safety in Juno Beach.

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Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Are Intrusive, Annoying and Necessary
The News Tribune (Washington), Dec. 2, 2013

Several years ago I was running late for my first shift with a new department. I made a right turn at a red light, hoping none of my new coworkers were close enough to see my rolling stop. Weeks later, I fished out an envelope mailed to me from my employer. The $100 ticket inside was a surprise. … One might think this would sour my opinion on the camera system, but that is not the case.

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Editorial: Cameras Prove Value to Life, Limb
Insurance News Net/The News Tribune (Washington), Dec. 3, 2013

Here’s a question for opponents of red-light cameras: Would you rather be on the receiving end of a T-bone crash or a minor fender bender? Granted, that’s not exactly a fair question. But it’s the reality reflected in statistics: Not only do the number of accidents decrease at intersections after red-light cameras are installed, the type of accident changes.

Editorial: Don’t Pull Plug on Red-Light Cameras
The Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), Nov. 28, 2013

In most cases, local control is preferable to government mandates from the state or federal levels. An example — a recent news release from Tom Pauken, a Republican candidate for governor of the state of Texas. Pauken supports a statewide ban on red-light traffic cameras in Texas. This would be a problem in Amarillo.

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“I believe the cameras are helping. I’m hoping people are getting it and they are learning to drive safer and cautiously. The statistics are showing it does reduce crashes.”
Michael Cioffi, Police Chief of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
North Valley Suburbanite/NorthJersey.com, Dec. 5, 2013

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“Most certainly I believe it would have an effect. Maybe drivers would think twice about running a red light. If you run a light at a toll booth you get a ticket.”
Dennis Levinson, Atlantic County Executive
Press of Atlantic City (New Jersey), Dec. 3, 2013

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“We get a tremendous amount of pass-through traffic on 50 and 27, and the cameras will send those drivers a message that when driving through our community in Clermont, they need to slow down.”
Darren Gray, City Manager of Clermont, Florida
South Lake Press, Dec. 1, 2013

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“The crashes have definitely been reduced since the implementation of the program. There’s no doubt about that.”
Jeff Greenemeir, Police Chief of Pohatcong Township, New Jersey
The Express-Times, Dec. 1, 2013