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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 13

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Florida’s Red-Light Safety Camera Program Educational Video Released
Village of Key Biscayne, Feb. 25, 2014

American Traffic Solutions public service announcement video, which is accessible on YouTube, takes viewers on an educational tour of the process at work behind ATS’ red-light safety camera programs in Florida. See news release. Go directly to video.

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Drivers Ignore the Signs
CBS Philly TV-3, Feb. 25, 2014

According to the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, bus drivers across the U.S. reported more 85,000 vehicles illegally passed stopped school buses in a single day. CBS3 saw the danger unfold first hand. The I-Team’s cameras caught more than a dozen violators breaking the law while riding a Gloucester Township school bus undercover.

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The ABC7 I-Team uncovered dangers at the school bus stop: drivers ignoring laws designed to keep children safe. It’s a deadly concern. Across metro Chicago every day, drivers are putting children at risk by passing stopped school buses at bus stops.

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Authorities Issue 305 Red-Light Running Citations in 1 Week
Palm Coast Observer (Florida), Feb. 26, 2014
Palm Coast’s Red-Light Safety Camera Program captured 2,538 violations, and authorities issued 305 citations during the week of Feb. 3-9.
WFTV-TV Channel 9 (Florida), Feb. 25, 2014

A Channel 9 investigation has found that red-light cameras have caught a number of Lynx buses rolling through intersections after the lights changed to red.
Houston Chronicle (Texas), Feb. 25, 2014
Because of the construction of U.S. 290 in Jersey Village, the department removed the 10 red-light cameras that were stationed at key intersections along U.S. 290 as it borders the city limits. Since the cameras were turned off, the city said it has seen an increase of 28 percent in the number of traffic accidents at those intersections, while overall the city has seen a 9 percent increase in traffic accidents.

 

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Watch Your Speeds in School Zones Near Akron
Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio), Feb. 26, 2014

Motorists are most likely to get caught speeding in Akron school zones on Tuesdays. They’re also most likely to get popped between 2:30 and 3 p.m. And they’re usually going 32 mph in the 20 mph zones. Those are a few of the noteworthy findings in a new report from American Traffic Solutions, which runs Akron’s traffic camera enforcement program. (Akron Beacon Journal photo by Karen Schiely)

New Speed Camera Site Selected
Southern Maryland News Online, Feb. 26, 2014

A new school zone has entered the rotation for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office automated speed enforcement program. Westlake High School has been added to the list of school zones where speed cameras can be activated, according to the sheriff’s office. The program has three cameras that generally rotate every week to different school zones.

N.Y. Governor Announces Budget Amendment for School Speed Cameras
Office of the Governor (New York), Feb. 21, 2014

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that a 30-day budget amendment has been introduced to include authorization for addition of cameras to monitor school speed zones in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

 

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2 Students Injured at Virginia School Bus Stop
The Daily Progress/Associated Press, Feb. 26, 2014
Virginia State Police say two students suffered minor injuries when a car rear-ended a school bus in Scott County. The students were getting off the bus at a stop when the accident occurred Tuesday afternoon on Route 58 near Route 614. The bus’ side-arm stop sign and flashing lights were activated. See related coverage from WJHL-TV Channel 11.

School Bus Stop Fatality Brings Vehicular Homicide Charge
WRDW-TV Channel 12 (Georgia), Feb. 26, 2014

The man accused of hitting an 8-year-old child on Dec. 9, 2013 has been indicted on vehicular homicide and reckless driving charges. Authorities accuse the driver of  failing to stop for a school bus and hitting a child.

Driver Runs into Stopped School Bus; 9 Injured
TheNewsStar.com (Louisiana), Feb. 26, 2014

Eight students and the 57-year-old school bus driver were treated for minor injuries after a pickup crashed into the back of their stopped Rapides Parish school bus Tuesday, authorities reported.  Students had just gotten on the bus, and the red indicator lights on the bus were activated, and the stop signs were extended.

Senate Panel Advances School Bus Camera Bill
Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Washington), Feb. 26, 2014

The Senate Appropriations Committee has advanced a bill that would require school buses have cameras to catch motorists who illegally pass buses stopped to pick up and drop off students. The bill now heads to the Senate floor for further debate. In 2011, 11-year-old Makayla Marie Strahle was struck and killed by a driver who ignored a stop sign in Crowheart.

Stop-Arm Violation Education and Enforcement
School Transportation News, Feb. 24, 2014

In general, stop-arm violators can be categorized into three different groups: the impatient violator, the uneducated violator and the distracted violator. Using cameras to prosecute violators and educating the motoring public about the stop-arm law will mitigate the amount of violations from all three categories of violators.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to welcome the Georgetown Independent School District in Texas as a new client and to announce the signing of a new agreement with longtime client Mesa, Arizona. Georgetown Independent School District will receive ATS’ CrossingGuard school bus stop arm safety cameras, which are used to enforce school bus traffic laws for the protection of children near stopped school buses. The city of Mesa, an ATS client since 2006, has signed a new road safety camera agreement for the continued operation of red-light and speed safety cameras. Both agreements carry a five-year term. ATS is honored to participate in the traffic safety efforts of the city of Mesa and the Georgetown Independent School District.

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“The goal ultimately is to get people to stay within the speed limit, especially in school zones, regardless if there is a camera present.”
Diane Richardson, Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman
Southern Maryland Newspapers Online, Feb. 26, 2014

“A few students will have knee braces or neck braces. But there were no major injuries. I’m just glad the kids at least got on the bus and were not standing on the side of the road.”
Clyde Washington, Rapides Parish School District Assistant Superintendent
TheNewsStar.com (Louisiana), Feb. 26, 2014

“When these cameras are working, it does help hold the accidents down.”
D.R. Smith, Jersey Village Police Department Sergeant
Houston Chronicle (Texas), Feb. 25, 2014

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In Jersey City, where construction along U.S Highway 290 required the removal of 10 red-light cameras at key intersections, traffic accidents at those locations have increased 28 percent, while overall the city has seen a 9-percent increase in traffic accidents. Between April 18 and Dec. 31, 2012, the city experienced 76 traffic accidents at those key intersections. During the same time frame in 2013, the number of accidents increased to 97 once the cameras were taken off line. Overall, the city experienced 430 traffic accidents in 2012 versus 467 last year. Source: Houston Chronicle, Feb. 25, 2014.

 

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N.Y. Mayor Unveils Details in Plan to Reduce Traffic Fatalities
WCBS-TV CBS 2 (New York), Feb. 18, 2014

On the same block where a 9-year-old-boy was killed by a cab last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled more details to his plan to eliminate deadly traffic accidents in New York City, especially those involving pedestrians. See related coverage in Crain’s New York Business and New York Post.

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Chicago Transit Authority Cracks Down on Red-Light Runners
WMAQ-TV NBC 5 (Illinois), Feb. 18, 2014

In 2009, the Chicago Transit Authority changed the rules regarding bus drivers’ punishment for the tickets they received while driving. In that time, red-light camera violations have dropped significantly, plunging from 779 violations in 2010, to 321 in 2011 and again to 222 in 2012. The reason behind these changes? Harsher punishments for CTA bus drivers who run red lights.
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Mayor Says State Should Keep Hands Off Cameras
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Feb. 20, 2014

After discussing what the Florida Legislature might do to red-light cameras at a Brandenton City Council workshop meeting, Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston said red-light cameras are a public safety issue, and they work. “It’s not a money maker. Half the money goes to the state. I wish the Legislature would take their hands off it.”

Cities Home-Rule Authority May Trump Camera Ban Bill
Northeast Ohio Media Group, Feb. 20, 2014

A proposed ban on traffic cameras making its way through the legislature will likely be slapped down by the courts if it passes, according to a legal analysis of the bill. That’s because the legislation, as currently written, appears to infringe on local governments’ home-rule authority, according to a study done by the Legislative Service Commission, the Ohio General Assembly’s nonpartisan research arm.

 

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Wyoming House Passes Bill for School-Bus Safety Cameras
Caspar Star-Tribune (Wyoming), Feb. 18, 2014

The Wyoming House passed a bill Monday that would require outside cameras be installed on all public school buses. House Bill 5 now heads to the Senate. The Joint Education Interim Committee sponsored the bill to help law enforcement catch drivers who “fly by,” or pass, stopped buses. In 2011, 11-year-old Makayla Marie Strahle was struck and killed by a driver who ignored a stop sign in Crowheart.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the city of Lufkin, Texas, has renewed its road safety camera agreement for an additional five years.  ATS is honored to participate in the traffic safety efforts in Lufkin.

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Fines Exceed Toll Loss on Golden Gate Bridge Post All-Electronic Tolling
TollRoads News, Feb. 18, 2014

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Matier and Ross say the initial impact of all electronic tolling (AET) conversion on Golden Gate Bridge revenues isn’t bad.

Donlen Launches Fully Integrated Toll Management Program
PR.com, Feb. 13, 2014

Donlen, the fleet industry’s most comprehensive provider of integrated financing and asset management solutions, today announced a partnership with American Traffic Solutions Fleet Services to provide a fully integrated toll management program for their customers.

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Commentary: Numbers Show the Truth, Red-Light Cameras Save Lives
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Feb. 17, 2014

There are many findings in the latest report on red-light camera programs in Florida, but the most important is the 49 percent decrease in fatal red-light running crashes at intersections with safety cameras. Saving lives is the fundamental purpose for red-light cameras, and our monumental achievement. At American Traffic Solutions, we are proud and honored to serve our communities in this way.

Commentary: Most Arguments Against Cameras are Red Herrings
Press-Citizen (Iowa), Feb. 17, 2014

The state perhaps should legislate dollar limits on fines and promote good practices for public safety, but use of cameras and other traffic safety decisions should to be left primarily to cities, towns and counties. Most arguments against traffic cameras appear to be red herrings from folks irritated about getting caught. They’re doing it to the detriment of public safety.

Commentary: Don’t Like Cameras? Don’t Run Red Lights
Miami Herald (Florida), Feb. 17, 2014

Red-light cameras save lives and reduce serious injuries. … Traffic safety, however, doesn’t much matter to Rep. Frank Artiles of Miami and Sen. Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg, who have filed bills to stop new red-light camera installations and eliminate local government’s share of the fines. … This approach punishes city and county taxpayers. Fines would be reduced to $83 from $158 by wiping out local government’s $75 cut.

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Editorial: Stiffer Penalties Needed for School Bus Scofflaws
The Post-Journal (New York), Feb. 18, 2014

There have been 53 complaints of drivers passing school buses with their red lights flashing in roughly a 30-day period, according to Bob Gilkinson, Cassadaga Valley Central School transportation supervisor. All but eight of those complaints have been on Route 60, some at speeds of up to 60 miles an hour.

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Letter to the Editor: Speed Enforcement by Video Needed
Erie Times and News (Pennsylvania), Feb. 18, 2014

On a recent morning, a traffic light turned green, allowing me to exit the Interstate 79 ramp and merge onto 12th Street, but a truck with a plow on the front went speeding through the red light. If I hadn’t hesitated when my light turned green, I would be dead.

Letter to the Editor: Political Puffing
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Feb. 17, 2014

A recent article about red-light cameras talked about how a state politician is trying to get rid of the cameras because, supposedly, they are only being used to garner revenue for governments. Whether they are or not is irrelevant when you consider that the main goal is to save lives and prevent accidents. The only way to get most people’s attention is to hit them in the pocket.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Save Lives
Miami Herald (Florida), Feb. 17, 2014

We have all heard the cliche, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” But that is exactly the intent of Florida Rep. Frank Artiles and Sen. Jeff Brandes. A study by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, requested by Brandes, found that red-light cameras reduced accidents at intersections equipped with them, by 19 percent, and fatalities by 49 percent. Forty-nine percent fewer deaths at intersections sound outstanding to me, even throwing in a 10-percent margin of error.

Letter to the Editor: Simple Red, Yellow, Green Light Rules
Sun-Sentinel (Florida), Feb. 16, 2014

It’s really quite simple. A red light means stop. Yellow means be prepared to stop. Green means go. If you don’t understand these three items, a camera will document your misunderstanding and you will be fined. What is so difficult for drivers to understand.

Letter to the Editor: Removing Red-Light Cameras Senseless
Florida Today, Feb. 14, 2014

We have a rhetorical question for Cocoa Beach Mayor Dave Netterstrom and City Commissioners Skip Williams and Tim Tumulty, who recently voted to remove the city’s red-light cameras: Have you lost your mind.

 

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“In other words, the program has been a big success. The reduced citations and less revenue equals less people running red lights and speeding in the neighborhoods where the cameras are located.”
Jeff Johnson, Cleveland City Councilman
Northeast Ohio Media Group, Feb. 19, 2014

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“We refuse to accept the loss of children, parents and neighbors as inevitable. We are focusing the full weight of city government to prevent fatalities on our streets. This will add up to much more than changing intersections or issuing violations. It’s about each of us taking greater responsibility every time we get behind the wheel or step out on the street.”

Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City
Crain’s New York Business (New York), Feb. 18, 2014

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“That camera at that intersection has reduced crashes significantly. To those people who say it’s not about safety, I don’t know how they can refute the statistics like that.”
Frank Donchez, Police Chief of Davenport, Iowa
WHBF-TV CBS 4 (Iowa), Feb. 18, 2014

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Red-light cameras have reduced pedestrian injuries by 31 percent. Source: The New York Post, Feb. 19, 2014.

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Commentary: Hidden in Red-Light Camera Report — 18 Lives Saved
Herald-Tribune (Florida), Feb. 12, 2014

Monday’s report from the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability shared great news that red-light safety cameras in Florida have dramatically reduced fatal and injury collisions. Frankly, I’m surprised and disappointed that such an important fact was buried so deeply in the report. The simple fact of the matter is that red-light running kills, permanently affecting families and communities. (WPTV-TV NBC 5/Palm Beach Post image)

 

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Editorial: Don’t Let Brandes Kill Lifesaving Program
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Feb. 13, 2014

A number of thoughtful recommendations about how to improve the state’s red-light camera program are included in a government report issued this week. The recommendations should be considered by state and local jurisdictions looking for ways to improve the program, which is greatly reducing the number of fatal crashes attributed to red-light running. What lawmakers should ignore is a bill by state Sen. Jeff Brandes to kill the program altogether. (The Tampa Tribune photo by Cliff McBride)

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City of Phoenix Combats Red-Light Running
KTVK-TV Channel 3 (Arizona), Feb. 11, 2014

A man driving a Suburban ran a red light and slammed into a car in Phoenix Tuesday morning. Police believe speed and impairment were factors in the collision. The city of Phoenix said that intersection isn’t the only one with red-light running issues, and the accident serves as a reminder of how dangerous it is to run a red light.

Red-Light Cameras Improve Traffic Safety in Milton
WEAR-TV ABC 3 (Florida), Feb. 10, 2014

A new report shows deadly crashes went down about 49 percent at intersections with red-light cameras, even though the total number of crashes actually went up. … But the mayor of Milton says, these cameras are doing exactly what they’re supposed to do, and that is, to improve safety.

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Police Chief Comments on St. Louis’ Appeal to Supreme Court
KMOX-Radio 1120AM (Missouri), Feb. 13, 2014

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says he’s glad the city is taking its red-light camera fight to the State Supreme Court. … Dotson says for him, it all comes back to running lights. He says it’s illegal to run them no matter who catches you whether it’s a live person or a camera.

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Philadelphia to Receive $5 Million in Camera Fines for Street Safety
PlanPhilly (Pennsylvania), Feb. 11, 2014

Philadelphia is slated to receive nearly $5 million thanks to the most recent round of Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) Funding Program grants. Since 2010, the program has awarded $33.3 million to 234 safety projects statewide. The ARLE program distributes funds generated by automated red light cameras, which issue tickets for traffic violations such as running red lights.

Florida Report Finds Cameras Reduce Traffic Injuries, Fatalities
Tampa Bay Business Journal (Florida), Feb. 10, 2014

The National Coalition for Safer Roads is encouraged by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability’s report on red-light safety cameras, noting that traffic deaths and injuries have decreased dramatically since cameras were installed throughout the state.

 

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ATS: Florida Report Affirms Cameras’ Influence on Safety
Cision News Wire, Feb. 10, 2014

American Traffic Solutions is gratified that the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability report affirms that red-light safety cameras reduce fatalities and injuries at Florida intersections where they are deployed.

Red-Light Violations Top 19,800 in Haines City
News Chief/Ledger Media Group (Florida), Feb. 10, 2014

The past year has brought red-light violations to thousands of mailboxes in Haines City. While it may be frustrating for some, studies show a reduction in accidents statewide, city officials said.

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Authorities Issue 331 Red-Light Running Citations in 1 Week
Palm Coast Observer (Florida), Feb. 10, 2014

Palm Coast’s Red-Light Safety Camera Program captured 2,621 violations, and authorities issued 331 citations during the week of Jan. 20-26.

Red-Light Cameras Hailed for Safety
Statesman Journal (Oregon), Feb. 8, 2014

The use of red-light camera pictures to catch car thieves is new in Oregon. But a couple weeks ago a picture of two people in the front of a dark-colored Honda Accord driving through the intersection on a red light caught the attention of Salem police because it had been reported stolen in northeast Salem the day before.

Red-Light Cameras Keep Green Light in Virginia
Fairfax City Patch, Feb. 8, 2014

Red-light cameras will remain legal in Virginia for at least another year, as the House Transportation Committee defeated a bill this past week that would have forced the discontinuation of such photo-monitoring systems. Virginia police from several localities attended this past week’s meeting to lobby in favor of keeping the cameras, citing safety as the number one concern. Localities that have implemented the systems have reported decreases in red-light violations as high as 33 percent and 40 percent.

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Memorial, Cry for Student Safety Follow Fatality
The New Orleans Advocate (Louisiana), Feb. 12, 2014

In the days since a vehicle struck and killed 6-year-old Shaud Wilson on his way to his school bus stop, the crash has sparked a broader discussion about the safety of children like Shaud who must navigate poorly marked, busy thoroughfares every day on their way to and from their school bus stop. See related school and city council articles in The Times-Picayune. (NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune photo by Julia Kumari Drapkin)

 

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Cameras Credited for Decline in Speeding, Crashes
Washingtonian (District of Columbia), Feb. 11, 2014

A study released Monday by the District Department of Transportation finds that since the DC government started deploying traffic cameras across town, drivers are crashing less often and hurting fewer people. See related article in Washington City Paper and ITS International.

 

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Texas District OKs School-Bus Safety Camera Agreement with ATS
Sys-Con Media,  Feb. 12, 2014

The Georgetown Independent School District Board Board has approved an agreement with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to bring school bus stop arm cameras to Georgetown school buses. The school district and the Georgetown Police Department will partner with ATS, the leading photo enforcement provider in North America, to deploy CrossingGuard, ATS’ solution to help the school district address the growing problem of illegal passing of school buses.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce its recent agreement renewals with the Tennessee city of Murfreesboro and the Maryland cities of Landover Hills and Westminster. All three clients renewed their road safety camera agreements for another year. ATS is honored to be a part of the traffic safety efforts in these communities.

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Editorial: Despite Problems, Cameras Save Lives
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Feb. 12, 2014

The state’s newest red-light camera study gives ammunition to people on both sides of the debate. But for those who see the value in the cameras, the same study shows fatal crashes have decreased at red-light camera intersections. Keeping red-light cameras is the much more compelling argument. They have made drivers think twice before running a red light.

Editorial: Road Safety Cameras Serve their Purpose
Sierra Vista Herald (Arizona), Feb. 9, 2014

Understanding that there is a contingent of the audience who detest and contest the effectiveness of road safety camera systems in Sierra Vista, we note with interest the start up of the fourth local intersection to be monitored.  Statistics gathered during the past year show that there will be thousands of you caught on camera.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Aid Safety
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), Feb. 12, 2014

Guess the teenagers driving down the Shore this summer won’t have to be concerned about red lights in Brick Township. The town’s mayor is doing away with red-light cameras. Another safety measure gone by the wayside — and why? Because people don’t want to be punished for their violations.

Letter to the Editor: Afraid of Cameras? Then Don’t Break the Law
Iowa City Press-Citizen (Iowa), Feb. 12, 2014

I think my attorney, if I had complaints about traffic violation cameras, would counsel me to avoid breaking the law: To not violate the speed limits and not to run red lights. There are penalties for scofflaws, and rightfully so.

Letter to the Editor: Give Cameras the Green Light
Centre Daily Times (Pennsylvania), Feb. 11, 2014

The only “traffic calming” (give me a break with the nomenclature) that works is fines. You’ve got to hit people in the wallet to get their attention. The police can’t be around long enough to issue enough tickets. We need cameras!

 

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“Having children dash across streets early in the morning and not having crossing guards — and not even having designated pickup spots for them — is not the safe way to do it, and I do think it falls upon the authorities that are governing this to come up with a solution.”
Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, New Orleans City Councilwoman
The New Orleans Advocate (Louisiana), Feb. 12, 2014

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“The reality is it changes people’s driving behavior. While there is a factor of people not wanting to get ticketed, most people who are ticketed don’t re-offend, and I think it’s apparent that they are more conscious on the roadways.”
Richard Sloan, Chief of Police, Haines City
News Chief/Ledger Media Group (Florida), Feb. 10, 2014

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In its recent report comparing crash data at locations for three years before the installation of speed safety cameras and three years with speed cameras in operation, the District Department of Transportation found total crashes decreased from 2,240 to 1,863, injuries related to crashes decreased from 841 to 673, and the number of injuries at the locations similarly dropped around 20 percent, from 1,251 prior to installation to 996 after. Source: Washington City Paper, Feb. 10, 2014.

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The city of Salem, in its February 2013 report on red light traffic statistics, reported an overall 33 percent reduction of traffic collisions and a 13 percent decrease in violations since its red-light camera program began in March 2008. Source: Statesman Journal, Feb. 8, 2014.

 

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Unanimous Vote Keeps Red-Light Cameras in Palm Beach County
WPTV-TV NBC 5/Palm Beach Post (Florida), Feb. 4, 2014

Palm Beach County will continue to operate its network of red-light cameras at 17 intersections in the county’s unincorporated areas. County commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to seek bids from private companies interested in operating the cameras.

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Smarter Driver: Why Red-Light Cameras Work
CNET/BroadwayWorld.com, Feb. 4, 2014

They are controversial to say the least, but they do get drivers’ attention. CNET’s Brian Cooley explains how these cameras are reducing fatal red-light running crashes through a three-phase approach: public awareness, traffic signs and enforcement.

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Court Upholds Red-Light Camera Notice
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Feb. 5, 2014

South Florida appeals court Wednesday upheld the constitutionality of a state law that requires notices of red-light camera violations to be sent to the first listed owner on a vehicle’s registration.

Council Adds Red-Light Cameras at 2 Intersections
The Lufkin News (Texas), Feb. 5, 2014

Crews will soon install additional red-light safety cameras at two intersections after the Lufkin City Council voted on Tuesday to approve an amendment to an agreement with American Traffic Solutions.

Red-Light Camera Ticket Scam Suspect Extradited
WTEV-TV CBS 47 (Florida), Feb. 5, 2014

The Georgia woman accused of conspiring with a prison inmate to conduct a red-light ticket scam will appear in court Wednesday morning.

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Virginia House Committee: Red-Light Cameras Can Stay
FindLaw.com, Feb. 4, 2014

An effort to withdraw legislative consent for the cameras and force cities to take them down failed in the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday.

Crashes Decrease, Revenue Rises in River Forest
OakPark.com (Illinois), Feb. 4, 2014

The red-light cameras at Harlem and North avenues continue to be a boon on two fronts for River Forest: a lower number of traffic accidents at that busy intersection and an increase in revenue as well, according to information from the River Forest Police Department.

Lauderdale Lakes Considers Red-Light Safety Cameras
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Feb. 1, 2014

While one Broward County city is getting out of the red-light camera business, officials here are planning to begin using the traffic-enforcement devices. Commissioners say they do not want the cameras to be a money-making tool, or a money-losing venture. They say they are interested in safer streets and in adding devices that could help law enforcement solve crimes in the city.

Red-Light Camera Revenue Boosts Road Safety in Allegheny County
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), Jan. 31, 2014

Drivers who ran red lights at 25 Philadelphia intersections equipped with enforcement cameras are helping to pay for $826,800 in road safety improvements in six Allegheny County municipalities. The money is part of $8.8 million in red-light fine revenue being distributed statewide to 32 projects. See press release with complete list.

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Maryland Work-Zone Tickets Down, but Fatalities Are Up
WTOP Radio FM 103.5 (District of Columbia), Feb. 5, 2014

As the overall number of speed camera tickets issued in work zones in Maryland decreased in 2013, the number of fatalities in work zones increased. … According to the Maryland State Highway Administration, eight people, including four highway workers, were killed in work-zone crashes in 2013.

Speed Cameras Proposed for Roosevelt Boulevard
NBC Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Jan. 31, 2014

Speeders on the Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia might have a tougher time breaking the law if one local lawmaker gets his way. State Sen. Mike Stack is calling for Philadelphia to install speed cameras along the 12-lane roadway and has proposed changing state law to allow the city to do it.

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Girl Hit by Vehicle while Getting on School Bus
WGHP-TV FOX 8 (North Carolina), Feb. 6, 2014

A Durham girl was injured Thursday morning when a vehicle hit her as she got on the school bus. … Durham Public School officials said the girl was crossing the street to get on bus 371 to Jordan High School when the vehicle hit her.

Cameras and Enforcement Can Reduce Stop-Arm Violations
School Bus Fleet, Feb. 5, 2014

In general, stop-arm violators can be categorized into three groups: the impatient violator, the uneducated violator and the distracted violator. Using cameras to prosecute violators and educate the motoring public about stop-arm laws will mitigate the number of offenses from all three categories of violators, which could save a child’s life.

School Bus Safety Camera Ordinance Advances in Georgetown
KXAN-TV NBC (Texas), Jan. 31, 2014

On Jan. 28, the Georgetown City Council approved the first reading to install cameras on Georgetown Independent School District school buses to catch violators and then issue tickets to those drivers. An Interlocal Agreement will allow the City to partner with the GISD along with American Traffic Solutions to install the cameras.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce its recent agreement renewals with Cheverly, Maryland, and Falls Church, Virginia. Cheverly has extended its current contract for another year until January 2015, and Falls Church has extended its agreement for another four years to May 2018.  ATS is honored to be a part of the road safety efforts in these communities.

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More Peach Pass Lanes on the Way
WAGA-TV FOX 5 (Georgia), Feb. 6, 2014

The High Occupancy Toll, or HOT lanes moving through Gwinnett County continue to grow in popularity. In November, it logged the 10 millionth trip.

Road Safety Camera Violations Pose Liability to Fleets
Digital Journal, Jan. 30, 2014

Fleets that don’t make red-light, speed, or school bus stop arm safety camera violations part of their drivers’ safety profiles are running the risk of multimillion-dollar liability costs, says Vincent Brigidi, president and chief operating officer of The CEI Group, Inc., a fleet services provider.

Golden Glades Commute Gets Easier
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 27, 2014

The Golden Glades toll plaza — a longtime, notorious traffic bottleneck — became an easier, cashless commute on Monday, but it should get even better starting Tuesday. … Officials closed the tollbooths early Sunday and all drivers now will have tolls either deducted electronically or be billed. Electronic tolling makes traffic flow faster, improves air quality, reduces the number of crashes and cuts the operating and capital expenses of collecting tolls manually, officials say.

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“To me the reduction of serious injuries has caused me to change my mind. This is a normative thing where people’s behavior is changed by getting a $158 ticket. There is some effect.”
Hal Valeche, Palm Beach County Commissioner
WPTV-TV NBC 5/Palm Beach Post (Florida), Feb. 4, 2014

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“Life is fragile. People are making bad decisions on our highways and our loved ones are paying the ultimate price. My hope as a society is that we will start putting the human aspect back into why we implemented the red-light safety program.”
Melissa Wandall, President of National Coalition for Safer Roads and nationally recognized traffic safety advocate
WPTV-TV NBC 5/Palm Beach Post (Florida), Feb. 4, 2014

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Traffic crashes decreased from 25 in 2012 to eight in 2013, a 68 percent decrease, at the intersection of Harlem and North avenues in River Forest, Illinois. Red-light safety cameras were installed at the location in January 2013. SOURCE: OakPark.com, Feb. 4, 2014.

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Lakewood responded to 100 fewer traffic accidents in 2013 than the prior year – a drop of 10 percent and a testament to the effectiveness of the city’s photo enforcement program. Police also had to make 269 fewer traffic stops from the previous year, a dip of almost 20 percent. SOURCE: City of Lakewood Press Release, “Lakewood Saw Crime Drop in 2013,” Feb. 4, 2014.