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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 17

March 27th, 2014 Comments off

 

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Arizona designates March as Red-Light Running Awareness Month, but as this letter writer in New York points out, this dangerous behavior happens all too often in too many places. To help spread the message to stop on red, American Traffic Solutions invites viewers to watch and share this video it produced for Red Means Stop, a non-profit organization committed to educating the public on the dangers of red-light running.   In 2012, 680 people were killed and more than 130,000 were injured in red-light running collisions across the country, which makes red-light running a public concern in every state, every day. Please, drive safely. For more information visit ATS’ Facebook page.

 

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Georgetown Independent School District Introduces Bus Safety Cameras
KXAN-TV NBC (Texas), March 26, 2014

Starting Wednesday school buses in Georgetown will have safety camera’s to ID drivers who fail to stop when buses are dropping off students and picking them up. Five of the district’s 112 buses now have cameras from American Traffic Solutions. Georgetown ISD Transportation Director Walt Prothro said they’ll continually check for “hotspots,” areas where they see frequent violations, and rotate the buses with the cameras.

Girl, 8, Injured while Getting Off School Bus
The Florida Times-Union, March 26, 2014

An 8-year-old girl was hospitalized in serious condition after being struck by a pickup truck while walking away from her stopped school bus. Police cited the driver for passing a stopped school bus and for striking a pedestrian.

Driver Rear-Ends Stopped School Bus
Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia), March 24, 2014

A driver allegedly rear-ended a Muscogee County School District bus around 7:40 a.m. today, but no injuries were reported. According to an e-mail from the district’s communications director, Valerie Fuller, the driver of the car reportedly was cited for the accident. “The bus stop arm was out and lights were flashing at the bus stop when the driver of the car rear-ended the bus at Burt Mar and Milgen,” Fuller said. “Students were reportedly crossing the street to get on the bus at the time when the accident occurred.”

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Sugar Land Police Department Wants to Expand Camera Program
Fort Bend Star (Texas), March 26, 2014

After reviewing proposed modifications to the red-light camera program, the Sugar Land Police Department has concluded that most of the changes aren’t needed and wants to expand the program. The police department recommendations were presented at a Sugar Land City Council workshop March 18. The recommendations were in response to the final report from the citizen-led Traffic Safety Task Force. (Photo by YourFortBendNews.com)

New Jerseyans Still Back Red-Light Cameras
The Inquirer (Pennsylvania), March 26, 2014

A majority of New Jersey motorists continues to support the use of red-light cameras, but in declining numbers, a new survey by AAA shows. The poll of 1,000 motorists found 56 percent support use of the cameras to catch drivers who run red lights.

Charge: Driver on Drugs at Time of Deadly Red-Light Running Crash
Star Tribune (Minnesota). March 26, 2014

A motorist was high on a cocktail of illicit drugs when he went through a red light and rammed his large pickup truck into a compact car crossing his path in Minnetonka, killing a grade school educator driving to work, according to charges filed Wednesday. The teacher was within 3 miles of arriving for work that morning as a paraprofessional in Chinese language immersion at Excelsior Elementary School. The teacher emigrated from Taiwan, married and raised three children.

Red-Light Camera Repeal Looks Dead this Session
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), March 26, 2014

A bill originally aimed at repealing the state’s red-light camera program has been watered down to allow the cameras, though with certain restrictions and requirements. But that bill couldn’t even get voted out of its own sponsor’s Senate committee Wednesday, as multiple amendments failed that would have put teeth back in the bill. At the meeting’s close the bill was temporarily postponed.

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Crashes Decrease at Linden’s Red-Light Safety Camera Intersections
Linden Police Department (New Jersey), March 21, 2014

From a low of 8 percent to a high of 33 percent, total traffic crashes are on the decline at Linden’s five intersections with red-light safety cameras. The overall contribution to public safety is notable, but the gains are greatest at the city’s three locations with cameras in place since late 2010, according to Linden Police Department records. (The Star-Ledger photo by Aristide Economopoulos)

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Officials in Granite City, Ill., Release Alarming Video
KMOV-TV CBS 4 (Missouri), March 27, 2014

Granite City officials have released incredible footage of drivers running red lights from the city’s only red-light cameras. Officials released the video amid public criticism of the camera at 17th Street and Madison Avenue. A police captain said the camera at one of the city’s most popular intersections is all about safety.

Family Asks Council to Reverse Red-Light Camera Decision
WBIR-TV NBC 10 (Tennessee), March 25, 2014

An East Tennessee family is asking local leaders in their community to reconsider their decision to stop using red-light and speed cameras. On Monday, the Oak Ridge City Council voted to stop using all four of the city’s cameras on April 21.The Paine family, of Oak Ridge, first started to push for more traffic safety regulations in the city after their 12-year-old daughter, Ashley Paine, was hit by a school bus. Ashley Paine’s grandmother, Judy Price, said she felt the council’s 4-3 vote was shortsighted. “It has made a very big difference, we haven’t had any more fatalities and we don’t want any,” Price said

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Chattanooga Adds Speed Cameras
WTVC-TV Channel 9 (Tennessee), March 25, 2014

Three new photo-speed enforcement cameras will soon be placed in different locations around Chattanooga which are known for speeding and accidents. The three locations were picked because they have about two times the statewide crash average for similar streets.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the City of Boulder Colorado has extended its road safety camera agreement for another year, until April 2015. Boulder became an ATS client in 2011.  ATS is honored to remain a part of the city’s traffic safety efforts.

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LeasePlan Launches Toll and Violations Solutions
Automotive Digest, March 2013

Lease­Plan USA is team­ing with Amer­i­can Traf­fic Solu­tions (ATS) Fleet Ser­vices to imple­ment new toll and vio­la­tion solu­tions for its clients. TollPlanSM and Vio­la­tion­s­PlanSM are inno­v­a­tive pro­grams that will cap­ture and mon­i­tor data to assist clients in man­ag­ing the most com­mon traf­fic challenges.

Kansas, Oklahoma Turnpike Authorities Reach Interoperability Agreement
KSN-TV (Kansas), March 25, 2014

Kansas Turnpike Authority has entered into an agreement with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority for the two systems’ electronic toll collection program to be interoperable by the end of 2014. The agreement will allow K-TAG to be used on the Oklahoma Turnpike system and PikePass to be used on the Kansas Turnpike. See additional coverage in Wichita Business Journal.

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety. $3 from every paid red-light safety camera violation has provided more than +$5 Mil to the @BuonicontiFund Miami Project: atsol.com/florida-facts

 

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Editorial: Red-Light Lunacy
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), March 21, 2014

The Tampa City Council’s vote to kill the city’s red-light camera program defies all logic and common sense. The four council members who voted against a contract extension to keep the cameras in place for two more years — Yvonne Yolie Capin, Charlie Miranda, Mary Mulhern and Frank Reddick — generally agree the program makes the city safer. But they are unhappy that the revenue, which totaled $1.6 million last year, is mixed into the city’s general fund rather than having some of it dedicated to transportation spending. Because of that marginal objection, they effectively put public safety at risk and undermined law enforcement. Their priorities are badly misplaced.

Editorial: Data Shows Red-Light Cameras in Conroe Improve Safety
The Courier (Texas), March 20, 2014

The Courier, which has supported red-light cameras at public intersections, believes the Conroe Police Department has the data to prove the program’s benefits. It has provided improved public safety at intersections, enabling the 107 officers in the department to handle other police matters; and, yes, it has generated tax-free revenue for the city as well as the state. State law requires that 50 percent of a governmental entity’s net revenue from the program be given to the state.

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Letter to the Editor: Far too Many Drivers Are Running Red Lights
The Buffalo News (New York), March 27, 2014

The other day, we came within inches of being T-boned by a car that ran a red light on Sweeney Street in Tonawanda. People need to slow down! We usually count to four at a red light before proceeding, but this light was already green. Don’t even get me started on stop signs, which apparently do not mean stop. The pace is too fast today. Here’s an odd concept: Leave a little early for work or your appointments. Remember the old saying: “Slow down – the life you save may be your own.”

Letter to the Editor: Safer School Zones with Cameras
Newsday (New York), March 26, 2014

The writer of “School cameras not about safety” [Letters, March 7] was misinformed. The speed limit in most residential neighborhoods is 30 mph, not 40. The main reason we have 20-mph speeds posted around schools is to protect our children. … I am elated about cameras in school zones. Maybe more people will become more caring of our future: our children.

 

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“It’s going to give us an extra set of eyes and ears out on the road.”
Roland Waits, Georgetown Police Department Captain
KXAN-TV NBC (Texas), March 26, 2014

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“That means we’re changing driving behavior and people are a little more aware. This is not a revenue issue, this is purely about driver safety.”
Adam Brescia, Corporal with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), March 24, 2014

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There have been no fatalities at the six intersections in Hillsborough County with red-light safety cameras since they were installed 3 1/2 half years ago and crashes have gone down there, as have citations running red lights, according to Sheriff’s Cpl. Adam Brescia. Source: The Tampa Tribune, March 24, 2014.

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Georgetown Independent School District introduces school bus safety cameras this week to discourage drivers from passing stopped school buses and endangering children. During a recent study period of 19 days, the school district noted 430 incidents of motorists passing buses picking up or dropping off students. Source: KXAN-TV NBC, March 26, 2014.

In Conroe, at the seven intersections with red-light safety cameras, there were 83 total accidents in the 17-month period before the 10 cameras were installed. The total number of accidents annually at those intersections has not surpassed 34 since the program’s inception, despite the fact that traffic has increased 8.3 percent to nearly 34 million vehicles passing by those cameras each year. Source: The Courier, March 20, 2014. 

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 16

March 20th, 2014 Comments off

 

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March is Red-Light Running Awareness Month in Arizona, and a perfect opportunity to discuss driver safety with friends and loved ones. To help spread the message to stop on red, American Traffic Solutions invites viewers to watch and share this video it produced for Red Means Stop, a non-profit organization committed to educating the public on the dangers of red-light running.   In 2012, 680 people were killed and more than 130,000 were injured in red-light running collisions across the country, which makes red-light running a public concern in every state, every day. Please, drive safely. For more information visit ATS’ Facebook page.

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Linden Renews Red-Light Camera Contract for 5 More Years
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), March 20, 2014

Linden Mayor Richard Gerbounka has a proposition for the mayor of Brick Township, who last month pulled the plug on the town’s controversial but lucrative red-light cameras: “I’ll take whatever red-light cameras he wants to give me.” Linden, which has the fourth-largest red-light camera program in the state, with five intersections, has renewed its contract with vendor American Traffic Solutions of Arizona for another five years. (Photo by David Gard/New Jersey Local News Service)

Bellevue City Council Studies Camera Expansion
City of Bellevue (Washington), March 19, 2014 

Councilmembers on Monday directed city staff to negotiate a contract to expand a photo enforcement program that includes red-light cameras and school zone speed cameras. The council could review and give final approval to the contract at a future meeting. In the meantime, on a 5-2 vote the council also approved an extension of the existing program, set to expire April 12, on a month-to-month basis. Since 2009, there have been three red-light cameras and two school speed-zone cameras in Bellevue.

SUV Runs Red Light, Collides with School Bus
Winston-Salem Journal (North Carolina), March 19, 2014

A school bus carrying 26 children to Flat Rock Middle School was hit this morning by an SUV that ran a red light, Winston-Salem police said. No injuries were reported.

Authorities Issue 253 Red-Light Running Citations in 1 Week
Palm Coast Observer (Florida), March 18, 2014

Palm Coast’s Red-Light Safety Camera Program captured 2,826 violations during the week of Feb. 25 to March 2. In that time, authorities issued 253 citations. The previous week, there were 2,759 violations and 305 citations reported.

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Davie to Keep Red-Light Cameras
Sun-Sentinel (Florida), March 14, 2014

Controversial red-light cameras have not been a hit in every city, but Davie plans to keep them — at least through 2015. Ten of the town’s 16 cameras were set to come offline in September. But town officials want all 16 to remain in operation through next year, mainly to compare crash data with intersections that don’t have cameras. (NBC News Miami photo)

 

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Driver Who Passed School Bus Warning Signs, Struck Child, Loses Appeal
The Daily Reporter (Ohio), March 20, 2014

A woman acted recklessly when she disregarded a school bus’ warning signals and struck a child with her vehicle, according to an opinion released this week from the 12th District Court of Appeals. The three-judge appellate panel affirmed a Butler County Court of Common Pleas decision convicting the driver of aggravated vehicular homicide after the accident led to the death of the child involved.

Alabama Senate Passes Bill for School Bus Safety Cameras
AL.com, March 18, 2014

The Alabama Senate kept the peace Tuesday long enough to pass a host of local bills and non-controversial statewide legislation. Among the bills that passed the Alabama Senate Tuesday were a bill to allow school districts to put cameras on school buses to catch drivers who don’t stop for them in traffic.

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Clarke County’s School Bus Safety Cameras Deploy Next Week
OnlineAthens.com/Athens Banner-Herald, March 16, 2014

After a training day for Clarke County school bus drivers on March 13, buses fitted with special camera systems that catch violators and their license plate numbers will soon start traveling their routes. Just a handful of buses will have the cameras, but they’ll have plenty to record. In a recent survey, bus drivers reported 348 violations in a single day. (OnlineAthens photo by AJ Reynolds)

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Tampa Police Say Red-Light Cameras Are a Help
WHNZ Radio 1250 AM (Florida), March 19, 2014

Police released video on their YouTube page that they say shows cameras have helped with solving cases, preventing crashes, change driving habits and ultimately saving lives. (Tampa Tribune photo by Cliff McBride)

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Chattanooga Adds More Speed Cameras
WRCB-TV NBC 3 (Tennessee), March 18, 2014

The city of Chattanooga is targeting speeders with more road-side cameras with its Speed Reduction Initiative. It’s installing them on what city traffic engineers have determined to be the most dangerous stretches of road.

Families of Traffic Fatality Victims Push for Lower Speeds, Photo Enforcement
New York Daily News, March 18, 2014

A group of bereaved families traveled to Albany Tuesday to support a bill to reduce the citywide speed limit to 20 mph. The group, Families For Safe Streets, met with legislators and held an emotional  press conference. Each person held up pictures of those they lost in pedestrian-car accidents.

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Electronic Tolling about Preparation, Not Reaction
Metro News (West Virginia), March 19, 2014

State Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox said with a soon-to-be new law the state will have something more to offer companies interested in helping the state finish some of its major road construction projects.

Turnpike Plans New Way to Collect Unpaid Tolls
Sun Sentinel (Florida), March 16, 2014

Thousands of drivers on Florida’s Turnpike breeze through the all-electronic toll system and get away without ever paying. Now officials are ready to fight back with a plan to block the annual renewal of their vehicle registrations until all tolls and fines are paid. See related editorial.

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March is #redlightrunning awareness month! Share this graphic below & spread the message #StopOnRed! Thanks!

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ATS_ RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Fact 10: $10 from every paid red-light camera vio has provided +16Mil to 22 trauma centers www.atsol.com/florida-facts  pic.twitter.com/g384Yotu18
FOX 13’s Jen EpsteinVerified account @Fox13Traffic Accidents involving red light runners have decreased by 30% says Chief Jane Castor.
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Commentary: Camera Ban is a Terrible Plan; Let Locals Decide
Tampa Tribune (Florida), March 16, 2014

The fundamental purpose of government is the good maintenance of law and order. Everything else in society flows from the assurance that bad actors will be dealt with swiftly, efficiently and competently. Accordingly, it is a perfectly conservative position to regard red-light cameras as a tool useful for promoting an agreeable peace.

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Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Likely Are Good for Us
The Appeal-Democrat (California), March 19, 2014

Let’s face it: People are generally going to hate red-light cameras. But a lot of people hate stuff that’s good for them, whether it’s broccoli or driving slow or vaccinations. Marysville has to contend with the public relations aspect of automated law enforcement; but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t employ it if they really think it makes a difference. And the Marysville police, at least, really think so. They have numbers to back up their opinions, too. For instance, in the first year the program was started, collisions decreased by almost 79 percent at all the intersections covered by the cameras. It’s hard to argue with that.

Editorial: Sioux City Deserves Thanks for Defending Cameras
Des Moines Register (Iowa), March 17, 2014

It’s not often that an Iowa municipality sees fit to sue the state of Iowa seeking permission to enforce the law. That is exactly what Sioux City has done, and the city should be congratulated for it. Sioux City has asked the Woodbury County District Court to nullify the Iowa Department of Transportation’s new rules that effectively prevent Iowa cities from using automated traffic-control cameras on major state highways to fine drivers who break the law by speeding or running red lights. It would be a victory for public safety if the city prevails.

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Letter to the Editor: Measuring Effectiveness of Red-Light Cameras
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), March 20, 2014

Regarding “Faceoff Red-light cameras” (March 17): I think this first debate was easily won by Tom Jackson, arguing on behalf of the red-light cameras. His cause was confirmed by Joe Henderson’s concession that the cameras had reduced fatalities at monitored intersections by 49 percent. Everything after that seemed to fall into a secondary category of arguments. Lives have been saved — families are intact — loved ones are not lying dead at an intersection because someone thought their time was more valuable than the life they took. All other arguments — especially about “profits” — became minor by comparison.

Letter: What Motivates Thinking on Red-Light Cameras
Southern Maryland Newspapers, March 19, 2014

This paper’s March 14 editorial concerning red-light cameras was spot on. It showed the true nature of St. Mary’s County Commissioners Larry Jarboe, Cindy Jones and Dan Morris. Their decision to reject a few red-light cameras on Route 235 was an insult to the memory of Commissioner Todd Morgan’s wife, who was killed by a red-light runner.

 

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“We believe in the red-light cameras. We have five of them in the city of Linden, and we feel they are doing their job — which is to improve driver behavior at every red-light camera intersection.”
Richard Gerbounka, Mayor of Linden, New Jersey
The Star-Ledger, March 20, 2014

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“Once they’ve gotten a ticket, they’re pretty cautious the next time. We didn’t do this to be a moneymaker. We did this for safety.”
Patricia Asseff, Vice Mayor of Hollywood, Florida
Sun Sentinel, March 14, 2014

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“One, driving behavior has been changed. Two, there are people alive today that wouldn’t have been. The people who oppose red-light cameras are those who don’t drive safely. And for those people who do not drive safely, we prefer that they do not come to Pembroke Pines.”
Angelo Castillo, Vice Mayor of Pembroke Pines, Florida
Sun Sentinel, March 14, 2014

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In the first year, crashes at Tampa intersections equipped with red light cameras dropped 11 percent, and 33 percent the second year. Police gave out 10,000 fewer red-light tickets and crashes were down in 2013 compared with 2012. Source: Tampa Bay Times, March 19, 2014.

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In its lawsuit against the state of Iowa, Sioux City said cameras have clearly improved public safety. “Before the deployment of ATEs [automated cameras] on the interstate, 38 percent of motorists were traveling in excess of 11 miles over the speed limit,” the city said in court documents. “After two years of enforcement using ATEs, less than 1 percent of motorists are now traveling in excess of 11 miles above the posted speed limit.” Source: Des Moines Register, March 17, 2014.

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According to the Bellevue Police Department, road safety cameras generally have changed driver behavior and increased safety where they are installed. Statistics show the overall number of infractions from both speed and red-light cameras have decreased from 22,798 in 2010 to 11,956 in 2013, though not every enforcement area has seen a decline. Source: City of Bellevue news release, March 19, 2014.

 

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol 4, Issue 15

March 13th, 2014 Comments off

 

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During Red-Light Running Awareness Month in Arizona, American Traffic Solutions wants to remind everyone to drive carefully. In 2012, 680 people were killed and more than 130,000 were injured in red-light running collisions across the country, which makes red-light running a public concern in every state. To help spread the message to stop on red, ATS invites viewers to watch and share this video it produced for Red Means Stop, a non-profit organization committed to educating the public on the dangers of red-light running.  For more information please visit ATS’ Facebook page. In the meantime, please read the commentary below from Frank Hinds, a founder of Red Means Stop.

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Commentary: Why Do We Keep Running Red Lights?
The Arizona Republic, March 9, 2014

Why do drivers continue to run red lights? The variety of reasons might surprise you, but for the most part, people are speeding, distracted or simply believe they can get away with it, so why not? Small children understand that “red means stop,” yet intelligent adults continue to get behind the wheel and ignore responsible behavior in favor of beating a red light.

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Police: Beware of Red-Light Ticket Telephone Scam
WTSP-TV CBS 10 (Florida), March 12, 2014

Tampa  police have a warning for you. Don’t be fooled by a phone call from the nonexistent Tampa Violations Bureau saying you missed a court date and you haven’t paid up your red-light running ticket.

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School Bus with Children Flips in Collision with Taxi
CBS 2 New York, March 11, 2014

Nine people were hurt Monday afternoon when a taxi hit a school bus filled with children in New York. The school bus flipped over and the accident was caught on camera.  Police say charges will be filed against the taxi driver for running the red light. (WABC-TV ABC 7 image.)

Illinois Lawmakers Talk More Speed Safety Cameras
WTVO-TV ABC 17 (Illinois), March 11, 2014

They’ve been dubbed “cop-in-a-box,” but supporters argue, speed enforcement cameras are an added tool for law enforcement. But some changes to the speed camera law could be coming. Currently, speed cams and other recording devices can only be placed in speed zones in Chicago, but a few downstate lawmakers think other communities could benefit from them as well.

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Wandall: St. Pete’s Red-Light Camera Program Changed Driver Behavior
WFTS-TV ABC 2 (Florida), Action News March 9, 2014

Melissa Wandall, President of National Coalition for Safer Roads and nationally recognized traffic safety advocate, expresses her continued support for red-light safety cameras in the wake of St. Petersburg’s decision to end its program, saying the reduction in red-light running violations in St. Petersburg indicates the cameras achieved what they were designed to do.

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Wyoming Troopers Jump on School Buses to Catch Traffic Offenders
KBZK-TV Channel 7 (Montana), March 12, 2014

The Wyoming Highway Patrol last week placed state troopers on several school buses looking for scofflaws who pass buses while loading or unloading children. The extra enforcement is hoped to drive home the message that when a school bus is stopped and its warning lights are flashing, motorists need to stop.

Parent Warned School District before School Bus Stop Collision
The Daily Review (Pennsylvania), March 11, 2014

A parent of a child who was involved in last week’s school bus accident in Monroe Township told the Towanda School Board Monday that he had warned a Towanda School District official last summer about traffic dangers at the bus stop where the accident occurred.

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Sioux City Files Lawsuit over New Rules Governing Cameras
WHO-TV NBC 13 (Iowa), March 13, 2014

Sioux City leaders are taking the Branstad administration to court over new rules that govern traffic enforcement cameras. Sioux City uses speed cameras on Interstate 29. The city filed a lawsuit Wednesday, claiming the rules are too broad and would limit the city’s legal use of their cameras. (Des Moines Register photo) See related coverage in Des Moines Register.

Lauderdale Lakes Plans to Use Red-Light Safety Cameras
Sun Sentinel (Florida), March 12, 2014

Commissioners have given the go-ahead to start a red-light camera program in the city. They unanimously approved measures on Tuesday that will allow the cameras to be used for traffic enforcement. Officials will now determine where the cameras should be placed.

Authorities Issue 305 Red-Light Running Citations in 1 Week
Palm Coast Observer (Florida), March 8, 2014

Palm Coast’s Red-Light Safety Camera Program captured 2,759 violations during the week of Feb. 17-23. In that time, authorities issued 305 citations. The previous week, there were 2,745 violations and 326 citations reported.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the City of Greenbelt and the Town of Morningside, both in Maryland, have accepted the one-year renewal options available in their separate road safety camera agreements with ATS. The agreements were first signed in 2009.  ATS is honored to remain a part of both clients’ traffic safety efforts.

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March is #redlightrunning awareness month! Share this graphic below & spread the message #StopOnRed! Thanks!

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ATS_ RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Nearly 200 times each month, video from RLSCs is used by FL law enforcement to investigate crimes. pic.twitter.com/9SJMEsTRXL

ATS_ RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  Running red lights is among the most common cause of urban crashes, & the most dangerous. Pay attention while driving & always #StopOnRed

1’M Blue Campaign @1MBlue Running a red light is very dangerous and causes severe injuries upon collision. Be patient to avoid causing harm … http:// fb.me/1GSHNftuP

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Commentary: Driving Violations that Really Bug Others
The Courier (Texas), March 9, 2014

Red-light cameras in the city of Conroe now will take a snapshot of your vehicle when you cross the intersection after the light has changed to red. I still think hydraulic pins that would come out of the pavement and puncture tires when the light is red also would send the message not to run red lights. It wouldn’t take long for everyone to get that message.

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Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Provide Valuable Service
The Florida Times-Union, March 10, 2014

Our state has an enduring “I’m in a hurry and you’re in my way” mentality when it comes to driving. And it won’t end anytime soon. Until it does — if ever — there is a need for red-light traffic cameras in Florida. That’s why the Florida Legislature should bat down an attempt by some legislators to repeal the traffic camera laws.

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Letter to the Editor: Traffic Safety Cameras Are Working
Sioux City Journal (Iowa), March 13, 2014

For those of you who want to get rid of traffic cameras and impose your own rules on the road that the rest of us also use, there is another option. It is called a racetrack.

Letter: Leave the Speed Limit Alone
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), March 9, 2014

Why would anyone want to increase the speed limit when it will almost certainly mean more accidents with more serious injuries? Aren’t the more-than-2,500 deaths, with 20 times as many people hurt, on Florida highways every year enough? Who is complaining that 70 mph is too slow? Are they the same people who say that red-light cameras are violating their constitutional rights.

Letter: Add Red-Light Cameras to Curb Torrent of Violators
Bradenton Herald (Florida), March 8, 2014

I recently sat in the straight lane northbound on 14th Street West at Cortez Road at 7:55 a.m. awaiting the light to change to green.I counted 12 out of 13 cars pulling up alongside of me in the turn lane not make a complete stop on red to turn right onto Cortez Road. Most didn’t even get under 10 mph to navigate and make the turn since the traffic on Cortez eastbound was stopped by the light. People complain about the red light cameras. I say put one on every corner.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Keep Walkers Safe as Well
Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), March 8, 2014

Getting people to obey traffic laws in Charlotte will help change the transportation culture here. People drive like they believe being behind the wheel of a vehicle makes them a superior life form to those who aren’t. Step off a sidewalk as soon as your light turns green in Charlotte and you’ll get run over. The red-light cameras will greatly assist in keeping law-abiding walkers safe. The cameras need to come back. And stay.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Likely Do Not Deter Tourists
Florida Today, March 7, 2014

When I read the recent letter, “City praised for getting rid of red-light cameras,” and realized the writer did not even live in Cocoa Beach, I fell out of my chair in laughter. The letter writer said red-light cameras are turning people away from Cocoa Beach, but with the Northerners and spring breakers here now, the city has more people than we can really cope with. Most visitors likely don’t even know we have the cameras before they come and, secondly, the cameras are there for a purpose.

 

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Speed cameras that were first installed along Interstate Highway 29 by Sioux City in 2011 have caught 76,382 vehicles traveling more than 11 miles over the speed limit. Currently less than 1 percent of motorists drive more than 11 miles over the limit on the section of the interstate through the city. Source: DesMoines Register, March 13, 2014.

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In Albemarle County, where red-light safety cameras were installed in 2010, the total number of crashes at the protected intersection went down by 16 percent, and crashes related to running a red light were cut in half. Source:  WVIR-TV NBC 29, March 5, 2014.

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 14

March 6th, 2014 Comments off

 

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This is the 15th consecutive year that March has been proclaimed “Red-Light Running Awareness Month” in Arizona. American Traffic Solutions would like to remind all drivers that the careless behavior of running a red light destroys lives. In 2012, 680 people were killed and more than 100,000 were injured in red-light running collisions across the country, which makes red-light running a public concern in every state. ATS encourages everyone to drive responsibly this month and every month – and remind others to do the same. To commemorate Red Light Running Awareness Month, ATS created a video for Red Means Stop, a non-profit organization committed to educating the public on the dangers of red-light running. The video may be viewed here and is available for sharing with friends, family and others. For more information please visit ATS’ Facebook page. 

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Tampa Red-Light Cam Catches Hit-and-Run, SUV Sought
Bay News 9 (Florida), March 5, 2014

Tampa Police are looking to identify a driver they say sideswiped a family of four trying to cross the street on Sunday afternoon. Police say the family was attempting to cross Nebraska Ave E. while standing on the median at Fowler Avenue when a black or dark colored SUV sideswiped them. Go directly to video. See WFTS-TV ABC 28 for additional coverage from one of the pedestrians, who says she and her family are lucky to be alive.

More Red-Light Safety Cameras in Palm Beach County
WBZT-Radio 1230 AM (Florida), March 4, 2014

Brand new red-light cameras are installed, and they’re ready to go online with the flip of a switch in Palm Beach County. New cameras are up at six intersections in the city, including three along Glades Road.

ATS Provides Background on Red-Light Safety Cameras
Palm Coast Observer (Florida), Feb. 28, 2014

American Traffic Solutions, the company used by Palm Coast for its red-light camera program, has released a public service announcement video, which takes viewers on an educational tour of the process at work behind ATS’ red-light safety cameras.

 

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Child Hit by Car Near School Bus Stop
KSLA-TV Channel 12 (Louisiana), March 6, 2014

A 10-year-old boy who may have been headed toward a school bus stop is in the hospital after being hit by a car. Shreveport police say witnesses reported that the child darted out into the street in the 1600 block of David Raines just as a car approached around 7 a.m. Tuesday.

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Illegal School Bus Passing Addressed in Douglas County
Douglasville Patch (Georgia), March 5, 2014

The Douglas County School System and Sheriff’s Office have released a public service video explaining the dangers of illegal passing of school buses and how its new bus camera system will work. Go directly to video.

4 Students Hurt when Vehicle Strikes Stopped Bus
York Dispatch/The Associated Press (Pennsylvania), March 5, 2014

Investigators said it appears the crash occurred when a pickup truck hit a car that was stopped behind the bus, forcing the car into the bus. Police said the school bus did have its red flashing lights on at the time of the crash early Wednesday in Bradford County.

Child Hospitalized in Critical Care
Sun Sentinel (Florida), March 5, 2014

A car-pedestrian collision sent a 9-year-old girl to the hospital. Deputies say about 2:30  p.m. Tuesday, the girl had just gotten off a school bus near 130th Avenue North and Persimmon Boulevard and she was walking on the edge of 130th Avenue when  she was hit by a passing car.

Truck, School Bus Collide in Red-Light Running Incident
Toledo News Now (Ohio), March 3, 2014

A truck ran a red light and hit a school bus with students on board Monday morning in Swanton, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Some students and the bus driver suffered injuries in the crash, but none were seriously hurt.

School Bus Safety Cameras Go Live in April in St. Mary’s
Southern Maryland News, Feb. 28, 2014

In about a month, cameras on the outside of some school buses will go live with the ability to snag vehicles that illegally pass as the buses drop off or pick up students. Those caught on video will face civil citations of $125.

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Mesa City Council OKs Red-Light Camera Agreement
The Arizona Republic, March 4, 2014

The Mesa City Council  approved a new five-year contract on Feb. 24 after city staffers and ATS spent three months making sure it conformed to several conditions imposed by the council in November. … Removing the vans was one of the conditions. The council also wants staffers to study whether more school-zone cameras are needed and to clarify Mesa’s overall policies and procedures related to the program.

Camera Maker Responds to Red-Light Safety Camera Opponents
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), March  3, 2014

Mess with the bull, the saying goes, and you get the horns. When it comes to doing away with red-light cameras in Florida, the “bull” is American Traffic Solutions, the largest red-light camera provider in the state. In this case, the “horns” are a full-frontal public relations attack against a bill (SB 144) filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes to pull the plug on the cameras statewide.

Authorities Issue 326 Red-Light Running Citations in 1 Week
Palm Coast Observer (Florida), March 1, 2014

Palm Coast’s Red-Light Safety Camera Program captured 2,745 violations during the week of Feb. 10-16. In that time, authorities issued 326 citations. The previous week, there were 2,538 violations and 305 citations reported.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that longstanding clients Charles County, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, will continue their road safety camera programs into 2015. Charles County accepted a one-year renewal option to extend its program until January 2015, while the District of Columbia chose to continue its program until February 2015. ATS is honored to remain a part of both clients’ traffic safety efforts.

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Work Begins on Open Road Tolling for Tobin Bridge
WBZ-TV CBS 4 (Massachusetts), March 5, 2014 

Instead of slowing or stopping, drivers will soon be able to continue over the Tobin Bridge at full speed when the open road tolling system is operational. Tobin Bridge is just the first step. By the summer of 2016, all the tolls in Massachusetts are expected to be electronic.

Electronic Tolling Bill on the Move in West Virginia
Metro News, March 4, 2014

If there are any new toll roads in West Virginia’s future the state Department of Transportation would like to have electronic tolling as a possible option. A bill that would set up a framework for such a system has already passed the House of Delegates this legislative session and is beginning to move through the Senate.

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March is #redlightrunning awareness month! Share this graphic below & spread the message #StopOnRed! Thanks! 

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ATS_ RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety FACT 8: Reasons to Support The Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act Driver Behavior is changing. pinterest.com/pin/4374121825…

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 @IIHS_autosafety  Speeding – @NHTSAgov survey shows a national safety problem http://ht.ly/ucgbT

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Commentary: Give Green Light Again to Red-Light Cameras
Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), March 4, 2014

As most Charlotte motorists will attest, stoplights are mere suggestions to some drivers. They barrel through red lights thousands of times a year, endangering everyone on the road, while almost never being caught. The City of Charlotte should throw the brakes on this hazard with a simple click – of a red-light camera.

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Editorial: Ohio Needs Uniform Road Safety Camera Policy
The Marietta Times, March 4, 2014

It is far past time – nearly a decade – for Ohio to have a statewide policy about the traffic cameras. Either municipalities have the right to tap into a cash cow that results from the robotic unblinking eye, or due process involving the normal court challenges that can occur must be established.

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Letter to the Editor: We Need Patience Near School Buses
The Gazette (Maryland), March 5, 2014

I was happy to hear that school buses were having cameras installed to capture images of drivers that failed to slow or stop for buses loading or dropping off children. In my neighborhood, I routinely see people trying to “beat the bus,” accelerating to try and pass a slowing bus before the stop signs come out.