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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 26

May 29th, 2014 Comments off

 

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Drivers Beware: The Dangers of Running Red Lights
ABC News, May 23, 2014

Find out the time of day and week this is most likely to occur so you can be safe. View NCSR report here.

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Red Light Crashes Come by The Thousands
Right This Minute, May 28, 2014

Running a red light comes with serious consequences. However, that doesn’t stop the thousands of drivers that run through the lights on a daily basis.

Seattle adding speed-enforcement cameras at 5 schools
The Seattle Times, May 27, 2014

Seattle will install traffic cameras at five more schools during June, to enforce a 20 mph limit while children come and go.

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Red Light Running Increases Over Holiday Weekend
WTAE Action News (Pittsburgh), May 23, 2014

The Memorial Day weekend is the most dangerous holiday weekend for intersection safety, according to a new report, because that’s when more drivers run red lights. Sally Kidd reports from Washington.

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AAA to Yonkers, others: Show more red light camera data
The Journal News, May 25, 2014

Yonkers says its red light cameras are reducing violations while AAA New York says the city and others are not supplying the data needed. City spokeswoman Christina Gilmartin said the city had been providing the data required, including the crash figures. Anita Morck, director of the the city’s parking violations bureau, said people are running fewer lights, according to the data and her personal observations.

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New York City Council to Pass Vision Zero Legislation
WABC 7 News, May 29, 2014

The New York City Council is set to pass a sweeping legislative package aimed at improving traffic safety. Some measures will need approval from the State Legislature.Those include more speed cameras and red light cameras, and tougher penalties for violations like leaving the scene of an accident.

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S.C. Bill Allowing Stop-Arm Cameras to Catch School Bus Scofflaws Advances After Accident
School Transportation News, May 27, 2014

Sometimes it takes a tragedy to spur lawmakers to take a second look at legislation that is languishing. South Carolina State Sen. Thomas Alexander used a disturbing photo taken at an accident scene to urge his colleagues to reconsider a bill he introduced a year ago — and today senators sent SB 718 to the House after a unanimous show of support Thursday.

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School bus cameras would target unsafe drivers
UTICA NY Observer-Dispatch, May 26, 2014

A state group focused on school transportation issues thinks special cameras could be the key to cracking down on unsafe drivers. The New York Association for Pupil Transportation recently called on the state Senate and Assembly to pass legislation that would allow stop-arm cameras to be installed on school buses.

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ATS_RoadSafety retweeted @sarasotapdAx clear. Look @ damage Witnesses told officers driver of maroon car ran red light&collided w truck Both drivers hurt pic.twitter.com/tdRBLs1280

@ATS_RoadSafety “Running red lights is not a rare occurrence, it’s a common occurrence,” Tom King,Chief of Police, State College tmblr.co/ZC9-Wt1H8EdKR

@ATS_RoadSafety retweeted @ABCWorldNews Fridays and the danger of red lights -By The Numbers: on.fb.me/1k2Kiui twitpic.com/e4jnzy

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COLUMN: Running red lights is no joke, and yet we just can’t stop doing it
Fredericksburg.com (Virginia), May 26, 2014

In Virginia, eight cameras in Arlington and Falls Church captured 10,552 red-light runners last year. That’s about 29 a day. Heck, you can see that many red-light runners in an hour or so at the Princess Anne and William Street intersection while sipping coffee at Hyperion Espresso. The problem is no joke, though.

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Police: Don’t restrict traffic cameras
Zanesville Times Recorder (Ohio), May 27, 2014

Elmwood Place Police Chief William Peskin has said speed cameras are a way to multiply his police force, which has 23 part-time officers. He is the only full-time officer.

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“What we’re trying to do with the cameras is be the eyes of law enforcement when they’re not present,”Alexander told a local station. ”Unfortunately, many times it takes an unfortunate situation to help galvanize the support that we need.”
Thomas Alexander, South Carolina State Senator
School Transportation News, May 27, 2014

 

“Stop-arm cameras can be an integral part of our overall effort to keep our children safe as they ride their school buses to and from school each day,” association President Richard Gallagher said in a news release. “We estimate that some 50,000 motorists pass stopped school buses every day and most of them get away with endangering our children because we don’t have cameras on school buses.”

President Richard Gallagher, New York Association for Pupil Transportation
Utica Observer-Dispatch, May 26, 2014

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As for violations, October and November 2010, 4,017 fines were issued from those (red-light safety camera enforced) intersections. During the most recent two months, March and April, 672 were issued. Source: The Journal News, May 25, 2014.

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There were over 26,000 red-light running violations on Saturdays in 2013, just for Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Overall, for the entire state in those two locations, there were over 162,000 red-light running violations in 2013. And most of the violations occur in the afternoon. Source: WWL.com and NCSR Safer Roads Report 2014: Trends in Red-Light Running

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Report: More Than 3.5 Million Drivers Ran Red Lights in 2013; Memorial Day Tops Dangerous Holidays
Roads & Bridges, May 21, 2014

More than 3.5 million drivers in 20 states ran a red light in 2013, according to the second biannual “Safer Roads Report 2014: Trends in Red-Light Running” from the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR). The report examines red-light running trends across 20 states and is designed to help raise driver awareness of the dangers of red-light running. See related article at WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM. View NCSR report here.

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20 Deadliest U.S. Cities for Pedestrians
Wired Magazine, May 21, 2014

Pedestrian deaths in the United States are at a five-year high, and if you’re among the few people who walks around Orlando, you’re more likely to be killed by a car than anyone else in the nation. Things aren’t much better elsewhere in the southeast or southwest, two regions that account for the majority of the 20 most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians, according to “Dangerous by Design” a sobering report by the National Complete Streets Coalition. View report here. (Wired image by Matthias Clamer/Getty)

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Albany Common Council Approves Red-Light Cameras
WTEN-TV ABC 10 (New York), May 19, 2014

The city of Albany could be one-step closer to installing red-light cameras. The Albany Common Council approved a resolution Monday in a 10-5 vote urging the state legislature to pass a bill that would allow the city to install and operate cameras at intersections.

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Red-Light Running Collisions, Rear-End Crashes and Violation Revenue All Fall in Nassau County
Newsday (New York), May, 18, 2014

Revenue from red-light running tickets in Nassau declined by more than 12 percent in 2012, the first dip in the program’s three-year history, according to new county data. Figures from Nassau’s official 2012 report to the state show that accidents involving injuries at 57 red-light-camera intersections dropped by an annual average of 18 percent since installation, compared with the 12-month period before the cameras were put in place. Rear-end crashes dropped by an average of nearly 19 percent.

 

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Georgia District Sees 42% Drop in Stop-Arm Violations
School Bus Fleet Magazine, May 19, 2014

Illegal passing of Marietta City Schools buses has dropped 42 percent (from a single day count of 192 to 112) in two years. … One of the contributing factors in this year’s decrease in violations could be the addition of stop-arm cameras. In October of last year, Marietta City Schools equipped 12 of its buses (just over 20 percent of its regular-education fleet) with American Traffic Solutions’ CrossingGuard system.

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Cameras on School Buses Could Mean Tickets in San Antonio
KSAT-TV ABC 12 (Texas), May 19, 2014

The City of San Antonio is a step closer to considering an ordinance that would allow cameras mounted on school buses to be used to issue citations to drivers violating a law against passing stopped buses. Right now, a number of districts are operating pilot programs with the cameras in place, including Northeast, Judson, South San Antonio, East Central, Boerne, Comal and New Braunfels, as well as Pre-K for SA.

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Mascot for Bus Cameras Debuts in Georgia
The Marietta Daily Journal, May 17, 2014

The Cobb and Marietta school districts have unveiled a new mascot to highlight the problem of cars that pass stopped school buses. The mascot, a red bird with a CCSD logo on its chest, is called “Hawkeye.”

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Cottage City, Maryland, recently renewed its red-light safety camera program with American Traffic Solutions for another year of operation, and Paulding County School District, Georgia, which began its school-bus stop arm safety camera system a year ago, said yes to its first one-year renewal option provided for in its agreement. American Traffic Solutions is honored to continue to partner with these clients, and all clients, to improve traffic safety in their communities.

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Tolls Considered for Vermont’s Interstates
Vermont Public Radio, May 19, 2014

Have you ever wondered why there are toll booths on the interstates in New Hampshire (pictured above) and Maine and not in Vermont? Under federal law, those states are allowed to impose tolls because they used a considerable amount of their own money to build their interstates. But states like Vermont, that used a lot of federal money to build the roads, aren’t allowed to charge tolls. This could change soon because the White House is backing a plan to allow all states to charge an interstate toll if they want to. Congressman Peter Welch supports the change. (Vermont Public Radio photo by Tim Boyd/AP)

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GHSA @GHSAHQ Each day there are over 9K #RedLight violations in the US. @SaferRoadsUSA report reminds us to be safe drivers bit.ly/1lEgqWA

ATS_Road Safety @ATS_RoadSafety Georgia district sees 42% drop in stop arm violations mschoolbusfleet.com/news/5208/geor…@schoolbusfleet #stoparmsafety

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Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Mean Stop
The Daily Gazette (New York), May 21, 2014

It appears the city of Albany soon will be getting red-light cameras, making it the first Capital Region community to have them. The electronic eyes can improve traffic safety without the need for more patrols by understaffed police departments, and raise some much-needed revenue for municipalities in the process. That’s why in earlier editorials we’ve urged Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy or the City Council to embrace the technology — unfortunately, to no avail. … It’s time to ask again.

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Letter: Traffic Cameras Do Not Harm Innocent
Newsday (New York), May 9, 2014

I just finished reading more complaints regarding red-light and school-zone speed cameras. The writers complain that the camera fines represent a tax or an abuse of citizens by politicians. I couldn’t disagree more. A tax is compulsory. The fines from these cameras are only levied if you choose to speed through a school zone or fail to come to a complete stop.

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“Too many children continue to be injured by motorists who disobey the law and pass stopped school buses. Bus drivers can’t be expected to act as law enforcement and get the license plate numbers of passing vehicles when they’re focused on driving and keeping students safe.”
Catharine Young, New York State Senator
Long Island Press, May 21, 2014

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“I think they’re (school bus safety cameras)  awesome. It’s going to be a great opportunity for us as a district to really get a handle on the situation. I have it probably happen to me anywhere from three to four times a week.”
Vincent Casiano, Northeast Independent School District bus driver
KSAT-TV ABC 12 (Texas), May 19, 2014

“This (red-light camera) program is having a long-term positive effect on safety in Nassau.”
Chris Mistron, Nassau County’s traffic safety coordinator
Newsday (New York), May 18, 2014

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In Nassau County, traffic collisions involving injuries at 57 red-light-camera intersections decreased by an annual average of 18% since installation compared with the 12-month period before the cameras were put in place. Rear-end crashes dropped by an average of nearly 19%.  Revenue from red-light running violation tickets decreased by more than 12% in 2012. Source: Newsday, May 18, 2014.

 

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Police Make Arrest in Hit-and-Run Near School Bus
WCVB-TV ABC 5 (Massachusetts), May 15, 2014

Police have arrested a woman for a hit-and-run that injured three children waiting for the school bus in Brockton, Thursday morning. A witness said the children were crossing the street toward the stopped school bus. See related article at HNGN.

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Cameras on School Buses Help Nab Drivers
WRGB-TV CBS 6 (New York), May 13, 2014

We all know there are big penalties for passing a stopped school bus but too often there’s no one there to punish drivers who do it. Now, New York state may soon allow school districts to mount cameras on the outside of school buses to nab them.

Vehicle Hits Student at School Bus Stop
WHNS-TV FOX 21 (South Carolina), May 13, 2014

A woman has been charged and given bond after a Gaffney High School freshman was hit by a car on Tuesday. Joe Walker with Cherokee County Schools said the female ninth-grade student was getting onto her bus at the bus stop along Wilkinsville Highway when she was hit by a car. Troopers said the school bus was stopped in the northbound lane with its lights and stop sign activated when the 16-year-old girl was crossing the road to board the bus.

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Cathedral City OKs Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Desert Sun (California), May 14, 2014

The City Council, in a 4-1 vote, approved Cathedral City’s costly red-light cameras Wednesday — placing public safety ahead of revenues. The city’s police department placed the cameras at three intersections, reducing car crashes at the sites from 67 in 2005 to 14 in 2013. (The Desert Sun photo by Crystal Chatham)

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Crashes, Violations Fall at Boca Intersections with Red-Light Cameras
Sun Sentinel (Florida), May 13, 2014

Drivers in Boca are having less wrecks at red lights – and the unblinking cameras posted there may have something to do with that. That’s good news for the city, which installed the cameras at six high-traffic spots hoping to make them safer, a move that appears to be working. (Sun Sentinel photo by Mark Randall)

Police: Car Runs Red Light, Collides with School Bus
The Ledger Independent (Kentucky), May 12, 2014

An official with Jefferson County Public Schools says minor injuries have been reported after a crash involving a school bus and a car. JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey told media that 16 of 27 Hawthorne Elementary School students complained of minor injuries on Monday morning after the accident. Police say a car ran a red light and hit the bus, which wasn’t damaged.

Bill Places Red-Light Safety Cameras in Albany
WXXA-TV FOX 23 (New York), May 11, 2014

A new bill going through the New York State Capitol could have Albany drivers paying for running a red light. If passed, the bill would allow Albany to put cameras at a number of traffic lights in the city, taking pictures of any drivers who run a red light, and several state lawmakers are showing their support.

Albany Mayor: Red-Light Cameras Are for Safety, Not Money
Capitol Confidential (New York), May 10, 2014

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said Saturday that she supports a bill that would empower the city to install red-light cameras at up to 20 intersections but was adamant the decision needs to be about public safety, not money.

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Florida Governor Will Veto Bill Raising Highway Speeds
FlaglerLive.com, May 13, 2014

Six days after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper gave an impassioned request against the proposal during the funeral service for a fellow trooper, Gov. Rick Scott said he will veto a measure that could increase speeds on state highways. Scott told reporters after the state Cabinet meeting Tuesday that he will “stand with law enforcement” and veto the bill (SB 392), which has yet to be forwarded to his desk by state lawmakers.

Curbing the Need for Speed in School Zones
Times Beacon Record (New York), May 8, 2014

As New York State politicians debate the merits of installing speed cameras in school zones, administrators from across the North Shore agreed that while there are still questions about the idea, it couldn’t hurt in efforts to improve student safety.

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Association Backs School Bus Safety Cameras in New York
School Transportation News, May 14, 2014

The New York Association for Pupil Transportation is urging the state Senate and Assembly to take up bills that would authorize school districts to install video cameras to capture motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses, as well as protect students and school employees from criminal bus trespassors.

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County Considers Raising Fine for Illegal School Bus Passing
WRC-TV NBC 4 (Washington, D.C.), May 13, 2014

Montgomery County wants to crack down on people who don’t stop for school buses by raising the fine from $125 to $250.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce it has finalized an agreement with Kaufman County, Texas, for the installation of two separate Road Safety Camera Programs. The county will implement a school zone speed safety camera program and a school bus stop arm safety program to improve the level of safety for children walking and riding to and from schools in the county. ATS is honored to be a part of this important project.

Furthermore, ATS is excited to present four clients who have extended their road safety camera programs, beginning with the Township of Monroe, New Jersey, which is acting on the first of two automatic one-year extensions to keep their program into May 2015. Additional clients with newly extended contracts are: the City of McKenzie, Tennessee, an ATS client since 2010, whose program is extended through Dec. 31, 2019; the Town of Bel Air, Maryland, whose program began in 2009, is continuing  for another year; and the City of Davie, Florida, is extending the first phase of its red-light camera program to Oct. 2015, and aligning it with its phase II program schedule. ATS is proud to be selected by these municipalities as a continuing partner in their road safety camera programs.

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Northern Virginia Toll Lanes Builder Foresees Success
WAMU Radio 88.5 FM (Washington, D.C), May 12, 2014

The international toll road developer that built the 495 Express Lanes — 14 miles of EZ Pass-only toll/HOV-3 lanes between the I-95/I-395 interchange and Dulles Toll Road — says it will remain “committed as a partner” with the state of Virginia, although the for-profit highway project has yet to make any money since opening 18 months ago.

Max Toll Hit 12 Times, Appears to Be Working
WLRN-Radio 91.3 FM (Florida), May 12, 2014

Since March 1 the cost of a ride in the 95 Express fast lane has hit $10.50 at least 13 times. Nine of those cases occurred on the northbound express lanes, seven of which happened between 5 and 7 p.m.  According to the new tolling rule, the maximum toll would automatically go up if too many drivers are willing to pay $10.50. But the new maximum seems to be doing the trick. In March, 90.2 percent of northbound 95 Express trips were 45 mph or faster.

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Ohio State Patrol @OSHP Let’s make sure all our loved ones make it home safely. #MoveOver #Drive2SaveLIves @TheIACP @THP_Colonel Pic.twitter.com/b3pfCicGHM

ATS_Road Safety @ATS_RoadSafety This week is National #Police Week. Thanks to all the men and women who risk everything to make our roads safer. tmblr.co/ZC9-Wt1Fsbk-m

Retweeted by ATS_Road Safety NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Never forget why it’s so important #StopOnRed — bit.ly/1VOSmVJ

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Editorial: Quit Running Red Lights in Our City
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Texas), May 14, 2014

When the traffic light turns yellow, that doesn’t mean hit the accelerator and try to speed through the intersection before the light turns red. Unfortunately, too many of us are doing that. The number of wrecks involving drivers who ran red lights increased 50 percent in 2013, according to Lubbock police statistics.

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Letter to the Editor: Drive However Fast You Want in Show Low
White Mountain Independent (Arizona), May 13, 2014

Photo enforcement going away? I am so happy the folks from Tucson or from any place else can now speed through Show Low and not get a photo ticket. What a relief. Even the locals will enjoy speeding again without worry. The City Council should be patting themselves on their backs.

Letter: Traffic Violation Should Stand
Bradenton Herald (Florida), May 10, 2014

This is in response to the driver who, in his May 1 letter to the editor, stated that he thought he could make a right turn because the oncoming traffic was turning left. He received a ticket with a photo that showed that he was clearly in the wrong. He was clearly wrong and his ticket should not have been voided. He violated the law and he should be held accountable.

Letter: Traffic Cameras — Safety Is Most Important
Boulder Daily Camera (Colorado), May 10, 2014

Speed limits and traffic regulations were created to reduce carnage and death on highways and streets. Did you enter the intersection on a red light or not? Did you drive above the posted speed limit or not? Whether a person or a camera observes this violation matters not one bit to me. What does matter is my grandchildren’s right to stay alive.

Letter: Traffic Cameras Do Not Harm Innocent
Newsday (New York), May 9, 2014

I just finished reading more complaints regarding red-light and school-zone speed cameras. The writers complain that the camera fines represent a tax or an abuse of citizens by politicians. I couldn’t disagree more. A tax is compulsory. The fines from these cameras are only levied if you choose to speed through a school zone or fail to come to a complete stop.

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“The $44,000 that The Desert Sun reports today, to me, is secondary to the amount of lives this has saved. This never was about the money. It’s a safety issue, and those intersections are safer than they were just a few years ago.”
Greg Pettis, Councilman of Cathedral City, California
The Desert Sun, May 14, 2014 

“It’s educated our community to stop at the intersections and be a little more prudent when they approach the intersection.”
Michele Miuccio, Deputy Chief of the Boca Raton Police Department
Sun Sentinel (Florida), May 13, 2014

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In Cathedral City, red-light cameras were installed at three intersections to cut down on crashes — and they have. In 2005, there were a total of 67 collisions at the intersections. In 2013, there were 14. Source: The Desert Sun, May 14, 2014.

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Bid to Sideline Road Safety Cameras Fails in Louisiana House
Independent Weekly/Associated Press, May 7, 2014

A New Orleans lawmaker’s efforts to place new limits on red light cameras and automated speed enforcement systems used to issue traffic tickets hit roadblocks in the House. See related article in The Times-Picayune.

Police Chief Maintains Cameras Are Important Public Safety Tool
The Gazette. May 6, 2014

With the annual report on automatic traffic enforcement cameras submitted to the Iowa Department of Transportation, Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman said the cameras continue to be a valued public safety tool in the city. “I think the facts and figures are what they are,” he said. “What’s most telling is the collisions that result in injury remain below previous years.”

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Ticket Revenue Goes to Police Equipment, Additional Cameras
WHAL-Radio FM95.7 (Tennessee), May 6, 2014

With proposed cuts planned at the Memphis Police Department, members of the Memphis City Council spent Tuesday morning trying to figure out other ways to keep you safe. And now, some $2 million worth of ticket money paid by red-light runners is being used to protect you.

Fine Revenue Used for Camera Program, Training, Enforcement
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland),  May 6, 2014

Bel Air, Harford County’s only jurisdiction with a red-light safety camera program, brings in about $300,000 from red-light tickets. The town usually breaks even because it spends $170,000 to use the system and to pay salaried employees to review tapes, issue citations and attend traffic court hearings. Any remaining money is put into traffic enforcement efforts.

SUV Rolls after Running Red Light
KTVB-TV Channel 7 (Idaho), May 6, 2014

A Boise intersection was blocked for about an hour this morning after a rollover crash. Police say the driver of an SUV was headed southbound on 27th Street and ran a red light at the Fairview intersection and slammed into a Toyota. The force of the impact flipped the SUV onto its roof. No serious injuries were reported.

As Traffic Deaths Fall, Pedestrian Deaths Do Not
The New York Times, May 4, 2014

The decline in vehicle-accident deaths in recent years has been nothing short of remarkable. But there is one disturbing exception to the trend: pedestrian deaths. Nationwide, the number of people killed by vehicles while on foot was essentially unchanged from 2003 to 2012, even as total vehicle deaths were falling.

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Struck on the Street: Four Survivors
The New York Times, May 2, 2014

On May 7, 2007, I was hit by a delivery truck making a turn while I was crossing the street with the light. I was just one of 10,859 pedestrians injured when they were struck by a car, truck, taxi or bus that year. Since my arrival at the hospital, I had had surgery to repair a broken left femur with a titanium rod, blood transfusions, stitches in my crushed right foot, an inferior vena cava filter inserted above my stomach to prevent blood clots and the extreme pain of a broken pelvis. But the thing making me most miserable in my immobilized, bedridden state was my filthy hair. (The New York Times photo by James Estrin)

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School District Wants Stop Arm Safety Cameras
Northwest Cable News (Washington), May 7, 2014

The Bethel School District in rural south Pierce County wants to be the first in the state to install school bus stop arm cameras. But, nearly two years after the school board approved the use of the cameras, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department says it’s still not sure how to make it work. (KING-TV 5 image)

Pickup Crashes into Stopped School Bus as 2 Students Exit
WALB-TV  Channel 10 (Georgia), May 5, 2014

Nine students injured in a school bus crash are recovering at home tonight, but the driver who caused the crash remains in the hospital.

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Police Release Red-Light Crash Video
KCTV-TV Channel 5 (Missouri), May 3, 2014

Excelsior Springs Police Department released a video of a red-light running collision as a reminder to be safe behind the wheel and to follow the rules. No serious injuries were reported in the crash.

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State Legislature Votes to Add 120 Speed Cameras Near Schools
Home Reporter News (New York), May 7, 2014

Slow down for schools, say New York State legislators. The state Senate, at the end of April, overwhelmingly approved a bill that will turn 20 speed cameras currently operating near schools in the city into 140. (TimesLedger photo by Christina Santucci)

Madison Makes Traffic Camera Video Feed Public
Digital Communities/McClatchy News Service (Wisconsin), May 6, 2014

In Wisconsin, Madison’s traffic engineering department has been using a growing network of video cameras to monitor traffic for more than six years. Now, with the hope of helping drivers make informed decisions about travel time, the video feeds from many of those cameras are available to anyone with a computer or smartphone.

Parents Share School Zone Safety Concerns
City of San Antonio (Texas), May 6, 2014

Concerned parents gathered at the Piper Bass Memorial Student Center to voice safety concerns about their school zones to key leaders. Councilman Joe Krier said that in light of the improvements the panel members jointly initiated for the Larkspur Elementary School Zone in February after the death of a 9-year-old student who was walking to school, he initiated the meeting to find out if there are other safety concerns in other school zones across District 9 that should be addressed.

 

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Crossing Guard Stop Arm Program Goes Live in St. Mary’s
Southern Maryland News Net, May 2, 2014

As of May 1, 2014, safety cameras installed on school buses as part of the Crossing Guard Stop Arm Program have started to capture images of motorist passing stopped school buses that have their flashing red lights activated while boarding and discharging children.

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North Texas Tollway Authority Bans Scofflaws from Tollroads
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), May 5, 2014

North Texas Tollway Authority is ready to make good on its threat to ban so-called “habitual toll violators” from area toll roads beginning well, now, actually. At the end of last week the NTTA posted a release to its website warning drivers with more than 100 outstanding tolls that they would be cited and eventually banned from using NTTA-controlled roads beginning May 1. View press release here. (The Dallas Morning News photo by Evans Caglage)

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Inches Toward All-Electronic Tolling
The Sentinel, May 5, 2014

Officials from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission addressed electronic tolling among other topics in a discussion with The Sentinel’s editorial board last week, disclosing that work continues to implement electronic-only tolling along the length of the turnpike. Currently, E-ZPass use is at 74 percent statewide, but has reached 80 percent penetration in southeastern parts of the state.  Officials say E-ZPass use will have to rise to between 80-85 percent before the transition would occur. That’s estimated to take about five to seven years.

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ATS_Road Safety @ATS_RoadSafety It’s simple. Just #StopOnRed

ATS_Road Safety @ATS_RoadSafety NY was the 8th most deadly state in the nation for red-light running fatalities, according @NHTSA.gov #StopOnRed youtu.be/K6tTWRLlrSY

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Commentary: State Law Change Needed for Red-Light Camera
Columbia Tribune ( Missouri), May 6, 2014

According to existing law, cities with red-light cameras must take face shots and report violations to the state Department of Revenue for assessment of points on drivers’ licenses. To correct this situation, the General Assembly should pass House Bill 1557, which would rely on vehicle ownership, not face shots.

Commentary: We Need More Red-Light Cameras
Forbes, May 6, 2014

I don’t like paying tickets any more than anyone else does, and had this red-light running ticket been incorrect I would have urged my beautiful and talented wife to fight it. But it was correct and that made this a great example of something that, as a federal budget wonk, I applaud loudly: A government doing something very efficiently. In fact, all of the violations this camera caught that day meant the local government was providing better service to its residents at a far lower cost than it otherwise could have been provided.

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Editorial: Keeping Watch for Our Children
Times Beacon Record (New York), May 7, 2014

Nothing is more important than the safety of our children, so we support an effort at the state level to place cameras in some school zones to catch and penalize speeding drivers.

Editorial: Pass a Reasonable Red-Light Camera Bill
The Kansas City Star (Missouri), May 6, 2014

Kansas City’s red-light camera program could be back in business by the summer if Missouri lawmakers approve a common sense bill to crack down on drivers who break the law.

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“Having over 300 violations is extremely concerning for me because each one of those represents a child’s life that was potentially in danger.”
Craig Rice, Montgomery County Council President
The Sentinel (Maryland), May 6, 2014 

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“It is illegal for habitual violators who have been banned to continue to drive on NTTA toll roads. Deploying this program, as well as all toll enforcement remedies available to NTTA under SB 1792, is about fairness to everyone who does pay.”
Marty Legé, NTTA’s director of System and Incident Management
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), May 5, 2014

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Iowa
Cedar Rapids has used speed and red-light cameras in the city since 2010. Fourteen of its 29 cameras are speed cameras on the Interstate 380 S-curve. There were 33 crashes on the interstate in 2013, up from 26 in 2012, but down from 47 in 2009 and 35 in 2008. Of those 33 crashes in 2013, 22 were property damage only. In 2012 and 2013, there were no fatal crashes on the interstate. Source: The Gazette. May 6, 2014.

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In Hannibal, the number of red-light violations has dropped 50% since the first red-light camera system went into use at U.S. 61 and Route 168. Source: Hannibal Courier-Post, May 6, 2014. 

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 22

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Meet the Company Behind Red-Light Safety Cameras
CNN Money, April 30, 2014

It’s taken a little more than 25 years, but red-light cameras attached to traffic signals have become almost ubiquitous. Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions is responsible for nearly half of the estimated 7,000 red-light traffic cameras in the U.S.

Police Warn Seniors: Watch Out for Red-Light Scam
WPBF-TV ABC 25 (Florida), April 29, 2014

When Martha Mills’ phone rang Friday night, she had no clue who was on the other end. She would soon learn the man was up to no good. … Boynton Beach police say the caller was making a red-light scam, and it’s a growing crime against senior citizens.

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School Bus Stops Are Danger Zones
WAGA-TV FOX 5 (Georgia), April 24, 2014

For three years running, Georgia led the nation in bus stop accidents. It was eye opening. This meant children getting hurt or killed by drivers while simply trying to catch a school bus. So, school systems started fitting buses with cameras to catch drivers who don’t stop for children loading and unloading. But is it working?

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Red-Light Safety Cameras Stay Put in Colorado
The Denver Post, April 30, 2014

A Colorado bill that would have banned cities from using cameras to enforce red-light laws and speed limits died in a legislative committee Wednesday. The state House Appropriations committee laid the bill over “indefinitely,” ending its chance of action this year. See related article in The Pueblo Chieftain. View letter from Colorado Municipal League here(Photo by The Denver Post)

Families Set Tone in New Traffic Laws in New York City
The Epoch Times, April 30, 2014

Kelly Gordon was 22, athletic and outgoing, a caring older sister, and always aimed for the best. In three weeks she would have graduated with honors from Boston College, and had come to New York City for an interview with Goldman Sachs. On April 10, Gordon was struck by one taxi and killed by a second taxi on the Upper East Side. Her father Donald Gordon heard City Council would be holding a hearing on traffic safety laws and came to support the effort. He did not expect the crowd of families who had lost children in crashes he saw outside City Hall Wednesday.

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Interactive Map Invites New Yorkers to Pinpoint Traffic Hazards
Staten Island Advance/SILive.com (New York), April 30, 2014

The New York City Department of Transportation has rolled out a new interactive map to encourage online dialogue on transportation hazards. According to the Vision Zero website, the e-complaints will be used to “create traffic safety plan for each borough that will describe how to make each borough’s streets safer for everyone, whether walking, biking or driving.”

Man Held in Fatal Crash, 2nd Suspect Sought
Sun Sentinel (Florida), April 29, 2014

Police say one of two motorists who drove away after fatally striking a 47-year-old woman in Hollywood has been arrested. The crash was captured on red-light cameras at Hollywood Boulevard and U.S. 441.

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New Speed Cameras Coming to New York City, Long Island
The Wall Street Journal (New York), April 30, 2014

More speed cameras are coming to New York City and Long Island after state lawmakers voted Wednesday to authorize more than 200 of the devices in area school zones. The measure would allow up to 69 cameras near schools in Suffolk County and 56 in Nassau County. New York City already has 20 of the cameras and could get up to 120 more. The devices are a critical component of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign to reduce traffic fatalities. See related coverage from FiOS1-TV and WCBS-TV CBS 2(Staten Island Advance photo)

Union President to Speak in Favor of Speed Cameras
Capital New York (New York), April 30, 2014

On Wednesday, the union that represents horse-drawn carriage drivers and is battling Mayor Bill de Blasio’s effort to outlaw them will ride to the mayor’s defense on another front: speed cameras. “It seemed a perfect fit for us given that the majority of our guys are out on in the streets all the time driving,” said George Miranda, the president of the state’s Teamsters union, which represents some 120,000 professional drivers and has heretofore stood on the sidelines of the speed camera debate. “They see all the bad drivers and the bad accidents and the people not adhering to the rules.”

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2 Children Injured in School Bus Collision
KZIM-Radio AM 960 (Missouri), April 30, 2014

The driver of an SUV and two children on a school bus were injured Tuesday, around 4 p.m., on Business loop 6, 1-mile south of Poplar Bluff, while unloading passengers.

3-Vehicle Crash Occurs as Bus Slows to Pick Up Child
Standard Journal (Pennyslvania), April 30, 2014

Three people sustained moderate injuries in a three-vehicle crash that occurred as a 2014 International school bus was in the process of stopping to pick up a child at Paradise Road.

Driver Who Hit Teen Mistook School Bus for Farm Equipment
TCPalm.com (Florida), April 28, 2014

The driver in a crash last week in which a teen girl was injured as she crossed a road to her school bus said she thought the bus “was farm equipment going slow so she did not stop for the lights,” a report obtained Monday states.

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President’s Transportation Plan Embraces Tolls
Toll Roads News, April 30, 2014

In a groundbreaking move, the Obama administration has included language that would lift a ban on states placing tolls on existing interstates in the proposed transportation funding legislation, called the Grow America Act.

Bridge Authority Considers Automated Electronic Tolling
Watertown Daily Times (New York), April 24, 2014

With the current technology said to be outdated, officials at the Thousand Islands Bridge have new data to help them weigh upgrades to the toll system. The Thousand Island Bridge Authority is considering two options: Implement a new system that accepts electronic tolling methods and is compatible with E-ZPass, or upgrade the bridge’s technology while keeping the same cash and credit card payment options.

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Do you think right turns on red are safe? Think again … atsol.com/right-hand-turn-violations #StopOnRed

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Impactful Video! RT @NHTSAgov: @Priscilla99H Liz didn’t think she could crash texting and driving either. #JustDrive youtu.be/JBNhPJZzPpQ

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Editorial: Why Shouldn’t Speed Cameras Be Used Near Schools?
Long Island Advance (New York), May 1, 2014

The use of cameras to enforce traffic laws has been controversial ever since the idea was implemented in New York City more than 20 years ago. … But contrary to what some say, camera enforcement isn’t always about revenue. Sometimes, it really is about safety.

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Letter to the Editor: Keep Red-Light Cameras Nailed in Permanently
The Courier (Texas), May 1, 2014

“Ole” Randy’s statement “always obey all traffic laws” is good advice but the sad reality is that drivers don’t. How often have you seen drivers speeding, zig-zagging through traffic at a high rate of speed, making illegal turns, endangering other vehicles, etcetera. Drivers do not police themselves; this is why we, the taxpayers, fund the city, county and state police departments. Without red light cameras, given the opportunity, drivers will run red lights.

Letter: Rolling Rights at Red Lights Are a Threat to Public Safety
Bradenton Herald (Florida), May 1, 2014

Over the past several weeks, I have read, with some amusement, several letters to the editor regarding “rolling stops” at traffic signals. Recalling my driving test, I do not ever recall being told that red traffic lights or stop signs meant anything other than coming to a complete stop before proceeding.

Letter: Traffic Cameras Are a Good Idea
The Sierra Vista Herald (Arizona), April 28, 2014

“Chicken Little” alarmists who protest the traffic cameras don’t have legitimate reasons for doing so — particularly compared to the city’s rationale for using them.

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“Most of these were not accidents. These tragedies happen because somebody did something wrong. What we’re doing here today is to try and change the way New Yorkers look at driving, to realize that there is a responsibility that comes with the privilege of driving.”
Mark Weprin, New York City Councilman
The Epoch Times (New York), April 30, 2014

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“The reality is this is about safety first. It’s not about Big Brother watching anyone, it’s not about revenue. We’ve seen great results from these cameras in terms of reducing crashes and it’s allowed us to deploy our law enforcement resources more effectively.”
Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver
KDVR-TV FOX 31 (Colorado), April 28, 2014

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At Denver’s intersection of Sixth Avenue and Lincoln Street — which had the highest number of crashes before installation of red-light cameras — the program has reduced injury crashes by 60 percent, side-impact crashes by 62% and total crashes by 38%, according to the mayor’s office and Denver Police. Source: The Denver Post, April 28, 2014.

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Tinley Park saw a drop in crashes at the three intersections where the red-light cameras have been since 2010. The total dropped from 164 in 2010 to 114 in 2013. Source:  Chicago Tribune, April 29, 2014.