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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 30

June 26th, 2014 Comments off

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Cuomo Signs Speed Camera Bill for School Zones
Newsday (New York), June 25, 2014

In a ceremony at Bethpage High School, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday allowing Nassau and Suffolk counties to place speed cameras in school zones as they seek to boost safety and revenue. See related article from WCBS-TV CBS 2.

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Mayor Seeks Larger Share of Red-Light Running Fines for Traffic Safety Projects
WFTV-TV Channel 9 (Florida), June 24, 2014

They’re designed to keep drivers safe, but new numbers show Orange County is making far less money on red-light cameras than expected. Nearly 40 red-light cameras were installed at intersections across Orange County and officials said $800,000 is what the county has to show for turning out tickets at $158 apiece.

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Scottsdale Police Use Camera Kiosk to Nab Speeders
KTVK-TV Channel 3 (Arizona), June 23, 2014

We’re all supposed to pay close attention while driving along city streets. And even when you do, you might not see everything you happen to drive by, like the new tool from the Scottsdale Police Department that will help officers nab speeders. It’s a portable speed safety camera, a small beige tower smack dab in the middle of a sidewalk. It’s the latest tool that Scottsdale Police Sgt. Ben Hoster says the city is using to catch speeders.

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Officer Seriously Injured in Red-Light Running Crash, Police Say
Newsday (New York), June  23, 2014

A Long Beach police officer was seriously injured early Monday when his marked patrol unit was struck by a car that ran a red light, officials said. See related article in Long Beach Patch. (Long Beach Patch photo by Clayton Warrin)

Cartwheeling Motorcyclist Watches Video of His Own Crash
Rochester Democrat (New York), June 20, 2014

This shocking footage of a motorcyclist cartwheeling over a car in Florida is so unreal, even the guy who was in the crash has to watch it twice. But get this… he can’t wait to ride again. See related article from NBCNews.com.

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State House Approves Bill for Red-Light Cameras in Fayetteville
Time Warner Cable News (North Carolina), June 25, 2014

The state House has approved a bill that would bring red-light cameras back in the city of Fayetteville. The city used to use red-light cameras to catch violators, but had to stop the program in 2006 because the proceeds were not being used to fund education which is considered unconstitutional. (StarNewsOnline photo by Paul Stephen)

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Albany’s Madison Avenue May Be Red-Light Camera Ready
Times Union (New York), June 25, 2014

Now that the city has the state Legislature’s approval for red-light cameras, the next step is determining where to put them. For many Times Union readers, Madison Avenue was the most popular choice.

Gilbert Police Warn about Phone Scam
The Arizona Republic, June 25, 2014

Gilbert police are cautioning residents to be aware of a phone scammer who calls and identifies himself as a police officer. The man tells potential victims that they have outstanding arrest warrants, traffic fines or photo radar tickets. The scammer threatens victims with suspension of their driver’s licenses if they do not pay the fines over the phone. Gilbert Police and Gilbert Municipal Court inform residents that they will never ask a person to submit payment over the phone.

N.Y. Legislature Passes Red-Light Camera Bill
WTEN-TV ABC 10, June 21, 2014

A bill allowing cameras to be installed at Albany intersections has been passed by the New York State Legislature. Albany can now further study the possibility of installing those cameras at up to 20 intersections. See related coverage from Journal News/lohud.com.

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ATS Finds School Bus Stop Arm Cameras Reduce Violations
EIN Presswire, June 25, 2014

American Traffic Solutions CrossingGuard school bus stop arm cameras are typically placed on bus routes where a significant stop arm running problem has been identified. And while the number of violations on those routes fell by more than 15 percent during the school year, ATS customers have reported stop arm running violation decreases fleet wide, on all buses. View online report here.

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ATS Fleet Services Unit Acquires Rent A Toll
The Wall Street Journal, June 26, 2014

ATS Fleet Services, a leader in toll and violation management solutions, has acquired all the assets of Carrollton, Texas-based Rent A Toll, a provider of toll management solutions to rental car companies and corporate fleets.

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Texas Sees Potential in U.S. 75 HOV to Toll Lane Switch
The Dallas Morning News, June 24, 2014

The Texas Department of Transportation is floating a proposal to turn HOV lanes into toll lanes along a section of U.S. 75, one of the last regional highways that is still toll-free.

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Summer Traffic Helps Unique Toll Tunnel Flourish
Alaska Dispatch, June 21, 2014

Fourteen years ago, the $80 million Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel opened for the public to drive cars, motor homes and trucks hauling fishing boats between Portage and Whittier. Despite a toll-free tunnel the first year, the state overestimated tunnel traffic, and its financial prospects seemed questionable. But more than a decade later, traffic through North America’s longest combined rail/highway tunnel has finally picked up to the point the state is earning a profit. (Alaska Dispatch photo by Loren Holmes)

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ATS_Road Safety @ATS_RoadSafety New Analysis: Authorities issued 14,319 citations based on traffic violations captured on school bus safety cameras ATSCrossingGuard.com.

NHTSA @NHTSAgov RT if you keep a safe distance between you and the vehicles around you.

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Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Designed to Increase Driver Awareness
Around Osceola (Florida), June 20, 2014

A new era of traffic safety is about to begin at the most dangerous intersections in Osceola County. Authorities will now use red-light safety cameras to enforce traffic laws and correct the dangerous and prevalent red-light running behavior that too often leaves innocent drivers and passengers injured.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Make Streets Safer
Sun Sentinel (Florida), June 25, 2014

I am mystified by the furor over red-light cameras. The primary issue is safety. That fines raise a lot of money illustrates the extent of the violations taking place. Every article I read mentions that fatalities are down by nearly half, a success story in itself.

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“If you think speed cameras are intrusive, don’t break the law. And if you don’t break the law, you don’t have anything to worry about. And if you’re speeding in front of a school, you should have something to worry about, because it is reckless.”
Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York
Time Warner Cable News/NY1.com (New York), June 25

“I know a lot of people have expressed reservations about the red-light cameras, but too often Albany drivers think the red light begins 10 seconds after it turns red.”
Todd Hunsinger, President of the Hudson/Park Neighborhood Association, Albany, New York
Times Union (New York), June 25, 2014

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 29

June 19th, 2014 Comments off

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Inside Look at New York City’s Speed Camera Cars
WCBS-TV CBS 2 (New York), June 18, 2014

The words “smile, you’re on candid camera” have taken on new meaning in the city’s crackdown on speeding motorists. CBS 2 gives viewers a close-up look at the city’s new speed camera vehicles.

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Motorcyclist Cartwheels in Air, Walks Away from Intersection Collision
WTSP-TV Channel 10 (Florida), June 19, 2014

Watch amazing red-light camera video of a motorcyclist who cartwheels through the air after colliding with a car and walks away uninjured.  The driver of the car was cited for an improper left turn.

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Osceola County Launches Red-Light Safety Cameras
WKMG-TV Channel 6 (Florida), June 15, 2014

Two new red-light cameras will begin working in Osceola County on Monday, but tickets won’t be issued until a 30-day warning period comes to a close. Fines take effect on July 16.

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Cameras to Catch School Bus Stop Arm Violators Coming
WLTX-TV CBS 19 (North Carolina), June 13, 2014

A test program to reduce the number of school bus stop arm violations is seeing big results and creating big changes in Rowan County North Carolina. Now a similar program is coming to Spartanburg County. Judy Burris, retired Transportation Director at the Rowan County School District said she knew they had to act after three students died from people ignoring a school bus stop arm. “It was shocking. It was a life lost all by not paying attention or being in a hurry,” said Burris.

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Police: Red-Light Safety Cameras Do Mean Fewer Crashes
Knoxville News Sentinel (Tennessee), June 16, 2014

Don’t run that red light. On Monday, Knoxville added red-light cameras at two intersections. Every year since Knoxville began using cameras, the city has had a reduction in total crashes. The city has 19 other red-light cameras at intersections. View pdf. See related coverage from WATE-TV ABC 6.

Siblings Among 3 Killed in Red-Light Hit-and-Run
Houston Chronicle (Texas), June 15, 2014

Three people – including a teenage brother and sister – died in a hit-and-run crash early Saturday as they drove home from a party in southeast Houston. A white Chrysler 300 ran a red light and hit a blue Chevy Cavalier around 2:30 a.m. in the 3400 block of Woodridge, witnesses told Houston police.

Cameras Moved as Crashes Drop; Warning Phase Begins at New Spot
Athens Banner-Herald (Georgia), June 14, 2014

Red-light cameras have gone live at a new location in east Athens. It marks the beginning of a 30-day period in which violators will receive written warnings in the mail, police said. A decision to relocate the cameras was made after crashes at the intersection decreased, according to police.

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School Traffic Safety under Review in Washington County
Star Tribune (Minnesota), June 14, 2014

A child’s death and a proliferation of new schools have prompted a review of traffic safety problems along Washington County roads. The fresh look comes after engineers acknowledged difficulty in managing growing traffic around schools — and responding to conflicting expectations about what should be done. “School warning signs made a lot more sense decades ago when there were fewer schools and pedestrians were likely to be seen around each of these schools,” said Joe Gustafson, the county’s traffic engineer. “I’ll be the first to admit that many signs are archaic for many of the situations out there.”

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Stop-Arm Incident Photo Is Worth 1,000 Words
School Bus Fleet Magazine, June 16, 2014

One interesting detail in the journey of the stop-arm camera measure through the South Carolina legislative process is the role that a photo played. Bill sponsor Sen. Thomas Alexander showed the shocking picture to other legislators to help galvanize support for the bill. The photo shows the aftermath of a stop-arm running incident in Cherokee County, S.C., in May. A motorist passing a stopped school bus struck and seriously injured a teenage student. The girl’s shoes lie in the road, and her backpack is on top of the bus.

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Study: Speeding Increased after Cameras Disabled
WKRN-TV ABC 2 (Tennessee), June 17, 2014

A study has found that the number of speeding motorists increased immediately following a decision to disable traffic cameras in Oak Ridge. The study was done at the city’s request after officials decided not to renew a contract making use of the cameras. The cameras were disabled on April 21, but the company allowed the sensors and computers to remain operational.

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New York Cracks Down on Lead Foots
The Christian Science Monitor, June 16, 2014

Through July 6, the New York Police Department will be cracking down on hosts of scofflaws behind the wheel, conducting a carefully planned surge in its enforcement of city speed limits and other rules of the road. One-armed drivers glancing down and thumbing texts beware. The initiative actually marks the fourth ticket-writing blitz in about a month for the NYPD, as city officials begin to ramp up Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ambitious “Vision Zero” traffic plan. The plan seeks to eliminate as many of the city’s 4,000 serious injuries and 250 car-related fatalities each year as possible. (Christian Science Monitor photo by Mark Lennihan/AP)

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that its road safety camera agreement with Nassau County, New York, is now amended to include the installation and use of school zone speed safety cameras, as allowed for in recently enacted legislation. The amendment affects Nassau County’s existing contract with ATS, first signed in 2009 to provide a red-light safety camera program, and extends the current agreement involving both safety camera programs to 2022, including three 3-year renewal terms. ATS is honored  by Nassau County’s decision and looks forward to assisting the county in its efforts to protect people from traffic dangers at intersections and in school zones.

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Massachusetts Revamps Toll Rate Structure; Awaits Automated Tolling
MassLive.com/The Republican, June 18, 2014

As Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials prepare to embrace all-electronic tolling in 2016, state transportation officials announced Wednesday a new toll structure that will save some drivers in Western and Central Massachusetts money. See related article at The Boston Globe.

 

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NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA The 100 days btwn Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest for #teendrivers. Teach them safe driving habits – 1usa.gov/1lygxCa

ATS_Road Safety @ATS_RoadSafety Keep our children safe by obeying the School Bus Stop Arm &  #StopOnRed!  Check out the rules: pic.twitter.com/1tsYlg5Pwj

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Commentary: Cost of Roadway Mayhem – $871 Billion a Year
The Washington Post (District of Columbia), June 17, 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has put a price on the cost of carnage on the nation’s roadways. It says the total annual cost is $871 billion. That number includes $277 billion in economic costs and $594 billion in harm from the loss of life and the pain and decreased quality of life due to injuries.

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Editorial: Put Public Safety First
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), June 15, 2014

With Senate Bill 342, Sen. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, wants to effectively ban traffic-safety cameras by requiring that every red-light or speed camera be attended by a police officer to witness motorists running red lights or speeding. Of course, no community would use traffic-safety cameras under those restrictions; the whole point of the cameras is to hold speeders and red-light-runners accountable even when an officer can’t be present.

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Letter to the Editor: Traffic Cameras Encourage Safe Driving Habits
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), June 17, 2014

Goodness, what’s not to like about red-light cameras (“Traffic cameras on the way out?,”Dispatch article, June 8)? If a driver is obeying the law, then he or she has no reason to object to them. We all will simply be driving in a much safer environment with other drivers who also will be obeying the law to avoid getting a ticket. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t like the cameras and who doesn’t feel safer because of the positive effect they’ve had.

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“We are really not trying to engage in ‘gotcha,’ and we’re really not trying to do this as a revenue-raising exercise. And one thing that I say is if the drivers of New York slow down, obey the speed limit, and stop running red lights — and the city collects no revenue – I’ll consider it a victory.”
Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation
WCBS-TV CBS 2 (New York), June 18, 2014

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“The police department’s ultimate goal is not to get people to pay. Our goal is (for motorists) to be attentive to their driving and slow down. The data shows that when an automated speed camera system is deployed, they will do that. Also, our experience is that honest people will pay their citations for the violations.”
Roger Overholt, Police Chief of Morristown, Tennessee
Citizen Tribune, June 16, 2014

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“When you’re talking about an intersection crash, you’re talking about one of the most dangerous types of crashes that can occur.”
Darrell DeBusk, Knoxville Police Department spokesman
Knoxville News Sentinel (Tennessee), June 16, 2014

 

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 28

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Red-Light Camera Bill Advances in North Carolina
The Fayetteville Observer, June 10, 2014

Legislation to bring red-light cameras back to Fayetteville passed the state Senate’s State and Local Government Committee on Tuesday. The bill now moves to the Senate Finance Committee. (StarNewsOnline photo by Paul Stephen)

State Supreme Court Ruling Supports Red-Light Cameras
The Daily Journal (California), June 7, 2014

The California Supreme Court has ruled against a Southern California woman who challenged a traffic ticket based on red-light camera photos and video. In a unanimous ruling, the court said the red-light camera evidence against the woman was adequately authenticated and there was no need to adopt stricter evidence rules for red-light camera violations. The driver was accused of running a red light in Inglewood in 2009. See related article in Burlingame-Hillsborough Patch.

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Safety Cameras in School Zones Proposed for Tom Green County
EverythingLubbock.com (Texas), June 11, 2014

At a Tuesday meeting of the Tom Green County Commissioners Court, officials discussed the possibility of safety cameras in school zones to monitor traffic violators. The cameras from American Traffic Solutions would monitor daily traffic, and violations would be addressed by the county Sheriff’s Office.

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School Bus Video Cameras Catch Passing Drivers
New Canaan Patch (Connecticut), June 10, 2014

Two New Canaan drivers and one each from Greenwich and Norwalk were ticketed after they passed school buses taking on or letting off children, police said. Each of the drivers was caught by video on the buses, according to police reports. (GreenwichTime.com photo by Helen Neafsey)

Lawmakers Push to Add Cameras on School Buses
WHP-TV CBS 21 (Pennsylvania), June 5, 2014

A  York County legislator is hoping newly proposed legislation can help protect the children of Pennsylvania each day they take the bus to and from school. State Representative Seth Grove has proposed legislation that would allow school districts to install video cameras onto their school buses to catch drivers who pass the buses when the red lights are flashing, and children are entering and exiting the bus. According to recent data, school buses nationwide have an average of one car pass them illegally each day.

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Authorities: Revenue Drop Validates Effectiveness of Camera Programs
The Washington Post, June 9, 2014

Speed camera programs continue to gain popularity nationwide, with at least 132 communities having them. The main problem, law enforcement officials say, remains the perception that the cameras are used as revenue enhancers. Now that the revenue from the programs in some communities is beginning to drop, government and law enforcement officials say they celebrate the shift, which they say validates the effectiveness of the electronic enforcement programs.

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What Do Red-Light Cameras Catch?
Springfield News Sun (Ohio), June 8, 2014

Red-light camera programs around the state could be eliminated if a bill requiring police officers to be present at intersections with photo enforcement devices is passed by the Ohio Legislature. If Senate Bill 342 were to pass, it would likely lead to Springfield removing the 17 cameras located at 10 intersections throughout the city. Those cameras generate about $270,000 per year in revenue, according to city officials. What do those cameras see? Here are some examples.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce its selection as contract award winner by Arlington County, Virginia. The notice of award of contract  names ATS as the red-light safety camera vendor for Arlington County for two one-year terms extending to May 2016. The announcement continues a partnership that began in 2008. ATS is honored by the selection and looks forward to working with Arlington County to improve traffic safety.

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Editorial: It’s Inevitable that Tolls Will Be Back
Norwich Bulletin (Connecticut), June 10, 2014

Our roads and bridges have fallen into disrepair and there is not enough money in the Special Transportation Fund to pay for the needed repairs. And as vehicles become more efficient with higher mileage capability, revenue generated from the excise tax will decline. That essentially leaves two options: Borrow or create a new revenue stream by re-introducing tolls to our major highways. If done correctly, tolls cannot only raise revenue for transportation improvements, but can also ease congestion during peak rush hour times and encourage more use of public transportation options.

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Commentary: Georgians May Soon ‘Pass’ Through Many States
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), June 8, 2014

I’m a road trip kind of guy. Nothing clears my head better than a road trip. Unfortunately nothing gets me more aggravated on a road trip then having to sit through ridiculous “cash-only” lines at out-of-state tolls. The cash-only lines, or in most cases, line (singular), jam up with out-of-towners who don’t possess that particular state’s “cruise-card.” Well, good news is coming for road-trippers like you and me. Before the end of the year, your Georgia Peach Pass will be accepted at tolls throughout Florida and North Carolina.

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ATS_Road Safety @ATS_RoadSafety The Road Safety Daily is out. paper.li/ATS_roadsafety…  Stories via DropItAndDrive  Floridasadd

ATS_Road Safety @ATS_RoadSafety Editorial: Cameras should be a local decision  dailygazette.com/news/2014/jun…  #StopOnRed

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Commentary: Thinking It Through
The Daily Gazette (New York), June 7, 2014

When it comes to driving, we all have our pet peeve. For me, it’s double-parking. … Another problem is a long-standing tradition of running red lights. The sight of a driver zipping through a red light is so common that I scarcely notice it anymore, which might explain why I was a little surprised when a friend of mine became visibly emotional while discussing the issue. “There is a culture of running red lights in this city!” he yelled. “It’s out of control!”

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Editorial: Keep the Cameras
The Blade (Ohio), June 10, 2014

Used properly, traffic cameras are valid and valuable law-enforcement tools. … It should be possible to develop and enforce guidelines that distinguish communities and police departments — such as Toledo, generally — that use traffic cameras appropriately from those that don’t. It hasn’t happened yet. But the often-advocated approach of prohibiting the cameras isn’t the answer.

Editorial: Use of Red-Light Cameras Is a Local Decision
The Daily Gazette (New York), June 6, 2014

The city of Albany has sought permission from the state Legislature this year to install red-light safety cameras. Schenectady is considering asking for permission, although time is running short in this legislative session. Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy has recently advocated for removing the layer of red tape that prevents cities from installing them on their own. There’s no more need for additional testing or experimentation. We know the cameras work effectively. It’s time for the state Legislature to stop allocating permission piecemeal and allow any community to put them in place if it wants to.

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Letter to the Editor: Impatient Drivers Menace to Our Safety
Arizona Daily Star, June 8, 2014

After tangling with traffic cameras a time or two, I am a chastened driver, cautious and wary of speed limits and traffic signals. I’ve become keenly aware of other miscreants on the road

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“The presence of the cameras causes people to slow down. These cameras are unbiased machines. They don’t pick anyone in particular, they pick the speeders.”
William Everts, New Carrollton Police Captain
The Washington Post (Maryland), June 9, 2014

“We don’t want to continue to give tickets over and over again. We want people to learn the lesson if they get a ticket and change their behavior. Ideally, we want to get to a place where we don’t need the cameras. We know that won’t happen, but each year you want to see less and less people getting tickets.”
Jonathan Adkins, Executive Director of the Governors Highway Safety Association
The Washington Post (Maryland), June 9, 2014

 

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 27

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Dump Truck Driver Cited in Collision with School Bus
WGGB-TV ABC 40 (Massachusetts), June 3, 2014

The driver of a dump truck involved in a crash with a Holyoke school bus last week has been cited. Holyoke Police Sgt. Stephen Loftus says that the truck driver, whose name has not been released, is being cited for running a red light.

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Truck Roars Past Stopped School Bus and Student; Police Seek Driver
KTTC-TV NBC (Minnesota), June 3, 2014

The Minnesota State Patrol is seeking the public’s help in finding a semi that nearly hit a girl waiting for her school bus alongside Highway 23. Cameras inside the bus show the semi blowing past the right-side of the stopped bus — lights flashing and stop arm down — and continuing along the highway. See related coverage at WCCO-TV CBS 4.

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Police Seek Driver in Deadly Intersection Collision
WESH-TV NBC 2 (Florida), June 2, 2014

Investigators are continuing their search for the driver who ran away from a crash that killed two people in Orange County. The women were traveling near their own neighborhood when they were T-boned by the alleged red-light runner.

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New York’s Big Step Toward Safer Streets for All
The Atlantic/Citylab (New York), June 2, 2014

When a law is given the name of a child, you know there’s a terrible tragedy behind it. These legislative and regulatory efforts are an attempt to give meaning to the senseless death of a young person. They can exert a powerful moral force. Now New York City has Cooper’s Law, named after 9-year-old Cooper Stock, who was killed by a taxi driver making a left turn into the Upper West Side crosswalk where he was walking with his hand in his father’s. The two were crossing with the light when the driver hit them. Cooper’s Law is just one part of a significant package of street-safety legislation passed last week by the New York City Council, under the auspices of the ongoing Vision Zero effort.

Police: Red-Light Safety Cameras Cut Crash Rate in Gallatin
The Tennessean, May 29, 2014

Not everyone is a fan of Gallatin’s eight red-light cameras located at four busy intersections around town, but Officer Bill Storment is one of them. He says that since they were installed in October 2006, they have reduced area accidents significantly.

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School Bus Bill Headed to South Carolina Governor’s Desk
WYFF-TV NBC 4, June 4, 2014

A bill that would allow cameras to be placed next to school bus stop arms is headed to Gov. Nikki Haley’s desk. The South Carolina House passed the bill Tuesday. The bill would allow law enforcement to use the images captured on the cameras to ticket drivers who pass stopped school buses and break the law. State Sen. Thomas Alexander introduced the bill.

Van Rear-Ends Stopped School Bus; No Injuries
Marshfield News Herald (Wisconsin), June 3, 2014

No injuries were reported after a van rear-ended a school bus Wednesday while it was dropping off students in the 200 block of East Ninth Street. The Marshfield School District bus had its flashing lights activated, had pulled to the side of the road and was parked when it was struck at 3:34 p.m. by a vehicle, according to Marshfield Police.

Each Day, 60 Drivers Illegally Pass School Buses in Austin District
KVUE-TV ABC 24 (Texas), May 30, 2014

A dangerous practice that could harm your children is happening an average of 60 times a school day across Austin. That’s how often Austin Independent School District (AISD) officials say drivers improperly pass school buses. Those numbers came from a pilot program the school district is running. AISD launched the bus stop-arm camera pilot program with three vendors at the end of April. Each vendor is monitoring cameras on 10 buses at each of the district’s three terminals, in areas bus drivers observed to have the most violators.

Injuries to 8-Year-Old Might Bring School Bus Route Change
WTEV-TV CBS 47 (Florida), May 26, 2014

On Tuesday, an 8-year-old girl was struck by an oncoming truck and seriously injured after stepping off her school bus. Joe Purvis, director of transportation for the St. Johns County School District, said, “We started yesterday looking at the route and just seeing if there is anything else we need to do, if there’s something we need to make a change on, we’ll work through that.”

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County Considers School Zone Ticketing System
Go San Angelo/Standard Times (Texas), June 3, 2014

Cameras that would automatically generate tickets for speeding vehicles in school zones were discussed at length by the Tom Green County Commissioners Court as the result of a proposal by American Traffic Solutions. ATS offered to provide the county with vehicles toting radar guns and cameras to nab drivers speeding through school zones, which would result in fines for civil violations.

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Repeat Offenders Rare in Longview, Improving School Zone Safety
The Daily News (Washington), May 31, 2014

If it were going in the yearbook, it would get voted most likely to succeed and least popular. Longview’s school zone speed camera program is here to stay, but a vocal contingent doesn’t think it’s a perfect system. Police say the six photo-enforced 20 mph school zones are resulting in few repeat tickets, thus fewer speeders and a lower risk of injuring children. The numbers show as much: 92 percent of violators have received just one ticket.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce its newly signed, five-year agreement with Decatur City Schools and the City of Decatur, Georgia, providing for the installation and operation of a CrossingGuard school bus stop arm safety camera system. ATS is also honored to report a new agreement with Cathedral City, California, for the continued operation of its red-light safety camera program. An ATS client since 2005, Cathedral City’s new agreement provides for a term of three years with two one-year renewals. ATS is delighted to be a partner with both clients as they work to improve traffic safety in their communities.

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E-Z Pass Coming to Niagara County Bridges
Buffalo Business First (New York), June 3, 2014

The popular E-Z Pass program is coming to the trio of international crossings governed by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission. The option may help reduce congestion and back-up times at the bridges. See related press release from Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.

Serial Toll Evader in Australia Owes Nearly $300,000
The Age (Victoria, Australia), June 3, 2014

A serial toll evader whose record number of unpaid fines total almost $300,000 has failed to appear at court, triggering a warrant for her arrest. Isabelle Mares Weir has thus far refused to pay $294,362 worth of infringement notices, believed to be road tolls. On Tuesday she failed to appear at the Dandenong Magistrates Court to answer a summons over a stockpile of 1038 individual warrants.

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ATS_Road Safety @ATS_RoadSafety Every hour, car crashes kill an average of 4 people on America’s roads. cbsnews.com/8301-500202_16…  @CBSNews  #StopOnRed

ATS_Road Safety @ATS_RoadSafety Dog survives after being launched from car during horrific crash tmblr.co/ZC9-Wt1HoJP5x @RightThisMinute  #StopOnRed

ATS_Road Safety @ATS_RoadSafety Gallatin PD: Accidents are down 31% due to red-light safety cameras. tennessean.com/story/news/loc…  #StopOnRed

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Commentary: Red-Light Safety Cameras Save Lives
Sun Sentinel (Florida), June 3, 2014

Traffic-safety policies should be based on sound science, not political spin. That’s the main problem with much of the media coverage about Florida’s red-light-camera program, including stories about the February report from the Florida Legislature’s policy-analysis office. … Carefully controlled before-and-after studies show red-light cameras reduce violations 40 percent to 50 percent, and injury crashes 25 percent to 30 percent.

Linden Mayor: Red-Light Cameras Improve Traffic Safety
New Jersey Municipalities, June 2014

Route 1 & 9 is a six-lane highway that bisects the city of Linden. Four out of five of our safety camera intersections are on that U.S. highway. These intersections were not picked randomly. Red-light cameras were installed beginning in August 2010 only after education, engineering and enforcement failed. Two fatalities occurred on this State Highway in 2010. There were no fatalities in 2011, 2012 and 2013. These examples prove that this program is working in Linden and why it is important that the State of New Jersey continue the program.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Serve as Protection
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), June 4, 2014

I agree with the Sunday Dispatch editorial “Leave red light cameras alone.” Last Friday I observed three different vehicles run a red light. Each had plenty of time to stop. The attitude seems to be “I don’t want to stop so I won’t.”

 

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“My observation is the data speaks for itself. Since we started the program people have slowed down; it’s keeping the school zones safe for our kids.”
Bob Gregory, City Manager of Longview, Washington
The Daily News, May 31, 2014

“So many think it is just a moneymaker and that is not what it’s about. Our accidents are actually down 31 percent since we installed the cameras, and that is what it was designed to do – reduce accidents. If you reduce accidents, you reduce injuries. And, of course, a lot of property damage and a lot of inconvenience to people.”
Bill Storment, Gallatin Police Department Officer
The Tennessean, May 29, 2014

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In the city of Gallatin, traffic crashes are down 31% since red-light safety cameras first arrived in the city in October 2006. Source: The Tennessean, May 29, 2014.

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