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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 48

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Police: Houston Traffic Crashes Rise after Red-Light Safety Cameras Removed
KTRK-TV ABC 13 (Texas), Oct. 28, 2014

Houston police say they have proof that red-light cameras do prevent crashes and save lives. … The police found traffic crashes nearly doubled at Houston intersections after red-light cameras were removed, and fatal crashes rose 30%. The Houston Police Department says the cameras were force multiplies and were an added safety tool. Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Tim Oettmeier explained the statistics were presented to “illustrate that if you don’t have enough personnel, things like this are going to happen.” See additional coverage from the Houston Chronicle.

Girl, 12, Dies after being Hit by SUV at Bus Stop
KATV-TV ABC 7 (Arkansas), Oct. 28, 2014

A 12-year-old girl who was struck by an SUV Monday afternoon at a bus stop in Pike County has died. The accident report states she was struck by a 2001 Ford Explorer which failed to yield when the bus stopped to unload passengers. The girl was hit as she crossed the highway. The report notes that all emergency lights and signals were activated on the bus. See related news coverage from KLRT-TV FOX 16.

Video Speed Camera Prank Goes Wrong (New Zealand), Oct. 28, 2014

This prankster’s fun comes to an end when the police stop to ask questions.

Technology Targets Drivers who Pass Stopped School Buses
NBC Today (New York), Oct. 20, 2014

Motorists illegally pass stopped school buses more than 70,000 times a day, endangering the lives of children. Now police are using new technology to catch the lawbreakers.


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Mom Calls on Drivers to Be Aware at School Bus Stops
Hungry Horse News (Montana), Oct. 29, 2014

The mother of a young boy who was nearly run over while crossing the street to a stopped school bus wants to get the word out to drivers about the need to pay closer attention. This is not a local problem. The major TV networks have been showing videos taken by cameras mounted on school buses across the U.S. showing vehicles speeding past while the buses’ side-mounted stop signs are down and the red lights are flashing. In some videos, vehicles as big as semi trucks narrowly miss schoolchildren at 60 mph.

School Bus Safety Cameras in Demand
WTOK-TV ABC 11 (Mississippi), Oct. 29, 2014

School bus safety advocates gathered in Jones County to call for more cameras to photograph vehicles that pass stopped buses. Superintendent Tommy Parker said he hopes the cameras will prevent any more accidents like the one that occurred in December 2009, when 5-year-old died after being struck while getting off a school bus.

Survey: 18,000 Drivers Pass Stopped N.Y. School Buses in 1 Day
School Transportation News, Oct. 29, 2014

Last week there were no reported student fatalities around school buses or bus stops during National School Bus Safety Week, which is welcome news after recent tragedies in Arkansas and Florida. To raise awareness of unsafe driving around school buses and bus stops, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation conducted a one-day survey of illegal bus passing on Oct. 21.

Car-School Bus Collision Injures 1 (Florida), Oct. 28, 2014

The Florida Highway Patrol said a 2008 Toyota Yaris was westbound on Leeland Heights Boulevard at 6:35 a.m. when it hit the rear of a school bus stopped in traffic and picking up students. The crash caused one minor injury to a passenger in the car.

Car Crashes into School Bus; 13 Children, 2 Adults Injured
WCSC-TV CBS 5 (South Carolina), Oct. 28, 2014

Officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol say 13 kids and two adults were transported to the hospital with minor injuries following a school bus accident Monday morning. Colleton County Fire and Rescue says the bus was stopped to pick up children and was using its warning lights when the incident occurred.

School Bus Skirters Out of Control
Press and Sun Bulletin (New York), Oct. 28, 2014

School bus drivers in 18 school districts around the state watched as drivers illegally passed buses 385 times during a one-day survey last week, according to the New York Association for Pupil Transportation. That points to a wider problem, the association said. See related coverage from

Thousands Caught Passing Stopped School Buses
KEYE-TV CBS 42 (Texas), Oct. 27, 2014

Thousands of Austin drivers were caught on camera, as they passed by stopped school buses during a pilot program through the Austin Independent School District. One car after another, all breaking the law. … Currently, the cameras are just collecting information and no tickets are being issued. But that could change by next year, if Austin City Council members approve the plan.


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Speed Fine Revenue Climbs in New York
Newsday, Oct. 24, 2014

Nassau continues to rack up millions of dollars in school speed camera revenues, according to the county’s internal accounting system. As of Oct. 10, the county had recorded $1.4 million in revenues collected from drivers caught on camera speeding through school zones between 7 a.m and 6 p.m.


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Red-Light Running Fines Go Toward City Traffic Projects
The Spokesman-Review (Washington), Oct. 30, 2014

Proceeds from red-light camera safety tickets are paying for a traffic circle at Lyons Avenue and Cincinnati Street. The project is one of 15 traffic calming projects scheduled through the end of 2015.

Driver Charged with Disregarding Red Light
Aiken Standard (South Carolina), Oct. 28, 2014

No students were injured after a car struck an Aiken County school bus early Tuesday morning. The bus was attempting a left turn when the driver of a 2005 Mazda car ran a red light and collided with the left side of the bus, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol. The driver was charged with disregarding a traffic signal, authorities said.

2 Hospitalized after SUV, City Bus Collide (Texas), Oct. 28, 2014

Houston transit officials say two people have been hospitalized after their SUV collided with a city bus. Metro Transit Authority spokeswoman Margaret O’Brian-Molina says the vehicle ran a red light before it was struck by the bus near downtown. She tells the Houston Chronicle that the SUV flipped. She says two people were taken to St. Joseph Hospital but that their injuries weren’t life threatening.

Local Officials Lobby Lawmakers to Support Red-Light Cameras
NJ Advance Media for (New Jersey), Oct. 27, 2014

Municipal and police officials from several towns that have red-light cameras descended on the  Statehouse today to urge New Jersey lawmakers to renew the state’s soon-to-expire red-light camera pilot program. (South Jersey Times file photo)


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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce its receipt of Clayton County Public Schools‘ notice to proceed with an expansion of its existing CrossingGuard School Bus Safety Camera program. This system is designed to deter motorists from illegally passing stopped school buses while children board or disembark. Currently, 20 CrossingGuard safety cameras are in use in the school district. ATS is honored to be working with Clayton County Public Schools and all of its customers on their traffic safety programs.


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Top 10 Bridge and Tunnel Toll Evaders Owe Millions
NJ Advance Media for (New Jersey), Oct. 28, 2014

There are two kinds of toll evaders on the region’s toll roads, bridges and tunnels — the kind who try to disguise or conceal their license plate and the ones who drive through the E-ZPass lane without a tag. The top 10 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey toll violators owe a total of $2.08 million as of September 30, according to agency records. (The Star-Ledger photo by John O’Boyle)

Illinois Tollway Opening New Lanes on I-90
Move Illinois, Oct. 28, 2014

The Illinois Tollway announced today that it is beginning to open three new lanes in each direction between Rockford and Elgin as part of the $2.5 billion Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project, which is building a new state-of-the-art interstate from the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-3.

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Commentary: Springfield Police, City Officials Say Cameras Improve Traffic Safety
Suburban News (New Jersey), Oct. 29, 2014

One of the primary roles of the government is to protect its citizens. Recognizing the dangerous state of certain intersections, the Township of Springfield implemented a red-light automated photo enforcement program in 2012 to curb violations and T-bone crashes — the most deadly type of collision on our roadways. We are proud to say this move has had an impact on public safety during the last two years, and we expect the history of success to continue.

Letter to the Editor: Stop Whining about Red-Light Cameras
Daily Record (New Jersey), Oct. 30, 2014

Bob Ingle’s recent column on red-light cameras was quick to ascribe evil motives and characterize as lies the explanations offered by supporters of red-light cameras. His response is typical of many opponents of the pilot program who refuse to acknowledge the truth — that this program was driven by the desire to reduce accidents caused by people who break the law.

Letter: Improve Safety to and from School
The Record (New York), Oct. 28, 2014

More needs to be done to keep rides to and from school safer. It’s disturbing to learn that a person lost his life in last Tuesday’s crash in Brunswick. It’s a sobering reminder that transportation, especially when it involves our school children, should never be taken for granted.

Letter: Speed Cameras Show Need to Slow Down
Newsday (New York), Oct. 26, 2014

I am continually amazed by the people who write in complaining about the traffic-camera tickets they received and demanding more warning signs. Instead of more signs, perhaps the Department of Motor Vehicles should mail each driver a copy of the state driver’s manual.


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“It’s extremely dangerous to pass a stopped school bus. You never know when a kid will dart out in front of a bus.”
Charles Miller, Police Chief of Haverstraw, New York
School Transportation News, Oct. 29, 2014

“I absolutely believe the red-light cameras are doing a great job. We used to have a major accident at the corner of 1960 and Whitaker at least once a week. We don’t have them like that now.”
Gary Warman, Police Chief of Humble, Texas
The Tribune (Texas), Oct. 20, 2014



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American Traffic Solutions Recognizes National School Bus Safety Week
ATS News Release, Oct. 20, 2014

The evidence is found in the news articles below. Drivers are failing to stop for school buses and putting children in great danger. In some cases, a mere heartbeat of time is all that separates a child from a passing vehicle. These close calls occur all too frequently and risk disaster in spite of traffic laws written for the protection of our children. The solution begins with a simple reminder, “At my Stop, you Stop!” This is the message of this year’s National School Bus Safety Week. In support of this year’s safety campaign, American Traffic Solutions is partnering with schools and law enforcement to remind motorists of the lawful and safe practices to take when approaching a stopped school bus. Remember, At my Stop, you Stop!


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Concern Grows for Students’ Safety Around Drivers
WWLP-TV NBC 22 (Massachusetts), Oct. 23, 2014

There’s reason to believe the problem of distracted drivers around school zones and school buses is getting worse. “In 2013, two million more drivers passed school bus stop arms than they did in 2011,” says Charles Territo of American Traffic Solutions. “There is no question that distracted driving plays a role.”


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School Bus Cameras on a Trial Run in Karnes County
KSAT-TV ABC 12 (Texas), Oct. 22, 2014

The first two school bus cameras of others yet to come, went on a trial run Wednesday afternoon. “You don’t know how relieved I am we started doing this,” said Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva.

Student Injured as Garbage Truck Passes Stopped School Bus
WHKY-Radio 1290 AM (North Carolina), Oct. 22, 2014

A 16-year-old was injured Tuesday when a garbage truck ran over his foot as he attempted to board a stopped school bus in Caldwell County. The Highway Patrol said the bus did have all its lights on and its stop-arm extended for nearly 10 seconds before the accident.


Attorney General Wants Cameras to Make N.C. School Buses Safer
WRAL-TV Channel 5 (North Carolina), Oct. 20, 2014

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper wants public school buses across the state equipped with cameras to help capture drivers violating school bus traffic safety laws. Cooper said Monday that the equipment — similar to what’s being used at traffic lights — would take photos of the license plates of any drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. See related coverage from WFMY-TV Channel 2 and The Daily News.


Son of Injured Crossing Guard Says Enough is Enough
WTVD-TV (North Carolina), Oct. 18, 2014

Images of a Garner crossing guard struck by a car are tough for Jordan Hawkins to watch. That’s because it’s his mom. … It’s the latest school bus stop crash in recent weeks. Hawkins’ son says he’s fed up. “Enough is enough. I don’t know when it’s going to end. Too many people are texting and driving and obviously not paying attention,” he said.


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Speed Zone Cameras Arrive in Kaufman County, Warning Phase Begins (Texas), Oct. 23, 2014

The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office announced the start of the warning phase for the new school zone safety camera program. The school zone speed cameras, which are installed in marked vehicles that will be parked in the enforcement zones each day, will issue warning notices to the vehicle’s registered owner but no fine will be assessed during the 30-day warning period from Oct. 21 to Nov. 21.


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Police: Sedan, School Bus Collide in Red-Light Running Incident
WJBF-TV ABC 6 (Georgia), Oct. 23, 2014

Two passengers in a silver vehicle were transported to the hospital after their car collided with a school bus in a Richmond County intersection. Children on the school bus reported minor complaints and received medical attention. At the crash scene, Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies learned a gray 4-door sedan had ran the red light and struck the bus.

Driver of Pickup Injured in Intersection Collision
Tampa Tribune (Florida), Oct. 23, 2014

The driver of a pickup truck was in critical condition after he ran a red light and hit a Hillsborough County school bus Thursday morning, officials said.


Wilmington Renews Red-Light Camera Program
WECT-TV NBC  6 (North Carolina), Oct. 22, 2014

Wilmington city leaders approved renewing a contract for the red-light cameras seen around town, instead of opting for a new contract that would have brought additional cameras at a discounted rate. The cameras, supplied by American Traffic Solutions, are placed at 13 intersections to prevent drivers from running red lights. (Lumina News photo by Allison Potter)

City of Hollywood Fights for Camera Program
WPLG-TV ABC 10 (Florida), Oct. 22, 2014

The city of Hollywood is not giving up its fight to use cameras to catch red-light runners. It will ask the 4th District Court of Appeals to either reconsider last week’s ruling or send the question to the state’s Supreme Court.

Sugar Land Cracks Down on Ticket Scofflaws (Texas), Oct. 22, 2014

Sugar Land City Council approved an agreement on Oct. 21 with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to withhold vehicle registrations on outstanding municipal court traffic warrants and red-light running violations caught on camera.


Memphis Expands Red-Light Safety Camera Program
The Commercial Appeal (Tennessee), Oct. 21, 2014

Memphis officials are adding 30 new cameras at 18 intersections to catch those who run red lights, bringing the total to 55 cameras at 30 intersections. The installation of the cameras is under way and should be complete next month. See related coverage from WPTY-TV ABC 24.

Albany Police Chief Supports Incoming Red-Light Safety Cameras
WTRY-Radio 98.3 FM (New York), Oct. 21, 2014

Red-light cameras are on their way to Albany. That’s after the Common Council passed the ordinance Monday night. Twenty intersections will get them. Critics call the cams money raisers, but Police Chief Stephen Krokoff says even if the program were revenue neutral, he would still support the cameras. See related coverage on WNYT-TV NBC 13.


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Express Lanes Being Surveyed on I-295
First Coast News (Florida) Oct. 21, 2014

Survey crews are on the job mapping out express lanes that will go in on Interstate 295 within the next two years. The express lanes are the first for Northeast Florida. Two projects are being planned. The express lanes will offer motorists an option with a SunPass being needed to pay for access. There will not be any toll booths.

MoveDC Plan Includes Toll Lanes
The Washington Post (District of Columbia), Oct. 21, 2014

D. C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Tuesday released an ambitious long-range transportation plan that he said would expand the city’s transit options while deterring driving through the use of toll lanes on the city’s gateways and charging a congestion fee to motorists entering downtown.


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Commentary: School Buses Should Have License Plate Readers
Times-News (North Carolina), Oct. 20, 2014

As long as we’re talking about reading license plates, I’ve got a use for that, and it should be implemented immediately: All school buses should be equipped with technology to do so. The instances when a child is hit or killed by a driver who fails to stop for a stopped school bus make state, sometimes even national, news. What doesn’t make the news is the instances when a child could have been hit or killed — when a vehicle fails to stop but, fortunately, doesn’t hit anybody. And this happens all the time.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Discourage Dangerous Traffic Violations, Save Lives
Times of Trenton (New Jersey), Oct. 23, 2014

Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll found the majority of people approve of the red-light camera program. I am a strong proponent of measures that will make our roadways safer for all users. The cameras have proven to be an effective tool in reducing the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities that result from red-light running.


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Maui police issued 359 citations to red-light and stop-sign violators during a two week “Stop or Get Stopped” traffic enforcement campaign that concluded on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. The traffic safety initiative also resulted in 69 citations for motorists who were caught driving without a license, 134 citations for motorists driving without insurance, and 32 DUI arrests, police said. SOURCE:, Oct. 20, 2014.


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Stronger Measures Sought Against Drivers Who Pass School Buses
WMAR-TV ABC 2 (Maryland), Oct. 16, 2014

Montgomery County is hoping to stop aggressive drivers around school buses. So far, more than 825 drivers have received citations from cameras on 25 buses. The district is planning to buy 10 more cameras and educators are pushing for the current fine to be doubled to $250. See related coverage from The Washington Post.

Neighbors Concerned about Speeders
WCHS-TV ABC 8 (West Virginia), Oct. 15, 2014

Bryan Christian has lived near Reunion Road in Pinch for eight years and in that time he has noticed a problem. … The posted speed limit is 25 mph, but Christian said he has seen cars going much faster. “There are two buses that stop at this intersection, and we’ve seen several near misses,” he said.

Police: Pueblo’s Red-Light Cameras Are for Safety, Not Revenue
KOAA-TV NBC 5 (Colorado), Oct. 9, 2014

According to Pueblo Police, red-light safety cameras are the extra set of eyes in the sky for them.  The upside is the police don’t have to station an officer at those locations all the time. As for revenue, the city doesn’t receive a dime. When News 5 Investigates asked why run a program that doesn’t make money for the department, Police Sgt. Howard Jackson said, “It’s about safety. By cutting down the number of red-light violations, we see a reduction in serious accidents.”


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Police: Truck  Runs Red Light, Collides with School Bus
Omaha World-Herald (Nebraska), Oct. 13, 2014

Two Bryan High School students were treated for minor injuries at an Omaha hospital Monday following a two-vehicle accident involving a school bus. The bus had been traveling west on Grover when a truck traveling southbound on 42nd Street ran a red light and hit the bus, said Omaha Police Department spokesman James Shade. (WOWT-TV NBC 6 image.)


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Mobile Speed Vans Park in Valley Stream School Zones
Valley Stream Herald (New York), Oct. 15, 2014

Two of Nassau County’s new school zone speed cameras are in operation in front of two Valley Stream elementary schools, prompting praise from some but also skepticism as to how far they’ll go in making those areas safer. Valley Stream Herald photo by Brendan Murray.

Karnes County Considers Safety Cameras for Buses, School Zones Karnes Countywide (Texas), Oct. 10, 2014

Karnes County officials are considering the use of what are commonly known as “red-light cameras” as a way to help keep local children safe in school zones and bus stops where children get on and off school buses. Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva said his office has seen a dramatic increase in the number of incidents where vehicles speed past school buses, completely ignoring the red lights and stop sign on the side of the bus. American Traffic Solutions recently addressed county officials regarding this concern.


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Durham Schools Seek Grant for School Bus Safety Cameras
The Herald Sun (North Carolina), Oct. 12, 2013

The school district is in the process of applying for a $60,000 grant from State Farm to purchase and mount about 20 stop-arm cameras on Durham school buses. … Marlon Watson, the school district’s director of transportation, said he got the idea to seek the grant after hearing about Johnston County’s success in landing a grant from a different organization to help purchase 93 stop-arm cameras. Johnston County now has the largest number of buses equipped with stop-arm cameras.

Cameras Donated to Stop School Bus Arm Running
Kennebunk Post (Maine), Oct. 10, 2014

Superintendent Kevin Crowley announced Monday that W.C. Cressey and Son, Inc. of Kennebunk has donated and will install five side-arm school bus cameras to Regional School Unit 21. W.C. Cressey and Son is the northern New England dealer of Thomas Built Buses and bus-related products.


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American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is pleased to announce its road safety camera partnership with the city of Surfside, Florida, will continue for an additional three years under the terms of a recently signed contract amendment. ATS appreciates its partnership with Surfside, which dates to 2010, and looks forward to helping the city reach its traffic safety goals.


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TransCore to Install All-Electronic Tolling on Henry Hudson Bridge
CNBC Channel 25, Oct. 14, 2014

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges & Tunnels has selected TransCore to deploy the agency’s first All-Electronic Tolling system. This system will be implemented on the historic Henry Hudson Bridge. Built in 1936, the iconic bridge provides passage for more than 63,000 vehicles each day. See related MTA press release here.

Official Questions Truck Drivers Route around Toll Road; Ban Possible
Poughkeepsie Journal (New York), Oct. 9, 2014

Could tractor-trailers and other big trucks soon be banned from using Route 17 in Rockland and Orange counties? The state Department of Transportation is considering it and expects to make a decision sometime in the next several weeks. Assemblyman James Skoufis asked the DOT in July for the review because he suspects truck companies are using Routes 17 and 32 in Orange County to avoid paying tolls on the Thruway.


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“There will probably be a lot of people upset early in this program as the first flurry of tickets goes out. But over time, when people adjust, I really do think we will see great results.”
Ed Fare, Mayor of Village of Valley Stream
Valley Stream Herald (New York), Oct. 15, 2014

“People got used to running the red light and now when someone in front of them stops, they are surprised. Now they run into the back of them because they weren’t expecting them to stop. They were expecting them to run the red light like they were going to do.”
John Rutherford, Sheriff of Jacksonville, Florida
The Florida Times-Union, Oct. 13, 2014

“As time goes on and people get used to the cameras, they don’t run the light.”
Howard Jackson, Pueblo Colorado Police Sergeant
KOAA-TV NBC 5, Oct. 9, 2014

“We are excited about this (automated electronic tolling) project. It’s good for the MTA because it’s the most efficient way to collect tolls; good for drivers because it provides for seamless travel, and good for the environment because it reduces vehicle emissions.”
Jim Ferrara, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges and Tunnels President
MTA press release (New York), Oct. 8, 2014

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Commentary: Why Freedom-Loving People Should Support Red-Light Cameras
Sierra Vista Herald (Arizona), Oct. 12, 2014

In the debate over red-light cameras. … Wouldn’t law enforcement agencies prefer, and be wiser, to spend their resources on actual crime-fighting and building relationships in the community, than acting as Roman-era tax collectors when machines can do that work for them? This goes to the biggest reason freedom-loving people should support red light cameras — this technology is the future whether we like it or not. Before long, no municipality in its right financial mind will be investing twentysome taxpayer dollars an hour in human capital to mind traffic offenses machines do so much more efficiently.

Letter to the Editor: Questions on Cameras
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas), Oct. 14, 2014

Did I miss something? Are the red-light cameras not working right? Are they not paid for? Why are we discussing doing away with them? Is it because people don’t want to pay their fines? How about facing up to our responsibilities? If Arlington is losing revenue due to non-payment of fines, why not do something to change that instead of just trashing what was evidently a good idea when the plan was adopted?

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Since January 825 citations have been issued to drivers who passed a stopped school bus that has its stop sign and stop arm extended, Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice said Monday. SOURCE: Montgomery Community Media, Oct. 14, 2014.

A report by Seattle-based INRIX and the Centre for Economics and Business Research predicts a 50% rise in gridlock costs in the U.S. in the next 16 years, reaching $186 billion in 2030. Los Angeles is the real Carmaggedon, the most auto-centric city in the States, which accounts for nearly 20% of the country’s total congestion costs. SOURCE: Forbes, Oct. 14, 2014.


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Mom Uses iPad to Catch School Bus Violators
KSAT-TV ABC 12 (Texas), Oct. 8, 2014

Waiting to cross the road for her daughter to board the school bus last week, Tracey Honig pulled out her trusty iPad. There was an 18-wheeler coming the opposite direction. But Honig said rather than stop for the flashing lights and extended stop sign on the school bus, “he chose to break the law and kept right on going.” She said the video she posted on her Facebook page has had thousands of views. “I finally got tired of it, and just started recording everything so I could have the proof that this is happening,” Honig said.

Family of Miami Gardens Hit-and-Run Victim Asks for Help
CBSMiami Channel 4 (Florida), Oct. 8, 2014

The family of a South Florida man killed during a hit-and-run is pleading for the community’s help to find his killer. Video from a red light camera showed Eugene Green, 48, initially riding on the sidewalk before he got onto the street to make a wide-right turn. Just then a dark car speeding through the intersection hit Green and continued.


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Albany Committee OKs Red-Light Safety Cameras
WNYT-TV NBC 13 (New York), Oct. 8, 2014

Albany’s Public Safety Committee Tuesday night voted unanimously to send a controversial red-light camera bill on for consideration by the full common council. That decision came despite overwhelming opposition at a public hearing.

Red-Light Running Crashes Diminish in Orange County
ITS International, Oct. 7, 2014

Red-light safety cameras are reducing traffic dangers in Orange County, Florida, according to a recent program update presented to the Board of County Commissioners that showed drivers are stopping on red and crashes are diminishing.

Orland Park Pursues Unpaid Parking Tickets
Chicago Tribune (Illinois), Oct. 7, 2014

Orland Park may soon get some help cracking down on unpaid parking tickets. The village’s Finance and Information Technology Committee voted Monday to recommend the full board of trustees approve changes to an agreement with the Illinois Comptroller’s Office that will let the village begin participating in the Local Debt Recovery Program.

Intersection Collision Sends Driver to Hospital
WTVJ-TV NBC 6 (Florida), Oct. 6, 2014

The driver of a car involved in a school bus accident is expected to survive after suffering internal trauma and head injuries in the crash. Hialeah Gardens Police said the driver of the car took a red light while driving east on W 68th Street and as he crossed the intersection, was hit by the bus on the passenger side of the car.

Ottawa Mayor Proposes More Red-Light Cameras
Ottawa Citizen (Canada), Oct. 4, 2014

Jim Watson is promising to earmark almost $1.5 million a year to implement road safety measures if re-elected mayor on Oct. 27. … But Watson’s most dramatic move might well be the 20 new red-light cameras Watson is promising if re-elected, which would bring the city’s total up to 53. However, red-light cameras pay for themselves — and then some. In 2013, the existing 33 red-light cameras raised $2.2 million in revenue but only cost $1.1 million to operate.

Albany Mayor Includes Red-Light Cameras in Budget
WRGB-TV CBS 6 (New York), Oct. 3, 2014

City Councilwoman Leah Golby is fed up with people blowing through red lights in Albany. That’s why she is sponsoring legislation to have red-light cameras installed at up to 20 intersections across the city.


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Car Hits Child Leaving Bus; New State Law Gets Attention
The Advocate (Louisiana), Oct. 8, 2014

As a 7-year-old Clinton Elementary School student walked off a school bus Monday afternoon on La. 67, the bus driver deployed the vehicle’s flashing stop signs to halt drivers on the state highway. … The impact left the girl with several broken bones and put into focus a new state law passed in the recent legislative session aimed at preventing these kind of accidents.

Board Makes Safety 1st Priority
Independent Herald (Wyoming), Oct. 8, 2014

The Wyoming County Board of Education has been upping its game when it comes to security and safety. The BOE is expanding beyond the school buildings and properties to include all school buses in its safety plan.

Lauderdale School Buses to Get Cameras
Times Daily (Alabama), Oct. 7, 2014

Fay Parker said the average person would be shocked at the number of cars that pass stopped school buses every day. “They drive right by them, and the bus will be there with the lights flashing and the arm out,” said Parker, transportation supervisor for the Lauderdale County Board of Education. Parker said that’s one reason the county is installing cameras outside its buses.

Child Hit by 4-Wheeler Crossing from School Bus
The News-Star (Louisiana), Oct. 7, 2014

A Kiroli Elementary student was taken to the emergency room after a 4-wheeler went around the extended stop arm of a school bus and ran over him Tuesday afternoon.


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Seattle Ranks No. 1 Safest City for Pedestrians
PR Newswire, Oct. 7, 2014

Seattle rose to the top of Liberty Mutual’s list as the safest U.S. city for pedestrians. With more than 108,000 residents commuting on foot or by public transportation each day, the city has less than 10 pedestrian fatalities each year. These impressive statistics are likely the result of a number of safety programs the city has put in place in recent years, including the use of school zone speed cameras.

Nassau Adds More School-Zone Speed Cameras
Newsday (New York), Oct. 5, 2014

Nassau County is expanding its controversial school-zone speed camera program to sites in Uniondale, Great Neck and Garden City this week, bringing the total number of locations to 28. (Newsday photo by Jeremy Bales)


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Cameras Sought for Work Zones on Pennsylvania Highways
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 9, 2014

A group representing Pennsylvania highway contractors will push for legislation allowing the use of cameras to enforce speed limits in work zones. Associated Pennsylvania Constructors, with membership of more than 400 construction, engineering and manufacturing companies, will make the issue a legislative priority when the General Assembly begins its new session next year, said Jason Wagner, director of policy and government relations. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photo by Pam Panchak)


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American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is excited to announce its new role as the first red-light safety camera vendor for the city of Mount Vernon, N.Y., and is honored to further announce that the cities of Lake in the Hills, Ill., Medina, Tenn., Hyattsville, Md., and Orlando, Fla., will continue their red-light safety camera programs under newly amended contracts. The municipalities now plan to utilized their programs until 2016,  2019, 2015 and 2015, respectively. The city of Mount Vernon will begin its program with an initial five-year term, according to the agreement. ATS considers it a special honor when a client renews or extends it red-light safety camera program, and is especially pleased to initiate new partnerships. ATS looks forward to working with all of its clients in their efforts to improve traffic safety in their cities.


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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Running red lights is an easy way to get in a collision. Don’t put yourself and others at risk like these ppl did:

AAA @AAASafety Teens represent only 7% of the licensed population, but are involved in 20% of fatal crashes. Understand the risks:


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Governor: Georgia Likes Toll Roads for Traffic Congestion Relief
Clayton News Daily, Oct. 7, 2014

Toll lanes may be the way of the future for major road construction projects in Georgia and states like it, Gov. Nathan Deal told reporters after he broke ground on 12 miles of such lanes in the Southern Crescent on Monday.

North Tarrant Express Toll Lanes Open
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas), Oct. 2, 2014

The era of congestion pricing has arrived in Tarrant County. A $2.5 billion makeover of Loop 820 and Texas 121/183 officially wrapped up on Saturday, when the final portion — the toll lanes, with prices that can change at a moment’s notice based on congestion — opened to traffic. This final step in the project, known as North Tarrant Express, arrives nine months ahead of schedule. (Fort Worth Star Telegram photo by Paul Moseley)

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“I’m just tired of this sense that some people have that they’re better than the law. I’m a lawmaker. I make laws not to be casually obeyed as it suits you. This is my kids’ safety, this is people’s safety that’s at stake here.”
Don Iveson, Mayor Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Edmonton Journal, Oct. 8, 2014

“The second (mobile speed) unit was brought on largely due to complaints from citizens groups, neighborhood associations, complaints of speeding in locations.”
Jason Halifax, Sergeant with Des Moines Police Department
KCCI-TV Channel 8 (Iowa), Oct.  6, 2014

“I watched nine cars in about 10 minutes run through solid red lights.”
Leah Golby, City Council Member of Albany, New York
WRGB-TV CBS 6, Oct. 3, 2014

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“Including revenue from people who choose not to follow the law and run red lights seemed to me a better use of resources than having to further cut jobs and services in the city.”
Kathy Sheehan, Mayor of Albany, N.Y.
WRGB-TV CBS 6, Oct. 3, 2014


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Editorial: Let’s Find Middle Ground
Edmonton Journal (Canada), Oct. 8, 2014

Opponents of Edmonton’s photo radar program say the program isn’t working, but in fact, the system does appear to be working. According to Mayor Don Iveson, the rate of fatalities and injury-causing collisions in this city has been cut almost in half since 2007. And more of us appear to be driving to the posted speed limits.

Letter to the Editor: Continue Red-Light Cameras for Safer Roads
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), Oct. 9, 2014

I recently read about the Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll results stating that the majority of people approve of the red- light camera program and would like for the program to continue. As the President and CEO of a traffic safety organization and former Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, I am a strong proponent of any measures that will make our roadways safer for all users.



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The Boynton Beach Police Department Posts Red-Light Running Video for Awareness
Boynton Beach Police Department Facebook Page, September 29, 2014 (Florida)

Watch as a red-light runner slams into the side of an SUV at the intersection of Federal Highway and Southeast 23rd Avenue on Sept. 15. Both drivers were treated at Bethesda hospital for minor injuries. This could have been avoided if the driver of the VW had just stopped on red! #payattention#stoponred American Traffic Solutions


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This is what happens when you run a red light.
City of Laurel, Maryland City Hall Facebook Page, September 29, 2014

Laurel Police today unveiled new signs to warn motorists to hit the brakes at red lights. More than 2400 motorists received citations for red light violations in Laurel last month. There have been 7 accidents lately caused by red light runners. Laurel Police along with AAA unveiled some new red light awareness signs they hope will encourage motorists to hit the brakes.


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10 injured after semi hits school bus
The Review Journal, September 29, 2014 (Florida)

Authorities say 10 people, including seven children, were injured when a semi rear-ended a stopped school bus as children were exiting in north Florida.

How to Keep Your Children Safe On the Way To And From School
Ezine Articles, September 23, 2014

We are all familiar that roads around schools experience a lot of congestion and chaos the world over but not everyone is familiar of the various accidents that occur in schools’ neighborhoods. In just the United States, over 150,000 children were injured in any given year while traveling between school and home. This article provides tips on how to stay safe during the school year.

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S.C. law gives citations to school bus stop sign violators
News 13 WBTW, September 30, 2014 (South Carolina)

A new law in S.C. allows traffic citations to be issued to drivers passing school bus stop signs if those buses are equipped with cameras to prove the violations. The cameras run between $300-$400. But school leaders in Marion County say they’re looking to purchase some for each bus.

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Speed camera generated $77,550 in just one day
New York Post, September 28, 2014

 A speed camera in Brooklyn tallied a bank-busting 1,551 tickets in a single day this summer, according to the Department of Transportation. The camera is located near Ocean Parkway at the end of a 400-foot exit ramp — “a good amount of distance for drivers to adjust their speeds,” a DOT spokesman said. 

SCOTLAND: A9 speed camera could boost emissions bid
Herald Scotland, October 1, 2014

Newly-installed speed cameras on one of Scotland’s busiest roads could provide environmental gains as well as improving road safety, MSPs have been told. Average speed cameras have recently gone up along much of the A9 in a bid to cut the accident rate on the road, which links Perth and Inverness. Gina Hanrahan, climate and energy policy officer for WWF Scotland, said that by encouraging drivers to slow down, these could be “very effective” in cutting emissions.

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Thousands ticketed for running the red light in Pueblo (Colorado), September 25, 2014

Thousands of people have been cited for running the red light in Pueblo since red light cameras were installed four years ago. Pueblo Police Sgt. Howard Jackson said the purpose of the cameras is to make the roads safer.

Speed, red-light cameras help modify behavior for safer city streets
The Washington Post, September 26, 2014

Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department responds to a previous column on the traffic safety program. In enforcing traffic safety in the District, our goal is to modify driver behavior so that pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists are safer while using our roadways. In the past decade, while our city’s population has increased by 13 percent, fatalities from traffic collisions have plummeted by more than 70 percent and injuries have dropped by more than one-third. Additionally, speed-related traffic collisions are on a clear downward trend over the past three years, according to a recent traffic safety report produced by Howard University.

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Report: More traffic tickets, fewer crashes
The Washington Post, October 1, 2014

In a paper to be published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Luca writes “tickets in fact lead to fewer motor vehicle accidents. Further, tickets help to reduce nonfatal injuries stemming from motor vehicle accidents. Overall, the findings of this paper suggest that as unpopular as traffic tickets are among drivers, motorist behavior does respond to tickets.”

Red-light Cameras Affecting Abington Drivers, October 1, 2014

In the first 40 days of its red-light camera program, Abington Township issued 694 violation letters to drivers, Police Chief Bill Kelly said Tuesday. Critics often argue that the cameras increase instances of rear-end crashes, but so far Abington has had none at those intersections.

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Onboard Bus Cameras Tell the Story of Accident
ABC News, October 1, 2014

Video on STA city bus shows the dangers of red-light running and t-bone collisions. The video also shows just how dangerous a 25 mph crash can be. 

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For the month of October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, ATS will once again make a commitment to embrace the movement to promote awareness and raise funds for this important cause. For every “Like” ATS receives on a Facebook post about Breast Cancer Awareness during October, ATS will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society.  Help us raise awareness on our Facebook page:


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@cityoflaurel This is what happens when you run a red light. Laurel Police today unveiled new signs to warn motorists to hit…

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Why Drivers Get Away With Murder
New York Times, September 29, 2014

Opinion: If the police do not have the tools for the job, elected officials must get them the resources — including training to change attitudes. And our politicians need to get beyond the easy win of passing legislation, and use their clout to ensure enforcement and to educate the public that there will be consequences in court for drivers who kill pedestrians.

Tuesday letters: Traffic cameras, office design, Astrodome
Houston Chronicle, September 29, 2014

My wife might be alive today if Houston had not succumbed to a PR campaign by bail bondsmen, lawyers and other vested interests and voted to terminate the then-existing traffic-camera program. She made a left turn under the safety of a protected green arrow, but a speeder decided to ignore a red light, crashed into her car and killed her. If a red-light camera program had been in existence, the risky behavior exhibited by this speeder would have been less likely.

Letter to the Editor: Keep the Red-Light Cameras
Napa Valley Register, September 30, 2014

In response to a previous article, perhaps if the writer walked in my shoes they might feel differently. Having recently been T-boned by a red-light runner, I would like to ask the writer to imagine having had the biggest part of the last three-plus weeks of their lives stolen by time spent trying to recover from physical, mental and emotional injuries, doctor visits, physical therapy visits, telephone calls to and from insurance companies, etc., as a mere glimpse of some of the after-effects of such an accident. Safety cameras are in use to improve public safety, to modify driver behavior, and to automatically detect and deter dangerous driving at intersections with a history of crashes and violations resulting from red-light running. 


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“It is a very serious subject, but when you look at our kid cop in action, it makes you realize how selfish we are.”
Montgomery County Police Capt. Thomas Didone
Kid Cop Tells Drivers to “Respect the Bus” in PSA
NBC Washington, September 25, 2014