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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 28

June 25th, 2015 Comments off

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Neighbors Push for Safety Changes after 2 Deadly Crashes
WeAreCentralPA.com (Pennsylvania), June 23, 2015

A second deadly accident in the last year at a busy intersection in State College has neighbors pushing for change. Last year, Donna Queeney, President of the College Heights Association, helped start a grassroots effort to bring red-light cameras to State College. “We said we hope it’s not going to take somebody being killed at this intersection to make something happen. Since then, two people have been killed. So am I sad? Does it upset me? Yes,” she said. (WTAJ-TV CBS 32 image)

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Frightening Police Crash Caught on Cam
KETK-TV NBC 56/MyCenTex.com (Texas), June 23, 2015

A terrifying police crash in Grand Prairie, Texas, is caught on tape by a nearby traffic camera. Police say the semi ran a red light and caused the collision. The officer miraculously survived the wreck with minor injuries. (KETK-TV/MyCenTx.com image)

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Several Cameras Show Police Shooting, Car Chase
KVOA-TV NBC 4 (Arizona), June 19, 2015

Traffic cameras at Sixth Avenue and Ajo Way captured the ending of a police chase where officers shot at a man in a truck. Just before noon on Friday, officers pulled a man over, who stopped then drove off. Video provided by the city’s photo enforcement camera vendor, American Traffic Solutions, shows the man continued toward Sixth Avenue where he ran a red light. He hit a car in the driver side door and collided with at least three more vehicles. See related coverage from KVOA-TV NBC 4.

 

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Fayetteville to Start Red-Light Camera Program at 3 Intersections
The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), June 25, 2015

Starting July 1, Fayetteville is getting cameras at three intersections to catch drivers who run red lights. More cameras are coming by Sept. 1. But any seasoned driver in Fayetteville knows to always look both ways when your light turns green, if you value your life. This map shows where cameras are going up. (The Fayetteville Observer image)

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Red-Light Camera Fines Pay for Preschool Repairs
Oak Ridge Today (Tennessee), June 24, 2015

An inspection last year by the health and safety manager of Anderson County Head Start found flaking lead-based paint on the exterior of the current preschool. Officials said the city-owned building needs to be renovated or vacated for the Head Start program to receive federal funding in the 2015-2016 school year. They are hopeful that their plan to fix the lead-based paint by early August will satisfy federal officials.  The Oak Ridge City Council agreed to use $150,000 in red-light camera money to repair the lead-based paint on the preschool. (Oak Ridge Today image)

White Plains on Verge of Adding Red-Light Cameras
CBS New York, June 23, 2015 

Red-light cameras could soon be coming to White Plains. The state Legislature approved Mayor Tom Roach’s request for cameras at 12 dangerous intersections. Gov. Andrew Cuomo still must sign off on them. The mayor’s request came after he suffered a cracked rib when a red-light runner T-boned his car last year. Fines will go into a fund for pedestrian and bicycle safety.

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Red-Light Safety Cameras Snag Island Drivers
Staten Island Advance (New York), June 22, 2015

Staten Island red-light cameras caught about 57,185 motorists running red lights in 2014, according to Police Department summons data. While the numbers reflect a significant decline since the cameras were first put into use, the violations still are strikingly high given it’s one of the most basic rules of safe driving. (Staten Island Advance image by Vincent Barone)

Police: Motorcyclist Runs Red Light, Dies in Crash
KPIC-TV Channel 4 (Oregon), June 22, 2015

A 27-year-old motorcyclist died when he ran a red light and collided with a car Sunday morning, according to Roseburg police. Witnesses told authorities the motorcycle was traveling north at 50 to 60 mph.

More Drivers Running Red Lights Since Cameras Shut Off
Springfield News-Sun (Ohio), June 21, 2015

More people are running red lights in Springfield at intersections with red-light cameras three months after they were turned off due to a new state law that restricted their use. The Springfield Police Division saw a 47 percent increase in the red-light violation detection rate at the 17 cameras at 10 intersections, according to Sgt. Brett Bauer. The number of red-light detections also rose to more than 5,300, up about 41 percent from May 2014.

 

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Kent Police to Spend Speed Camera Funds on Jail, Overtime
Kent Reporter (Washington), June 19, 2015

The Kent Police Department plans to spend up to $845,000 of school zone traffic camera funds on city jail renovations, police overtime costs, a use-of-force training simulator and traffic safety equipment. The City Council’s Operations Committee approved the expenditures at its Tuesday meeting. … Voters last fall turned down a $34 million city bond measure to build a new police headquarters as well as raise about $800,000 for jail renovations. (Kent Reporter file image)

 

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Law Approves School Bus Cameras in Mobile, AL
School Transportation News, June 19, 2015

The School Bus Safety Bill, which passes this month, only impacts the Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS), the largest school district in the Cotton State with over 60,000 students attending 90 schools. … Pat Mitchell, MCPSS transportation coordinator, said he believes the new law will serve as an example for other Alabama school districts to follow. See related article at WJTC-TV Channel 44.

 

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Avoiding Future Congestion Will Cost
Daily Democrat (California), June 23, 2015

Fewer of tomorrow’s freeways will be free. In exchange, drivers willing and able to pay will avoid the traffic congestion that bedevils everyone else. Toll lanes are an increasingly common solution in metropolitan regions with limited public space or money to widen highways. One increasingly popular idea is to convert carpool lanes to let solo drivers pay for a faster ride. In the future, non-carpool lanes might also be tolled. That’s just one approach transportation planners are taking as they try to ease the nation’s deepening traffic congestion.

Expressway Closure Set for Toll Payment Conversion
WFTS-TV ABC 29 (Florida), June 23, 2015

For the next two weeks, crews will finish the conversion of toll plazas to cashless tolls on the Veterans Expressway. See related article at Bay News 9.

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Drivers Who Fail to Pay Toll Fees May Face Court Time
KFOX-TV FOX 14 (Texas), June 22, 2015

Drivers who use the Cesar Chavez Express Toll Lanes and have not paid the fees may soon find themselves in court. The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority said they have begun legal proceedings in the El Paso Municipal Court system against vehicle owners using the toll lanes without paying. (KFOX-TV FOX 14 image)

 

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Commentary: Opposition to School Bus Cameras is Misguided
Chesterfield Observer (Virginia), June 24, 2015

To me — a parent, an educator and a citizen — it’s a no-brainer: Let’s install cameras on school buses to not only save lives but generate income for the county. Upon reading the article, “Buscams: Saving kids or taxpayer cash grab?” I am very confused. For those who remember watching “Seinfeld,” “It’s as if I’m living in bizarro world.”

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Letter to the Editor: Blame Drivers, Not Red-Light Cameras
MyCentralJersey.com (New Jersey), June 24, 2015

My personal experience is having seen numerous drivers run the light at a Route 1 intersection that was previously active with a red-light camera. It indicates a tendency to disregard the red light when there is no fear of penalty. The “rear-end” danger is not the fault of a traffic light, but rather the proximity, speed and attention of the vehicle behind you.

 

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“We are not talking about committing a minor traffic infraction; we’re talking about violating one of the fundamental rules of the road and endangering lives.”
William Milczarski, Professor of Urban Planning at Hunter College and co-director of recent red-light running study
Staten Island Advance (New York), June 22, 2015

 

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The Department of Transportation operates red-light cameras at 150 intersections citywide. The average red-light infractions captured at each camera has dropped from 80.1 in 1994 to 12.3 per day in 2013, an 85 percent drop. Injuries from traffic crashes at Staten Island’s 19 intersections with red-light safety cameras have dropped by 17.4 percent since 2009. SOURCE: Staten Island Advance, June 22, 2015.

 

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Red-Light Camera Evidence Assists in Road Rage Arrest
Newark Post (New Jersey), June 17, 2015

Newark Police Department spokesman Lt. Bill Hargrove said police were able to track down the suspect in a road rage incident using the red-light camera and other surveillance cameras that captured the suspect car’s license plate number. The suspect is accused of striking a 36-year-old man with the front of his vehicle and fleeing the scene.

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Without Cameras, Red-Light Running Incidents Climb
NJTV News (New Jersey), June 16, 2015

Without capturing incriminating photos, Newark’s red-light cameras are still collecting data on red-light running events now that the cameras are turned off. The raw data shows, with camera lenses covered, the number of drivers running red lights jumped 315 percent at Broad and Murray, 294 percent at Doremus and Wilson and 243 percent at McCarter and Lafayette compared to the same month with cameras rolling last year. (NJTV News image) See related article at NJ.com.

Red-Light Camera Bill Is Dead for Now
Forest Park Review (Illinois), June 16, 2015

Red-light cameras will continue to operate in non-home rule communities — for the time being. House Bill 173, which would have abolished cameras in communities like River Forest and Forest Park in 2016, had been approved by a wide margin in the state House in April and sent on to the Senate. But the bill was not called for a vote in the Senate, and it won’t be as there now are more pressing priorities facing lawmakers before the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

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City Officials Discuss Red-Light Cameras, Litigation
Santa Rosa Press Gazette (Florida), June 15, 2015

With impending litigation surrounding the red-light camera programs in south Florida, Milton city officials, including Milton Police Chief Greg Brand, took the time to further explain some misconceptions regarding the camera system and how the cameras have benefited the city thus far. Milton City Attorney Heather Lindsay said the system’s scrutiny comes from a lawsuit in which a state appeals court stated the City of Hollywood violated state law by relying on a private company to issue traffic citations. “The Hollywood case has seemed to have prompted a lot of this controversy, because it was in the City of Hollywood where the city did not have the opportunity to present evidence of the business rules questionnaire,” Lindsay said. “That opinion is based on the assumption that there was no guidance given to ATS as to how to evaluate images.” (Pensacola News Journal photo)

Cities See Jump in Red-Light Violations after Cameras Switched Off
WRGT FOX 45 (Ohio), June 15, 2015

A new study says red-light violations are up after cities were forced to take down their red-light cameras. The study indicates violations are up in several Ohio cities, including Trotwood where police say violations are up 77 percent.

 

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Law Passes; Mobile County Can Install School Bus Safety Cameras
WSFA-TV NBC 12 (Alabama), June 18, 2015

According to school officials, all Mobile County school buses are getting cameras for the outside of their buses by January. Thought it’s not listed on Alabama legislature’s website, officials from the Governor’s office confirmed that the “School Bus Safety Bill” has been signed into law.

New Jersey School Bus Safety Bills Advance
School Transportation News, June 12, 2015

A state legislative committee approved on June 11 four bills intended to increase school bus safety, including one that would allow districts to contract with companies to place stop-arm cameras on buses, NJ.com reports. This was the first legislative step for the package of bills, which must pass the state Senate and Assembly before being sent to the governor’s office.

 

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Pennsylvania’s All-Electronic Tolling Starts at Delaware Bridge
KYW-TV CBS 3, June 17, 2015

The chairman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission says January is when the conversion to all electronic tolling is expected to begin with a pilot program at the Delaware River Bridge. The conversion will begin first in January at the bridge followed by a Turnpike extension out west next summer to assess the readiness of technology and other issues. (AA Roads image)

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Editorial: Block Traffic Camera Measure
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), June 16, 2015

The Ohio Senate should heed law enforcement and the courts and respect local safety decisions by rejecting a punitive, arrogant attempt by the Ohio House to punish cities for using traffic cameras.

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Letter to the Editor: Traffic Cameras Create Safety Zone
The Gazette (Iowa), June 15, 2015

I was dismayed to read the article saying that Cedar Rapids is getting a reputation as a “speed trap” because of our cameras. It seems to me that they must be doing a great job of catching those who think they can save a few minutes by pushing their speed.

Letter: Viewers Respond to Use of Traffic Cameras to Ticket Drivers
PBS Newshour (national), June 13, 2015

Many of you wrote us about last weekend’s updated signature story from Ohio on the controversial use of traffic cameras to ticket motorists for traffic violations. … Patrick Devine said: Love them. Reduces the number of police officers needed for traffic control so they can enforce other areas … Red light cameras have been proven to save lives. Thomas Langr added: I’ll be in the minority here, but after seeing all the accidents caused by motorists breaking the rules, and so many close calls myself, I see a place for them.

 

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“The bottom line is people aren’t responding and slowing down. There’s a speeding problem in Olney and these cameras will work over time — but it does take time.”
Tom Didone, Captain and Director of Montgomery County Traffic Division
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Results from a 2014 citizen survey in the Town of La Plata show an increase in support for the installation of traffic cameras to deter speeding in school zones from 56 percent in 2012 to 64 percent in 2014. SOURCE: Town of La Plata website.

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The number of vehicles that ran red lights at the 19 intersections in Newark previously covered by cameras has gone up 107 percent since the cameras were turned off in December. Red-light runs at some intersections jumped 315 percent between the same 30-day period in 2014 and 2015, according to data from the Traffic Safety Coalition. SOURCE: NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, June 18, 2015. 

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 26

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Suspect Turns Himself in after Police Release Video of Fatality
WTVT-TV FOX 13 (Florida), June 11, 2015

The suspect sought in the hit-and-run death of a man in a wheelchair turned himself in to authorities early Thursday morning. Sarasota police said a 19-year-old man confessed to being the driver who hit and killed the 48-year-old man in the crosswalk. Police released the video from the red-light camera showing the collision and asking for witnesses to step forward. Warning: the video is graphic. (WTVT-TV FOX 13 image from red-light safety camera video)

Woman Injured in Hit-and-Run Supports Red-Light Campaign
KFSM-TV Channel 5 (Arkansas), June 10, 2015

Fort Smith Police are cracking down on drivers who run red lights in an effort to avert collisions like the hit-and-run that injured a local woman in April. Cpl. Vincent Clamser said officers are encouraging people to pay attention, especially at intersections, and slow down when the light turns yellow. The campaign will last three weeks. Last year, the safety effort resulted in 600 tickets being issued.

Red-Light Running Violations Drop at Intersections with Cameras
WVEC-TV ABC 13 (Virginia), June 8, 2015

Red-light cameras have led to a dramatic 38 percent decrease in citations over the past three years at Newport News’ three intersections with cameras, according to city transportation engineer Jacqueline Kassel. Crashes at those intersections have also declined from the year before.

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Red-Light Running Crash Injures 3
WXII-TV Channel 12 (North Carolina), June 11, 2015

Three people were treated for minor injuries following a crash involving a school bus Wednesday afternoon. Winston-Salem police said the bus was heading north when a southbound Kia SUV ran a red light at Peters Creek Parkway and Hutton Street. The two vehicles then collided.

Red-Light Camera Choice Quantified by CDC Online Tool
ITS International, May/June 2015

U.S. states can now realistically calculate the economic benefits of using red-light safety cameras, alone or in combination with other measures, to cut road traffic accident levels. The results from the online tool from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could be of material value in making the case for the cameras as a number of state legislatures continue to debate their acceptability.

Both Drivers Ran Lights in Deadly Collision
The Augusta Chronicle (Georgia), June 8, 2015

Witnesses who observed the June 1 crash that killed three children on River Watch Parkway told police the drivers of both vehicles involved were trying to get through the intersection while the traffic signal was red, according to an accident report released Monday by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. No criminal charges have been filed against either driver, but the investigation continues.

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Frederick Expands Red-Light Safety Camera Program
The Frederick News-Post (Maryland), June 8, 2015

The city of Frederick will soon add to its red-light camera program. A recently installed camera will begin operating around July 10, and a second will go up within the next month, bringing the city’s total number of monitored intersections to 11. Citations carry a $75 fine. (The Frederick News-Post photo by Sam Yu)

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Court Ruling Affirms Red-Light Running Tickets
Herald Tribune (Florida), May 29, 2015

A ruling from Florida’s 5th District Court of Appeal served to uphold a lower court’s decision to enforce red-light running tickets caught on camera and issued to three plaintiffs.

 

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1 Killed in School Bus Crash
WJXT-TV Channel 4 (Florida), June 4, 2015

A 39-year-old woman was killed last week when her SUV crashed into the back of a stopped school bus at the intersection of U.S. 301 and County Road 1471, south of Waldo, in Alachua County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The school bus was stopped with its signals activated. The bus was picking up children at a bus stop. (WJXT-TV Channel 4 image)

 

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Editorial: Anti-Toll Rhetoric a Disservice to Public
The Orange County Register (California), June 10, 2015

“Lexus lanes” has come to express a belief among residents, and council members for cities along the I-405 corridor expansion project, that toll lanes would wind up as private roads for the wealthy, while the rest of us sit in gridlock. A recent study by the Register, however, paints a different picture entirely. (The Orange County Register file photo by Stuart Paley)

Tollway Chief’s Vision Combines Transportation with Economic Growth
Daily Herald (Illinois), June 10, 2015

Economic growth and transportation are intertwined, which is why one of his jobs at the Illinois Tollway is jobs, new Chairman Bob Schillerstrom said. “Infrastructure fills a very important role. The most important thing to do is make sure people have jobs to provide for their families and to create an environment (in Illinois) where businesses want to come in,” he said. That means continuing with the agency’s massive building program.

 

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Editorial: Cameras Could Strength School Bus Safety Law
The Daily Nonpareil (Iowa), June 9, 2015

It’s illegal to pass a school bus that’s stopped — on either side of a nondivided road in Iowa — to pick up children. The penalties for a violation were understandably toughened after a northern Iowa girl was struck and killed while attempting to board a bus in 2011. Yet some Iowa bus drivers estimate as many as 90 percent of those who either pass a stopped bus or continue driving on the other side of the road don’t get ticketed.

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Letter to the Editor: Colorado Governor Made Right Call on Cameras
The Denver Post, June 8, 2015

Hats off to Gov. John Hickenlooper for his veto of the attempt to ban red-light cameras and photo radar this year. I believe his veto showed that he was able to see that the ban was introduced and supported by politicians who wanted to gain votes at the expense of public safety.

 

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“People need to pay attention on the road, especially when it comes to school buses. With little folks getting on and off buses, we don’t want to have tragedies occur.”
Dave Hepperly, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office Deputy
The Daily Nonpareil (Iowa), June 9, 2015

“What we’re after is compliance. We don’t get paid extra for citations off of red-light cameras.”
Bruce DeGrange, Frederick Police Department Lieutenant
The Frederick News-Post (Maryland), June 8, 2015

“We have significantly altered driver behavior for good here in Columbus, Ohio. … Do we have less folks trying to beat the yellow and running lights? And the answer to that is, absolutely. We have over seventy percent less citations that we used to.”
George Speaks, Public Safety Director for city of Columbus, Ohio
PBS.org (national), June 5, 2015 

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In Newport News, red-light running citations at the city’s three intersections with red-light running safety cameras are down 38% over the past three years from 29,000 to 17,800, according to city transportation engineer Jacqueline Kassel. Source: ABC 13 (Virginia), June 8, 2015.

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Governor’s Veto Keeps Red-Light, Speed Safety Cameras Active
The Denver Post, June 3, 2015

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday vetoed two bills designed to restrict red-light and speed cameras, even as he outlined his support for new limits on the devices. “While not always popular, when used correctly they make roads safer,” the Democrat wrote in letters to lawmakers. See related article by Colorado Public Radio. (KOAA-TV NBC 5 image)

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Study: Nearly 10% of Drivers, 15% of Cabbies Run Red Lights in N.Y.C.
WCBS-TV CBS 2 (New York), June 3, 2015

According to a new study, a good number of New York City motorists blow through traffic lights. The report released by Hunter College students found nearly 10 percent of city drivers and 15 percent of taxicab drivers don’t stop for red lights. “This is actually a conservative figure because if the analysis were confined to vehicles that approached the intersection immediately after the light changed from yellow to red, the incidents would be much greater. In fact, it’s almost twice the rate,” sociology professor Peter Tuckel said. See related article in New York Post. (New York Post image by Paul Martinka)

2 Hurt in Red-Light Running Collision
WJON-Radio AM 1240 (Minnesota), June 1, 2015

Two people were taken to the hospital after a crash in St. Cloud on Monday. Police say two people in an SUV received non-life-threatening injuries when another vehicle ran a red light and collided with the SUV, forcing it to roll onto its roof. Authorities cited the driver of the second vehicle for failing to stop on a red light.

Push to Ban Red-Light Cameras in Texas Fails
The Dallas Morning News, May 30, 2015

A last-minute amendment to a transportation funding bill that would ban cities from using red-light cameras died an early death on Friday, when Texas Rep. Bob Pickett called a point of order to kill his own bill. It was the last of several measures seeking to outlaw the use of red-light cameras in the state. See earlier coverage from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

 

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Police Cite Bus Driver in Deadly Red-Light Running Collision
WBBM-TV CBS 2 (Illinois), June 3, 2015

A Chicago Transit Authority bus driver has been ticketed for running a red light Tuesday evening before striking two pedestrians and several cars downtown, killing a 51-year-old woman, and injuring at least eight other people. Police said the driver was issued a citation for failing to stop at a red light, and another for failure to exercise due caution. (WBBM-TV CBS 2 image)

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N.Y. State Senate OKs School Bus Measure
WHAM-TV ABC 13, June 2, 2015

Legislation to get drivers to slow down near school buses moved forward Tuesday as the School Bus Safety Camera Act was approved in the State Senate Transportation Committee with a unanimous vote. (WHAM-TV ABC 13 image)

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San Francisco Considers Adding Speed Cameras
KNTV-TV NBC 11 (California), May 31, 2015

Some people who walk in San Francisco’s neighborhood of busy Geary Street said they would like to see drivers slow down, and they may get their wish. The city is looking into cameras and a radar system that might get drivers who are going over the speed limit to ease off the gas. The city says it is working toward Vision Zero, which would eliminate crashes causing serious injury or death. (KNTV-TV NBC 11 image)

 

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Bill Passes to Increase Penalties for School Bus Passing Scofflaws
WROC-TV CBS 8 (New York), June 3, 2015

The New York State Senate has passed a bill that stiffens the penalties for drivers who break the law by passing a stopped school bus. The bill increases the range of fines for passing a school bus for the first time from a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $400 to a minimum of $400 and a maximum of $750. (The Journal News image by Ricky Flores)

In 1 Day, Police Write 1,186 Tickets to School Bus Stop-Arm Violators
SILive.com/Staten Island Advance (New York), June 1, 2015

Law enforcement agents across New York State issued 1,186 tickets to motorists who illegally passed stopped school buses during “Operation Safe Stop Day.” The ticket blitz came on April 16 as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Transportation Committee’s plan to crack down on motorists who disobey school bus safety traffic laws.

 

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Portland Reaffirms Commitment to Traffic Safety
The Oregonian (Oregon), June 2, 2015

In response to three high-profile traffic crashes in three weeks, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick on Tuesday said city leadership stands behind an aspiration to someday end all traffic fatalities. … One measure the city hopes can help is House Bill 2621, which would allow the city to put unmanned photo radar on designated high-crash corridors. (Portland Press Herald image)

 

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ATS Appoints Patricia Chiodo as Chief Financial Officer
June 3, 2015

American Traffic Solutions announced that Patricia Chiodo has been named Chief Financial Officer. Patricia brings with her over 20 years of corporate financial and executive leadership experience. “Patricia has a proven record of success in helping companies develop and implement business strategies. Her background and experience will help her play an important role in the future growth plans of the company” said David Roberts, ATS President and Chief Operating Officer.

 

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NHTSA @NHTSAgov  Someone dies from drunk driving every 52 minutes. If you’re drinking, hand the keys to a sober #designateddriver. #buzzeddriving

 

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Orange County’s Proposed ‘Lexus lanes’ May See More Toyotas
The Orange County Register (California), June 1, 2015

Critics deride the express lanes planned for the I-405 expansion as “Lexus lanes” — a chunk of scarce road reserved for the well-heeled. But they may turn out to be more like Toyota lanes. The incomes of those who use toll lanes appears to vary with how the pay lanes are structured. See related article in The Herald. (The Orange County Register graphic)

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Elgin-O’Hare Expressway Tolls Could Start Next Summer
Daily Herald (Illinois), May 29, 2015

New leaders at the Illinois tollway plunged into business Thursday as administrators outlined plans to install gantries on a section of the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway next week that will eventually collect tools. Drivers won’t be charged until summer 2016, but it’s a physical sign of a major shift from a freeway to a tollway. (Daily Herald image by staff photographer Bev Horne)

Tolls Waived on U.S. 36 Express Lanes During Testing
Colorado Department of Transportation, May 28, 2015

The High Performance Transportation Enterprise and Colorado Department of Transportation today announced the opening of traffic on two U.S. 36 Express Lanes for a brief testing period, enabling travelers to try the road as a commuting option while toll collections are waived. The testing period will last until mid-July. Tolls on the existing I-25 Express Lanes, from Pecos Street on U.S. 36 to downtown Denver are still in effect.

 

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Editorial: Time for Red-Light Cameras
The Herald (Washington), June 1, 2015

At certain places at certain times — say 41st Street and Colby Avenue in Everett any time after 2 p.m. — it’s easy to see how and why red light cameras came into being. Without fail, at least one car, but usually more, traveling east on 41st Street will run the red light. Likely most around the area can cite a similar example. Meanwhile, the other infraction caught on traffic cameras — the infamous rolling right-hand turn — can be witnessed at any given moment, anywhere in the city.

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Letter to the Editor: Anti-Speed Camera Letters Are Hilarious
The Gazette (Iowa), May 30, 2015

Letters, especially those from out-of-state complaining about the cameras on Interstate 380, are hilarious. But here’s the funny part. Tickets are not issued unless a vehicle is going 67 mph or more in a 55 mph zone so that means these folks are flying through out city and should be exempt from laws that pertain to ground transportation. This is cracking me up.

 

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“Speeding and disregard for traffic signals are a danger for all drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. These actions have very real, at times fatal, consequences. Unfortunately, these bills go too far.”
John Hickenlooper, Colorado Governor
Colorado Public Radio, June 4, 2015

“We’re finding that drivers in general are driving more aggressively than in the past. They’re not as courteous.”
Peter Tuckel, Hunter College Sociology Professor on recent study findings
New York Post, June 3, 2015

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During “Operation Safe Stop Day” in New York State, police issued 1,186 traffic tickets to motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses on April 16. The effort involved police from 108 agencies in 46 counties. By comparison, here’s the breakdown of city summons totals for motorists passing stopped school buses in the month of April: Manhattan, 237 summonses; Brooklyn, 201; The Bronx, 186; Queens, 123; Staten Island, 32. Source: SILive.com/Staten Island Advance (New York), June 1, 2015.