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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 46

October 29th, 2015 Comments off

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Orlando Plans to Add More Red-Light Safety Cameras
WESH-TV NBC 2 (Florida), Oct. 29, 2015

Orlando officials said they’re planning to increase the number of red-light cameras at intersections as other cities are curbing the practice. City officials said crashes caused by motorists running red lights have fallen 65 percent because of the cameras, and the $158 tickets are teaching a valuable lesson. They said 9 percent of the drivers who get red-light violation notices are repeat offenders.

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Graphic Video Captures Red-Light Running Collision with 7-Year-Old
WESH-TV NBC 2 (Florida), Oct. 28, 2015

A 7-year-old girl is recovering after a crash caught on video by a red-light camera in Orlando’s College Park neighborhood. Video evidence shows the driver entering the intersection nearly 8 seconds into the red-light phase. Police issued the vehicle’s driver a ticket and a fine for the collision. The driver, who was caught on video running the same red light on Sept. 28, said he is blind in one eye and the trees blocked his view. The collision broke the girl’s leg.

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Police Hope Red-Light Camera Video Will Lead to Hit-and-Run Driver
WSVN-TV Channel 7 (Florida), Oct. 28, 2015

Police have released red-light camera footage, Wednesday, hoping it will help catch a hit-and-run driver who killed a 15-year-old girl, a day earlier. … Those mourning her hoped to assemble a small march Wednesday evening, but the one clue they continued to talk about is the camera footage that could put the reckless driver behind bars. (WSVN-TV Channel 7 image)

 

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Driver Apologizes after Passing Stopped School Bus
KPRC-TV NBC 2 (Texas), Oct. 28, 2015

A Crosby driver is apologizing after a dash camera captured him cutting off a stopped school bus full of kids. The 28-year-old driver turned himself in to authorities Monday. The dash camera video shows his truck cutting off a Crosby ISD bus, as it was stopped, displaying flashing lights.

School Bus Cameras Catch Drivers Making Illegal Passes
WBUR-Radio 90.9 FM (Massachusetts), Oct. 27, 2015
(KUOW-Radio 94.9 FM (Washington), Oct. 1, 2015)

If you illegally pass a school bus in the Highline District, you’re likely to get a $394 ticket in the mail. The district is one of the first in the state to roll out a new school bus camera system that helps nab drivers who ignore buses’ lighted stop paddles. Even after 17 years of driving a school bus, Rodger Fowler is still amazed at what can happen when he stops to let students on or off his bus and puts out that paddle.

 

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Commentary: Tolls on All Interstates Could Relieve Congestion
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), Oct. 28, 2015

Congress continues to struggle in an effort to come up with a transportation funding plan. The Senate passed a bill last summer and the House is working on its own bill. Both bills fail to effectively address the most pressing transportation problem, congestion. Congestion exists because we do not charge vehicles when they enter a highway. This results in overuse or congestion. The solution to this problem is to charge a toll when people decide to drive on a highway. Congress restricts the use of tolls on congested interstate highways, which makes no sense. (NBC Los Angeles image)

WSDOT: New Toll Lanes Moving General Traffic Faster
KING-TV NBC 5 (Washington), Oct. 27, 2015

One month after they went online, the Interstate 405 Express Toll lanes are moving drivers faster — even in the general purpose lanes. That’s the claim made Tuesday by the Washington State Department of Transportation. “They have immediately brought back reliability to transit and to vanpools and carpools. They’re allowing other drivers to get into 405 and be able to get there when they need to get there,” said Craig Stone, WSDOT’s tolling director.

Toll Workers Use Video to Help Capture Hit-and-Run Suspect
WBBH-TV NBC 2 (Florida), Oct. 23, 2015

Two Lee County employees helped lead Cape Coral Police to an arrest in a tragic hit-and-run death. The two employees thought they might be able to spot the suspect’s car by looking through video of cars driving through the Midpoint Bridge Toll Plaza, which is equipped with dozens of cameras. It wasn’t long after fast forwarding through Wednesday morning video that they noticed the blue Dodge pickup truck and a license plate number to give to police.

 

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Commentary: AAA Arizona Urges Tucson Voters to Keep Cameras
Arizona Daily Star, Oct. 26, 2015

In Tucson, the safety benefits of photo enforcement, especially as it relates to red-light crashes, are clear. … According to a recent report issued by the Tucson Police Department, collisions at eight intersections monitored by red-light cameras decreased by 70 percent since the cameras were installed in 2007, falling from 188 crashes in 2006 to 57 in 2015. … Proposition 201 needlessly eliminates a proven tool aimed at curbing one of the deadliest driving behaviors in the city.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Work
Arizona Daily Star, Oct. 26, 2015

In his guest column, John Kromko states that there is no independent study that shows red-light cameras reduce accidents. For 17 years, I drove across town from the Broadway and Houghton Road area to Grant and Silverbell roads. Prior to the cameras I saw an average of two T-bone collisions a week. After the cameras were installed it was about two times a month. … Empirical evidence shows the cameras do reduce crashes and increase safety.

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 45

October 22nd, 2015 Comments off

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Be Smart, Be Seen Near School Buses

National School Bus Safety Week seeks to raise awareness of local school bus stop arm laws and urges drivers to be particularly cautious as they approach stopped school buses. More than 102,000 school bus drivers in 26 states reported over 78,000 vehicles illegally drove past their buses as they were stopped for children to board or unload. In some cases, drivers passed the buses on the same side as children were stepping off the bus. These sample results indicate more than 14 million private vehicles are breaking the law and endangering children. This alarming disregard for the safety of others needs to stop. American Traffic Solutions supports National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 19-23, and urges drivers to abide by their local school bus stop arm traffic laws, and to always watch for children around school buses. See the ATS news release here.

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Car Speeds Past School Bus, Almost Hits Child
WTAE-TV ABC 4 (Pennsylvania), Oct. 21, 2015

Authorities in Moon Township are looking for the driver of a car caught on camera speeding past a stopped school bus on the right side and nearly striking a child approaching the school bus door.

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Concerned Citizen Captures School Bus Law Violations on Video
Montgomery Community Media (Maryland), Oct. 20, 2015

Montgomery County police officers are releasing cell phone video that they say was recorded by a concerned citizen who observed multiple motorists passing a stopped school bus on River Road in Bethesda on Monday. Police say the school bus in the video was equipped with a camera and those vehicles will be receiving citations in the mail. See related article by Bethesda Magazine.

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Troopers Board Buses for Safety Week
WTOV-TV NBC 9 (Ohio), Oct. 20, 2015

If you’ve seen a state patrol cruiser trailing behind a school bus this week, there’s a good reason. The bus driver isn’t doing anything wrong, but they are looking for drivers who are illegally passing buses when they stop for children to board or unload. … In the last two years, more than 4,000 motorists in Ohio were cited for failing to stop for a school bus when it was loading or unloading children.

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Speed Camera Photo Is Latest Clue in Stolen Car Case
KMGH-TV ABC 7 (Colorado), Oct. 19, 2015 

A Denver woman just got a photo radar ticket for going 85 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone, and could not be more excited. It’s the latest clue into the whereabouts of her stolen vehicle. (KMGH-TV ABC 7 image)

 

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Collision Injures Boy on His Way to School Bus
Cache Valley Daily (Utah), Oct. 21, 2015

A 15-year-old boy running toward a school bus was hit by a car Wednesday morning and later hospitalized. Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson said witnesses told deputies the school bus was stopped with its stop sign deployed and red lights flashing at the time of the collision.

Milton City Council Approves Cameras on School Buses
Neighborhood Newspapers (Georgia), Oct. 21, 2015

A school bus safety camera enforcement program may be rolling out in the city of Milton. The program would include the retrofitting of cameras on buses with an increased number of stop arm violations, Chris Lagerbloom, city manager, said at a regular city council meeting Monday night. The Fulton County School Board said Georgia fluctuates between being the second to the most deadly state with school bus stop fatalities.

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Metro Atlanta School Bus Cameras Affect Driver Behavior
WGCL-TV CBS 46 (Georgia), Oct. 20, 2015

A spokesperson with the Cobb County School District said the number of people caught on camera illegally blowing past stopped school buses has been cut in half.  (FOX 5 Atlanta image)

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Bus Safety a Concern for Area School Districts
WVTM-TV NBC 13 (Alabama), Oct. 19, 2015

A total of 14 students have been injured in Alabama this year. Just last month, a 6-year-old was struck in Tuscaloosa when a driver swerved around a stopped school bus. The child is OK, but the driver was never caught. It’s a cause for concern in Jefferson County too, where a recent two-day accounting found 90 violations of drivers whizzing by school buses stopped for children. (WVTM-TV NBC 13 image)

Stopped School Bus Hit by Oncoming Minivan
WBTU-Radio 93.3 FM (Indiana), Oct. 19, 2015

Officials say a Palliser Regional School bus was pulled over to the side of the highway with lights flashing and stop arm extended while dropping off students, when it was struck from behind by a minivan that was traveling in the same direction. None of the six students on the bus were injured, however, a passenger in the minivan was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

 

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Trooper Bob_SCHP @TrooperBob_SCHP National School Bus Safety Week: A child’s life may be flashing before your eyes. STOP ON RED-KIDS AHEAD!

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Proposal Eyes Open-Road Tolling in Kansas
Salina Journal (Kansas), Oct. 21, 2015

A proposal to keeping traffic rolling on interstate highways, and not slowing to pay tolls, is cruising through the Kansas Turnpike Authority, said Rep. J.R. Claeys, R-Salina. Claeys, chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Public Safety Budget, said he has asked the authority for a report on an open-road tolling program similar to those in Oklahoma and Illinois. The legislator said he was confident the system would be in place as soon as 2017.

Commentary: Pay-Per-Use Transportation Solutions Are Viable
The Plain Dealer (Ohio), Oct. 18, 2015

The leadership and expertise demonstrated by our colleagues at the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission are two of the many reasons why the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association is bringing industry leaders to Cleveland this week to explore new ways to communicate the complexities of transportation infrastructure funding and the benefits of tolling. … For long-term sustainability, we need a source of revenue that is dependent on miles traveled rather than the fuel we consume. One proven method with a long history of success is the “pay per use” concept of tolling. Thirty-five states now use toll financing to build and operate much-needed infrastructure.

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 44

October 15th, 2015 Comments off

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Fulton County Schools, Roswell Support School Bus Safety Cameras
Neighbor Newspapers (Georgia), Oct. 14, 2015

Plans are in the works for cameras to be installed on Fulton County school buses as a safety measure for students in areas with high traffic and an increased amount of incidents reported. The city of Roswell and the Fulton County School District will sign an agreement for the program, city administrator Kay Love announced at the city’s regular meeting on Monday. American Traffic Solutions will provide the technology and equipment.  See related article at Roswell Patch(Atlanta Business Chronicle image by Douglas Ford)

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Seattle Announces Safe Routes to School Action Plan
Seattle Department of Transportation (Washington), Oct. 9, 2015

Sacajawea Elementary School in north Seattle is one of 12 locations where the Seattle Department of Transportation completed Safe Routes to School projects in 2015, which include new sidewalks and crossing improvements. … Safe Routes to School is funded by fines from the school speed zone camera program, state and federal grants, and Bridging the Gap transportation levy, which expires this year. (The Seattle Times image by Ellen M. Banner)

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Albany Police Chief Says Red-Light Cameras Getting Results
WRGB-TV CBS 6 (New York), Oct. 9, 2015

The city’s new red light cameras are already raking in the dough, but that may soon change since the cameras are also proving effective. The police chief says cameras have already been a success, because the number of violations has already dropped.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATSRoad_Safety 1/2 the deaths in red-light running crashes are #pedestrians & occupants in other vehicles hit by red light runners.  #StopOnRed

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Harris County Plans All-Electronic Tolling for New Projects
Houston Chronicle (Texas), Oct. 14, 2015

The Harris County Toll Authority has nine projects planned along the 21-mile Hard Tollway. When the work is completed in 2016, the toll road will be converted to all-electronic tolling. (Houston Chronicle image by Steve Gonzales)

Maryland Addresses Toll Scofflaws
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), Oct. 9, 2015

Nearly 165,000 alleged toll violators in Maryland are being offered a “final chance” to pay off the $19 million they collectively owe to the Maryland Transportation Authority before it begins blocking or yanking their vehicle registrations — a power afforded to the agency by the state legislature in 2013.

 

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Editorial: Keep Red-Light Cameras and Speed Vans in Tucson
Arizona Daily Star, Oct. 13, 2015

If you live in Tucson, you know our city has a problem with drivers who speed and who run red lights. The question is what to do about them. The city’s answer has been to operate red-light camera and to deploy radar vans. On Nov. 3, voters will decide whether they agree. … We believe the cameras deter reckless driving and should remain.

Editorial: Fayetteville Needs Red-Light Cameras
Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), Oct. 9, 2015

Five more red-light cameras arrived at busy Fayetteville intersections. This brings to the city 10 cameras monitoring eight intersections. Good. We need them.

ATS’ Newsletter Vol 5, Issue 43

October 8th, 2015 Comments off

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Red-Light Runner Collides with School Bus
WCSC-TV CBS 5 (South Carolina), Oct. 8, 2015

A news release from the Berkeley County School District says a bus transporting students to Berkeley Intermediate and Berkeley Elementary was involved in an accident Thursday morning when a truck ran a red light. All 15 students and the bus driver were checked out at local hospitals. No serious injuries were reported.

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Pedestrian Fatalities Decrease 30% in New York City over 2 Years
Newsday (New York), Oct. 7, 2015

The number of people killed walking on city streets has fallen 30 percent in the past two years, city officials said on Tuesday. … Lowered speed limits, along with the use of speed and red-light safety cameras are part of the city’s traffic safety efforts.  Plans are being discussed to relocate 30 of the city’s red light cameras. (Reuters image)

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5 New Red-Light Cameras Go Live in Fayetteville
Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), Oct. 6, 2015

Fayetteville launched five red-light cameras in July and five more went live Tuesday, bringing to 10 the number of cameras monitoring eight intersections. Drivers who are snapped running red lights at the intersections will be fined $100 beginning Oct. 13. … More than 2,500 drivers have been caught on camera running red lights since the first cameras went online in July. See related article and video at WNCN-TV NBC 17. (WNCN-TV NBC 17 map)

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City Officials Address Rise in Pedestrian Deaths
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri), Oct. 4, 2015

This year, 18 pedestrians have been fatally struck in St. Louis — more than those killed in the previous two years combined. … Pedestrian safety was a topic last week at the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals conference at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital. … St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay reinforced his support for red-light cameras, saying they free up police officers and make intersections safer.

Photo Radar Here to Stay: Quebec Transport Minister
CBC News Canada, Oct. 1, 2015

Quebec’s minister of transport, Robert Poeti, said photo radars and red-light cameras have been effective at reducing road infractions, and their point is not to fatten the government purse. “Since 2009, photo radars have been statistically proven,” Poeti said in a radio interview on Radio-Canada Tuesday. “They have reduced speeding on average by 17 per cent, and we’ve seen a 80 per cent reduction in drivers running red lights.” Poeti’s comments came one day after announcing that four new red-light cameras and one new photo-radar camera would be installed in Laval.

 

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College Park Issues Nearly 230,000 Speeding Citations
The Diamondback (Maryland), Oct. 4, 2015

College Park has issued 229,177 citations over three years using speed cameras, according to the city’s first-ever report on its speed-monitoring system. (The Diamondback image)

 

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Cameras on Austin School Buses Will Spot Illegal Passers
Austin American-Statesman (Texas), Oct. 3, 2015

Austin school buses will soon start recording drivers who pass them illegally. The school board is contracting with Arizona-based American Traffic Solution to install school bus stop arm safety cameras on about 300 buses, roughly 60 percent of the fleet. … After a review by Austin school district police, any drivers recorded passing stopped buses will receive a $300 ticket in the mail. Last year’s pilot program found 2,500 drivers passing school buses illegally from April to December. (See related story at Austin Monitor.) (KVUE-TV ABC 24 image)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATSRoad_Safety The T-Bone intersection crashes caused by red-light runners create the most severe injuries. VIDEO youtube.com/ATSRoadSafety  #StopOnRed

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATSRoad_Safety VIDEO #BalHarbour red-light cameras catch #pedestrian near miss & red-light running collision! https://youtu.be/5PkVlF4a7bo #StopOnRed

 

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Colorado Proposes $30 Congestion Toll near Ski Resort
Bloomberg News, Oct. 6, 2015

Skiers driving to Denver from Vail, Aspen and other resorts beginning in December can use a 13-mile express toll lane carved out of a shoulder on eastbound Interstate 70. The route is estimated to save 30 minutes on a drive that routinely backs up for miles during busy weekends and holidays. … “This is uncharted territory for a toll lane. This is not daytime commute traffic — it’s weekend recreational traffic. It’s a first in the nation,” said Megan Castle, communications manager for the Colorado High-Performance Transportation Enterprise. … Road weary vacationers said they would fork over the higher rates for relief. See related coverage at The Denver Post. (The Denver Post image)

Drivers Saving Time on I-405
Washington State Department of Transportation, Oct. 5, 2015

Drivers are saving an average of 15 to 25 minutes using new express toll lanes along Interstate 405 in Washington. “Overall, last week’s I-405 travel times have been lower than they were a year ago. With falling travel times, traffic volumes have increased by 9 percent compared with volume since October 2015.

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U.S. Supreme Court Decision Lets Toll Discount Stand
Staten Island Advance (New York), Oct. 5, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by motorists in four states who challenged the toll discount Staten Island residents receive when they cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The justices on Monday left in place a lower court decision upholding the discounted tolls for borough residents. (Staten Island Advance photo by Bill Lyons)

 

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Commentary: Stop for School Bus, Ensure Student Safety
Rockford Register Star (Illinois), Oct. 7, 2015

To the driver of the yellow Volkswagen Beetle who blew past my school bus as I was unloading several students on Friday. … You just couldn’t do the right thing and stop behind my school bus with those big giant flashing red lights and two stop signs with several students about to unload from my bus! … A solution is the installation of cameras to the sides of buses to catch these bad drivers.

Commentary: We All Must Learn to Share the Road
Staten Island Live (New York), Oct. 6, 2015

People still continue to die on our roadways. The toll was steep on Monday night, with two Staten Islanders killed after being struck by vehicles within six hours, both on Hylan Boulevard; one of them a pregnant mother of two. …  The road belongs to all of us. It’s easy to demonize motorists when there’s a serious or fatal accident, but it’s up to all of us to follow the law, whether we’re driving, biking or walking.

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Letter to the Editor: School Bus Cameras a Great Idea
Austin American-Statesman (Texas), Oct. 7, 2015

I think that equipping school buses with cameras to deter and catch motorists who endanger kids is a great idea.

 

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“Automated enforcement is incredibly important. You can’t always be everywhere all the time.”
Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation
New York Post, Oct. 7, 2015

“There is no goal for the number of tickets issued. The goal is to slow people down, and we think we’re accomplishing that.”
Bob Ryan, Public Services Director for City of College Park
The Diamondback (Maryland), Oct. 4, 2015

 

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In New York City, where red-light and speed safety cameras are in use, the number of people killed walking on city streets has fallen 30 percent in the past two years. So far this year, 86 pedestrians have been killed by vehicles, a 15 percent drop from last year when 101 pedestrians were killed and a 30 percent decrease from 2013 when 124 people had been killed. Overall, traffic deaths are down 17 percent this year, from 199 at this point last year to 165 this year. Almost 1,000 fewer pedestrians have been injured as well by vehicles. Source: Newsday, Oct. 7, 2015.

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 42

October 1st, 2015 Comments off

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Driver’s Dangerous Maneuver at School Bus Is One Among Many
WPEC-TV CBS 12 (Florida), Sept. 30, 2015

A South Florida high school student waiting for her bus early Wednesday morning is nearly run over when a speeding car flew by her stopped school bus. “I could have died. I didn’t really think about that,” the student said. … These types of close calls are not uncommon in Palm Beach County. Records from the Clerk’s Office show law enforcement across the county cited 252 drivers since last August for failing to stop for school buses. (WPEC-TV CBS 12 image)

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Austin Approves School Bus Safety Cameras from ATS
KVUE-TV ABC 24 (Texas), Sept. 30, 2015

Whether it’s a residential area or a busier part of town, Austin drivers just can’t seem to stop for school buses. … But that trend may change after an Austin Independent School District announcement made Monday. The school board approved American Traffic Solutions as its school bus stop arm safety camera provider. (KVUE-TV ABC 24 image)

 

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Driver Passes Stopped School Bus Alongside Entry Door
CNYCentral.com (New York), Sept. 29, 2015

Authorities in Central Square are looking for the driver of a truck who passed a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing Monday afternoon. The truck blew past the bus on the shoulder of the road. (CNYCentral.com)

School Bus Driver Alerts Students to Danger
Elkin Tribune (North Carolina), Sept. 30, 2015

In the first month of the new school year, an Elkin City Schools bus driver was able to prevent a near tragedy when a motorist passed a stopped school bus. Two students waiting to get on the bus did not see the approaching vehicle and were getting ready to cross the road. The bus driver noticed an oncoming car was not going to stop and pressed the horn to alert the students. The bus happened to be one of six installed with stop-arm video cameras, which are used to identify school bus passing offenders.

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Austin Upgrades School Buses with Stop-Arm Safety Cameras
KXAN-TV NBC 21 (Texas), Sept. 29, 2015

The Austin Independent School District bus fleet of 500 buses is getting various safety upgrades, including school bus stop arm safety cameras from American Traffic Solutions. AISD decided to move forward with American Traffic Solutions, which currently provides services for Georgetown ISD, after testing various stop-arm camera services over the past year on 30 buses. The district will be adding the cameras to 300 regular buses first. (KVUE-TV ABC 24 image)

 

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Columbia Seeks Return of Red-Light Safety Cameras
KBIA-Radio 91.3 FM (Missouri), Oct. 1, 2015

The city of Columbia is moving back toward using red-light cameras. Previously, the city had used cameras from 2009 to 2013, but stopped because of unclear court rulings surrounding their use. Last month, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled the use of red-light cameras was constitutional, which prompted the city to look back into installing cameras at various intersections. (Arnold Patch image by Doug Miner)

TV Camera Catches School Buses Running Red Lights
WBBH-TV NBC 2 (Florida), Sept. 29, 2015

Video captured by NBC2 cameras shows Lee County School District buses blowing through red lights. For one week, we sat at the intersection of Six Mile Cypress and Michael G. Rippe Parkway after someone told us they spotted buses blatantly blowing through red lights. Sure enough, with children on board, the buses would come from South Fort Myers High School and roll right through.

Chandler Renews Red-Light Camera Program, Signs with ATS
The Arizona Republic, Sept. 28, 2015

The Chandler City Council voted 5-2 last week to award a $2.5 million contract to American Traffic Solutions for photo enforcement services from 2016 to 2021. See related coverage from KVOA-TV NBC 4.

Bakersfield Adds to Red-Light Camera Program
KERO-TV ABC 23 (California), Sept. 29, 2015

It’s been 10 years since new intersections were added to the Bakersfield Police Department’s photo enforcement program.  Now the city is expanding the program by adding cameras to the intersection of Stockdale Highway and Coffee Road. Currently, the program operates at eight intersections.

Residents Want Red Light at Scene of Car-Child Collision
WPEC-TV CBS 12 (Florida), Sept. 26, 2015

A West Palm Beach girl remained hospitalized after she was hit by a car last week, crossing the street to get to her school bus stop. Neighbors say they don’t want to see another crash like the one that injured her. … They say they want a traffic light at the intersections before someone gets killed. This crash makes three in three days, including a speeding driver who crashed into a wall and another car ending up in a lake.

 

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Police to Start Issuing Citations at New School Camera Zones
Kent Reporter (Washington), Sept. 29, 2015

Starting Thursday, Oct. 1, Kent Police will send traffic citations to the owners of vehicles caught speeding through the photo-enforced school zones at Meridian and Millennium elementary schools. … Indicating the size of the problem, 236 warning notices were issued between Sept. 1-24 at the two schools. (Kent Reporter image)

 

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Bill Proposing Work Zone Speed Cameras Advances
WPMT-TV FOX 43 (Pennsylvania), Sept. 29, 2015

A bipartisan proposal that would create a five-year pilot program to place automated speed enforcement systems in active work zones won the unanimous approval of the Senate Transportation Committee. Senate Bill 840 is sponsored by Senators David G. Argall and Judy Schwank.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATSRoad_Safety New focus this year on school bus stop arm violators http://www.charlotteobserver.com/… #SchoolBusCameras #StopArmSafety

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATSRoad_Safety @cityofchandler officials OK red-light traffic cameras through 20201 http://www.kvoa.com/story/30138628 #StopOnRed @ChandlerPolice

 

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Highway 101 Toll Lanes Possible for Marin
Marin Independent Journal (California), Sept. 30, 2015

A plan for toll lanes on Highway 101 in Marin to move drivers along faster — for a price — is still a possibility for the county. The toll lane — also known as “express lane” — concept invites solo drivers to pay to use carpool lanes. That money could be used to finance local transportation projects. … The plan is backed by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission — the Bay Area’s transportation planning agency. (Marin Independent Journal image by Frankie Frost)

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Tollway Driving More Growth to Northwest Houston
Houston Chronicle (Texas), Sept. 29, 2015

The Tomball Tollway is picking up speed, with more drivers using the 6.7-mile roadway each month. And because it is all-electronic, the tollway is already saving Harris County money and improving safety, according to the Harris County Toll Road Authority. (Houston Chronicle image by freelancer David Hopper)

 

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“Drivers need to be vigilant of their speed in school zones because children can dart into traffic and surprise a motorist at any moment. Police will use the speed cameras as an enforcement tool to establish and maintain a safe environment for kids walking to and from school.”
Ken Thomas, Police Chief, Kent City Police Department
Kent Reporter (Washington), Sept. 29, 2015

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“This is a program to help the safety of citizens in a place where we could have some of the worst accidents and loss of lives and severe bodily injury to people who are unknowingly hit by red-light runners, and there are a lot of stories about red-light runners.”
Jay Tibshraeny, Mayor of Chandler, Arizona
The Arizona Republic, Sept. 29, 2015

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“Over 3,000 times per day a car in North Carolina illegally passes a school bus that is stopped to load or unload students. Motorists must pay more attention.”
Derek Graham, Section Chief for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction Transportation Services
The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), Sept. 25, 2015

 

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Palatka Interim Police Chief James Griffith said despite claims of red-light cameras causing accidents, in five of the city’s six locations with red-light safety cameras, crashes have decreased, even though crashes in and near those intersections weren’t necessarily in the same direction the camera faced. Source: Palatka Daily News, Sept. 29, 2015.

Washington
From January 2014 through July 2015, authorities in Kent filed with the municipal court 12,578 tickets from school zone speed safety cameras at two schools. Police will spend the money collected from fines on city jail renovations, police overtime costs, a use-of-force training simulator and traffic safety equipment. Source: Kent Reporter, Sept.  29, 2015.