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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 50

November 25th, 2015 Comments off

ATS Wishes Everyone a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

For the seventh consecutive year, the number of Americans traveling 50 miles or farther this Thanksgiving Holiday will be greater than the previous year. Of the nearly 47 million travelers this holiday, nearly 90 percent of them (42 million) will make their trip on the road. Safety experts advise drivers to be rested, to buckle up and to go slow. American Traffic Solutions encourages drivers to be alert and courteous on the road so that everyone may reach their destination safely. Have a wonderful and warm Thanksgiving.


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News Crew Spots Drivers Passing Stopped School Buses
WWLP-TV Channel 22 (Massachusetts), Nov. 23, 2015

For several weeks, 22News took our cameras out to school bus stops in Springfield. Just three days in, 22News spotted one car speeding up to make it around a stopped school bus. … Last school year, nearly 2,500 drivers received warnings for passing a stopped school bus in Massachusetts. A state representative says the fines need to be tougher. (WWLP-TV Channel 22 image)

Neighbors Want Solution to Speeding Vehicles
WMBF-TV NBC 32 (South Carolina), Nov. 20, 2015

One group of people is fed up with how drivers are treating their Myrtle Beach Community. … One big issue for people who live in the neighborhood, and why they put up surveillance cameras, is they say drivers are constantly speeding and putting people in harm’s way. “We’ve had a kid run over at Halloween … about two months ago we got video of a stopped school bus, at the stop sign, and three cars passed the stop school bus with kids loading,” one neighbor said. (WMBF-TV NBC 32 image)

Police Urge Red-Light Violators to View Video before Going to Court
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Nov. 20, 2015

Boynton Beach Police want to let drivers know that if they are caught running a red light on camera they can view the violation online to make a determination if they really want to contest it before a magistrate. Police say this not only saves a person time, but also money since the fine goes up if the vehicle owner appears in court and loses.  About half of the people who choose to appear to contest their violation before the magistrate say they do not know a video of the event is available at See related article from Palm Beach Post. (Sun Sentinel image by Maria Lorenzino)


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Road Safety Cameras Help Quiet Street Speed Racing
The Journal News (New York), Nov. 24, 2015

Local police say the dangers of street racing persist and they continue to see it occasionally — but not as much as in the past. One reason for this in Yonkers is the city has installed red-light cameras on the busy Central Avenue strip. “They don’t want to leave a trail of what they’ve been doing,” said Detective Lt. Patrick McCormack. … Greenburgh Police Chief Chris McNerney said incidents of drag racing in town have also declined significantly in recent years and that Yonkers’ red-light cameras deserve some of the credit. (The Journal News image by Mark Vergari)


Operation ‘Don’t Squeeze the Lemon’ Observed (Kentucky), Nov. 23, 2015

“Don’t squeeze the lemon!” is the theme for this year’s 16th annual Stop Red Light Running Awareness Week in Daviess County, which will be observed Nov. 22-28. GRADD transportation staff is urging motorists to exercise caution at intersections and not to race through yellow lights. ( County image)


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NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Ten Tips for Safe Holiday Travel #DistractedDriving #Thanksgiving #HolidayTravel #stoponred

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety VIDEO: Red-Light Runner T-bones Vehicle at High Speed. Don’t let red-light running ruin your holiday weekend.…


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‘Healthy’ N.J. Turnpike Stop Could Model Future Stops
NJ Advance Media for (New Jersey), Nov. 23, 2015

The newly reopened Grover Cleveland service area on the New Jersey Turnpike, closed since being destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, could be the blueprint for other rest stop makeovers on the toll road. This building is not the typical highway service area with the ambiance of dining in a bus station. It represents a new wave of dining for travelers, said officials from HMS Host, the contractor that operates service areas on the state’s two biggest toll roads. (NJ Advance Media for image by Larry Higgs)

Commentary: Better Commutes Trump Shared Misery
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Nov. 22, 2015

Leave it to our friends on the left to decry as some sort of evil class-warfare plot a modest and obvious commuter-relief proposal that has experienced such success elsewhere, policy makers can’t wait to expand. … We’re talking about “express” toll lanes. … Thing is, the toll lane concept appears to work, or cities that already have them — including Dallas, Houston, Washington D.C. — wouldn’t be angling for expansion.


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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Enforce the Law
Newsday (New York), Nov. 20, 2015

In regard to the motorists who complain about red-light cameras, it seems to me the answer is simple. Don’t go through a red light. If you see the light turn yellow, it’s time to stop. It doesn’t matter what the motive for the cameras is. They are there so obey the law.


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“The fines are not big enough, because people are clearly and apparently still breaking the law and could possibly kill a child by passing a school bus in the morning because they are a few minutes late for work.”
Nicholas Boldyga, Massachusetts State Representative
WWLP-TV Channel 22 (Massachusetts), Nov. 23. 2015


ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 5, Issue 49

November 19th, 2015 Comments off

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New School Zone Speed Cameras Activated, Issue Warnings
KXLY-TV Channel 4 (Washington), Nov. 16, 2015

Spokane Police turned on several speed zone cameras aimed at reducing speeds and ultimately crashes in school zones on Tuesday. The cameras are set up near Finch and Longfellow elementary schools. They are part of a pilot program to get drivers to slow down. See additional coverage at The Spokesman-Review.

Orlando Could Double Number of Red-Light Cameras
WOFL-TV FOX 35 (Florida), Nov. 16, 2015

Under a new five-year deal with its current vendor, American Traffic Solutions, the city of Orlando could double the number of red-light cameras. The City Council approved the new deal Monday. Officials say they will install up to 30 new red-light cameras, adding to the 14 red-light camera intersections already enforced. See related coverage at Orlando Sentinel and WOFL-TV FOX 35.

Drivers Endangers Students by School Buses in West Virginia
WSAZ-TV Channel 3, Nov. 12, 2015

It’s a problem that continues to put your children’s lives at risk — drivers illegally passing school bus stop arms. Last week, Kanawha County School Transportation officials reviewed additional video of drivers illegally passing buses. In one of the videos, you can see a driver come to a screeching halt to stop for a school bus, barely missing a mother and her young child. (WSAZ-TV Channel 3 image)


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SUV Strikes Little Girl Leaving School Bus
KXKS-Radio 93.7 FM (Louisiana), Nov. 18, 2015

A 5-year-old girl remains in critical condition after being struck by an SUV while getting off the school bus. According to witnesses and evidence collected at the scene, the SUV driver went around another vehicle that was stopped for the bus as the child crossed the street.  (KNOE-TV CBS 8 image by MGN)

5 Hurt When Pickup Collides with Stopped School Bus
Sun Journal (North Carolina), Nov. 16, 2015

A stopped school bus was struck from behind by a pickup truck Monday, injuring four West Craven High School students who were transported to the hospital for minor injuries. … The bus had come to a stop, activating its red flashing lights and stop arm to pick up a student when the pickup driver failed to reduce speed and crashed into it, North Carolina Highway Patrol investigators said. The pickup driver was flown by helicopter to a hospital. (Sun Journal image by Julius T. Ipock Jr.)


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Appeals Court Upholds Ruling to Dismiss Red-Light Camera Lawsuit
Newsday (New York), Nov. 18, 2015

A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by a Bayside woman who claimed that Nassau County shortened the time of yellow traffic lights to generate more revenue from its red-light camera program. The appellate court said the woman’s complaint was “without merit” and that the county and American Traffic Solutions, the Arizona-based firm that runs the red-light camera program, had not violated her right to due process.

Data Shows Injury Crashes Are Down in Chicago’s Child Safety Zones
City of Chicago (Illinois), Nov. 17, 2015

Newly released traffic safety data shows that the number of crashes involving injuries was down significantly in Child Safety Zones that are covered by the City’s Automated Speed Enforcement program. A preliminary analysis indicates that crashes with injuries are down 4 percent citywide when compared with 2012. However an analysis of crash data for the 21 Child Safety Zones where an automated safety camera was installed in 2013 shows that injury crashes have dropped a dramatic 18 percent. View ATS video of Child Safety Zone speeding violations.

ATS, 500 Employees Make New HQs in Mesa, Nov. 13, 2015

Lincoln Property Co. and Harvard Investments have completed Phase I of the two-building Waypoint office development in Mesa, giving American Traffic Solutions the green light to relocate and consolidate more than 500 employees into a corporate headquarters at the location. See related article at East Valley Tribune.

Red-Light Runner T-Bones Police Car (Florida), Nov. 12, 2015

Mark Carman, a commander with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, was T-boned but not seriously injured in a crash last week. Authorities cited the other driver with failure to stop at a red light.


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NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Phoenix, Tucson rank among worst cities in the nation for red-light running fatalities. #stoponred

NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA More than 31,700 people ran a red light over Thanksgiving in 2013 and 31,300 over Christmas break. Drive safely over the holidays.


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Transponder Switch Accompanies Express Lane Expansion
KSTP-TV ABC 5 (Minnesota), Nov. 17, 2015

MnPASS Express Lanes are finally coming to the east metro. The lanes along Interstate 35E are scheduled to open between Little Canada Road and Cayuga Street on Nov. 30. Also, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is phasing out the current transponders in favor of two new options: a sticker tag and a switchable tag.

NY Governor Asks for Toll Evader Crackdown
The Journal News, Nov. 17, 2015

Motorists who consistently evade tolls and fees would see their vehicle registration suspended under a proposed rule put forward Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration. The new regulation targets motorists who rack up five unpaid tolls or fees in an 18-month period. If the rule takes effect, which could happen as soon as January, those who don’t pay off the violations or have them dismissed would see their registration suspended until they do.


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Letter to the Editor: Nevada Needs Red-Light Cameras
Las Vegas Review-Journal (Nevada), Nov. 12, 2015

Why did our supposed representatives ever pass a law prohibiting red-light cameras in this state? Haven’t they read the article claiming that Las Vegas is the fourth-worst city in the nation for red-light runners? Barely a day goes by without a report of another fatality or serious injury accident because someone with no brain cells ran a red light.


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“The easiest thing is just to comply and stop when the light turns red. You get a yellow and then a red, so if you do not run through a red light, you are not going to have any fine.”
Buddy Dyer, Mayor of Orlando
WOFL-TV FOX 35 (Florida), Nov. 16, 2015

“Unsafe speed is the No. 1 cause of serious injuries and deaths across the country and in San Francisco. We need to build an understanding that we have a tool that we can’t currently use. There is a growing awareness at the citizen level that we need to change the way people think about our streets.”
Kate Breen, Government Affairs Director for the Municipal Transportation Agency (California), Nov. 13, 2015


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The city of Orlando, which began its red-light safety camera program in 2009, reports that intersections where red-light running crashes have occurred have seen a 65 percent reduction in crashes. Source: WOFL-TV FOX 35, Nov. 16, 2015.

An analysis of crash data by the Chicago Department of Transportation for the 21 Child Safety Zones where an automated speed enforcement camera was installed in 2013 shows that injury crashes have dropped a dramatic 18 percent. Source: City of Chicago news release, Nov. 17, 2015.


ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 48

November 12th, 2015 Comments off

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Communities with Most Drivers Passing School Buses Illegally
WPXI-TV Channel 11 (Pennsylvania), Nov. 9, 2015

During a two-year period in one local Pennsylvania community, nearly 1,300 drivers failed to stop for a school bus, either picking up or dropping off students. One parent said the violations have gotten so bad that she started videotaping traffic on Perry Highway in the North Hills after her 8-year-old daughter was nearly hit by a driver last spring. See related article at WPXI-TV Channel 11. (WPXI-TV Channel 11 image)

Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Fatalities on the Decline in New York City
WNBC-TV NBC 4 (New York), Nov. 6, 2015

New York City’s ongoing crack down on drivers who hit pedestrians is making progress, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday. The mayor’s office said the trend points to success: There have been 14 hit-and-run pedestrian fatalities from January through October of this year, down slightly from 22 all of last year and way down from the average 31.7 pedestrian fatalities before Vision Zero was launched with lower speed limits, more red-light cameras and a vow of tougher enforcement. (WNBC-TV NBC 4 image)

Drivers Illegally Passing School Buses Endanger Students
KCRA-TV NBC 3 (California), Nov. 6, 2015

These videos will startle any parent. Drivers breaking the law and putting children at risk. … This past year, school bus drivers across the country counted how many vehicles passed them in one day. They counted more than 78,000 nationwide. More than 21,000 were in California. (KCRA-TV NBC 3 image)


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Grieving Children Find Comfort at Wandall Foundation Camp (Florida), Nov. 11, 2015

After Kim Miele’s husband, Mike, died in July 2014, her son Jake stopped participating in childhood activities. As Miele worked through her own stages of grief — “A widow at 43? I couldn’t wrap my head around that” — she saw Jake retreating. He didn’t want to go to Cub Scouts or games anymore, because he was the only one who didn’t have a dad. … His participation in the Comfort Zone Camp held by the Mark Wandall Foundation helped Jake feel better than he had in months. The camp connects kids who have lost a sibling, parent or caregiver. See related article at ( image)

Car Thief Suspect Caught on Red-Light Camera
KPHO-TV CBS 5 (Arizona), Nov. 10, 2015

Gilbert police are looking for a car thief who just made their job a lot easier. The suspect had his picture taken by a photo radar camera while driver the missing car.

Fatal Crash Caught Only on Camera
The New York Times, Nov. 10, 2015

The car traveling at high speed down Gerritsen Avenue in Brooklyn early Monday morning smashed through a wood construction fence, through a yard and into thin air. It crashed into the water of Shell Bank Creek, by the Belt Parkway, and sank. For more than a day it remained there, submerged even at low tide. Police discovered the car and a body after neighbors pieced the incident together from the damage and a homeowner’s security video footage of a car flying down the street.

ATS Moves Headquarters to Mesa, Arizona
Phoenix Business Journal (Arizona), Nov. 9, 2015

American Traffic Solutions is moving to a new 500-employee Mesa headquarters. ATS is moving employees from offices in Scottsdale and Tempe to the Waypoint office development next to the Mesa Riverview development and near the Chicago Cubs spring training ballpark.

Red-Light Running Collision Stops School Bus
WAVY-TV Channel 10 (Virginia), Nov. 9, 2015

Virginia State Police say no one was injured after a school bus accident in Gloucester Monday afternoon. According to school officials, a vehicle ran a red light and hit a second vehicle. The second vehicle then hit the front end of the school bus. (WAVY-TV Channel 10/ReportIt image by Cody Brown)

A Reckless Driver Killed My Son
NY Metro Parents (New York), Nov. 6, 2015

A founding member of the newly formed organization Families for Safe Streets, which seeks to end reckless driving and was instrumental last year in having the speed limit lowered from 30 to 25 mph in New York City, says one way people can help is to request a speed camera to be installed at your children’s schools.


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Drop The ‘A’ Word @DroptheAword 30,000 are killed on US roads each year. Plz join #crashnotaccident on 11/15 on World Remembrance Day to remember victims. Tell your story.

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety #TipTuesday Safety is the responsibility of every driver, every day, & every time someone gets behind the wheel of a vehicle #stoponred

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All-Electronic Tolling Set for 3 Ohio River Bridges
The Courier-Journal (Kentucky), Nov. 10, 2015

Kentucky and Indiana transportation officials introduced the new electronic tolling system that will be used on three of the Ohio River bridges starting late 2016. “RiverLink” was introduced as the tolling system logo and brand, similar to “SunPass” used in Florida and Georgia’s “Peach Pass.” Tolling will be all electronic, meaning there will be no toll booths, coin machines, no lines and no stopping on the bridges.

Editorial: Missouri Gets a New Problem-Solver
Joplin Globe (Missouri), Nov. 10, 2015

Meet Patrick McKenna. He’s Missouri’s new hope for a solution to our cash-strapped system of highways and bridges. Don’t be surprised if toll roads aren’t at least discussed as a consideration.

Feds Mandate One Toll Pass for All 50 States
KING-TV NBC 5 (Washington), Nov. 9, 2015

A major change is coming to the tolling industry. Congress wants toll agencies nationwide to adopt a single model that would work in any state so that drivers would not need to purchase multiple passes. As part of a 2012 transportation law known as MAP21, lawmakers required toll agencies to be interoperable nationwide by October 2016. The International Bridge Tunnel and Turnpike Association, a toll industry association, is leading the effort to comply with the law.

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Commentary: Automated Speed Enforcement — Maybe It’s Time
Adirondack Daily Enterprise (New York), Nov. 9, 2015

With the results that speed cameras have on speed reduction, perhaps it’s time to call for it throughout the state. It will only happen, however, if we demand it from our legislators.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Needed
Daily Herald (Illinois), Nov. 8, 2015

I am not a fan of red-light cameras except when they are needed for a safety issue. I truly believe that one is needed at the corner of Route 62 and Route 59. Once again, at an intersection clearly marked “No Turn on Red,” both vehicles in front of me with a red light decided they were above the rules and pulled out into and merged into southbound traffic. Oncoming vehicles had to hit their brakes.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Aren’t Moneymakers, They Are Lifesavers
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Nov. 6, 2015

In a recent commentary, David Leavitt looked at red-light cameras as a tax — a way for the city to make money. I look at them as a way to save lives and make drivers more careful about observing the law. Nobody is forced to pay this “tax.” If you don’t run the red light, you don’t pay. It’s that simple. Yes, I was caught. It was unintentional. I paid the fine because I broke the law, but I cannot blame the incident on a greedy city government.


ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 47

November 5th, 2015 Comments off

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Bill Calls for Stop Arm Cameras on School Buses
NEWS10 ABC (New York) Nov. 4, 2015

Passing a stopped school bus is illegal, but a local school district says it happens more often than you might think. That’s why the New York Association of Pupil Transportation is pushing for the passage of a state senate bill in 2016 that would bring cameras to school bus stop arms. (NEWS10 ABC image)

Greater Phoenix Area Drivers Ignoring Stopped School Buses
KPHO-TV CBS 5 (Arizona), Nov. 2, 2015

Valley school districts are exploring the idea of using technology, similar to red-light cameras, in an effort to reduce the number of vehicles that pass stopped school buses, in violation of the law. The last year Arizona school districts took part in a national survey, they counted 1,450 vehicles passing stopped school buses in just one day.


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Police Launch School Bus Safety Campaign
Elk Valley Times (Tennessee), Nov. 2, 2015

On an average weekday morning, a school bus approaches its pick-up spot. The bright yellow lights are turned on as the bus slows to a halt. Next, the red lights begin flashing, and the stop arm is extended. To a student, the flashing lights and stop sign mean it is now safe to approach and load the bus. The motorist may, however, make a hasty decision to pass the school bus and tragedy could ensue. This nightmare scenario is unfortunately playing out too often on Fayetteville’s streets. (Elk Valley Times image)

Boy, 7, Struck by Car Leaving School Bus
New Haven Independent (Connecticut), Oct. 30, 2015

Police charged a Yale student with failure to obey a school bus’ stop sign after she allegedly drove into a 7-year-old boy. … A school bus was dropping off the boy at the end of the school day. The bus’ stop sign was extended and visible, according to police, but the driver did not stop and struck the boy at a slow speed. … The boy required a cast on his right ankle to help him heal from a sprain and a fracture.


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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety @SaferRoadsUSA report shows people run red lights in the PM & on Fridays. Is your state a top offender?…

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety ANALYSIS: #SchoolBusCameras are protecting children from drivers who fail to stop for school buses:

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Austin Looks to Atlanta for Toll Road Support
Austin-American Statesman (Texas), Nov. 3, 2015

Chris Tomlinson, head of Georgia’s Road and Tollway Authority, recently met with Austin’s MoPac Tollway supporters to share how Atlanta’s first toll project, which is similar to Austin’s, is doing.  Tomlinson said that the lanes on I-85 meet or exceed that 45 mph target 87 percent of the time. “The lanes are more popular than ever,” Tomlinson said. “But if I could go back and change anything, I wish we had built two lanes a side.” (Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority image)

I-35E Pass Lanes Set to Open Nov. 30
Star-Tribune (Minnesota), Nov. 2, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said Monday that MnPass lanes on Interstate 35E through Maplewood and St. Paul will open Nov. 30. The opening of the metro area’s third high-occupancy toll lane come with another change that will affect drivers who use any of the MnPass lanes on I-35E, I-35W and I-394: Transponders that MnDOT uses to collect tolls electronically will be phased out and replaced with new express tags.


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Editorial: Legislature Must Step in, Fix School-Bus Camera Loophole
Prince William Today/ (Virginia), Nov. 4, 2015

Attorney General Mark Herring got it right in a recent advisory opinion related to fines for those who pass stopped school buses. … He concluded that while the General Assembly had given permission to install the cameras, it had not authorized localities to collect revenue from tickets unless officers hand-deliver those tickets, rather than the far more sensible route of mailing them out.  … We hope state legislators this coming year provide the power for local governments to reasonably enforce the tickets.

Letter to the Editor: Proven Method of Reducing Vehicle/Train Crashes
The Daily Journal (California), Nov. 4, 2015

I was glad to read that Caltrain authorities have stepped up enforcement at the scene of two of three recent vehicle/train crashes in Burlingame. … If 12 citations were issued by transit officials during Wednesday morning alone, that tells me there is a chronic problem of motorists stopping on the tracks that needs to be addressed more often than the occasional enforcement that is possible using limited personnel. What’s needed is automated traffic enforcement.

Letter: Caught Speeding? Own Up to It
The Arizona Republic, Nov. 3, 2015

Regarding the recent article about Scottsdale photo enforcement. … Two people who obviously broke a speeding law are complaining. How about not speeding, answering a complaint when received and own up to your violation?

Letter: Red Light Cameras Are a Good Thing
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (New York), Nov. 2, 2015

One can’t help wondering if the protesters wanting to remove the red-light cameras have been burned with a healthy fine themselves, and think the cameras are a bad thing. … If one is within the speed limit, there is ample time to stop when the light turns yellow, and that’s good. Removing the cameras will be giving us license to continue breaking the law, and that’s bad.

Letter: School Buses Need External Cameras
The Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania), Nov. 2, 2015

As concerned parents, we observe drivers speeding in school zones and going around buses as they load and unload. Is it too much to ask for cameras on school buses to catch these violators?


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“We’re looking at the student and trying to keep them out of harm’s way as the driver is going by. So to get a license plate and a description of the driver is impossible.”
Cindy Jurewicz, Director of Transportation, Bethlehem Central Schools, on the difficulties bus drivers face while enforcing traffic laws
NEWS10 ABC (New York), Nov. 4, 2015

“We’ve seen a significant decrease in the amount of violations, which means people are getting the message. And that’s really the ultimate goal is for people to recognize the dangerous intersection that it is, and to change their driving behavior.”
Mike Wagner, Albemarle County Police Lieutenant, Special Operations Commander
WVIR-TV NBC 29 (Virginia), Nov. 3, 2015