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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 3

December 31st, 2015 Comments off

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ATS Wishes Everyone a Safe and Happy New Year
American Traffic Solutions wishes all of its customers, their families and drivers everywhere a safe and festive New Year. As you can imagine, traffic will be heavy and hazardous this holiday weekend. Take your time on the road, check your speed, don’t drink and drive, and remember to slow down for yellow lights and stop on red. Let’s all resolve to start the new year safely. For more driving tips visit the National Safety Council.

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Public Service Video Released to Alert Drivers
CBS Marketwatch, Dec. 28, 2015

American Traffic Solutions hopes to help drive home an important message with their annual public safety video highlighting the worst red-light running crashes of 2015. View video here. See related coverage at WTVJ-TV NBC 6, the City of Miami, and WFOR-TV CBS 4.

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Red-Light Video Captures Near-Hit
Clearwater Patch (Florida), Dec. 22, 2015

Two wrongs don’t make a right, but the equation doesn’t always end in disaster. Fortunately for two motorists in Clearwater, the sum of their recent actions — running a red light and making a wrong way turn — didn’t add up to a crash. (Clearwater Patch/Clearwater Police Department image)

 

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County Judge Upholds Red-Light Camera Ordinance
The Tuscaloosa News (Alabama), Dec. 28, 2015

A Tuscaloosa judge has upheld the city ordinance that allows police to use red-light cameras to ticket vehicle owners for running red lights. Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court Judge John England issued a summary judgement opinion last week that Tuscaloosa’s red-light camera enforcement law is constitutional. … The judge agreed that the objective of the law is to promote public safety … and his order cited 29 previous court decisions issued in Alabama and the rest of the U.S. that addressed red-light cameras. (The Tuscaloosa News image by Dusty Compton)

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3 Die in Red-Light Running Crash
KPNX-TV NBC 12 (Arizona), Dec. 26, 2015

Police have identified the three people who died in a west Phoenix crash early Saturday morning. … Police say a driver on Indian School, approaching 59th Avenue, ran a red light and hit the white Lexus with the three men inside. All three were pronounced dead at the scene. (KPNX-TV NBC 12 image)

 

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Safety First! Cars Mustn’t Pass School Buses Stopped for Passengers
Watertown Daily Times (New York), Dec. 30, 2015

A group dedicated to promoting school bus safety revealed a disturbing increase in illegal activity by motorists throughout the state. The New York Association for Pupil Transportation recently disclosed the results of a survey it conducted on Dec. 16 in 29 school districts. The survey showed that 912 school buses that had stopped were illegally passed by vehicles 592 times. In nine cases, vehicles passed stopped buses on their passenger door side. (WNBC-TV NBC 4 image)

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Virginia Lawmakers Line Up for Mailing School Bus Stop-Arm Violations
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Washington D.C.), Dec. 30, 2015

Another Virginia lawmaker says that state law must change so that citations could be mailed to driers caught on camera illegally passing stopped school buses. Del. David LaRock, R-Hamilton, says he’s introduced a bill that would allow tickets for school bus stop-arm violations to be sent in the mail. Democrat Sen. Barbara Favola has introduced similar legislation. “The safety of children is a bipartisan issue,” said Favola. (Sun Gazette image by John Wesley Brett)

Car Hits Boy after Passing School Bus
The Journal News (New York), Dec. 25, 2015

A 14-year-old boy crossing Route 59 suffered injuries that required hospitalization after being hit by a car that passed a school bus letting off students, Ramapo police said. … Authorities said the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

 

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WSVN 7 News  @ATS_RoadSafety is reminding drivers to #StopOnRed! Here are some of the worst red-light runners of 2015

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IIHS @IIHS_autosafety In 2015, too many stories about people killed in crashes not buckled up. http://ht.ly/W03Zv

 

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Cashless Tolling Begins Sunday on Delaware River Bridge
KYW-TV CBS 3 (Pennsylvania), Dec. 30, 2015

On Sunday, the Pennsylvania Turnpike will launch its new cashless toll system at the Delaware River Bridge. Toll plazas at the very eastern end of the Turnpike will be reconfigured as well. … For a time, motorists will continue to pass through decommissioned toll plazas. (YouTube/Genesis Sanctuary image)

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I-70 Toll Lane Drivers See Low Fees in 1st 2 Weeks
Summit Daily (Colorado), Dec. 28, 2015

Two weeks after its official opening, Colorado Department of Transportation officials see the Interstate 70 Express Lane as a success. The 13-mile toll lane, stretching eastbound between Empire and Idaho Springs, began collecting tolls the weekend of Dec. 19 and opened again Dec. 26 and 27. While the toll range was set for $3 to $30, with prices increasing with traffic volume, the fee rested at about $3 through the weekend. (Summit Daily/The Colorado DOT image)

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Procedures to Reduce Toll Road Violation Fees Revisited 
KPRC-TV NBC 2 (Texas), Dec. 23, 2015

The Harris County Toll Road Authority is changing how it reduces some toll road violations when a customer calls in. The toll road authority will give you one chance every 12 months to have your violation reduced from $33 to $5, whether you have an EZ Tag or not. The change should reduce hold times, according to Deputy Director Lisa Castaneda. (KPRC-TV NBC 2 image)

 

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Commentary: Austin District Adds School Bus Cameras
Austin American-Statesman (Texas), Dec. 28, 2015

Ensuring that every student riding a school bus arrives for class and returns home safely is one of our highest priorities at Austin Independent School District. Our transportation staff — from mechanics to drivers and others — is trained to protect your children when they’re in our care. We are proud of our safety record and we will soon launch a new program that will help keep students even safer. In January, the Austin school district will activate its School Bus Stop-Arm Safety Camera Program.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 2

December 23rd, 2015 Comments off

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Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season
American Traffic Solutions wishes everyone a joyful and safe holiday season. Drive carefully on your way to enjoying this special time of year with family and friends. Before you start out, review these safety tips from the National Safety Council. (GoodFon.su image)

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Police Issue Video Warning of Red-Light Running Dangers
Round Rock Patch (Texas), Dec. 21, 2015

Round Rock police made a video reminding civilians about the dangers and consequences of running red lights. “Don’t gamble with your life or the lives of others. Red-light running can severely cost you in multiple ways. Watch this video to find out how,” the police wrote on social media. (Round Rock Police image)

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Mother, Son Injured Crossing Street
Pioneer Press (Minnesota), Dec. 21, 2015

A mother and her 3-year-old son were crossing a St. Paul road holding hands, the woman peering around a school bus that had stopped for them to make sure the coast was clear. They continued on, but police say a 23-year-old man drove around the bus and into the pedestrians and sent them flying. They were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. (MinnPost photo by Bill Lindeke)

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Chicago Enters Ticketing Phase at New Speed Camera Sites
Belleview News Democrat (Illinois), Dec. 22, 2015

The city of Chicago will start to issue tickets to motorists caught on new traffic cameras speeding through children safety zones. The Automated Speed Enforcement cameras were installed at two locations in November. The city only sent warnings for the first 30 days. Now, drivers pictured breaking the speed limit will be ticketed. The first violation still won’t mean a fine, but any subsequent violation will.

Cries for Safer Streets after Teen’s Death
Queens Press (New York), Dec. 18, 2015

State Sen. Jose Peralta along with other elected officials and members of the community gathered on the corner of Northern and Junction boulevards to demand additional street safety measures after a Tuesday hit-and-run ended in the death of 17-year-old Ovidio Jaramillo. … Among his announcements, Peralta called for the installation of speed cameras along Northern Boulevard because of how busy the street is, especially since it cuts across the borough.

 

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Survey: 32,000 Vehicles Illegally Pass N.Y. School Buses in 1 Day
WHAM-TV ABC 13 (New York), Dec. 22, 2015

A new survey estimates school buses in New York are illegally passed by cars more than 32,000 times each day. According to the New York Association for Pupil Transportation, a survey looked at 29 school districts on Dec. 16 to measure how many vehicles illegally passed school buses. See related article at School Transportation News.  (News10 ABC image)

Passing Car Injures Girl, 11, Leaving School Bus
MidHudsonNews (New York), Dec. 20, 2015

An 11-year-old girl sustained minor injuries and police ticketed the 47-year-old driver for failure to stop for a stopped school bus. The collision occurred as the girl was getting off her school bus and was crossing the road. Police said the stop sign and red lights were activated on the school bus. This year, Ramapo Town police have issued 96 tickets for passing stopped school buses.

Teen Struck, Injured Crossing Street to School Bus
Boston Herald (Massachusetts), Dec. 17, 2015

A 16-year-old high school student narrowly escaped major injury when she was clipped by a car while crossing a busy residential straightaway to a waiting school bus.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Even Santa knows to #StopOnRed ho ho ho! Drive Safe!

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety More than 31,300 people ran a red light over #Christmas break! Make sure your Holidays are merry & bright by stopping on red!

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IIHS @IIHS_autosafety Speed cameras reduce injury crashes. http://ht.ly/Wcerrw

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Shovels Are Ready for Delaware Toll Road Project
WDDE-Radio 91.1 FM, Dec. 22, 2015

Delaware Department of Transportation officials say work on two major portions of a new $400 million U.S. 301 toll road will begin no later than Jan. 11. … The new U.S. 301 connector will be a four-lane toll highway running from Delaware-Maryland line, eventually joining with Route 1 just below the William Roth Bridge.

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Denver Transportation Planners Look to Solve Future Congestion
The Denver Post (Colorado), Dec. 20, 2015

Denver-area transportation planners largely have kept up with the region’s growth of the past 20 years and are preparing for more to come. … CDOT is already embracing managed toll lanes … which are at the center of coming plans to overhaul I-70 through northeast Denver and a long-delayed upgrade of the most congested parts of C-470.  CDOT is also making plans to extend managed lanes even farther north through the suburbs, rather than calling for large-scale widening that many local leaders and commuters prefer. (The Denver Post image)

 

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“We continue to see motorists pass our school buses at alarming rates. The motoring public really has to get serious about Stopping for Stopped School Buses … for the safety of our children.”
David Adam, President of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation
WHAM-TV ABC 13 (New York), Dec. 22, 2015

“It’s time for our streets to be safe for all New Yorkers — pedestrians, drivers and cyclists alike. As a strong supporter of Vision Zerio, I have worked in Albany to bring more speed cameras to our streets and championed a reduced speed limit. I believe that safety must come first, so that no more lives are lost because of reckless drivers.”
Francisco Moya, New York State Assembly member
Queens Press (New York), Dec. 18, 2015

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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 6, Issue 1

December 17th, 2015 Comments off

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Improving Safety on Street Where 17-Year-Old Died Is a Challenge
DNAinfo.com (New York), Dec. 16, 2015

Making safety improvements to a busy intersection where a 17-year-old was recently killed by a hit-run driver is a “challenge” because the streets are routes for both trucks and buses, Andrea Garcia, the borough’s Department of Transportation commissioner said Wednesday. … However, Garcia said the DOT plans to add a mobile red-light camera to the intersection soon. Elected officials also suggested the city could add speed cameras to the area. (WNBC-TV NBC 4 image)

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U.S. Appeals Court Affirms Camera Program’s Constitutionality
Marketwatch, Dec. 16, 2015

American Traffic Solutions (ATS) applauds the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s recent summary decision upholding the constitutionality of the operation of the red-light safety camera program in Nassau County and rejecting speculative claims that the program wrongly imposes fines and violates substantive due process rights. “This court’s order aligns with earlier rulings from the 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th and 11th U.S Circuit Courts of Appeals and further validates the legality of red-light safety camera programs,” said George Hittner, General Counsel, American Traffic Solutions.

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D.C. Mayor Unveils Plan to End Traffic Deaths
WAMU-Radio 88.5 FM (Washington, D.C.), Dec. 16, 2015

D.C.’s Vision Zero plan has arrived. The 56-page plan to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2024 recommends 68 actions covering the redesign of streets, sidewalks and bike lanes; the comprehensive collection and publication of crash data; and the expansion of the district’s automated traffic enforcement system, based on data that show across-the-board reductions in crashes and injuries in locations where traffic cameras were installed. View plan here(dcvision.com image)

Raising Spending Could Save Money, Lives
CNBC.com, Dec. 14, 2015

An estimated 1,320 motor vehicle-related deaths could be prevented each year — and 225,000 injuries avoided — if federal funding for state traffic safety programs was boosted by just 10 percent and spend where it’s most needed, according to a study released Monday. View study here.

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New York City Puts Dent in Traffic Deaths
City Limits, Dec. 14, 2015

Roughly six weeks into his term, Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to address the problem of traffic fatalities by launching Vision Zero, an idealistic plan to eliminate traffic fatalities in New York City. Over the past year and a half, Vision Zero has begun to have a significant impact on the safety of city streets. Although traffic crashes have increased by 1 percent citywide, traffic fatalities decreased approximately 12 percent in January through September 2015 compared with the year before. (The New York Times image by Barton Silverman)

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Federal Judge Declares Chicago Red-Light Cameras Constitutional
Cook County Record (Illinois), Dec. 10, 2015

A federal judge has slapped a permanent stop sign on a class action lawsuit against the city of Chicago and the vendors it uses to administer its red-light camera program, as the judge said the city should be allowed under state law and the Illinois and U.S. constitutions to delegate the task of reviewing potential red-light citations to administrators and technicians hired by the vendors.

 

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School Bus Passing Incidents Decreasing, Still Dangerous
Bellevue Leader (Nebraska), Dec. 16, 2015

Bellevue Public Schools reports 102 school bus passing incidents have been caught this school year since classes began in August, 41 of them by buses with cameras. During the same time frame last year, 148 violators were caught. Currently, the school district is equipping five more buses with school bus stop arm cameras. “Because of these systems and the media attention, Bellevue kids are safer than ever,” said Richard Casey, Bellevue Public Schools director of transportation. (Beatrice Daily Sun image by Chris Dunker)

1 Killed, 2 Hurt in Crash near School Bus
WCCO-TV (Minnesota), Dec. 15, 2015

At least one person was killed in LeSueur County in a crash near a school bus Tuesday morning. KEYC reported that a car was stopped in the southbound lane next to a school bus picking up children. The vehicle was rear-ended by a truck. The collision killed the driver in the stopped vehicle. See related article at WCCO-TV CBS 4.

School District to Put Grant toward School Bus Safety Cameras
News-Journal (Missouri), Dec. 15, 2015

The Mountain Grove School District has been awarded a school safety grant in the amount of $7,895 from the Missouri School Boards Association through its Missouri Center for Education Safety. The funds will be used by the district to install additional stop-arm cameras on their school bus fleet.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Red-light running is all too common. http://www.RanARedLight.us shows how red-light running crashes can endanger anyone in any community

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Find out what the top 10 states are for red-light running. Is your state on the list? facebook.com/ATSolutions/po  #StopOnRed

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety New survey spurs renewed push for more school bus cameras to deter illegal passing – See more at westfieldrepublican.com/page/content.d… #StopArmSafety

 

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Toll Evaders Face Tougher Penalties in New York City
Newsday (New York), Dec. 14, 2015

Drivers who skip tolls on New York City’s bridges and tunnels would find it increasingly difficult to avoid punishment under an MTA proposal to strengthen toll evasion enforcement, state officials said Monday. The MTA’s new plan would incorporate a proposed New York State regulation to suspend the registration of vehicles that repeatedly evade the payments. See related story at KDKA-TV CBS 2 Pennsylvania. (Newsday image by Uli Seit)

I-70 Traffic Flows Freely as Toll Lane Opens
Clear Creek Courant (Colorado), Dec. 14, 2015

The eastbound peak-period toll lane on Interstate 70 made its long-awaited debut Sunday, and returning skiers found the traffic flow smooth and steady throughout the day. … The lane is designed to provide reliable 40- to 45-mph travel along the 13-mile stretch of I-70 when traffic volume swells. … It is the only non-commuter toll lane in the nation, created specifically for motorists on mountain recreational adventure.

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The Free Lance-Star (Virginia), Dec. 13, 2015

Year one of the Interstate 95 express lanes entered the books on Monday, Dec. 14. Since they opened, the toll lanes have helped move more than 1.1 million vehicles, and usage continues to grow. … And many of those who use the lanes seem to like them. In a survey of 1,700 express lane users conducted in September, 75 percent said they were satisfied. Carpoolers, who can use the lanes for free, really like them, as 86 percent said they were satisfied.

 

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Commentary: Changing Driver Culture in New York
New York Post, Dec. 13, 2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s action to improve traffic safety is changing the culture of how we think about bad driving. … But City Hall — and Albany — have to do more. Both need to toughen the laws so that driving without a license is like carrying a handgun without a license. Both are deadly instruments. … Albany needs to let us have more red-light cameras. Red-light running is aggressive driving — and it kills.

Commentary: Red Light Cameras: Fix ’em and Use ’em
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Dec. 12, 2015

Red-light cameras are on the creep all over Florida. In Orlando alone, officials just inked a contract to triple the number of cameras spying at intersections. To this I say: Good. I have no problem sticking it to lawbreakers.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 52

December 10th, 2015 Comments off

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5 Injuries in Red-Light Running Collision Involving School Bus
Sun Sentinel/SouthFlorida.com (Florida), Dec. 4, 2015

Witnesses told news reporters the collision occurred as the pickup ran a red light and smacked into a school bus with three children aboard. Parents took their children to hospitals, while the bus driver and the pickup driver were sent separately to get medical care. (Sun Sentinel/SouthFlorida.com image.)

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Tampa Council Hopes to Reduce Pedestrian, Bicyclist Deaths to Zero
WFTS-TV ABC 29 (Florida), Dec. 4, 2015

Tampa City Council passed a Vision Zero resolution with the intention to make streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclist by improving infrastructure, adding safety technologies and increasing education.

 

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Car Hits School Bus Dropping Off Children
NWCN.com (Idaho), Dec. 9, 2015

Meridian Police said a car hit a school bus Wednesday afternoon as it was dropping off children on Meridian Road, south of Franklin Road. No one on the bus was injured. The female drive of the car was transported to a hospital.

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More Stop-Arm Cameras Could be On Way to Forsyth County
News & Record/Greensboro.com (North Carolina), Dec. 4, 2015

The North Carolina State Board of Education voted Thursday to change the way funds for school bus stop-arm cameras are allotted to school districts, giving preference to districts that are utilizing the systems and have more buses.  That could be good news for Forsyth County, which has cameras on just 29 of its 358 buses. (WLTX-TV CBS 19 image)

Stop-Arm Cameras among School Board’s Legislative Priorities
Charlottesville Tomorrow (Virginia), Dec. 4, 2015

The Albemarle County School Board wants the General Assembly to amend a state law to better allow cameras on school buses to catch drivers who ignore stop signs on buses.

 

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Philadelphia’s Mayor-Elect Pledges Enforcement for Safer Streets
Plan Philly (Pennsylvania), Dec. 10, 2015

Mayor-elect Jim Kenney publicly committed to the audience at last week’s Vision Zero Conference to “work very arduously and closely with all of the departments involved in bringing Vision Zero to reality, and investing the resources necessary to do that.” When asked for specifics of what he would do, Kenney said he thinks stepped-up enforcement, and specifically monetary fines, are the best way to change the worst driver behavior. See related article at Philly Voice. (Philly.com image by Ryan S. Greenberg)

WWII Vet Collects $1.8 Million after Red-Light Running Collision
Connecticut Law Tribune, Dec. 8, 2015

An 89-year-old World War II veteran has been awarded nearly $1.8 million by a Hartford jury after breaking both hips when another driver allegedly ran a red light and hit his vehicle. … Both the vet and the woman he collided with blamed each other for running a red light at a busy Manchester intersection, though police ticketed plaintiff Herbert Shook. It wasn’t until a couple years later that one of Shook’s lawyers found a pair of witnesses who backed his claim that he did not cause the crash that nearly took his life. … Despite the conflicting accounts of what happened, the Hartford Superior Court jury ultimately sided with Shook.

Suspected Car Thieves Photographed on Red-Light Safety Camera
Santa Cruz Sentinel (California), Dec. 7, 2015

Watsonville police are asking the public to identify two suspected car thieves captured on a traffic camera after the vehicle failed to stop for a red light on Nov. 10.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  WOW! ATS’ FB page reached 100k likes! Thx for the support! Check us out & like us: http://www.facebook.com/ATSolutions.

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NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Great Falls driver runs red light; hits another driver. bit.ly/1Qb0UWo   #stoponred

 

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Virginia Board OKs I-66 Tolls Inside Beltway
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Virginia), Dec. 9, 2015

Tolls are coming to Interstate 66 east of the Capital Beltway. Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board voted Wednesday morning to approve a plan to charge solo drivers during an expanded rush hour between the Beltway and the D.C. line beginning in 2017. Currently, that stretch of road is restricted during rush hour to carpools of two or more. … Construction of the electronic gantries is expected to begin this summer. See related article at The Washington Post.

U.S. Transportation Infrastructure to Adapt to 2016 Changes
Fitch Ratings News Release (New York), Dec. 7, 2015

Fitch’s 2016 outlook for U.S. toll roads is stable thanks largely to the broadening U.S. economic recovery and still low fuel costs.

Transportation Bill Inks Toll Road Changes
The New York Times, Dec. 3, 2015

Some Interstate highways now free to travelers could soon become toll roads. … the tolling provision in the House and Senate approved transportation bill is an improvised expansion of existing law. Congress created a pilot project in 1998 that allowed Missouri, North Carolina and Virginia to add new tolls to Interstate highways, but toll expansions in those states have run into political opposition. Under the new transportation bill, these states will have one year to move ahead with plans to add tolls or lose their slots to other states ready to add tolls to their highways. The new states then would have three years to complete projects or be removed from the pilot. (President Obama signed the bill on Dec. 4.)

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Letter to the Editor: All for Red Light Cameras
The News Journal (Delaware), Dec. 9, 2015

After reading the News Journal article about red-light cameras, I am unclear what the issue is. If a driver runs a red light and gets a citation, that driver has broken the law. I don’t care if the camera is for safety or revenue — if it generates revenue, that’s great. It might help balance the budget and keep my taxes from increasing. If it makes one driver more aware, that is even more important.

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Commentary: Who’s a Terrible Driver?
The Arizona Republic, Dec. 4, 2015

I received my first photo-radar ticket in 2008 for speeding — 11 miles per hour over the speed limit on a stretch of Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley. But the next two, one in 2010 in Mesa, the other this month in Scottsdale, were for making left turns against the light. Both times, I could have sworn I was already in the intersection, my turn signal on, before the light turned red. Apparently not.

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“All of our public space is shared, and cars should not dominate the public space for any good reason. Pedestrians and people on bikes have a right to the same space as the automobiles. I think we’ve gotten away from that over the years because of our fascination with cars.”
Jim Kenney, Mayor-elect of Philadelphia
Philly Voice (Pennsylvania), Dec. 3, 2015

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 51

December 3rd, 2015 Comments off

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Student Struck by Car at School Bus Stop
GoUpstate.com (South Carolina), Dec. 3, 2015

The driver who authorities say struck a girl as she was trying to board a school bus in Cherokee County is facing numerous charges. The collision took place after a school bus stop on Highway 150 near Asbury Road in Cherokee County. As a 12-year-old student from Pacolet walked across a private drive to board the bus, an approaching vehicle drove off the right side of the roadway to get around the bus and struck the girl. The student received minor injuries.

Man Charged with Hit-and-Run Involving School Bus
Times-News (North Carolina), Dec. 2, 2015

A Greensboro man was arrested Wednesday morning on charges related to a hit-and-run of an elementary school bus in Burlington. At the time of the crash, the school bus’ stop arm was out, and the bus was stationary while picking up a student, though the child wasn’t in the process of boarding the bus at the time of the incident, authorities said.

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What ‘When Children Are Present’ Means in a School Zone
Daily Herald (Washington), Nov. 29, 2015

Many school zone signs note that the school zone is in effect “when children are present.” But what does that mean? It may seem like splitting hairs. But with police departments offering different rules for when school zones are in force, it’s worth a closer look. … Lynnwood, which uses photo enforcement for some of its school zones, urges drivers to slow down near schools at all times.

Bill Closes Loophole on Passing Stopped School Buses
InsideNOVA (Virginia), Nov. 28, 2015

Legislation has been introduced for the 2016 General Assembly session that will allow Arlington to resume imposing fines on those who improperly pass school buses. … Del. Kaye Kory has introduced a bill that would amend the law providing for school bus stop arm cameras to allow citations to be mailed to the violator. Under existing law, citations must be presented in person to the alleged violator. See related article at WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM.

 

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Red-Light Camera Cities Seek Clarity from Florida Appellate Courts
Marketwatch, Dec. 2, 2015

American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the nation’s largest road safety camera provider, is awaiting two Florida courts to hear appeals that could significantly impact the statewide implications of the 2014 Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal Arem ruling regarding the role of red-light safety camera vendors in the violation review process. “ATS and our Florida clients have always believed that the Fourth District Court of Appeal would have reached a different conclusion in the city of Hollywood v. Arem case had they had a complete record describing the vendor’s limited role in processing violations,” said George Hittner, General Counsel for ATS. “Now the issue will be considered by two additional courts of appeal.”

Police Chief: Cameras Influence Driver Behavior
Chicago Tribune/Lincolnwood Review (Illinois), Nov. 30, 2015

In the five years since the village of Lincolnwood installed the town’s first red-light camera at eastbound Touhy and Lincoln avenues, more than a half-million dollars in fines have been issued to motorists, village financial records show. … But Lincolnwood police Chief Bob LaManti said safety should take priority above revenue when weighing whether the camera has added value to the community. Crashes at the intersection are down by about 25 percent.

Driver Killed in Red-Light Running Crash
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Nov. 29, 2015

A 33-year-old Delray Beach man died Saturday morning after he ran a red light and struck the rear of a tow truck west of Interstate 95, police said. The tow truck driver was not injured.

 

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Moody’s Revises U.S. Toll Road Growth Outlook to Positive
Moody’s Press Release, Dec. 2, 2015

Moody’s Investors Service has revised its outlook for the US toll road industry to positive from stable, reflecting stronger-than-expected recovery in 2015 traffic growth, which is expected to continue into next year. Moody’s anticipates a median traffic growth of 3 percent through 2016 among 45 rated toll roads, according to the report, “Toll Roads — US: 2016 Outlook — Jump in Traffic Growth Drives Change to Positive.”

Proposed I-35W Expansion would Lengthen Toll Roads
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas), Nov. 30, 2015

The concrete hasn’t even been poured yet on portions of Interstate 35W, which is being expanded and modernized to the tune of $1.6 billion from I-30 near downtown Fort Worth to the U.S. 287 “Decatur cutoff.” But even as that work continues through 2018, the private developer heading up that project is offering to extend the work an additional 8 miles to the north. The results could be two new toll lanes in each direction, as well as rebuilt main lanes and frontage roads, all the way to Eagle Parkway on the north edge.

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Commentary: Crack Down on Drivers Passing School Buses Illegally
Star-Ledger/nj.com (New Jersey), Nov. 28, 2015

Unlawfully passing a school bus is a serious crime in New Jersey. Callous and reckless drivers who choose to break this law must be held accountable for their actions. … I am proud to sponsor S-503, because I believe we can do more to stop motorists from endangering school children across our state. This legislation would establish a pilot program for municipalities and school districts to use video monitoring systems to help enforce laws against illegally passing a school bus.

 

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“It’s about impacting behavior, and I think (the cameras) cause people to drive more safely.”
Bob LaMantia, Lincolnwood Police Chief
Chicago Tribune (Illinois), Nov. 30, 2015

“It will take a driver an extra 14 to 22 seconds of drive time to pass through (a school zone at the reduced speed). Please take those few seconds to relax, be mindful of your surroundings and think of the children in your community and children everywhere.”
Lisa Wellington, crime prevention specialist for Lynnwood Police Department
The Herald (Washington), Nov. 29, 2015

 

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In the five years since the village of Lincolnwood installed the town’s first red-light camera at eastbound Touhy and Lincoln avenues, accidents there have dropped by roughly 25 percent, according to documents from Illinois Department of Transportation. There were 108 total accidents at the intersection between 2005 and 2009, but only 81 since October 2010 when the camera went active. There were 31 crash-related injuries at the location between 2005 and 2009, but just 20 reported between 2010 and 2014. There have been no fatalities at the intersection during the past 10 years. Source: Chicago Tribune/Lincolnwood Review, Dec. 2, 2015.

 

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