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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 11

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Ticketed Red-Light Runner Sends Note of Thanks to Police
KETV-TV ABC 7 (Nebraska), Feb. 23, 2016

A driver, who was ticketed for running a red light, mailed a thank-you note to the Council Bluffs Police Department in Iowa, who then posted it on Twitter. The driver writes, “A $100 ticket is minor if I consider I could have hurt or killed someone. I cannot imagine that scenario. … I generally think I am a good, safe driver, but now I see I need to be much better.” View letter here. (Council Bluffs Police Department image)

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Seattle Could Add Red-Light Safety Cameras
KING-TV NBC 5 (Washington), Feb. 22, 2016

New numbers released by the Seattle Police Department show, on average, more than 100 red-light running citations are dished out every day in the Emerald City. And you can expect that number to go up. … The Seattle Department of Transportation is in the process of pulling data from suspected “problem” intersections to see where more cameras could be most effective.

 

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1,000 Violators Warned in Month of Grace; Ticketing Now in Effect
Austin American-Statesman (Texas), Feb. 24, 2016

More than 1,000 drivers have passed school buses illegally since the Austin district began capturing violators with new bus-mounted video cameras on Jan. 7. The violators were captured during the district’s 30-day grace period. However, Austin District Police Chief Eric Mendez said his department is reviewing video for violations now, and the first batch of tickets for those who passed buses on or after Feb. 8 will be mailed soon. See related video coverage at KXAN-TV NBC 21 and KTBC-TV Fox 7. (Austin American-Statesman image)

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Car Strikes Stopped School Bus, Driver Arrested
Herald-Whig (Illinois), Feb. 23, 2016

A Quincy woman was arrested in connection with a Tuesday crash involving a Quincy School District bus. Authorities say the driver was arrested for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after her 2002 Lexus slammed into the rear of a school bus that had stopped to pick up children. (Herald-Whig image by Steve Bornstedt)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety #SpeedKills. Speeding affects the risk of a crash occurring by having less time to react & ability to steer safely!

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety The @CDCgov, @NHTSAgov, @IIHS_AutoSafety, @NSCsafety support the use of #SpeedSafetyCameras & recognize their benefit

 

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Elevated Toll Lane Project Advances in Tampa
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Feb. 22, 2016

Decades in the making, a $192 million project to build elevated lanes over Gandy Boulevard in Tampa took a key step forward Monday. The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority approved paying up to $2.6 million to the engineering firm of Parsons Brinckerhoff to prepare conceptual and road plans for the project. “It’s a significant investment,” authority executive director Joseph Waggoner said after the unanimous vote. (Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority image)

Commentary: Time for N.Y. Tolls to Go All Electronic
The Buffalo Times (New York), Feb. 21, 2016

Nearly every toll road in the United States is electronic. New toll roads (yes, they are growing) are universally electronic. Most of the older toll roads have replaced their toll plazas and manned booths with the technology. … Meanwhile, in New York, we have one of the last toll roads with manned toll plazas. … What is clear in New York is that an all electronic Thruway is long overdue.

 

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Editorial: School Buses Are Passed Illegally 16 Million Times a Year
Record-Journal (Connecticut), Feb. 23, 2016

According to the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, school buses displaying red flashing lights are passed illegally about 16 million times a year in this country. Such driving behavior is illegal in every state, and yet, very few citations are issued for it. But that may be changing, as more towns join the trend of installing cameras on school buses to catch scofflaws.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Are Worth It
Daily Herald (Illinois), Feb. 23, 2016

What’s all this crying and threatening? The law came first then the cameras. Repeal the law! If the cameras save a life, your child or spouse, wouldn’t it be worth it to compel some of the drivers to abide by the law?

 

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“The number is very shocking. If we’re capturing a thousand off of one hundred buses, you can imagine with all 300 buses we’re going to have 3,000 violators, or more. So we really want the word to get out to our drivers, you see the buses, you see the red flashing lights, stop for those buses while they’re loading or unloading.”
Eric Mendez, Austin Independent School District Police Chief
KXAN-TV NBC 21 (Texas), Feb. 25, 2016

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Smile — You May Be on a School Bus Camera
Alpharetta Roswell Herald (Georgia), Feb. 17, 2016

The incidents of deaths or injuries to kids at school bus stops in Georgia is low, and Fulton County School officials want to keep it that way. Beginning Feb. 8, Fulton County school buses became outfitted with the latest technology in combating drivers who pass stopped buses while kids are getting on or off. The school system has partnered with American Traffic Solutions to place cameras on school bus stop arms, which will take videos and photos of cars involved in illegal passing. (Alpharetta Roswell Herald image)

Latest Stop Arm Survey Estimates 35,000 Violations in N.Y.
School Bus Fleet, Feb. 16, 2016

A survey of illegal passing of school buses in New York last week found an increased rate of violations compared to previous counts. The New York Association for Pupil Transportation began conducting monthly stop-arm surveys in October. In the most recent, held on Feb. 10, 618 school bus drivers in 23 school districts reported that they were passed a total of 431 times including seven passes on the passenger side of the bus.

 

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16 Students Go to Hospital after Red-Light Running Crash
KATC-TV ABC 3 (Louisiana), Feb. 18, 2016

Sixteen students are being taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries after a school bus crash in Scott this morning. Lafayette Parish School System spokeswoman Mona Bernard said another driver ran a red light and caused the crash. (KATC-TV ABC 3 viewer image)

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School Zone Cameras Slow Kent Drivers
Kent Reporter (Washington), Feb. 17, 2016

Kent drivers seem to be slowing down more often when they enter school zones with traffic cameras. Despite adding cameras at two more elementary schools for the final three months last year, police issued 244 fewer tickets in 2015 compared with 2014. The number dropped form 8,366 to 8,122. “Maybe the word is getting out and it’s having the intended effect, people are slowing down,” said Assistant Police Chief Rafael Padilla during a report to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee on Feb. 9. (Kent Reporter image)

Calgary Drivers Seem to Be Slowing Down Near Cameras
Calgary Sun (Canada), Feb. 13, 2016

Slowly but surely, there has been a change in driver behavior for the better. Staff Sgt. Paul Stacey with the Calgary Police Service’s traffic section seems to think so, pointing to a significant drop in speed-on-green tickets issued to drivers in 2015 compared to years past, which he says is part of an overall downward trend in traffic infractions in the city.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Day 2 of #SpeedKills! THE PROBLEM: 9,613 people were killed in 2013 speeding-related crashes in the U.S!

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NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA A good read: #stoponred nbcnews.com/business/autos…  Why are more Americans dying on the highway?

 

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CBO: Tolls, Mileage Fees Would Better Fund Roads
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), Feb. 16, 2016

The federal government would get more bang for their buck if U.S. drivers were charged directly for their use of highways through tolls or mileage fees, a new study from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says. … Tolling advocates cheered the CBO for concluding that it could be used more often to fund highways. (Newsday image by Uli Seit)

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Rhode Island Truck Toll Already Driving Contracts
WJAR-TV NBC 10, Feb. 15, 2016

Rhode Island is moving fast toward putting truck tolls all over the state. Less than 24 hours after the Legislature passed last week and Gov. Gina Raimondo signed it into law, the Department of Transportation put out requests for consultants to move the plan forward. … Between now and September, the state expects to put out about $130 million in construction contracts. (WJAR-TV NBC 10 image)

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Editorial: Don’t Crash Red-Light Cameras
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Feb. 11, 2016

Pinellas Sen. Jeff Brandes, a longtime foe of red-light cameras who is sponsoring legislation this session to ban them, says, “Red-light cameras don’t offer us the human side of law enforcement. It is completely and utterly machine driven.” This is a curious objection by the Legislature’s champion of self-driving cars, who wants to see our highways turned over to machine-controlled vehicles. … The proposed ban makes no sense. After all, no one in the Legislature is proposing cameras and machines not be used to collect toll road fines and parking fees. Or cameras not be used to detect trouble on roads or public areas.

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Letter to the Editor: Put Speed Cameras on California’s Highways
Merced Sun-Star (California), Feb. 17, 2016

Presidents Day weekend was a deadly weekend for travelers on Merced County’s state highways. There are not enough California Highway Patrol on the road to enforce speed limits, and there never can be. Self-policing through fear of economic pain is the only viable answer to safer highways.

Letter: Bent Fender Preferable to Death
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Feb. 16, 2016

Regarding red-light cameras: A back-end fender-bender is preferable to a T-bone collision with death.

Letter: Get Tough on 1st Time Violators
Austin American-Statesman (Texas), Feb. 15, 2016

I am glad to hear that the warning period has been abolished for drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus. It’s about time to stop being soft on violators who disregard safety and other lives, especially those of our kids.

Letter: Red Light Cameras Make Streets Safer
Miami Herald (Florida), Feb. 12, 2016

I disagree with lawmakers pushing legislation to outlaw red-light cameras statewide, alleging it has no safety benefits and fills local governments’ pockets. … At only four Aventura intersections with cameras for the prior three years, the result was a dramatic reduction from 1,894 intersection crashes in 2010, to 1,439 in 2011 and 1,102 in 2012. That tells us that when people know the cameras are there, they will modify their behavior.

 

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“I think the important thing to note is it seems to be working as far as getting the word out and we really mean it, you are going to get a ticket. The intent is to slow everybody down with the kids around.”
Jim Berrios, Kent City Councilman, Public Safety Committee Chairman, on the school zone speed safety camera program
Kent Reporter (Washington), Feb. 17, 2016

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 9

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Bill Paves Way for School Bus Safety Cameras in Virginia
WRIC-TV ABC 8 (Virginia), Feb. 8, 2016

A new piece of legislation in the Virginia General Assembly could help Chesterfield County revisit school bus stop arm safety cameras. The bill would clear an obstacle in the law that prevents citations from being mailed. In a 2015 pilot program, the county school system caught nearly 400 drivers illegally passing stopped school buses. A Senate version of the bill awaits a full Senate vote. (WRIC-TV ABC 8 image) 

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Violations Jump More Than 100% after Tucson Cameras Go Dark
KOLD-TV CBS 13/Tucson News Now (Arizona), Feb. 8, 2016

In November, Tucson residents voted to remove road safety cameras from eight intersections across the city. In the 60 days after cameras went dark, authorities reported a 107 percent increase in red-light violations and a 126 percent increase in speeding violations compared with the same time last year. (KOLD-TV CBS 13/Tucson News Now image)

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Dramatic Video Is Reminder to Pay Attention at Intersections
KAIT-TV ABC/NBC 8 (Missouri), Feb. 10, 2016

New video of a frightening crash is making some people take a second look at an Excelsior Springs intersections. The Excelsior Springs Police Department released video of a crash Tuesday morning. The video shows a car running a red light and clipped by a semi. No one was seriously hurt. (KAIT-TV ABC/NBC 8)

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School Bus Safety Cameras in Austin Enter Ticketing Phase
KTBC-TV FOX 7 (Texas), Feb. 8, 2016

Beginning Monday, more police were out on the road watching for drivers ignoring those flashing stop signs on school buses. Austin Independent School District buses now are equipped with special cameras that catch drivers in the act. See related coverage from KVUE-TV ABC 24. (KTBC-TV FOX 7 image)

 

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Georgia District Latest to Capture Video of Illegal Bus Passers
School Transportation News, Feb. 10, 2016

Fulton County Schools is partnering with American Traffic Solutions to equip certain routes with the CrossingGuard stop-arm technology that automatically detects if a vehicle passes when a bus is at a stop loading or unloading students. Forty school buses began capturing video this week, but stop-arm violators in the greater Atlanta area are granted a one-month reprieve before citations will be mailed. (School Transportation News image)

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Drivers Regularly Break School Bus Safety Laws
Statesboro Herald (Georgia), Feb. 9, 2016

While Monday’s collision between a school bus and a tractor-trailer rig did not involved illegal passing, it calls attention to the fact that a vast number of drivers do not obey laws regarding school bus safety. (Statesboro Herald image by Jim Healy)

School Bus Camera System Rolls Out in Fulton County
Milton Neighbor (Georgia), Feb. 9, 2016

Georgia school bus drivers report more than 1.3 million vehicles making illegal passes by school buses each year, and more likely go unreported, said  R. Sam Ham, Transportation Director for Fulton County Schools. Between 2010 and 2014, Georgia led the nation four out of five years in school bus stop deaths. To help reduce those numbers, the county is partnering with American Traffic Solutions to implement a new stop-arm safety camera system.

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Austin Independent School District Enters Fine Phase
KLBJ-Radio 590 AM (Texas), Feb. 8, 2016

The Austin Independent School District entered the ticketing phase Monday with its school bus stop-arm safety camera program. Those who pass a stopped school bus with its crossing arm extended will be issued a ticket. District Police Chief Eric Mendez said during the previous 30-day warning period, 330 violations were captured by the cameras showing drivers illegally passing stopped school buses.  (KVUE-TV ABC 24 image by Quita Culpepper)

 

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Tampa Mayor Says Work Remains to Be Done to Stop Red-Light Runners
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Feb. 11, 2016

Red-light running is back on the rise in Tampa, bucking the theory that red-light cameras are changing driver behavior. Almost 60,000 red-light camera tickets were issued in Tampa in 2015, according to data from American Traffic Solutions, the Arizona company that operates the city’s 57 cameras. That’s an increase of almost 44 percent over the previous year. “I think what it shows is we haven’t accomplished our mission yet,” said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who has long maintained the cameras save lives. “We still have people running red lights; they’re doing it blatantly.” (The Tampa Tribune image by Todd L. Chappel)

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Sarasota Police Seek Car Involved in Deadly Hit-and-Run
WFLA-TV NBC 8 (Florida), Feb. 8, 2016

The Sarasota Police Department has released a red-light camera video along with a request for the public to help identify a car believed to have been involved in a deadly hit-and-run crash with a bicyclist. (WFLA-TV NBC 8 image)

Official Wants Traffic Fines to Go to Crossing Guards
Carroll County Times/The Baltimore Sun (Maryland),  Feb. 9, 2016

Baltimore City Council member Rochelle “Rikki” Spector is calling on the Rawlings-Blake administration to use revenue from the planned revival of the city’s speed and red-light camera system for school crossing guards. “The cameras are supposed to be for safety around schools,” she said. “What could be a better use of the funds?”

 

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Zero_Fatalities_NV @DriveSaveNV The highest number of pedestrian crashes occur at a 35 MPH posted speed limit (28%) http://ow.ly/XTUZr

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SouthFulton_Neighbor @SFultonNeighbor @CityofRoswellGA rolls out school bus camera system, other Fulton cities to follow http://bit.ly/1PzkjM2 @FultonCoSchools @ATS_RoadSafety

 

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New Express Lanes Signal Freeway Revolution
San Francisco Chronicle (California), Feb. 9, 2016

A set of traffic lanes about to open in the East Bay represents a coming revolution in Bay Area freeway travel, affecting the choices drivers make and the gadgets they must carry with them. … With the opening later this month of the I-580 Express Lanes, the concept of tolled carpool lanes is inching closer to the region’s core commute, and it’s about to spread.

New Section of Grand Parkway Opens
KHOU-TV 11 (Texas), Feb. 8, 2016

As the cities of Cypress, Tomball, Spring and The Woodlands have rapidly grown, it’s only grown tougher and more time-consuming to drive between them. But on Monday morning, those cities now have 24 miles of new toll roads connecting them. Some drivers call it “a game changer.”

 

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Protect Safety
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Feb. 11, 2016

I am writing in support of keeping the red-light cameras at the various intersections in Florida. Not only do I support them, I would agree that more be installed. There were two men killed on Feb. 3 after they ran the red light and plowed into a trailer truck. … If drivers think the cameras are causing rear-end crashes, then they were driving too close and that is also against the law.

Letter: Expand Use of Red-Light Cameras
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Feb. 10, 2016

When I came to my present address 23 years ago, State Road 70 from Interstate 75 to Bradenton was two lanes with little traffic. Today it is four to six lanes plus dedicated lanes for turns. It often takes 45 or more minutes to travel the five or six miles of SR 70. When you quote statistics that seem to indicate a higher percentage of accidents due to red-light cameras, do you factor in the increased traffic? The increased frustration and impatience of the drivers? The red-light cameras are not causing the accidents; overdevelopment is a major contributor.

Letter: Leave Red-Light Cameras Alone
Ocala Star Banner (Florida), Feb. 8, 2016

Your Feb. 5 issue of Ocala Star-Banner had an article called, “Bill would put a stop to red light cameras.” In my opinion that would be a mistake. I see people run red lights often. There simply are not enough police officers to monitor all the red lights or even the trouble spots where it occurs very often. And, in the presence of law enforcement, those who would be inclined to run red lights simply wouldn’t at that time.

 

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“Some of these are just blatant passes of the bus. It’s only a matter of time before a student is struck and we don’t want that to happen.”
Eric Mendez, Austin Independent School District Police Chief
KLBJ-Radio 590 AM (Texas), Feb. 8, 2016

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Greenville Searching for Answers to Curb Red-Light Issues
WCTI-TV ABC 12 (North Carolina), Feb. 3, 2016

Greenville police and the city council are working to solve a significant problem of people running red lights and intersection collisions. Along with targeting enforcement at dangerous intersections, authorities are asking the public to notify police on their Facebook page about problem intersections. In addition, the city council has asked Police Chief Mark Holtzman for a study on how other cities are handling the increase in intersection collisions and for a local solution. Holtzman says there will be a discussion on having a red-light enforcement program. See related coverage from WITN-TV NBC 7 (WITN-TV NBC 7 image)

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Coronado Pushing for Green Light on Speed Camera
KFMB-TV CBS 8 (California), Feb. 3, 2016

Coronado residents want a speed camera that would monitor drivers’ speeds along Third and Fourth Street in Coronado and automatically issue tickets to violators, similar to a red-light camera. However, speed cameras happen to be prohibited in California, meaning that legislation at the state level would first have to be passed in order to make speed cameras a reality on the roadway. (KFMB-TV CBS 8 image)

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Austin Nears Penalty Phase of School Bus Safety Camera Program
KTBC-TV FOX 7 (Texas), Feb. 2, 2016

The warning is out: Austin’s school bus safety cameras will be used to issue enforcement fines starting next week in order to stop the dangerous habit of passing stopped school buses in our city. Special cameras are now on school buses, but are used to issue warnings to stop-arm violators. The switch to enforcement fines takes effect Feb. 8. See related article on KTBC-TV FOX 7.  (KTBC-TV FOX 7 image)

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Report: 24,000 Cars Pass N.Y. School Buses in 1 Day
WHEC-TV NBC 10 (New York), Feb. 2, 2016

A one-day study in January found almost 24,000 cars and trucks in New York passed stopped school buses with red lights flashing. The New York Association for Pupil Transportation, which conducted the study, wants N.Y. state lawmakers to pass a bill allowing school buses to use cameras mounted on the bus to capture images of the license plate of the vehicles that illegally pass school buses. The cameras are intended to help enforce traffic laws. (WHEC-TV NBC 10 image)

 

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Fulton School System to Install Stop-Arm Safety Cameras on Buses
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), Feb. 4, 2016

Fulton County education officials have announced they will begin using school bus stop-arm safety cameras in an effort to cut down on drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. The school system is partnering with American Traffic Solutions to help address the growing problem of vehicles wrongfully passing school buses with their stop-arm deployed, according to a news release from Fulton schools. See related news release here.

Jury Sends Message Against Distracted Driving
Union Springs Herald (Alabama), Feb. 3, 2016

After nine days of trial and deliberations, a Montgomery County jury has returned a verdict of more than $1.2 million in a case involving a school bus and a distracted driver using a cell phone. The driver failed to see the Montgomery County school bus that was fully stopped and had its flashing lights activated for at least 9 seconds as children left the bus. At the last moment, the driver swerved away from the bus but clipped its rear. A second motorist collided with the back of the school bus. He was in a coma for 31 days and will live with permanent injury.

Pickup Crashes into Stopped School Bus
Tribune-Star (Indiana), Feb. 2, 2016

An early morning crash involving a school bus sent several children to the hospital, although all escaped major injuries. According to the Tipton County Sheriff’s Department, a school bus stopped on Indiana 28 near the intersection of 300 West to pick up two children at about 7:30 a.m. when an oncoming vehicle smashed into the back end of the bus at a high-rate of speed.

 

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Bus Lane Scofflaws Face Stricter Enforcement in New York City
My Daily News (New York), Jan. 30, 2016

Traffic enforcement cameras will start snapping away at drivers cruising in the bus-only lanes on 125th Street. Motorists caught on cameras driving or standing in bus lanes along the M60 route will face a $115 ticket. The city Transportation Department had been issuing warnings to drivers during  a 60-day grace period. Enforcement began Feb. 1. See related coverage from NY1(Time Warner Cable News NY1 image)

 

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Enforcement Plans and Tests Start for Tolls on Tappan Zee Bridge
Times Herald-Record (New York), Feb. 1, 2016

The Cuomo administration has lost no time in adopting the regulations its proposed in November to punish toll cheats — and to stay ahead of the conversion to all-electronic tolling (AET) at the Tappan Zee Bridge. The regulations, which became effective Jan. 20, are likely to be launched in April, around the time the New York State Thruway Authority switches to AET at the bridge. They authorize the Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend the registrations of people who fail to pay five tolls on bridges, tunnels and highways within an 18-month period. (Times Herald-Record image)

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E-ZPass Use Up to Nearly 70% on Hudson River Bridges
Daily Freeman (New York), Feb. 1, 2016

The number of drivers using E-ZPass on the five Hudson River bridges operated by the New York State Bridge Authority has climbed steadily over the last 15 years. In 2001, E-ZPass usage on the spans was 45.4 percent. Now it’s 69.8 percent. (Daily Freeman file image by Tony Adamis)

Maine Turnpike Use, Revenues Zoom to Best Year Ever
Portland Press Herald, Feb. 1, 2016

More cars and trucks whizzed through tollbooths on the Maine Turnpike in 2015 than in any year in its 69-year history, a strong indication that the state’s economy is returning to pre-recession strength and accelerating plans to widen the highway through the Portland area. Meanwhile,  the turnpike authority intends to continue working on the design of its new York toll plaza, which will allow motorists to pay cash at booths or pay electronically with an E-ZPass. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2017.  (Portland Press Herald staff graphic by Michael Fisher)

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Commentary: Drivers, Do as You Say
Santa Clarita Valley News (California), Feb. 2, 2016

It’s no secret that dangerous driving habits cause the majority of accidents on our local roadways. During the first six months of last year, Santa Clarita saw more than 750 collisions. This is an increase over the previous two years for the same period. As a community we can do better.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Make Sense
The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), Feb. 3, 2016

A January column described red-light cameras as controversial. This surprises me. People who run red lights always have a warning, it’s called the yellow light. So people make a choice to run red lights. For the person who said cameras are purely a revenue-generating practice, he should consider that they wouldn’t generate a dime if people were more concerned with obeying the law and being good drivers.

Letter: Slow Down or Pay Speeding Ticket
Paris Post-Intelligencer (Tennessee), Feb. 2, 2016

In reference to the article written about Henry’s speed camera and the man whose son was given a speeding ticket, I would like to respond. The fine city of Henry is not crooked, nor are the aldermen. Are you all aware that the State of Tennessee posted the 55 mph limit, not Henry? The city is to “enforce” the law. Fact is, you speed, you pay a fine. It’s not too terribly hard to understand.

Letter:  Protect Our Children around School Buses
Miami Herald (Florida), Jan. 31, 2016

For six years, I have been fighting to protect our students and prevent others from being run over by careless motorists, as my daughter was in 2010. Every day since Gabby’s death, I have fought to get stricter penalties to improve safety for students. I thought it all would happen this year when House Bill 373 was filed in the Florida Legislature. … But the bill will not be heard.

Letter: Real Cost of Red-Light Cameras
Southern Maryland News, Jan. 30, 2016

At one time, the argument against red-light cameras was that they would be “cash cows” for the government. Now, Commissioner John O’Connor argues that these cameras won’t raise enough money because drivers will actually honor those red lights and stop. Well how can you be against that? That is the whole point. It’s not about raising money, it’s about saving lives.

 

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“Enforcement. We would love to do it through compliance, but for some people it takes a traffic ticket to get their attention. So we’re willing to give those tickets out if we need to.”
Mark Holtzman, Greenville Police Chief
WCTI-TV ABC 12 (North Carolina), Feb. 3, 2016

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“We have an opportunity to use technology to reclaim a neighborhood by slowing traffic down. We are going to do that if we can.”
Bill Sandke, Coronado Councilman
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