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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 24

May 26th, 2016 Comments off


Use Caution while Driving on Memorial Day Weekend
American Traffic Solutions wishes everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day holiday, and wants to remind all drivers that Memorial Day marks the start of one of the most dangerous times of the year for reckless driving. Study results from the National Coalition for Safer Roads found more red-light running violations occurred during Memorial Day weekend than during any other major summer travel period. The danger is compounded this year by AAA’s estimate that nearly 34 million people will drive to their destination this weekend, a measurable increase from 2015. Remember, everyone wants to arrive at their destination safely. Please, stop on red.

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Police Department Favors Red-Light Camera Restart in Modesto
KTXL-TV FOX 40 (California), May 25, 2016

The Modesto Police Department may soon make a decision on whether to reactivate four red-light cameras that haven’t been running in the city for the past two years. … During that time, crashes increased 12 percent. Police attribute the increase to camera disuse and a decrease in staff. (KTXL-TV FOX 40 image)

School Bus Group Pushes for Safety Bill in Albany
WKBW-TV ABC 7 (New York), May 24, 2016

Members of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation are asking legislators to pass a bill that would allow school bus companies and school districts to mount cameras on their buses. The legislation comes as instances of illegal passing of school buses hit an eight-month high. See related article by (WKBW-TV ABC 7 image)

Drivers Refuse to Slow Down in Construction Zones
WCIA-TV CBS 3 (Illinois), May 23, 2016

Road construction workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in America. In 2014, there were more than 20 deaths. It’s the second-highest death rate for professions in the nation. … “There is no speed limit. Even though we have signs posted, people are going to run 70, 80 to 95. The only time they slow down is when we have state troopers.” (WCIA-TV CBS 3 image)



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Charges Filed Against Driver in Crash that Injured 2
Yakima Herald (Washington), May 24, 2016

Charges have been filed against the driver of an SUV accused of hitting and seriously injuring two teenage girls after they got off a school bus in Bremerton. The driver was charged Tuesday in Kitsap District Court with felony vehicular assault, for being under the influence of drugs and hit and run. The two girls, 13 and 14, were taken to a local hospital after the Monday afternoon crash. See related article from KIRO-TV Channel 7. (KIRO-TV Channel 7 image)

Student Hit by Vehicle in West Odessa
Odessa American (Texas), May 24, 2016

An elementary school student who had just been dropped off by a school bus was struck and injured Monday afternoon by a southbound vehicle, the Texas Department of Public Safety reported. Emergency responders did not consider the student’s injuries to be life threatening.

5 Children, 1 Adult Injured in School Bus Collision (Florida), May 23, 2016

Five children and a man were injured after an SUV crashed into a school bus in Haines City, according to police. The incident occurred when the school bus stopped to drop off students. The vehicle driver was taken to a hospital in critical condition.


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Red-Light Camera Report Shows Decrease in Crashes (New York), May 24, 2016

A new report from the city of Rochester shows on average the number of car crashes at intersections with red light cameras are down 20.9 percent. Specifically, the car crashes caused by people running a red light are down 53.2 percent.  (WNYT-TV NBC 13 image)

Distracted Driving Test Gives Drivers “Feel” for Consequences
KTRK-TV ABC 13 (Texas), May 24, 2016

Students in Baytown are getting a feel for the dangers of distracted driving through a new program paid for with money from the town’s former red-light camera program. The Simulated Impaired Driving Experience go-karts are designed to help drivers experience first-hand the potentially deadly consequences of delayed reaction on their driving skills.

Red-Light Running Fines May Pay for Police HQ Renovation
The Daily News (Washington), May 24, 2016

Longview may soon use photo enforcement traffic ticket fines to pay for a $1.3 million police station remodel, despite earlier promises that the fine money would be saved for traffic safety. … City Manager Dave Campbell said the city needed to find a way to finance the police station project despite “pretty intentional decision-making” years ago that the fund only be used for the program and traffic safety purposes. The station renovation has been planned since Longview police moved into the building 17 years ago.

Collisions Continue Post Red-Light Camera Program
Sierra Vista Herald (Arizona), May 24, 2016

Data from the Sierra Vista Police Department shows that 18 months after red-light cameras were deactivated following a voter referendum, collision rates at three of the five intersections where cameras once operated now exceed pre-camera levels.

Chandler Nears Start Date for New Camera Program
East Valley Tribune (Arizona), May 24, 2016

Photo enforcement cameras at seven Chandler intersections have started flashing again as part of a week-long system test. No tickets or warnings for speeding and red-light violations will be issued during this calibration and setup time. Violators will begin receiving warnings by mail on May 23. The cameras will come fully online and citations will be issued on June 20.

Bill Would Expand, Extend Use of Road Safety Cameras
Land Line Magazine, May 23, 2016

A leading Pennsylvania state lawmaker has introduced a bill to increase and extend the state’s red-light camera program at the same time the governor has announced traffic safety grants using the ticket revenue. Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Rafferty is behind a bill that covers traffic signals and the use of automated enforcement in the state.


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NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Check out today’s #TrafficTipTuesday from President Melissa Wandall discussing #drowsydriving. We’ve all done it.

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Drive alert: On average, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic crash every 8 minutes. Pay attention & #StopOnRed



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1st Phase of MoPac Express Lanes Opens this Summer
Community Impact Newspapers (Texas), May 25, 2016

The No. 1 question people have for Steve Pustelnyk is when are the MoPac express lanes going to be finished? Pustelnyk is director of community relations for the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, which is overseeing construction of the MoPac Improvement Project. The first section of the project will open this summer, but exactly when the project will wrap up is likely to be the end of 2016. (MoPac Improvement Project image)

Express Lanes Coming to Palm Beach County
WPEC-TV CBS 12 (Florida), May, 23, 2016

Help could soon be on the way for drivers tired of traffic in Palm Beach County, but be ready to open your wallet. HOV lanes on I-95 in portions of the county will soon be transformed into express toll lanes or managed lanes as they’re officially called. The lanes allow drivers to pay a fee that’s based on congestion to bypass traffic.

Frequent Beach Visitors Scramble to Meet Toll Pass Deadline
Pensacola News Journal (Florida), May 23, 2016

A steady steam of people lined up to obtain new passes before Pensacola Beach’s SunPass toll booth system launches May 31. With the switch to the statewide Florida SunPass system, SunPass transponders will activated from each of the four beach toll booths. The system should improve traffic flow through the toll booths and it will bring Escambia County into compliance with a federal mandate that toll booth systems nationwide be inter-operable by October.



ATS’ Newsletter, Vol 6, Issue 23

May 19th, 2016 Comments off



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School Bus Stop Arm Bill Advances in South Carolina
WYFF-TV NBC 4, May 18, 2016

A bill that would make it easier to punish people who drive around a stopped school bus is one step closer to becoming law in South Carolina. It just passed the Senate Transportation Committee today and is now headed to the Senate floor. See related article at WSPA-TV ABC 7.

Driver Nearly Strikes Child Leaving School Bus
WRCL-Radio 93.7 FM (Michigan), May 18, 2016

Video footage was released this week of a driver who ignored a parked school bus and nearly hit a child. In the video you can see the truck drive by the school bus and stop right next to the school bus door after realizing what happened. The child was not injured.

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Road Safety Cameras Back in Scottsdale
KSAZ-TV FOX 10 (Arizona), May 13, 2016

After a legal brief by the Arizona Attorney General prompted cities to suspend photo radar temporarily, it’s now back in action. Scottsdale turned its cameras back on Friday, with drivers getting warnings for a grace period and then the city will resume issuing citations. Chandler will activate its cameras at several intersections on May 16 as part of a week-long test.

Vehicle Hits Student Exiting School Bus
WTVD-TV ABC 11 (North Carolina), May 13, 2016

An eighth-grade girl exiting a Moor County school bus was taken to the hospital after she was struck by an oncoming truck, authorities said. The truck pulling a trailer swerved to avoid a collision and landed in a ditch, while the trailer struck the door of the bus and the girl. The youth was taken to the hospital. Charges are pending against the truck driver for failure to reduce speed and passing a stopped school bus. (WTVD-TV ABC 11 image)


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School Bus Stop Arm Camera Proposal Advances in Mesquite
City of Mesquite Council Minutes (Texas), May 16, 2016

After receiving a briefing regarding a possible inter-local agreement with the Mesquite Independent School District for the operation of a photo enforcement system to enforce violations of illegal passing of vehicles while students are loading or unloading a bus, the city council directed staff to proceed with developing the agreement and placing it on a future meeting agenda for consideration. See related coverage from Mesquite News.

School Bus Cameras Catch Drivers Passing Buses Illegally
WSOC-TV Channel 9 (North Carolina), May 13, 2016

Nearly half of the buses in the Avery County School District are now equipped with cameras on several locations around the bus that can see any car trying to pass a stopped bus. Several drivers have been caught breaking the law including an 18-wheeler. (WSOC-TV image)


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Teen Wins $5,000 for Film against Distracted Driving
The Shippensburg News-Chronicle (Pennsylvania)  May 18, 2016

Americans are mobile-first, but when driving, your number one priority should be safety. While our phones are a source for information and entertainment, there is no reason for anyone to manually text while driving. That’s the message that a 17-year-old high school senior conveyed in her digital short public service announcement that won the CTIA Wireless Foundation 2016 Drive Smartcontest. Her winning video also asked: “You wouldn’t drive blindfolded, why text?”

Red-Light Cameras Back in Valley Cities
KNXV-TV ABC 15 (Arizona), May 17, 2016

In a flash, photo enforcement is back. Speeders and red-light runners … your free ride is over. Phoenix will turn on its photo enforcement cameras after a two-month hiatus beginning Wednesday. Mobile photo enforcement vans will also return to school zones and other special enforcement areas. Scottsdale, Chandler and Star Valley are also restarting their photo enforcement efforts this week.

Highway Speed Cameras Return to Arizona
Payson Roundup, May 17, 2016

The Town of Star Valley will turn on the Highway 260 cameras for its photo enforcement program Friday, May 20 — perhaps curtailing the soaring number of drivers speeding through town since the cameras shut down.

Driver in Work Zone Crash Faces New Charges
WTVD-TV ABC 11 (North Carolina), May 17, 2016

A woman is facing new charges in an accident last month that left two North Carolina Department of Transportation workers seriously injured. One worker lost both legs in the crash. The driver is now also charged with DWI and felony serious injury by vehicle. See earlier coverage from The News and Observer. (NCDOT image)

Residents Sound Off on Safety Issues
Pacific Palisades Patch (California), May 16, 2016

We asked Patch readers what they thought the biggest safety issues were in their town. Here’s a list of the most pressing problems, from break-ins to traffic jams: “People running through the red lights at Palisades Drive, and on Sunset. Put red light cameras up.”

Bill to Expand Use of Speed Radar Advances in Pennsylvania
Land Line Magazine, May 13, 2016

An effort on the move at the Pennsylvania statehouse would provide local police access to speed radar. Pennsylvania is the only state in the country that prohibits municipal police from enforcing speed limits with radar. Since 1961, only state troopers are allowed to use radar. Two bills advanced last week that would change the state’s distinction. (WTVX-TV FOX 29 image)



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ATS Names Rebecca Kozloff Collins New General Counsel
Marketwatch, May 18, 2016

American Traffic Solutions has announced the appointment of Rebecca Kozloff Collins as General Counsel. Rebecca has more than 15 years of experience as in-house counsel for public and private companies, including a strong background in corporate governance, transactions, employment and labor law, and regulatory compliance.

View ATS’ Entry Video from BBB Torch Awards for Ethics
Youtube/Better Business Bureau (Arizona), May 16, 2016

American Traffic Solutions and ATS Processing Services have both been honored and awarded with the Better Business Bureau’s prestigious, Torch Award for Ethics. The BBB’s Torch Awards for Ethics recognize companies that display an outstanding level of ethics and integrity in all of their business dealings and generate a high level of trust among their employees, customers and their communities. (BBB image)


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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety U.S. traffic deaths climb, while New York streets are safer… @Reuters #StopOnRed  (Reuters image by Shannon Stapleton)



GHSA @GHSAHQ GHSA releases 2015 motorcyclist fatality data. Please ride and drive safely.




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Commentary: More Texas Drivers Choose Toll Roads
Austin American-Statesman, May 18, 2016

Here in Central Texas, the percentage increase in toll-road usage was near the top of the pack in a recent study, increasing by a whopping 23.4 percent between 2014 and 2015. This week marks Infrastructure Week, May 16-23. This week encourages our nation to address our infrastructure crisis. Across the nation we are seeing an increase in traffic volume. (Austin American Statesman image by Rodolfo Gonzalez)

Commentary: It’s Time for Wisconsin to Seriously Consider Tolling
Daily Tribune, May 18, 2016

It is time for Wisconsin to seriously consider tolling. Currently, 35 states have leveraged the power of tolling as a proven and effective option to meet their road funding needs. Neighboring states such as Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio all have tolled facilities. Across the country, toll road usage was up 7 percent in 2015. Toll roads are helping states build stronger economies, move people and goods faster and more efficiently, and create a safer, more sustainable infrastructure.

More Toll Lanes on Horizon in Colorado
The Denver Post, May 13, 2016

Lanes added on two high-traffic corridors began charging tolls in the last year, and state transportation officials promise at least three more metro-area projects in coming years will add express lanes. Plans call for extended toll lanes on north Interstate 25 and new ones on C-470, in the southwest suburbs, and on I-70 through northeast Denver and Aurora.



ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 22

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Mothers Push for More Speed Cameras
Headlines America, May 11, 2016

Mothers whose children were killed on city streets by cars said they’re heading to Albany to press lawmakers to lift restrictions on school zone speed cameras. The anguished mothers of Families for Safe Streets joined Transportation Alternatives Monday at City Hall to push for an expansion of the city’s speed camera program. See related article in Politico New York.

Photo Enforcement Resumes in Scottsdale
The Arizona Republic, May 10, 2016

Photo-enforcement cameras across Scottsdale will resume snapping pictures for traffic citations on May 13, following a brief hiatus while the third-party contractor sought licensing required by a recent Arizona Attorney General’s Office opinion. See related article from the Sonoran News(The Arizona Republic image by Dave Seibert)

Chandler Police Reintroducing Road Safety Cameras
KPNX-TV NBC 12 (Arizona), May 12, 2016

Chandler police have announced that photo enforcement will return to select Chandler intersections over the next few weeks. According to police, on Monday, photo enforcement cameras will begin a week-long system test at seven Chandler intersections.

Voters Voice Support for Red-Light Cameras
Community Impact Newspaper (Texas), May 7, 2016

Voters in Jersey Village gave their approval at the ballot box for their city council to continue its existing red-light camera program. With unofficial voting results tallied, the proposition to ban cameras failed, while the proposition to continue the program passed. Jersey Village has a contract with American Traffic Solutions that runs through 2024, although no cameras are now installed. (Community Impact Newspaper image by Emilie Lutostanski)

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School Bus Seen Running Red Light, Driving in Opposite Lanes
WNBC-TV NBC 4 (New York), May 11, 2016

Dashcam video recorded in New Jersey appears to show a school bus cross into a lane of oncoming traffic and blow through a red light. The wild maneuvers were captured on camera Thursday morning in Jersey City near Hoboken. (WNBC-TV NBC 4 and Dominick Lombardo image)

Same Vehicle Runs Red Light Twice in Minutes
Clearwater Patch (Florida), May 9, 2016

There’s nothing out of the ordinary about a traffic camera capturing a vehicle blowing through a red light at an intersection. A camera catching the same vehicle running the exact same light twice within minutes, however, is a little more unusual. That’s what Clearwater Police say unfolded on April 29. (Clearwater Police image)


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Zero Fatalities NV @DriveSafeNV 34% of all motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes in 2012 were speeding #SlowDown and #RideSmart


ATS Safety Retweeted SarasotaPD @sarasotapd It’s a beautiful day in @CityofSarasota! Make sure to be alert for motorcyclists: Share the road #MotorcycleSafety


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Crackdown Begins on Chronic Toll Evaders
The Journal News (New York), May 11, 2016

New York State is making good on its pledge to crack down on chronic toll evaders by going after their vehicle registrations. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday the state had begun the process of suspending registrations for 575 drivers who failed to pay tolls, fees and other charges resulting from five toll violations on different days over an 18-month period. See state news release here. (New York State image)


Express Toll Lanes Improve Commutes on I-405
Bellevue Reporter (Washington), May 10, 2016

After six months, the Washington State Department of Transportation claims the Express Toll Lanes on Interstate 405 are working better than anticipated. In the two “peak” periods of an average workday the average commute has improved by several minutes in three of four measured areas. See related press release. (WSDOT image)


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Editorial: Keep Red Light Cameras
The Pueblo Chieftain (Colorado), May 9, 2016

We urge Gov. John Hickenlooper to veto a measure that bans local government from using cameras that catch motorists running red lights. Pueblo started using red-light cameras in 2009 and they have reduced serious accidents at three of the city’s busiest intersections. … We join with City Council in asking the governor to throw House Bill 1231 in the trash as he did with a similar measure the state Legislature passed last year.

Letter to the Editor: Stop Red-Light Runners
Last Vegas Review-Journal (Nevada), May 11, 2016

Day after day I read in the paper about people running red lights and killing and maiming others, as well as doing big-time property damage. I see people running red lights all the time. I think Las Vegas is long overdue for lots of red light cameras. The policecan not possibly stop all this carnage with patrol officers, so it is time to take steps to help us.


ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 21

May 5th, 2016 Comments off

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Fixed Speed Cameras Coming to Four Portland Streets
KPTV-TV FOX 12 (Oregon), May 4, 2016

The city of Portland is purchasing unmanned speed cameras to slow drivers down on four of the city’s most dangerous streets. (KPTV-TV FOX 12 image)

Parents, Lawmakers Want Safety Cameras on School Buses
KDKA-TV CBS 2 (Pennsylvania), May 3, 2016

Cynthia Johnson hopes the Pennsylvania legislature gets House Bill 1249 moving. Johnson, whose 10-year-old daughter was nearly hit by a car speeding around the right side of a stopped school bus, believes school bus safety cameras would act as a deterrent to this dangerous behavior. HB 1249 allows for sensored cameras on school buses that would catch crucial information about the vehicle and driver that pass a stopped bus. (KDKA-TV CBS 2 image)


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Pueblo Council Pens Letter of Support for Cameras
Pueblo Chieftain (Colorado), May 4, 2016

In what’s becoming an annual ritual, lawmakers debated the use of automatic traffic cameras again this year before finally passing House Bill 1231, which bans cameras that catch people running red lights. The Pueblo City Council agreed Monday to send a letter to Gov. John Hickenlooper, urging him to stop the legislation again — as he did a year ago. (KOAA-TV NBC 5 image)

Board of Education Backs Red-Light Camera Program
The Daily Reflector (North Carolina), May 3, 2016

After holding a public hearing on Greenville’s proposed red-light camera program, the Pitt County Board of Education voted 6-3 for a resolution supporting statutory changes that would make it possible to implement such a program. … In addition to cracking down on red-light violators, the program would create an additional revenue stream for the school system. According to the state Constitution, “clear proceeds” of fines and forfeitures must go to public schools.

Full School Bus Hit by Car at Intersection
New Orleans Times-Picayune (Louisiana), April 28, 2016

A school bus carrying 33 students was hit in Marrero when a car slid through a red light, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. None of the injuries to the bus driver or the dozen students appeared to be life-threatening. (WVUE-TV FOX 8/NOLA image)


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Mayor Jim Strickland @MayorMemphis Today, I was proud to be part of an event that handed out $26,000 in crime prevention grants to 11 groups. Details:  (NOTE: Grant are funded through red-light running fines.)


ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Question: Why do you think people run red lights? How many red-light runners do you see in a week?  #StopOnRed




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ATS Names State, Local Government Solutions General Manager
Marketwatch (National), May 2, 2016

American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is pleased to announce that Liz Caracciolo has been promoted to General Manager of the State and Local Government Solutions Business Unit. Liz joined ATS in December of 2014 and since that time has served as Senior Vice President of Account Management where she was responsible for managing both customer service and customer relationships ensuring our teams delivered on our commitment to enhance safety.


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California Pension Fund, Allstate Invest in Indiana Toll Road
The Wall Street Journal (New York), May 4, 2016

The Indiana toll road must soon send its profits to a new place: the nation’s largest pension. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System purchased a 10 percent interest in an infrastructure investment fund that reaps tollway profits along the 157-mile stretch of highway between Illinois and Ohio. … Home and auto insurer Allstate Corp. also purchased a small stake. … Infrastructure is prized because the cash flow is steady and safe, but it’s a scarcely available asset. See related article at  (Indiana Toll Road website image)

Kentucky Gets E-ZPass Board Membership (Kentucky), May 4, 2016

Kentucky has met the conditions needed to join the E-ZPass Group’s decision-making board before an April 30 deadline, according to the state’s Transportation Cabinet. Cabinet spokesman Ryan Watts said in an e-mail Tuesday that the state now is a member of the group, whose agencies manage roads and collect tolls in 16 states.


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Commentary: Time to Stop Listening to Whiners
Sun-Sentinel (Florida), May 1, 2016

Pembroke Pines is now restarting a scaled down version of its red-light safety camera program. Good for them. Pembroke Pines Commissioner Angelo Castillo said his city’s analysis shows the cameras work. They had a 30 percent overall decline in the number of accidents at intersections with the cameras.

Editorial: Cameras Go Dark, Crashes Increase
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), May 4, 2016

While the evidence isn’t yet conclusive, it appears that more central Ohioans are getting their cars bashed up or being injured by crashes thanks to state lawmakers who effectively barred cities from using red-light traffic cameras to calm dangerous intersections.

Letter: Blame Drivers, Not Cameras, for Crashes
Newsday (New York), April 28, 2016

I disagree with the letter “Accidents show that red-light cameras need adjustments.” According to Newsday’s story “Accidents and red-light cameras,” accidents went down overall by 4.2 percent, and accidents also declined at 56 percent of the intersections where the cameras were installed. So, it’s disingenuous to cite the figure that injury accidents increased at 44 of the 100 intersections.