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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 6, Issue 49

November 17th, 2016 Comments off

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Georgia Police Seek Suspect for Fired Shots near School Bus
WSB-TV Channel 2 (Georgia), Nov. 17, 2016

Georgia police are searching for a suspect who fired shots in the middle of a neighborhood near a school bus full of children last week. The school bus driver protected the children and called 911. No one was injured. School bus stop arm cameras mounted on the outside of the bus caught the event on video, which police are reviewing as part of the investigation.  In a separate news release, American Traffic Solutions called the bus driver’s actions “heroic.” Read the release on MarketWatch here. (WSB-TV Channel 2/ATS image)

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Memorial Held on 10th Anniversary of Deadly Hit-and-Run
WROC-TV CBS 8 (New York), Nov. 14, 2016

Ten years later, a memorial service was held to remember a Rochester woman killed in a hit-and-run. Bertina Forde was hit and killed on St. Paul Street in 2006. Forde was crossing the street outside her office when it happened. … Since her death, red-light cameras were put up at the crosswalk. Forde would have turned 36 years old on Nov. 14. (WROC-TV CBS 8 image)

 

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Photo Enforcement Fines Help Fund School Zone Upgrades
The Daily News (Washington), Nov. 16, 2016

Three more Longview school zones will soon get improved safety features including flashing lights and speed signs to remind drivers to slow down. … A portion of the project’s costs will be paid out of the city’s public safety fund, a pool that came from tickets from photo enforcement cameras and designated for traffic and school improvements. (The Daily News image)

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Issaquah Council Approves Red-Light Camera Study
Issaquah Reporter (Washington), Nov. 16, 2016

The Issaquah City Council voted 5-1 at the Nov. 7 council meeting to authorize a traffic study of red-light violations at six intersections in the city to determine if it would be beneficial to install red-light cameras to monitor the intersections. American Traffic Solutions, in partnership with the Issaquah Police Department, will conduct the one-month study.

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When Red-Light Cameras Turn Off, More Kids Die
Herald-Tribune (Florida), Nov. 15, 2016

A new study suggests that red-light cameras save children’s lives. The study — presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics national conference in San Francisco — found a correlation between rising traffic fatalities involving children in some states following the termination of red-light camera enforcement there. The study found that serious motor vehicle crashes increased substantially — more than tripling in Houston, for example — after the cameras were turned off.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety retweeted NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA November 20th is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Please share our message – ow.ly/suA23068pza #WDR2016

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety More than 30% of all US traffic fatalities were caused by speeding for the last 10 years. Help spread the message #SpeedKills this #WDR2016

 

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New Toll Lanes Coming to State Route 288
KHOU-TV CBS 11 (Texas), Nov. 15, 2016

Construction to add new toll lanes to Highway 288 has officially started. The $815 million project is privately funded and is adding lanes from Highway 59 to past the south Beltway. The new lanes are expected to open by 2019. (Drive288/KHOU-TV CBS 11 image)

No Rate Changes Expected for Dulles Toll Road until 2019
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Washington, D.C.), Nov. 15, 2016

Due to a series of agreements related to tolls and the Silver Line construction, tolls on the Dulles Toll Road are scheduled to remain flat through the end of 2018 before an increase in 2019. Through the end of October, the Dulles Toll Road has collected more than $127 million this year. Most tolls are paid with E-ZPass, but about $19 million have been paid in cash.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 48

November 10th, 2016 Comments off

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Study Suggests Red-Light Cameras Save Children’s Lives
Portland Press Herald/The Washington Post Nov. 5, 2016

A new study suggests that red-light cameras save children’s lives. The study — which was presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics national conference, which was Oct. 22-25 in San Francisco — found a correlation between rising traffic fatalities involving children in some states following the termination of red-light-camera enforcement. See related article at The Spokesman-Review.  (File photo by The Spokesman-Review)

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Red-Light Camera Program Changing at Virginia Beach
The Virginian-Pilot, Nov. 4, 2016

As part of a contract signed earlier this year for the city’s red-light program, crews are replacing red-light cameras, taking some down and installing new ones from American Traffic Solutions. (City of Virginia Beach image)

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Nearly 10% Growth Predicted for Road Safety Market by 2021
ITS International, Nov. 3, 2016

According to a new market research report, the road safety market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 9.3 percent from from 2016 to 2021, topping out at $4.06 billion.  Growing government regulations for road safety are among the driving forces in the market. The report names red-light enforcement as one of the most important safety control systems in traffic management. (The Fayetteville Observer image by Johnny Horne)

 

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Study Shows Risks to Pedestrians in School Zones
School Bus News (National), Nov. 2, 2016

A new report from Safe Kids Worldwide sheds light on safety risks for student pedestrians — specifically those in their teens. Unsafe speed limits were among the risky behaviors recorded. … The findings come at a time when pedestrian deaths among 12- to 19-year-olds have increased 13 percent in the past two years. Five teens in the U.S. die every week while walking.  The report encourages cities to use speed and red-light safety cameras in school zones. View report here. (Safe Kids Worldwide graphic)

Ontario to Reintroduce Photo Radar in School Zones
Guelph Mercury Tribune (Canada), Nov. 8, 2016

After a formal request from Toronto Mayor John Tory, Premier Kathleen Wynn has announced new legislation empowering municipalities to install safety cameras near schools to curb speeding and protect pedestrians and cyclists. “Our intent is to give municipalities more tools to help keep people safe on our roads,” the premier said.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety retweeted NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA NCSR Retweeted GHSA It’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week! Drowsy driving can cause crashes Please be #Awake2Drive #safetysaveslives

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Red-light cameras added at some @CityofVaBeach intersections, removed at others. pilotonline.com/news/local/tra…   #StopOnRed  @virginianpilot

 

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Construction Begins on Toll Road into Austin
KXAN-TV NBC 36 (Texas), Nov. 8, 2016

It has taken about 30 years, but today construction on the SH 45 Southwest Project officially started. Drivers in Hays and Southern Travis County will eventually see some relief to their commute. The 3.6-mile toll road is expected to save 9 to 17 minutes over local routes to downtown Austin, while drivers who use local routes to downtown will save 6 to 7 minutes. (KXAN-TV NBC 36 image)

 

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 47

November 3rd, 2016 Comments off

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A Second Florida Appeals Court Backs Red-Light Cameras
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Oct. 28, 2016

A second Florida appeals court has sided with communities that use cameras to catch red light runners. The Second District Court of Appeal ruled Oct. 28 that the City of Oldsmar’s camera program is not an illegal delegation of a law enforcement function to a third party. It follows a similar ruling issued in July in a case filed against the City of Ventura. View American Traffic Solutions’ news release here.

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Chandler Road Safety Cameras Begin Warning Period at 4 Locations
KTVK-TV Channel 3 (Arizona), Oct. 31, 2016

Chandler took the lens caps off photo enforcement cameras at four intersections on Nov. 1. If any of the cameras catch you in a moving violation at one of those intersections, you will get a warning in the mail. The city of Chandler is basically giving drives a 30-day grace period to get used to the cameras. Come Dec. 1, however, citations will be issued to speeders and red light runners. (ATS image)

 

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Frisco Adds 5th Red-Light Safety Camera
KXAS-TV NBC 5 (Texas), Nov. 2, 2016

Frisco added a new red-light camera at the intersection of Preston Road and Warren Parkway, the site of 60 crashes in the past five years, causing injuries to 21 people. This is the city’s fifth camera in the program, which began in February 2011. Police Sgt. Jeff Inmon said “We’re seeing a huge decrease in violators running red lights because of the cameras.” (KXAS-TV NBC 5 image)

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Issaquah Could Get More Red-Light Safety Cameras
KIRO-TV Channel 7 (Washington), Oct. 28, 2016

The Issaquah City Council Services and Safety Committee has recommended that the full council approve a plan to study the viability of adding red-light cameras to six intersections. Police identified the locations as having the most crashes triggered by red-light infractions. American Traffic Solutions will conduct the study at no charge to the city. The council could vote on the recommendation Nov. 7. See related article at the East Side News. (KIRO-TV Channel 7 image)

 

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6th Grader Hit by Car while Boarding School Bus
WSET-TV ABC 13 (Virginia), Nov. 2, 2016

State police said a 13-year-old girl was getting on the school bus in Boones Mill when a 19-year-old driver didn’t stop, went around the bus and hit the girl as she crossed the road. The student was treated at the scene for minor injuries. See related article at The Roanoke Times.

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Falls Church Resumes School Bus Camera Program
WTOP-Radio 1500 AM (Washington D.C.), Oct. 31. 2016

The City of Falls Church is resuming its program to cite drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses, which had been on hold for a year, after Virginia’s General Assembly fixed legal language to clarify how violators will receive citations.  (Del Ray Patch/Falls Church City Public Schools)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  3 million views! Thank you for supporting our mission to make life safer & easier on the road ahead. youtube.com/ATSRoadSafety. #StopOnRed

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NHTSA @NHTSAgov Always make eye contact with drivers as they approach you to make sure that you are seen. #EveryoneIsAPedestrian

 

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1st Days of Massachusetts Tolling Brings 4 Million Transactions
WWLP-TV Channel 22 (Massachusetts), Nov. 1, 2016

The new electronic tolling system on the Massachusetts Turnpike has processed more than 4 million transactions since the program launched Friday night. Eighty-three percent of those were E-ZPass transactions. See related article at WBZ-TV CBS 4. (The Boston Globe image by Aram Boghosian)

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Massive Project to Change Face of Commuting on 288
KTRK-TV ABC 13 (Texas), Nov. 1, 2016

In just a matter of days, crews will break ground on new construction for State Highway 288. The multi-million dollar project will add toll lanes to the South Freeway to provide traffic relief for drivers who take the freeway from Brazoria County and southern Harris County. The project will take $815 million and three years to complete. (KTRK-TV ABC 13 image)

 

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“We know it’s working. We know that it does reduce crashes at intersections and that’s our goal. We want to reduce crashes so people don’t get hurt.”
Jeff Inmon, Police Sergeant with city of Frisco, Texas
KXAS-TV NBC 5 (Texas), Nov. 2, 2016

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