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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 2

January 19th, 2017 Comments off

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Truck Fails to Stop for School Bus; Strikes 3 Students
KTSP-TV ABC 5 (Minnesota), Jan. 19, 2017

Three high school students were critically injured after being hit by a vehicle that failed to stop for a school bus with its stop-arm extended Thursday morning in Otsego, according to authorities. All three students were taken to Mercy Hospital. (KTSP-TV ABC 5 image)

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Disturbing Video Shows Turning School Bus Striking Pedestrian
KOOL-Radio 101.5 FM (New York), Jan. 19, 2017

A woman in Brooklyn, N.Y., was hit by a school bus and survived. The victim was crossing the street in broad daylight last Friday when the bus made a right turn and plowed into her before running her over with its front right tire. Authorities say none of the woman’s injuries are fatal. (KOOL-Radio 101.5 FM/Arista Security image)

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Suspected Thief Caught on Camera in Vehicle Belonging to Ill Man
KDVR-TV FOX 31 (Colorado), Jan. 16, 2017

Many people don’t like red-light photo enforcement cameras at intersections, but what one camera revealed could solve a car theft case. In a FOX 31 Problem Solvers update, a man waiting for a lifesaving lung transplant was never so happy to get a ticket in the mail. The red-light running ticket he received in the mail weeks later, showed the probable thief behind the wheel of their vehicle. (KDVR-TV FOX 31 image)

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New Cameras Catching Speeders in School Zones
WWL-TV CBS 4 (Louisiana), Jan. 12, 2017

The city of New Orleans deployed new mobile traffic cameras this week, placing them in unmarked cars and school zones. Many drivers traveling in Algiers were caught off guard. “I didn’t see the cameras, but I did see a sign saying that they had cameras,” Algiers resident Mari Cell said. Another resident, Andy Perez, said it’s about time something was done about drivers who speed through his neighborhood. (WWL-TV CBS 4 image)

 

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City of Anchorage to Consider Red-Light Camera Proposal
KTVA-TV CBS 11 (Alaska), Jan. 17, 2017 

What can be done about red-light runners in Anchorage? Vice Chairman of the Anchorage Assembly Dick Traini says it’s a question he frequently hears from constituents. That’s why he and Anchorage Assembly Chair Elvi Gray-Jackson have submitted an ordinance that would let voters decide whether to allow the municipality to use cameras to ticket drivers that run red lights. (KTVA-TV CBS 11 image)

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Windsor Heights Installs Speed Cameras for End-of-Month Start
The Des Moines Register (Iowa), Jan. 12, 2017

Drivers traveling on University Avenue in Windsor Heights may have noticed the city’s new speed cameras and electronic speed signs. The city installed the cameras from American Traffic Solutions this week, but the system is undergoing testing and will likely be turned on by end of January. The camera uses 3D tracking radar that can monitor 32 vehicles across four lanes of traffic, and produce 12-second videos in full color. (WOI-TV ABC 5 image)

 

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Semi-truck Narrowly Misses Children Boarding School Bus
Pilot Tribune & Enterprise (Nebraska), Jan. 13, 2017

Children boarding a Blair Community Schools bus narrowly escaped injury Friday morning after a semi-truck passed the stopped bus on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 30. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking witnesses and information on the incident, which was caught on camera. Sgt. Don Morgan called the video frightening. “It will make your heart skip,” he said. “You see the child just get in the bus and about that time, there goes a semi-truck by, right past the doors. After it goes by, the second child gets on the bus.” (Beatrice Daily Sun image by Chris Dunker)

Student Hit by Car Near School Bus Is Recovering at Home
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (New Jersey), Jan. 13, 2017

The 14-year-old girl injured earlier this month when she was hit by a car and thrown into the air as she crossed the road to board a school bus has been released from the hospital, a school official said. The teen spent about a week in the hospital after suffering a concussion and bruises. The driver, who attends the same school, was ticketed on charges of careless driving and passing a school bus while discharging students, according to ShoreNews.com.

Distracted Driver Strikes Child Exiting School Bus, Police Say
WCVB-TV ABC 5 (Massachusetts), Jan. 12, 2017

A 6-year-old child was getting off a school bus when he was hit by an SUV in Haverhill. Police said the school bus was stopped with the flashing stop sign extended and lights flashing to allow students to get off and cross the street. After the collision, police said the boy was conscious and alert on scene and was taken to the hospital. The SUV driver, who was reaching for a pair of glasses at the time of the collision, was cited for failure to stop for a school bus.

 

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Zero Fatalities NV @DriveSafeNV A single traffic fatality affects more than just one person… That’s why Zero is the only acceptable number. http://owl.y/Qk5k307a8

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Retweet by ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety IIHS @IIHS_autosafety US motor vehicle crash deaths are rising with the economy. It’s not just miles driven, but also who is driving them.

 

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Upgrade Keeps Florida Toll Road Ahead of Population Growth
MyNews13.com (Florida), Jan. 18, 2017

The sights and sounds of major construction permeate the air for a new Beachline Expressway interchange in east Orange County at Innovation Way. The purpose of the project is to prepare the area for people — lots of people. (News 13/MyNews13.com image)

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Work Preps for I-66 Toll Lanes Inside Capital Beltway
WRC-TV NBC 4 (Washington, D.C.), Jan. 17, 2017

Road work along Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway is beginning a project to create new electronic toll lanes in hopes of alleviating traffic congestion while increasing vehicle capacity. The work on the entire project is expected to be completed by mid-2017 for dynamic toll lanes allowing anyone, including solo drivers who would have to pay a toll, to use them. The lanes will be free for HOV-2 plus and buses. (WRC-TV NBC 4 image)

 

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Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Made Me See the Light
The Folsom Telegraph (California), Jan. 17, 2017

While the subject of red-light cameras has its share of pros and cons that range from cost to effectiveness, I can attest first hand, that the use of such devices in troublesome intersections can be effective. …. I believe it will definitely slow us all down and help in many of our area intersections. Until that happens, let’s all practice safe driving. In the end, it will not only save you money, it could save your life.

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Editorial: Red-Light Running Habit Caused Hundreds of Crashes
The Journal Gazette (Indiana), Jan. 13, 2017

Mid-morning, a few times a week, a westbound motorist stopped for the traffic light at Main and Lafayette streets watch a northbound, dark-colored vehicle race through the red light. So far, no one has died. But it could happen. In 2014, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers running red lights contributed to crashes that killed 709 people and injured 126,000. … What are these people thinking?

Editorial: Let Locals Decide on Red-Light Cameras
Panama City News Herald (Florida), Jan. 12, 2017

In some cities that have deployed red-light cameras strategically — say, at intersections with the greatest number of red-light runners observed, or those with the highest volume of serious mishaps — significant traffic-safety improvements have occurred in some cities. These are among the reasons that the Legislature should not seek to impose a statewide ban; local governments should be able to install the devices as warranted by local conditions. Whether one is for or against their use, like most decisions it is best made on a local level.

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Letter to the Editor: Drivers, not cameras, to blame for crashes
Palm Beach Post (Florida), Jan. 15, 2017

Red-light cameras do not cause crashes. Europe has had red-light cameras for decades with no increase in crashes. If there are increased rear-enders at intersections with red light cameras, that only indicates the high number of red-light runners and poor drivers we have here in Florida.

Speed Cameras Help Create Equality
Des Moines Register (Iowa), Jan. 13, 2017

Very shortly, there will be a bill introduced in the Senate that will be pushed by Brad Zaun to outlaw all speed and red-light cameras. Studies have shown that crashes have been reduced where cameras are now placed. …. If all tickets were only given in person, then those “high level officials” have the ability to talk their way out of a ticket. That is called “professional courtesy,” and yes, that does happen. Cameras don’t care who you are.

 

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“We don’t have enough police officers to have one at every intersection. Using technology, I think, will help us stop the amount of carnage we’re seeing with red light runners.”
Dick Traini, Vice Chairman of the Anchorage Assembly
KTVA-TV CBS 11 (Alaska), Jan. 17, 2017

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 1

January 5th, 2017 Comments off

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Bradenton Ponders New Future for Red-Light Camera Program
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Jan. 4, 2017

Discussions on returning red-light cameras to select intersections in Bradenton have started for the first time since the city voted to terminate its contract with its current vendor. The first red-light camera in Bradenton was installed in 2008. Officials agreed last summer that terminating the contract was not a permanent action, and they would find a new potential vendor. (Bradenton Herald image)

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Traffic Violators Make Southwest Florida Intersections Risky
WINK-TV Channel 11 (Florida), Dec. 28, 2016

After posting video of Florida drivers running red lights and crashing into people on the WINK News Facebook page, we received a lot of comments saying intersections in our community needed to be investigated. That led us to Veronica Shoemaker and Colonial where we saw three vehicles run red-lights in less than an hour. (WINK-TV Channel 11 image)

 

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Red-Light Safety Camera Intersections Buck Crash Trend in Florida
Marketwatch, Jan. 5, 2017

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ (DHSMV) fifth annual report on Red-Light Safety Camera Programs, intersections equipped with the technology are bucking an alarming statewide trend. While overall crashes statewide have increased by 33 percent, crashes specifically related to red-light running at red-light safety camera intersections have decreased by more than 3 percent. See video of Florida’s worst red-light running crashes of 2016 here. View Florida report at this link. (Tampa Bay Times photo by Jim Damaske)

 

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Orange Park Pens New 3-Year Agreement with ATS
Clay Today (Florida), Jan. 4, 2017

The Orange Park Town Council voted 3-2 Tuesday in a hurried motion to approve the town’s red-light cameras for another three years despite several impassioned pleas from residents to do away with them.  … Police Chief Gary Goble said, “I think one of the things we’ve seen is the initial reduction of red-light camera violators. I think it has changed the way people drive.”

Hagerstown Police Seek Red-Light Cameras to Curb Violators
Herald-Mail (Maryland), Jan. 4, 2017

The Hagerstown Police Department wants red-light cameras placed at some intersections this year, although the proposal is still under review by the Maryland State Highway Administration, according to officials. After the city partnered with Howard County to help set up the system, the proposal had to be reviewed by the state. (WHAG-TV Channel 25 image)

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Analysis Ranks Most Dangerous Intersections in Texas
Killeen Daily Herald (Texas), Jan. 3, 2017

Although two intersections in Killeen are included, Houston tops the list of a new data analysis ranking the most dangerous intersections in Texas. Among nearly 300 examined intersections, Houston runs away with the crown for highest number of dangerous intersections with 82. That’s 46 more than San Antonio, the city with the second most.  (Transportation Nation/KUHF image by Gail Delaughter)

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New Orleans Announces Expansion to Camera Program
ladatanews.com (Louisiana), Jan. 3, 2017

The city of New Orleans has announced the deployment schedule and locations for additional traffic safety cameras beginning Jan. 9. The new deployment, which will be rolled out through April, will include 45 permanently fixed traffic safety cameras and 10 mobile traffic safety camera units. (ATS/KTBS-TV Channel 3 image)

Boynton Beach Leaders Consider New Uses for Red-Light Cameras
WPTV-TV NBC 5 (Florida), Jan. 2, 2016

Boynton Beach could put its red-light camera program to a new safety use. With the cameras turned off, the city could use them to deter crime or review crashes. The city’s vendor, American Traffic Solutions, receives about 2,000 requests per month from police agencies across the country for access to video of a crime or suspect.

 

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Speed Camera Will Help Safeguard Children at Elementary School
Queens Chronicle (New York), Dec. 29, 2016

For years, officials have worked to improve the safety around the Walter Ward School, citing what they call treacherous conditions near the site. Last week, they learned from State Sen. Joe Addabboo Jr. that speed limit signs and a speed camera will be placed near the elementary school.

 

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Vehicle Strikes Student on Way to School Bus, Driver Cited
The Herald-Dispatch (Ohio), Jan. 4. 2017

A 15-year-old student who sustained minor injuries Tuesday while attempting to get on a Fairland school bus was treated at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman. The girl was crossing the street to board a school bus when she collided with a vehicle that failed to stop for a school bus stop sign, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. (ATS image)

Student Hit by Car Is Hospitalized in Serious Condition
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (New Jersey), Jan. 3, 2017 

A 14-year-old girl was struck by a car as she was crossing a road to board a school bus Tuesday morning and was hospitalized in serious condition, State Police said. A preliminary investigation determined the bus was stopped in the northbound lane of Route 9 with its stop sign extended and flashing red lights activated. Authorities also say the girl was legally crossing the road.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  Are you into #NewYearsResolutions? Make sure to add stopping on red to your list! #StopOnRed drive safe! atsol.com

 

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Retweet by ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  NHTSA @NHTSAgov Let’s keep the numbers of #drunkdriving deaths in #NY2017 down. #DriveSober or Get Pulled Over

 

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Traffic Rises on Ohio River Bridges with New Tolling System
News and Tribune (Indiana), Jan. 3, 2017

On the fourth day of automated tolling, three tolled bridges saw greater numbers of vehicles and a higher percentage of vehicles with transponders crossing the Kennedy, Lincoln and Lewis and Clark bridges. More than 52,000 vehicles, 40 percent of them with mounted transponders, crossed the bridges on the first day of tolling, Dec. 30, 2016. On Jan. 3, the number rose to nearly 77,000 vehicles, 45 percent of which had mounted and read transponders. See related coverage at WDRB-TV Channel 41. (WDRB-TV Channel 41 image)

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Brooklyn Battery Tunnel Begins Cashless Tolling
WABC-TV ABC 7 (New York), Jan. 3, 2017

Drivers will say goodbye to toll booths and hello to cashless tolls on Wednesday when they travel through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. When the change takes effect at 3 a.m., every car that goes through the tunnel will be scanned. Those with an E-ZPass will be automatically billed, while drivers without one will have their license plates photographed and a bill mailed to the registered owner. This follows a successful test of cashless tolling at the Henry Hudson Bridge last month. (WABC-TV ABC 7 image)

 

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Commentary: 2017 Resolution — Watch for Idiot Red-Light Runners
WEB2CARZ.com (Illinois), Jan. 3, 2017

This week, we’re focusing on some driving resolutions for the new year that will have you safer, wiser and pretty much just better off on the road. Today’s resolution is easy but crucial. If you’ve ever seen a distracted or careless driver go right through a red light, then you know how dangerous it can be. It can kill. … Our advice to everyone on the road is to look before you decide to accelerate when the green light says you “have permission to proceed” it doesn’t mean it’s clear to go.

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Editorial: Crash Data Underline Road Hazards
The Daily Reflector (North Carolina), Jan. 5, 2017

Greenville could not get past its first day of the new year before a car crash killed someone on one of our city streets. It could not get past the first week of the new year until another person was killed. … Among the strides city, state and county leaders have made to address traffic safety, we urge the enforcement of lower speed limits and the installation of red-light cameras as promised.

Editorial: Illegally Passing a School Bus Is Dangerous
The Daily Star (New York), Jan. 3, 2017

When it comes to children being injured or killed by vehicles that illegally pass school buses, it would appear that we have been more lucky than good. Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond told The Daily Star that he does not know of any injuries to kids exiting or entering school buses in the last several years, but that his agency receives a “fair amount” of calls about illegal passing from the 15 schools in the area. Statewide, it is a growing problem.

 

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“The easy answer is to say get rid of them, they’re a lot of work. But the honest answer is I think they change the way people drive. I think they drive safer in the Town of Orange Park and I think they are a benefit to the town residents and the Town of Orange Park.”
Gary Goble, Town of Orange Park Police Chief
Clay Today (Florida), Jan. 4, 2017

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“Red-light cameras are just another deterrent. It’s not catching someone doing something wrong. We have to get out of this mind frame that the cameras are there to give people tickets. It’s not. Those cameras are a reminder that someone has died in order to implement them in the first place.”
Melissa Wandall, President of National Coalition for Safer Roads
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Jan. 4, 2017

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“The placement of these speed limit signs and cameras will remind motorists to slow down while driving near PS 232, helping to prevent potentially devastating accidents and making the streets just a little safer for both drivers and pedestrians, especially the children.”
Joe Addabboo Jr., New York State Senator
Queens Chronicle (New York), Dec. 29, 2016