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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 9

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4 Students Die in Red-Light Running Crash
WYAY-Radio  FM 106.7 (Georgia), April 25, 2017 

Grief counselors will be on hand at south Fulton’s Langston Hughes High School after a tragic wreck claimed the lives of four students and left a fifth student injured. Fulton County police said the driver of a Lincoln Navigator ran a red light near the corner of GA-92 and Butner Road, crashing into the semi-truck. (WYAY-Radio FM 106.7/FOX 5 Atlanta image)


Florida Considers Best Practices for Future Road Safety
83degreesmedia.com, April 25, 2017

Florida legislators, local governments and law enforcement agencies across the state are seeking solutions rooted in better roadway design and engineering, education and traffic law enforcement to combat the crisis of public health on Florida streets outlined by the Pedestrian Danger Index, which lists eight Florida cities in the top 10 most deadly metro areas.  (Tampa Bay Times image by Jim Damaske)


Dayton Plans to Bring Back Speed, Red-Light Cameras
Springfield News-Sun (Ohio), April 20, 2017

An increase in traffic crashes and fatalities has Dayton police planning to bring back red-light and speed-detection cameras in the city. Dayton police propose to use 10 fixed camera systems, six hand-held devices and two portable trailer units, restarting a controversial program that was shelved in mid-2015 after the state put tough new restrictions on the use of automated traffic cameras. See related article at FOX 45 Now.

City of Waterloo Gives Nod to Red-Light Cameras
KXEL-Radio 1540 AM (Iowa), April 18, 2017

It’s never been done before in Waterloo, but the City Council agreed in principle on April 17 during a work session that the police department should implement red light traffic enforcement. Police Chief Dan Trelka says he’s identified 13 intersections where running red lights is a common occurrence.

 

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Parent Catches Motorists Passing Stopped School Bus
KEYC-TV CBS/FOX 12 (Minnesota), April 20, 2017

Outside a rural Eagle Lake daycare, parents are seeing a disturbing trend … motorists refusing to stop when school buses are unloading children. And one resident caught it on tape. … In 2016, the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services surveyed 2,621 Minnesota school bus drivers, who identified 530 vehicles illegally passing a stopped school bus in one day. (KEYC-TV CBS/FOX 12 image)


Red-Light Cameras Aim to Reduce Violent Crashes
WECT-TV NBC 6 (North Carolina), April 20, 2017

Wilmington city officials and everyday drivers want those behind the wheel to be more aware after the city made four appearances in a red-light crash video.

 

Driver Hits Child While Passing Stopped School Bus
WWL-TV CBS 4 (Louisiana), April 27, 2017

A driver struck and injured a child by a stopped school bus this morning in Algiers. According to New Orleans Police Department, a juvenile was hit by a car passing a school bus. The juvenile sustained minor injuries. The driver was cited for failure to yield and improper passing of a school bus.


Police Target School Bus Passing in New York
School Bus Fleet (National), April 27, 2017

Law enforcement officers in New York are keeping  a close lookout for motorists illegally passing school buses on Thursday. The statewide efforts are part of the annual Operation Safe Stop Day. Patrols form local, county and state police agencies are focusing on school bus stops that pupil transportation officials have identified as hot spots of stop-arm running. … Last year, officers from 95 participating law enforcement agencies agave out 859 tickets for passing stopped school buses and 1,547 tickets for other moving violations.  (The Journal News image by Ricky Flores)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted Vision Zero DC @DCVisionZero When you speed, you have less time to react, and the damage you inflict increases. #SlowDownDC #VisionZero

 

  
ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted ScottsdalePD @ScottsdalePD April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Be alert. Drive with care.

 

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Ohio River Bridge Tolls Show Increase in Crossings
Indiana Public Media, April 25, 2017

Numbers from the first quarter of the Ohio River Bridges Project show the average weekday crossings on all three bridges in March totaled 89,000, a 12 percent increase since January. RiverLink says $8.6 million was collected in tolls during the first quarter of the year, split evenly between Indiana and Kentucky. … Tolls were levied for the first time in December. (WDRB-TV Channel 41 image)


Beaver Valley Expressway Offers Cashless Tolling on April 30
The Herald (Pennsylvania), April 25, 2017

Beginning April 30, drivers on Interstate 376/Beaver Valley Expressway will be charged electronically through their E-ZPass or will receive a bill in the mail after a camera scans their license plate at the toll booth. “The technology and systems for the cashless tolling pilot project on the Beaver Valley Expressway/Toll 376 in Beaver and Lawrence counties have cleared testing,” Turnpike CEO Mark Compton said.  (The Herald image by John Zavinski)

Moody’s: U.S. Toll Roads Likely to Fund Infrastructure Backlog
Moodys.com, April 24, 2017

In light of stagnant federal funding and limited capacity for states to increase spending, toll roads will play an increasing role in addressing the funding gap for road and bridge infrastructure needs in the U.S., according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service. More toll roads and increased tolling in areas with existing traffic congestion and growing economies, population and per capita income. (WFAA-TV ABC 8 image)

 

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“Camera traffic enforcement has always been a very effective way to control hazardous driving, and so we’re obviously making a recommendation to return to that.”
Richard Biehl, Dayton Police Department Chief
Dayton Daily News (Ohio), April 20, 2017


“We really want people to understand that running red lights is extremely dangerous, and these cameras and the distribution of the videos and stories like this one help people to understand that it’s a problem in every city.”
Dylan Lee, Spokesman for City of Wilmington, N.C.
WECT-TV NBC 6 (North Carolina), April 20, 2017

Ohio
A 2014 change in state law required a police officer to be stationed at a road safety camera in order for a citation to be issued. Since then, Dayton police chief Richard Biehl said traffic deaths have risen 45 percent, adding that his department could staff 10 proposed camera locations for about eight hours a week only. Source: WLWT-TV NBC 5, April 20, 2017. 

Texas
The city of Dallas says T-bone crashes have diminished by 48 percent at intersections with red-light safety cameras. Source: WFAA-TV ABC 8, April 12, 2017.

 

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City OKs 7-Year Agreement with American Traffic Solutions
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), April 12, 2017

Dallas’ red-light camera program will roll on after the City Council approved a new seven-year contract Wednesday. The council’s vote was 9-6. The winning bidder is American Traffic Solutions. … Dallas’ red-light camera program began in 2006, and the city had as many as 66 cameras installed at one time. The new deal with ATS as a new vendor calls for at least 40 cameras. (The Dallas Morning News image)

Report Forecasts Growth in Traffic Enforcement Camera Market
Individual.com (National), April 12, 2017

According to a new market report published by Credence Research Inc., “Traffic Enforcement Camera Market — Growth, Share, Opportunities, Competitive Analysis, and Forecast 2015-2022,” stringent road safety regulations and increasing efforts to reduce road fatalities across the world are increasing the adoption of traffic enforcement cameras.


Pedestrian Deaths Are Increasing in Sacramento
KXTV-TV ABC 10 (California), April 5, 2017

It’s more dangerous than ever to go for a walk — at least when there are cars on the road. A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association says pedestrian fatalities are up 22 percent from 2014 to 2016. The consultant who prepared the report called the increases “unprecedented.” Sacramento is also seeing a rise in fatalities. Read the report here.  (GHSA image)

 

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Pedestrian Injured in Red-Light-Running Chain-Reaction Collision
WTNH-TV Channel 8 (Connecticut), April 11, 2017

An alleged red-light runner collided with a vehicle legally entering a New Haven intersection, causing it to strike a man walking across the road without the walk signal. Police said the pedestrian suffered a head laceration and is now in stable condition at the hospital.


Red-Light Safety Cameras Could Soon Be a Reality in Hawaii
KHON-TV Channel 2, April 7, 2017

A bill that would bring red-light cameras to Hawaii continues to make its way through the Legislature. The bill would give the green light for red-light cameras to be installed at intersections around the state. … The Public Defenders Office opposes the idea. … But for those in support, it’s a chance to make Hawaii’s roads safer. (KHON-TV Channel 2 image)


Painful Story of Distracted Driving Becomes Safety Message
KFSM-TV Channel 5 (Arkansas), April 7, 2017

A local man’s life was forever changed by a distracted driver and he’s speaking out about his experience as part of Distracted Driver Awareness Month. “In about five seconds, my whole life was turned upside down,” Don Moore said.  (KFSM-TV Channel 5 image)

 


Motocyclist Injured, Hospitalized after Avoiding Stopped Bus
Salina Post (Kansas), April 12, 2017

A motorcycle driven by an 18-year-old swerved to avoid a school bus stopped to let a student off in Reno County. Emergency workers transported the motorcyclist to Hutchinson Regional Medical Center with undetermined injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

Bill to Toughen School Bus Passing Penalties Advances in State
News-Press.com (Florida), April 4, 2017

Legislation named after a local teen struck and killed while getting off his school bus last year continues to make its way through the Legislature. Motorists who cause deaths or injuries when illegally passing stopped school buses would have to pay bigger fines, have their licenses suspended for a year and perform community service in a trauma center or hospital, under proposals moving in the Senate and House.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted NSC @NSCsafety Some screen time can be deadly. Learn more at nsc.org/ddmonth #distracteddriving #justdrive #DistractedDrivingAwarenessMonth


ATS_RoadSafety  @ATS_RoadSafety  VIDEO: A Mesa driver ran a red light at 104 MPH after the light was red for 36 seconds! #SpeedKills #StopOnRed

 

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Electronic Toll Collection Market Report Shows Growth
Military-Technologies.net/Satprnews, April 11, 2017

The Global Electronic Toll Collection Market accounted for $4.75 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach $10.96 billion by 2022, according to Stratistics MRC. Factors such as increasing demand for safe and secure infrastructure, low travel time, cashless travel facility and free flow of traffic are propelling the market growth.


Construction Begins on Maine’s 4th Open-Road Toll Plaza
WCSH-TV NBC 6 (Maine), April 10, 2017

Construction is under way on the fourth open-road toll plaza in the state of Maine. The four-phase construction project began April 10 on the toll facility for exit 44 off the Maine Turnpike in Scarborough. The new toll plaza will include EZ-Pass lanes that allow drivers with EZ-Passes to travel through without slowing down. (WCSH-TV NBC 6 image)


Commute Times Tumble in Massachusetts with Electronic Tolling
ConstructionEquipmentGuide.com, April 5, 2017

Drivers into Boston from its western suburbs are now saving 12 minutes of commute time each way, or two hours a week, after the Massachusetts Department of Transportation removed all middle-lane toll booths last fall to let traffic flow without stopping, according to State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack. The results are in conjunction with a Massachusetts Pike change to all-electronic tolling. (ConstructionEquipmentGuide.com image)

 

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Commentary: Big Fines Could Raise School Bus Safety Awareness
Faribault Daily News (Minnesota), April 11, 2017

When parents send their children off on a school bus each morning, they should find comfort in knowing it’s one of the safest options available. Unfortunately, statistics proving that statement don’t completely ease the anxiety. … Surveys show there are thousands of violations each week involving vehicles passing stopped school buses. For that reason, Rep. Dean Urdahl is sponsoring a bill in the Minnesota House that would increase a fine for stop-arm violations from $300 to $500.


Editorial: Pass Bill to Regulate Cameras
Sioux City Journal (Iowa), April 5, 2017

We hope this session marks the last time we hear and read about traffic camera debate in the Iowa Statehouse. We have lost count of how many sessions have included this obsessive discussion, with no change resulting. This year, the Senate passed what in our view is a reasonable compromise on these divisive devices. Our hope is the House joins the Senate, passes the bill and finally puts the issue to rest, at least at the Capitol.


Letter to the Editor: People Often Run Red Lights
Palm Coast Observer (Florida), April 10, 2017

No more red-light cameras. It’s obvious since every time I drive on Palm Coast Parkway I see cars going through red lights. They don’t even slow down since they are normally speeding. … Two people have already been killed by a red-light runner this year, and hopefully our new sheriff will put more deputies on traffic control before it happens again.

 

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“If only a few people are saved from a T-bone accident, this program is worth it.”
Sandy Greyson, Dallas City Council member
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), April 12, 2017


“We know that speed kills, and red light running and these little violations of our civic code lead to an environment of death and carnage.”
Doug Hausladen, New Haven Transportation Director
WTNH-TV Channel 8 (Connecticut), April 11, 2017

 

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In Bellevue, the number of infractions issued through the road safety camera program decreased 10 percent from years 2016 to 2015, a change that police say indicates the cameras are helping to change driver behavior.  Authorities approved 31,304 infractions through the nine-camera program in 2016, according to the Bellevue Police Department’s Annual Report. Source: MyNorthwest.com and KIRO-TV Channel 7 (Washington), April 12, 2017.