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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 11

May 25th, 2017 Comments off

Bill Would Add Hundreds of Cameras to School Zones
Times Ledger (New York), May 22, 2017

The city’s speed camera program in school zones would be greatly expanded under legislation introduced in Albany. Dozens of street safety advocates joined state Sen. Jose Peralta as he proposed adding 610 cameras, up from the current 140 school-zone locations citywide, in an effort to crack down on speeding. “This bill will save lives and make our streets safer for everyone,” Peralta said.  (Times Ledger image courtesy of Sen. Jose Peralta’s office)


Pennsylvania House Panel Advances Speed Camera Bill
KYW-TV CBS 3 (Pennsylvania), May 24, 2017

A bill that would allow the city of Philadelphia to place speed enforcement cameras along Roosevelt Boulevard has cleared its first hurdle in the state House. Rep. John Taylor, who sponsors the bill, insists the measure is not about revenue but is about increasing safety on an artery that represents less than a half-percent of Philadelphia’s roadways, but accounted for 13 percent of traffic fatalities over a five-year period.  (The Inquirer/AP image by Matt Rourke)

Police Say Speeding Has Increased Since Cameras were Removed
KGAN-TV CBS 2 (Iowa), May 17, 2017

The Cedar Rapids Police Department says that speeding along the I-380 S-Curve has increased since speed cameras stopped issuing tickets earlier this month. Police found a 79 percent increase in the number of vehicles speeding at 67 mph or greater, increasing from 11,250 to 20,133. (City of Cedar Rapids image)

City Advisory Board Greenlights Speed Cameras
Santa Fe New Mexican (New Mexico), May 17, 2017

A city advisory committee has endorsed the Santa Fe Police Department’s pitch to revive the use of unmanned speed-monitoring equipment to ticket motorists caught on camera driving too fast on city streets.



Council Approves Vision Zero Plan to Reduce Traffic Deaths
Columbia Missourian (Missouri), May 21, 2017

The Columbia City Council recently approved the Vision Zero Action Plan, nearly three years after the issue of pedestrian safety was brought to its attention. … Included in the plan is the analysis of data and reintroduction of discussion about using red light cameras as enforcement strategies. (Bogageblog image by Jacob Bogage)

Driver Running Red Light Causes T-Bone Collision
St. George News (Utah), May 19, 2017

A driver was transported to the hospital after a car slammed into her vehicle in the middle of State Street in Hurricane on May 19. “Multiple witnesses at the scene said the light turned red while the Mustang was still in the middle attempting to clear the intersection,” Hurricane Police Officer Spencer Lundell said. “But the Toyota entered the intersections on a red light and struck the Mustang before she could clear it.”

Queens Boulevard Loses Its Reputation for Fatalities
WPIX-TV Channel 11 (New York), May 17, 2017

For more than a quarter century, Queens Boulevard has been nicknamed ‘The Boulevard of Death;’ that’s all changed. Mayor Bill De Blasio was on the boulevard touting a significant reduction in fatalities along the thoroughfare. He claimed the increased safety was the result of his Vision Zero pedestrian plan. “We can control enforcement by police,” he said, and listed other factors over which his Vision Zero Plan has control, including traffic cameras. (WPIX-TV Channel 11 image)


Driver Ignores School Bus Stop Sign; Collision Breaks Boy’s Leg
Central Florida News, May 16, 2017

An 8-year-old Cocoa boy suffered a broken leg after being struck by a car that reportedly drove around a stopped school bus, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. … Troopers say the school bus was stopped with its lights on and stop bar activated. “A car just came out of nowhere and he didn’t stop and he hit my son,” the mother said. See related article on Space Coast Daily. (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office image)

Child Hit by Vehicle after Getting Off School Bus
Times Recorder (Ohio), May 15, 2017

A Coshocton County child was hit by a vehicle after getting off a Tri-Valley school bus on County Road 14, according to Todd Shroyer, director of the Coshocton County Emergency Medical Services. The child was taken to Genesis Hospital in Zanesville with non life-threatening injuries.



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Tolling Helps Shape $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan
Bloomberg BNA, May 24, 2017

The White House budget reiterates proposals the administration laid out earlier this year. … The infrastructure fact sheet raises the prospect of expanding tolling on highways, allowing private companies to build and maintain interstate rest stops and expanding a program that provides loans for surface transportation projects. (U.S. Department of Transportation image)

Editorial: Consensus on Toll Roads Encouraging
Wisconsin State Journal, May 19, 2017

State leaders are still at odds over how to pay for roads in the next state budget. But consensus is building around tolling interstate highways as a long-range funding solution. This is progress. … A majority of respondents to a statewide Marquette Law School poll — 56 percent — said they are willing to accept tolling to pay for roads. (Racine Journal Times image by Gregory Shaver)



“Under Vision Zero, we have had three successive years of declining traffic fatalities, bucking national trends that show fatalities rising. Speed cameras have been instrumental to our success in slowing drivers down and saving lives — and so we look forward to getting this critical legislation passed this session.”
Polly Trottenberg, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner, on bill expanding use of school zone speed safety cameras
Times Ledger (New York), May 22, 2017



ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 10

May 11th, 2017 Comments off


Louisiana House Committee Vote Keeps Cameras in Place
The Advocate (Louisiana), May 8, 2017

A bill that would let voters statewide decide whether to outlaw traffic cameras was crushed Monday in the House Transportation Committee. The vote was 14-1 to kill the plan, House Bill 257. (WWL-TV CBS 4 image)

Police: Car Ran Red Light in Vegas School Bus Crash
KDWN-Radio 720 AM (Nevada), May 5, 2017

A passenger car driver ran a red light and caused a school bus crash that injured 15 children on the bus, the bus driver and a child in her car, police and school officials in Las Vegas said. The 70-year-old driver of the car was killed and the 10-year-old girl who was with her was seriously injured in the early morning crash on May 4.

ATS Among 6 Finalists for Baltimore Road Safety Camera Contract
Carroll County Times (Maryland), May 3, 2017

Baltimore officials have disclosed the names of the six firms competing to win the potentially lucrative contract to restart the city’s speed and red-light camera program. American Traffic Solutions is named on the list.  See related article at WMAR-TV ABC 2.  (The Baltimore Sun image by Barbara Haddock Taylor)


ATS Awarded Contract in Houston-Galveston Area
GSN Magazine, May 2, 2017

American Traffic Solutions has been awarded a contract with the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s co-op program HGACBuy. The award, won through a competitive bidding process, positions ATS as the exclusive provider of red-light, speed and school bus stop-arm safety cameras to HGACBuy members.

Chandler Activates New Photo Enforcement Camera
KTVK-TV Channel 3 (Arizona), April 30, 2017

Photo enforcement cameras at a Chandler intersection will start taking pictures of lawbreaking drivers on May 1. The cameras are at the intersection of McQueen and Queen Creek roads and will only monitor drivers going north or south on McQueen.


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Ordinance Lets Road Safety Cameras Return to Dayton
WDTN-TV Channel 2 (Ohio), May 10, 2017

The Dayton City Commission voted Wednesday to enact an ordinance that would bring controversial traffic cameras back to the city. The cameras will be implemented to catch drivers who speed and run red lights. … Dayton police chief Richard Biehl said the city has seen a 45 percent increase in traffic deaths in the last three years. (WDTN-TV Channel 2 image)

Family Crusades against Rising Pedestrian Fatalities
The Mercury News (California), May 8, 2017

Five-year-old Aileen Quiroz Chavez died almost four years ago when an SUV ran into her, her then-2-year-old sister, Arlette, and her aunt, Elena Quiroz, as they walked in the marked crossing. … Through a campaign they named AileenQ, Aileen’s family has been trying to educate people about traffic safety at community and school presentations, and holding periodic neighborhood safety walks to spread the word. Meanwhile, the city is trying to reverse the spike in pedestrian deaths. (The Mercury News Image by Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)


N.Y. Legislature Views 4 Bills to Curb Illegal School Bus Passing
School Bus Fleet, May 4, 2017 

State lawmakers are reviewing four bills that aim to prevent illegal bus passing by boosting public education, allowing stop-arm cameras as a way to help identify violators, and making fines and penalties tougher.  (WHEC-TV NBC 10 image)

Bill Boosts Penalties for Failing to Stop for School Bus
Cape Coral Daily Breeze (Florida), May 5, 2017

Legislation that is awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s consideration will stiffen the non-criminal penalties for drivers who fail to stop for a school bus and cause serious bodily injury or death. On Monday, HB 1239 – also known as the Cameron Mayhew Act — passed the Florida Legislature  with a 28-6 vote from the Senate. On April 28, the House passed the bill with its own 118-0 vote.

Marysville School Bus Cameras Now Issuing Tickets
The Herald (Washington), May 4, 2017

The warnings are over. The Marysville School District installed traffic enforcement cameras on 15 school buses more than a month ago. During April, drivers caught on camera passing a stopped school bus received a warning. As of Monday, they’ve faced $419 fines. In April, 45 warnings were issued, without fines. See related article at (The Herald image by Ian Terry)

Police: Pickup Strikes 12-Year-Old Leaving School Bus
New Canaan Patch (Connecticut), May 3, 2017

A 12-year-old girl suffered minor injuries after she was struck by a pickup truck while getting off a school bus on May 2 in Darien. Police said the bus was fully stopped with its external stop sign deployed and red lights flashing. The mirror on the passing pickup truck struck the girl as she attempted to cross Post Road.



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MassDOT Says Electronic Tolling Accuracy Rate Better than 99%, May 8, 2017

Six months in, the new cashless tolling system along the Massachusetts Turnpike has seen transactions come to a total of nearly a quarter billion, with an accuracy rate of greater than 99 percent, state transportation officials said Monday. There are 1.9 million E-ZPassMA accounts and 2.4 million “pay-by-plate” accounts, totaling 4.3 million accounts. See related article at Sentinel & Enterprise News. ( image by Don Treeger/The Republican)

Rhode Island Picks First Truck Toll Locations on I-95
U.S. News (National) May 6, 2017

Rhode Island’s first highway truck tolls could be installed later this year near the Connecticut border. The state Department of Transportation says the first electronic tolls on commercial big-rig trucks will be on Interstate 95 in both directions.

Toll Lanes Could Open this Summer on MoPac Express Lanes
Community Impact News (Texas), May 6, 2017

Most of the  major structural work on the MoPac express lane project is on track to wrap up by June. In the coming weeks, construction workers will be finishing paving and installing the walls of the underpasses that connect the express toll lanes to downtown Austin. … The project is adding one variably priced toll lane in each direction between Parmer Lane and Cesar Chavez Street. (Community Impact News image by Amy Denney)



“We want people to follow the law and we need to use every technology we can to make sure people are doing that to make our city safe.”
Nan Whaley, Mayor, Dayton, Ohio
WDTN-TV Channel 2, May 10, 2017

“I cannot express the pain and heartache we endure every day since my precious son, Cameron Mayhew, was taken from us. My son lost his life because someone was running late for work and the time clock was more important than the warning lights on the school bus. This tragic event not only affected our family, it has affected our entire community. We need stricter penalties — stricter penalties will save lives, and those lives belong to our children.”
Sherry Stevens, mother of Cameron Mayhew
Cape Coral Daily Breeze (Florida), May 5, 2017

“It’s kind of surprising how often it happens. Our drivers know this, but it was a wake-up call for us to see how many people pass school buses.”
Emily Wicks, Marysville Schools spokeswoman
The Herald, May 4, 2017


Editorial: Fines May Get Attention if Buses’ Red Lights Don’t
The Herald (Washington), May 8, 2017

Drivers in Marysville who ignore the red flashing lights and the stop sign paddle that swings out from school buses can expect to find a $419 fine in the mail in the coming days. … While a $419 fine is hefty — as it should be for a traffic violation that involves the safety of children — use of the cameras on school buses should not be viewed cynically as a moneymaker for school districts. As Marysville school and law enforcement officials collect data on the infractions and whether the cameras are successfully providing a deterrent, other districts should consider this as another tool for student safety. If flashing red lights don’t get the attention of some drivers, making scofflaws flash some green should.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Crashes Will Rise Without Cameras
Killeen Daily Herald (Texas), May 7, 2017

Now we’re back to having to watch for people running red lights and causing crashes.

Letter: ‘I Feel Safer When Traffic Obeys the Speed Limit’
The Des Moines Register (Iowa), May 2, 2017

The editorial on the traffic camera ruling fails to see the whole picture. Speed cameras have greatly improved safety in driving on Interstate Highway 380 through Cedar Rapids and on Interstate Highway 235 in Des Moines.

In the first three months of 2017, New Orleans issued about 6,790 citations for violations caught by mobile road safety cameras. Another 51,151 citations for violations caught by the city’s existing road safety cameras, a sharp drop-off from the 66,840 that were issued by those same cameras during the same three months in 2016. Source: The Advocate, May 8, 2017.