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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 13

June 22nd, 2017 Comments off


N.Y. Assembly Passes Bill to Expand School Zone Speed Cameras
News Release, June 21, 2017

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Deborah Glick today announced the passage of a measure to expand the school zone speed camera program in the City of New York. … The bill would increase the current cap on the number of authorized speed camera zones in the City of New York from 140 to 290 and authorize the phase-in of any of the additional cameras at the rate of 50 per year over three years. (Times Beacon Record image by Elana Glowatz)


Pols, Advocates Push for More Speed Cameras
Queens Chronicle (New York), June 15, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg earlier this month joined the call to more than double the number of speed cameras in school zones. “There is a piece of legislation that simply says since speed cameras around schools have been working and saving lives — saving children’s lives — we should have them around more schools,” de Blasio said at a rally in front of City Hall. “Isn’t that the simplest thing you’ve heard in a long time?” See additional coverage at NYC.gov and related research study here. (NYC.gov image)

 


Apopka Approves Red-Light Cameras for 5 Additional Years
WFTV-TV ABC 9 (Florida), June 22, 2017

By a vote of 3-2, the Apopka City Council voted Wednesday to extend its contract for red-light cameras for another five years. The vote was taken during a council meeting Wednesday after dozens of drivers showed up to speak against keeping red-light cameras in the city. (WFTV-TV ABC 9 image)

Crash with Injury to Child Blamed on Red-Light Runner
WTVD-TV ABC 11 (North Carolina), June 14, 2017

Police suspect a red-light runner is to blame for a June 13 crash that sent a 3-year-old to the hospital with critical injuries. Fayetteville police have not said which driver is responsible for running the light, but are urging all drivers to take precaution when approaching intersections.

 

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New Port Richey Adds 2 Years to Red-Light Camera Program
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), June 21, 2017

A year after the City Council teetered on pulling the plug on the program and extended it for just one year on a split vote, there was less debate this week as council members voted 4-1 in favor of a two-year extension. The vote came after a plea by New Port Richey Police Chief Kim Bogart to keep the cameras. (The Tampa Tribune image by Jay Conner)


Traffic Management Market Expected to Grow
PRNewswire, June 16, 2017 

Research and Markets, the world’s largest market research store, expects the traffic management market to grow from $22 billion in 2017 to more than $59 billion by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate of 21 percent. High demographic growth and hyperurbanization in developing countries and government initiatives for traffic management are some of the driving forces for this market. (The Columbus Dispatch image by Barbara J. Perenic)


Red-Light Cameras May be Back
The Glendale Star (Arizona), June 15, 2017

Glendale drivers, take note: The city is researching the installation of red-light cameras in the future. The city council heard an update fro Police Chief Rick St. John at the June 6 workshop about photo enforcement, then gave the chief the go-ahead to pursue a red-light running study at select intersections.

 


Bills Increase Penalties for Illegally Passing School Buses
Watertown Daily News (New York), June 16, 2017

State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie wants to crack down on those who illegally pass stopped school buses, after a survey turned up hundreds of such cases in just a few days. The results showed 577 passing violations in three counties between March 13 and 17. Ritchie released the results after a series of school bus-related bills she sponsored passed the Senate. (WHEC-TV image)

Dirt Bike Runs Over Child Leaving School Bus, Flees Scene
The News Journal/Delaware Online, June 16, 2017

Wilmington Police are asking the public to help identify a dirt bike operator who ran over a child getting off a school bus last month. The child was injured in the collision on May 24. The collision occurred as the dirt bike rider passed the stopped school bus and struck the child who had just exited, police said. The motorcyclist then fled the scene.

Drivers Pass Stopped School Buses, Put Children at Risk
Cision News Wire, June 12, 2017

Children entering and leaving their school buses remain at risk from vehicles that illegally pass stopped buses in the Longwood Central School District, according to results from a school bus stop arm safety camera pilot program. Two buses in the district operated with school bus stop-arm safety cameras from Feb. 27 to May 5 and identified 59 vehicles committing stop-arm violations in 45 class days. “These numbers are troubling,” Gale Winsper, Transportation Coordinator for the district, said.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety WATCH: Video shows “inattentive” driver slamming into semi wqad.com/2017/06/190/wat  #DistractedDriving #ItCanWait

 


ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted Vision Zero Network @Visionzeronet Celebrating Sweden’s 20 years’ commitment #VisionZero: Reducing traffic deaths by half & greater improvement among children. Inspiration!

 

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Texas 249 Toll Project Won’t Require Taxpayer Support
Houston Chronicle (Texas), June 19, 2017

The Montgomery County Toll Road Authority is moving forward with plans to construct a $73 million, 3.6-mile tolled section of Texas 249 that officials say will not use any taxpayer dollars and will help fund additional mobility projects in the future. (Houston Chronicle image by Brett Coomer)

Tolling Called Viable Revenue Source for Connecticut
The CT Mirror, June 18, 2017

We’re beyond the useable life of a lot of our bridges in Connecticut. They’re beyond their design life. Most of them were built in the ’50s or ’60s. And they’re operating over capacity. What you need is a new revenue source altogether, and tolls could possibly generate $900 million a year, which is the type of revenue source you would need to accomplish some of these projects.

Rhode Island Full Speed Ahead on Truck Tolls
American Shipper, June 12, 2017

Rhode Island Department of Transportation has entered a contract with Kapsch Traffic Com IVHS to design and build electronic tolling facilities and related infrastructure for the state’s controversial truck-only tolling program. … Construction of the tolling facilities will be ongoing through the end of 2018, with tolling locations coming online as they are built. The first two tolling locations are expected to be operational and collecting revenue by the end of 2017.

 


Commentary: Running a Red Light Is Potentially Lethal
New Haven Register (Connecticut), June 21, 2017

While drivers run the red in Westville by accident, drivers blaze right through every other red wholly on purpose. … Public safety has a role in the civil rights debate. Your right to run a red light must be weighed against my right not to be killed as I’m using the crosswalk. Given Connecticut saw more than 50 pedestrian deaths last year, it seems red-light proponents are on solid ground.


Letter to the Editor: Bring Back Red-Light Cameras
The Gazette (Colorado), June 21, 2017

Please, please, please bring back red-light cameras and speed cameras. I’d rather some idiot driver have his privacy invaded by the cameras than have the side or front of my car (and possibly my body) invaded by their car when they smash into me.

 


“Speed cameras can effectively capture this violation and send a strong message to that motorist that speeding will not be tolerated. Additional speed cameras at key locations — a proven tool in reducing vehicle speeds will help us accomplish this, and by all means speed cameras will support our officers.”
Polly Trottenberg, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner
Queens Chronicle (New York), June 15, 2017

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 12

June 8th, 2017 Comments off


Commentary: Vision Zero Is a Huge Success
New York Daily News, May 30, 2017

The Grand Concourse in the Bronx has long been an intimidating pedestrian and bicycle environment. Following several years of “Vision Zero” street safety improvements, however, this June will mark more than two years without any street deaths — down from an all-time high of 15 deaths in 1992. It’s time to extend those benefits to the whole city. (Image by Gardiner Andeson for New York Daily News)

Editorial: Bill Would Let Cities Increase Use of Road Safety Cameras
The Register Guard (Oregon), June 3, 2017

Oregon cities that install cameras at intersections to catch motorists running red lights may soon be able to also use them to catch speeders under House Bill 2409. … This is an eminently sensible and potentially lifesaving bill.

 

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Two Injured in Hillsdale County Car-School Bus Crash
WTVB-Radio 1590 AM/95.5 FM (Michigan), June 7, 2017

The driver of a passenger car and her 5-year-old child suffered minor injuries Tuesday afternoon when the vehicle struck the back of a Pittsford school bus. Michigan State Police say the bus had come to a complete stop with all of the appropriate flashing lights and equipment activated. (School Transportation News image)

Speed Van Plan Moves to Santa Fe City Council
Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico), June 5, 2017

The Santa Fe City Council’s Finance Committee gave the green light to advancing a proposal to restart the S.T.O.P. speed limit enforcement program, which uses unmanned speed enforcement vehicles to catch speeders. … The full City Council could consider the proposal on July 12.


Mother behind School Bus Passing Law Speaks Out
WDAM-TV Channel 7 (Mississippi), June 2, 2017

Nathan Scott Pates pleaded guilty in court Wednesday to aggravated assault after he hit a stopped school bus with his truck, injuring a child who was unloading. He was convicted under Nathan’s Law, and has to go to jail for five years. … The law is named after 5-year-old Nathan Key, and imposes stiffer penalties on drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. Nathan was killed in 2009 when he was struck by a motorist who hit him as he got off the school bus. (WDAM-TV Channel 7 image)


Global Study: Safety Regulations Drive Growing Use of Cameras
Individual.com, June 2, 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. The growth is primarily driven by the increasing need to reduce speeding and fatalities in urban areas. (San Jose Mercury News/MercuryNews.com image by Dan Honda)


Oregon May Let Red-Light Cameras Catch Speeders
The Register-Guard, June 1, 2017

Red-light cameras could soon serve a second function in Oregon: identifying speeders. House Bill 2409, recently approved by the state Senate, would allow cities to use their red-light cameras also to issue speeding tickets to drivers who pass through an intersection on a green light at least 10 mph faster than the posted speed limit, or at least 21 mph over the speed limit if the light is red.  The bill still needs the governor’s signature to become law.  (Portland Press Herald image)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted  NHTSA @NHTSAgov About 1K Americans are killed every month in speed-related crashes. Slow down, and don’t become a statistic. #SlowDown #SayNoToSpeeding

  
ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted GHSA @GHSAHQ “The whole point during that learning to drive process … is to control that risk.” GHSA’s @russ_martin81 on GDL: bit.ly/2rwy9wi   Fatal Teen Driver Crashes Increase across U.S. Wisconsin
New data from AAA showed drivers ages 16 and 17 killed in car crashes increased 13.1 percent across the country from … wpr.org.

 

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Indiana DOT Request Seen as Prelude to Tolling Changes
The Journal Gazette, June 3, 2017

The Indiana Department of Transportation on Friday wasted no time looking at future tolling by requesting information for studies related to interstate tolling and the National Environmental Policy Act. The purpose of the request is to generate information to help INDOT plan interstate tolling programs, according to a news release.  (WLS-TV ABC 7 image)

New Parkway Toll Will Be Cashless
New Jersey Advance Media for NJ.com, May 31, 2017

Drivers who use the new Exit 125 ramp from the Garden State Parkway south to Sayreville better bring their E-ZPass or risk a fine, now that officials finalized a cashless toll plaza. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority board members voted last week to put a $1.50 toll on the new Exit 125 and ban cash payment.

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