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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 7 Issue 15

July 20th, 2017 Comments off

Doral Restarts Citywide Red-Light Safety Camera Program
Miami’s Community Newspapers (Florida), July 15, 2017

The Doral City Council recently adopted a rule to reactivate the city’s red-light safety camera program beginning with a 60-day warning period. … The action renews Doral’s partnership with American Traffic Solutions. (CBS image)

Scottsdale Red-Light Camera Helps Police Catch ‘Bank Juggers’
KNXV-TV ABC 15 (Arizona), July 11, 2017

A red-light traffic camera helped police locate a Texas couple who were engaged in “bank jugging,” police say. Authorities say “jugging” occurs when gang members stake our banks and ATMs to watch people leaving with bank bags or envelopes. The suspects follow the victim to other locations like a convenience or grocery store, where they burglarize the victim’s vehicle while the victim is away from their car. … The suspect’s vehicle was caught on a red-light camera at McDowell and Scottsdale roads on May 18. Police arrested two suspects on June 28. (The Arizona Republic image by Dave Seibert)

N.Y. City Mayor Announces Traffic Safety Milestone
Office of the Mayor (New York), July 7, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that under the Vision Zero program, New York City ended the first six months of 2017 with the fewest traffic fatalities ever measured. As of June 30, the city had recorded 93 fatalities, the first time ever that fewer than 100 lives had been lost in such a period. With national trends continuing the show fatality increases, New York City has seen declines this year in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities. Road safety cameras are a part of the Vision Zero program.  (Reuters image by Shannon Stapleton)


City of Citrus Heights Increases Red-Light Camera Program
KXTV-TV ABC 10 (California), July 14, 2017

The city of Citrus Heights will add red-light safety cameras to an additional two intersections. The city reports a 20 percent increase in collisions from 2015 to 2016, and says crashes decreased at locations with red-light cameras already in use. (KXTV-TV ABC 10 image)

Hagerstown Looks to Place 5 Red-Light Cameras (Maryland), July 12, 2017

The Hagerstown Police Department is eyeing five locations for red-light cameras around the city. Police Chief Victor Brito describes the cameras as force multipliers and says he hopes to have them up and running within 90 days. ( image)

Buffalo Moves toward Decision on Red-Light Camera Program
WKBW-TV ABC 7 (New York), July 12, 2017

It’s a topic that was brought up during Tuesday’s Buffalo Common Council meeting: Should the City of Buffalo have red-light cameras? A resolution was passed to have the Buffalo Police Department conduct a study, and look into the use of red-light cameras. (WKBW-TV ABC 7 image)


Bill Addresses Speeding through Work Zones in New Jersey
NJ Advance Media for, July 19, 2017

Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Hudson) wants to use speed cameras in road construction zones to improve compliance with the reduced speed limits and to keep workers safe. The bill (A5082) would create a five-year pilot program on the state’s highways and levy a $100 fine for speeding in excess of 11 mph over the posted speed limit. The bill was introduced last week. (Freehold Patch image)

Philadelphia Can Learn from NY City Speed Camera Program, July 11, 2017

What can Philadelphia learn from New York’s automated speed enforcement camera program? … New York City is three years into its program. We checked in with the director of strategic initiatives in the New York City Department of Transportation and learned that once someone gets a speeding ticket they rarely get a second making the program very effective. Listen to our interview. (Staten Island Advance image)

Work Zone Speed Cameras May Soon Be Watching (Pennsylvania), July 10, 2017

Pennsylvania drivers passing through active work zones may have to go lightly on the gas pedal, and it wouldn’t be because of police. It would be because of speed cameras. Senate Bill 172, a bipartisan proposal, easily passed the Senate on July 10 by a 45-3 vote, and is now on its way to the House of Representatives. ( image.)

Speed Cameras Return to Baltimore City
WYPR-Radio FM 88.1 (Maryland), July 5, 2017

Speed cameras are back in Baltimore after an earlier system was shut down in 2013. … The first seven cameras are to be used in school zones. (WMAR-TV ABC 2 image)


School Bus Cameras Catch 16,000 Drivers Over 154 Days
Local (Maryland), July 13, 2017

Over the last year, Montgomery County Public Schools implemented about 200 video cameras on buses to catch drivers who illegally pass. “From October 2016 through June 30, those devices recorded over 16,000 violations,” said Capt Paul Starks, Montgomery County Police. That averages to a shocking 100 plus violations per day.



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Ohio River Bridges’ Tolling Revenue Outperforms Expectations
The Courier-Journal (Kentucky), July 18, 2017

Tolling on the three Ohio River bridges has generated slightly more than $38 million through the first half of 2017, which is $5 million more than was projected in a 2016 traffic and revenue study. RiverLink, the electronic monitoring network for the Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln and Lewis and Clark bridges, recorded nearly 8 million crossings between April 1 and June 30 — a 13 percent increase from the first three months since the bridge opened, according to data released Tuesday. (WDRB-TV Channel 41 image)

Veterans Bridge Traffic, Toll Revenue Ahead of Projections
The Virginian-Pilot, July 15, 2017

More commuters are crossing the Veterans Bridge than expected, which translates to more money for the city. In roughly five months of operation, weekday traffic volume was up more than 30 percent over what was anticipated, and daily average revenue was up 4 percent over projections, according to city officials. Far more drivers used E-ZPass than expected, which is why the revenue jump wasn’t higher, officials said. (The Virginian-Pilot image by Stephen M. Katz)


Commentary: Random Thoughts from a Staten Island Dog Walker
Staten Island Live (New York), July 8, 2017

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is right. People in these parts drive too darn fast. … The only time most drivers go 25 mph is when they are running a stop sign or red light. Otherwise they’re going about 50 — when not in a rush.

Editorial: School District Uses Cameras for Child Safety
NWA Democrat-Gazette (Arkansas), July 11, 2017

When we read last week that the Bentonville School District will install interior and exterior cameras on those big yellow vehicles transporting a most precious cargo — the community’s children — it seemed a natural extension of where we are as a society, and for a good reason. … The external cameras can help provide evidence of those inattentive or aggressive drivers who simply can’t be bothered by legal requirements to not pass a stopped bus.

Letter to the Editor: No One Should Be Killed on City Streets
for Going about Their Daily Lives

Philadelphia News/ (Pennsylvania), July 17, 2017

Your cover story, “Another Fine Mess Ahead” misses the larger more important story about safety on Philadelphia’s roadways. While the story attempted to sniff out a red-light camera moneymaking scheme that didn’t exist, it all but ignored the fact that Roosevelt Boulevard makes up half of 1 percent of all Philadelphia roads, but is responsible for 13 percent of all traffic fatalities in the city. … Nobody — whether they walk or drive — should be killed on the streets of the city simply for going about their daily lives.

Letter: Don’t Fear the Red Lights
Star-Telegram (Texas), July 7, 2017

What’s wrong with red-light cameras? Nothing at all. They serve a purpose. … If the light turns red before you even get to the intersection and you continue across, you deserve a citation whether it’s from a camera or an observant traffic officer.


“We hope that they’ll reduce the level of traffic infractions, red light running and change the behavior. Changing the behavior is critical for us.”
Victor Brito, Police Chief, Hagerstown, Maryland
WHAG-TV NBC 25 (Maryland), July 12, 2017

“No loss of life on our streets is acceptable, but under Vision Zero, we have seen continued and consistent progress, with traffic fatalities on the decline for three-and-a-half years, strongly countering national trends.”
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City Office of the Mayor, July 7, 2017


The state of Maryland has seen work zone speed violations drop under its SafeZones program, which employs speed safety cameras, from 7 percent of drivers in 2010 to 1 percent in 2017. “Today, less than one driver out of every 100 is receiving a citation, showing a more than 90 percent reduction in the number of vehicles traveling 12 mph or more above the work zone speed limit,” the state reported. See report here.  NJ Advance Media for (New Jersey), July 19, 2017.



ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 7, Issue 14

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Doral Restarts Red-Light Safety Camera Program
Miami Herald (Florida), July 3, 2017

Cameras were installed at four of Doral’s busiest intersections on July 1. For the first 60 days, drivers will receive a notice — but not a fine — if their vehicle is caught on camera running a red light. Starting Sept. 1, fines will be imposed. “The warning period is intended to give drivers time to adjust to the change in traffic enforcement without incurring a financial penalty,” said Maggie Santos, the city’s spokeswoman. (Miami Herald image by Kurt Strazdins)

Motor Vehicle Crash at Intersection Kills Man (Florida), July 1, 2017

A Palm Coast man was killed on the afternoon of July 1 in a T-bone crash pitting the front of a Ram pickup against the driver’s door of a Isuzu Rodeo at the intersection of Belle Terre Parkway and Central Avenue. Two other people, a woman and a girl, were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol’s preliminary investigation suggests a red-light runner caused the crash. ( image)

Denver Car Thieves Caught on Red-Light Camera
KMGH-TV ABC 7 (Colorado), June 27, 2017

A pair of suspected car thieves apparently can’t help but continue to break the law as they drive around in the ill-gotten vehicle. A red-light camera snapped a picture earlier this month of the two suspects still driving the victim’s car. Police are asking for the public’s help to identify the two suspects.

Waterloo City Council Supports Red-Light Cameras
The Courier (Iowa), June 27, 2017

City Council members have signaled their support for automated traffic cameras to cite motorists who run red lights and speed. Waterloo Safety Services Director Dan Trelka laid out his request on June 26 to install enforcement cameras at high-crash intersections and asked council members if they would support those plans. All six councilmen at the work session nodded in support. Councilman Bruce Jacobs was absent. (See related article at KXEL-Radio 1540 AM)


Running Red Lights Can Be Deadly
KTBC-TV FOX 7 (Texas), June 22, 2017

Elgin Police are hoping a new online video that’s been viewed nearly 14,000 times will remind drivers of the dangers of running red lights. The video caught a minivan entering the busy intersection of U.S. 290 and County Line Road just seconds after a red light. … The video post has gotten 14,000 views and Elgin Police said they want to remind drivers of the dangers that come with running a red light.


Speed Cameras Approved for Washington County
Herald-Mail (Maryland), June 29, 2017

Speed cameras got the green light Tuesday from a majority of the Washington County Board of Commissioners, which approved an ordinance allowing the devices to be set up in school zones. Sheriff Doug Mullendore said it could be several months if not longer before the cameras are operating. He said the cameras would operate year-round from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays.


Bill Allows Cameras to Catch Drivers Illegally Passing School Buses
The News & Observer (North Carolina), June 29, 2017

People who illegally pass a stopped school bus could get a ticket in the mail under a new camera system, an option schools will have under a bill headed to Gov. Roy Cooper. Senate Bill 55 would allow school districts to install cameras on buses or contract with a company that offers the service. … The bill passed the House on June 29 in a 74-33 vote, after passing the Senate months ago. See related article at WFMY-TV CBS 2. (The News & Observer image)

60 Tickets Issued for Illegally Passing Marysville School Buses
KING-TV NBC 5 (Washington), June 29, 2017

Marysville Police have issued 60 tickets for passing a stopped school bus since the program began at the beginning of May. Police issued 47 tickets in May — each one a $419 violation — and 13 tickets in June, through June 19. The last day of school was June 20. Marysville School District installed cameras on its buses to deter drivers from illegally passing school buses that are stopped to pick up and drop off children.  (The Herald image by Ian Terry)

Township Considers School Bus Cameras for Added Student Safety (New Jersey), June 28, 2017

Officials in the township of Rockaway have started researching putting cameras on school buses in response to parents’ concerns over cars speeding by while children are exiting. Councilman Jack Quinn said residents have come to him worried about careless drivers illegally passing school buses that have their stop signs extended. Residents on Fleetwood Drive had to pull their kids back off the road to avoid getting hit, Quinn said. The councilman is not the only one hearing complaints. ( image by Joe Sarno)

Florida Stiffens Penalty for Illegally Passing School Buses
Cape Coral Daily Breeze, June 27, 2017

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 1239 — the Cameron Mayhew Act — into law on June 26. The legislation stiffens the non-criminal penalties for drivers who fail to stop for a school bus and cause serious bodily injury or death. … Mayhew, 16, was attempting to cross a road in Fort Myers to get on his school bus last year when he was struck by a vehicle that did not stop for the bus.  (The Palm Beach Post/Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office image)



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Governor Signs Bill Expanding Tolling in West Virginia
The State Journal, June 27, 2017

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 1003 on June 27, giving the state Parkways Authority the power to raise tolls on the West Virginia Turnpike and apply tolls to other roads in the state. The initiative is a key funding component that would help pay off construction bonds. The bill also allows for an $8 E-ZPass that would allow state residents to drive the Turnpike or other future toll roads for free. (The State Journal image by Rusty Marks)

Cashless Tolling’ Coming to Islands, Supervisor Says
The Buffalo News (New York), June 27, 2017

Empire State Development Corp.’s Regional President Sam Hoyt said Gov. Cuomo and New York State Thruway Authority, which maintains the Grand Island bridges and collects the tolls, are committed to bringing high-speed, cashless tolling across the state, including to Grand Island. “(Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray) made it abundantly clear how important cashless tolling is to Grand Island and those of us on the call made it clear (to McMurray) that the governor understands the importance and of his intention to have cashless tolling in New York State as quickly as possible,” Hoyt said. “But it is in process and there are no definitive dates.”


Letter to the Editor: So Little Police Presence
The Gazette (Colorado), June 23, 2017

Wednesday’s letter to the editor of The Gazette by Mary Jo Piccin hits the nail on the head. We need either more traffic police or traffic cameras. We live off Cheyenne Boulevard, west of Cresta Road. It is virtually impossible to make a left turn on Cresta or 8th Street, since many westbound cars speed up as soon as the light turns yellow or red.


“They save lives, they save children’s lives, they save the lives of seniors in particular.”
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, speaking on speed cameras, June 30, 2017

“I just think that to pay a police officer … to sit there and hold a radar gun, in this day and age with the technology we’ve got, I just think that’s a real poor decision.”
Steve Schmitt, Waterloo City Councilman
The Courier (Iowa), June 27, 2017

“The number of serious bodily injuries and fatality accidents on 290 in Elgin has remained at zero for six and half years. And before the implementation of the program it wasn’t like that.”
John Corbett, Elgin Police Lieutenant, on the city’s red-light camera program
KTBC-TV FOX 7 (Texas), June 22, 2017