Archive for September, 2017

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 20

September 28th, 2017 Comments off

Mesa Police Post Videos Reminding Public of Red-Light Danger
KNXV-TV ABC 15 (Arizona), Sept. 26, 2017

Mesa police are posting shocking videos captured on the city’s 24 red-light cameras on their social media pages, hoping it will serve as a wake-up call to drivers. Police say officers are writing, on average, 100 citations and warnings to red-light runners in Mesa every month. (Mesa Police/KNXV-TV ABC 15 image)

More Speed, Red-Light Cameras in Use in Baltimore
WMAR-TV ABC 2 (Maryland), Sept. 25, 2017

The Department of Transportation has added 15 more speed and 21 additional red-light safety cameras around the city of Baltimore. Speed cameras were activated Monday.  (WMAR-TV ABC 2 image)

Police Arrest Driver in Fatal Red-Light Running Collision
KATU-TV Channel 2 (Oregon), Sept. 25, 2017

A blind man was struck and killed by a driver Monday morning while in a crosswalk at a North Portland intersection, police officials said. According to officers, the pedestrian was hit when a 34-year-old driver ran a red light at the intersection. (KATU-TV Channel 2 image)


Starting Monday, Seattle School Bus Safety Cameras Go into Action
The Seattle Times (Washington), Sept. 28, 2017

Starting Monday, if you decide to ignore the flashing red paddle telling you to stop for a Seattle school bus that’s picking up or dropping off students, you’ll likely be caught. The school district has installed cameras on 120 of its 379 buses to record what has long been illegal but difficult to enforce. See related articles Seattle Patch and KCPQ-TV FOX 13.  (KCPQ-TV FOX 13 image)

Passing Car Strikes, Injures Student at School Bus Stop
WBRZ-TV ABC 2 (Louisiana), Sept. 21, 2017

An elementary school student was hit by a car while trying to get on a school bus this morning. The 11-year-old boy suffered minor injuries and is expected to recover. Authorities said the bus was stopped with its lights flashing when the driver passed the bus and hit the child. (WBRZ-TV ABC 2 image)

SUV Hits Boy Crossing Street to Board School Bus
CBS New CBS 10/55, Sept. 16, 2017

A Long Island boy who was struck by an SUV on his way to his school bus was flown by helicopter to Stony Brook Hospital with serious injuries. Police said the collision occurred as the sixth-grader was walking across the street to board his school bus at about 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 15. The bus had its flashing red lights on and stop sign activated to warn approaching motorists. See related coverage at Newsday and (News 12 Long Island/Newsday image)


SeaTac Council Considers ATS as Red-Light Camera Vendor
SeaTac Blog (Washington), Sept. 26, 2017

Chief of Police Lisa Mulligan asked the SeaTac City Council to approve an agreement with American Traffic Solutions to replace the current vendor in operating red-light cameras during a three-year contract with a potential extension of two years. The council set the issue for final debate and decision for the Oct. 10 regular meeting. ( image)

Greenville’s Red-Light Camera Program to Issue Warnings Oct. 15 (North Carolina), Sept. 23, 2017

Greenville’s new red-light cameras will enter the 30-day warning period beginning on Oct. 15, when errant drivers will receive a warning. Kristin Hunter, public information officer for the Greenville Police Department, said motorists who violate traffic laws at the five intersections with cameras after Nov. 14 will begin receiving actual violations. The revenue received through the fines will be used to pay for the cameras themselves; extra revenue will go to Pitt County Schools. (WNCT-TV CBS 9 image)

Red Light Cameras Will Stick Around in Wilmington
WECT-TV NBC 6 (North Carolina), Sept. 19, 2017

Wilmington leaders on Sept. 19 voted to keep red-light cameras active throughout the city. The city council members agreed to renew a contract with the camera service provider, American Traffic Solutions.  … Along with being a deterrent for crashes, all of the proceeds from the service, which are about $800,000 each year, go to the New Hanover County School system.



Greenville Police @GreenvillePD Red light camera warning period begins October 15! #RespectTheRed…

ATS_RoadSafety retweeted Vision Zero Network @Visionzeronet @NTSB #speedstudy urges states to allow for safety cameras to promote #safetyoverspeed.


It’s time to get ready for National School Bus Safety Week. Set to begin Oct. 16, this dedicated week is backed by the National Association for Pupil Transportation and is intended to engage parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties in addressing the importance of school bus safety. Learn more at This year’s theme is #STOPONRED.

Using hashtag #NSBSW2017 and join the conversation on social media. Spread the message to keep our kids safe as they head to and from school. American Traffic Solutions is supporting National School Bus Safety week by partnering with schools and law enforcement nationwide to remind motorists of the laws and safe practices to follow when approaching a school bus.



Tolls Progressing for Return Next Year around Jacksonville
The Florida Times Union, Sept. 22, 2017 

As the First Coast Expressway and North Florida Express Lanes get closer to offering faster commutes, they also herald a return to tolls in an area that hasn’t seen them in 28 years. (WJXT-TV Channel 4 image)

Editorial: Time to Finish Spaulding Turnpike Expansion (New Hampshire) Sept. 21, 2017

On Thursday, Sept. 28, at Dover City Hall, the state’s 10-year transportation plan will get a public airing. … As part of the hearing process, state Sen. David Watters, D-Dover, said he will advocate that the state take the further step to eliminate the toll plazas altogether in favor of all-electronic tolling. … We agree with Sen. Watters that the time for all-electronic tolling has come. It has been implemented successfully at Boston’s Tobin Bridge and has recently been instituted along the Massachusetts Turnpike. It works and is cost effective.


Letter to the Editor: What Controversy?
Smithtown Matters (New York), Sept. 25, 2017

As a health care professional I cannot understand the “controversy” over red-light cameras. T-bone crashes, where one vehicle broadsides another is now the deadliest type of collision in the U.S. representing about 13 percent of crashes but about 18 percent of fatal crashes resulting in 25 percent to 30 percent of total deaths. These are now more deadly than head-on or rear-end collisions due to airbag technology.

Letter: San Diego Cities Should Keep Cameras
The San Diego Union-Tribune (California), Sept. 24, 2017

At least one city in the county has not lost its way regarding red-light cameras. Instead of bowing to complaints of drivers or out-of-towners, Solano Beach decided in favor of human life and to keep its cameras rolling and cut crashes.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras in Waterloo
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa), Sept. 17, 2017

Regarding Waterloo’s decision to move forward with a three-year plan to use red-light cameras at dangerous intersections …, I and others I’ve spoken with are hopeful these cameras will have the same effect they have had in other towns around the country, reduced collisions and fewer fatalities on our roads without affecting commerce.

Letter: Cameras Result in Accountability
Albany Times-Union (New York), Sept. 16, 2017

A recent letter-writer who spoke against red-light cameras is disingenuous in his thinking. For instance, his emphasis on revenue as an incentive for these cameras is disingenuous in that the fact that they produce revenue is simply a by-product of their intended purpose of discouraging irresponsible and dangerous driving at intersections.


“We’re finding that, when the yellow lights are activated by the school bus driver, that vehicles are not yielding. It seems like there is a mad rush to pass the bus, and often we will catch three or four different people going through and passing the bus.”
Mike Johnstone, Des Moines County Sheriff
KBUR-Radio AM 1490/FM 99.3 (Iowa), Sept. 21, 2017


ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 7, Issue 19

September 21st, 2017 Comments off

Police: Motorcyclist Runs Red Light, Sustains Head Injury
Appleton Post-Gazette / (Wisconsin) Sept. 13, 2017

A motorcyclist critically injured in a crash Tuesday appears to have run a red light, according to police. “Investigators have reviewed video from traffic cameras and interviews of witnesses are ongoing,” Appleton police said in a statement Wednesday. “The preliminary indications show the motorcyclist proceeded through a red light and was struck by the southbound vehicle, which was facing a green light.”


Budget Proposal Would Expand Photo Enforcement in Denver (Colorado), Sept. 12, 2017

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock submitted his 2018 budget proposal to City Council on Sept. 12. The proposal includes funding to implement the new Vision Zero Action Plan, with a goal of eliminating all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030, including expanded photo enforcement, increased roadside electronic message boards and other safety signage. (Denver Post file image)

Baltimore Expands Speed, Red-Light Camera Systems
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), Sept. 8, 2017

Baltimore plans to expand its new network of speed and red-light cameras late this month. The city Department of Transportation on Friday announced 36 locations where cameras will be installed. The department said the cameras will be activated Sept. 25. (WMAR-TV ABC 2 image)

Red-Light, Speed Cameras to Operate 24/7 in Dayton
WYSO-Radio 91.3 FM (Ohio), Sept. 6, 2017

Dayton officials are moving forward with plans to re-install red-light cameras in the city, after a recent Ohio Supreme Court decision lifted tough state restrictions. The Dayton Police Department announced plans to bring back the camera program this spring, citing increased traffic crashes and fatalities.


2 Dead after Car Rams Mt. Pleasant School Bus
Morning Sun News (Michigan), Sept. 8, 2017

A 56-year-old woman and her 19-year-old son were killed when their car slammed into the back of a Mt. Pleasant school bus that stopped to pick up its first child of the morning, according to the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department. (Morning Sun News image by Lisa Yanick Litwiller)

Safety, Caution Urged Around School Buses
North County Outlook (Washington), Sept. 6, 2017

As the school year starts again, motorists are encouraged to keep safety in mind when on the road. Traci Tobler, transportation manager for the Marysville School District, said the biggest safety problems occur when people get impatient around a stopped school bus. … Car drivers ignoring the school bus stop sign is a common occurrence, she said. Working with the Marysville Police Department, the Marysville School District installed cameras onto their buses last year to help catch motorists who do drive through the stop signs. (The Herald image by Ian Terry)


More Virginia School Districts Opting for Stop-Arm Cameras
WREG-TV CBS 3 (Tennessee), Sept. 6, 2017

All around the country, vehicles plow through school bus stop arms as children cross the street. This has parents like Eric Pizarro worried. “That’s very scary,” he said. “You wanna make sure that they get to school in one piece and come back in one piece.” In Virginia Beach there were 84 violations last school year. Norfolk had three. That’s why the school district is looking into installing stop-arm cameras on buses. (Del Ray Patch/Falls Church City Public Schools image)


ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety National School Bus Safety Week is October 16-20! Are you participating? Use #NSBSW2017 & check back for facts! @NASDPTS

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety VIDEO of the Week: Red-Light Runner T-bones Vehicles in @scottsdaleazgov#StopOnRed@ScottsdalePD

It’s time to get ready for National School Bus Safety Week. Set to begin Oct. 16, this dedicated week is backed by the National Association for Pupil Transportation and is intended to engage parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties in addressing the importance of school bus safety. Learn more at This year’s theme is #STOPONRED.

Using hashtag #NSBSW2017, join the conversation on social media and spread the message to keep our kids safe as they head to and from school. American Traffic Solutions is supporting National School Bus Safety week by partnering with schools and law enforcement nationwide to remind motorists of the laws and safe practices to follow when approaching a school bus.


Trade Group Wants More Cashless Tolling
WBFO-Radio 88.7 FM (New York), Sept. 13, 2017

High-speed cashless tolling on the New York State Thruway could do more than help the environment. Removing toll barriers could also help boost economic development across the region. Along with reducing smog from idling vehicles waiting in line to pay tolls – Buffalo Niagara International Trade Gateway Organization, Executive Director Craig Turner said, electronic tolling would save truck drivers and others in the logistics industry lots of time. “Time is money in logistics,” he said. (Times Herald-Record file image)

Could Tolling Resolve LA’s Traffic Congestion Problems?
KABC-TV ABC 7 (California), Sept. 12, 2017

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute says Angelinos spend more than 100 hours a year stuck in traffic, and commuters agree. … Transportation experts, however, say congestion issues are not something the city can build its way out of. … “Transportation economists have argued for 60 years that, really, the only systematic solution to congestion is tolling,” said University of Southern California engineering and public policy professor Jim Moore. ( image)

Kansas Turnpike’s 1st High-Speed Toll Lane Opens
Lawrence-Journal World (Kansas), Sept. 11, 2017

For Kansas highway drivers, this succession of signs seems like an oxymoron: TOLL PLAZA AHEAD … DO NOT STOP. Those are the instructions for a new high-speed toll lane — the first of its kind in the state — that just opened at the Kansas Turnpike’s eastern terminal near Bonner Springs. (Kansas Turnpike Authority image)


Letter to Editor: Many Thanks to City Leaders (North Carolina), Sept. 13, 2017

The city of Greenville is finally getting red-light cameras. Many thanks to our city leaders for going through the arduous process of gaining support from the city council, the county commissioners, the school board and the North Carolina General Assembly. All of the fines paid by violators will go to the public schools. This is an important public safety initiative.


“I saw the pain that the family suffered from that (work zone crash). They’re human beings with families and loved ones just like everyone else, and you’re taking a big risk of striking them when you speed and text while driving.”
Calvin Dye, Trooper with the Illinois State Police
Belleville News-Democrat (Illinois), Sept. 13, 2017

“We were very pleased with the implementation and results of the cameras in the first couple of months, and we are looking forward to using them for a whole year.”
Mark Thomas, Commander with the Marysville Police Department
North County Outlook (Washington), Sept. 6, 2017