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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 8, Issue 2

January 17th, 2018 Comments off

Fourth consecutive year of declining traffic fatalities under Vision Zero, fewest New Yorkers lost since 1910—strongly countering national trends
New York City (New York), Jan. 8, 2017

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City saw the fewest traffic fatalities on record last year, driven by a 32 percent drop in pedestrian fatalities. This marks the fourth consecutive year of declining traffic deaths under Vision Zero. Since 2013, fatalities have dropped 28 percent. Pedestrian deaths have plummeted by nearly half—45 percent. These mark the lowest levels since recordkeeping began in 1910.  The Mayor made the announcement at an event at NYPD’s Central Garage in Woodside, Queens where he thanked City workers responsible for implementing Vision Zero.

Lakeland PD shares red-light running video on Facebook
City of Lakeland (Florida), Jan. 17, 2018

Distracted Drivers = Red Light Runners

Thankfully, motorists were not hurt by the distracted drivers shown here, running red lights at intersections here in Lakeland.

These videos are a few of the infractions reviewed and issued citations recently. The City of Lakeland, FL – Government currently has 18 cameras installed at eleven intersections. Every violation submitted by American Traffic Solutions is reviewed by sworn LakelandPD officer before a citation is issued.

For additional information about Red Light Cameras visit: http://www.lakelandgov.net/departments/lakeland-police-department/bureaus-divisions/special-services/red-light-camera-program/

Florida’s Worst Red-Light Runners
Miami Herald (Florida), Jan. 4, 2018

One clip shows a man on a four-wheeler narrowly avoiding a crash in a Miami Gardens intersection after running a red light.

Another shows a car speeding through a red light and slamming into an SUV in Bal Harbour.

A third catches a car going through a red light into oncoming traffic.

GREENVILLE: 3,336 red light camera tickets issued in first month
WITN.com (North Carolina), Jan. 8, 2018

Thousands of drivers have received unwelcomed letters during the first month of Greenville’s red light camera program

Leon Valley red light camera program to start next week; many residents thrilled
ABC 12  (Texas) Jan. 9, 2018

Red light cameras have become a controversial topic in Texas, with many people pushing to eliminate them. The city of Leon Valley is about to install 11 at nine intersections over the next month, and residents are the ones asking for them.

It’s a sight that’s become common on Bandera Road in the Leon Valley area: driver after driver speeding through red lights.

Robert Velazco blew his truck through a red light in West Miami
Miami Herald (West Miami, FL) Jan. 10, 2018

Robert Velazco blew his truck through a red light in West Miami. He ran over a young father on a scooter, causing critical brain injuries. But Velazco drove off, which might have doomed the criminal case against him.

Speed camera on Beltway generates huge number of tickets
WTOP (Maryland), Jan. 17, 2018 

If you have plans to drive on the Capital Beltway through Prince George’s County, Maryland, you will want to be extra careful while traveling through one particular area that has become a speed camera hot spot.

Nearly 75,000 speed camera tickets were issued in the Suitland Road Bridge work zone during the last six months of 2017, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

“There has been, on average, a 90 percent reduction of speeding 12 mph or more over the speed limit where automated speed deployment is present,” said spokeswoman Lora Rakowski with the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Speed Camera Activated in Mesa
Facebook (Arizona), Jan. 7, 2018

New school zone cameras start taking photos at Red Mountain High School tomorrow, Monday January 8, 2018. The system will issue warnings for the first 30 days. Let’s all slow down in those school zones

Here’s when you MUST stop for school buses
12news.com, (Gilbert, AZ), Jan. 3, 2018 

The Gilbert Police Department took to social media Tuesday to offer sound advise when it comes to sharing the road with school buses.

This particular traffic tip pertained to when drivers must stop for them — a question many Valley drivers probably have.

The answer: Always.

 

Red-light cameras catch law-breakers, so stop whining
Bradenton.com (Florida) Jan. 5, 2018

I am sick and tired of people thinking that getting caught committing a crime is an invasion of their privacy. Traffic light cameras are no different then any other security camera that guard and protect our safety every time we go to a bank, shopping center, convenience store, pumping gas or drive into their parking lots.

Let the scofflaws pay their own way
Albuquerque (New Mexico) Jan. 12, 2018

“Who better to help pay for local government than the people breaking our laws and causing taxpayer expense for treating the injured uninsured and fixing infrastructure damage caused by accidents?”

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 8, Issue 1

January 3rd, 2018 Comments off

2017’s Worst Red-Light Runners
American Traffic Solutions (Arizona), Dec. 28, 2017

“Crashes caused by red-light running can be devastating. We hope that by sharing these videos, we can raise awareness of the dangers and hopefully prevent further crashes, injuries and fatalities caused by red-light running,” said Liz Caracciolo, ATS Safety General Manager. “All of these crashes and near misses could have been avoided if drivers had slowed down and stopped. Every time a driver runs a red light, they not only put their own life, but the lives of others in jeopardy.”

 

Boynton Beach PD gives red light cams thumbs up
CBS 12 (Florida) Dec. 19, 2017

Police say this is exactly why they re-installed the cameras on September 1; they want to keep other drivers safe by holding everyone accountable.

They released video from the red light cameras capturing a car dangerously flying through an intersection. It shows a white car speed through a red light toward incoming traffic. The car swerves and barely misses slamming into other vehicles.

Boynton Beach OKs 23 license plate readers to be spread through city
Palm Beach Post (Florida), Dec  19, 2017

The City Commission signed off on the 23 automated license plate readers. Boynton Beach Police Sgt. Phil Hawkins said the readers will be spread through the city.

National Coalition for Safer Roads Releases Alarming Crash Footage
KCBD (Lubbock, TX) Dec. 26, 2017

Footage from more than a dozen Florida cities serves as a chilling reminder of the dangers of red-light running. Video from intersections across the sunshine state shows the threat red-light runner pose to drivers, riders, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists every day.

City to consider red light cameras
Glendale Star (Arizona), Dec. 28, 2107

After months of research and studies, the city council got closer to accepting red-light cameras at intersections in the city that have had major traffic incidents over the years.

Council listened to a report from Glendale Police Chief Rick St. John about the alternative strategies to try and deter red-light violations and collisions at those intersections identified as major problems.

 St. John said he believes there is evidence that red-light cameras could reduce the number of intersection accidents, but councilmembers discussed exploring options other than cameras.

Speed camera installed at Cromwell Valley Elementary School
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), Dec. 20, 2017

Baltimore County Police activated a new speed camera near Cromwell Valley Elementary School, in Towson, Monday.

The new camera is located at the corner of Providence Road and Southwick Drive, across from the school, police said. For the first 30 days of the camera’s operation, motorists it records exceeding the speed limit by at least 12 mph will receive warnings rather than citations.

 

Cobb renews school bus camera contract that mails tickets to drivers
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA), Dec. 22, 2017

Drivers of Cobb County need to think twice — again.

Commissioners renewed a contract Thursday night for the video system that tickets drivers who improperly pass a school bus.

School district seeks to improve bus safety
ForsythHerald.com (Forsyth County, GA), Dec. 27, 2017

Drivers who pass stopped school buses should expect more consequences this year as Forsyth County steps up efforts to fine violators. Forsyth County Schools say that last year there was an estimated 34,000 instances of a driver passing a school bus with its stop arm extended.

 

 

Boulder Joins Denver In Vision Zero Traffic Fatality Plan
Patch.com (Colorado) Dec. 15, 2017

Each year, more than 3,000 traffic collisions are reported in Boulder, with an average of 60 serious injuries. Last year, Boulder had 7 fatalities. Far more than statistics, these numbers represent lives that are upended, often as a result of an instantaneous decision that could have been prevented.

 

County commissioners renew contract with school district, school bus camera provider
Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) Dec. 22, 2017

“The last 34 school days, I’ve had 99 cars run my bus stop-arm. That’s 99 too many,” Richards said.

After two Cobb school bus drivers urged them to do so, county commissioners Thursday night sped through approval of a contract to resume the use of stop-arm cameras to catch motors who pass buses illegally.

Jimi Richards, who began this year driving a bus in the north Cobb area after 44 years as an over-the-road truck driver, said he was “angry and shocked” his first week of school at the number of drivers who ran his vehicle’s stop sign.

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