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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 45

October 13th, 2011

If projections from earlier this year hold true, traffic fatalities for 2010 will number about 32,780, which is about 3 percent lower than 2009. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to release new crash data this fall. (NBC Los Angeles photo.)

King County Judge Tosses Out Eyman’s Camera Petition Lawsuit

Kirkland Patch, October 11, 2011

In giving her ruling, Judge Laura C. Inveen said McGehee overstepped her role as city clerk but also agreed with Redmond’s city attorney James Haney that the Bellingham appeals ruling made the petition a legally “useless act.”

“(The) Bellingham case couldn’t have said it clearer when it held that an initiative almost identical to the proposed Redmond initiative exceeds the lawful scope of local initiative power and is not a valid ballot initiative,” Inveen said. “By state statute, the authority for approving traffic cameras is with the Redmond City Council and the mayor.”


City satisfied red-light cameras have passed the test

The Gazette, October 10, 2011

A year after putting drivers under surveillance at four Colorado Springs intersections, city officials say red-light cameras have passed the test by making streets safer.  A report issued this month showed violations and accidents are down at three of the four intersections in the past year.

Study: Yonkers red-light violations decline at sites with traffic cameras

The Journal News, October 13, 2011

 After the city installed traffic cameras at key intersections, fewer drivers blazed through red lights at those sites in a 10-month span, a new report says. 

Chief wants more traffic cameras

The Wenatchee World, October 11, 2011

Wenatchee Police Chief Tom Robbins said last week’s budget hearing was probably not the best place to suggest adding more traffic enforcement cameras, but said he does plan to float the idea to city leaders next year.

With three red-light cameras, the intersection of Fletcher Avenue and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard had 7,762 red-light camera citations, the most in Florida’s Hillsborough County in 2010. (St. Petersburg Times photo by Byran Thomas)

Italian Police Use Speed Camera Footage to I.D. Car in Fatal Hit-and-Run
CNS News, Oct. 7, 2011

By analyzing speed camera footage of the road and green paint chips on the guardrail, investigators tracked down the Volvo in a deadly car-pedestrian accident involving an American woman jogging along an Italian roadway.

Society Puts Brakes on Bad Driving
The FAMUAN (Florida), Oct. 7, 2011

“Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” passed on Oct. 10, but it’s message is one for every day. Designated by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the day was first observed in 2001, after statistics from 1995 to 2000 showed an average of 41,500 fatalities occurred annually due to traffic incidents.

Talk Over Cameras Continues in Massachusetts Town
WSHM Channel 3, Oct. 6, 2011

Officials and residents in the city of Springfield are still discussing red-light safety cameras as an option to improve driver safety. The debate began in March.

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Schools Want Stop-Sign Cameras On School Buses

WTVT, Channel 13, October 11, 2011

We share the roads with them, and at one time or another we’ve all been behind one: school buses, flashing their yellow and red lights and extending their stop arms. By law, all cars are supposed to come to a complete stop. But for whatever reason, many drivers still go around the buses: many times on the left side, and often times, even on the right side. 

 Cameras would catch school bus stop arm violators

WOFL, Channel 35, October 10, 2011

Orange County Public Schools is exploring the idea of placing cameras on school buses to catch drivers who blow past the buses with their stop arms extended.
WTOP, October 8, 2011
Mobile speed cameras in Howard County will start issuing warnings to drivers speeding through school zones soon. Howard County’s mobile speed cameras will operate Monday through Friday between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. The cameras will target drivers going 12 miles per hour or more over the speed limit.

Photo enforcement signs in Renton, Washington, alert motorists to speed safety cameras in use to ensure the safety of students in school zones. (Renton Patch photo by Dave Nelson)

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Speak Out: Red Light Cameras
Santa Rosa Press Gazette (California), Oct. 7, 2011

It amazes me the ignorance of some people around here. The red light cameras don’t cause the traffic problems.

Letter to the Editor: No Whining or Complaining from You Scofflaws
The Des Moines Register (Iowa), Oct. 5, 2011

I am tired of hearing complaining and whining about red-light cameras and speed cameras.

“Texting is a death sentence.”
Mark Van Hala, Co-chairman of National Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day
The FAMUAN (Florida), Oct. 7, 2011

Toronto, Canada
A city conducted review of 10 years of traffic data show rear-end collisions increased 1.7 percent at 37 intersections with red-light safety cameras, compared with a 44.6 percent increase at all other locations in the city of Toronto. SOURCE: CollisionRepairMag.com, Oct. 6, 2011.

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