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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2 Issue 2

December 15th, 2011

Police Demonstrate New Mobile Speed Cameras
Montgomery Advertiser (Alabama), Dec. 15, 2011

Montgomery’s new mobile camera program will be used to issue citations to speeders in school and construction zones as well as residential neighborhoods. The system will be used beginning Friday. A warning period will be in place until Jan. 16, after which citations will be issued. (Montgomery Advertiser photo by Amanda Sowards)

Safe Corridors Carry Higher Traffic Fines
Times of Trenton (New Jersey), Dec. 14, 2011

Drivers in Lawrence Township who receive a red-light running ticket in a designated safe corridor pay a higher fee because the infraction occurred in a designated portion of the road with above-average crash and fatality rates. (Times of Trenton photo by Martin Griff)

Court Rules New Orleans May Keep List of Drivers with Unpaid Tickets Private
New Orleans Times Picayune (Louisiana), Dec. 13, 2011

A state appeals court Tuesday agreed that the city can keep secret the names of more than 16,000 scofflaws who ignore traffic camera tickets.

Americans traveled nearly 3 trillion miles on U.S. roadways in 2010, an increase of nearly 46 billion miles more than in 2009, and did so with fewer fatalities, including 520 fewer intersection crash fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. See NCSR statement below. (Photo by WJLA TV Channel 7)

NCSR: Combined Safety Efforts Deserve Credit for Decline in Fatal Crashes
The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 8, 2011

The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released updated 2010 FARS data today showing that intersection-related fatality crashes declined by 7.1 percent (7,278 in 2009 to 6,758 in 2010). See related article.

Red-Light Runner
This light was red for 2.99 seconds before the vehicle ran it in Lafayette, Louisiana.
The Advertiser.com, Dec. 12, 2011

Springfield Council’s Bill for Red-Light Cameras Goes to Legislature
WWLP TV 22 (Massachusetts), Dec. 10, 2011

Red-light runners beware, the Springfield City Council has passed a bill that could put red-light cameras at busy intersections. … And some residents are excited about the possibility. 

Editorial: Children’s Safety at Heart of West Virginia’s Tougher Traffic Laws
Herald-Dispatch, December 11, 2011

Some highway fatalities involve equipment failure, bad road conditions or other unexpected factors. But when a motorist hits a child at a school bus stop, it is almost always a matter of carelessness, impatience and poor judgment. (Photo by The Herald-Dispatch)

Commentary: School Bus Traffic Cameras: Why It’s a Good Idea
BlogHer.com, Dec. 14, 2011

Something I have seen trending lately is the push for traffic cameras on school buses. As a mother of a school-age child, and as an everyday driver I think this is a brilliant idea.

Commentary: Cameras Will Reduce School Bus Stop Arm Violations
Huffington Post, Dec. 13, 2011

Maryland drivers are bypassing the stop arms of school buses at an alarming rate, finds a Maryland State Department of Education survey. A total of 7,028 violations of school bus stop arms were recorded on a single day in February. … No doubt, the school bus stop arm camera will change this behavior.

Teen Struck, Killed after Exiting School Bus
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), Dec. 8, 2011

Authorities arrested and charged a 51-year-old woman in the death of a 17-year-old girl who stepped off a school bus and into the path of a passing car. The school bus had activated its red lights and stop arm at the time of the incident.

School Bus Stop Arm Violation Enforcement System Is Latest Innovation from ATS
ITS International, Dec. 6, 2011

The CrossingGuard school bus stop arm violation enforcement system, the latest innovation from American Traffic Solutions (ATS), consists of high-resolution cameras mounted to the front and rear driver’s side of a school bus. The system helps authorities enforce traffic laws, deter violations and ensure child safety.

American Traffic Solutions’ CrossingGuard school bus stop arm enforcement system will be implemented as a pilot program in the Charles County School System in Maryland through an agreement with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. The program places cameras on school buses to photograph motorists who illegally pass buses that stop for students to enter or exit. Also this month, the city of Ocoee, Florida, signed a contract extension with ATS for its road safety camera program, and the city of Montgomery, Ala., entered into an agreement with ATS for a speed safety camera program.

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Commentary: Use Cameras to Stop Aggressive Red-Light Running
Southern Maryland Newspapers, Dec. 14, 2011

I am writing to ask the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners for relief from aggressive driving in our county. In particular, running red lights seems to be a sport for some.

Commentary: Yellow Signal Timing Includes Driver Reaction Time
Lehigh Valley News (Pennsylvania), Dec. 11, 2011

Yellow-signal phasing can be a critical factor in deciding when to stop or when to keep going and still make it through an intersection legally.

Letter to the Editor: Drivers Cause Crashes, Not Red-Light Cameras
Tampa Bay Newspapers (Florida), Dec. 13, 2011

I personally don’t know anyone against red-light cameras, except those that are running red lights. As far as causing accidents, the said accidents are caused by drivers who violate traffic laws.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Boost Safety, Revenue
The Journal Gazette (Indiana), Dec. 11, 2011

It’s getting more dangerous to drive in Fort Wayne. … This has got to stop. I propose red-light cameras at the city’s 10 busiest intersections. Too expensive, you say? I beg to differ.

Letter to the Editor: Red Light Means Stop. Please Stop
The Bakersfield Californian, Dec. 9, 2011

Bakersfield has the worst drivers I have ever encountered. Each and every day, I witness many people run red lights, and red-light cameras don’t seem to faze them either. … People are being killed because of this stupidity. Please stop.

“I had no idea it had to be a total stop. Well, now I’m going to stop, and I’m going to count a few times — 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 — make sure I’m stopped, and then turn.”
Patty Antinucci, Lawrence Township resident
Times of Trenton (New Jersey), Dec. 14, 2011

“Maryland’s work-zone speed cameras are having the desired effects: decreasing the number of speeders in highway construction zones in the region and across the state, and reducing the number and the severity of crashes in the work zones.”
John B. Townsend II, a spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic
The Washington Post (Maryland), Dec. 12, 2011

“We have one of the highest crash rates along I-235 in our jurisdiction. For public safety employees, responding to accidents there can be very dangerous. We are going to look hard at technology being a tool for us to provide the best level of service that we can.”
Dennis McDaniel, Windsor Heights police chief
Des Moines Register (Iowa), Dec. 10, 2011

“I’ve seen a lot of accidents, I got hit head-on that way. I am adamantly opposed to running a red light and I think anything they can do to get these people off the road they should do.”
Neale Golden, Springfield resident
WWLP TV 22 (Massachusetts), Dec. 10, 2011

“I think it’s a great idea, I think there’s a lot of bad drivers in Springfield and whatever we can do to get people to slow down and pay attention to traffic rules can be a good thing.”
Dan Garte, Springfield resident
WWLP TV 22 (Massachusetts), Dec. 10, 2011

Only 10 percent of red-light running occurrences are caused by vehicles being caught in the “dilemma zone” (the point when a yellow causes the driver to decide whether to run the yellow light or to brake suddenly and risk a rear-end crash). Source: ITS International, Sept. 22, 2009

Almost 112,000 school bus drivers in 28 states recorded more than 37,000 incidents of drivers illegally passing a school bus that is stopped and is displaying its flashing red light and stop arm, according to the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services. Source: BlogHer.com, Dec. 14, 2011

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