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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 2, Issue 41

September 13th, 2012

Springfield Takes Initial Step Toward Red-Light Cameras
Daily Times (Pennsylvania), Sept. 12, 2012

Commissioners took the initial step toward the installation and use of “automated red light enforcement systems.” The board approved the first reading of an ordinance that moves forward the concept. … The township is the only Delaware County municipality meeting the criteria put forth by the state Legislature in Title 75.

Speed Cameras Get 1st Endorsement in Missouri
St. Louis Public Radio, Sept. 11, 2012

For the first time, the Missouri Department of Transportation is giving its blessing to a speed camera. The Village of Calverton Park is installing the camera in front of Walnut Grove Elementary School where drivers are routinely pulled over for traveling 50 mph in a 25 mph zone.  See related coverage from KMOX News Radio 1120. (CBS St. Louis/KMOX Radio photo)

Speeders Beware: Photo Enforcement Coming to I-90 Work Zone
SeattlePI.com (Washington), Sept. 10, 2012

The Washington State Department of Transportation will use a sport-utility vehicle equipped with a speed-enforcement camera (shown) to improve driver safety along a 5-mile construction zone on Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass. See related press release from Washington State Department of Transportation. (Washington State DOT photos)

Judge Dismisses Red-Light Camera Lawsuit
Arnold Patch (Missouri), Sept. 7, 2012

A lawsuit claiming the use of red-light cameras in Arnold is unconstitutional was dismissed in Jefferson County court last week. Circuit Court Judge Mark Stoll ruled in favor of a request from the City of Arnold and its red-light camera operator, American Traffic Solutions, to reject plaintiff Jeff Brunner’s claim that the red-light ordinance conflicts with state law. (Arnold Patch photo by Michael de los Reyes)

Driver Uses Sidewalk to Avoid Stopping for School Bus
WKYC TV 3 (Ohio), Sept. 12, 2012

A Cleveland woman has been cited by police after being caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to avoid stopping for a Cleveland school bus. … Witnesses notified police after watching the woman drive onto the sidewalk on more than one occasion to avoid the bus which was stopped with its stop sign and flashing lights activated. (Video images from TV3 WKYC.com)

Stop-Arm Cameras Take Drivers to School
FoxNews.com, Sept. 10, 2012

New automated cameras attached to the sides of buses are making it easier for school systems and police departments to crack down on violators while allowing bus drivers to better focus on the task at hand.

Drivers Endanger Children by Routinely Ignoring Stopped School Buses
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Sept. 1, 2012

On any school day in Florida, thousands of cars and trucks blow past stopped school buses, ignoring flashing lights and extended “STOP” arms intended to help keep kids safe while they get on and off buses. Violations are epidemic.

2 Scary Crashes Caught on Camera in New Jersey
RightThisMinute.com, Sept. 10, 2012

Red-light safety cameras on a busy intersection in Linden, N.J., catch two deadly crashes as these drivers blow through red lights. Police say officers use the cameras to identify violators who are ignoring these important signals. 

ATS_RoadSafety  ‏@ATS_RoadSafety  Watch: Driver uses sidewalk to avoid stopping for school bus on.wkyc.com/PcBx4V   via @wkyc  #Cleveland  #SchoolBusSafety

Letter: Glad to See Stand Against Traffic-Law Breakers
The Arizona Republic, Sept. 9, 2012

I was very encouraged to learn that several cities and towns have decided to ignore the noise made by the people who want to break the traffic laws with impunity by making arrangements with the state, allowing them to place speed or red-light cameras on roadways within their boundaries.

“The car is a weapon. You need to be very careful when you’re operating it.”
Mike Babulski, Police Officer with Linden Police Department, New Jersey
RightThisMinute.com, Sept. 10, 2012

“A successful program for us isn’t about the number of citations, it’s about lowering speeds. We want drivers to slow down for their safety and construction crews. Drivers speeding in work zones are putting contractor and Washington State Department of Transportation crews, themselves and other travelers at risk.”
John Nisbet, Washington State Department of Transportation traffic operations director
Washington State Department of Transportation press release, Sept. 10, 2012

“It proves what we’ve been saying the whole time, that it was written properly. It’s been defended three times now.”
Robert Shockey, Arnold City Administrator, commenting on court ruling in favor of city’s red-light camera ordinance
Arnold Patch (Missouri), Sept. 7, 2012

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