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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 25

May 23rd, 2013


Cameras Catch Dangerous Red-Light Runners in Boulder
YouTube, May 21, 2013

About half of the deaths in red-light running crashes are pedestrians and occupants in other vehicles who are hit by red-light runners. Safety is the responsibility of every driver, every day, and every time someone gets behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Car Runs Red Light at 100 MPH
WDAF-TV FOX 4 (Missouri), May 17, 2013

Kansas City is pushing the value of red-light cameras after releasing a video Friday of a dangerous red-light runner. Watch for the vehicle on the right, running a red light at an estimated 100 mph. See related coverage from KMBC-TV 9.

Pay Toll at 65 MPH in New Hampshire
New Hampshire Union Leader, May 23, 2013

Motorists using E-ZPass can now travel at 65 mph as they go through the tolls on Interstate 93 with the debut of Open Road Tolling (ORT) lanes. The new lanes are expected to alleviate delays and traffic back-ups, and save motorists a collective total of 268,000 hours a year waiting in line to pay. (Image from WCVB-TV ABC 5)

Public Safety Committee Endorses Red-Light Safety Camera Extension
The Kansas City Star (Missouri), May 22, 2013

Five years after Kansas City approved a contract to install red-light cameras, both red-light running and crashes are down at most of those intersections, police said Wednesday. And with that evidence, the city council’s Public Safety Committee endorsed a five-year renewal of the contract with American Traffic Solutions.  See related article from KMBZ-Radio 98.1 FM. (The Kansas City Star photo by Allison Long)

Murfreesboro Police Say Cameras Improve Safety
WLAC 1510 AM (Tennessee), May 20, 2013

A group in Murfreesboro has started a petition to end the use of red-light cameras, but police say the traffic enforcement measure has improved safety.

Red-Light Runners at 10 Intersections Studied in Odessa 
KOSA-TV CBS 7 (Texas), May 16, 2013

Traffic continues to be a major issue in the booming Midland-Odessa area. Now, the city of Odessa is looking into installing red-light cameras at busy intersections.

N.Y. City Councilman Backs School Bus Safety Cameras
New York Daily News, May 22, 2013

A New York City councilman has a plan to nab reckless drivers who illegally swerve around buses that are dropping off kids: Catch them on film. See related article from Westfield Republican. (New York Daily News photo by Anthony DelMundo)

School Bus Safety Camera Reveals Traffic Danger
KRGV-TV ABC 5 (Texas), May 22, 2013

Video from a Mansfield Independent School District (ISD) School Bus Stop Arm Pilot Program illustrates the problem of illegal stop-arm running. The videos are just a few examples from the nearly 50 stop-arm running violations captured during the district’s two-month pilot program. See video.

Illegal School Bus Passing Violations Fall 60% in Carroll County
Carroll County School System (Georgia), May 21, 2013

The success of the CrossingGuard solution in Carroll County can be measured by the number of violations reported.  Each year the school bus drivers in Georgia and across the nation do a survey and report data on violations.  Carroll County Schools has shown a 60% decrease in violations in one year.

Driver Charged in Car-Pedestrian Collision
WOOD-TV NBC 8 (Michigan), May 20, 2013

A 79-year-old woman has been charged with a misdemeanor moving violation after she allegedly hit a 15-year-old boy at a school bus stop in Wright Township, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

Lawmakers Consider Cameras as Deterrent to School Bus Traffic Violations
State House News Service/Wicked Local (Massachusetts), May 17, 2013

The red stop sign that swings out of a school bus when it makes a stop could pack some more enforcement capabilities under legislation before the Joint Committee on Transportation.

@ATS_RoadSafety VIDEO: Car blowing through KC stoplight at 100 mph http://bit.ly/16ERPiu  @kcpolice #StopOnRed #MO

@ATS_RoadSafety Boulder Red-Light Safety Cameras Catching Dangerous RLRs: http://bit.ly/14OoAVJ #StopOnRed @DenverChannel

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American Traffic Solutions is honored to announce that several long-standing clients have chosen to extend or renew their road safety camera programs with ATS. The five communities are: Willowbrook, Illinois, whose program began in 2008, will continue its system under a new five-year contract. Also, programs in Pueblo, Colorado, will continue through December 2017, and remain in operation in North Miami Beach, Florida, for three more years. Both cities selected ATS as their vendor of choice in 2008. Falls Church, Virginia, an ATS customer since 2009, will continue its program for another year. The city of Longview, Washington, an ATS client since 2010, will keep its program running through December 2016.  American Traffic Solutions is proud to be a part of the safety programs in these communities.

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Additionally, ATS is pleased to announce that the Atlanta Independent School System in Georgia has issued a letter of intent to enter into a contract with ATS for use of the CrossingGuard school bus stop arm safety camera system, which discourages drivers from illegally passing school buses when they are stopped to let children on or off the bus. Also, Washington County, Maryland, will initiate a 30-day pilot program of the CrossingGuard system. ATS welcomes both new clients and looks forward to working with them to improve safety in their communities.

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Commentary: School Bus Cameras. An Idea Whose Time Has Come
South Coast Today (Massachusetts), May 22, 2013

Some people are saying it’s about time that someone filed legislation to put cameras on the outside of school buses to get the license plate and automatically mail a ticket to motorists who pass buses illegally. Now state Rep. William Straus, D-Mattapoisett, who is House chairman of the Transportation Committee, has done just that. There’s already been a hearing and this thing could be on a fast track.

Editorial: Speed Camera’s Value Is Measured in Safety
Arizona Daily Star, May 22, 2013 PHOTO

No one likes having their picture taken from one of the 11 speed cameras on Pima County roads. But the cameras are doing their job – improving safety and saving lives.

Letter: Legislator Urges Action to Stop Speeding Near School
Plainview Old Bethpage Herald (New York), May 23, 2013

I implore you to please do something in this area. … There is a traffic light at the school but speeding is constant.

Letter: Without Cams, It’s Back to the Usual Speeding
Arizona Daily Star, May 22, 2013

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry’s reason for wanting to eliminate the 11 speed cameras on county roads is somewhat admirable … but totally unrealistic.

Letter: Speed Cams Have Done Their Job Effectively
Arizona Daily Star, May 22, 2013

What is wrong with our officials? The traffic cameras have succeeded in slowing traffic at specific intersections so that fewer citations have been issued. The cameras have been doing the job they were installed to do. So the county wants to get rid of them.

“The work load has decreased and the reason for that is just the most obvious reason, fewer people are running those lights at those locations. So overall I think that we’d have to count it as a success.”
Bill Mahoney, Kansas City Police Sergeant and accident investigation section supervisor
KMBZ-Radio 98.1 FM (Missouri), May 23, 2013

“If you’re willing to cut off a school bus while a school bus is picking up a child, you’re literally one of the worst drivers in New York City.”
David Greenfield, New York City Councilman
New York Daily News, May 21, 2013

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