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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 28

June 13th, 2013

 

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Mineola to See Cameras by Summer’s End
Mineola American (New York), June 13, 2013

Be on the lookout Mineola, because red-light cameras will be watching village motorists by the end of the summer. Nassau County will install cameras at the intersection of Mineola Boulevard and Jericho Turnpike as well as Willis Avenue and the turnpike.

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Appeals Court Upholds St. Louis’ Red-Light Camera Law
St. Louis Business Journal (Missouri), June 12, 2013

If you’ve ignored a red-light camera citation from the city of St. Louis, you’d better plan on paying it or requesting a court hearing to contest the ticket. On Tuesday, a Missouri Appeals Court upheld the city’s red-light camera law, reversing an earlier ruling by a circuit court judge that the city lacked authority to enact the ordinance. See related coverage from KMOX-Radio CBS 1120, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Wall Street Journal.

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Governor’s Signature Changes Florida Traffic Law
Naples News, June 12, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott late Wednesday signed four bills, including a measure that would make it tougher for local governments to issue tickets to drivers turning right on red. See related coverage in the Sun Sentinel. (Sun Sentinel photo by Mark Randall)

New York Lawmaker Backs Speed Camera Pilot Program
NY1.com (New York), June 12, 2013 

New York State Senate Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeff Klein says his bill authorizing New York City to begin a pilot program for speed cameras near schools is a priority for him as the legislature enters the session’s home stretch.

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Seattle Says School Speed Cameras Are Effective, Plans Expansion
West Seattle Herald (Washington), June 11, 2013

Mayor Mike McGinn announced June 11 that five new locations for future school zone speed cameras have been selected for school zones around the city. See related coverage from The Seattle Times and news release from the mayor’s office. (The Seattle Times photo by Ellen M. Banner)

Proposal Readied for Tampa-Hillsboro Area Bus/Toll Lanes
TollRoadsNews.com, June 11, 2013

Tampa’s toll and transit authorities will be jointly proposing a first bus/toll lanes project this fall.  Joe Waggoner chief executive of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority said this at a recent meeting of the local metro planning organization.

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Sarasota’s Red-Light Camera Program Upheld in Court Ruling
WTSP-TV Channel 10 (Florida), June 10, 2013

For the second time, a cited individual has challenged the constitutionality of the red-light camera system used by the city of Sarasota. For the second time, the system was upheld.

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Distractive Impact at the Traffic Light
Fleet Owner, June 10, 2013

Distractions while driving is the leading cause for some 12 percent of red-light intersection infractions, according to data analyzed by the National Coalition for Safer Roads and FocusDriven. See related coverage by The Dallas Morning News and Washington Examiner. See report. (Image from TechnoBuffalo)

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Philadelphia’s 25th Intersection Gets Red-Light Cameras
Philadelphia Inquirer/Philly.com (Pennsylvania), June 9, 2013

Red-light cameras became active Monday morning at Byberry and Worthington Roads in Northeast Philadelphia, bringing to 111 the number of the controversial cameras in the city, at 25 intersections. See related coverage at Philapark.org. and Newsworks/WHYY.org (WPVI-TV Channel 6 image.)

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Lawmaker Targets Drivers Who Illegally Pass Stopped School Buses
WOBM-Radio 92.7 FM (New Jersey), June 11, 2013

When a school bus pulls off to the side of the road, flashes its lights and a stop sign pops out, most New Jersey drivers obey the law and come to a complete stop, but a small number of motorists ignore the warning, swerve around the bus and continue down the road. One state lawmaker is pushing a plan to crack down on these individuals. See related coverage from Burlington County Times. (Burlington County Times photo by Nancy Rokos.)

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Court Ruling Keeps Cameras at Work in St. Louis
KTVI-TV FOX-2 (Missouri), June 11, 2013

The city of St. Louis calls Tuesday’s ruling from the Missouri Court of Appeals of Eastern Missouri a win. The court ruled Tuesday the city of St. Louis’ red-light safety camera program is constitutional. This ruling overturns Judge Mark Neil’s decision last year. See related coverage from KPLR-TV Channel 11.

@ATS_RoadSafety Report:  Texas could be among nation’s worst in red-light violations caused by #distracteddriving  http://www.dallasne.ws/11Hrhco  #StopOnRed

@ATS_RoadSafety Red light motion upheld in court for 2nd time in @CityofSarasota via @WTSP10News http://on.wtsp.com/10a4HKS  #StopOnRed

 

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education has chosen ATS as its contractor of choice to install a CrossingGuard school bus safety camera system. The cameras are designed to deter drivers from illegally passing school buses once they stop to let children on or off the bus. ATS is honored to receive the contract award.

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Join ATS in the Social Madness Challenge

Are you into social media? So are we. Please take a moment to visit the Phoenix Business Journal’s Social Madness Challenge site and under the Large Company category VOTE for American Traffic Solutions. You can vote every day, and every vote helps raise awareness about ATS and why stopping on red saves lives. National winners compete for cash prizes for the charity of their choice.

ATS is also hosting a national competition to find out What Drives You. Simply visit our ATS Linked In, Facebook or Twitter sites to share your story. Three judges will pick the most compelling story and award a Kindle Fire to the grand prize winner once the contest closes on July 3. ATS is committed to making life safer and easier on the road ahead. That’s what drives us! Tell us today what drives you!

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Study Finds Collisions Decrease near Speed Cameras
Traffic Technology Today (United Kingdom), June 7, 2013

A new study, commissioned by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) Foundation, suggests that speed cameras cut the number of serious injuries in road accidents in the areas where they are placed by an average of more than a quarter. See report.

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Editorial: Let’s Focus on Danger of Driving While Distracted
The Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania), June 10, 2013

The recent death of a Hatfield teenager allegedly run down by a texting motorist along Route 309 can only sharpen the debate over Pennsylvania’s lax rules on cellphone use behind the wheel.


Letter: Red-Light Cameras Improve Travel Safety
Gig Harbor Peninsula Gateway (Washington), June 12, 2013

Currently, more than 650 communities in the United States have installed red-light and speed cameras, and as a result, both traffic infractions and accidents have gone down considerably. They appear to be a very cost-effective way for us to make our roads safer.

Letter: Cameras and Higher Fines Are the Ticket
Odessa American (Texas), June 9, 2013

I have written you before concerning the cameras used in conjunction with traffic light operations. … Unless you hit them in their pocketbook, you will never get their attention!

Letter: Use Cameras to Catch Speeders
The Intelligencer (Pennsylvania), June 7, 2013

Richland Township police do a great job, but with camera technology the police could be freed up to do their other duties rather than sitting waiting for a speeder. … Will someone in our state government sponsor a bill to allow for speed cameras in the state of Pennsylvania? They save lives.

 

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“If you talk to any bus driver, literally every day, every day somebody passes a school bus when kids get on and off.”
Patrick Diegnan, N.J. Assemblyman and Education Committee Chairman
Burlington County Times (New Jersey), June 12, 2013

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“In Brusly you don’t consider a green light, a green light. You consider it a caution light. It’s almost ingrained in the culture when you cross highway one you look both ways even if you have a green light. You look both ways because it can be a bad situation.”
Joey Normand, Mayor of Brusly, Louisiana
WVLA-TV NBC 33, June 12, 2013

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“Speed enforcement cameras are an effective way to reduce speeding and further safeguard our children, especially in and around schools.”
Jim Pugel, Interim Chief of Police, Seattle
Central District News (Washington), June 11, 2013

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“The public has been clear that we need to do more to protect children as they travel to and from school. The data shows that the existing cameras are helping improve safety near schools by reducing travel speed and cameras should be installed at additional schools.”
Mike McGinn, Mayor of Seattle
West Seattle Herald (Washington), June 11, 2013

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“Safety cameras are contentious; people dispute whether they work. But in fact the general public as a whole like them, because they want these roads to be made safer. If cameras were turned off overnight there would be something like 80 people killed extra a year and 800 people killed or seriously injured. So the evidence is very good that on average they do work; they are effective.”
Stephen Glaister, RAC Foundation Director, London, England
Traffic Technology Today (United Kingdom), June 7, 2013
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Analysis of data for 551 fixed speed cameras in nine areas shows that on average the number of fatal and serious collisions in their vicinity fell by more than a quarter (27 percent) after their installation. There was also an average reduction of 15 percent in personal injury collisions in the vicinity of the 551 cameras. Source: Traffic Technology Today, June 7, 2013

Washington
Speed safety cameras at four Seattle schools have led to a combined 16 percent reduction in citations for speeding. Source: West Seattle Herald (Washington), June 11, 2013

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