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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 29

June 20th, 2013

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Dicey Intersections Safer with Cameras, City Review Finds
Port City Daily (North Carolina), June 20, 2013

The city of Wilmington’s red-light traffic cameras have “significantly” reduced the number of crashes at dicey intersections in town, according to an in-house review of data from before and after the cameras’ installation. (Port City Daily photo by Ben Brown)

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With Speed-Camera Bill, More Writing of Tickets May Be Hands Free
The New York Times, June 19, 2013

Under a proposal now gaining traction in Albany, New Yorkers may soon be answering to an authority more suited to the city’s topography: cameras that record the speed of a passing car and issue violations automatically. (The New York Times photo by Todd Heisler.)

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6 Injured in Intersection Crash, 2 Pedestrians Critical
WAMU-Radio FM 88.5 (District of Columbia), June 19, 2013

A traffic collision sent six people to area hospitals, including two pedestrians who were seriously injured after being hit by a car Wednesday morning. The crash happened at the height of rush hour, when hundreds of vehicles and even more pedestrians compete for the intersection near Union Station. (WAMU photo by Armando Trull)

Memphis to Add Red-Light, Speed Safety Cameras
WMC-TV Channel 5 (Tennessee), June 19, 2013

Council members made several decisions during a marathon budget session that started at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, including the decision to add red-light and speed cameras to the city.

Tragic Intersection to Get Red-Light Camera
YourObserver.com (Florida), June 19, 2013

Two Manatee County intersections already feature the technology, but the red-light cameras activated on Tuesday, at State Road 70 and Tara Boulevard, hold special significance for East County residents. The intersection is where Melissa Wandall’s husband was killed by a red-light runner, just miles from their home and about a week before the birth of their child. See related coverage in the Herald-Tribune and Bradenton Herald.

Red-Light Running, Distracted Driving Form Deadly Combination
Times-Herald (California), June 19, 2013

If motorists are noticing a lot more vehicles running red lights, it could be due to another driving hazard — texting or talking on cell phones while behind the wheel, according to a new study on distracted driving

Palm Coast OKs Red-Light Camera Ordinance Change
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), June 18, 2013

The Palm Coast City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to amend the city’s ordinance related to red-light camera citations. Last week, Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill allowing municipalities to select a hearing officer to handle red-light camera cases and extend the time period for paying citations from 30 days to 60 days. The City Council made the required changes to its own ordinance to reflect the new law.

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Study: 88% of Cars Speeding in Brooklyn
WNYC New York Public Radio, June 17, 2013

Speeding is rampant in Brooklyn, according to a new study from the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. When surveyors clocked the speed of passing cars on Brooklyn neighborhood streets, they found 88 percent were breaking the posted limit. (Google Share image by Thomas Hawk)

City Moves Forward with Red-Light Camera Study
Odessa American (Texas), June 14, 2013

The city of Odessa is moving forward with a red-light camera study with Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions to determine which intersections would benefit from cameras.

Traffic Picks Up 32% to 34% on Maryland’s New Toll Road
TollRoads News, June 13, 2013

New traffic data for the Washington area Inter County Connector MD200 tollroad, Maryland’s first all-electronic toll road, shows traffic running about a third higher than a year ago. April traffic at 35,500 vehicles per segment workdays was up 34% over 26,400 of the same month last year. And the first four months of this year were up 32% over the same four months last year.

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Marietta Agrees to Let ATS Install School Bus Stop Arm Cameras
The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia), June 19, 2013

The Marietta Board of Education approved an agreement with American Traffic Solutions to install the CrossingGuard School Bus Safety Cameras on 10 school buses. 

Student Struck by Car While Waiting for School Bus Remains Hospitalized
The Reflector (Washington), June 18, 2013

Justin Carey, a 16-year-old Battle Ground High School student, is still in the hospital being treated for injuries he sustained after being struck by a car while waiting for the school bus the morning of June 10.

N.J. Committee Passes School Bus Camera Bill
School Transportation News, June 17, 2013

New legislation that aims to protect students around the school bus won approval from the Assembly Education Committee in New Jersey. The bill permits municipalities and school districts to install video monitoring systems on buses’ stop arms to more easily prosecute motorists who unlawfully pass buses that are stopped during loading and unloading.

Chatham Interested in School Bus Safety Cameras
WRSP/WCCU-TV FOX 55/27 (Illinois), June 13, 2013

Chatham School District is watching if Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs legislation into law that would allow school districts the option of installing cameras on school buses to protect children from dangerous motorists as the students get on and off their buses. District Transportation Director Jim Lovelace says Chatham has already talked to some vendors about the equipment. 

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Red-Light Cameras Could be Coming to Pittsburgh
WXPI-TV Channel 11 (Pennsylvania), June  18, 2013

A bill has been introduced to City Council that would bring red light cameras to Pittsburgh. … Pittsburgh’s City Council is expected to discuss the issue next week. Officials said the public will have a chance to weigh in on the debate coming up at a hearing later on.

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Police Respond to Separate Red-Light Running Fatalities
WKYT-TV CBS 27 (Kentucky), June 17, 2013

Drivers travelling along the bypass in Georgetown can expect to see many more patrol cars cracking down on folks running red lights, the cause of two fatalities in two days.

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@ATS_RoadSafety  Worstthingintheworld is knowing you lost someone due to a red-light runner when all they had to do was #StopOnRedtwicpic.com/cxxt7p

@SaferRoads USA  Great column on our new campaign about distracted driving and intersection safety with @FocusDrivenorg. Take a look: bit.ly/11Gt9xw

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ATS Advances to 2nd Round of Social Madness Challenge

Thanks to everyone who cast a ballot for American Traffic Solutions. Your votes advanced ATS into the next stage of competition. Keep those votes coming! 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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Commentary: Cities Are Watching Us from Nearest Light Pole
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), June 20, 2013

Cities should go ahead and install as many cameras as they like: I hope this reduces the number of motorists who speed or commit other dangerous traffic infractions while raising revenue from fines.

Commentary: Road Safety Experts Focus on Distracted Driving
The Free Lance Star (Virginia), June 16, 2013

It’s looking more and more like distracted driving is the new drunken driving. … A recent study indicates that distracted drivers were involved in 12 percent of the crashes caused by red-light runners.

Commentary: Everyone’s Safety is Reason for School Speed Cameras
Kent Reporter (Washington), June 12, 2013

There is no question that the city shares the letter writer’s concern for the safety of all children no matter where they live, play or attend school. For him to suggest otherwise is irresponsible. The city is not showing special treatment to children who attend Sunrise and Neely O’Brien schools; instead, the city is aligning its new safety program with the findings in a traffic analysis that determined photo enforcement systems would have the most impact on safety at these two schools.

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Editorial: Red Means Stop
Grand Haven Tribune (Michigan), June 19, 2013

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, would give local governments the authority to install cameras at intersections, allowing them to identify drivers running red lights. In a community such as Grand Haven, … we feel this would be a great device to ensure the safety of those traveling through our community.

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“We’re looking to put these cameras in places that have documented speeding problems.”
Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City Transportation Commissioner
The New York Times, June 19, 2013

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“It’s not because somebody is trying to catch somebody doing something wrong. I want people to understand when they see those cameras, somebody had to die in order for a safety message to be sent.”
Melissa Wandall, President of National Coalition for Safer Roads and nationally recognized traffic safety advocate
Herald-Tribune (Florida), June 13, 2013

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