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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 37

August 15th, 2013

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Speed Camera Tests Begin in Chicago
WGN-TV Channel 9 (Illinois), Aug. 12, 2013

Fifty new speeding cameras are being installed and tested near schools and parks throughout Chicago and will go live in a few weeks. The zones are designated as within one-eighth of a mile from Chicago parks or schools. (WGN-TV 9 image shows ATS field services technician II James Stephenson.)

Independence Considers Road Safety Cameras
KCTV-TV Channel 5 (Missouri), Aug. 12, 2013

Sugar Creek and Kansas City have had red-light cameras, and Independence is considering adding them. In addition to cameras that catch red-light runners, Independence is also looking at photo cameras like what Sugar Creek has to get drivers to slow down.

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National Red Light Week Aims to Save Lives
KOMO-TV ABC 4 (Washington), Aug. 8, 2013

Red-light cameras are designed to catch violators, but they also capture the horror of accidents. In one instance it’s clear to see others are stopping for the light, then one guy blows through and bam — he’s hit. … In Seattle, there are a number of problem intersections. Pedestrians in West Seattle say people regularly run lights along the route to and from the Fauntleroy ferry terminal.

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More School Speed Safety Cameras Go Live Sept. 4
The Daily News (Washington), Aug. 15, 2013

When school starts Sept. 4, drivers will need to hit the brakes in five Longview school zones or risk a minimum $124 ticket. The city of Longview is expanding its photo-enforced school speed camera program to include the St. Helens, Kessler and Olympic elementary school zones. (The Daily News photo by Roger Werth)

Red-Light Camera Discussions Continue in Odessa
KMID-TV Channel 2 (Texas), Aug. 14, 2013

The city of Odessa is discussing the idea of installing red-light cameras at certain intersections. “A lot of folks are unfortunately disregarding our traffic laws,” said Richard Morton, Odessa city manager. See related coverage from the Odessa American.

Commission Outlines Dangers of Red-Light Running
KATC-TV Channel 3 (Louisiana), Aug. 14, 2013

Red-light running is a top cause of traffic crash deaths. While highway safety advocates focus much of our attention on convincing motorists to wear seat belts and remain sober while behind the wheel, there are many other driving behaviors that result in high numbers of fatalities and injuries. One of these is red-light running.

Speeders Were Plentiful in Camera Test Run
Chicago Tribune (Illinois), Aug. 12, 2013

As the city of Chicago announced the camera work would begin, it released figures that provide the only real insight so far into the magnitude of a program that will hit motorists in their wallets for at least the next five years. During a December trial, the two companies vying for the contract clocked more than 93,000 speeders at four locations.

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State Law Changes Red-Light Process in Miami Springs
Miami Herald/River Cities Gazette (Florida), Aug. 10, 2013

A Florida law which went into effect on July 1 mandated changes in the way Miami Springs handles people captured by cameras running red lights on Northwest 36th Street. … The new legislation created another option for ticketed drivers, allowing for a hearing at the local level.

Chicago Chooses First 12 Speed Safety Camera Locations
Chicago Sun-Times (Illinois), Aug. 9, 2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has chosen the first 12 locations for speed cameras near schools and parks and disclosed that up to 18 percent of motorists clocked were caught speeding during a two-month pilot program. See related article in the Chicago Tribune.

Pennsylvania Rate Hike Lower for Electronic Toll Pass Users
Lebanon Daily News, July 30, 2013

Motorists using the Pennsylvania Turnpike will pay higher fees next year. The Turnpike Commission approved a toll-rate increase of 2 percent for E-ZPass customers and 12 percent for cash customers, beginning Jan. 5. … The Turnpike charges E-ZPass customers less because of the lower costs of collecting tolls electronically. On average, E-ZPass costs about five to 10 times less per transaction than processing a cash toll. See related Turnpike Commission news release.

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Video Enforcement Reduces Illegal School Bus Passes
School Transportation News, Aug. 14, 2013

American Traffic Solutions said the newly released 2013 Stop Arm Survey from NASDPTS shows that video surveillance enforcement programs implemented by school districts are slowly but surely working. For example, ATS said the number of vehicles that illegally pass stopped school buses is down by 50 percent in the Cobb County (Ga.) School District, from about 1,800 last year to 900 this year.

Survey Points to 15 Million Vehicles Passing Stopped School Buses
National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (Iowa), Aug. 12, 2013

In 29 states throughout the country, more than 108,000 school bus drivers in a single day recorded  85,279 vehicles passed their buses illegally on a single day. Throughout a 180-day school year, these sample results alone point to over 15 million violations by private motorists. See related ATS press release.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the city of Tucson, Arizona, has accepted a new two-year contract with renewals for their red-light and speed camera systems and, as part of the agreement, ATS has become a partner with the National IPA, a cooperative purchasing agent. Also, both Falls Church City Public Schools in Virginia and the Paulding County School District in Georgia have finalized agreements to utilize the CrossingGuard School Bus Stop-Arm Safety Camera systems. Falls Church City Public Schools signed a three-year agreement with renewals, while the Paulding County School District agreed to a five-year contract with renewals. ATS is excited to continue its relationship with the city of Tucson, and is honored to be accepted as a new partner in traffic safety with the Falls Church City and Paulding County school districts. 

 

@ATS_RoadSafety Check it out: 10 things you didn’t know about red-light running: http://1.usa.gov/1a2TNKC  #StopOnRed2013

@ATS_RoadSafety ATTN: Governor Cuomo announces statewide initiative to crack down on #Speeders http://bit.ly/144iv5W  #NYC

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Commentary: Melissa Wandall: Stop on Red, This Week and Always
The Herald Tribune (Florida), Aug. 10, 2013

Established in 2001, National Stop on Red Week occurs the first week of August to promote safe driving and raise awareness about the dangers of red-light running. The simple fact of the matter is that red-light running kills, permanently affecting families and communities. … This year as we recognize Stop on Red Week, we must promote an approach to reducing red-light running year round — one that combines the proven technology available to us, increased driver awareness programs, and elevating the red-light running issue in communities across the country.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Deter Irresponsible Driving
Gateway News (Ohio), Aug. 14, 2013

The Ohio House has already voted in favor of banning traffic enforcement cameras to save reckless drivers the inconvenience of paying fines so it’s up to the Senate to put a stop to this bill. Senators need to listen to the victims who have paid a much higher price than a $100 fine when red lights or speed limits are ignored — people whose vehicles have been damaged or destroyed, who have ended up hospitalized with injuries, or whose loved ones have been killed.

Letter: Paramedics Association Supports Cameras in Pittsburgh
The Tribune-Review (Pennsylvania), Aug. 12, 2013

The Fraternal Association of Professional Paramedics Local 1 wishes to express its support for installing red-light cameras in the city of Pittsburgh.

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