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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 3, Issue 40

September 5th, 2013

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U-Turn Triggers Red-Light Violation
Clearwater Patch (Florida), Sept. 3, 2013

A driver makes a U-turn as other traffic is turning from Belcher Road onto Gulf to Bay Boulevard making the latest Red Light Camera Violator of the Week in Clearwater. The traffic light was red nearly five seconds before the driver started turning.

Lakeland Turns on 9 More Red-Light Safety Cameras
WTVT-TV FOX 13 (Florida), Sept. 2, 2013

On Sunday, the city of Lakeland turned on nine new red-light cameras. It now has 19 robotic eyes snapping away when someone illegally runs a red light or makes a rolling right-hand turn.  See related coverage from BayNews9.

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School Is Back in and so Are Speed Cameras
The Issaquah Press (Washington), Sept. 5, 2013

School is back in session and so are the speed cameras along Second Avenue Southeast. The cameras were installed to reduce speed and increase safety. (The Issaquah Press photo by Greg Farrar)

Miami’s Red-Light Running Ticket Appeals Team Takes Shape
Miami Today News (Florida), Sept. 5, 2013

The City of Miami will soon hear dozens of red-light camera ticket appeals, after the Miami City Commissioner in July approved formation of a hearing board.

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Paralysis Research Advocate Addresses Palm Coast Council
Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Sept. 3, 2013

Marc Buoniconti traveled six hours from Miami to make certain the Palm Coast City Council knew where he stood on the issue of red-light cameras. … He considers them lifesaving devices that help reduce the number of spinal cord injuries.

Chicago Unveils Plans for 50 Speed Cameras
Lake View Patch (Illinois), Sept. 3, 2013

The city of Chicago announced its plans to install 50 new speed cameras by the end of the year, but it seems as though Lake View is being let off the hook—for now. See related articles in the Daily Herald and Lincoln Square Patch.

School Speed Cameras in Position at New Locations
The Daily News Online (Washington), Sept. 2, 2013

When school starts Wednesday in Longview, five school zones will have an extra set of eyes watching drivers’ speeds. The city has expanded its photo-enforced school speed camera program to include the St. Helens, Kessler and Olympic elementary school zones, adding to the speed cameras installed in 2011 in the Columbia Valley Garden and Mint Valley elementary school zones.

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Child Hit by Car while Trying to Board School Bus
KAKE-TV ABC 10 (Kansas), Sept. 5, 2013

According to investigators, a westbound school bus was stopped at the intersection with lights flashing while children boarded. That’s when an eastbound car came through the intersection and hit an 8-year-old boy. The child was taken to a Wichita hospital with a leg injury.

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Thousands of Drivers Illegally Pass School Buses in Maryland County
NBC Washington, Sept. 3, 2013

Stopped school buses, often offloading children, deploy stop signs and warning lights to alert drivers to stop within range of the bus. However, Maryland State records show more than 1,078 instances of Montgomery County drivers failing to stop within range of a school bus during just one day in April this year.

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Illinois Law Allows School Bus Cameras to Deter Illegal Passes
WCBU-FM Public Radio 89.9, Sept. 2, 2013

Illinois drivers already get traffic tickets from red-light cameras and speed-zone cameras. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, a new law means drivers could soon be ticketed by school-bus cameras. Gov. Quinn approved the law on Aug. 27. It will take effect Jan. 1, 2014. See related articles in Alton Daily News and WSIL-TV ABC 3.

Child’s Death Prompts Harsher Penalties
Winston-Salem Journal (North Carolina), Sept. 1, 2013

Last year, illegally passing a stopped school bus in North Carolina could lead to a misdemeanor charge and points on a license that could raise insurance premiums. Hitting or killing a pedestrian while illegally passing a stopped school bus brought a felony charge with a maximum sentence of six months. Spurred by the death of Hasani Wesley, a new law pushed by two state representatives of Forsyth County — Donny Lambeth, a Republican, and Ed Hanes, a Democrat — imposes stiffer penalties.

School in Session; Be Careful in Southeast Michigan
The Times Herald, Aug. 31, 2013

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments is urging drivers to watch out for little pedestrians as school begins. In 2012, there were 395 school bus crashes that resulted in one fatality and 96 injuries in southeast Michigan. In the last five years, crashes involving school buses resulted in five fatalities.

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@ATS_RoadSafety  Speed cameras: Extra level of safety on the street in #Longviewhttp://bit.ly/1cCfn74 #WA #SlowDown #SpeedKills

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Editorial: Schools Are Reopening; Watch Out for Kids
Duluth News Tribune (Minnesota), Sept. 4, 2013

The start of school means both small, don’t-know-any-better-yet, inattentive tykes and older, distracted-by-their-devices kids will be getting on and off buses, will be walking along busy streets and will be darting through intersections.

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“It [the safety benefit of red-light cameras] is not only showing up on the stat sheets, it’s showing up in the lack of people with spinal and brain injuries coming into our trauma centers throughout the state of Florida.”
Marc Buoniconti, President of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Daytona Beach news-Journal (Florida), Sept. 3, 2013

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“We have advanced to the point where we’re asking even some of the school buses to have cameras inside because of kids being mistreated and what have you. This is just a natural progression.”
Linda Chapa LaVia, Illinois State Representative, on installing exterior school bus stop arm cameras
WCBU-FM Public Radio 89.9, Sept. 2, 2013

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