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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 49

November 7th, 2013

Road Safety Ink Gets a New Look

Road Safety Ink introduces its new look today. American Traffic Solutions’ online newsletter sports a new color palette and additional category headers for a simple and orderly presentation of news about American Traffic Solutions, its subsidiaries and the photo enforcement industry. This is the newsletter’s first major redesign since its start in December 2010.

Browsing the entire collection is encouraged. Brief introductions to each story are provided, however, complete articles are just a click away.

American Traffic Solutions encourages all of its Road Safety Ink followers to share the information in this newsletter with co-workers, friends, family and people with questions about photo enforcement. This is one more way we can all help to make driving safer on the road ahead.

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Red-Light Cameras Changing Driving Habits
KTVI-TV FOX 2 (Missouri), Nov. 5, 2013

Red-light cameras are changing drivers’ behaviors, and red-light running violations have significantly dropped since cameras were installed six years ago in St. Louis. See related article at ITS International. (Graphic by KTVI-TV FOX 2)

School Bus, Truck Collide at Intersection
The Arizona Republic, Nov. 5, 2013

Three people were injured Tuesday afternoon when a school bus and a truck collided at a Goodyear intersection, officials said. A Goodyear police spokesperson said the school bus was heading south on Estrella Parkway shortly after 4 p.m. and was turning east onto Van Buren Street when, witnesses reported, the truck ran a red light at high speeds and T-boned the bus.

Voters Reject Eyman’s Initiative on Initiatives
KATU-TV ABC 2 (Oregon), Nov. 5, 2013

Voters in Washington state on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have expanded the rights of initiative signature gatherers. … Initiative promoter Tim Eyman filed I-517 last year just weeks after the state Supreme Court ruled that city laws allowing for red-light traffic cameras are not subject to repeal by voters.

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Judge Upholds Rochester’s Red-Light Camera Program
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (New York), Nov. 4, 2013

Rochester’s red-light camera program is constitutional, a judge has ruled in dismissing a lawsuit that challenged the program. “The entire record presented to the court provides ample justification for the red light camera laws,” state Supreme Court Justice Scott Odorisi wrote in a 27-page decision, finding later that it “does not infringe upon a fundamental right or offend substantive due process.” See mayor’s statement.

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More Than 233,000 Vehicles Trip 4 Chicago Speed Cameras in 45 Days
Government Technology, Nov. 5, 2013

Four new speed cameras in Chicago caught more than 233,000 speeders in 45 days, which would have brought in $13.8 million in revenue for the city. But that 45-day period was a warning and testing period, intended to let the city examine the effectiveness of its first speed cameras. The grace period is now over.

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Intersection Collision Kills 1, Injures 6
NBC40.net (New Jersey), Nov. 4, 2013

Authorities continue to investigate a major accident in Galloway Township involving a tractor trailer, which claimed the life of a local man and injured several others. Authorities say the driver of the tractor trailer ran a red light, resulting in the crashes. See related coverage from Galloway Patch.

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Tarrant County to Block Vehicle Registration of Toll Scofflaws
WFAA-TV ABC 8 (Texas), Nov. 5, 2013

The Tarrant County tax assessor has drivers with more than 100 unpaid toll violations in his crosshairs. “I’m going to block your registration if you don’t pay your tolls,” said Tarrant County Tax Assessor/Collector Ron Wright.  Tarrant County joins Dallas and Denton counties in helping the North Texas Tollway Authority collect unpaid tolls.

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Vehicle Hits Student Boarding School Bus
WBTV-TV CBS 3 (North Carolina), Nov. 6, 2013

Police in Charlotte say a 10th-grade student was hit while trying to board the school bus in east Charlotte. The student’s injuries are non-life threatening.

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Fairfax County Considers School Bus Safety Cameras
Sun Gazette (Virginia), Nov. 4, 2013

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 29 directed county staff members to investigate the potential benefits, limitations and drawbacks of installing such stop-arm cameras on some of the school system’s buses. Supervisor John Foust brought up the issue as a board matter during the meeting and noted that Falls Church City Public Schools recently outfitted some of its buses with CrossingGuard cameras made by American Traffic Solutions. (Sun Gazette photo by John Wesley Brett)

School Bus Safety Cameras Arrive in Houston County
WMAZ-TV CBS 13 (Georgia), Nov. 3, 2013

Houston County Schools announced last fall they were coming.  Now they’re here, ready to stop what transportation director Frank Scott calls a problem of too many motorists passing school buses during the time drivers are loading and unloading students.

Teen Who Died at School Bus Stop Remembered
Salisbury Post (North Carolina), Nov. 3, 2013

On Oct. 17 Makinzy Smith did what he always did on school days — he left the front porch light on signaling to the bus driver he’d be riding that day. The 17-year-old never made it to West Rowan High School, where he was a junior. In fact, the teenager never made it to the bus. He was struck and killed around 6:30 a.m. while crossing Woodleaf Road in front of his grandparents’ home.

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@ATS_RoadSafety ST LOUIS: 6 yrs since cameras were 1st installed, the avg # of citations issued per camera/mo decreased 60% pic.twitter.com/ByLAD9zK0l

@TrafficSafeOrg  Study shows traffic light enforcement having positive effects on #roadsafety in St Louis #Missouri @ATS_RoadSafety http://trafficsafe.org/index.php/traffic-light-enforcement-reduces-violations-in-missouri-6879/

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce two new agreements with the cities of Hutto, Texas, and Cheverly, Maryland. An ATS customer since 2007, Hutto recently renewed its contract with ATS for another five years, extending the partnership through November 2018. Cheverly, a new ATS client, will receive a speed safety camera system under the terms of its new five-year contract. ATS is honored to be a part of these cities’ traffic safety endeavors.

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Recent Missouri Ruling Upholds Red-Light Safety Camera Constitutionality
American Traffic Solutions news release, Nov. 7, 2013

A recent ruling by the Missouri Court of Appeals of Eastern Missouri has again upheld the constitutionality of red-light safety camera programs, and affirmed the City of Ellisville’s authority to regulate traffic safety as an appropriate function of the city’s police power. Because of conflicting rulings, the State Supreme Court must now clarify the procedures cities must use for the issuance of citations. The Court must also determine whether the Department of Revenue’s determination that automated enforcement safety camera violations do not require the assessment of points can be overturned by violator class action lawsuits.

Violations Decrease at St. Louis’ Intersections with Cameras
Marketwired, Nov. 5, 2013

Driver behavior at St. Louis’ red-light safety camera monitored intersections continues to change, according to a recent analysis by American Traffic Solutions. ATS, Missouri’s and the nation’s leading red-light safety camera provider, found that the number of red-light running violations captured at ATS monitored intersections has fallen significantly as drivers have become more accustomed to increased red-light enforcement.

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CEO Jim Tuton Recognized for Entrepreneurship
Digital Journal, Nov. 4, 2013

James Tuton, American Traffic Solutions (ATS) Chief Executive Officer, recently was recognized as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2013 at the recent Builders + Innovators Summit. See related coverage from Sys-Con Media.

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Letter to the Editor: Enforce Speed Limit Near Local School
Pocono Record (Pennsylvania), Nov. 5, 2013

Regarding the recent accident on Route 191, I’m bothered that for years, I have watched as parents and buses have dropped and picked up students at Clearview Elementary School. The yellow blinking school zone lights give drivers enough time to slow down when entering the school zone. I watch as many drivers race up the road and totally ignore these signals, both at arrival and dismissal times.

Letter: Candidly, It’s Safer with Cameras
Philly.com/The Inquirer (Pennsylvania), Nov. 5, 2013

Let’s set the record straight on the outlook for Abington Township’s soon-to-be-launched red-light safety camera program (“Do red-light cameras pay their way?” Oct. 25). AAA and others are passing judgment before the program has gotten off the ground, unfairly comparing Abington to Philadelphia.

Letter: Take Care Around School Buses
The Virginian-Pilot/Pilot Online (Virginia), Nov. 4, 2013

We need to take extra care when driving close to school buses. I stand on the corner with my granddaughter every morning and afternoon. I am amazed by the number of people who run the school bus stoplights. The bus driver gives ample warning that she is making a stop, but many drivers speed up when they see the lights start flashing yellow, or they pass the bus when its lights are red.

Letter: Anti-Safety Attitude Needs to Change
DesMoines Register (Iowa), Nov. 4, 2013

It is time Gov. Branstad removed Paul Trombino III as director of the Iowa Department of Transportation. How can Branstad possibly have a person in this position who is so against regulating the safety of the public and who is working against local law enforcement personnel in their quest to do so.

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“What you’re going to see is that people adapt really, really quickly to automated enforcement and start complying with the speed limit in a lot higher numbers. Just after the first two weeks of warnings, we saw violation events drop by 40 to 50 percent, depending on the camera. Uniformly, we saw a significant decline in the number of violations.”
Scott Kubly, Managing Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation
Government Technology, Nov. 5, 2013

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“I’m going to block your registration if you don’t pay your tolls. … It grates on me when people skip out on things you and I have to pay for. If you don’t want to pay the toll, don’t use the highway.”
Ron Wright, Tarrant County Tax Assessor/Collector
WFAA-TV ABC 8 (Texas), Nov. 5, 2013

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“This is a very serious safety issue that irritates me almost more than any other safety complaint that I get in my office. To think that people are so ignorant and so non-caring about the safety of children that they’d pass a stopped school bus is infuriating.”
John Foust, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Sun Gazette (Virginia), Nov. 4, 2013

“The problem we are seeing is that people are running red lights and causing crashes. The people that are crossing on the green light are the innocent parties, and usually end up with injuries sustained from these crashes. People assume that because they have the green light, they are safe to cross the intersection.”
Todd Lindstrom, Minnesota State Patrol Sergeant
Hibbing Tribune, Nov. 3, 2013

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Four speed safety cameras snapped photos of more than 233,000 speeding vehicles in Chicago during a 45-day grace period during which the city issued warnings to owners of those vehicles.  Scott Kubly, managing deputy commissioner for the Chicago Department of Transportation, said violations dropped 40 to 50 percent after the first two weeks of warnings, depending on the camera. SOURCE: Government Technology, Nov. 5, 2013.

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