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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 10

February 6th, 2014

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Unanimous Vote Keeps Red-Light Cameras in Palm Beach County
WPTV-TV NBC 5/Palm Beach Post (Florida), Feb. 4, 2014

Palm Beach County will continue to operate its network of red-light cameras at 17 intersections in the county’s unincorporated areas. County commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to seek bids from private companies interested in operating the cameras.

Smarter Driver: Why Red-Light Cameras Work
CNET/BroadwayWorld.com, Feb. 4, 2014

They are controversial to say the least, but they do get drivers’ attention. CNET’s Brian Cooley explains how these cameras are reducing fatal red-light running crashes through a three-phase approach: public awareness, traffic signs and enforcement.

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Court Upholds Red-Light Camera Notice
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Feb. 5, 2014

South Florida appeals court Wednesday upheld the constitutionality of a state law that requires notices of red-light camera violations to be sent to the first listed owner on a vehicle’s registration.

Council Adds Red-Light Cameras at 2 Intersections
The Lufkin News (Texas), Feb. 5, 2014

Crews will soon install additional red-light safety cameras at two intersections after the Lufkin City Council voted on Tuesday to approve an amendment to an agreement with American Traffic Solutions.

Red-Light Camera Ticket Scam Suspect Extradited
WTEV-TV CBS 47 (Florida), Feb. 5, 2014

The Georgia woman accused of conspiring with a prison inmate to conduct a red-light ticket scam will appear in court Wednesday morning.

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Virginia House Committee: Red-Light Cameras Can Stay
FindLaw.com, Feb. 4, 2014

An effort to withdraw legislative consent for the cameras and force cities to take them down failed in the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday.

Crashes Decrease, Revenue Rises in River Forest
OakPark.com (Illinois), Feb. 4, 2014

The red-light cameras at Harlem and North avenues continue to be a boon on two fronts for River Forest: a lower number of traffic accidents at that busy intersection and an increase in revenue as well, according to information from the River Forest Police Department.

Lauderdale Lakes Considers Red-Light Safety Cameras
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Feb. 1, 2014

While one Broward County city is getting out of the red-light camera business, officials here are planning to begin using the traffic-enforcement devices. Commissioners say they do not want the cameras to be a money-making tool, or a money-losing venture. They say they are interested in safer streets and in adding devices that could help law enforcement solve crimes in the city.

Red-Light Camera Revenue Boosts Road Safety in Allegheny County
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), Jan. 31, 2014

Drivers who ran red lights at 25 Philadelphia intersections equipped with enforcement cameras are helping to pay for $826,800 in road safety improvements in six Allegheny County municipalities. The money is part of $8.8 million in red-light fine revenue being distributed statewide to 32 projects. See press release with complete list.

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Maryland Work-Zone Tickets Down, but Fatalities Are Up
WTOP Radio FM 103.5 (District of Columbia), Feb. 5, 2014

As the overall number of speed camera tickets issued in work zones in Maryland decreased in 2013, the number of fatalities in work zones increased. … According to the Maryland State Highway Administration, eight people, including four highway workers, were killed in work-zone crashes in 2013.

Speed Cameras Proposed for Roosevelt Boulevard
NBC Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Jan. 31, 2014

Speeders on the Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia might have a tougher time breaking the law if one local lawmaker gets his way. State Sen. Mike Stack is calling for Philadelphia to install speed cameras along the 12-lane roadway and has proposed changing state law to allow the city to do it.

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Girl Hit by Vehicle while Getting on School Bus
WGHP-TV FOX 8 (North Carolina), Feb. 6, 2014

A Durham girl was injured Thursday morning when a vehicle hit her as she got on the school bus. … Durham Public School officials said the girl was crossing the street to get on bus 371 to Jordan High School when the vehicle hit her.

Cameras and Enforcement Can Reduce Stop-Arm Violations
School Bus Fleet, Feb. 5, 2014

In general, stop-arm violators can be categorized into three groups: the impatient violator, the uneducated violator and the distracted violator. Using cameras to prosecute violators and educate the motoring public about stop-arm laws will mitigate the number of offenses from all three categories of violators, which could save a child’s life.

School Bus Safety Camera Ordinance Advances in Georgetown
KXAN-TV NBC (Texas), Jan. 31, 2014

On Jan. 28, the Georgetown City Council approved the first reading to install cameras on Georgetown Independent School District school buses to catch violators and then issue tickets to those drivers. An Interlocal Agreement will allow the City to partner with the GISD along with American Traffic Solutions to install the cameras.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce its recent agreement renewals with Cheverly, Maryland, and Falls Church, Virginia. Cheverly has extended its current contract for another year until January 2015, and Falls Church has extended its agreement for another four years to May 2018.  ATS is honored to be a part of the road safety efforts in these communities.

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More Peach Pass Lanes on the Way
WAGA-TV FOX 5 (Georgia), Feb. 6, 2014

The High Occupancy Toll, or HOT lanes moving through Gwinnett County continue to grow in popularity. In November, it logged the 10 millionth trip.

Road Safety Camera Violations Pose Liability to Fleets
Digital Journal, Jan. 30, 2014

Fleets that don’t make red-light, speed, or school bus stop arm safety camera violations part of their drivers’ safety profiles are running the risk of multimillion-dollar liability costs, says Vincent Brigidi, president and chief operating officer of The CEI Group, Inc., a fleet services provider.

Golden Glades Commute Gets Easier
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 27, 2014

The Golden Glades toll plaza — a longtime, notorious traffic bottleneck — became an easier, cashless commute on Monday, but it should get even better starting Tuesday. … Officials closed the tollbooths early Sunday and all drivers now will have tolls either deducted electronically or be billed. Electronic tolling makes traffic flow faster, improves air quality, reduces the number of crashes and cuts the operating and capital expenses of collecting tolls manually, officials say.

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“To me the reduction of serious injuries has caused me to change my mind. This is a normative thing where people’s behavior is changed by getting a $158 ticket. There is some effect.”
Hal Valeche, Palm Beach County Commissioner
WPTV-TV NBC 5/Palm Beach Post (Florida), Feb. 4, 2014

“Life is fragile. People are making bad decisions on our highways and our loved ones are paying the ultimate price. My hope as a society is that we will start putting the human aspect back into why we implemented the red-light safety program.”
Melissa Wandall, President of National Coalition for Safer Roads and nationally recognized traffic safety advocate
WPTV-TV NBC 5/Palm Beach Post (Florida), Feb. 4, 2014

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Traffic crashes decreased from 25 in 2012 to eight in 2013, a 68 percent decrease, at the intersection of Harlem and North avenues in River Forest, Illinois. Red-light safety cameras were installed at the location in January 2013. SOURCE: OakPark.com, Feb. 4, 2014.

Lakewood responded to 100 fewer traffic accidents in 2013 than the prior year – a drop of 10 percent and a testament to the effectiveness of the city’s photo enforcement program. Police also had to make 269 fewer traffic stops from the previous year, a dip of almost 20 percent. SOURCE: City of Lakewood Press Release, “Lakewood Saw Crime Drop in 2013,” Feb. 4, 2014.