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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 20

April 17th, 2014

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New Answers to Loop Shooting Caught on Red-Light Safety Camera
KTVI-TV FOX 2 (Missouri), April 11, 2014

We now have new answers about a December shooting caught by red-light cameras. It happened at a busy part of the Loop and sent people scattering.  One of the suspects was able to blend in with ordinary citizens before escaping.

State Police: Man Likely Texting when He Hit School Bus
KPLC-TV NBC 7 (Louisiana), April 14, 2014

A 19-year-old man was likely texting when he crashed into a school bus early Monday morning on U.S. 171 in Gillis, state police said. The bus was stopped in the right lane to pick up children. It had its red warning lights illuminated and stop signs deployed.

Victims’ Families Make Emotional Plea for Street Safety
WTSP-TV CBS 10 (Florida), April 14, 2014

There were tears, frustration and anger in Tampa on Monday as the families of two teens recently struck along Hillsborough Avenue made a public plea for action. Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick, who joined the families, said “We just recently voted to use the red-light camera money to improve intersections. This is one occasion we could use some of that profit.”


Aurora Police: Services Will Suffer if Camera Ban Approved
KUSA-TV NBC 9 (Colorado), April 16, 2014

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates says his department doesn’t get any of the money made from red-light cameras, adding that about half of what is collected maintains the red-light camera program. The rest, $1.5 million, goes to social services like the Gateway Battered Women’s Shelter, Sungate Kids, Aurora Mental Health Services and Arapahoe House.


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South Carolinians Push for School Bus Safety Cameras
Bluffton News, April 16, 2014

The last words 12-year-old Adam Kempf shouted over his shoulder to his mother and sister were: “I love you more! See you after school!” The boy was hit and killed by a vehicle moving 55 mph as he attempted to board the school bus near his home in North Carolina. On Wednesday, Adam’s father, Joseph Kempf, now of Lexington, S.C., urged a Senate subcommittee to change the law to prevent other children from being hurt or killed.

Crash Ends Attempt to Pass Right Side of Stopped School Bus
First Coast News/WJXX ABC 25/WTLV NBC 12 (Florida), April 16, 2014

A 20-year-old driver attempted to pass traffic stopped for a school bus on State Road 13 by passing on the right, but instead hit a mail box and over corrected into the left side of the bus, which had its flashing lights activated, according to a report from Florida Highway Patrol.

2 Students Struck by Car at Bus Stop
Gainesville Times (Georgia), April 14, 2014

A 29-year-old woman has been charged in a hit-and run at a school bus stop that resulted in minor injuires to two Hall County schoolchildren. The children were struck when a vehicle ran through a school bus stop signal, with the driver leaving the scene, according to a Hall County school system news release.

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Speed Cameras Affect Safety, Revenue in New York City
The Leader (New York), April 13, 2014

State lawmakers are taking aim at lead-footed drivers in New York City and Long Island with a proposal to authorize hundreds of speed cameras in school zones, a plan touted as a way to protect pedestrians and raise money for government coffers. The legislation approving cameras, which has the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top lawmakers, is expected to be one of the first items on the agenda when lawmakers return to the Capitol this month.

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Red-Light Camera Image Helps Police Catch Suspected Burglar
Suburban News (New Jersey), April 15, 2014

While investigating the burglary of a Springfield residence, detectives first checked exterior video surveillance cameras near the crime scene, then checked the surveillance camera located at the red-light camera intersection of nearby Morris and Maple avenues, and matched the vehicle seen in both sets of video. A suspect was identified soon afterward.

Cumberland School Board Backs Red-Light Camera Bill
The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), April 15, 2014

The Cumberland County School Board unanimously backed the idea of red-light camera legislation being enacted for the city of Fayetteville. The city operated a red-light camera program between 2000 and 2006 when a court ruling made it financially unfeasible.

Western Springs Set to Renew Red-Light Camera Program
The Doings Western Springs (Illinois), April 15, 2014

The village is touting the success of its red-light camera enforcement program in the reduction of accidents at two main intersections, and is looking to renew the program for another five years.

Police Among Critics of Bill Banning Cameras in Colorado
The Denver Post, April 14, 2014

About a dozen representatives from police departments testified Monday in opposition to a bill that would ban statewide use of red-light safety cameras.

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Orange County Toll Roads Going Cashless May 14
The Press-Enterprise (California), April 15, 2014

The days of paying highway tolls with cold, hard cash are winding down. Operators of 51 miles of toll roads in Orange County plan to go cashless, idling 74 tollbooths and changing life for many who drive Highways 241, 261, 73 and 133. (The Press-Enterprise photo by Kurt Miller)

D.C. Considers Adding Toll Lanes to 14th Street Bridge
The Washington Post (District of Columbia), April 15, 2014

District officials are considering creating carpool and toll lanes on part of the 14th Street bridge and other stretches of city highway as early as next year, offering motorists with means a way of speeding their commute and pushing the nation’s capital into the debate over the costs and benefits of “congestion pricing.”

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety. Must Read! Life in #Linden: Crashes decrease at intersections with red-light cameras. tmblr.co/ZC9-Wt1D216WI #StopOnRed

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety. @denverpost Opinion: Limit, don’t ban, red-light cameras & photo radar: denverpost.com/ci_25548681/li…  #StopOnRed

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Commentary:  Respect for Traffic Laws, Other Drivers Improves Safety
The Arizona Republic, April 13, 2014

We see speeders every day — passing us on our freeways, on our city streets and county highways at 20 or 30 mph over the posted speed limit. Many of us wonder why they are in such a hurry. What could be so important that they risk endangering their lives and the lives of others?

Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Worked before, So Why Not Now?
Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), April 12, 2014

Behind The Wheel feels compelled to weigh in on the issue of red-light cameras, now that the Fayetteville City Council is considering bringing them back. Our view is pretty simple: Let’s do it.

Editorial: Limit, Don’t Ban Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Denver Post (Colorado), April 11, 2014

Red-light cameras and photo radar would seem perfectly suited for control by local officials, not the state. And that’s what municipal officials and police no doubt will be telling lawmakers at a hearing on a bill to ban the use of such equipment.

Letter to the Editor: Useless Traffic Lights
Southern Maryland News, April 16, 2014

The installation of the red-light cameras would have reduced accidents throughout the county, and added revenue to the county budget, but more importantly, possibly saved lives. If drivers know they will be ticketed for running a light, maybe they will pay better attention. Once again, some of our elected officials have placated the desires of a few hundred, inconvenienced thousands and continue to put lives at risk.

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“It’s as if the argument is: If there was a cop there and a cop caught me, then that’s fair. But there’s no cop there. A camera’s there. The camera’s catching me and that’s not fair.”
Dan Oates, Police Chief of Aurora, Colorado
KUSA-TV NBC 12 (Colorado), April 16, 2014

“All of our research, all of our data and all of our statistical review from 2005, when we put red-light cameras in place, has shown they significantly decrease the total overall number of accidents at those intersections.”
Dustin Varney, Greenwood Village Police Department Commander
The Denver Post (Colorado), April 14, 2014

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In Aurora, traffic accidents have decreased 35% at the 10 intersections with red-light cameras. Source: KUSA-TV NBC 12 (Colorado), April 16, 2014