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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 23

May 8th, 2014


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Bid to Sideline Road Safety Cameras Fails in Louisiana House
Independent Weekly/Associated Press, May 7, 2014

A New Orleans lawmaker’s efforts to place new limits on red light cameras and automated speed enforcement systems used to issue traffic tickets hit roadblocks in the House. See related article in The Times-Picayune.

Police Chief Maintains Cameras Are Important Public Safety Tool
The Gazette. May 6, 2014

With the annual report on automatic traffic enforcement cameras submitted to the Iowa Department of Transportation, Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman said the cameras continue to be a valued public safety tool in the city. “I think the facts and figures are what they are,” he said. “What’s most telling is the collisions that result in injury remain below previous years.”


Ticket Revenue Goes to Police Equipment, Additional Cameras
WHAL-Radio FM95.7 (Tennessee), May 6, 2014

With proposed cuts planned at the Memphis Police Department, members of the Memphis City Council spent Tuesday morning trying to figure out other ways to keep you safe. And now, some $2 million worth of ticket money paid by red-light runners is being used to protect you.

Fine Revenue Used for Camera Program, Training, Enforcement
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland),  May 6, 2014

Bel Air, Harford County’s only jurisdiction with a red-light safety camera program, brings in about $300,000 from red-light tickets. The town usually breaks even because it spends $170,000 to use the system and to pay salaried employees to review tapes, issue citations and attend traffic court hearings. Any remaining money is put into traffic enforcement efforts.

SUV Rolls after Running Red Light
KTVB-TV Channel 7 (Idaho), May 6, 2014

A Boise intersection was blocked for about an hour this morning after a rollover crash. Police say the driver of an SUV was headed southbound on 27th Street and ran a red light at the Fairview intersection and slammed into a Toyota. The force of the impact flipped the SUV onto its roof. No serious injuries were reported.

As Traffic Deaths Fall, Pedestrian Deaths Do Not
The New York Times, May 4, 2014

The decline in vehicle-accident deaths in recent years has been nothing short of remarkable. But there is one disturbing exception to the trend: pedestrian deaths. Nationwide, the number of people killed by vehicles while on foot was essentially unchanged from 2003 to 2012, even as total vehicle deaths were falling.

Struck on the Street: Four Survivors
The New York Times, May 2, 2014

On May 7, 2007, I was hit by a delivery truck making a turn while I was crossing the street with the light. I was just one of 10,859 pedestrians injured when they were struck by a car, truck, taxi or bus that year. Since my arrival at the hospital, I had had surgery to repair a broken left femur with a titanium rod, blood transfusions, stitches in my crushed right foot, an inferior vena cava filter inserted above my stomach to prevent blood clots and the extreme pain of a broken pelvis. But the thing making me most miserable in my immobilized, bedridden state was my filthy hair. (The New York Times photo by James Estrin)

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School District Wants Stop Arm Safety Cameras
Northwest Cable News (Washington), May 7, 2014

The Bethel School District in rural south Pierce County wants to be the first in the state to install school bus stop arm cameras. But, nearly two years after the school board approved the use of the cameras, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department says it’s still not sure how to make it work. (KING-TV 5 image)

Pickup Crashes into Stopped School Bus as 2 Students Exit
WALB-TV  Channel 10 (Georgia), May 5, 2014

Nine students injured in a school bus crash are recovering at home tonight, but the driver who caused the crash remains in the hospital.

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Police Release Red-Light Crash Video
KCTV-TV Channel 5 (Missouri), May 3, 2014

Excelsior Springs Police Department released a video of a red-light running collision as a reminder to be safe behind the wheel and to follow the rules. No serious injuries were reported in the crash.

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State Legislature Votes to Add 120 Speed Cameras Near Schools
Home Reporter News (New York), May 7, 2014

Slow down for schools, say New York State legislators. The state Senate, at the end of April, overwhelmingly approved a bill that will turn 20 speed cameras currently operating near schools in the city into 140. (TimesLedger photo by Christina Santucci)

Madison Makes Traffic Camera Video Feed Public
Digital Communities/McClatchy News Service (Wisconsin), May 6, 2014

In Wisconsin, Madison’s traffic engineering department has been using a growing network of video cameras to monitor traffic for more than six years. Now, with the hope of helping drivers make informed decisions about travel time, the video feeds from many of those cameras are available to anyone with a computer or smartphone.

Parents Share School Zone Safety Concerns
City of San Antonio (Texas), May 6, 2014

Concerned parents gathered at the Piper Bass Memorial Student Center to voice safety concerns about their school zones to key leaders. Councilman Joe Krier said that in light of the improvements the panel members jointly initiated for the Larkspur Elementary School Zone in February after the death of a 9-year-old student who was walking to school, he initiated the meeting to find out if there are other safety concerns in other school zones across District 9 that should be addressed.


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Crossing Guard Stop Arm Program Goes Live in St. Mary’s
Southern Maryland News Net, May 2, 2014

As of May 1, 2014, safety cameras installed on school buses as part of the Crossing Guard Stop Arm Program have started to capture images of motorist passing stopped school buses that have their flashing red lights activated while boarding and discharging children.

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North Texas Tollway Authority Bans Scofflaws from Tollroads
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), May 5, 2014

North Texas Tollway Authority is ready to make good on its threat to ban so-called “habitual toll violators” from area toll roads beginning well, now, actually. At the end of last week the NTTA posted a release to its website warning drivers with more than 100 outstanding tolls that they would be cited and eventually banned from using NTTA-controlled roads beginning May 1. View press release here. (The Dallas Morning News photo by Evans Caglage)

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Inches Toward All-Electronic Tolling
The Sentinel, May 5, 2014

Officials from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission addressed electronic tolling among other topics in a discussion with The Sentinel’s editorial board last week, disclosing that work continues to implement electronic-only tolling along the length of the turnpike. Currently, E-ZPass use is at 74 percent statewide, but has reached 80 percent penetration in southeastern parts of the state.  Officials say E-ZPass use will have to rise to between 80-85 percent before the transition would occur. That’s estimated to take about five to seven years.

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ATS_Road Safety @ATS_RoadSafety It’s simple. Just #StopOnRed

ATS_Road Safety @ATS_RoadSafety NY was the 8th most deadly state in the nation for red-light running fatalities, according @NHTSA.gov #StopOnRed youtu.be/K6tTWRLlrSY

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Commentary: State Law Change Needed for Red-Light Camera
Columbia Tribune ( Missouri), May 6, 2014

According to existing law, cities with red-light cameras must take face shots and report violations to the state Department of Revenue for assessment of points on drivers’ licenses. To correct this situation, the General Assembly should pass House Bill 1557, which would rely on vehicle ownership, not face shots.

Commentary: We Need More Red-Light Cameras
Forbes, May 6, 2014

I don’t like paying tickets any more than anyone else does, and had this red-light running ticket been incorrect I would have urged my beautiful and talented wife to fight it. But it was correct and that made this a great example of something that, as a federal budget wonk, I applaud loudly: A government doing something very efficiently. In fact, all of the violations this camera caught that day meant the local government was providing better service to its residents at a far lower cost than it otherwise could have been provided.


Editorial: Keeping Watch for Our Children
Times Beacon Record (New York), May 7, 2014

Nothing is more important than the safety of our children, so we support an effort at the state level to place cameras in some school zones to catch and penalize speeding drivers.

Editorial: Pass a Reasonable Red-Light Camera Bill
The Kansas City Star (Missouri), May 6, 2014

Kansas City’s red-light camera program could be back in business by the summer if Missouri lawmakers approve a common sense bill to crack down on drivers who break the law.

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“Having over 300 violations is extremely concerning for me because each one of those represents a child’s life that was potentially in danger.”
Craig Rice, Montgomery County Council President
The Sentinel (Maryland), May 6, 2014 

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“It is illegal for habitual violators who have been banned to continue to drive on NTTA toll roads. Deploying this program, as well as all toll enforcement remedies available to NTTA under SB 1792, is about fairness to everyone who does pay.”
Marty Legé, NTTA’s director of System and Incident Management
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), May 5, 2014

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Cedar Rapids has used speed and red-light cameras in the city since 2010. Fourteen of its 29 cameras are speed cameras on the Interstate 380 S-curve. There were 33 crashes on the interstate in 2013, up from 26 in 2012, but down from 47 in 2009 and 35 in 2008. Of those 33 crashes in 2013, 22 were property damage only. In 2012 and 2013, there were no fatal crashes on the interstate. Source: The Gazette. May 6, 2014.

In Hannibal, the number of red-light violations has dropped 50% since the first red-light camera system went into use at U.S. 61 and Route 168. Source: Hannibal Courier-Post, May 6, 2014.