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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 25

May 22nd, 2014


Report: More Than 3.5 Million Drivers Ran Red Lights in 2013; Memorial Day Tops Dangerous Holidays
Roads & Bridges, May 21, 2014

More than 3.5 million drivers in 20 states ran a red light in 2013, according to the second biannual “Safer Roads Report 2014: Trends in Red-Light Running” from the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR). The report examines red-light running trends across 20 states and is designed to help raise driver awareness of the dangers of red-light running. See related article at WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM. View NCSR report here.

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20 Deadliest U.S. Cities for Pedestrians
Wired Magazine, May 21, 2014

Pedestrian deaths in the United States are at a five-year high, and if you’re among the few people who walks around Orlando, you’re more likely to be killed by a car than anyone else in the nation. Things aren’t much better elsewhere in the southeast or southwest, two regions that account for the majority of the 20 most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians, according to “Dangerous by Design” a sobering report by the National Complete Streets Coalition. View report here. (Wired image by Matthias Clamer/Getty)

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Albany Common Council Approves Red-Light Cameras
WTEN-TV ABC 10 (New York), May 19, 2014

The city of Albany could be one-step closer to installing red-light cameras. The Albany Common Council approved a resolution Monday in a 10-5 vote urging the state legislature to pass a bill that would allow the city to install and operate cameras at intersections.

Red-Light Running Collisions, Rear-End Crashes and Violation Revenue All Fall in Nassau County
Newsday (New York), May, 18, 2014

Revenue from red-light running tickets in Nassau declined by more than 12 percent in 2012, the first dip in the program’s three-year history, according to new county data. Figures from Nassau’s official 2012 report to the state show that accidents involving injuries at 57 red-light-camera intersections dropped by an annual average of 18 percent since installation, compared with the 12-month period before the cameras were put in place. Rear-end crashes dropped by an average of nearly 19 percent.


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Georgia District Sees 42% Drop in Stop-Arm Violations
School Bus Fleet Magazine, May 19, 2014

Illegal passing of Marietta City Schools buses has dropped 42 percent (from a single day count of 192 to 112) in two years. … One of the contributing factors in this year’s decrease in violations could be the addition of stop-arm cameras. In October of last year, Marietta City Schools equipped 12 of its buses (just over 20 percent of its regular-education fleet) with American Traffic Solutions’ CrossingGuard system.

Cameras on School Buses Could Mean Tickets in San Antonio
KSAT-TV ABC 12 (Texas), May 19, 2014

The City of San Antonio is a step closer to considering an ordinance that would allow cameras mounted on school buses to be used to issue citations to drivers violating a law against passing stopped buses. Right now, a number of districts are operating pilot programs with the cameras in place, including Northeast, Judson, South San Antonio, East Central, Boerne, Comal and New Braunfels, as well as Pre-K for SA.

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Mascot for Bus Cameras Debuts in Georgia
The Marietta Daily Journal, May 17, 2014

The Cobb and Marietta school districts have unveiled a new mascot to highlight the problem of cars that pass stopped school buses. The mascot, a red bird with a CCSD logo on its chest, is called “Hawkeye.”

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Cottage City, Maryland, recently renewed its red-light safety camera program with American Traffic Solutions for another year of operation, and Paulding County School District, Georgia, which began its school-bus stop arm safety camera system a year ago, said yes to its first one-year renewal option provided for in its agreement. American Traffic Solutions is honored to continue to partner with these clients, and all clients, to improve traffic safety in their communities.

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Tolls Considered for Vermont’s Interstates
Vermont Public Radio, May 19, 2014

Have you ever wondered why there are toll booths on the interstates in New Hampshire (pictured above) and Maine and not in Vermont? Under federal law, those states are allowed to impose tolls because they used a considerable amount of their own money to build their interstates. But states like Vermont, that used a lot of federal money to build the roads, aren’t allowed to charge tolls. This could change soon because the White House is backing a plan to allow all states to charge an interstate toll if they want to. Congressman Peter Welch supports the change. (Vermont Public Radio photo by Tim Boyd/AP)

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GHSA @GHSAHQ Each day there are over 9K #RedLight violations in the US. @SaferRoadsUSA report reminds us to be safe drivers bit.ly/1lEgqWA

ATS_Road Safety @ATS_RoadSafety Georgia district sees 42% drop in stop arm violations mschoolbusfleet.com/news/5208/geor…@schoolbusfleet #stoparmsafety

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Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Mean Stop
The Daily Gazette (New York), May 21, 2014

It appears the city of Albany soon will be getting red-light cameras, making it the first Capital Region community to have them. The electronic eyes can improve traffic safety without the need for more patrols by understaffed police departments, and raise some much-needed revenue for municipalities in the process. That’s why in earlier editorials we’ve urged Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy or the City Council to embrace the technology — unfortunately, to no avail. … It’s time to ask again.

Letter: Traffic Cameras Do Not Harm Innocent
Newsday (New York), May 9, 2014

I just finished reading more complaints regarding red-light and school-zone speed cameras. The writers complain that the camera fines represent a tax or an abuse of citizens by politicians. I couldn’t disagree more. A tax is compulsory. The fines from these cameras are only levied if you choose to speed through a school zone or fail to come to a complete stop.

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“Too many children continue to be injured by motorists who disobey the law and pass stopped school buses. Bus drivers can’t be expected to act as law enforcement and get the license plate numbers of passing vehicles when they’re focused on driving and keeping students safe.”
Catharine Young, New York State Senator
Long Island Press, May 21, 2014

“I think they’re (school bus safety cameras)  awesome. It’s going to be a great opportunity for us as a district to really get a handle on the situation. I have it probably happen to me anywhere from three to four times a week.”
Vincent Casiano, Northeast Independent School District bus driver
KSAT-TV ABC 12 (Texas), May 19, 2014

“This (red-light camera) program is having a long-term positive effect on safety in Nassau.”
Chris Mistron, Nassau County’s traffic safety coordinator
Newsday (New York), May 18, 2014

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In Nassau County, traffic collisions involving injuries at 57 red-light-camera intersections decreased by an annual average of 18% since installation compared with the 12-month period before the cameras were put in place. Rear-end crashes dropped by an average of nearly 19%.  Revenue from red-light running violation tickets decreased by more than 12% in 2012. Source: Newsday, May 18, 2014.