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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 31

July 2nd, 2014

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Independence Day Travel Poses High Risks to Motorists
WTLH-TV FOX 49 (Florida), July 2, 2014

This Independence Day, safety on the road is paramount as 41 million Americans will set out in their cars to celebrate the holiday with family and friends. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety names the July 4 weekend as the busiest travel holiday in the country, while the National Coalition for Safer Roads ranks the Fourth of July as the second riskiest summer holiday for drivers across the country when it comes to red-light running. Drive carefully. See related article from USA Today. (Palm Harbor Patch photo by Sunde Farquhar)

3rd Victim of Hit-and-Run Crash Dies
WFLA-TV NBC News Tampa Florida, June 27, 2014

The third victim of a hit-and-run crash in St. Petersburg has died. Investigators told WFLA that a speeding Chrysler collided with a Saturn that was turning left to enter a parking lot on 16 Street South.

Cameras Could Catch Speeders in School Zones
Times Beacon Record (New York), July 1, 2014

Suffolk County is one step closer to installing speed cameras in some school zones, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that authorizes their use on Long Island. (Times Beacon Record photo by Elana Glowatz)

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Bethel School District to Install School Bus Safety Cameras
The News Tribune (Washington), July 2, 2014

The Bethel School District is preparing to crack down on drivers who pass school buses when they’re stopped to drop off or pick up students. American Traffic Solutions will install its school bus safety cameras on 10 out of about 200 school buses — at no cost to the district — in a program that will test the new system. (The Seattle Times photo by Lindsey Wasson)

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Wednesday morning to approve a program that will catch people speeding past school buses. It would put cameras on the outside of the buses to capture the license plates of offenders – and deal out some big fines.

Stop-Arm Cameras Reducing Passing Violations, Study Shows
School Bus Fleet, July 1, 2014

American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is helping school districts across the country protect children from drivers who fail to stop for school buses, according to a new analysis of ATS’ CrossingGuard school bus safety camera programs in operation. (Image by WJXT-TV Channel 4)

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ATS Acquires Rent A Toll
Automotive Fleet, July 1, 2014

Toll management service provider American Traffic Solutions (ATS) has acquired Rent A Toll, which provides toll management solutions to commercial and car rental fleets, the company has announced.

Illinois Tollway Offers Independence Day Holiday Travel Tips
Illinois Tollway, June 30, 2014

The Illinois Tollway suggests holiday drivers get an early start on Thursday and Friday. More than 5.5 million vehicles are expected to travel the Tollway system this Fourth of July holiday from Thursday, July 3, through Sunday, July 6. The heaviest travel is anticipated on Thursday, July 3, when more than 1.8 million vehicles are projected to be on the road. On an average day, about 1.4 million vehicles use the Tollway.

Traffic, Toll Rates, Debt Payments Rise on Narrows Bridge
The News Tribune (Washington), June 27, 2014

Even though traffic across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge over the last year was slightly higher than predicted, a 25 cent toll increase for the eastbound span was started July 1 to help keep pace with increasing debt payments. … The majority of toll revenue still comes from vehicles with electronic transponders, who pay the least to cross. (The News Tribune photo by Janet Jensen)

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ATS_Road Safety @ATS_RoadSafety @AAASafety: 34.8 mil will travel by automobile this #4thofjuly. Drive safe and #StopOnRed usatoday.com/story/travel/n… via @USAToday.

Neil Arason @neilarason @ATS_RoadSafety 99% of drivers who received and paid a ticket for illegally passing a school bus did not do it a second time. Amazing!

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Letter to the Editor: Appreciating Red-Light Cameras
Newsday (New York), July 1, 2014

In response to the letter on the red-light cameras and violating rights . . . how about cameras in the tunnels and bridges leading into and out of the city? Should we get rid of them also? Or ATM and bank cameras? Should we not use those images to catch anyone ripping off a bank customer or the bank itself? The solution is simple: Don’t do anything stupid or illegal, and you have little to worry about.

Letter: Johnny Leadfoot
The Times-Tribune (Pennsylvania), July 1, 2014

A recent letter asserting “proof” that red light cameras “increase accidents, injuries and deaths” piqued my curiosity. The author states that, at intersections with an unusually high number of collisions, “even without corrective steps, accidents will likely fall back to the average or mean number of collisions.” My question is how those intersections became unsafe in the first place and what is the origin of this magical force that visits intersections and makes certain that accident numbers are properly distributed around the mean?

Letter: Red-Light Cameras
The Kansas City Star (Missouri), June 30, 2014

If someone breaks a law, we do not care whether the arresting officer is with the city police department, the county sheriff’s department, the state highway patrol or a federal agency. We only care that the criminal is properly apprehended. So what’s the objection to red-light cameras? If a scofflaw is running red lights, endangering the life and welfare of others, he or she needs to be caught and punished.

Letter: Death on Hempstead Turnpike
Newsday (New York), June 29, 2014

The tragedy of the 13-year-old girl killed by a hit-and-run on Hempstead Turnpike further shows that we need to share the roads equitably between motorists and non-motorists. Full-time monitoring of intersections would enlighten authorities to the areas where jaywalkers impact the flow of traffic. At first, people will grumble about the higher level of monitoring, but like the intersections where red-light cameras are installed, violations would decrease.

Letter: Ways to Increase State Revenue
The News Journal (Delaware), June 29, 2014

Since we are daily hearing or reading about the need to raise taxes or “close a shortfall” in our budget, maybe it is time for our leaders to come to the people to ask for suggestions. Here are some I could offer (if asked). I  applaud the red-light cameras – and think we should have them at every intersection. Traffic lights and stop signs no longer seem to mean anything; perhaps a hit to the wallet would get their attention. Our police force has enough to do without baby-sitting drivers at every intersection.

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“This is a significant step forward in enhancing student safety. Our bus drivers have been reporting a troubling number of these violations. We are extremely fortunate there has not been a serious accident involving children, and our intent is to do all we can to reduce that risk.”
Dean Tistadt, Chief Operating Officer with Albemarle County Public Schools, Virginia
WVIR-TV NBC 29 (Virginia), July 2, 2014

“This law is a tremendous victory for parents and students across both New York City and Long Island. We know that when drivers know they might get caught, they slow down.”
Jeff Klein, New York State Senate Majority Co-Leader
Times Beacon Record (New York), July 1, 2014