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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol 4, Issue 45

October 9th, 2014

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Mom Uses iPad to Catch School Bus Violators
KSAT-TV ABC 12 (Texas), Oct. 8, 2014

Waiting to cross the road for her daughter to board the school bus last week, Tracey Honig pulled out her trusty iPad. There was an 18-wheeler coming the opposite direction. But Honig said rather than stop for the flashing lights and extended stop sign on the school bus, “he chose to break the law and kept right on going.” She said the video she posted on her Facebook page has had thousands of views. “I finally got tired of it, and just started recording everything so I could have the proof that this is happening,” Honig said.

Family of Miami Gardens Hit-and-Run Victim Asks for Help
CBSMiami Channel 4 (Florida), Oct. 8, 2014

The family of a South Florida man killed during a hit-and-run is pleading for the community’s help to find his killer. Video from a red light camera showed Eugene Green, 48, initially riding on the sidewalk before he got onto the street to make a wide-right turn. Just then a dark car speeding through the intersection hit Green and continued.


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Albany Committee OKs Red-Light Safety Cameras
WNYT-TV NBC 13 (New York), Oct. 8, 2014

Albany’s Public Safety Committee Tuesday night voted unanimously to send a controversial red-light camera bill on for consideration by the full common council. That decision came despite overwhelming opposition at a public hearing.

Red-Light Running Crashes Diminish in Orange County
ITS International, Oct. 7, 2014

Red-light safety cameras are reducing traffic dangers in Orange County, Florida, according to a recent program update presented to the Board of County Commissioners that showed drivers are stopping on red and crashes are diminishing.

Orland Park Pursues Unpaid Parking Tickets
Chicago Tribune (Illinois), Oct. 7, 2014

Orland Park may soon get some help cracking down on unpaid parking tickets. The village’s Finance and Information Technology Committee voted Monday to recommend the full board of trustees approve changes to an agreement with the Illinois Comptroller’s Office that will let the village begin participating in the Local Debt Recovery Program.

Intersection Collision Sends Driver to Hospital
WTVJ-TV NBC 6 (Florida), Oct. 6, 2014

The driver of a car involved in a school bus accident is expected to survive after suffering internal trauma and head injuries in the crash. Hialeah Gardens Police said the driver of the car took a red light while driving east on W 68th Street and as he crossed the intersection, was hit by the bus on the passenger side of the car.

Ottawa Mayor Proposes More Red-Light Cameras
Ottawa Citizen (Canada), Oct. 4, 2014

Jim Watson is promising to earmark almost $1.5 million a year to implement road safety measures if re-elected mayor on Oct. 27. … But Watson’s most dramatic move might well be the 20 new red-light cameras Watson is promising if re-elected, which would bring the city’s total up to 53. However, red-light cameras pay for themselves — and then some. In 2013, the existing 33 red-light cameras raised $2.2 million in revenue but only cost $1.1 million to operate.

Albany Mayor Includes Red-Light Cameras in Budget
WRGB-TV CBS 6 (New York), Oct. 3, 2014

City Councilwoman Leah Golby is fed up with people blowing through red lights in Albany. That’s why she is sponsoring legislation to have red-light cameras installed at up to 20 intersections across the city.


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Car Hits Child Leaving Bus; New State Law Gets Attention
The Advocate (Louisiana), Oct. 8, 2014

As a 7-year-old Clinton Elementary School student walked off a school bus Monday afternoon on La. 67, the bus driver deployed the vehicle’s flashing stop signs to halt drivers on the state highway. … The impact left the girl with several broken bones and put into focus a new state law passed in the recent legislative session aimed at preventing these kind of accidents.

Board Makes Safety 1st Priority
Independent Herald (Wyoming), Oct. 8, 2014

The Wyoming County Board of Education has been upping its game when it comes to security and safety. The BOE is expanding beyond the school buildings and properties to include all school buses in its safety plan.

Lauderdale School Buses to Get Cameras
Times Daily (Alabama), Oct. 7, 2014

Fay Parker said the average person would be shocked at the number of cars that pass stopped school buses every day. “They drive right by them, and the bus will be there with the lights flashing and the arm out,” said Parker, transportation supervisor for the Lauderdale County Board of Education. Parker said that’s one reason the county is installing cameras outside its buses.

Child Hit by 4-Wheeler Crossing from School Bus
The News-Star (Louisiana), Oct. 7, 2014

A Kiroli Elementary student was taken to the emergency room after a 4-wheeler went around the extended stop arm of a school bus and ran over him Tuesday afternoon.


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Seattle Ranks No. 1 Safest City for Pedestrians
PR Newswire, Oct. 7, 2014

Seattle rose to the top of Liberty Mutual’s list as the safest U.S. city for pedestrians. With more than 108,000 residents commuting on foot or by public transportation each day, the city has less than 10 pedestrian fatalities each year. These impressive statistics are likely the result of a number of safety programs the city has put in place in recent years, including the use of school zone speed cameras.

Nassau Adds More School-Zone Speed Cameras
Newsday (New York), Oct. 5, 2014

Nassau County is expanding its controversial school-zone speed camera program to sites in Uniondale, Great Neck and Garden City this week, bringing the total number of locations to 28. (Newsday photo by Jeremy Bales)


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Cameras Sought for Work Zones on Pennsylvania Highways
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 9, 2014

A group representing Pennsylvania highway contractors will push for legislation allowing the use of cameras to enforce speed limits in work zones. Associated Pennsylvania Constructors, with membership of more than 400 construction, engineering and manufacturing companies, will make the issue a legislative priority when the General Assembly begins its new session next year, said Jason Wagner, director of policy and government relations. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photo by Pam Panchak)


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American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is excited to announce its new role as the first red-light safety camera vendor for the city of Mount Vernon, N.Y., and is honored to further announce that the cities of Lake in the Hills, Ill., Medina, Tenn., Hyattsville, Md., and Orlando, Fla., will continue their red-light safety camera programs under newly amended contracts. The municipalities now plan to utilized their programs until 2016,  2019, 2015 and 2015, respectively. The city of Mount Vernon will begin its program with an initial five-year term, according to the agreement. ATS considers it a special honor when a client renews or extends it red-light safety camera program, and is especially pleased to initiate new partnerships. ATS looks forward to working with all of its clients in their efforts to improve traffic safety in their cities.


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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Running red lights is an easy way to get in a collision. Don’t put yourself and others at risk like these ppl did: http://youtu.be/YEUcBnTToVO

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Governor: Georgia Likes Toll Roads for Traffic Congestion Relief
Clayton News Daily, Oct. 7, 2014

Toll lanes may be the way of the future for major road construction projects in Georgia and states like it, Gov. Nathan Deal told reporters after he broke ground on 12 miles of such lanes in the Southern Crescent on Monday.

North Tarrant Express Toll Lanes Open
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas), Oct. 2, 2014

The era of congestion pricing has arrived in Tarrant County. A $2.5 billion makeover of Loop 820 and Texas 121/183 officially wrapped up on Saturday, when the final portion — the toll lanes, with prices that can change at a moment’s notice based on congestion — opened to traffic. This final step in the project, known as North Tarrant Express, arrives nine months ahead of schedule. (Fort Worth Star Telegram photo by Paul Moseley)

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“I’m just tired of this sense that some people have that they’re better than the law. I’m a lawmaker. I make laws not to be casually obeyed as it suits you. This is my kids’ safety, this is people’s safety that’s at stake here.”
Don Iveson, Mayor Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Edmonton Journal, Oct. 8, 2014

“The second (mobile speed) unit was brought on largely due to complaints from citizens groups, neighborhood associations, complaints of speeding in locations.”
Jason Halifax, Sergeant with Des Moines Police Department
KCCI-TV Channel 8 (Iowa), Oct.  6, 2014

“I watched nine cars in about 10 minutes run through solid red lights.”
Leah Golby, City Council Member of Albany, New York
WRGB-TV CBS 6, Oct. 3, 2014

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“Including revenue from people who choose not to follow the law and run red lights seemed to me a better use of resources than having to further cut jobs and services in the city.”
Kathy Sheehan, Mayor of Albany, N.Y.
WRGB-TV CBS 6, Oct. 3, 2014


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Editorial: Let’s Find Middle Ground
Edmonton Journal (Canada), Oct. 8, 2014

Opponents of Edmonton’s photo radar program say the program isn’t working, but in fact, the system does appear to be working. According to Mayor Don Iveson, the rate of fatalities and injury-causing collisions in this city has been cut almost in half since 2007. And more of us appear to be driving to the posted speed limits.

Letter to the Editor: Continue Red-Light Cameras for Safer Roads
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), Oct. 9, 2014

I recently read about the Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll results stating that the majority of people approve of the red- light camera program and would like for the program to continue. As the President and CEO of a traffic safety organization and former Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, I am a strong proponent of any measures that will make our roadways safer for all users.