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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 44

October 2nd, 2014

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The Boynton Beach Police Department Posts Red-Light Running Video for Awareness
Boynton Beach Police Department Facebook Page, September 29, 2014 (Florida)

Watch as a red-light runner slams into the side of an SUV at the intersection of Federal Highway and Southeast 23rd Avenue on Sept. 15. Both drivers were treated at Bethesda hospital for minor injuries. This could have been avoided if the driver of the VW had just stopped on red! #payattention#stoponred American Traffic Solutions


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This is what happens when you run a red light.
City of Laurel, Maryland City Hall Facebook Page, September 29, 2014

Laurel Police today unveiled new signs to warn motorists to hit the brakes at red lights. More than 2400 motorists received citations for red light violations in Laurel last month. There have been 7 accidents lately caused by red light runners. Laurel Police along with AAA unveiled some new red light awareness signs they hope will encourage motorists to hit the brakes.


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10 injured after semi hits school bus
The Review Journal, September 29, 2014 (Florida)

Authorities say 10 people, including seven children, were injured when a semi rear-ended a stopped school bus as children were exiting in north Florida.

How to Keep Your Children Safe On the Way To And From School
Ezine Articles, September 23, 2014

We are all familiar that roads around schools experience a lot of congestion and chaos the world over but not everyone is familiar of the various accidents that occur in schools’ neighborhoods. In just the United States, over 150,000 children were injured in any given year while traveling between school and home. This article provides tips on how to stay safe during the school year.

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S.C. law gives citations to school bus stop sign violators
News 13 WBTW, September 30, 2014 (South Carolina)

A new law in S.C. allows traffic citations to be issued to drivers passing school bus stop signs if those buses are equipped with cameras to prove the violations. The cameras run between $300-$400. But school leaders in Marion County say they’re looking to purchase some for each bus.

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Speed camera generated $77,550 in just one day
New York Post, September 28, 2014

 A speed camera in Brooklyn tallied a bank-busting 1,551 tickets in a single day this summer, according to the Department of Transportation. The camera is located near Ocean Parkway at the end of a 400-foot exit ramp — “a good amount of distance for drivers to adjust their speeds,” a DOT spokesman said. 

SCOTLAND: A9 speed camera could boost emissions bid
Herald Scotland, October 1, 2014

Newly-installed speed cameras on one of Scotland’s busiest roads could provide environmental gains as well as improving road safety, MSPs have been told. Average speed cameras have recently gone up along much of the A9 in a bid to cut the accident rate on the road, which links Perth and Inverness. Gina Hanrahan, climate and energy policy officer for WWF Scotland, said that by encouraging drivers to slow down, these could be “very effective” in cutting emissions.

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Thousands ticketed for running the red light in Pueblo
KRDO.com (Colorado), September 25, 2014

Thousands of people have been cited for running the red light in Pueblo since red light cameras were installed four years ago. Pueblo Police Sgt. Howard Jackson said the purpose of the cameras is to make the roads safer.

Speed, red-light cameras help modify behavior for safer city streets
The Washington Post, September 26, 2014

Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department responds to a previous column on the traffic safety program. In enforcing traffic safety in the District, our goal is to modify driver behavior so that pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists are safer while using our roadways. In the past decade, while our city’s population has increased by 13 percent, fatalities from traffic collisions have plummeted by more than 70 percent and injuries have dropped by more than one-third. Additionally, speed-related traffic collisions are on a clear downward trend over the past three years, according to a recent traffic safety report produced by Howard University.

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Report: More traffic tickets, fewer crashes
The Washington Post, October 1, 2014

In a paper to be published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Luca writes “tickets in fact lead to fewer motor vehicle accidents. Further, tickets help to reduce nonfatal injuries stemming from motor vehicle accidents. Overall, the findings of this paper suggest that as unpopular as traffic tickets are among drivers, motorist behavior does respond to tickets.”

Red-light Cameras Affecting Abington Drivers
Philly.com, October 1, 2014

In the first 40 days of its red-light camera program, Abington Township issued 694 violation letters to drivers, Police Chief Bill Kelly said Tuesday. Critics often argue that the cameras increase instances of rear-end crashes, but so far Abington has had none at those intersections.

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Teresa Fuller – Spokane Police Department

Onboard Bus Cameras Tell the Story of Accident
ABC News, October 1, 2014

Video on STA city bus shows the dangers of red-light running and t-bone collisions. The video also shows just how dangerous a 25 mph crash can be. 

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For the month of October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, ATS will once again make a commitment to embrace the movement to promote awareness and raise funds for this important cause. For every “Like” ATS receives on a Facebook post about Breast Cancer Awareness during October, ATS will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society.  Help us raise awareness on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ATSolutions


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@cityoflaurel This is what happens when you run a red light. Laurel Police today unveiled new signs to warn motorists to hit… fb.me/6W5kfb3ML

@ATS_RoadSafety Kid Cop Tells Drivers to “Respect the Bus” in PSA http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/PSA-Created-to–277095341.html

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Why Drivers Get Away With Murder
New York Times, September 29, 2014

Opinion: If the police do not have the tools for the job, elected officials must get them the resources — including training to change attitudes. And our politicians need to get beyond the easy win of passing legislation, and use their clout to ensure enforcement and to educate the public that there will be consequences in court for drivers who kill pedestrians.

Tuesday letters: Traffic cameras, office design, Astrodome
Houston Chronicle, September 29, 2014

My wife might be alive today if Houston had not succumbed to a PR campaign by bail bondsmen, lawyers and other vested interests and voted to terminate the then-existing traffic-camera program. She made a left turn under the safety of a protected green arrow, but a speeder decided to ignore a red light, crashed into her car and killed her. If a red-light camera program had been in existence, the risky behavior exhibited by this speeder would have been less likely.

Letter to the Editor: Keep the Red-Light Cameras
Napa Valley Register, September 30, 2014

In response to a previous article, perhaps if the writer walked in my shoes they might feel differently. Having recently been T-boned by a red-light runner, I would like to ask the writer to imagine having had the biggest part of the last three-plus weeks of their lives stolen by time spent trying to recover from physical, mental and emotional injuries, doctor visits, physical therapy visits, telephone calls to and from insurance companies, etc., as a mere glimpse of some of the after-effects of such an accident. Safety cameras are in use to improve public safety, to modify driver behavior, and to automatically detect and deter dangerous driving at intersections with a history of crashes and violations resulting from red-light running. 


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“It is a very serious subject, but when you look at our kid cop in action, it makes you realize how selfish we are.”
Montgomery County Police Capt. Thomas Didone
Kid Cop Tells Drivers to “Respect the Bus” in PSA
NBC Washington, September 25, 2014