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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 49

November 6th, 2014

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Bethel Schools Among 1st in State with School Bus Safety Cameras
KOMO-TV ABC 4 (Washington), Nov. 5, 2014

The Bethel School District, which covers more than 200 square miles of Pierce County, is among the first in the state to install on-board exterior school bus cameras. The cameras activate when a school bus stop sign is extended, with the goal of catching so-called “stop-arm” violators, officials said Wednesday. See related coverage from The News Tribune. (The News Tribune video image by Drew Perine)

Memphis Directs Red-Light Running Revenue into Public Safety
WHBQ-TV FOX 13 (Tennessee), Nov. 3, 2014

New red-light cameras have been installed around the City of Memphis more than doubling the number of machines tracking drivers. There are currently 57 cameras operating in the city. Since the cameras went up in 2009, Memphis has collected nearly $4.5 million. … Money raised so far will help pay for dash cameras in Memphis Police Department patrol cars and pay for neighborhood watch grants.

Worst Intersections for Red-Light Runners in New Orleans
WVUE-TV FOX 8 (Louisiana), Nov. 3, 2014

You may be a victim of one. If not, you’ve surely witnessed a driver running a red light and causing an accident. It happens at intersections all over the City of New Orleans, despite the installation of cameras designed to cut down on the offenses.


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Drivers Running School Bus Paddles Caught on Camera
KIRO-TV CBS 7 (Washington), Nov. 5, 2014

Cameras on five buses in the Bethel School District are now catching drivers who go around the flashing stop paddles; they’ve been operating for a week. American Traffic Solutions, the company that owns and operates the equipment, released video Wednesday of those caught violating the law between Oct. 27 and 31. We were able to watch as car after car went around the outstretch stop arms. Bus driver Dawn Rowell says she’s been watching that for years.

Semi-Trailer Rear-Ends School Bus Stopped for Student
KBTV-TV FOX 4 (Texas), Nov. 5, 2014 

Six students were injured when a truck tractor semi-trailer rear-ended a school bus north of Kirbyville on US-96. Preliminary reports indicate the school bus was at a complete stop and had all emergency stop lights activated to allow one student to board the bus. There were 53 students on the bus at the time of the crash.

3 Vehicle Crash at School Bus Stop Sign
KMZU-Radio (Missouri), 100.7 FM, Nov. 5, 2014

According to the patrol report, an 18-year-old driver ran into a vehicle driven by a 61-year-old man who was changing lanes and slowed for a school bus stop sign ahead. The collision pushed the man’s vehicle into a third vehicle that was stopped for the bus.


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Police Find More Than 500 Speeders in Work Zone
Dayton Daily News (Ohio), Nov. 5, 2014

In a 50 hour period, Dayton police spotted 547 speeders in the Interstate 75 construction zone through downtown — a number so large that veteran traffic officers were surprised. The special photo enforcement effort operated from Oct. 29 until Oct. 31. It follows a number of crashes in the zone that shut down the highway for hours at a time. Dayton Daily News photo by Ty Greenlees.

Speed Camera Review Makes Progress in Iowa
Radio Iowa, Nov. 4, 2014

Iowa Department of Transportation traffic safety director Steve Gent hopes to be able to wrap up the first review of the use of traffic cameras on state roadways by the end of this month. The new rules created by the DOT in February require the six Iowa cities using the devices to file a safety report.

Speed Camera a Part of Award-Winning Traffic Program
DelMarvaNow (Maryland), Nov. 3, 2014

The Princess Anne Police Department has been recognized nationally among municipal agencies of its size for its efforts relating to traffic safety. The winning program’s area of focus involved impaired driving, aggressive driving, occupant protection and neighborhood complaints leading to the use of a speed camera. Speed citations initially increased, but diminished later, according to the program director.

Speed Cameras to Increase along Canadian Highways
Today’s Trucking (Canada), Nov. 3, 2014

Canada’s highways are about to have more photo radars as the Quebec Liberal government has promised to triple the number of cameras on Quebec’s roads and the province of Saskatchewan expects to launch a photo radar program of its own.


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Sugar Land Tightens Enforcement on Red-Light Running Scofflaws
Sugar Land Sun (Texas), Nov. 6, 2014

In a move intended to give more teeth to the city’s Red Light Camera Program, Sugar Land has teamed up with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to enforce vehicle registration holds on unpaid red-light violators. However, getting all Texas counties to recognize the city’s penalties for unpaid tickets and traffic court warrants is a different story. Photo by Your FortBendNews.com.

NCSR: Without Red-Light Cameras, Crashes Rise 117% in Houston
KTUL-TV ABC 8 (Oklahoma), Nov. 6, 2014

In yet another examples of the risks involved with removing red-light safety cameras from dangerous intersections, a new report shows a 30 percent increase in fatal traffic collisions and a 117 percent increase in total traffic crashes at 51 intersections in Houston where red-light safety cameras once stood.

Red-Light Referendum Ruled Ineligible for Ballot
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Nov. 3, 2014

Siding with the city of Brooksville, a Hernando County judge has struck down a referendum that would have allowed voters to ban the city’s red-light cameras. The measure sought to change the city’s charter to prohibit current and future city councils from installing red-light cameras, which was one of the reasons for Circuit Judge Thomas Eineman’s ruling.

City Offers Break to Car Owners with Unpaid Red-Light Tickets
City of Puyallup News Release (Washington), Oct. 31, 2014

In recent weeks, the Puyallup Municipal Court began processing a large number of unpaid red-light photo enforcement tickets. These infractions date from January 2011 through early 2014 and, to date, are unpaid. Instead of sending delinquent accounts to full collection, the Court has authorized a limited 30-day amnesty during which the original amount of $124 can be paid directly to the Court without late fees or collection costs.


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ATS Video Explains Florida Red-Light Running Violation Process
MarketWired, Nov. 5, 2014

American Traffic Solutions, Florida and North America’s leading red-light safety camera provider, further explains Florida’s red-light running violation process in a public service announcement now available on YouTube. View the video here.


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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Get the facts on New Jersey Red-Light Safety Cameras: http://www.atsol.com/newjersey-facts#StopOnRed

NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Lori lost her mother when a truck ran through a red light. Listen to her story http://bit.ly/1sfp6bR  #StopOnRed


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Final Section of Maryland’s Intercounty Connector to Open
Maryland State Highway Administration, Nov. 5, 2014

The Maryland State Highway Administration announced that the final phase of construction on the Intercounty Connector (ICC) is scheduled to be finished by Monday. The ICC is an all-electronic, variably priced toll facility, where higher tolls are charged during peak-travel times.


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Letter to the Editor: Looks Like Red-Light Ticket Worked
Democrat and Chronicle (New York), Nov. 4, 2014

I have to shake my head when reading yet another letter complaining about red light cameras. Apparently the writer received a ticket for rolling through a red light while making a right-hand turn. The ensuing $50 fine has caused him to “be more cautious” (a good thing), and he will now “come to a complete stop before making my right on red” (another good thing, which also happens to be the law). The cameras seem to be having the desired effect. So, what’s the problem again?

Letter: Changes Needed at Intersection
Daily Chronicle (Illinois), Nov. 3, 2014

Peace Road Exit off Interstate 88 is a hazard. … On several occasions I have narrowly missed colliding with a car whose driver did not stop for a red light and turned right in front of me. … I have already reduced my speed at this posted 55 mph intersection to avoid an accident. I can only alter my actions. Frankly, I am tired of placing my life in the hands of others each day as I try to get to work.

Letter: School Buses Need Cameras
The Herald (Washington), Nov. 3, 2014

In the Oct. 24 newspaper on the front page was an article about school buses being ignored and drivers passing illegally at bus stops. … We live in Everett but our children are in the Mukilteo School District. School boards need to get cameras on buses so there can be no dispute. No only is it illegal, it is downright dangerous.