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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 50

November 13th, 2014

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New York’s New Speed Limit Means A Healthier City
Time Magazine, Nov. 11, 2014

The difference between traveling 25 and 30 miles per hour may seem minute for the average car driver. The faster speed would save you about five minutes in a trip down the length of Manhattan. But the difference is profound if you’re hit by a car — maybe even the difference between life and death. See related coverage National Public Radio and WNYC-Radio 93.9 FM. (Photo by Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

 

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Rochester Extends, Expands Red-Light Camera Program
WHAM-Radio 1180 AM (New York), Nov. 13, 2014

The Rochester City Council voted 6 to 3 to extend the city’s red-light camera program until 2019. The vote also potentially expands the number of intersections with cameras from 32 to 50.

Murfreesboro Police Chief Finds Red-Light Cameras Improve Safety
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), Nov. 12, 2014

The Murfreesboro City Council should renew its red-light camera contract for another year because the technology improves traffic safety, Police Chief Glenn Chrisman recommends.

 

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Do Red-Light Cameras Take Snow into Consideration?
KUSA-TV NBC 9 (Colorado), Nov. 12, 2014

What happens when drivers can’t see exactly where to stop on snowy days? Denver police says an officer reviews every photo. If snow covers up the stop line and a driver stops at an intersection, but inadvertently triggers the red-light camera, the officer will throw out those tickets. However, sliding or driving through a red light is still a violation.

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Red-Light Camera Footage Helps Police Find Hit-Run Driver
WTVT-TV FOX 13, 2014 (Florida), Nov. 11, 2014

A red-light camera in Brooksville helped police catch a hit-and-run suspect. The video shows the vehicle running a red-light and clipping another car at 50 mph. (WTVT-TV FOX 13 image courtesy of Brooksville Police Department)

Authorities Write 825 Violations for Passing School Buses Illegally
Montgomery Community Media (Maryland), Nov. 11, 2014

Since the county has equipped select school buses with cameras, over 800 drivers have been cited for illegally passing a stopped school bus that was either dropping off or picking up children.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety FACT: Right-Angle Crashes throughout NJ have decreased due to red-light safety cameras. #StopOnRed

NCSR @SaferRoads The afternoon is the time in which most red-light running violations occur. This afternoon remember to #StopOnRed  http://bit.ly/1sN1kWW

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Video: Students being put at risk by motorists running the school bus stop arm in Dougherty County. walb.com/clip/10833939/…  #StopOnRed

 

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Forecast: Toll Lanes Would Speed Project Time in Virginia
The Virginian-Pilot, Nov. 11, 2014

It could take 30 years to deliver all of the region’s biggest bridge, tunnel and highway projects if tolls are used to help finance some of them, according to a new forecast. Without tolls, it would take at least 60 years, and that’s a best-case scenario, state Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne said.

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Toll Lane Conversion from Cash to Pass Continues
Reston Now (Virginia), Nov. 10, 2014

Dulles Toll Road users take note: work on the planned conversion of an exact change lane to an E-ZPass only lane at the eastbound main toll plaza begins tonight. The ongoing project will convert 19 toll lanes from exact change to E-ZPass only will continue into 2015. (Reston Now file photo)

 

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“Crashes at all signalized intersections in Murfreesboro have decreased. Fewer crashes equal less personal injury, less property damage and less police resources used to investigate crashes. The result is safer roadways. This program is working.”
Glenn Chrisman, Police Chief of Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Daily News Journal, Nov. 12, 2014 

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“Last year, in New York City, 291 people were killed on our roadways and thousands more were seriously injured. And there’s a real will to get that number down. And lowering speeds is part of how you do that.”
Polly Trottenberg, Transportation Commissioner of New York City
National Public Radio, Nov. 7, 2014

 

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Letter to the Editor: Traffic Cameras Provide Impartial Enforcement
Shore News Today (New Jersey), Nov. 12, 2014

The argument against red light cameras from those who say they cause rear-end crashes is rather amusing since most of those drivers committing the sudden halts are the very ones who before were running red lights and causing crashes. And may it be noted those laws having the greatest sum of public support are not those providing escape for some, but those applying equally to all.

Letter: Unbiased Information on Red-Light Cameras Available to City
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), Nov. 11, 2014

The debate about red-light cameras prompted me to search for some plain and politically unbiased statistics and facts about the impact that the (cameras) have on safety at intersections. I found what I was looking for at the website of the Federal Highway Administration, where, if you enter “Red Light Cameras Q and A” in the search box, it will lead you to a very informative and unbiased study that responds to every question that I have heard asked about the cameras. Several links can be summarized with this quote: “Automated red-light enforcement using cameras has shown to be effective in reducing the incidence of red-light running and the number of red-light running crashes.”

 

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Maryland
In Montgomery County, authorities have issued 825 traffic violations to drivers who illegally passed a stopped school bus during the first nine months of 2014. The county uses cameras on 25 school buses. Source: Montgomery Community Media, Nov. 11, 2014.

New York
A traffic engineering firm’s study on Rochester’s red-light camera program shows a 26 percent reduction in crashes at traffic lights with cameras, and a 78 percent reduction in crashes resulting from ignoring a traffic signal. Source: WHAM-Radio 1180 AM (New York), Nov. 13, 2014.

Tennessee
In Murfreesboro, where red-light safety cameras became operational in 2008, total crashes at all signalized intersections decreased 52.8 percent from 1,692 in fiscal year 2007-2008 to 895 in 2013-2014. For the same time period, crashes at the six intersections where red-light safety cameras would be installed, crashes have decreased 49.1 percent from 173 crashes to 88. Source: Daily News Journal (Tennessee), Nov. 12, 2014.

 

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