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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 10

February 19th, 2015

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Atlanta to Begin School Bus Safety Enforcement Effort
WAGA-TV FOX 5 (Georgia), Feb. 17, 2015

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says motorists who do not stop for school buses are risking the lives of children. Four students have been killed in crashes in the metro area. In response, the city is partnering with its school system to install external cameras on school buses to catch motorists who illegally pass stopped buses when they are picking up or dropping off students. … Enforcement will begin once an agreement is signed by the city, the school system and American Traffic Solutions, which would provide the cameras and help install them. See related coverage from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and view city’s press release here. (Atlanta Business Chronicle photo by Douglas Ford)

Legislative Bill Would Put Cameras on School Buses
WHP-TV CBS 21 (Pennsylvania), Feb. 16, 2015

Many school buses already have them on the inside, but not on the outside. New technology is available that allows cameras to be placed outside of school buses to help catch motorists blowing past buses and endangering students’ lives. A local lawmaker said he can get the cameras for free, but it’s not a done deal, even though without cameras catching lawbreakers is next to impossible.


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Judge Overrules Motorist with School Zone Speeding Ticket
The Daily News (Washington), Feb. 17, 2015

Cowlitz District Court Judge Edward Putka shot down the arguments from Bill Rayburn Tuesday afternoon and instead agreed with the city’s evidence — three images and one video, the same evidence used to issue every speed camera infraction. Rayburn showed the judge his own calculations to prove his wife’s vehicle was traveling no more than 22 mph in a school zone and not the 31 mph on the ticket. City prosecutor Steve Shuman said “the video speaks for itself.”  (The Daily News photo by Roger Werth)

9 New Traffic Violation Cameras Deployed in D.C.
WJFK-FM & WHFS AM CBS Washington, Feb. 17, 2015

Nine new speed safety cameras are being deployed across the District. The 30-day warning period is scheduled to begin on Tuesday. During this period, violators will receive warning notices only.


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News Team Capture School Bus Drivers Running Red Lights
WJLA-TV ABC 7 (Virginia), Feb. 19, 2015

You trust them to safely transport your kids to and from school. But not every bus driver is obeying the law. The 7 On Your Side I-Team found local school bus drivers busted on-camera speeding and running red lights. And it happens more than you think, with hundreds of citations issued over the last year and a half. (WJLA-TV ABC 7 photo)

Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Red-Light, Speed Safety Cameras
Akron Beacon Journal, Feb. 18, 2015

A closely divided Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday stood by its earlier ruling upholding the use of traffic cameras. The justices rejected a driver’s motion to reconsider their 4-3 ruling in December. … The court supported Ohio cities’ authority to use cameras to catch speeders and red-light runners and to handle drivers’ appeals with administrative procedures.

3 Injured, Including Officer, in Intersection Collision
Newsday (New York), Feb. 18, 2015

Suffolk police said an officer driving in his patrol car was struck in a Port Jefferson Station intersection Wednesday afternoon by a woman who witnesses say ran a red light. (Newsday photo by Andrew Tetreault)

Online Tool Aids Crash Prevention Strategies for States
ITS International, Feb. 18, 2015

A new online tool from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an interactive calculator called the Motor Vehicle PICCS (Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator for States), provides a tool to help state decision makers prioritize and select from a suite of 12 effective motor vehicle injury prevention interventions including red-light and speed safety cameras.


Community Remembers Little Girl Killed in Crash; Camera Footage Aids in Arrest
WESH-TV NBC 2 (Florida), Feb. 16, 2015

Hundreds came together this week to remember Aubrey Clark who died after being struck by a car. Her death came two weeks after a vehicle hit her and another fifth-grader on their way home from Citrus Elementary in Ocoee. Police have made an arrest in the case. Authorities say a red-light camera video shows the vehicle speeding through the intersection, hitting the two girls and leaving. The man pleaded not guilty earlier this month. See earlier report from WKMG-TV Channel 6. (Image by Orlando Sentinel)

Some Drivers Know Their Driving Habits Are Wrong
Ocala Star Banner (Florida), Feb. 15, 2015

According to the results of the 2014 AAA Foundation Traffic Safety Culture Index driver survey, drivers continue to regularly speed, run red lights, use distracting devices or drive drowsy, despite the fact that one in three have a loved one who has been seriously injured or killed in a crash. … Sergeant Frank Zadnik, head of the Ocala Police Department Traffic Unit stated he sees the AAA Foundation findings as “pretty accurate” for drivers in the Ocala area.

Red-Light Running Collisions Decrease, Revenue Rises in Nassau County
Newsday (New York), Feb. 14, 2015

With red-light safety cameras in place at 11 new intersections in 2013, Nassau County’s revenue increased 60 percent to nearly $37 million. In the same time, total collisions at the county’s 68 red-light camera intersections decreased nearly 30 percent, side-impact crashes dropped 37 percent, injury crashes fell 22 percent and rear-end collisions dropped 18 percent. Nassau traffic safety coordinator Chris Mistron said there have been no reported traffic fatalities at any of the intersections since the program began in 2009.

Jury Awards Millions in Red-Light Running Case
Odessa American (Texas), Feb. 5, 2015

Three years after a car crash left a woman with severe head injuries, an Ector County jury awarded her more than $3.6 million. The woman was injured, according to the lawsuit, when a driver ran a red light and struck her car on the driver’s side. Her attorney, Todd Ramsey, said, “In jury selection, everyone on the jury panel talked about how red light running has become a rampant problem in Midland and Odessa with all the company trucks in such a hurry. This verdict sends a powerful message to companies and drivers alike: slow down and pay attention to the road in front of you.”


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Reversible I-75 Toll Lanes Expected to Ease Traffic
WMAZ-TV Channel 13, Feb. 11, 2015

Georgia’s State Road and Tollway Authority plans to unclog a traffic slow spot with a $226 million project. By 2017, Georgia’s first reversible toll lanes should be open between McDonough and the 675/I-75 split. The two lanes will be 12 miles long and can be used to speed up travel time. (WMAZ-TV Channel 13 image)

Ohio River Bridges Names Contractors for Toll System
The Lane Report (Kentucky), Feb. 11, 2015

The Kentucky-Indiana joint board for the Ohio River Bridges Project last week approved the hiring of two contractors that will assist in implementing a toll system. Kentucky and Indiana jointly are building two bridges. Once the project is completed, the new bridges and a renovated Kennedy Memorial Bridge will feature an all-electronic toll collection system — meaning no toll plazas, no slowing of traffic and no waiting in line.


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IIHS @IHS_autosafety  @CDCgov calculator helps states implement most effective traffic safety programs http://ht.ly/JbFzy

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety @apsupdate to begin school bus safety enforcement effort: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/loca… #Stop4Buses #StopOnRed


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Commentary: Speed Limits Aren’t Just a Suggestion
Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), Feb. 16, 2015

Drivers around here seem to think posted speed limits should be interpreted as “suggested” speeds. By law, though, speed signs dictate the maximum allowable speed. … A really dangerous practice that is common around here is running stoplights just as they turn from yellow to red. The resumption of red-light cameras at major intersections strikes me as a good way of putting a stop to that. The cameras, we’re told, are supposed to be in place by July.

Editorial: Stop. Do Not Ban Red-Light Cameras
Clinton Herald, Belleview News-Democrat (Iowa), Feb. 19, 2015

Instead of an outright ban, lawmakers would be better off tweaking the rules about the cameras’ use or maybe adding some transparency requirements. Used effectively, red-light cameras can make the roads safer for the motoring public. This technology shouldn’t be taken away from every community because some communities are doing a bad job of using it.

Letter to the Editor: Answer to Red-Light Camera Woes: Stop
Daily Herald (Illinois), Feb. 18, 2015

I propose the answer to the camera debate is simple and in our very control today. Stop. That’s right, stop. Just stop. As you approach an intersection in the right hand land and the light is red, just stop. Not roll through. Not slow down. Stop. and here’s an even more radical idea: if the light is yellow, slow down and be ready to stop.

Letter: Cameras Are a Good Way to Catch Red-Light Runners
Daily Herald (Illinois), Feb. 16, 2015

Avoiding red-light camera tickets is easy. 1) Come to a complete stop before making a right turn on red. 2) If there is room to make a normal stop when the light changes to yellow, stop. If this doesn’t convince you, go online to YouTube and type in “red light runners.” If you were hit by one of these drivers, wouldn’t you want to have a video to prove who was at fault?

Vent: Bad Drivers Should Be Ticketed
YourWestValley.com (Arizona), Feb. 15, 2015

I have been a resident of Arizona for one year, and I am appalled at the bad driving that I have seen during that year. I think that the attempts by the legislators to cut the use of photo radar is despicable.


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“The installation of these external cameras will not only help to decrease the number of drivers who illegally pass school buses, but also hold offenders accountable for their actions.”
Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), Feb. 17, 2015

“The safety of our children is paramount.”
Mark Dreszer, Supervisor of Garage Operations, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland
WJLA-TV ABC 7 (Virginia), Feb. 19, 2015


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Total crashes fell nearly 30 percent at red-light camera intersections in Nassau County in 2013, compared with the 12-month period before the installation of cameras, according to a new report by Nassau’s Traffic Safety Board. Crashes at the county’s 68 red-light camera intersections decreased from 1,840 to 1,320 or 28 percent, crashes involving injuries fell 22 percent, rear-end collisions decreased 18 percent, side-impact crashes dropped by 37 percent and head-on collisions decreased by 50 percent. Nassau traffic safety coordinator Chris Mistron said there have been no reported traffic fatalities at any of the intersections since the program began in 2009. Source: Newsday, Feb. 14, 2015.