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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 17

April 9th, 2015


ATS Report Shares Safety Benefits of Red-Light Cameras
Financial Buzz, April 8, 2015

American Traffic Solutions, the leading road safety camera provider in North America, is pleased to release its white paper “How to Help Eliminate Dangers on the Road and Keep Intersections Safe.” The report shares examples from communities in the United States and around the globe on the dangers of red-light running as well as the facts on how red-light safety cameras enhance intersection safety by helping to change driver behavior. View white paper report. View news release.


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2nd Ohio Judge Blocks New Rules on Road Safety Cameras
The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian, April 3, 2015

A second Ohio county judge has rejected new state restrictions on traffic cameras, saying the rules violate local-government powers that cities have under the state constitution. Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Barbara Gorman granted a permanent injunction to the city of Dayton against rules including requiring that police officers be present when cameras are used to catch speeding motorists or red-light runners. See related video on WDTN-TV Channel 2. (WDTN-TV Channel 2 image)

Austin OKs Tougher Penalties for Drivers Who Pass School Buses
KXAN-TV NBC 21 (Texas), April 2, 2015

City leaders passed an ordinance Thursday that will strengthen the penalties for drivers who pass school buses with a stop sign extended. Soon, all Austin Independent School District buses could have cameras to catch drivers breaking the law. (KXAN-TV NBC 21 image)


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Red-Light Violations Rise in Ohio Cities
Journal-News, April 7, 2015

Traffic ticket cameras in Dayton — which won a reprieve from being virtually shut down courtesy of two county court injunctions — are now recording a jump in violations this year. … Among the changes, the most disturbing is the number of fatal traffic accidents in Dayton this year. There have been five fatal crashes so far this year compared to none in this period last year. Six died in the crashes. Speed was a factor in three of the wrecks, police say. (Akron Beacon Journal/AP photo by Tony Dejak)

City to Appeal Speed Camera Removal
WeAreIowa.com, April 6, 2015

In a closed session, Des Moines City Council approved to appeal the Department of Transportation’s demand to remove the speed cameras along I-235. City officials say the appeal is about public safety, and they don’t believe it is safe for police officers to pull people over on the side of the interstate. It is unclear when the city will file the appeal. The deadline to do so is April 17.

Right on Red Involves a Stop in Florida
Central Florida News, April 6, 2015

It can be painful at times waiting your turn to turn right on red in a long line of cars. … Drivers become frustrated waiting to turn right, and either go right through the white line or drive over it, wading out into the intersection. Unfortunately for them this is not legal. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, troopers find themselves writing tickets for this offense often.

2 Killed in Fiery Car Crash in Queens
WCBS-TV CBS 2 (New York), April 5, 2015

Two people were killed Sunday morning in a single-car crash in Queens. … Witnesses said the car appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed. … A neighbor added that the service road is a known speed zone with no speed bumps, and a speed camera was recently installed.


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8-year-old Dies in Crash with School Bus
Henry Neighbor (Georgia), April 3, 2015

An 8-year-old passenger is dead from injuries inflicted from a car and school bus collision in Henry County on April 2, according to the Henry County Police Department. The school bus had activated its eight-way flashers in order to allow a student off of the bus. The car swerved to avoid rear-ending the school bus and struck the left-rear corner of the bus, fatally injuring a young girl in the car.


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Key Pieces of Parkway Near Completion
Fort Worth Business Press (Texas), April 7, 2015

Construction crews are nearing completion within the next few months of key pieces of the Chisholm Trail Parkway, according to the North Texas Tollway Authority. Elizabeth Mow, the assistant executive director of infrastructure at the NTTA, said traffic numbers are meeting the agency’s expectations and sales of toll tags are exceeding expectations.


Tolls on the Rise as Highway Funding Dries Up
Brookings (Washington, D.C.), April 6, 2015

States and regions are exploring a range of strategies to finance a growing backlog of transportation projects. Seldom mentioned, however, is the increased proliferation of tolls emerging throughout the country’s road network to support new capacity and other ongoing improvements. (Brookings table)


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Letter to the Editor: Legislators Want to Make Local Decisions
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), April 7, 2015

If state legislators want to tell Murfreesboro and other cities to do away with red-light cameras, they ought to have data telling how many crashes at red lights occurred before and after cameras were installed. … Gov. Haslam is wise in promising to veto any such unfortunate legislation as being co-sponsored by our unanimous local delegation. May he stick to his guns on this.

Letter: Speed Cameras in School Zones
Capital Gazette (Maryland), April 3, 2015

Alderman Arnett was quoted as saying those caught by the speed cameras are “stupid people.” That title should be assigned to anyone speeding in a school zone.


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“Children’s lives are in danger when cars don’t pay attention to those signs that the bus is stopping, so we really need to take more assertive action.”
Kathie Tovo, Austin City Council Member
KXAN-TV NBC 21 (Texas), April 2, 2015