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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 18

April 16th, 2015

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Police Release Red-Light Camera Video; Seek Public’s Help
Bay News 9 (Florida), April 15, 2015

Police have released a video of a hit-and-run collision along with a request for help from the public in identifying the driver of the car responsible for the collision that injured a small child on April 6 in Gulfport. The video is from the intersection’s red-light safety camera. See related coverage from WTVT-TV FOX 13 (Bay News 9 image)

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Father of 5 Walking Home with Dinner Killed in Red-Light Running Incident
KPLR-TV Channel 11 (Missouri), April 15, 2015

One man is dead after a horrifying hit-and-run in north St. Louis. Police are still trying to track down the driver of the car involved. … Family members have identified the victim. He is a 42-year-old father of five who ran his own landscaping business. They say he was walking home when he was hit and killed. There are red-light cameras at the intersection, which may provide video footage of the incident. (KPLR-TV Channel 11 image)

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School Bus Safety Cameras Roll in Washington
KIRO-TV Channel 7, April 13, 2015

Highline School District in Des Moines, Wash., is now using American Traffic Solutions’ CrossingGuard School Bus Stop Arm Safety Cameras to curb the dangerous occurrence of drivers illegally passing stopped school buses. The school district says 800 vehicles ignore the stop sign each day. Fines begin May 30. See related article at MyNorthwest.com.

 

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Speed Safety Cameras Return to Akron
Northeast Ohio Media Group, April 13, 2015

Akron drivers will see speed cameras back in school zones this week, after the city won a court case against the new state limits on traffic cameras. Summit County Court of Common Pleas ruled the state requirements that police officers be present at automated traffic cameras and that cities conduct safety studies before putting up the cameras, violated the city’s right to home rule. (Akron Beacon Journal graphic)

 

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Car Strikes 12-Year-Old at School Bus Stop
WTHR-TV NBC 13 (Indiana), April 16, 2015

A 12-year-old girl was struck by a car shortly after 6:30 a.m. Thursday in Indianapolis. Police say she was exiting a car to get on the school bus when she was hit by another car. She was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. (WTHR-TV NBC 13 image)

SUV Crashes into School Bus; No injuries
WISC-TV Channel 3/Channel3000.com (Wisconsin), April 15, 2015

A Lancaster school bus, with students on board, was stopped to let students off on Highway 61. The students were off the bus and walking up the driveway away from the road when an approaching vehicle hit the back of the bus, officials said. The driver of the bus was just closing the door with the flashing lights and “stop” arm still out and activated. The vehicle driver said she had looked down and was not paying attention.

North Carolina Senate Considers School Bus Camera Bill
Capitol Tonight, April 10, 2015

Drivers who break the law and pass stopped school buses beware. A bill is now being considered by the general assembly that would expand the current law, which allows for criminal prosecution and now also allows school districts to penalize you. Under the proposal, the cost for the violation would be $500. Bill sponsors say the fine is steep, but necessary.

1 Injured in Collision Near School Bus
St. Cloud Times (Minnesota), April 10, 2015

A Sauk Centre man is expected to survive after a rear-end collision Friday near Glenwood. The Minnesota State Patrol says a 35-year-old man was driving a car on Minnesota Highway 28 when he collided with a truck stopped for a school bus unloading children.

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Semitrailer Cracks Mirror in Brush with School Bus
Craig Daily Press (Colorado), April 10, 2015

A semitrailer truck hauling nearly 180 barrels of oil narrowly avoided colliding with a stopped Moffat County school bus on Colorado Highway 13 last week. … According to witnesses, the semitrailer missed a direct collision with the school bus by mere inches. The shattered side-view mirror on the truck’s right side proves they aren’t exaggerating. The driver said he didn’t think the school bus had its signal lights on. A 12-year-old boy leaving the bus was nearly hit. (Craig Daily Press photo by Patrick Kelly)

 

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No End in Sight for Red-Light Cameras
Herald Tribune (Florida), April 14, 2015

Efforts to curb the use of red-light cameras by cities and counties faltered Tuesday when a Senate committee opposed restrictions on the cameras that are used in some 80 Florida communities and result in more than $100 million in fines each year. … Both moves were a setback for Senate Transportation Chairman Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, who vowed to try to revive the issue in the final weeks of the session. (Bay News 9 image)

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Police Argue Against Limits on Red-Light Safety Cameras
Austin Business Journal (Texas), April 13, 2015

Local law enforcement officials from across Texas were on hand in Austin on Monday to argue before state lawmakers that cities need red- light cameras that snap photos of vehicles speeding through intersections. See related coverage on WOAI-Radio 1200 AM. (Conroe Courier photo by Eric S. Swist)

Municipality Announces FAQ Post
City of Arlington (Texas), April 2, 2015

Voters who head to the polls on Saturday, May 9, for the City of Arlington’s municipal elections will find a special election ballot question over red light cameras in the city. … Arlington has developed a list of frequently asked questions to help residents learn more about the city’s red light camera program. Click here to read more.

Muscatine to Appeal Order to Take Down Camera
Southwest Iowa News, April 12, 2015

The city of Muscatine plans to appeal an Iowa Department of Transportation proposal to have one of the city’s traffic enforcement cameras removed. … In its plan to remove the camera, the department cited an increase in citations and accidents at the intersection and the camera’s location less than 1,000 feet away from a lower speed limit. But the city cited figures showing an overall decrease in citations and accidents at the three city intersections using cameras. “It’s had a positive impact on traffic safety,” city administrator Gregg Mandsager said.

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Suspect Vehicle in Hit-and-Run Seen Running Red Light
Canada Journal, April 9, 2015

Surrey RCMP are asking people to look at the picture of the suspect vehicle in a hit-and-run that happened last week. A police officer saw the car speed off from the intersection where it happened, but stopped to help the victim instead. Investigators are looking for a newer, silver four-door Honda Civic that likely has damage to its front end. (Canada Journal image)

 

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Council Votes 9-0 to Appeal Iowa DOT Order to Remove Camera
The Gazette (Iowa), April 15, 2015

Call it a battle cry. Crashes are down and no one, Cedar Rapids City Council members repeated Tuesday, has died on the dangerous S-curve on Interstate 380 through downtown since the city installed automatic traffic enforcement cameras there in 2010. Armed with those crash facts, the council voted 9-0 to appeal last month’s order by the Iowa Department of Transportation that the city remove its enforcement cameras from two spots and move them at two others on the S-curve. Related article at WeAreIowa.com reports Des Moines’ plans to appeal.

Speeding Citations up 29% in Dayton
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), April 13, 2015

There’s been a jump in drivers getting speeding citations from traffic cameras in an Ohio city that is in the middle of the legal battle over automated photo enforcement. Dayton-area drivers received 29 percent more speed-camera ticket in the first three months of this year over the same period last year. The increase could be due in part to the legislature passing a law sharply restricting their use late last year, but it didn’t take effect until late March.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety #FloridaFact 5: Driver behavior is changing in Florida. Get the facts: http://www.atsol.com/florida-facts #StopOnRed

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ATS_RoadSafety Help #GulfportPD find hit & run suspect caught by red-light camera. View video: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?… call 582-6177 w/info.

 

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Planners Add 2 Toll Lanes to MoPac Expressway
Time Warner Cable News (Texas), April 14, 2015

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization gave the go-ahead to add two toll lanes on MoPac in each direction from Cesar Chavez to Slaughter Lane. The lanes are in addition to lanes already under construction north of the lake. (Photo by Jillian Schantz Patrick for KUT News)

Washington State Finds Success with High Occupancy Toll Lanes
News 1130 (Canada), April 14, 2015

Communities in the U.S. are all fighting traffic congestion in their own ways. Washington State has a pair of similar but different systems in place to deal with it. One way the state is finding success is with High Occupancy Toll lanes, which are reducing travel times.

Commentary: Maintaining Colorado’s Roads a Science
The Coloradoan. April 13, 2015

Not only do Express Lanes add new capacity to our highways, we use tolling and pricing on those Express Lanes to help manage the lanes to ensure we have at least one lane that can travel at a reliable speed. This is especially important as our population grows. The tolling helps to offset some of the operations and maintenance costs.

 

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Editorial: Arlington’s Vote on Red-Light Cameras
Star-Telegram (Texas), April 10, 2015

The Star-Telegram Editorial Board recommends against adoption of the red-light camera ban, Proposition 1 on the ballot in Arlington.

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Letter to the Editor: Keep Cameras, Obey the Law
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), April 15, 2015

Much has been said about how red-light cameras are nothing but a revenue generator. After much thought and reading about what the opponents say, the only thing missing is what is in plain view: Why are red-light cameras generating revenue? If the opponents are so upset about how much revenue is generated, why don’t they start by “starving” the revenue venue by not driving through red lights? It appears what they are really saying is that they want an OK to break the law. Red-light cameras have prevented collisions. This is vividly shown by the reduction in collisions in south Arlington.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Are Necessary
Longview News-Journal (Texas), April 15, 2015

I believe red-light cameras are needed if we have over 9,000 hits at one intersection. Think of the death and injuries that could have happened. One death is too many. The fine for running a red light is $75 and nothing goes on your driving record.

Letter: Keep Red-Light Cameras Until Better Tool Is Found
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), April 11, 2015

On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists flew planes into the Twin Towers and killed 2,996 people. As a result of that tragedy, we instituted procedures to prevent it from happening again, and it hasn’t. Since 9/11 more than 500,000 people have been killed on our nation’s highways including 20,000 killed on Tennessee’s. While we have accepted tighter controls to ensure our safety when we fly, many are opposed to having those same controls to ensure our safety when we drive. Why? Access YouTube and type in “Running Red Lights.” You will see some horrific collisions and some near misses at intersections, all because drivers ran the red light.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Make Us Safe
New York Journal News (New York), April 11, 2015

A successful red-light camera program isn’t the one that brings in the most revenue; it’s the one that sees revenues decline every year because fewer drivers break the law. … New York City saw a 73 percent reduction in red-light running between 1994 and 2005. … In New Jersey, total red-light violations dropped 74 percent.

Letter: Conservatives Should Show Respect for Law
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), April 11, 2015

The “face your accuser” argument by red-light camera opponents is a last-ditch effort to bend the law to suit the childish opposition to law enforcement. Using cameras as witnesses to crime is not new.

 

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“We really do believe that these cameras make our intersections safer.”
Gay Schaffer, Assistant Police Chief in Plano, Texas
WOAI-Radio 1200 AM, April 13, 2015

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“We have over 13,300 buses on the road in North Carolina twice a day, every day that school is open. We had a study run and over 3,000 people were running the stop arm on those school buses every day, which is absolutely deplorable.”
Tom McInnis, North Carolina State Senator
Capitol Tonight (North Carolina), April 11, 2015

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