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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 21

May 7th, 2015

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Neighborhood Petitions for Cameras, Other Traffic Safety Measures
Democrat & Chronicle (New York), May 6, 2015

Residents and business owners along a historic and well-traveled stretch of Mt. Hope Avenue say they are living in a danger zone and the situation will get worse if the city and traffic engineers don’t step in and take action. … A petition sent to Rochester officials asks for traffic and police officials to review the stretch of road and make changes including the use of red-light and speed safety cameras. (Democrat & Chronicle image by Jon Hand)

Coal Truck Narrowly Misses Children from School Bus
WSAZ-TV Channel 3 (West Virginia), May 1, 2015

A terrifying scare for students getting off the bus after school: video from Boone County shows a coal truck weighing several tons flying by a school bus, just missing a group of kids. (WSAZ-TV Channel 3 image)

Parents React to Vehicle-Pedestrian Close Call Near School Bus
KAAL-TV ABC 6 (Minnesota), May 1, 2015

It is horrifying, to say the least, to think of kids getting on or off a school bus and drivers ignoring the warning lights and signs, narrowly missing, or in some cases, hitting unsuspecting children. Most recently, a camera inside a school bus in Washington state captured an SUV that barely missed three children as it plowed through their path toward their school bus. The video leaves local parents speechless. (KAAL-TV ABC 6 image)


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8,000 School Zone Speeders Pay Kent Close to $1 Million
pnwlocalnews.com/Kent Reporter (Washington), May 1, 2015

Kent Police issued 8,417 citations worth fines of $1.47 million in 2014 from cameras at Sunrise and Neely-O’Brien elementary schools, according to city reports. The city collected $927,543 in revenue last year from those fines. Tickets cost $124 for drivers 1 to 9 mph over the 20 mph limit and $248 for drivers 9 mph or more over. The cameras operate for 30 minutes in the morning before school and 30 minutes in the afternoon after school.

Kaufman Official Says Saving 1 Life Is Why He Supports Cameras
KLTV-TV ABC 7 (Texas), May 1, 2015

Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood, who is a former educator and superintendent in Kaufman County, said the county’s school safety cameras are not about money, but are here to keep children safe after several examples of how dangerous the areas can be in their county. “Kaufman unfortunately had a student back three years ago that was struck and killed getting off a Kaufman school bus,” he said. (KLTV-TV ABC 7 image)


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Drivers Treat Chicago Roads like Highways, Speed Cameras Show
DNA.info (Illinois), May 6, 2015

Drivers along Irving Park Road and Foster Avenue appear to be mistaking these city streets for the Kennedy and Edens expressways, if speed camera data is any indicator. According to data analyzed by DNAinfo, Chicago speed cameras installed at 2705 W. Irving Park Road and 4124 W. Foster Avenue are among the most active in the city, collecting a combined total of nearly $3 million in fines since they were installed in late 2013. … The city says the cameras are working. At one location, for example, warnings fell from 4,800 in November 2013 to 1,285 in March 2015.  (WMAQ-TV NBC 5 image)

Speeding Vehicle Collides with Turning School Bus; 1 Dead
BakersfieldNow.com/KBAK, KBFX (California), May 1, 2015 

One person is dead and another suffered major injuries in a crash with a school bus, according to the California Highway Patrol. CHP said the driver of an Acura was driving recklessly and speeding when the car hit the turning bus. (BakersfieldNow.com/KBAK, KBFX image)


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New Red-Light Safety Cameras Go Up in Florida
WIOD-Radio AM 620, May 6, 2015

As of May 6, the city of Pinecrest began issuing warnings to any drivers who run red lights at four of its photo-enforced intersections along US 1. The new measure will last for 30 days, and drivers caught running the lights will receive a notice in the mail. The program officially begins June 5 with fines starting at $158.

Car Driver Hurt in Red-Light Running Collision with School Bus
Delaware Online, May 6, 2015

A car ran a red light and hit a school bus Wednesday near Georgetown, injuring the car driver but no one on the bus, state police said.

Red-Light Cameras Rekindle Home Rule Debate
The Blade (Ohio), May 3, 2015

It’s been more than 100 years since turn-of-the-century Progressives got their way and amended the Ohio Constitution to grant cities the power to decide their own forms of government. … The tension of local-vs.-state power is rising again and this time involves the use red-light and speed-enforcement cameras.

Iowa Mayors Push Back Against ‘Big Brother’
The Gazette, May 1, 2015

Mayors of three of Iowa’s largest cities want the assistance of state government on common problems but think they are better judges of their communities’ needs, including the need for traffic enforcement cameras, than “big brother” state agencies. Perhaps nowhere has the difference been more apparent than on cities’ use of traffic enforcement cameras. See related coverage from Iowa Public Television. (IPTV image)


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American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is pleased to introduce the city of Annapolis, Maryland, as its latest client. ATS and the city recently finalized an agreement for the installation and operation of a red-light safety camera program with an initial term of five years along with provisions for future term extensions. ATS is also honored to announce that the Harris County Department of Education/Choice Partners has exercised its second of four one-year renewal options , ensuring that school districts in Texas that are members of Choice Partners may contract with ATS for school bus stop arm camera programs. ATS looks forward to working with the city of Annapolis and to its continued relationship with Choice Partners and all of its road safety camera clients.


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ArlingtonCountyPD @ArlingtonVaPD PhotoRed camera activated at Columbia Pike/George Mason Dr today. 30 day warning period starts today. PD’s PSA https://youtu.be/vPHevpahIbE

ATS_RoadSafety Vehicle runs red light, hits school bus in eastern #ColoradoSprings  wp.me/p5ICOq-4WR via @FOX21News #StopOnRed


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Hertz Announces Fleet Upgrade
Naples Daily News (Florida), May 6, 2015

The Hertz Corporation, which includes the Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty brands, is updating its U.S. rental car fleet with 2015 model year cars ranging from sedans and SUVs to high-end luxury models. … Other improved products and service offerings available with Hertz rentals include PlatePass, for convenient travel through the country’s toll systems, and more. View Hertz press release.

Indiana Grants Bridge Company Access to Vehicle Records
nwi.com/The Times (Indiana), May 5, 2015

The private company set to rebuild the Cline Avenue Bridge in East Chicago and charge drivers tolls for crossing will get assistance from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles in collecting its revenue. Republican Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law House Enrolled Act 1397, providing United Bridge Partners free access to BMV registration records and requiring the agency to suspend the license plates of motorists who fail to pay their bridge tolls.

Texas Advances $410 Million Toll Highway
Texas Department of Transportation, April 30, 2015

The Texas Transportation Department is entering the process of selecting a qualified builder to design and construct a four-lane tolled highway in Grimes and Montgomery counties. The 26-mile project could be completed as early as winter of 2018. Houston Chronicle photo by Brett Coomer.


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Editorial: School Bus Cameras Can Save Lives
Newsday (New York), April 29, 2015

Ideally, cameras on school buses would be a preventive tool, rather than punitive. The goal is to keep drivers from passing stopped school buses, not to fine them for this dangerous behavior. Ideally, even just a few tickets written could have a huge impact. School districts should have the ability to install cameras on buses and keep our children safe, and police should have the ability to write tickets based on the footage.

Letter to the Editor: In Defense of Red-Light Cameras
The Denver Post (Colorado), May 6, 2015

Anyone who drives regularly on major thoroughfares in the Denver area knows most drivers pay absolutely no attention to speed limits. … Then we have people who ignore red lights, frequently resulting in accidents. Compounding these problems is the chronic shortage of police who could give these scofflaws well-deserved tickets.

Letter: Legislator Off the Mark
Lakeland Ledger (Florida), May 4, 2015

I am writing about the lack of real interest Rep. Neil Combee, R-Polk City, shows for real Florida problems. He spends way too much time on issues such as abolishing red-light cameras, just because he got caught. The system in Haines City brings in $60,000 after all fees are taken out. I wonder what a police officer would cost to patrol those areas daily. I bet it’s a lot more than $60,000.


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“And guess what; we do expect motorists whether they’re from this city or another to actually stop when a light turns red. And guess what; we’re not ashamed of it. Does he understand that a red light is something that you should obey not just when a police officer is there?”
Adam Loukx, City of Toledo Law Director
The Blade (Ohio), May 3, 2015

“We had a person the first few days of operation that went through that school zone at 80 mph during a 35 mph school zone.”
Bruce Wood, Kaufman County Judge
KLTV-TV ABC 7 (Texas), May 1, 2015

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Trauma centers in Florida are funded through vehicle registration taxes and red-light camera fines. As red-light cameras have proliferated, the amount of money sent to the state’s trauma centers has spiked — from $5.1 million in 2011 to more than $12.6 million in 2012, according to a March 2014 assessment of Florida’s trauma centers by the Department of Health. Source: Miami Herald, May 6, 2015.

Speed cameras are getting drivers to slow down in Chicago. Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Claffey said data show  a 31 percent reduction in speeding violations when comparing speeding rates during the first month of a camera’s presence with the sixth month. At 4124 W. Foster Ave., speed violations fell from 4,800 in November 2013 to 1,285 in March 2015. Source: DNAinfo.com, May 6, 2015.