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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 25

June 4th, 2015

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Governor’s Veto Keeps Red-Light, Speed Safety Cameras Active
The Denver Post, June 3, 2015

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday vetoed two bills designed to restrict red-light and speed cameras, even as he outlined his support for new limits on the devices. “While not always popular, when used correctly they make roads safer,” the Democrat wrote in letters to lawmakers. See related article by Colorado Public Radio. (KOAA-TV NBC 5 image)

Study: Nearly 10% of Drivers, 15% of Cabbies Run Red Lights in N.Y.C.
WCBS-TV CBS 2 (New York), June 3, 2015

According to a new study, a good number of New York City motorists blow through traffic lights. The report released by Hunter College students found nearly 10 percent of city drivers and 15 percent of taxicab drivers don’t stop for red lights. “This is actually a conservative figure because if the analysis were confined to vehicles that approached the intersection immediately after the light changed from yellow to red, the incidents would be much greater. In fact, it’s almost twice the rate,” sociology professor Peter Tuckel said. See related article in New York Post. (New York Post image by Paul Martinka)

2 Hurt in Red-Light Running Collision
WJON-Radio AM 1240 (Minnesota), June 1, 2015

Two people were taken to the hospital after a crash in St. Cloud on Monday. Police say two people in an SUV received non-life-threatening injuries when another vehicle ran a red light and collided with the SUV, forcing it to roll onto its roof. Authorities cited the driver of the second vehicle for failing to stop on a red light.

Push to Ban Red-Light Cameras in Texas Fails
The Dallas Morning News, May 30, 2015

A last-minute amendment to a transportation funding bill that would ban cities from using red-light cameras died an early death on Friday, when Texas Rep. Bob Pickett called a point of order to kill his own bill. It was the last of several measures seeking to outlaw the use of red-light cameras in the state. See earlier coverage from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.


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Police Cite Bus Driver in Deadly Red-Light Running Collision
WBBM-TV CBS 2 (Illinois), June 3, 2015

A Chicago Transit Authority bus driver has been ticketed for running a red light Tuesday evening before striking two pedestrians and several cars downtown, killing a 51-year-old woman, and injuring at least eight other people. Police said the driver was issued a citation for failing to stop at a red light, and another for failure to exercise due caution. (WBBM-TV CBS 2 image)

N.Y. State Senate OKs School Bus Measure
WHAM-TV ABC 13, June 2, 2015

Legislation to get drivers to slow down near school buses moved forward Tuesday as the School Bus Safety Camera Act was approved in the State Senate Transportation Committee with a unanimous vote. (WHAM-TV ABC 13 image)

San Francisco Considers Adding Speed Cameras
KNTV-TV NBC 11 (California), May 31, 2015

Some people who walk in San Francisco’s neighborhood of busy Geary Street said they would like to see drivers slow down, and they may get their wish. The city is looking into cameras and a radar system that might get drivers who are going over the speed limit to ease off the gas. The city says it is working toward Vision Zero, which would eliminate crashes causing serious injury or death. (KNTV-TV NBC 11 image)


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Bill Passes to Increase Penalties for School Bus Passing Scofflaws
WROC-TV CBS 8 (New York), June 3, 2015

The New York State Senate has passed a bill that stiffens the penalties for drivers who break the law by passing a stopped school bus. The bill increases the range of fines for passing a school bus for the first time from a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $400 to a minimum of $400 and a maximum of $750. (The Journal News image by Ricky Flores)

In 1 Day, Police Write 1,186 Tickets to School Bus Stop-Arm Violators
SILive.com/Staten Island Advance (New York), June 1, 2015

Law enforcement agents across New York State issued 1,186 tickets to motorists who illegally passed stopped school buses during “Operation Safe Stop Day.” The ticket blitz came on April 16 as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Transportation Committee’s plan to crack down on motorists who disobey school bus safety traffic laws.


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Portland Reaffirms Commitment to Traffic Safety
The Oregonian (Oregon), June 2, 2015

In response to three high-profile traffic crashes in three weeks, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick on Tuesday said city leadership stands behind an aspiration to someday end all traffic fatalities. … One measure the city hopes can help is House Bill 2621, which would allow the city to put unmanned photo radar on designated high-crash corridors. (Portland Press Herald image)


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ATS Appoints Patricia Chiodo as Chief Financial Officer
June 3, 2015

American Traffic Solutions announced that Patricia Chiodo has been named Chief Financial Officer. Patricia brings with her over 20 years of corporate financial and executive leadership experience. “Patricia has a proven record of success in helping companies develop and implement business strategies. Her background and experience will help her play an important role in the future growth plans of the company” said David Roberts, ATS President and Chief Operating Officer.


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NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Happy #NationalSafetyMonth! to improve #driving safety, read our stats on red-light running in 2014 here: http://bit.ly/1HIEBR2

NHTSA @NHTSAgov  Someone dies from drunk driving every 52 minutes. If you’re drinking, hand the keys to a sober #designateddriver. #buzzeddriving


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Orange County’s Proposed ‘Lexus lanes’ May See More Toyotas
The Orange County Register (California), June 1, 2015

Critics deride the express lanes planned for the I-405 expansion as “Lexus lanes” — a chunk of scarce road reserved for the well-heeled. But they may turn out to be more like Toyota lanes. The incomes of those who use toll lanes appears to vary with how the pay lanes are structured. See related article in The Herald. (The Orange County Register graphic)

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Elgin-O’Hare Expressway Tolls Could Start Next Summer
Daily Herald (Illinois), May 29, 2015

New leaders at the Illinois tollway plunged into business Thursday as administrators outlined plans to install gantries on a section of the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway next week that will eventually collect tools. Drivers won’t be charged until summer 2016, but it’s a physical sign of a major shift from a freeway to a tollway. (Daily Herald image by staff photographer Bev Horne)

Tolls Waived on U.S. 36 Express Lanes During Testing
Colorado Department of Transportation, May 28, 2015

The High Performance Transportation Enterprise and Colorado Department of Transportation today announced the opening of traffic on two U.S. 36 Express Lanes for a brief testing period, enabling travelers to try the road as a commuting option while toll collections are waived. The testing period will last until mid-July. Tolls on the existing I-25 Express Lanes, from Pecos Street on U.S. 36 to downtown Denver are still in effect.


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Editorial: Time for Red-Light Cameras
The Herald (Washington), June 1, 2015

At certain places at certain times — say 41st Street and Colby Avenue in Everett any time after 2 p.m. — it’s easy to see how and why red light cameras came into being. Without fail, at least one car, but usually more, traveling east on 41st Street will run the red light. Likely most around the area can cite a similar example. Meanwhile, the other infraction caught on traffic cameras — the infamous rolling right-hand turn — can be witnessed at any given moment, anywhere in the city.

Letter to the Editor: Anti-Speed Camera Letters Are Hilarious
The Gazette (Iowa), May 30, 2015

Letters, especially those from out-of-state complaining about the cameras on Interstate 380, are hilarious. But here’s the funny part. Tickets are not issued unless a vehicle is going 67 mph or more in a 55 mph zone so that means these folks are flying through out city and should be exempt from laws that pertain to ground transportation. This is cracking me up.


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“Speeding and disregard for traffic signals are a danger for all drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. These actions have very real, at times fatal, consequences. Unfortunately, these bills go too far.”
John Hickenlooper, Colorado Governor
Colorado Public Radio, June 4, 2015

“We’re finding that drivers in general are driving more aggressively than in the past. They’re not as courteous.”
Peter Tuckel, Hunter College Sociology Professor on recent study findings
New York Post, June 3, 2015

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During “Operation Safe Stop Day” in New York State, police issued 1,186 traffic tickets to motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses on April 16. The effort involved police from 108 agencies in 46 counties. By comparison, here’s the breakdown of city summons totals for motorists passing stopped school buses in the month of April: Manhattan, 237 summonses; Brooklyn, 201; The Bronx, 186; Queens, 123; Staten Island, 32. Source: SILive.com/Staten Island Advance (New York), June 1, 2015.