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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 5, Issue 27

June 18th, 2015

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Red-Light Camera Evidence Assists in Road Rage Arrest
Newark Post (New Jersey), June 17, 2015

Newark Police Department spokesman Lt. Bill Hargrove said police were able to track down the suspect in a road rage incident using the red-light camera and other surveillance cameras that captured the suspect car’s license plate number. The suspect is accused of striking a 36-year-old man with the front of his vehicle and fleeing the scene.

Without Cameras, Red-Light Running Incidents Climb
NJTV News (New Jersey), June 16, 2015

Without capturing incriminating photos, Newark’s red-light cameras are still collecting data on red-light running events now that the cameras are turned off. The raw data shows, with camera lenses covered, the number of drivers running red lights jumped 315 percent at Broad and Murray, 294 percent at Doremus and Wilson and 243 percent at McCarter and Lafayette compared to the same month with cameras rolling last year. (NJTV News image) See related article at NJ.com.

Red-Light Camera Bill Is Dead for Now
Forest Park Review (Illinois), June 16, 2015

Red-light cameras will continue to operate in non-home rule communities — for the time being. House Bill 173, which would have abolished cameras in communities like River Forest and Forest Park in 2016, had been approved by a wide margin in the state House in April and sent on to the Senate. But the bill was not called for a vote in the Senate, and it won’t be as there now are more pressing priorities facing lawmakers before the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

City Officials Discuss Red-Light Cameras, Litigation
Santa Rosa Press Gazette (Florida), June 15, 2015

With impending litigation surrounding the red-light camera programs in south Florida, Milton city officials, including Milton Police Chief Greg Brand, took the time to further explain some misconceptions regarding the camera system and how the cameras have benefited the city thus far. Milton City Attorney Heather Lindsay said the system’s scrutiny comes from a lawsuit in which a state appeals court stated the City of Hollywood violated state law by relying on a private company to issue traffic citations. “The Hollywood case has seemed to have prompted a lot of this controversy, because it was in the City of Hollywood where the city did not have the opportunity to present evidence of the business rules questionnaire,” Lindsay said. “That opinion is based on the assumption that there was no guidance given to ATS as to how to evaluate images.” (Pensacola News Journal photo)

Cities See Jump in Red-Light Violations after Cameras Switched Off
WRGT FOX 45 (Ohio), June 15, 2015

A new study says red-light violations are up after cities were forced to take down their red-light cameras. The study indicates violations are up in several Ohio cities, including Trotwood where police say violations are up 77 percent.


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Law Passes; Mobile County Can Install School Bus Safety Cameras
WSFA-TV NBC 12 (Alabama), June 18, 2015

According to school officials, all Mobile County school buses are getting cameras for the outside of their buses by January. Thought it’s not listed on Alabama legislature’s website, officials from the Governor’s office confirmed that the “School Bus Safety Bill” has been signed into law.

New Jersey School Bus Safety Bills Advance
School Transportation News, June 12, 2015

A state legislative committee approved on June 11 four bills intended to increase school bus safety, including one that would allow districts to contract with companies to place stop-arm cameras on buses, NJ.com reports. This was the first legislative step for the package of bills, which must pass the state Senate and Assembly before being sent to the governor’s office.


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ATS_RoadSafety  DYK? In 2013, Pennsylvania was the 5th most deadly state for red-light running fatalities via @NHTSAgov. http://www.atsol.com

ATS_RoadSafety The economic impact of traffic collisions involving 15-20-year-old drivers is more than $40 billion. via @NHTSAgov atsol.com

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Pennsylvania’s All-Electronic Tolling Starts at Delaware Bridge
KYW-TV CBS 3, June 17, 2015

The chairman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission says January is when the conversion to all electronic tolling is expected to begin with a pilot program at the Delaware River Bridge. The conversion will begin first in January at the bridge followed by a Turnpike extension out west next summer to assess the readiness of technology and other issues. (AA Roads image)

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Editorial: Block Traffic Camera Measure
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), June 16, 2015

The Ohio Senate should heed law enforcement and the courts and respect local safety decisions by rejecting a punitive, arrogant attempt by the Ohio House to punish cities for using traffic cameras.

Letter to the Editor: Traffic Cameras Create Safety Zone
The Gazette (Iowa), June 15, 2015

I was dismayed to read the article saying that Cedar Rapids is getting a reputation as a “speed trap” because of our cameras. It seems to me that they must be doing a great job of catching those who think they can save a few minutes by pushing their speed.

Letter: Viewers Respond to Use of Traffic Cameras to Ticket Drivers
PBS Newshour (national), June 13, 2015

Many of you wrote us about last weekend’s updated signature story from Ohio on the controversial use of traffic cameras to ticket motorists for traffic violations. … Patrick Devine said: Love them. Reduces the number of police officers needed for traffic control so they can enforce other areas … Red light cameras have been proven to save lives. Thomas Langr added: I’ll be in the minority here, but after seeing all the accidents caused by motorists breaking the rules, and so many close calls myself, I see a place for them.


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“The bottom line is people aren’t responding and slowing down. There’s a speeding problem in Olney and these cameras will work over time — but it does take time.”
Tom Didone, Captain and Director of Montgomery County Traffic Division
The Washington Post (Maryland), June 16, 2015Header Statistics 480

Results from a 2014 citizen survey in the Town of La Plata show an increase in support for the installation of traffic cameras to deter speeding in school zones from 56 percent in 2012 to 64 percent in 2014. SOURCE: Town of La Plata website.

New Jersey
The number of vehicles that ran red lights at the 19 intersections in Newark previously covered by cameras has gone up 107 percent since the cameras were turned off in December. Red-light runs at some intersections jumped 315 percent between the same 30-day period in 2014 and 2015, according to data from the Traffic Safety Coalition. SOURCE: NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, June 18, 2015.