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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 30

July 9th, 2015

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Arlington School Bus Cameras Help Enforce No-Passing Laws
WJLA-TV ABC 7 (Virginia), July 9, 2015

Most people know driving past a school bus stop sign is illegal, still millions of these violations occur nationwide every year. In Arlington, the school system is trying to put the brakes on the issue by implementing the CrossingGuard School Bus Stop Arm Safety Camera Program. (WJLA-TV ABC 7 image.)

Grace Period Ends for Red-Light Runners in Fayetteville
WTVD-TV ABC 11 (North Carolina), July 8, 2015

The warning ticket grace period has ended for red-light runners in Fayetteville. At noon Wednesday, images snapping violators became proof to support $100 citations that the car owner will receive in the mail. (WTVD-TV ABC 11 image)

School Bus Stop Arm Cameras in Use to Boost Students’ Safety
The News Tribune (Washington), July 7, 2015

Drivers in Pierce County’s third-largest school district are starting to pay the price for illegally passing buses, according to recently released data. The Bethel School District issued an average of 30 citations a month after officials mounted cameras on stop-sign paddles last winter. (The News Tribune image by Drew Perine)

Police Chief Sees Local Need for Red Light Cameras
WTAJ-TV CBS 32 (Pennsylvania), July 7, 2015

A dangerous intersection has neighbors concerned, and wanting to see a change. That intersection is at Park Avenue and Atherton Street in State College. In the past year, there have been two deadly crashes there. Neighbors met with police to come up with ways to make the area safer. Everything from over-passes, to longer walking light times was brought up. …  Another idea that was brought up, and supported by police at the meeting, was red-light cameras. “I believe (they) would be very valuable just given the nature of the intersection,” said State College Police Chief Tom King.

2 Women Hospitalized after Running Red Light
KSL-TV Channel 38 (Utah), July 6, 2015

Bangerter Highway reopened after a serious crash diverted several lanes of traffic and injured three people early Monday morning. The crash happened just after midnight. Lt. Jeff Conger with the West Valley City Police Department said a car with three people inside ran a red light and was hit by a pickup truck.


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Crash Investigators Look to Red Light Camera for Clues
WNWO-TV NBC 24 (Ohio), July 7, 2015

Toledo police say they are looking into the red-light camera to determine the exact cause of a crash on Tuesday between a city bus and a private vehicle, as well as who is at fault. Three people on the city bus sustained injuries, and the driver of the passing vehicle was taken to the hospital.

Cameras Capture Actions of Red-Light Runners
The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), July 4, 2015

The city of Fayetteville clicked on four red-light cameras at three intersections on Wednesday. The cameras are meant to address what is universally agreed to be one of the city’s biggest problems, people who zoom through red lights. Sometimes two or even three cars muscle through the intersection on a solid red. On Thursday, Behind the Wheel decided to see how many folks run red lights by sitting for an hour at one of the city’s busiest intersections, Skibo and Morganton roads.

Video of Deadly DUI, Red-Light Crash Released
CBS Denver (Colorado), July 2, 2015

The Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office released video of the DUI crash that killed a 17-year-old after sentencing the driver. The man will spend 40 years behind bars. Traffic cameras captured the driver’s car speeding through a red light and into the teen’s vehicle at 80 mph.


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Speed Camera Bill Goes to Oregon Governor for Signing
BikePortland.org, July 6, 2015

The Portland Bureau of Transportation chalked up a major legislative victory last week. HB 2621, which will allow the bureau to operated fixed photo radar cameras on Portland’s deadliest major streets, passed the Oregon Senate on Friday afternoon by a vote of 17-12. The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Kate Brown for signing. See related article from The Oregonian. (Image by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Speed Cameras
The Gazette (Iowa), July 2, 2015

A federal judge Thursday dismissed a lawsuit contending the Cedar Rapids’ automated traffic camera program violates the law. In the 45-page ruling, Chief Judge Linda R. Reade wrote that the cameras, which use images of license plates to detect and fine speeders, do not violate the fundamental rights of motorists nor is the program unconstitutional.


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Hays County Launches School Zone Safety Program
San Marcos Daily Record (Texas), July 3, 2015

The Hays County School Zone Speed Safety Camera Program van, equipped with advanced 2D ranging radar technology and two high-resolution color cameras, will soon be monitoring vehicle speeds through school zones as a pilot program in the two precincts. (KVUE-TV ABC 24 image)


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Stop Arm Cameras Arrive on Arlington Public School Buses
ARLNow.com (Virginia), July 8, 2015

Blowing past a school bus with its stop sign extended may result in a $250 ticket, if the driver is caught by one of Arlington Public Schools’ newly installed cameras. Some APS buses are now equipped with cameras to help police officers catch drivers who do not stop when a bus extends its stop sign. See related news coverage by The Washington Post.


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NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Driver runs red light and causes 4 car crash in Delaware, injures 15 http://wapo.st/1IFinlj @washingtonpost

Melissa_Wandall @MelissaWandall Lets work together to #improve our driving habits! #safetysaveslives! Thanks for all you do @SaferRoadsUSA @IIHS_autosafety @ATS_RoadSafety

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Nebraska Lawmaker Lists Toll Roads among Committee’s Topics
Lincoln Journal Star, July 7, 2015

Nebraska plans nearly $840 million in highway, county and state road-related work in the coming year through June 2016. … When the Legislature’s Transportation and Telecommunications Committee examines other options for financing roads this summer, toll roads will be discussed as a possibility, according to Committee Chairman Jim Smith of Papillion.

N.J. Turnpike Authority Ranked No. 1 Toll Agency
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (New Jersey), July 6, 2015 

A national organization has named the New Jersey Turnpike Authority as the top money making toll agency in the country, just edging out the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. And the Turnpike Authority could be on track to do it again, after more traffic and cheap gas helped erase toll revenue losses from the nasty winter of 2015 and increased earnings for the first five months of 2015 beyond a consultant’s predictions. (NJ Advance Media for NJ.com by Larry Higgs)

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Commentary: Images that Save Lives and Money
The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), July 9, 2015

Overall, I support the idea of red-light cameras. Too many drivers zoom through red lights in this city, and the problem has existed for decades. But city officials need to continue their slow deliberate rollout of the cameras. … They also need to continue the solid job they’ve already done of keeping the public in the loop.

Letter to the Editor: Increase Red-Light Camera Presence
Denver Post (Colorado), July 7, 2015

I respectfully disagree with the gentleman who wants to remove all of the electronic traffic controls. Instead of fewer, the cities and counties should add more.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Fair to Fine
LancasterOnline (Pennsylvania), July 5, 2015

One of the excuses for not installing cameras at traffic lights is that the police would use them to raise revenue. So they should, and the revenue should go to the municipal treasury. We are not talking about tax money, which would deserve some discussion. The fines levied are totally voluntary contributions because no one, nothing, forces us to cross an intersection on a red light.

Letter: Mistakes Shouldn’t Taint Red-Light Cameras
MyCentralJersey (New Jersey), July 4, 2015

Richard Diamond is entitled to the opinions he expresses in his recent column, however, he uses the misdeeds of a few communities to mislead the public about the strong scientific evidence that photo enforcement works. In fact, in a recent study, 14 of the largest cities using red-light cameras saw a 24 percent decrease in their fatal red-light running crash rate.


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“This is a good thing. This is to stop bad driving behavior, and sometimes the only way to do that is with a fine.”
Ken Dennis, Arlington Police Department, on school bus stop-arm safety cameras
ARLNow.com (Virginia), July 8, 2015

“We continue to strongly support the automated traffic enforcement program. It has been an effective tool for enhancing public safety.”
Wayne Jerman, Cedar Rapids Police Chief
The Gazette (Iowa), July 2, 2015