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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 31

July 16th, 2015

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Chicopee Leaders Seek Solution to Crashes, Discuss Speed Cameras
MassLive.com/The Republican (Massachusetts), July 16, 2015 

After four crashes in one month at the same intersection, Chicopee City Council’s Public Safety Committee began discussing solutions. Police Chief William R. Jebb proposed using cameras that would photograph drivers and their license plates if they are speeding, and initiate the process to issue a ticket. (Image submitted to MassLive.com/The Republican)

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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Consider Work Zone Speed Safety Cameras
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 15, 2015

Drivers and other advocates say what might slow down drivers in construction zones is a camera that snaps a picture of a vehicle’s license plate and results in a $100 citation for speeding. Legislation authorizing work-zone speed cameras was one of several safety related bills on the agenda of a joint meeting of the Senate and House transportation committees. The proposal appeared to be picking up some momentum. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette image by Bob Donaldson)

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Lawmaker’s Bill Would Allow Red-Light Cameras in State College
WeAreCentralPA.com (Pennsylvania), July 14, 2015

In the past year, two people have been killed in collisions at the intersection of North Atherton Street and Park Avenue in State College. After the most recent crash about three weeks ago, neighbors in the area have ramped up their efforts. Now, a local legislator is stepping in to help, offering a piece of legislation allowing red-light cameras in the borough. See related coverage at WJAC-TV Channel 6.

Scooter and SUV Collide at Intersection, 1 Injured
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), July 14, 2015

A woman was taken to a hospital Tuesday afternoon after the motor scooter she was driving hit an SUV at an intersection on Paramount Road and I-40. The driver of the scooter disregarded a red light and hit the SUV.

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Woman Saved from Fiery Wreck Thanks Her Heroes
WSB-TV Channel 2 (Georgia), July 14, 2015

A woman rescued from a fiery crash in May got the chance on Tuesday to thank the first responders who saved her life. … Police say a truck ran a red light and crashed into the woman’s car. She suffered broken ribs, a broken hip and her lungs collapsed. She was trapped inside the vehicle with smoke and fire threatening her when several Jonesboro officers who were nearby rushed over to help. (WSB-TV Channel 2 image)

 

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Supervisors Approve School Bus Safety Cameras
The Record (Virginia), July 16, 2015

The Northumberland board of supervisors on July 9 voted unanimously, 5-0, to allow cameras to catch drivers passing stopped school buses. The new code specifies a $250 fine.

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Virginia District Rolls Out Solution to School Bus Stop Arm Violations
Arlington Patch (Virginia), July 9, 2015

Arlington Public Schools announced this week the start of its CrossingGuard School Bus Stop Arm Safety Camera Program. Cameras are capturing images of vehicles that fail to stop for an extended school bus stop arm. Arlington County now becomes one of the first communities in Virginia to approve the use of exterior school bus cameras. (WJLA-TV ABC 7 image)

 

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Speed Camera Warning Phase Begins in Hays County
San Marcos Daily Record (Texas), July 6, 2015

The Hays County School Zone Speed Safety Camera Program van, equipped with advanced 2D ranging radar technology and two high-resolution color cameras, is in use as a 15-day warning period began July 15 at schools in Precinct 3 that hold summer school sessions. During this introductory time, drivers are encouraged to adjust their behavior so they comply with the posted speed limit. Drivers who break the law during this phase of the program will be issued a warning without a fine.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety RT if you agree! #StopOnRed! Learn more: atsol.com.

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Melissa_Wandall @MelissaWandall We are gearing up for National #Stop on Red Week.  @SaferRoadsUSA! We want YOU to get involved. Stay in the know: NCSRSafety.org

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Whoa! This pedestrian near miss shows you just how dangerous a vehicle is. #StopOnRed! YouTube.com/watch?v=OX3K5b

 

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Florida’s SunPass to Soon Be Accepted in More States
Miami Herald (Florida), July 14, 2015

By the middle of next year, Florida’s prepaid SunPass electronic toll device will be accepted throughout a wide swath of the southeastern United States, allowing a driver to travel most toll roads from Texas to South Carolina without ever getting out of their cars or slowing down to toss coins in a box. (Miami Herald image by John VanBeekum)

5 Gee Whiz Facts about I-75 Toll Lane Project
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), July 14, 2015

The two express toll lanes that will run along I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties beginning in 2018 will be 30 miles long, use 39 new bridges and feature reversible lanes to accommodate morning inbound traffic and afternoon outbound traffic. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution image by Bob Andres)

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Editorial: Pennsylvania Turnpike Should Stop Accepting Cash
Times Leader, July 13, 2015

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission should eliminate toll facilities and switch to electronic, cash-free collection. While the move regrettably would result in some layoffs, it would speed up travel times across the state. (Times Leader image by Pete G. Wilcox)

ExpressToll Is on a Roll
Denver Business Journal (Colorado), July 13, 2015

The empire of ExpressToll, the electronic toll collection system for the E-470 and Northwest Parkway toll roads and Interstate 25’s express lanes, is about to get a lot larger. That happens July 22, when ExpressToll will be used to collect tolls from solo drivers using the new U.S. 36 express lanes between I-25 and Boulder. … And in the coming months and years, extra miles of toll lanes using the ExpressToll system will be added on I-70, I-25, C-470 and other routes.

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Rules of the Road Aren’t Enough to Prevent Fatalities
FiveThirtyEight.com, Jan. 15, 2015

Jelani Irving rode his bike in the darkness just before sunrise on a foggy morning last February. He was returning to his home in Brooklyn after finishing a shift driving a taxi. Along the way, a collision with a car ended his life. The death was ruled an accident, and there’s no evidence anybody broke the law. But does that mean we should view this tragedy as unavoidable?

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Editorial: Changing Driving Behavior Can Save Lives
The Valdosta Daily Times (Georgia), July 16, 2015

Three people have died on South Georgia roads in separate incidents during the past several days. Three lives tragically lost. There is nothing any of us can do to bring back the people lost. All any of us can do is do our best to try to prevent further fatalities. To do so, many of us need look no further than the reflection in the rearview mirror.

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Letter to the Editor: Direct Traffic Fines to Street Repairs
The Denver Post (Colorado), July 15, 2015

I agree that we need electronic traffic controls. Our traffic control officers need all the help they can get to enforce our traffic driving laws. I do not agree that the fines should be used to raise funds for the city’s general account. … One solution would be to divert these monies to the city street maintenance fund.

Letter: Everyone Is Running Red Lights
The Gazette (Colorado), July 13, 2015

I drive in a lot of areas in Colorado Springs, and many times a day I see people running red lights. I was just on Garden of the Gods and had plenty of time to stop without braking hard and the light had changed from amber to red and two cars went past me. This happens regularly. … If something isn’t done, it is just going to get worse.

Letter: Cameras That Hold Violators Accountable Save Lives
NJ.com (New Jersey), July 11, 2015

Stopping at a stop sign should not be a controversy, especially when we’re asked to stop to allow kids to safely board or leave the bus. Those who pass a school bus illegally should be held accountable to keep kids safe and photo enforcement helps police do that.

 

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“After one citation with (an insurance) surcharge they will slow it down.”
William R. Jebb, Chicopee Police Chief on using speed cameras to improve safety
MassLive.com/The Republican (Massachusetts), July 16, 2015

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“Our police officers cannot enforce traffic laws everywhere, all the time. But the new cameras will help us extend our efforts, keeping intersections safer 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And the entire system will be funded by violators.”
Brendan Cox, Chief of Police, Albany Police Department
Albany City Website (New York), July 14, 2015

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