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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 34

August 6th, 2015

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National Stop on Red Week Amplifies Safety Message
From Omaha, Nebraska, to Kingsport, Tennessee, and from Washington State to Florida, news agencies are talking about the unavoidable dangers of running red lights. Their interviews include injured victims, family members of persons killed and police officers who urge drivers to govern their own behavior at red lights every day. These stories and a newly released interactive map of red-light running fatalities are presented below. Stop on Red Week continues through Saturday. Continue to share the message to stop on red and then make it a part of your daily driving habits. See related press release.

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Boynton Beach Resumes Ticketing Red-Light Runners
WPBF-TV ABC 25 (Florida), Aug. 5, 2015

City commissioners decided Tuesday night 15 cameras at four intersections will start rolling again in Boynton Beach. Commissioners voted in favor of enforcing the red-light traffic camera tickets again after a nearly three-month hiatus. “The camera are on right now, we just aren’t issuing tickets. But now we can start issuing tickets,” Mayor Jerry Taylor said. See related article from The Sun Sentinel.

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Interactive Map Pinpoints Fatal Red-Light Running Crash Locations
WAGA-TV FOX 5 (Georgia), Aug. 6, 2015

Chances are you’ve witnessed someone running a red light. New numbers are shedding light on just how big the problem is. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says, in a 10-year period, nearly 7,800 people were killed in wrecks caused by red-light runners. An interactive map released this week shows the number of fatalities for an area and exactly where they’ve happened, right down to the intersection. See related article from Nebraska at WOWT-TV NBC 6, from Indiana at WXIN-TV FOX 59, from Virginia at WCYB-TV Channel 5, from Seattle at KING-TV NBC 5, from Mississippi at WDAM-TV Channel 7, and from Dallas at WFAA-TV ABC 8.

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Red-Light Runners Stir Attention in Fayetteville
WTVD-TV ABC 11 (North Carolina), Aug. 4, 2015

The city of Fayetteville has released “Round Two” of video from its red-light camera program, clearly showing drivers running red lights. In some cases, those drivers nearly cause serious accidents as they force other drivers to swerve and brake unexpectedly. See related coverage from WNCN-TV NBC 17 and from the City of Fayetteville.

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Neighbors on Edge over Dangerous Intersection
WTVR-TV CBS 6 (Virginia), Aug. 1, 2015

When Saturday rolls around, you’ll find Charles Gerena working in the front yard. And looking over his shoulder for reckless drivers. … Thursday, Chesterfield police said a BMW and a school bus collided at the nearby intersection. The BMW driver was given a summons for disregarding a traffic signal. “I think that’s definitely added to the concern I’ve had about the number of accidents, Gerena said.

 

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Red-Light Cameras Changing Behavior, Some Drivers Say
The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), Aug. 5, 2015

Four new red-light cameras captured nearly 700 confirmed violations in their first month of operation, according to Fayetteville officials. More than 600 other possible violations were still being reviewed. Meanwhile, more red-light violations are being recorded every day by the cameras placed at three busy intersections. … Workers near one intersection say they have seen and heard a change in driver behavior. (City of Fayetteville image)

Albany Increases Number of Red-Light Cameras
WNYT-TV NBC 13 (New York), Aug. 5, 2015

A new report out Wednesday morning shows thousands of people are killed each year because of accidents caused by drivers running red lights. Two more red light cameras in Albany turned on at midnight. … These new cameras join the already operational ones in the city.

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Denver in Top 10 Cities for Red-Light Running
KUSA-TV NBC 9 (Colorado), Aug. 5, 2015

Denver ranks No. 10 in the country when it comes to cities where red-light running has killed people, according to a new study. This week is National Stop on Red Week and according to the National Coalition for Safer Roads, Houston is the nation’s most dangerous city for red-light running, followed by Phoenix, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Philadelphia, Tucson and Denver. (KMGH-TV ABC 7 image)

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Phoenix 2nd Worst in Nation for Red-Light Running
KPNX-TV NBC 12/The Arizona Republic, Aug. 5, 2015

It’s Stop on Red week and new stats show Phoenix is one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. for drivers. With almost 130 deaths related to red-light runners in Phoenix, we’re the second worst in the nation. “I’m not surprised. I’m originally from Michigan and the difference between red-light running here and there is crazy,” said one Valley driver.

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Google Doodle Honors 1st Electric Traffic Light
Time Magazine/Time.com, Aug. 5, 2015

Wednesday’s Google Doodle offers a glimpse of what American traffic would’ve looked like 101 years ago, when the world’s first electric traffic light was installed. The device, the predecessor to what is used worldwide today, was installed in Cleveland, Ohio, on Aug. 5, 1914 at the corner of 105th and Euclid. (Image by Google)

Lake Forest Park Adds Red-Light Safety Camera
City of Lake Forest Park (Washington), Aug. 4, 2015

As part of the city of Lake Forest Park’s plan to help mitigate traffic safety concerns, address the increase in traffic volume and improve pedestrian safety, a new traffic safety red-light photo enforcement camera is being installed at the intersection of NE 170th Street and SR 522. “Photo Enforcement” signs have been posted in the area.

Red-Light Cameras Should Easily Pay for Themselves
The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), July 31, 2015

The city of Fayetteville said its red-light cameras ticketed 268 red-light runners in two weeks. At that rate, the city could raise more than $452,000 for the Cumberland County schools’ general fund. More importantly, camera vendor American Traffic Solutions officials say wide use of the cameras reduces the number of red-light runners over time and that will save lives. … The city this week posted a 55-second video of drivers running red lights, and it promptly went viral on Facebook.

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Red-Light Camera Images, a Part of Murder Investigation
WTVJ-TV NBC 6 (Florida), July 31, 2015

A Crime Stoppers tip led police to a man whose violent crime spree in a Sunrise neighborhood culminated in the shooting of a father of two, police said. … The tip gave officers the suspect’s name, but detectives had a slew of evidence and helpful information, including video from red-light cameras and nearby businesses.

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Judge Rules in Favor of ATS, Other Vendors, 28 Texas Cities
SysCon Media/MarketWired, July 31, 2015

American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the nation’s leading road safety camera provider, applauds the recent U.S. District Court decision to deny a motorist’s claims against ATS, other safety vendors and 28 Texas cities on the grounds that they did no harm to the motorist.

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Texas Is Lenient State for Reckless Driving
Fort Worth Star Telegram, Aug. 2, 2015

Texas has a reputation as a law-and-order state, but when it comes to speeding and reckless driving it’s more of a hands-off place. That’s according to a new data project by WalletHub, a social media company that often analyzes consumer financial and government matters. The company’s study found that Texas is the most lenient among all 50 states and the District of Columbia when it comes to passing laws against speeding and reckless driving and punishing violators. “If you’re concerned about safety, this is a concerning ranking,” WalletHub spokeswoman Jill Gonzalez said. (USA Today image by Erich Schlegel)

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Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Speed Cameras
KSCJ-Radio 1360 AM (Iowa), Aug. 1, 2015

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the use of traffic cameras in Iowa. Judge Charles Wolle dismissed a lawsuit by seven Iowa residents who claimed the city of Des Moines violated their constitutional rights by operating an automated speed detection camera on Interstate 235. In an order filed Friday, Judge Wolle says that previous rulings by the Iowa Supreme Court and another federal judge in Cedar Rapids establish the camera’s legality.

 

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School District Pleased with Camera Results, Expands Program
WCSD-TV CBS 2 (Nevada), Aug. 5, 2015

The next time you want to pass a school bus with its lights flashing and signs out, you might want to reconsider. The Washoe County School District has added exterior cameras as an extra safety feature. The county announced it’s happy with the results of a camera trial period and will be implementing cameras district-wide.

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To Stop or Not to Stop
School Transportation News, Aug. 3, 2015

School districts nationwide regularly seek out new technology and apply it to ensure that children are kept safe. To guarantee this security is a cornerstone of well-managed school systems. … One such solution American Traffic Solutions provides is the CrossingGuard School Bus Stop Arm Enforcement System, an automated platform that uses high-resolution cameras that capture images and video of vehicles that pass the stop-arm illegally. (ARLnow.com image)

Bellevue School Buses Get New Cameras, Parents Grateful
KPTM-TV FOX 42 (Nebraska), July 31, 2015

New technology might now make it easier for your child to get to and from school. It comes in the form of high-definition cameras the Bellevue School District is now adding to its buses.

School Bus Cameras Put Arlington Drivers on Notice
Inside NOVA (Virginia), July 31, 2015

Efforts by Arlington’s police and school system to rein in those improperly passing stopped school buses are beginning to pay dividends. Just weeks after installing the first cameras on the stop arms of six buses in the fleet, nearly 50 warning notices have been or are in the process of being mailed out. With the start of school on Sept. 8, civil fines of $250 will be assessed.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety 3.7 Million drivers ran red lights in 2014. Most drivers frequently run red lights in the afternoon. #StopOnRed2015

 

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Frisco Police @FriscoPD Safety is the responsibility of every driver, not just during #StopOnRed2015 week, but every day.

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U.S. 74 Toll Lanes Could Cost 24 Cents a Mile
The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), Aug. 5, 2015

The N.C. Department of Transportation estimates the peak toll on proposed U.S. 74 express lanes will be 26 cents a mile, which would make a one-way trip about $1.50. The state is planning to add express toll lanes in the media of U.S. 74, from uptown to Wallace Lane. The project could be completed in two years. (The Charlotte Observer photo by Jeff Siner)

Construction to Start on Toll Expressway in San Ramon Valley
Pleasanton Weekly (California), Aug. 5, 2015

The project to bring toll express lanes to Interstate 680 through the San Ramon Valley is expected to start construction this month, with completion estimated for late next year. … The congestion-relief project would replace existing HOV lanes with express lanes over a 23-mile distance. The express lanes would be free to access for carpools, vanpools, public transit, motorcycles and eligible clean-air vehicles while other solo drivers could pay a toll.

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Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Verify Dangers on Our Roads
The Fayetteville-Observer (North Carolina), Aug. 2. 2015

No more whining about red-light cameras, please. If you’ve seen the YouTube video of egregious red-light runners here in our fair city, you know we need all the crackdown we can get. It’s pretty amazing stuff — drivers speeding through intersections long after the lights turned red, sometimes after cross-street traffic has started to move. … In the first two weeks of full operation at only three intersections, the cameras nabbed 268 sure-thing violators.

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Letter to the Editor: Photo Enforcement Belongs on Highways
The Arizona Republic, Aug. 4, 2015

Speed enforcement on our highways was very successful when cameras were utilized as a tool to assist patrol officers. Photo enforcement should be reintroduced in selected areas, but this time do it properly, not as a revenue enhancer, but simply to save lives.

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“The whole idea is to get people to stop running red lights and killing people. If $158 will keep someone from killing someone, I’m all for it.”
Jerry Taylor, Mayor of Boynton Beach
The Sun Sentinel (Florida), Aug. 4, 2015

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“This isn’t about intent, it’s about recklessness. When you see the lights of a school bus, you know there are kids in the road.”
Jonathan Long, Bucks County prosecutor
The Morning Call/Calkins Media (Pennsylvania), Aug. 1, 2015

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“Last year, we recorded more than 160 incidents of drivers blowing by the stop signs on our buses. The cameras that we’re getting will help promote safety and make people aware.”
Rich Casey, Bellevue School District transportation director
KPTM-TV FOX 42 (Nebraska), July 31, 2015

 

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Florida
In Boynton Beach, the number of red-light running violations increased 59.6 percent since the cameras were shut off from issuing tickets in April compared with the same time last year, according to a Boynton Beach Police Department report. Source: The Sun-Sentinel, Aug. 4, 2015.

North Carolina
During the first 27 days of its new red-light safety camera program, the city of Fayetteville reports the issuance of 687 citations from July 8 to Aug. 3. Source: WNCN-TV NBC 17, Aug. 4, 2015.

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