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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 38

September 3rd, 2015

ATS Urges Safety on the Road This Holiday Weekend

More than 35 million Americans will travel 50 miles or farther this Labor Day weekend, and nearly 9 out of every 10 travelers will be on the road. It’s little wonder Labor Day falls within the most dangerous 100 days of driving in America, and ranks as the second highest summer holiday for red-light running violations. American Traffic Solutions urges all drivers to be careful on the road so that everyone may have a safe and enjoyable holiday. Please, stay alert behind the wheel, avoid distractions, abide by the speed limit and by all means stop on red.

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New Report Could Put Speed Cameras on Fast Track
CBS News (New York), Sept. 2, 2015

A new report could put speed cameras on the fast track. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) believes that if the nation had a speed camera program like Montgomery County, Maryland, 21,000 deaths or serious injuries could be prevented every year. View IIHS research paper. View ATS press release(CBS News image)

Kansas City’s Red-Light Cameras Likely to Return with Changes
KMBC-TV Channel 9 (Missouri), Sept. 2, 2015

Kansas City is considering reinstating its red-light camera program, following a Missouri Supreme Court ruling that struck down laws in St. Louis and two other areas but allowed the camera programs to continue with changes. One of those changes is that a camera must clearly capture the face of the driver and not just the car’s license plate. Red-light violations will also now be considered full moving offenses, with points deducted from the violator’s license.

School Zone Speed Van Issuing Warnings until Sept. 8
KVUE-TV ABC 24 (Texas), Sept. 2, 2015

Two white vans will be parked near Hays County schools this year, marked with signage that the equipment inside is monitoring the speed of other motorists. The program is set up to keep children safe. … “Traffic congestion is growing. We want to get ahead of the curve, and I applaud our Commissioners Court for looking at this and saying we’re not going to be reactive, we’re going to be proactive,” Hays County Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hood said. … During a trial run in Wimberly during summer school, the program caught 71 vehicles speeding. (KVUE-TV ABC 24 image)

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Drivers Endanger Students Near School Buses
Good Morning America, CBS News (New York), Sept. 1, 2015

A startling number of automobile drivers just ignore the rules when driving near school buses, putting children’s lives at risk. … School buses have these flashing stop signs that just come out but for some reason tens of thousands of drivers just keep going. … Maryland bus drivers reported that vehicles illegally passed them 2,796 times. And 83 of those times they were passed on the right side where children get on and off the bus. (ABC News image)


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Why Speed Cameras Should Not Annoy You
East Idaho News, Sept. 1, 2015

Police get it: Speed cameras can be pesky. “Nobody has ever really liked getting a ticket — whether it’s from me or from a camera,” Montgomery County Police Capt. Thomas Didone tells ABC News. But it turns out those cameras can reduce fatal or incapacitating injury crashes by almost 40 percent on roads with speed limits of 35 mph or below, according to a study released Tuesday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  See related coverage from ABC Radio. (KVOA NBC 4 image)

Study: Montgomery County Speed Camera Program a Model for Nation
The Washington Post (District of Columbia), Sept. 1, 2015

The best proof yet that automated speed cameras curtail the urge to speed will be presented Tuesday at a convention in Nashville. The detailed research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety focuses on Montgomery County, Md., which began using speed cameras in 2007. The report says the county’s cameras have reduced by 59 percent the urge to drive more than 10 mph above the speed limit.


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School Zone Speed Cameras Return to Action
The Daily News (Washington), Aug. 31, 2015

Drivers passing through six Longview school zones have two choices: Drive 20 mph or less, or pay $124. School-zone speed cameras will resume nabbing speeding with the start of classes on Sept. 2. (The Daily News image by Roger Werth)


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Driver Cited in School Bus Crash
Lake News Online (Missouri), Sept. 2, 2015

The driver of a pickup truck that rear-ended a school bus in Eldon Monday and sent five children to the hospital with minor injuries has been cited for careless and imprudent driving. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the 53-year-old driver failed to stop for the school bus, which was stationary as it was preparing to discharge students.


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Newburgh Mayor Wants Road Safety Cameras
Mid-Hudson News (New York), Sept. 3, 2015

Any municipality in New York that would like to establish red-light cameras must secure state legislative approval. In the city of Newburgh, the issue has been discussed for the last couple of years and Mayor Judy Kennedy said she would like to see them not just for traffic light enforcement but for speeding as well. (WNYT-TV NBC 13 image)

Wallkill Will Try for Red-Light Cameras in New Year
Mid-Hudson News (New York), Aug. 31, 2015

Efforts to have the state legislature approve red-light cameras for the Route 211 shopping center district in the Town of Wallkill will resume next January. If approved in Albany, the Wallkill plan would start with two cameras and go up to four.

Tamarac Brings Back Its Red-Light Cameras
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Aug. 31, 2015

Tamarac’s red-light camera program is back. Last week, city officials approved an amended agreement with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) that allows the city to turn back on the red-light cameras that were switched off in May this year in the aftermath of the Fourth District Court of Appeals in West Palm Beach ruling that Hollywood had outsourced too much of its red-light camera program to a private company. Assistant City Attorney Shana Bridgeman said the city will continue to assert in court that its program is different from the one that was in existence in Hollywood.

Murfreesboro Extends Agreement with ATS
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), Aug. 28, 2015

The City Council agreed to extend its red-light camera contract through March 10, 2016, after learning that crashes have declined. “Make no mistake about it gentlemen, the system is working,” Murfreesboro Police Chief Glenn Chrisman told the council.


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IIHS @IIHS_autosafety How speed cameras could dramatically cut road deaths in the US. http://ht.ly/RERqm

NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Last year, there were 35,118 red-light running violations during #LaborDay weekend. http://bit.ly/1Htew8z #BuckleUp

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Illinois Tollway to Collect Tolls on I-90 Exit
Daily Chronicle, Sept. 1, 2015

Drivers will start paying to exit Interstate 90 to reach Belvidere and Genoa later this month. Tolls will be collected at the Genoa Road exit off I-90 beginning Sept. 14 as the $16 million Genoa Road Interchange project comes to a close. Toll plazas will provide an I-Pass or Pay Online lane and a coin machine. (Illinois Tollway image)

Toll Authority to Survey Cash-Paying Customers
The Spring Observer (Texas), Aug. 30, 2015

As the Harris County Toll Road Authority moves toward converting the Houston Ship Channel Bridge plaza and the Hardy Toll Road to all-electronic tolling, it is seeking to better understand cash users’ preferences and reasons for not using an EZ TAG.

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Commentary: Be Watchful Around School Buses
The Free Press/Kinston.com (North Carolina), Aug. 31, 2015 

If we look carefully at the statistics, we find school buses are one of the safest forms of transportation. In fact, a 2008 study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that of all fatal crashes since 1998, only 1,409 were school-related crashes, less than one-half of 1 percent of all fatalities. But despite that reassuring statistic, the fact is every person who dies is 100 percent dead. When the victim is a child, we move from sadness and regret to a genuine sense of tragedy.

Commentary: Speed Camera Saga Continues
The Daily News (Washington), Aug. 30, 2015

The city of Longview is in its fourth year of a photo enforcement program aimed at slowing drivers in school zones.  …. Since the start of the program, the police department has seen a positive change in driver behavior with less speeding by adult drivers. Could this possibly be due to the fact that the resulting fine lets people know the city is serious about student and pedestrian safety?

Editorial: Students’ Safety Depends on Drivers’ Smarts
Staten Island Advance (New York), Sept. 1, 2015

Caution is what’s required to protect school kids, who as often as not don’t look both ways while crossing streets. Remember, it’s against state law to pass a stopped school bus while it’s loading or unloading passengers. But too many drivers here and elsewhere don’t care.

Letter to the Editor: Abide by Traffic Laws to Avoid Tickets
Sioux Falls Argus Leader (South Dakota), Sept. 1, 2015

I would like to address the so-called problem of Iowa speed cameras focused on in a recent Argus Leader article. … Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s office is now considering options to deal with this “problem?” How about advising motorists to obey the traffic laws of the state they are driving in.

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“I have lived in three other states that use cameras to regulate traffic. It has been well, well documented that it does a great job.”
Judy Kennedy, Mayor of Newburgh, N.Y.
Mid-Hudson News (New York), Sept. 3, 2015

“If you have sustained, saturated enforcement, consistently over time, it will effectively change behavior. Random enforcement doesn’t do anything but just issue tickets.”
Thomas Didone, Montgomery County Police Captain
CBS News (Maryland), Sept. 2, 2015

“(Hitting a child) at a higher rate of speed has a greater likelihood of injury and death. Therefore, this program is not about driver’s intentions; it is about reducing risk to our youth near the schools by reducing the speed of vehicles traveling through school zones.”
Jim Duscha, Police Chief of the Longview Police Department
The Daily News (Washington), Aug. 31, 2015

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The city of Staten Island issued 32 summonses in April to drivers who were alleged to have passed stopped school buses. The one-month totals, were higher in the more populous boroughts: Manhattan, 237; Brooklyn, 201; the Bronx, 186 and Queens, 123. Source: Staten Island Advance (New York), Sept. 1, 2015.

According to Murfreesboro Police Chief Glenn Chrisman, the city had 628 fewer crashes at 149 intersections in the 2014-15 fiscal year than in 2007-08 at 122 intersections before the city started its red-light camera enforcement. The total was 1,692 crashes the year before the red-light cameras started, and the total was 1,064 last year. Source: Daily News Journal (Tennessee), Aug. 28, 2015.