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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 39

September 10th, 2015

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New York City Speed Cameras in Place as School Begins
WABC-TV ABC 7 (New York), Sept. 8, 2015

New York City has new tools to keep kids safer as they head back to school. Speed cameras will be in place across the city in hopes of getting drivers to slow down. The majority of the cameras will be stationary, but a few will be roving. As the school year begins, the city announced Tuesday that the full installation of its speed camera program is complete. See related article at Streetsblog NYC. (Streetsblog NYC image by Stephen Miller)

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Bethel Schools Increase Number of School Bus Safety Cameras
KOMO-TV ABC 4 (Washington), Sept. 8, 2015

There are more eyes watching drivers in the Bethel School District this year than last. The district doubled the number of school buses armed with cameras, catching drivers who disobey the law to stop when a bus is picking up or dropping off students.

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Lawmakers Pursue Penalties, Cameras to Stop School Bus Flybys
WGRZ-TV NBC 2 (New York), Sept. 8, 2015

On this first day back to school for many children in Western New York, two local lawmakers spoke about their bills to better protect children getting to and from school. Officials estimate drivers across New York State illegally pass school buses 50,000 times per day. Across the country, that leads to eight deaths per year, on average. State Senators Tim Kennedy and Cathy Young are sponsoring separate bills to address the danger.

Passing Truck Nearly Hits Girl at School Bus Stop
WAWO-TV ABC 9 (Wisconsin), Sept. 4, 2015

One morning on her way to cross the street to her school bus, a passing truck nearly hit Scott Brehm’s daughter. He caught the shocking scene on video two years ago and wants other parents to see it and be alert.

 

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Fatal Collision Re-Ignites Calls for Safety Measures
WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.), Sept. 8, 2015

Some residents are raising concerns about the safety of a road after a tragic crash over the weekend killed the parents of three children. While authorities are still looking into whether speed was a factor in the crash, some residents say speeding is a problem along this road. One speed camera, in place since April, has issued more than 420 tickets. (WJLA-TV ABC 7 image)

Do Speed Cameras Make Roads Safer? Study Says Yes
The Daily Sentinel (Washington, D.C.), Sept. 7, 2015

A new study by the non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is shedding light on the effectiveness of pesky speed cameras, suggesting they may reduce the likelihood of fatal accidents as a result of speeding by up to 19 percent. The study, which also found that speed cameras positively affect long-term driving habits, was funded by the insurance industry and looked into speed camera implementation in Maryland’s Montgomery County.

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Work Zone Photo Radar Speed Enforcement Starts in Oregon
Oregon Department of Transportation, Sept. 4, 2015

The Oregon Department of Transportation and the Portland Police Bureau will address the alarmingly high number of work zone injuries and fatalities with photo radar speed enforcement this week in an Interstate 5 work zone, the first such effort on an interstate highway in Oregon.

 

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Authorities Seek Driver Who Hit Student Near School Bus
The Gadsden Times (Alabama), Sept. 10, 2015

Tuscaloosa police were searching for the suspect in a hit-and-run accident that injured a kindergarten student near a school bus. The bus had stopped to allow children to board when a vehicle swerved around it Wednesday morning. The bus’s signals were flashing and a stop sign had been activated. (School Transportation News image)

Arlington Safety Program Includes School Bus Camera Tickets
Arlington Patch (Virginia), Sept. 4, 2015

As the new school year begins, the Arlington County Police Department will be conducting high-visibility traffic enforcement in and around the school zones throughout Arlington County, according to a news release from police. … As a reminder, Arlington County Public School buses are now equipped with high-resolution cameras on exterior stop arms. See related press release from Arlington Public Schools.

 

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Red-Light Running Crash Causes Rollover
KQEN-Radio 1240 AM (Oregon), Sept. 7, 2015

Two vehicles passing through an intersection in Roseburg collided Sunday afternoon sending one vehicle rolling, according to Roseburg Police. Authorities said one driver ran a red light and crashed into the passing car. Police cited that driver for failure to obey a traffic control device. No one from either vehicle was hurt.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATSRoad_Safety #SchoolZoneSpeedSafetyCameras Keep Kids Safe!

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Scott_Marshall @SafeDriver @ATSRoad_Safety @recordonline The more you know about red light cameras, the more it makes sense. This explains: http://bit.ly/jj1bd4

 

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With Free Lanes in Sight, Drivers Opt for Faster Toll Lanes
Austin American-Statesman (Texas), Sept. 7, 2015

U.S. 290 East, what the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority calls the Manor Expressway, has averaged about 63,350 toll transactions each weekday over the past three months. That’s about 30 percent more than the tolls charged in the same three months of 2014, and 54 percent ahead of the 41,100 transactions a day predicted for 2015 in a 2011 traffic and revenue study done before construction. These expectations are being exceeded even as free non-toll frontage lanes are available. (Austin American-Statesman image by Jay Janner)

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Collectors Vanishing, but Not at Card Sound Bridge
Miami Herald (Florida), Sept. 6, 2015

Since the Card Sound Bridge opened in 1969, the toll has been the same — 50 cents per axle, cash only. The sight of a person inside a tollbooth is becoming increasingly rare. … According to the Florida Department of Transportation, 78 state-run tollbooths have gone from human-operated to automated in the last decade. Today, the state employs 684 toll collectors, down from 1,853 a decade ago — a 63 percent drop. And a proposed transportation plan mandates that toll plazas built on federally funded highways be completely electronic after October 2016. … It’s possible the Card Sound Bridge collectors may meet the same fate as those already phased out. … If automation does come, the tollbooth’s nine employees will be offered other jobs with the county. (Miami Herald image by Charlie Trainor Jr.)

 

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Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Can Do Many Jobs
Times-Herald Record (New York), Sept. 8, 2015

Newburg Mayor Judy Kennedy had three good ideas in one. First, as she said last week, she would like to see the city install cameras to help catch those who go through red lights. In addition, she would like the cameras to do double duty, helping catch speeders as well. Finally, she would like to see the state Legislature ease its grip on local governments and let cities and others decide for themselves if investing in this technology makes sense.

Editorial: Time for Greenville to Launch Red-Light Camera Program
The Daily Reflector (North Carolina), Sept. 7, 2015 

The city of Greenville should reconsider equipping traffic signals at heavily traveled intersections with red-light cameras. … The city laid the groundwork for a red-light camera program a decade ago, but the program was shelved in 2007. … Other North Carolina cities, such as Fayetteville, have since reinstalled red-light cameras in the interest of making their busy streets safer for all motorists. It is beyond time for Greenville to do the same.

 

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“Over time we’ll demonstrate the fact that we are saving lives, and it will be very difficult for my colleagues to reject a program that saves lives. Anybody who stands in the way is going to have to answer to their constituents.”
Deborah Glick, New York State Assembly Member
Streetsblog NYC (New York), Sept. 8, 2015

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“Our message is, to all drivers in New York, at all times and all places, you should be driving at a safe speed. These cameras do protect lives. Speeding is the leading cause of fatal crashes.”
Polly Trottenberg, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner
Streetsblog NYC (New York), Sept. 8, 2015

“If the people in a community have decided that they want to set the speed limit at a certain speed that should be enforced. These cameras are just expanding the deterrent effects of a patrol car to a 24-hour-long cycle.”
John Seibler, visiting legal fellow in the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation
The Daily Signal (Washington, D.C.), Sept. 7, 2015
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A year ago, each school zone speed safety camera in New York City issued an average of 192 violations per day. By last month, that number dropped to 69, the Department of Transportation said, indicating that drivers are slowing down. Source: Streetsblog NYC (New York), Sept. 8, 2015.

 

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