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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 4

January 8th, 2015

 

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9-Year-Old Hurt in New Jersey When Driver Ignores School Bus’ Warning Signals
Philly.com, Jan. 7, 2015

A 9-year-old New Jersey boy was seriously injured when he was struck and dragged by a car that ignored his school bus’ warning signals, according to prosecutors. … The accident comes less than a week after an 18-year-old from Bucks County was charged with driving past a school bus stop sign in Bensalem in December, fatally striking a 16-year-old girl. See Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office press release. (The Lakewood Scoop image)

Transit Bus Hits Car Stopped for School Bus
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), Jan. 7, 2015

A Gwinnett County Transit bus rear-ended a Honda Accord Tuesday that had stopped for a school bus on Beaver Ruin Road, leaving about eight passengers complaining of injuries.

Car Strikes Teen Approaching School Bus
The Marion Star (Ohio), Jan. 5, 2015

A 14-year-old River Valley student suffered non-life-threatening injuries when she was struck by a car while crossing Pole Lane Road north of Ohio 95 to get to her school bus this morning, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

With Kids Back in School, Drivers Must Brake4Buses
WNCN-TV NBC 17 (North Carolina), Jan. 5, 2015

Children headed back to school Monday morning and officials across the state of North Carolina want to make sure that drivers pay attention to school buses as they pick up and drop off kids from school.

Child Hit at Bus Stop Recalls Horrifying Moment
WNCN-TV NBC 17 (North Carolina), Jan. 5, 2015

Two children are still recovering after a truck hit them while they were getting on their school bus in Wilson County. … The 10-ten-old boy was knocked unconscious for two days and spent 21 days in the hospital. He had a fractured leg, pelvis, rib and collar bone. His 5-year-old sister had a broken leg and a broken nose.

 

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Report: Florida’s Red-Light Running Crashes Decrease
ITS International, Jan. 6, 2015

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ recently released third annual Red-Light Camera Summary Report analyzed data from 68 police agencies in cities and towns in Florida where red-light safety cameras are deployed, and revealed a decrease in red-light running violations and crashes at intersections with red-light safety cameras. The findings are consistent with results from previous state reports affirming the effectiveness of this important law enforcement tool. Total violations decreased 14 percent from 2013. View original press release. View state report. (Tampa Bay Times photo by Jim Damaske)

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Analysis: Charlotte’s Red-Light Cameras May Have Prevented Serious Wrecks
The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), Jan. 4, 2015

Red-light cameras, removed from Charlotte’s streets in 2006 because of a state court ruling, may have prevented serious wrecks at dangerous intersections, records examined by the Observer showed. The review comes as Fayetteville prepares to reinstall its red-light cameras this summer, saying they help with traffic safety. (WBTV-TV CBS 3/The Charlotte Observer photo)

Red-Light Running Dangerous, Problematic
Ocala Star Banner (Florida), Jan. 4, 2015

Failing to stop at a red light is the “most common cause of all urban crashes,” according to the Federal Highway Administration. In 2013, the most recent complete year of data available, the Florida Highway Patrol issued 122 citations for running a red light, city police agencies issued 259 and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office issued 36. There were 824 cases of red-light running countywide.

Safety, Not Money Drives Capitola’s Red-Light Camera Program
Santa Cruz Sentinel (California), Jan. 4, 2015

Capitola isn’t capitalizing on those red-light cameras. In fact, the city hasn’t made a dime off them. … Where the traffic camera is coming up short in profit for the city, it is making up for in the name of safety. The number of traffic collisions has dropped by more than half on 41st Avenue.

 

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Crashes Drop at 2 Franklin Park Intersections
Franklin Park Herald-Journal (Illinois), Jan. 2, 2015

Crashes decreased at two Franklin Park intersections over a three-year period after red-light enforcement cameras were installed. The improvements show an 11 percent decrease at one intersection and a 54 percent decrease at another. (Franklin Park Herald Journal file photo)

Cities Fight Back Against Anti-Camera Ruling
WIOD-Radio 610 AM (Florida), Dec. 25, 2014 

Cities are fighting back against a ruling on red-light cameras. A state appeals court has ruled the city of Hollywood violated Florida law by relying on a private company to hand out red-light running tickets. A group representing more than 400 cities, towns, and counties filed a brief with the 4th District court of appeal supporting a state law they say gives those governments the authority to let a private company issue red-light running tickets.

Keeping Roads Safe
Denton  Record-Chronicle (Texas), Dec. 23, 2014

City officials in Denton deem the red-light camera program a success and insist they will oppose any legislation that might ban red-light cameras, which are not popular with many citizens who equate them with a Big Brother-like atmosphere.

 

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Police Ticket Driver Doing Donuts Near Speed Radar Van
Boulder Daily Camera (Colorado), Jan. 5, 2015

As a photo radar officer in her van was preparing to go on shift early Monday, she saw a vehicle driving recklessly in a nearby parking lot on 30th Street, according to Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel. Police later ticketed the 52-year-old driver who was seen doing donuts in the parking lot and fled into the police department’s visitors parking lot.

 

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American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is pleased to announce its latest agreements with new and existing clients. The city of Federal Way, Washington, an ATS client since 2008, has signed a new three-year agreement with an optional three-year extension, to continue its red-light and school zone speed safety camera programs. Additionally, Charles County, Maryland, executed a one-year renewal of its road-safety camera program, extending its original 2009 contract. Head Start of Washington County, Maryland, has agreed to implement a CrossingGuard School Bus Stop-Arm Safety Camera Program under the terms of a five-year agreement already in effect between ATS and the Board of County Commissioners of Washington County, Maryland. ATS is honored to work with all of its clients on their road safety camera programs.

 

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USA TODAY @USATODAY  Think before you run that red. pic.twitter.com/D7D9CV7nwi

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety VIDEO: Blatant Red-Light Running Caught on Tape in Miami Springs, FL. #StopOnRed RT if you agree! http://youtu.be/hD94f25NLag?a

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety DHSMV report shows red-light safety cameras are saving lives in #Florida. Watch how dangers red-light… http://youtu.be/we4oJUvAMM4?a

 

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$20 Million Loan OK’d for Tomball Tollway Project
Houston Chronicle (Texas), Jan. 6, 2015

Commissioners Court on Tuesday  approved a loan of up to $20 million from the Harris County Toll Road Authority to its Montgomery County counterpart to help finance construction of the Tomball Tollway. (Houston Chronicle photo by Smiley N. Pool)

Connector Route on Fast Road to Success
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Jan. 3, 2015

For truckers, time means money. And at least some of those hauling freight from Port Tampa Bay are saving time by using the year-old toll road connecting Interstate 4 and the Selmon Expressway. The $420 million connector is saving some of them enough time every two days that they can fit in an extra trip from the port to distribution centers in Polk County and elsewhere.

 

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Commentary: Making New York City’s Streets Safer for Pedestrians
New York Daily News, Jan. 2, 2015

New York City’s record year for safety was no accident, but the result of years of accumulated and hard-won gains. The single biggest change in this year of the pedestrian came not from any public projects, but from the inspiring advocacy of families of people killed by motor vehicles. (New York Daily News photo by Theodore Parisienne)

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Editorial: Pesky Cameras Keep Wilmington’s Streets a Little Safer
Star News Online (North Carolina), Jan. 5, 2015

As a rule, drivers hate red-light cameras. So do some state lawmakers. But cameras such as the 13 that monitor various intersections in Wilmington improve traffic safety and may save lives, and that is reason enough to keep them. … The City Council has found that the benefits outweigh the cost. The city’s streets still see too many mishaps, but those inconvenient cameras do their part to help reduce wrecks, damage and, most important, injuries.

Editorial: Traffic Cameras Have Proved to Save Lives
The Seattle Times (Washington), Dec. 30, 2014

While Auburn recently abandoned its red-light cameras, Seattle has found some success with its own cameras — both in reducing accidents and generating revenue.

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Letter to the Editor: Blaming Law for Accident Is Illogical
Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), Jan. 7, 2015

Forum writer Tom Daoust says the red-light camera caused him to obey the law and therefore caused his accident. Are you kidding? The implication is that if we all ran red lights there would be fewer rear-end collisions. I can only assume that maybe one of his “injuries requiring months of medical attention” was a head injury.

Letter: A New Year’s Resolution for Bainbridge
Inside Bainbridge (Washington), Jan. 3, 2015

With the recent injuries on Bainbridge Island roads, it is time for all of us to make a New Year’s Resolution to make Bainbridge Island streets safer for all. … Remember when you decide to pass a school bus that has stopped to let children out, not only are you breaking the law, but you may be injuring or killing one of your neighbor’s children.

 

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“I think people become aware of where (red-light enforcement cameras) are and start to follow the law in coming to a complete stop. Now they have to come to a complete stop rather than a rolling stop or get a violation.”
Mike Witz, Police Chief of Village of Franklin Park, Illinois
Franklin Park Herald-Journal, Jan. 2, 2014

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“Red-light cameras are one of the many tools in the ‘safety tool box’ to improve traffic safety in our city; and should continue to be used.”
John Davis, Director of Engineering Services for City of Denton
Denton Record-Chronicle (Texas), Dec. 23, 2014


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After red-light cameras were removed in Charlotte, the percentage of accidents that resulted in injury increased from 24 percent with cameras in place to 33 percent without cameras. From 2003 to 2006, no motorists were killed or involved in a life-threatening accident at intersections with cameas. Since the cameras were removed, two people have died and about 20 were seriously injured. Source: Charlotte Observer, Jan. 4, 2015.

Washington
In the eight years since red-light cameras were introduced in Seattle, collisions have declined in 17 of the 20 red-light camera intersections from comparable periods before and after their installations, according to police figures. Source: The Seattle Times, Dec. 30, 2014.

In Bellevue, the number of speeding and red-light camera infractions decreased from 22,798 in 2010 to 11,956 in 2013, according to police. Source: The Seattle Times, Dec. 30, 2014.

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