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ATS’ Newsletter Vol 5, Issue 43

October 8th, 2015

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Red-Light Runner Collides with School Bus
WCSC-TV CBS 5 (South Carolina), Oct. 8, 2015

A news release from the Berkeley County School District says a bus transporting students to Berkeley Intermediate and Berkeley Elementary was involved in an accident Thursday morning when a truck ran a red light. All 15 students and the bus driver were checked out at local hospitals. No serious injuries were reported.

Pedestrian Fatalities Decrease 30% in New York City over 2 Years
Newsday (New York), Oct. 7, 2015

The number of people killed walking on city streets has fallen 30 percent in the past two years, city officials said on Tuesday. … Lowered speed limits, along with the use of speed and red-light safety cameras are part of the city’s traffic safety efforts.  Plans are being discussed to relocate 30 of the city’s red light cameras. (Reuters image)

5 New Red-Light Cameras Go Live in Fayetteville
Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), Oct. 6, 2015

Fayetteville launched five red-light cameras in July and five more went live Tuesday, bringing to 10 the number of cameras monitoring eight intersections. Drivers who are snapped running red lights at the intersections will be fined $100 beginning Oct. 13. … More than 2,500 drivers have been caught on camera running red lights since the first cameras went online in July. See related article and video at WNCN-TV NBC 17. (WNCN-TV NBC 17 map)

City Officials Address Rise in Pedestrian Deaths
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri), Oct. 4, 2015

This year, 18 pedestrians have been fatally struck in St. Louis — more than those killed in the previous two years combined. … Pedestrian safety was a topic last week at the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals conference at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital. … St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay reinforced his support for red-light cameras, saying they free up police officers and make intersections safer.

Photo Radar Here to Stay: Quebec Transport Minister
CBC News Canada, Oct. 1, 2015

Quebec’s minister of transport, Robert Poeti, said photo radars and red-light cameras have been effective at reducing road infractions, and their point is not to fatten the government purse. “Since 2009, photo radars have been statistically proven,” Poeti said in a radio interview on Radio-Canada Tuesday. “They have reduced speeding on average by 17 per cent, and we’ve seen a 80 per cent reduction in drivers running red lights.” Poeti’s comments came one day after announcing that four new red-light cameras and one new photo-radar camera would be installed in Laval.


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College Park Issues Nearly 230,000 Speeding Citations
The Diamondback (Maryland), Oct. 4, 2015

College Park has issued 229,177 citations over three years using speed cameras, according to the city’s first-ever report on its speed-monitoring system. (The Diamondback image)


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Cameras on Austin School Buses Will Spot Illegal Passers
Austin American-Statesman (Texas), Oct. 3, 2015

Austin school buses will soon start recording drivers who pass them illegally. The school board is contracting with Arizona-based American Traffic Solution to install school bus stop arm safety cameras on about 300 buses, roughly 60 percent of the fleet. … After a review by Austin school district police, any drivers recorded passing stopped buses will receive a $300 ticket in the mail. Last year’s pilot program found 2,500 drivers passing school buses illegally from April to December. (See related story at Austin Monitor.) (KVUE-TV ABC 24 image)


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ATS_RoadSafety @ATSRoad_Safety The T-Bone intersection crashes caused by red-light runners create the most severe injuries. VIDEO youtube.com/ATSRoadSafety  #StopOnRed

ATS_RoadSafety @ATSRoad_Safety VIDEO #BalHarbour red-light cameras catch #pedestrian near miss & red-light running collision! https://youtu.be/5PkVlF4a7bo #StopOnRed


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Colorado Proposes $30 Congestion Toll near Ski Resort
Bloomberg News, Oct. 6, 2015

Skiers driving to Denver from Vail, Aspen and other resorts beginning in December can use a 13-mile express toll lane carved out of a shoulder on eastbound Interstate 70. The route is estimated to save 30 minutes on a drive that routinely backs up for miles during busy weekends and holidays. … “This is uncharted territory for a toll lane. This is not daytime commute traffic — it’s weekend recreational traffic. It’s a first in the nation,” said Megan Castle, communications manager for the Colorado High-Performance Transportation Enterprise. … Road weary vacationers said they would fork over the higher rates for relief. See related coverage at The Denver Post. (The Denver Post image)

Drivers Saving Time on I-405
Washington State Department of Transportation, Oct. 5, 2015

Drivers are saving an average of 15 to 25 minutes using new express toll lanes along Interstate 405 in Washington. “Overall, last week’s I-405 travel times have been lower than they were a year ago. With falling travel times, traffic volumes have increased by 9 percent compared with volume since October 2015.

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Lets Toll Discount Stand
Staten Island Advance (New York), Oct. 5, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by motorists in four states who challenged the toll discount Staten Island residents receive when they cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The justices on Monday left in place a lower court decision upholding the discounted tolls for borough residents. (Staten Island Advance photo by Bill Lyons)


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Commentary: Stop for School Bus, Ensure Student Safety
Rockford Register Star (Illinois), Oct. 7, 2015

To the driver of the yellow Volkswagen Beetle who blew past my school bus as I was unloading several students on Friday. … You just couldn’t do the right thing and stop behind my school bus with those big giant flashing red lights and two stop signs with several students about to unload from my bus! … A solution is the installation of cameras to the sides of buses to catch these bad drivers.

Commentary: We All Must Learn to Share the Road
Staten Island Live (New York), Oct. 6, 2015

People still continue to die on our roadways. The toll was steep on Monday night, with two Staten Islanders killed after being struck by vehicles within six hours, both on Hylan Boulevard; one of them a pregnant mother of two. …  The road belongs to all of us. It’s easy to demonize motorists when there’s a serious or fatal accident, but it’s up to all of us to follow the law, whether we’re driving, biking or walking.

Letter to the Editor: School Bus Cameras a Great Idea
Austin American-Statesman (Texas), Oct. 7, 2015

I think that equipping school buses with cameras to deter and catch motorists who endanger kids is a great idea.


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“Automated enforcement is incredibly important. You can’t always be everywhere all the time.”
Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation
New York Post, Oct. 7, 2015

“There is no goal for the number of tickets issued. The goal is to slow people down, and we think we’re accomplishing that.”
Bob Ryan, Public Services Director for City of College Park
The Diamondback (Maryland), Oct. 4, 2015


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In New York City, where red-light and speed safety cameras are in use, the number of people killed walking on city streets has fallen 30 percent in the past two years. So far this year, 86 pedestrians have been killed by vehicles, a 15 percent drop from last year when 101 pedestrians were killed and a 30 percent decrease from 2013 when 124 people had been killed. Overall, traffic deaths are down 17 percent this year, from 199 at this point last year to 165 this year. Almost 1,000 fewer pedestrians have been injured as well by vehicles. Source: Newsday, Oct. 7, 2015.