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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 5, Issue 49

November 19th, 2015

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New School Zone Speed Cameras Activated, Issue Warnings
KXLY-TV Channel 4 (Washington), Nov. 16, 2015

Spokane Police turned on several speed zone cameras aimed at reducing speeds and ultimately crashes in school zones on Tuesday. The cameras are set up near Finch and Longfellow elementary schools. They are part of a pilot program to get drivers to slow down. See additional coverage at The Spokesman-Review.

Orlando Could Double Number of Red-Light Cameras
WOFL-TV FOX 35 (Florida), Nov. 16, 2015

Under a new five-year deal with its current vendor, American Traffic Solutions, the city of Orlando could double the number of red-light cameras. The City Council approved the new deal Monday. Officials say they will install up to 30 new red-light cameras, adding to the 14 red-light camera intersections already enforced. See related coverage at Orlando Sentinel and WOFL-TV FOX 35.

Drivers Endangers Students by School Buses in West Virginia
WSAZ-TV Channel 3, Nov. 12, 2015

It’s a problem that continues to put your children’s lives at risk — drivers illegally passing school bus stop arms. Last week, Kanawha County School Transportation officials reviewed additional video of drivers illegally passing buses. In one of the videos, you can see a driver come to a screeching halt to stop for a school bus, barely missing a mother and her young child. (WSAZ-TV Channel 3 image)


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SUV Strikes Little Girl Leaving School Bus
KXKS-Radio 93.7 FM (Louisiana), Nov. 18, 2015

A 5-year-old girl remains in critical condition after being struck by an SUV while getting off the school bus. According to witnesses and evidence collected at the scene, the SUV driver went around another vehicle that was stopped for the bus as the child crossed the street.  (KNOE-TV CBS 8 image by MGN)

5 Hurt When Pickup Collides with Stopped School Bus
Sun Journal (North Carolina), Nov. 16, 2015

A stopped school bus was struck from behind by a pickup truck Monday, injuring four West Craven High School students who were transported to the hospital for minor injuries. … The bus had come to a stop, activating its red flashing lights and stop arm to pick up a student when the pickup driver failed to reduce speed and crashed into it, North Carolina Highway Patrol investigators said. The pickup driver was flown by helicopter to a hospital. (Sun Journal image by Julius T. Ipock Jr.)


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Appeals Court Upholds Ruling to Dismiss Red-Light Camera Lawsuit
Newsday (New York), Nov. 18, 2015

A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by a Bayside woman who claimed that Nassau County shortened the time of yellow traffic lights to generate more revenue from its red-light camera program. The appellate court said the woman’s complaint was “without merit” and that the county and American Traffic Solutions, the Arizona-based firm that runs the red-light camera program, had not violated her right to due process.

Data Shows Injury Crashes Are Down in Chicago’s Child Safety Zones
City of Chicago (Illinois), Nov. 17, 2015

Newly released traffic safety data shows that the number of crashes involving injuries was down significantly in Child Safety Zones that are covered by the City’s Automated Speed Enforcement program. A preliminary analysis indicates that crashes with injuries are down 4 percent citywide when compared with 2012. However an analysis of crash data for the 21 Child Safety Zones where an automated safety camera was installed in 2013 shows that injury crashes have dropped a dramatic 18 percent. View ATS video of Child Safety Zone speeding violations.

ATS, 500 Employees Make New HQs in Mesa
CoStar.com, Nov. 13, 2015

Lincoln Property Co. and Harvard Investments have completed Phase I of the two-building Waypoint office development in Mesa, giving American Traffic Solutions the green light to relocate and consolidate more than 500 employees into a corporate headquarters at the location. See related article at East Valley Tribune.

Red-Light Runner T-Bones Police Car
FlaglerLive.com (Florida), Nov. 12, 2015

Mark Carman, a commander with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, was T-boned but not seriously injured in a crash last week. Authorities cited the other driver with failure to stop at a red light.


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NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Phoenix, Tucson rank among worst cities in the nation for red-light running fatalities. http://bit.ly/1Hr7iFW #stoponred

NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA More than 31,700 people ran a red light over Thanksgiving in 2013 and 31,300 over Christmas break. Drive safely over the holidays.


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Transponder Switch Accompanies Express Lane Expansion
KSTP-TV ABC 5 (Minnesota), Nov. 17, 2015

MnPASS Express Lanes are finally coming to the east metro. The lanes along Interstate 35E are scheduled to open between Little Canada Road and Cayuga Street on Nov. 30. Also, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is phasing out the current transponders in favor of two new options: a sticker tag and a switchable tag.

NY Governor Asks for Toll Evader Crackdown
The Journal News, Nov. 17, 2015

Motorists who consistently evade tolls and fees would see their vehicle registration suspended under a proposed rule put forward Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration. The new regulation targets motorists who rack up five unpaid tolls or fees in an 18-month period. If the rule takes effect, which could happen as soon as January, those who don’t pay off the violations or have them dismissed would see their registration suspended until they do.


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Letter to the Editor: Nevada Needs Red-Light Cameras
Las Vegas Review-Journal (Nevada), Nov. 12, 2015

Why did our supposed representatives ever pass a law prohibiting red-light cameras in this state? Haven’t they read the article claiming that Las Vegas is the fourth-worst city in the nation for red-light runners? Barely a day goes by without a report of another fatality or serious injury accident because someone with no brain cells ran a red light.


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“The easiest thing is just to comply and stop when the light turns red. You get a yellow and then a red, so if you do not run through a red light, you are not going to have any fine.”
Buddy Dyer, Mayor of Orlando
WOFL-TV FOX 35 (Florida), Nov. 16, 2015

“Unsafe speed is the No. 1 cause of serious injuries and deaths across the country and in San Francisco. We need to build an understanding that we have a tool that we can’t currently use. There is a growing awareness at the citizen level that we need to change the way people think about our streets.”
Kate Breen, Government Affairs Director for the Municipal Transportation Agency
SFGate.com (California), Nov. 13, 2015


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The city of Orlando, which began its red-light safety camera program in 2009, reports that intersections where red-light running crashes have occurred have seen a 65 percent reduction in crashes. Source: WOFL-TV FOX 35, Nov. 16, 2015.

An analysis of crash data by the Chicago Department of Transportation for the 21 Child Safety Zones where an automated speed enforcement camera was installed in 2013 shows that injury crashes have dropped a dramatic 18 percent. Source: City of Chicago news release, Nov. 17, 2015.