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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 9

February 12th, 2015

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Family Makes Emotional Plea for School Bus Safety Cameras
WTVR-TV CBS 6 (Virginia), Feb. 12, 2015

With the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors discussing the possibly installation of stop-arm cameras on school buses to deter vehicles from illegal passes, the Ford family shared their story about when a car hit their son getting off the bus. The boy’s mother, Amy, said those seconds were the most terrifying of her life. (WTVR-TV CBS 6 image)


Run a School Bus Stop Sign, Get a $400 Fine
KIRO-TV CBS 7 (Washington), Feb. 9, 2015

The grace period is over for drivers who pass stopped school buses in the Bethel School District. Now, drivers who break the law and put children on school buses in danger will be slapped with a $400 fine. … During the one-week trial period, school bus stop-arm cameras on five of the buses caught 23 passing violations. See related coverage from KING-TV NBC 5 and The Dispatch(Top image from KIRO-TV CBS 7. Bottom image from KING-TV NBC 5)

Police: Rise in Red-Light Violations Shows New Camera Is in Right Spot
KPIX-TV CBS 5 (California), Feb. 9, 2015

When a new and improved red-light safety camera replaced the one damaged in a hit-and-run crash in Millbrae, average monthly violations went up and prompted questions. San Mateo Police Department spokesman Sgt. Rick Decker, whose agency runs the Millbrae red-light camera program, said  the city scrutinized the data with American Traffic Solutions to be sure the camera was capturing “explicit and obvious violators of the law.” He explained, “There’s a lot of traffic there, BART makes for a lot of foot traffic, a lot of pedestrians. So in fact it’s probably the right place for them to be.”


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Florida’s Decrease in Red-Light Running Sets National Example
WFXU-TV MyFOX, Feb. 12, 2015

This week, AAA released a report stating that more than 36 percent of drivers continue to run red-lights and take risks, despite the fact that 55 percent of the participants said it is a very serious threat and 73 percent acknowledged that running red lights is unacceptable. … The National Coalition for Safer Roads views Florida, which has installed red-light safety cameras throughout the state and has seen significant changes in vehicle-related injuries and fatalities, as an example of how driver behavior can be improved nationwide.

Q&A with Melissa Wandall
YourObserver (Florida), Feb. 11, 2015

Melissa Wandall, who is best known for helping to pass Florida’s Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act, sits down with Your Observer to discuss her daughter’s book, her foundation’s upcoming bereavement camp for children, and the lasting importance of the Wandall Act. She explains that the law is not only curbing the behavior of red-light runners, but is supporting the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and trauma centers in Florida. (Your Observer photo by Pam Eubanks)

Red-Light Running Collision Injures 2
The Coeur d’Alene Press (Idaho), Feb. 10, 2015

Police say the driver of a Mazda failed to stop for a red light and was struck by a Toyota Land Cruiser on U.S. 95 in Hayden on Monday. The collision sent two people to the hospital with injuries.

Survey: Traffic Crashes Touch 1 in 3, but Drivers Remain Risky
Alexandria News (Virginia), Feb. 10, 2015

Recent findings from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s annual survey finds that unsafe behaviors persist even though one in five drivers has been involved in a serious crash, and one in 10 has been seriously injured in a crash. Red-light running is among the dangerous behaviors in the study, which found that more than one-third (36 percent) of drivers admit to running red lights, yet 55 percent say it is a very serious threat and 73 percent say it is completely unacceptable. View the report here.

Fewer Tickets, More Crashes in Modesto
The Modesto Bee (California), Feb. 10, 2015

Motorists who drove too fast or ran red lights in Modesto were less likely to get a ticket last year compared with 2013, but the drop in citations was accompanied by an increased in traffic incidents. … Police Chief Galen Carroll said some of the reasons for the decline in traffic citations include having fewer traffic officers and those officers having to investigate more traffic fatalities. There were 14 such fatalities in 2014, compared with 11 in 2013. He said the investigations are time-consuming. Another factor, he said, was the Police Department’s decision to turn off its red-light camera program. (The Modesto Bee photo by Andy Alfaro)

Mean Streets: Who We Lost, How They Lived
WNYC-Public Radio 93.5 FM (New York), Feb 10, 2015

Back in October 2013, a family close to my family lost their 12-year-old son, Sammy Cohen-Eckstein, to a traffic crash just blocks from my home. For the first time in my life, I understood that the phrase “my heart is breaking” isn’t just a metaphor. It’s the actual way your chest feels when grief hits hard. … Somewhere in the next two months, it became clear that we, as a news organization, also had to do more. Over 250 people a year die in traffic crashes in New York City, and most of these deaths go unacknowledged. We could start to chronicle those deaths, to explain who was dying and why, and in the process, we hoped, give our listeners and readers a greater understanding of what steps could be taken to prevent so many tragic — and often needless — deaths. (WNYC-Public Radio 93.9 FM image by Louise Ma)


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Driver Seriously Hurt in Car-Bus Collision
The Gainesville Sun (Florida), Feb. 12, 2015

A 55-year-old man was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when the car he was driving plowed into the back of a Columbia County school bus, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Officers said the school bus had its warning signals flashing and was preparing to unload students when the crash occurred.

Teen Driver Charged with Hitting Child at Bus Stop
WNCN-TV NBC 17 (North Carolina), Feb. 10, 2015

A Hendersonville teenager has been charged with felony hit and run. Police say  he passed a stopped school bus Tuesday morning and hit a middle school student. … The injured 12-year-old  was taken to Pardee Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.


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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety 91% of Floridians think drivers running red lights is a very serious threat via @AAAFTS Report #StopOnRed

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  @AAAFTS: 1 in 10 drivers in AZ has been seriously injured in a crash, & 1 in 5 has been involved in a serious crash. http://tucsonlocalmedia.com/news/article_5…


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Letter to the Editor: Houston Drivers Run Red Lights too Much
Houston Chronicle (Texas), Feb. 11, 2015

People in Houston are running red lights much too much, which is one reason I voted for the red-light cameras a few years back, and I detest the attitude of those who do not like red-light cameras.

Letter: Delighted with Speed Safety Camera
Brooklyn Daily (New York), Feb. 8, 2015

I was delighted to learn that there is now a speed camera on Shore Parkway near Ocean Parkway. I believe that because of the many accidents on Ocean Parkway, Coney Island Avenue, and Ocean Avenue, all of these avenues should have speed cameras, as well as cameras at traffic lights, to catch drivers who speed through red lights endangering pedestrians and other drivers.


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“How anybody can look at that and not say that those intersections are safer with two-thousand fewer violations — clearly it’s safer! It has to be, because you have two-thousand fewer violations taking place. and that’s a direct result of that camera being there and changing folks’ behavior.”
John Rutherford, Sheriff of Jacksonville, Florida
WJXT-TV Channel 4 (Florida), Feb. 9, 2015

“Those cameras encourage stopping at red lights. Their resolution is great. They slow the cars down, so there are fewer accidents.”
Andrew Wieteska, Police Chief of West Dundee, Illinois
Daily Herald (Illinois), Feb. 9, 2015