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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 6, Issue 1

December 17th, 2015

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Improving Safety on Street Where 17-Year-Old Died Is a Challenge
DNAinfo.com (New York), Dec. 16, 2015

Making safety improvements to a busy intersection where a 17-year-old was recently killed by a hit-run driver is a “challenge” because the streets are routes for both trucks and buses, Andrea Garcia, the borough’s Department of Transportation commissioner said Wednesday. … However, Garcia said the DOT plans to add a mobile red-light camera to the intersection soon. Elected officials also suggested the city could add speed cameras to the area. (WNBC-TV NBC 4 image)

U.S. Appeals Court Affirms Camera Program’s Constitutionality
Marketwatch, Dec. 16, 2015

American Traffic Solutions (ATS) applauds the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s recent summary decision upholding the constitutionality of the operation of the red-light safety camera program in Nassau County and rejecting speculative claims that the program wrongly imposes fines and violates substantive due process rights. “This court’s order aligns with earlier rulings from the 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th and 11th U.S Circuit Courts of Appeals and further validates the legality of red-light safety camera programs,” said George Hittner, General Counsel, American Traffic Solutions.

D.C. Mayor Unveils Plan to End Traffic Deaths
WAMU-Radio 88.5 FM (Washington, D.C.), Dec. 16, 2015

D.C.’s Vision Zero plan has arrived. The 56-page plan to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2024 recommends 68 actions covering the redesign of streets, sidewalks and bike lanes; the comprehensive collection and publication of crash data; and the expansion of the district’s automated traffic enforcement system, based on data that show across-the-board reductions in crashes and injuries in locations where traffic cameras were installed. View plan here(dcvision.com image)

Raising Spending Could Save Money, Lives
CNBC.com, Dec. 14, 2015

An estimated 1,320 motor vehicle-related deaths could be prevented each year — and 225,000 injuries avoided — if federal funding for state traffic safety programs was boosted by just 10 percent and spend where it’s most needed, according to a study released Monday. View study here.

New York City Puts Dent in Traffic Deaths
City Limits, Dec. 14, 2015

Roughly six weeks into his term, Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to address the problem of traffic fatalities by launching Vision Zero, an idealistic plan to eliminate traffic fatalities in New York City. Over the past year and a half, Vision Zero has begun to have a significant impact on the safety of city streets. Although traffic crashes have increased by 1 percent citywide, traffic fatalities decreased approximately 12 percent in January through September 2015 compared with the year before. (The New York Times image by Barton Silverman)

Federal Judge Declares Chicago Red-Light Cameras Constitutional
Cook County Record (Illinois), Dec. 10, 2015

A federal judge has slapped a permanent stop sign on a class action lawsuit against the city of Chicago and the vendors it uses to administer its red-light camera program, as the judge said the city should be allowed under state law and the Illinois and U.S. constitutions to delegate the task of reviewing potential red-light citations to administrators and technicians hired by the vendors.


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School Bus Passing Incidents Decreasing, Still Dangerous
Bellevue Leader (Nebraska), Dec. 16, 2015

Bellevue Public Schools reports 102 school bus passing incidents have been caught this school year since classes began in August, 41 of them by buses with cameras. During the same time frame last year, 148 violators were caught. Currently, the school district is equipping five more buses with school bus stop arm cameras. “Because of these systems and the media attention, Bellevue kids are safer than ever,” said Richard Casey, Bellevue Public Schools director of transportation. (Beatrice Daily Sun image by Chris Dunker)

1 Killed, 2 Hurt in Crash near School Bus
WCCO-TV (Minnesota), Dec. 15, 2015

At least one person was killed in LeSueur County in a crash near a school bus Tuesday morning. KEYC reported that a car was stopped in the southbound lane next to a school bus picking up children. The vehicle was rear-ended by a truck. The collision killed the driver in the stopped vehicle. See related article at WCCO-TV CBS 4.

School District to Put Grant toward School Bus Safety Cameras
News-Journal (Missouri), Dec. 15, 2015

The Mountain Grove School District has been awarded a school safety grant in the amount of $7,895 from the Missouri School Boards Association through its Missouri Center for Education Safety. The funds will be used by the district to install additional stop-arm cameras on their school bus fleet.


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Toll Evaders Face Tougher Penalties in New York City
Newsday (New York), Dec. 14, 2015

Drivers who skip tolls on New York City’s bridges and tunnels would find it increasingly difficult to avoid punishment under an MTA proposal to strengthen toll evasion enforcement, state officials said Monday. The MTA’s new plan would incorporate a proposed New York State regulation to suspend the registration of vehicles that repeatedly evade the payments. See related story at KDKA-TV CBS 2 Pennsylvania. (Newsday image by Uli Seit)

I-70 Traffic Flows Freely as Toll Lane Opens
Clear Creek Courant (Colorado), Dec. 14, 2015

The eastbound peak-period toll lane on Interstate 70 made its long-awaited debut Sunday, and returning skiers found the traffic flow smooth and steady throughout the day. … The lane is designed to provide reliable 40- to 45-mph travel along the 13-mile stretch of I-70 when traffic volume swells. … It is the only non-commuter toll lane in the nation, created specifically for motorists on mountain recreational adventure.

I-95 Express Lanes Turn 1
The Free Lance-Star (Virginia), Dec. 13, 2015

Year one of the Interstate 95 express lanes entered the books on Monday, Dec. 14. Since they opened, the toll lanes have helped move more than 1.1 million vehicles, and usage continues to grow. … And many of those who use the lanes seem to like them. In a survey of 1,700 express lane users conducted in September, 75 percent said they were satisfied. Carpoolers, who can use the lanes for free, really like them, as 86 percent said they were satisfied.


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Commentary: Changing Driver Culture in New York
New York Post, Dec. 13, 2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s action to improve traffic safety is changing the culture of how we think about bad driving. … But City Hall — and Albany — have to do more. Both need to toughen the laws so that driving without a license is like carrying a handgun without a license. Both are deadly instruments. … Albany needs to let us have more red-light cameras. Red-light running is aggressive driving — and it kills.

Commentary: Red Light Cameras: Fix ’em and Use ’em
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Dec. 12, 2015

Red-light cameras are on the creep all over Florida. In Orlando alone, officials just inked a contract to triple the number of cameras spying at intersections. To this I say: Good. I have no problem sticking it to lawbreakers.