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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 6, Issue 12

March 3rd, 2016

March is Red-Light Running Awareness Month in Arizona

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that Arizona’s Governor has declared March to be Red-Light Running Awareness Month in the state. The proclamation, which encourages residents to do all they can to stop red light running, was presented to the nonprofit Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance, which is dedicated to significantly reducing red-light running everywhere. Few may realize that Arizona ranks as the fourth-highest state in the nation for red-light running fatalities with 153 lives lost during the five-year period ending in 2014.

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School Bus Safety Hazards from Drivers Cross District Lines
WKTV-TV NBC 2 (New York) March 2, 2016

The numbers don’t lie. According to the New York Association of Pupil Transportation, tens of thousands of drivers ignore the rules of the road and drive right past stopped school buses, putting students in danger. Right now, legislation is making its way through Albany that would put high definition cameras on the stop signs of the bus, catching violators in the act. (WKTV-TV NBC 2 image)

Mom Adds Voice to Call for Greater Student Safety at Buses
WOWT-TV CBS 13 (West Virginia), March 2, 2016

When drivers in West Virginia are convicted of illegally passing a school bus, they face the possibility of fines and/or jail time in addition to license suspension. The key word, however, is “when.” Since the start of the 2015-16 academic school year, Kanawha County Schools’ Department of Transportation estimates thousands of drivers have illegally passed their school buses. Only 60 have received citations, according to Kanawha County Municipal Court, and the district’s DOT can count on one hand the number of times a citation has ended in a conviction.

Red-Light Camera Captures Double Trouble in Boynton Beach
Palm Beach Post (Florida), Feb. 25, 2016

Boynton Beach police posted another video on Facebook on Wednesday that shows a driver running a red light. Actually, this time, there are two drivers who run red lights. Both owners of cars were sent notices of violation. Take a look.

Artist Paralyzed after Driver Runs Red Light
WOFL-TV FOX 35 (Florida), Feb. 19, 2016

Not long ago, Joe Latimer’s life changed radically because a driver did not stop at a red light. Up until that moment, the Orlando artist moved easily through life, coloring the world with his own vivid and imaginative brush strokes. That’s all changed. Now, Latimer is relearning simple body movements that before the crash came so easily. Here is his story. (WOFL-TV FOX 35 image)


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Red-Light Cameras Doing Their Job in Albany
WRVE-Radio 99.5 FM (New York), March 1, 2016

Albany Police have issued a couple of reports that say the red light cameras are doing their job. Authorities say one of their main concerns was rear-end collisions, and while there were 16 during the last three months of 2015, police say only one was attributed to the cameras. Also, there were only eight right-angle crashes during the final quarter of 2015 at the 20 intersections with red-light safety cameras. (WNYT-TV NBC 13 image)

Study Finds Most U.S. Drivers Oppose Speeding, Red-Light Running
AAA Foundation, February 2016

In its latest look at driver behavior in the United States, researchers for AAA Foundation found 93.5 percent of drivers say it is unacceptable to drive through a traffic light that just turned red when they could have stopped safely, however, more than 1 in 3 drivers (38.7 percent) admit running the red light in the past month. Drivers also disapprove of speeding, but while 88.6 percent disapprove of speeding on a residential street, nearly half of drivers (45 percent) say they have done so in the past month. (AAA Foundation image)

Arizona Senate Rejects Requiring Vote for Cities to Use Road Cameras
KJZZ Radio 91.5 FM (Arizona), March 1, 2016

The Arizona Senate has voted to reject a bill requiring cities and towns to get voter approval if they want to use photo radar or red light enforcement. Senate Bill 1520 failed on a 13-17 vote Monday, but could return under rules allowing a second vote.

Council in Favor of Renewing Red-Light Safety Camera Program
Santa Rosa’s Press Gazette (Florida), March 1, 2016

It seems the Milton red-light cameras are here to stay. The Milton City Council is closer to renewing an agreement with American Traffic Solutions in operating red-light traffic cameras within city limits. A unanimous vote from this week’s executive committee meeting will take the item before next week’s regular council meeting as part of the consent agenda.


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9-Year-Old Struck by Vehicle at Bus Stop
Bay News 9 Now (Florida), March 2, 2016

A 9-year-old Brooksville girl was airlifted to a Tampa hospital Wednesday morning after she was struck by an SUV at a school bus stop. The girl suffered what are described as minor injuries by the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash occurred as an approaching driver lost control of her SUV as she tried to stop for a school bus picking up students. (WTSP-TV Channel 10 image)

Legislature to OK Ticketing for Those Passing School Buses
InsideNOVA.com (Virginia), March 2, 2016

Arlington officials this summer will regain the ability to mail out summonses for those caught on camera passing stopped school buses. A number of General Assembly members introduced bills on the subject this session.

Proponents of Gabby’s Law Not Happy with Amendment Removing Cameras
WFSU-Radio 88.9/89.1 FM (Florida), Feb. 29, 2016

A bill that enhances the penalties for passing a stopped school bus is heading to the Senate floor, after passing its last committee Monday. But, proponents of “Gabby’s Law,” which raises the penalty for drivers passing a stopped school bus on the passenger door side, aren’t happy with a change to the original bill that removes the use of school bus safety cameras.  (WKMG-TV Channel 6 image)

Cops Crack Down on School Bus Laws
WFMY-TV CBS 2 (North Carolina), Feb. 26, 2016

Police in Greensboro say scary wrecks that happen around school zones are a reminder of how dangerous it can be for children getting on and off school buses. Officer JB Prince with the Greensboro Police Department says cops are cracking down on those who violate the laws. The department has anywhere from four to 10 officers who patrol up to five times per school year to keep kids safe.


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Toll Dodgers Answer to Florida Authorities
Inside Edition, March 2, 2016

Some drivers are going to outrageous lengths to avoid paying tolls, which cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue every year. To see how people are cheating the tolls, Inside Edition hit the road with the Florida Highway Patrol. (Inside Edition image)

Colorado Announces Next Round of U.S. 36 Tolling
KUSA-TV NBC 9, Feb. 29, 2016

The Colorado Department of Transportation is ready for the next phase of U.S. 36 toll lanes. CDOT will not start charging until sometime in March. As for the other toll lanes, CDOT says it has seen increased speeds and more consistent travel times throughout the first phase, which is good news for commuters.


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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Runners Are Complaining Law Breakers
Herald-Tribune (Florida), Feb. 27, 2016

This controversy over red-light cameras provides me with continuing amusement! The basic fact is those who are ticketed are breaking the law! … If there was a police vehicle hidden at each intersection and the officer saw the red-light runners, the same group of complainers would still be here, with the same tired complaints!



“I can tell you anecdotally I drive more carefully now and I hear from other residents that now that these cameras are here, how much slower people are approaching intersections.”
Leah Golby, 10th Ward Representative on Albany Common Council
WRGB-TV CBS 6 (New York), March 2, 2016

“From the law-enforcement community’s standpoint, we want to encourage motorists that they should drive anytime around a school bus as if their child’s life depends on how they drive.”
JB Price, Officer with the Greensboro Police Department
WFMY-TV CBS 2 (North Carolina), Feb. 26, 2016