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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 21

May 5th, 2016

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Fixed Speed Cameras Coming to Four Portland Streets
KPTV-TV FOX 12 (Oregon), May 4, 2016

The city of Portland is purchasing unmanned speed cameras to slow drivers down on four of the city’s most dangerous streets. (KPTV-TV FOX 12 image)

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Parents, Lawmakers Want Safety Cameras on School Buses
KDKA-TV CBS 2 (Pennsylvania), May 3, 2016

Cynthia Johnson hopes the Pennsylvania legislature gets House Bill 1249 moving. Johnson, whose 10-year-old daughter was nearly hit by a car speeding around the right side of a stopped school bus, believes school bus safety cameras would act as a deterrent to this dangerous behavior. HB 1249 allows for sensored cameras on school buses that would catch crucial information about the vehicle and driver that pass a stopped bus. (KDKA-TV CBS 2 image)

 

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Pueblo Council Pens Letter of Support for Cameras
Pueblo Chieftain (Colorado), May 4, 2016

In what’s becoming an annual ritual, lawmakers debated the use of automatic traffic cameras again this year before finally passing House Bill 1231, which bans cameras that catch people running red lights. The Pueblo City Council agreed Monday to send a letter to Gov. John Hickenlooper, urging him to stop the legislation again — as he did a year ago. (KOAA-TV NBC 5 image)

Board of Education Backs Red-Light Camera Program
The Daily Reflector (North Carolina), May 3, 2016

After holding a public hearing on Greenville’s proposed red-light camera program, the Pitt County Board of Education voted 6-3 for a resolution supporting statutory changes that would make it possible to implement such a program. … In addition to cracking down on red-light violators, the program would create an additional revenue stream for the school system. According to the state Constitution, “clear proceeds” of fines and forfeitures must go to public schools.

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Full School Bus Hit by Car at Intersection
New Orleans Times-Picayune (Louisiana), April 28, 2016

A school bus carrying 33 students was hit in Marrero when a car slid through a red light, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. None of the injuries to the bus driver or the dozen students appeared to be life-threatening. (WVUE-TV FOX 8/NOLA image)

 

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Mayor Jim Strickland @MayorMemphis Today, I was proud to be part of an event that handed out $26,000 in crime prevention grants to 11 groups. Details: facebook.com/mayormemphis/p  (NOTE: Grant are funded through red-light running fines.)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Question: Why do you think people run red lights? How many red-light runners do you see in a week?  #StopOnRed

 

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ATS Names State, Local Government Solutions General Manager
Marketwatch (National), May 2, 2016

American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is pleased to announce that Liz Caracciolo has been promoted to General Manager of the State and Local Government Solutions Business Unit. Liz joined ATS in December of 2014 and since that time has served as Senior Vice President of Account Management where she was responsible for managing both customer service and customer relationships ensuring our teams delivered on our commitment to enhance safety.

 

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California Pension Fund, Allstate Invest in Indiana Toll Road
The Wall Street Journal (New York), May 4, 2016

The Indiana toll road must soon send its profits to a new place: the nation’s largest pension. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System purchased a 10 percent interest in an infrastructure investment fund that reaps tollway profits along the 157-mile stretch of highway between Illinois and Ohio. … Home and auto insurer Allstate Corp. also purchased a small stake. … Infrastructure is prized because the cash flow is steady and safe, but it’s a scarcely available asset. See related article at realestate.ipe.com.  (Indiana Toll Road website image)

Kentucky Gets E-ZPass Board Membership
WDRB.com (Kentucky), May 4, 2016

Kentucky has met the conditions needed to join the E-ZPass Group’s decision-making board before an April 30 deadline, according to the state’s Transportation Cabinet. Cabinet spokesman Ryan Watts said in an e-mail Tuesday that the state now is a member of the group, whose agencies manage roads and collect tolls in 16 states.

 

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Commentary: Time to Stop Listening to Whiners
Sun-Sentinel (Florida), May 1, 2016

Pembroke Pines is now restarting a scaled down version of its red-light safety camera program. Good for them. Pembroke Pines Commissioner Angelo Castillo said his city’s analysis shows the cameras work. They had a 30 percent overall decline in the number of accidents at intersections with the cameras.

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Editorial: Cameras Go Dark, Crashes Increase
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), May 4, 2016

While the evidence isn’t yet conclusive, it appears that more central Ohioans are getting their cars bashed up or being injured by crashes thanks to state lawmakers who effectively barred cities from using red-light traffic cameras to calm dangerous intersections.

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Letter: Blame Drivers, Not Cameras, for Crashes
Newsday (New York), April 28, 2016

I disagree with the letter “Accidents show that red-light cameras need adjustments.” According to Newsday’s story “Accidents and red-light cameras,” accidents went down overall by 4.2 percent, and accidents also declined at 56 percent of the intersections where the cameras were installed. So, it’s disingenuous to cite the figure that injury accidents increased at 44 of the 100 intersections.

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