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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 26

June 9th, 2016


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Vehicle Enters Intersection 8 Seconds into Red-Light Phase
Palm Beach Post (Florida), June 7, 2016

Eight seconds. A traffic light at South Federal Highway and Southeast 23rd Avenue in Boynton Beach was red for 8.3 seconds when a driver drove through it and collided with a vehicle crossing with the green light. (Palm Beach Post/Boynton Beach Police image)

Family, Friends Remember Teen Killed Walking to School Bus
News-Press (Florida), June 4, 2016

Waves of somber students visited Lee Memorial Hospital to honor one of their own, a fellow student who died after being hit by a car while crossing the street to board his stopped school bus. His decision to be an organ donor may save eight lives. See related coverage from WINK-TV CBS 11 and News-Press. (WBBH-TV NBC 2 image)

Top Distractions for Teen Drivers in Crashes May Surprise You
CBS News (New York), June 1, 2016

Startling new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals the disturbing behaviors behind distracted driving among young drivers. View AAA Report here. (CBS News image)


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Intersection Collision Kills Woman on Way to Church
Chicago Sun Times (Illinois), June 7, 2016

The family of a woman killed in a deadly hit-and-run crash over the weekend say she was on her way to church with her husband when a motorist in a white Jaguar allegedly ran through a red light and slammed into the couple’s car. Assistant State’s Attorney Lesley Gool said a red -ight camera captured the driver blowing through the intersection.

Greenville’s Hopes for Camera Program Advance in Legislature
Reflector.com (North Carolina), June 7, 2016

Legislation that will allow the City of Greenville to share proceeds from red-light camera fines is advancing to the Senate following the House’s adoption of the bill Monday night. The city wants to install cameras that will capture images of vehicles running red lights at various intersections. It is believed the program will discourage motorists from running red lights.

Colorado Governor Nixes Ban on Red-Light Cameras
The Pueblo Chieftain, June 2, 2016

Gov. John Hickenlooper should consider pitching for the Colorado Rockies because he struck out the General Assembly for the second year in a row, vetoing  a bill that would block cities from using automatic cameras to catch people running red lights. Pueblo officials breathed a sigh of relief because the city uses the cameras at three busy intersections and the City Council had advised the governor’s office that the cameras have significantly cut the number of severe accidents there. See related coverage from The Denver Post and KUSA-TV NBC 9. (KUSA-TV NBC 9 image)


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ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted  Sgt_Budd @CBSgtBudd Please – Don’t stop on Railroad tracks. You could get a ticket or worse.


ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted  AAA @AAASafety During “100 Deadliest Days,” crash deaths involving teen drivers increase 16% per day! #AAA



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Florida Leads Nation in Toll Roads
Orlando Sentinel, June 6, 2016

Florida has 719 miles of toll roads crisscrossing the state — the most in the nation, according to federal data. And Central Florida is the epicenter. The story of how Orange County became what is likely the toll road capital is largely a question of funding sources for roads. As federal transportation dollars remain anemic, tolls are frequently the local solution. (Orlando Sentinel image by Jacob Langston)

New Tappan Zee Bridge Halfway Done; Old Bridge Gets New Tolls
Times Herald-Record (New York), June 6, 2016

Construction of the new $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge is roughly 50 percent completed. In a progress report Monday, Jamey Barbas, the New York State Thruway Authority’s project director, told the board that the bridge will have the most advanced structural-health-monitoring system in the nation. … Eric Christensen, the authority’s deputy director of operations, said the transition to all-electronic toll collection at the bridge on April 25 has been “very successful” and “better or equal” to expectations. (Times Herald-Record image by Robert G. Breese.)


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Letter to the Editor: Camera Problem? Obey the Law
Newsday (New York), June 6, 2016

Enough of the fighting about red-light cameras. Follow the law and stop! Whether or not a camera is there, yellow means prepare to stop, and red means stop. Driving is a privilege, not a right. Be a good driver, then you won’t have a problem.



“The governor understands that for cities like ours, this is a matter of public safety.”
Steve Nawrocki, Pueblo City Council President, Colorado, on decision to veto red light camera ban
The Pueblo Chieftain, June 3, 2016
Fort Collins started using road safety cameras in 1998. At that time, the speed limit compliance rate was 33 percent. In the nearly 20 years since, the rate has doubled to 66 percent. Source: KUSA-TV NBC 9, June 7, 2016.