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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 31

July 14th, 2016


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Alabama Gives Green Light to Exterior School Bus Cameras
WRBL-TV ABC 3, July 13, 2016

It’s a sad reality: Many drivers ignore school bus safety laws. In Alabama, 1,200 to 1,600 drivers illegally pass stopped school buses each day. Now, Alabama has enacted a law that gives school districts the authority to install cameras on the arms of school bus stop signs to record traffic violators. The unblinking camera eye will serve to help police identify and charge reckless drivers. See related article at WALA-TV FOX 10.  (WRBL-TV ABC 3 image)


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Tamarac’s Red-Light Camera Agreement Awaits 4-Year Extension
Sun Sentinel (Florida), July 12, 2016

Tamarac’s program that relies on cameras to catch red-light runners may get a four-year extension. … Tamarac’s contract with its vendor, American Traffic Solutions, is expected to be approved at Wednesday night’s City Commission meeting. It calls for two additional two year extensions. (RSI NOTE: The city council approved the extension Wednesday.) Sun Sentinel image.

There Are Proven Measures to Reduce Fatal Crashes
WKBN-TV Channel 27 (Ohio), July 12, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control, speed and red-light cameras, as well as seat belt enforcement, are among the safety options that help reduce crashes. Lt. Jerad Sutton, Ohio State Highway Patrol, says while most people think drunk driving is the top reason for fatal crashes, it’s really improper lane change, especially when the driver is distracted.

PA. Governor Expected to Approve 10-Year Red-Light Camera Extension
KYW-TV CBS 3 (Philadelphia), July 11, 2016

A spokesman says Governor Wolf is expected to sign a bill on the way to his desk that would extend Philadelphia’s red-light camera program through 2027. Under current law, the red-light camera program covering Philadelphia and other eligible municipalities is set to expire next summer.

Appeals Court Upholds Toledo’s Use of Red-Light Cameras
WSPD-Radio 1370 AM (Ohio), July 8, 2016

The Ohio 6th District Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s decision that the City of Toledo’s use of red-light traffic cameras is constitutional. See related article at Toledo Blade.


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Hardy Toll Road Closes for Conversion to Automated Tolling
Houston Chronicle (Texas), July 12, 2016

Harris County Toll Road Authority officials are closing the toll road at noon Friday for the final stage of converting all toll lanes to electronic tolling. … During the closing, crews will demolish the toll plazas and replace everything with automated toll gantries. Once the Hardy reopens, vehicles must have a transponder such as an EZ TAG or TxTag, No cash tolling booths will be along the road. (Houston Chronicle image by Kirk Wagner)

Toll Bridge Plan Announced for CenterPoint
Crain’s Chicago Business (Illinois), July 11, 2016

The state of Illinois is moving into the private toll bridge business. In a rather unique twist today, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced a deal under which CenterPoint Properties will build a $179 million to $190 million private toll bridge linking Interstate 80 with its huge multimodal facility in Will County. The bridge is expected to alleviate congestion on local roads. Construction could begin next year.


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Letter to the Editor: Photo Radar Not a ‘Cash Cow’
Edmonton Journal (Canada), July 12, 2016

As the parents of David Finkelman, who was killed by a careless driver two years ago, we are tired of hearing speeders complain that photo radar is a “cash cow.” … Edmonton has a serious problem with speed. We are already on our way to a near-record number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads. Complainers, like last week’s letter writer, contribute to this problem.

Letter: Change Driving, Not Shopping Habits
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), July 10, 2016

Regarding the letter from the woman lamenting the fact that she has received four traffic camera tickets at the same intersection while on shopping trips to Amarillo. … Instead of changing shopping habits, perhaps a change in driving habits would be more prudent.

Letter: Time for Speed, Red-Light Cameras in Utah
The Salt Lake Tribune, July 9, 2016

I arrived not long ago for my annual visit to Utah. I soon recalled the wild-west style of driving. There are simple solutions available. They are: require front license plates; install radar speed cameras on I-15, and install red light cameras at problem intersections.



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“You don’t know what a child’s going to do when they get on a school bus or off a school bus. So you need to anticipate that they’re going to do something like run out or walk out in front of traffic. But if you’re doing what you need to do, you can avoid a tragic situation, just by paying attention to your surroundings.”
Jesse Thornton, Corporal with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
WRBL-TV CBS 3 (Alabama), July 13, 2016

“Multi-tasking while driving is a recipe for disaster. Make sure you understand then (that when) you get behind the wheel of a car that your number one focus has to be driving, not texting, not talking on the phone — driving.”
Jerad Sutton, Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieutenant
WKBN -TV Channel 27 (Ohio), July 12, 2016

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“You have nothing to fear with red light cameras, unless you barrel through a red light.”
John Taylor, Pennsylvania State Representative
KYW-TV CBS 3 (Philadelphia), July 11, 2016