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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 6, Issue 34

August 5th, 2016

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ATS Supports National Stop on Red Week

American Traffic Solutions is adding its support to this year’s National Stop on Red Week, which begins Sunday, Aug. 7. Cities and police departments will be participating in this week-long effort dedicated to reminding drivers that running red lights is not a victimless crime. More than half of the fatalities that occur in red-light running crashes are people other than the red-light runner. ATS is proud to add its voice to the many others calling out to remind drivers to slow down on yellow and stop on red. For more information visit the ATS web page here.

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Orlando to Activate 11 Red-Light Safety Cameras
WDBO-Radio 96.5 FM (Florida), Aug. 1, 2016

The city of Orlando plans to turn on 11 red-light cameras this month in an expansion that takes place as cities across Central Florida and the state look to take photo enforcement cameras down. But a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows cities that terminated such programs saw an increase in fatal crashes.  (Orlando Sentinel image by Red Huber)

Police Chief Concerned for Safety with Cameras Turned Off
The Arizona Republic, Aug. 2, 2016

A new state law takes effect this month, banning photo radar cameras from all state highways. But not everyone is convinced it will be in the public’s best interest. El Mirage Police Chief Terry McDonald is convinced that Grand Avenue is more dangerous after the city was forced to shut off its speed safety photo cameras there a few months ago.

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Removing Red-Light Cameras Results in More Deaths
The Pueblo Chieftain (CO), July 31, 2016

When cities remove red-light photo cameras from problem intersections, more people die there, according to a new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The first study of what happens after cities remove red-light cameras found fatal crashes increased 30 percent. The institute has argued for years that red-light cameras reduce the number of crashes and fatal collisions. That was the reason Pueblo installed the cameras at three crash-plagued intersections, starting in 2009. (KOAA-TV NBC 5 image)

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Knoxville Extends Red-Light Camera Agreement
Knoxville News Sentinel (Tennessee), Aug. 3, 2016

Knoxville will extend its current red-light camera contract for 60 days, giving staff time to study a ruling from the Tennessee attorney general to ensure the city complies with state law. “The companies that we work with don’t review the violation. What they’re looking at is raw video to make sure the only video we get is video that could possibly contain a violation. The violation is still determined by the officer who reviews that video,” Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said. (WVLT-TV Channel 8 image)

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School Bus Safety Cameras Help Protect Children
WGCL_TV CBS 46 (Georgia), Aug. 2, 2016

Many school districts, including Cobb County Schools, have installed stop-arm cameras on their buses to record people breaking the law and to send people a citation. … The cameras help provide an extra set of security eyes for school bus drivers who already have a lot they’re watching. (WGCL-TV CBS 46 image)

 

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Drivers Passing School Buses in Georgia Are Warned
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Aug. 1, 2016

In an effort to crack down on violators, some metro Atlanta school districts have installed cameras on school buses to catch motorists in the act. Clayton County, Cobb County, Decatur, Gwinnett County, Marietta and Atlanta are among the school districts that are using school bus cameras that film traffic violations. Fulton County approved a proposal for school bus cameras in March. (WSB-TV Channel 2 image)

 

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With Cameras Gone, Speeding Rises 178%
The Arizona Republic, Aug. 1, 2016

Since the cameras that once captured photos of lead-footed drivers on U.S. 60/Grand Avenue in El Mirage stopped snapping in March, speeding incidents jumped by 178 percent over last year, and collisions in the area tripled.

Speed Cameras Coming to an Oregon Highway Near You
Oregon Public Broadcasting, Aug. 1, 2016

After getting permission from the Oregon Legislature, the city of Portland is putting permanent cameras along high-crash corridors. … The city has 10 high-crash corridors. They make up 3 percent of Portland’s roads but account for more than half of pedestrian fatalities.

 

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Retweeted by ATS_RoadSafety  Don’t Tweet & Drive Why are our brains so attracted to phones that we risk lethal #distracteddrving http://cnn.it/2aT3wrV Sponsored by @ATT #itcanwait

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Retweeted by ATS_RoadSafety  VisionZero Network @VisionZeroNet A very data-y analysis of the effectiveness of #VisionZero in New York (spoiler: it’s working)

 

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Motorists Flock to New Toll/Express Lanes in Alameda County
The Mercury News (California), July 29, 2016

Motorists took nearly 1.9 million trips on Interstate 580’s new express lanes in Alameda County in the first four months the lanes opened to vehicle traffic earlier this year. Volume grew 18 percent from March, the first full month of operation, to May. Carpoolers can use the $345 million project for free, but solo drivers pay an extra toll to use the lane.  (The Mercury News, Bay Area News Group image by Doug Duran)

Tolling Cameras Being Installed on Bridges
Courier-Journal (Indiana), Aug. 4, 2016

Tolling won’t begin until late this year, but drivers may soon notice cameras in place at the north end of the Abraham Lincoln Bridge. The first two cameras are for testing purposes; more cameras will be installed later.

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Transform I-66 Project Gets Official Start
The Connection Newspaper (Virginia), Aug. 2, 2016

After 30 years of talking and planning, work is finally starting on the Transform I-66 project. Eight toll gantries will be installed along I-66 inside the beltway with tolling operations expected to begin in summer 2017. … According to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the revenues collected from the tolling will directly fund local rideshare and public transit alternatives. See related article at WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM.  (Arlington Patch, Virginia Governor’s Twitter Account image)

 

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Editorial: Governor Made Right Call to Support Red-Light Cameras
The Pueblo Chieftain (Colorado), Aug. 3, 2016

We stand by Gov. John Hickenlooper’s decision to veto bills in two recent legislative sessions that would have infringed on local governments’ option of whether to use photo cameras to catch red-light or speeding violations on Colorado streets. He was correct to leave the use of photo traffic cameras to the discretion of local officials. The city of Pueblo has red-light cameras patrolling three crash-plagues intersections.

Editorial: Risks of Removing Red-Light Safety Cameras
Herald-Tribune (Florida), Aug. 3, 2016

Opponents of red-light cameras, which are installed at high-traffic intersections in order to deter and admonish red-light runners, should consider a new report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety before proposing a ban on the systems.

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Letter to the Editor: Don’t Like Speed Cameras? Don’t Speed
The Arizona Republic, Aug. 4, 2016

You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that the way to keep cities from making money from speed cameras is: Don’t speed!

 

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“The red-light enforcement program that we have in Knoxville has been highly successful. We’ve shown huge success in the number of crashes at intersections being reduced as a result of the photo enforcement program. We’ve seen over a 65 percent reduction in crashes at those intersections where we have the cameras, but we’ve also seen overall a decrease in all crashes in our city. So they are hugely successful.”
David Rausch, Police Chief of Knoxville, TN
Knoxville News Sentinel (Tennessee), Aug. 3, 2016

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“We know we have a problem: people dying at signalized intersections because of people running red lights. We know red-light cameras are part of the solution.”
Adrian Lund, President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Herald Tribune (Florida), Aug. 3, 2016

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“I think any time you have posted speed limits and people consistently exceed those by 11 miles per hour or more, you have potential for added property damage, and life-and-death situations.”
Terry McDonald, Police Chief of El Mirage, Arizona
The Arizona Republic, Aug. 2, 2016

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