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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 6

January 21st, 2016

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Fayetteville Red-Light Cameras to Cut Down on Crashes
Time Warner Cable (North Carolina), Jan. 18, 2016

The city of Fayetteville has handed out about 7,500 tickets since the red-light cameras were installed. The first cameras went online last summer, and now there is an extra set of eyes at nearly a dozen intersections throughout the city. Officials say the cameras could help decrease traffic accidents as well as slow down red-light runners. (Time Warner Cable News image)

 

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New York Mayor Says Vision Zero ‘Is Working’
Politico New York, Jan. 19, 2016

New Yorkers were, on the whole, less likely to die on city streets in 2015 than they were the year before, or maybe ever, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. “2015 was the safest year for everyone on our streets, for cyclists, for motorists and for pedestrians, since 1910,” said de Blasio. (Mayoral Photography Office image by Demestrius Freeman)

Austin Task Force Recommends Officers, Red-Light Cameras
Austin American-Statesman (Texas), Jan. 15, 2016

The city’s Vision Zero task force released a draft action plan Friday suggesting that a large increase in traffic enforcement would prevent traffic deaths after a deadly record-breaking year on Austin’s roads. Recommendations in the report include: more traffic patrols, more prosecutors to take drunken driving cases to trial, and adding 20 new red-light safety cameras.

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Red-Light Runners Rack Up More than 7,000 Tickets in 6 Months
The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), Jan. 15, 2016

Cameras at intersections across Fayetteville have caught 7,423 motorists running red lights in six months, city officials said Thursday. Of the citations given, only 44 appeals have been filed with four being dismissed. Paid citations have garnered roughly $255,000 in revenue as of Dec. 21, with $186,000 benefiting the Cumberland County School System. (The Fayetteville Observer image by Johnny Horne)

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Ottawa Expands Reach of Red-Light Camera Violations
CBC News (Ottawa, Canada), Jan. 9, 2016.

Drivers with a license plate from outside Ontario are no longer anonymous to Ottawa’s 34 red-light cameras — and that could lead to an extra $500,000 in ticketing revenue, the deputy city treasurer estimated. The provincial government changes came into effect Jan. 1, allow Ontario municipalities to send tickets to drivers from other Canadian provinces and U.S. states if they are caught on red-light cameras or fail to stop for school buses. (CBC News image)

 

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Bill Allows Vehicle Owners to be Cited for Stop-Arm Violations
School Bus Fleet, Jan. 15, 2016

The registered owner of a vehicle could be cited for a school bus stop-arm violation even if he or she wasn’t at the wheel, this under a newly proposed bill in South Carolina. … Pupil transportation officials estimate that there are about 45,000 stop-arm violations across the state per school year, or 250 per school day.

 

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IIHS @IIHS_autosafety Bills in CA, GA, MA and PA would add or expand automated enforcement programs.

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ZeroFatalitiesNV @DriveSafeNV If a bus is slowing/stopped it’s illegal to pass on both sides of the road if there is no raised median.#StopOnRedNV

 

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Vehicle Usage Breaks Ohio Turnpike’s 9-Year-Old Record
The Blade (Ohio), Jan. 20, 2016

A record 53.4 million vehicles entered the Ohio Turnpike in 2015, breaking the toll road’s nine-year-old traffic record. … The number of vehicles that used the 241-mile toll road last year marked a 4.1 percent increase over 2014. … Use of electronic tolling, not available on the Ohio Turnpike 10 years ago, also increased last year, with 47.6 percent of car drivers and 82.1 percent of commercial vehicle operators paying their tolls using E-ZPass — both 2.1 percentage points higher than in 2014. (Ohio Department of Transportation image)

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Roads, Rails, Runways All in Expansion Mode
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 18, 2016

Investment and further expansion are in store this year for infrastructure of Central Florida’s planes, trains and automobiles. With the number of Central Florida residents increasing, and the consistent uptick in tourists visiting, the area’s infrastructure and transportation options are facing major overhauls to meet the demand. … Beyond frequent lane shifts and closures, expected milestones this year include: Substantially completing all design for the project, which will feature toll lanes and extensive reconstruction of interchanges.

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Commentary: Colorado’s Construction Danger at Intersections
Snowmass Sun, Jan. 19, 2016

I, for one, am all for red-light cameras around here. I don’t care about the arguments that it is not proven to be an effective deterrent against running red lights. I care even less about the invasion of privacy issues. A Big Brother can be a good friend at times.

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Letter to the Editor: Stop on Red and Save Money
San Jose Mercury News (California), Jan. 17, 2016

State Sen. Jerry Hill’s Senate Bill 681 would lower the find amount only for right-turn-on-red traffic violations, so tickets would be $250 instead of $490. Man, did the idea draw a reaction. I am tired of people whining about red-light fines and cameras. They broke the law and got caught. There is no unfairness in that.

Letter: Right-on-Red Fine Protects Pedestrians
San Jose Mercury News (California), Jan. 17, 2016

As a pedestrian, I totally disagree with SB 681 to lower the fine for failure to stop before proceeding to turn right. Drivers who roll through the light are frequently looking over their left shoulder and never notice the pedestrian on the right. It would take less than 5 seconds to STOP, look left, look right, look left again, then go. It would save a $490 fine plus being sued by the flattened pedestrian for everything you own. Just STOP!

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