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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 7, Issue 14

July 6th, 2017

Doral Restarts Red-Light Safety Camera Program
Miami Herald (Florida), July 3, 2017

Cameras were installed at four of Doral’s busiest intersections on July 1. For the first 60 days, drivers will receive a notice — but not a fine — if their vehicle is caught on camera running a red light. Starting Sept. 1, fines will be imposed. “The warning period is intended to give drivers time to adjust to the change in traffic enforcement without incurring a financial penalty,” said Maggie Santos, the city’s spokeswoman. (Miami Herald image by Kurt Strazdins)

Motor Vehicle Crash at Intersection Kills Man
FlaglerLive.com (Florida), July 1, 2017

A Palm Coast man was killed on the afternoon of July 1 in a T-bone crash pitting the front of a Ram pickup against the driver’s door of a Isuzu Rodeo at the intersection of Belle Terre Parkway and Central Avenue. Two other people, a woman and a girl, were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol’s preliminary investigation suggests a red-light runner caused the crash. (FlaglerLive.com image)

Denver Car Thieves Caught on Red-Light Camera
KMGH-TV ABC 7 (Colorado), June 27, 2017

A pair of suspected car thieves apparently can’t help but continue to break the law as they drive around in the ill-gotten vehicle. A red-light camera snapped a picture earlier this month of the two suspects still driving the victim’s car. Police are asking for the public’s help to identify the two suspects.

Waterloo City Council Supports Red-Light Cameras
The Courier (Iowa), June 27, 2017

City Council members have signaled their support for automated traffic cameras to cite motorists who run red lights and speed. Waterloo Safety Services Director Dan Trelka laid out his request on June 26 to install enforcement cameras at high-crash intersections and asked council members if they would support those plans. All six councilmen at the work session nodded in support. Councilman Bruce Jacobs was absent. (See related article at KXEL-Radio 1540 AM)


Running Red Lights Can Be Deadly
KTBC-TV FOX 7 (Texas), June 22, 2017

Elgin Police are hoping a new online video that’s been viewed nearly 14,000 times will remind drivers of the dangers of running red lights. The video caught a minivan entering the busy intersection of U.S. 290 and County Line Road just seconds after a red light. … The video post has gotten 14,000 views and Elgin Police said they want to remind drivers of the dangers that come with running a red light.


Speed Cameras Approved for Washington County
Herald-Mail (Maryland), June 29, 2017

Speed cameras got the green light Tuesday from a majority of the Washington County Board of Commissioners, which approved an ordinance allowing the devices to be set up in school zones. Sheriff Doug Mullendore said it could be several months if not longer before the cameras are operating. He said the cameras would operate year-round from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays.


Bill Allows Cameras to Catch Drivers Illegally Passing School Buses
The News & Observer (North Carolina), June 29, 2017

People who illegally pass a stopped school bus could get a ticket in the mail under a new camera system, an option schools will have under a bill headed to Gov. Roy Cooper. Senate Bill 55 would allow school districts to install cameras on buses or contract with a company that offers the service. … The bill passed the House on June 29 in a 74-33 vote, after passing the Senate months ago. See related article at WFMY-TV CBS 2. (The News & Observer image)

60 Tickets Issued for Illegally Passing Marysville School Buses
KING-TV NBC 5 (Washington), June 29, 2017

Marysville Police have issued 60 tickets for passing a stopped school bus since the program began at the beginning of May. Police issued 47 tickets in May — each one a $419 violation — and 13 tickets in June, through June 19. The last day of school was June 20. Marysville School District installed cameras on its buses to deter drivers from illegally passing school buses that are stopped to pick up and drop off children.  (The Herald image by Ian Terry)

Township Considers School Bus Cameras for Added Student Safety
NorthJersey.com (New Jersey), June 28, 2017

Officials in the township of Rockaway have started researching putting cameras on school buses in response to parents’ concerns over cars speeding by while children are exiting. Councilman Jack Quinn said residents have come to him worried about careless drivers illegally passing school buses that have their stop signs extended. Residents on Fleetwood Drive had to pull their kids back off the road to avoid getting hit, Quinn said. The councilman is not the only one hearing complaints. (NorthJersey.com image by Joe Sarno)

Florida Stiffens Penalty for Illegally Passing School Buses
Cape Coral Daily Breeze, June 27, 2017

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 1239 — the Cameron Mayhew Act — into law on June 26. The legislation stiffens the non-criminal penalties for drivers who fail to stop for a school bus and cause serious bodily injury or death. … Mayhew, 16, was attempting to cross a road in Fort Myers to get on his school bus last year when he was struck by a vehicle that did not stop for the bus.  (The Palm Beach Post/Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office image)



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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety By the minute … In 2014, 29,989 fatal crashes occurred, one every 17.6 minutes, claiming 32,675 lives via NHTSA. Drive safe & #StopOnRed!



Governor Signs Bill Expanding Tolling in West Virginia
The State Journal, June 27, 2017

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 1003 on June 27, giving the state Parkways Authority the power to raise tolls on the West Virginia Turnpike and apply tolls to other roads in the state. The initiative is a key funding component that would help pay off construction bonds. The bill also allows for an $8 E-ZPass that would allow state residents to drive the Turnpike or other future toll roads for free. (The State Journal image by Rusty Marks)

Cashless Tolling’ Coming to Islands, Supervisor Says
The Buffalo News (New York), June 27, 2017

Empire State Development Corp.’s Regional President Sam Hoyt said Gov. Cuomo and New York State Thruway Authority, which maintains the Grand Island bridges and collects the tolls, are committed to bringing high-speed, cashless tolling across the state, including to Grand Island. “(Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray) made it abundantly clear how important cashless tolling is to Grand Island and those of us on the call made it clear (to McMurray) that the governor understands the importance and of his intention to have cashless tolling in New York State as quickly as possible,” Hoyt said. “But it is in process and there are no definitive dates.”


Letter to the Editor: So Little Police Presence
The Gazette (Colorado), June 23, 2017

Wednesday’s letter to the editor of The Gazette by Mary Jo Piccin hits the nail on the head. We need either more traffic police or traffic cameras. We live off Cheyenne Boulevard, west of Cresta Road. It is virtually impossible to make a left turn on Cresta or 8th Street, since many westbound cars speed up as soon as the light turns yellow or red.


“They save lives, they save children’s lives, they save the lives of seniors in particular.”
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, speaking on speed cameras
DNAinfo.com, June 30, 2017

“I just think that to pay a police officer … to sit there and hold a radar gun, in this day and age with the technology we’ve got, I just think that’s a real poor decision.”
Steve Schmitt, Waterloo City Councilman
The Courier (Iowa), June 27, 2017

“The number of serious bodily injuries and fatality accidents on 290 in Elgin has remained at zero for six and half years. And before the implementation of the program it wasn’t like that.”
John Corbett, Elgin Police Lieutenant, on the city’s red-light camera program
KTBC-TV FOX 7 (Texas), June 22, 2017