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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 8, Issue 1

January 3rd, 2018

2017’s Worst Red-Light Runners
American Traffic Solutions (Arizona), Dec. 28, 2017

“Crashes caused by red-light running can be devastating. We hope that by sharing these videos, we can raise awareness of the dangers and hopefully prevent further crashes, injuries and fatalities caused by red-light running,” said Liz Caracciolo, ATS Safety General Manager. “All of these crashes and near misses could have been avoided if drivers had slowed down and stopped. Every time a driver runs a red light, they not only put their own life, but the lives of others in jeopardy.”

 

Boynton Beach PD gives red light cams thumbs up
CBS 12 (Florida) Dec. 19, 2017

Police say this is exactly why they re-installed the cameras on September 1; they want to keep other drivers safe by holding everyone accountable.

They released video from the red light cameras capturing a car dangerously flying through an intersection. It shows a white car speed through a red light toward incoming traffic. The car swerves and barely misses slamming into other vehicles.

Boynton Beach OKs 23 license plate readers to be spread through city
Palm Beach Post (Florida), Dec  19, 2017

The City Commission signed off on the 23 automated license plate readers. Boynton Beach Police Sgt. Phil Hawkins said the readers will be spread through the city.

National Coalition for Safer Roads Releases Alarming Crash Footage
KCBD (Lubbock, TX) Dec. 26, 2017

Footage from more than a dozen Florida cities serves as a chilling reminder of the dangers of red-light running. Video from intersections across the sunshine state shows the threat red-light runner pose to drivers, riders, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists every day.

City to consider red light cameras
Glendale Star (Arizona), Dec. 28, 2107

After months of research and studies, the city council got closer to accepting red-light cameras at intersections in the city that have had major traffic incidents over the years.

Council listened to a report from Glendale Police Chief Rick St. John about the alternative strategies to try and deter red-light violations and collisions at those intersections identified as major problems.

 St. John said he believes there is evidence that red-light cameras could reduce the number of intersection accidents, but councilmembers discussed exploring options other than cameras.

Speed camera installed at Cromwell Valley Elementary School
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), Dec. 20, 2017

Baltimore County Police activated a new speed camera near Cromwell Valley Elementary School, in Towson, Monday.

The new camera is located at the corner of Providence Road and Southwick Drive, across from the school, police said. For the first 30 days of the camera’s operation, motorists it records exceeding the speed limit by at least 12 mph will receive warnings rather than citations.

 

Cobb renews school bus camera contract that mails tickets to drivers
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA), Dec. 22, 2017

Drivers of Cobb County need to think twice — again.

Commissioners renewed a contract Thursday night for the video system that tickets drivers who improperly pass a school bus.

School district seeks to improve bus safety
ForsythHerald.com (Forsyth County, GA), Dec. 27, 2017

Drivers who pass stopped school buses should expect more consequences this year as Forsyth County steps up efforts to fine violators. Forsyth County Schools say that last year there was an estimated 34,000 instances of a driver passing a school bus with its stop arm extended.

 

 

Boulder Joins Denver In Vision Zero Traffic Fatality Plan
Patch.com (Colorado) Dec. 15, 2017

Each year, more than 3,000 traffic collisions are reported in Boulder, with an average of 60 serious injuries. Last year, Boulder had 7 fatalities. Far more than statistics, these numbers represent lives that are upended, often as a result of an instantaneous decision that could have been prevented.

 

County commissioners renew contract with school district, school bus camera provider
Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) Dec. 22, 2017

“The last 34 school days, I’ve had 99 cars run my bus stop-arm. That’s 99 too many,” Richards said.

After two Cobb school bus drivers urged them to do so, county commissioners Thursday night sped through approval of a contract to resume the use of stop-arm cameras to catch motors who pass buses illegally.

Jimi Richards, who began this year driving a bus in the north Cobb area after 44 years as an over-the-road truck driver, said he was “angry and shocked” his first week of school at the number of drivers who ran his vehicle’s stop sign.

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