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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 5, Issue 15

March 26th, 2015 Comments off

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Red-Light Running Awareness Month is coming to a close in Arizona, but the need to share the message to stop on red never ends. American Traffic Solutions (ATS) encourages drivers to obey all traffic laws and to be especially attentive near intersections. Last year, 696 people were killed and an estimated 129,000 were injured in red-light running collisions across the county. These tragedies can be prevented. To spread the message to stop on red through social media channels visit the ATS Facebook page. Drive safely.

 

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Teen Hit Trying to Board School Bus; Arrest Made
WFMY-TV Channel 2 (North Carolina), March 26, 2015

Authorities have arrested a driver in a hit-and-run incident that injured a teen, who was sent to a nearby medical center. The early morning collision occurred as the teen crossed the street to board his school bus in Caswell County. The bus was stopped with its stop-arm extended and stop lights flashing.

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School Bus Safety Camera Considerations Advance in Austin
KTBC-TV FOX 7 (Texas), March 24, 2015

The Austin School District is moving forward with a plan to put traffic enforcement cameras on school buses. The decision comes as a middle school student recovers from being run down by a car this month after she got off her school bus.  A study presented to the Austin School District last year clearly shows the threat is larger than one child. A 30-camera pilot program with American Traffic Solutions documented more than 1,400 violations between August and December. (KTBC-TV FOX 7 image)

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Transportation Advocates Speak Up for Road Safety
WMAQ-TV NBC 5 (Illinois), March 24, 2015

Transportation advocates in Chicago hope to put the brakes on red-light camera opposition. Saying that victims of traffic crashes are being forgotten in the debate over traffic safety and red-light cameras, the Active Transportation Alliance called on officials to assess photo enforcement and other safety strategies in the city by implementing a “Vision Zero” strategy, which is guided by the idea that no loss of life on streets is acceptable and photo enforcement helps prevent such crashes. (WFLD-TV FOX 32 image)

Van Runs Red Light, Strikes Collier County School Bus
WBBH-TV NBC 2 (Florida), March 24, 2015

No one was seriously injured when a van slammed into a Collier County school bus early Tuesday morning. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the van ran a red light and hit the bus, which was not carrying any children.

School Bus, Pickup Truck Collide in Intersection in Wisconsin
Battle Creek Enquirer (Michigan), March 24, 2015

According to the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office, a Gull Lake Community School bus collided with a pickup truck early Tuesday. The collision occurred as the pickup drove through a red light. There were no injuries.

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Judge Blocks Ohio’s New Law on Photo Enforcement
Northeast Ohio Media Group/Cleveland.com, March 24, 2015

A Lucas County judge has issued a preliminary injunction blocking new restrictions on Ohio traffic cameras from taking effect. Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Dean Mandros, in an opinion issued Sunday, granted the city of Toledo’s request to delay Senate Bill 342, agreeing that it violates the city’s home-rule authority. See related article in The Review and City of Toledo’s press release.

 

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$17,000 Plus Raised for Boy Hit by Pickup on Way to School Bus
MLive.com (Michigan), March 25, 2015

More than $17,000 in donations and well wishes from across the country have poured in for a 12-year-old boy as he recovers from injuries he suffered when he was struck by a truck while trying to get on the school bus. A statement from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office said the school bus had flashing lights and a stop sign activated at the time of the collision. See related coverage from WWTV-TV Channels 9 & 10. (MLive.com photo by Ben Raven)

Car Driver Hurt in Crash with School Bus
WBAY-TV ABC 2 (Wisconsin), March 24, 2015

Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office says the driver of a car that rear-ended a school bus in east-central Wisconsin has been seriously injured. The crash occurred after the bus stopped on Highway 54 to pick up a student Tuesday morning. No students were hurt.

Police Ride School Buses, Ticket 24 Motorists
Kearney Hub (Nebraska), March 24, 2015

Kearney Police issued 24 citations to motorists for allegedly neglecting school bus stop arm signals in the community. During the selective enforcement period between March 9 and March 20, uniform officers sometimes rode on buses then radioed any violations to street officers in the area. Overtime hours for the enforcement were paid from a grant of up to $5,000 from the Office of Highway Safety. Each motorist faces a fine of up to $500.

 

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Enforcement Time Changes at School Zone
Lake Forest Park (Washington), March 24, 2015

The operational period for the school zone traffic safety enforcement camera system in Lake Forest Park has changed. New times are now Monday through Friday 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m. at all locations. This change comes as a result of a citizen survey last summer.

 

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Takoma Park to Buy Police Vehicles with Speed Camera Funds
Gazette (Maryland), March 25, 2015

The Takoma Park City Council soon will start reviewing the fiscal 2016 budget, but on Monday dealt with some issues on this year’s budget, unanimously approving several modifications including $72,100 in expenses from the speed camera fund to purchase police vehicles.

 

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American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is honored to introduce its two new clients: Atlanta Independent School System, in Georgia, and the city of Fayetteville, North Carolina. ATS will provide Fayetteville with a red-light safety camera program in accordance with the terms of their five-year agreement. In its partnership with Atlanta Public Schools, ATS will provide a school bus stop arm safety camera program. The agreement carries an initial term of five years. Additionally, ATS is pleased to announce a new agreement with the city of Akron, Ohio, that extends the city’s speed safety camera program for three successive one-year terms, and continues a partnership that began in 2009. ATS is honored to welcome its new clients and to have its current clients choose to continue their partnerships. ATS is excited to begin working with Atlanta Public Schools and the city of Fayetteville, and to continue working with the city of Akron and all of its clients to meet their road safety goals.

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Understanding New Flex Pass Is a Must for Puget Sound Drivers
KIRO-Radio 97.3 FM/MyNorthwest.com (Washington), March 24, 2015

It’s clunky and will take some getting used to, but the state believes drivers will easily adapt to the new Good To Go “Flex Pass” that will be required to get a free ride in the new Express Toll Lanes on I-405. …  Drivers will need a Flex Pass to ride in the HOV lane for free once the lanes open later this year. State Tolling Director Craig Stone said drivers need to start getting up to speed on how this is going to work. See related article in The Seattle Times. (KIRO-Radio 97.3 FM photo by Chris Sullivan)

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Toll Collector Still on the Job 50 Years Later
The Record/NorthJersey.com (New Jersey), March 23, 2015

After her first eight hours as a Port Authority toll collector, on March 22, 1965, Elizabeth Branch didn’t know if she could survive another shift. She was assigned to the George Washington Bridge truck lane, which meant figuring in her head the toll for each tractor-trailer. Traffic got so backed up, Branch started asking the truckers how much money she should charge. She did return to work the next day, and the day after. Fifty years later, Branch figures, why quit now? (The Record/NorthJersey.com photo by Kevin R. Wexler)

Toll Lane Idea for Mass. Route 3 Gains Traction
The Patriot Ledger (Massachusetts), March 21, 2015

Two years after it started as an unsolicited proposal from a Quincy lawyer, the idea of building an express toll lane down the middle of Route 3 is receiving increasingly serious consideration from state officials. The state Department of Transportation has assembled a team to evaluate concepts for the project, which would be built and operated by private developers, and has initiated plans to gauge local support for the proposal.

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Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Save Lives; Keep Them
The Virginian-Pilot (Virginia), March 24, 2015

Police officers, traffic engineers and other local officials have long promoted the benefits of photo red systems. Officials in Virginia Beach now have the statistics to back that up. A five-year study found fewer crashes occurred at intersections using the cameras than before the cameras were activated. Citations have also dropped. Nothing like a hole in the wallet to prod behavior.

Commentary: Green Light for Red Light Cameras
USA Today, March 21, 2015

This nation’s appetite for technology is insatiable, and an unprecedented era of innovation has revolutionized how we live in less than a generation. From the smart phone and Wi-Fi in the tech world, to the mapping of the human genome and lifesaving drugs in the medical world, these advances help us to live better and longer lives. So it’s puzzling when a lifesaving technology arrives, is proven to be effective but then has the plug pulled on it without justification. Such is the case today with red-light safety cameras in communities across the nation.

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Editorial: Analysis Shows Photo Enforcement Cameras Work
Muscatine Journal (Iowa), March 26, 2015

The Iowa Department of Transportation passed judgment on traffic cameras deployed by six Iowa communities and the verdict is clear: According to the DOT analysis, traffic cameras work. … The report issued last Tuesday showed effective use of more than two-thirds of the state’s traffic cameras. … There will always be concerns that any enforcement — automated or otherwise — can be driven by revenue. This first study confirms verifiable safety improvements across Iowa from the camera enforcement launched more than a decade ago.

Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Are Key to Safety
The News and Advance (Virginia), March 24, 2015

The numbers are in from a Virginia Beach Police Department study of traffic data from intersections with red-light cameras: Lives are saved, and safety is increased. That’s the upshot of a five-year study. The data would indicate that red-light cameras, intended to cut yellow-light pushing and red-light running, are something any Virginia locality seriously interested in improving highway safety should consider.

 

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“The real victims in this debate are being forgotten. The real victims are the nearly 21,000 people significantly injured or killed in traffic crashes each year in Chicago.”
Ron Burke, Executive Director of the Active Transportation Alliance
WMAQ-TV NBC 5, March 24, 2015

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Traffic violations in the city of Toledo have dropped by 50 to 60 percent overall since red-light safety cameras were installed. Source: Northeast Ohio Media Group/Cleveland.com, March 24, 2015.

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Data in study recently released by the Virginia Police Department shows a decrease in crashes at intersections with red-light cameras in the city. Crashes decreased 12 percent in the three years after cameras were installed as opposed to the three years before installation. Serious, and often, fatal T-bone collisions decreased almost 16 percent. Source: The News and Advance (Virginia), March 24, 2015.

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Arizona designates March as Red-Light Running Awareness Month, but the message to stop on red is appropriate at all times for all places. American Traffic Solutions (ATS) encourages drivers to obey all traffic laws and to be especially attentive near intersections. Last year, 696 people were killed and an estimated 129,000 were injured in red-light running collisions across the county. These tragedies can be prevented. To spread the message to stop on red through social media channels visit the ATS Facebook page. Drive safely.

 

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8 Injured in Red-Light Running Collision
Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, March 19, 2015

Seven high school students were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a crash involving a bus and a pickup truck on Thursday in Kenosha, according to police.  The collision occurred as the bus crossed 52nd Street and the pickup truck ran the red light. One passenger in the pickup truck was injured and taken to the hospital.

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Columbus Will Fight to Keep Using Red-Light Cameras
This Week Community News (Ohio), March 18, 2015

Columbus city officials say they plan to file a lawsuit seeking to repeal Ohio Senate Bill 342, which effectively ends the use of red-light cameras. Columbus joins the cities of Akron, Dayton and Toledo, which have filed similar suits in their respective counties. (Northeast Ohio Media Group / Cleveland.com photo)

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3 Photo Radar Bills Fail in Arizona Senate
The Arizona Republic, March 18, 2015

The last of three photo radar bills being considered this year by the Arizona Legislature has failed to advance in a Senate Committee. Rep. J.D. Mesnard’s House Bill 2221 would have prevented license suspensions because of a missed photo radar court date. Two much broader bills previously failed. The full Senate rejected an outright ban on photo radar last month, and a House committee rejected a bill requiring police officers to review every photo radar ticket.

Suburban Runs Red Light, Crashes into School Bus
WFAA-TV ABC 8 (Texas), March 18, 2015

A speeding SUV ran a red light and crashed into a Fort Worth school bus Wednesday morning sending both drivers to the hospital, Fort Worth police said. One 12-year-old student was also on the bus, but was not injured.

Wallkill’s Red-Light Camera Plan Moves Forward
Mid-Hudson News (New York), March 14, 2015

A plan to install red-light cameras at key intersections along busy Route 211 in the shopping center district of the Town of Wallkill appears to be moving forward. Most of those who spoke about the cameras at a recent public session were in favor of them.

Boynton to Go to Court to Defend Red-Light Camera Use
Palm Beach Post (Florida), March 13, 2015

Over the past few months, several municipalities have stopped enforcing red-light camera programs after an appeals court decided Hollywood’s operation violated state law. Boynton Beach, however, has stuck it out and the city’s attorneys are prepared to tell a judge in April that the city has a different process than the others.

Fewer Crashes with Red-Light Cameras
Bremerton Patriot (Washington), March 13, 2015

This week, Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent released motor vehicle crash statistics from five intersections with red-light cameras in response to criticism by Councilwoman Leslie Daugs, who claimed the cameras will soon cost the city money.  Numbers at the five locations show a drop in total collisions from 53 in 2010 to 38 in 2012.

 

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Minnesota School Bus Safety Bill Is for Protection
KTSP-TV and WDAY-TV ABC 6, March 19, 201

Former school teacher, now Republican lawmaker, Rep. Dean Urdahl, of Grove city filed a bill to increase fines and penalities for drivers who pass or attempt to pass the school bus in a motor vehicle when a child is outside the bus. “The purpose is to try to help with a little more safety for our students when around school buses,” Rep. Urdahl said.

Student Injured in Defuniak Springs School Bus Crash
MyPanHandle.com (Florida), March 14, 2015

According to the Defuniak Springs Police Department, an SUV failed to stop before striking the rear bumper of a school bus with 20 students aboard Friday afternoon. Witnesses reported the school bus driver was slowing down to drop off a student and initiated lights to stop. An 18-year-old riding the bus was taken to the hospital with a possible head injury. No other injuries were reported.

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Toll Road’s Popularity Leads to Creative Traffic Engineering
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), March 16, 2015

With so many people riding I-85 toll lane nowadays, state officials had to think creatively about how to free up the flow or else risk raising the toll to ever higher amounts to keep traffic moving. Now, I-85 Express Lanes drivers who are willing to try transit could earn up to $60 in toll credits. The pilot program allows commuters in northeast metro Atlanta to earn $2 in toll credits per transit trip, up to $10 a month or a maximum or $60 over a six-month period. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Survey: Drivers Say Express Lanes Are Positive Addition to Region
The Free Lance-Star/Fredericksburg.com (Virginia), March 13, 2015

Of the 1,266 drivers from the Washington metro area who participated in an online survey about the Interstate 95 express lanes, which opened in December, most say the new lanes have had a positive impact on their drive. According to the survey, 83 percent of the respondents who are toll-paying users of the lanes said they are a benefit to the region, while 74 percent of non-users think the lanes are a benefit.

Plans Roll Along to Extend Express Lanes in Calif. Route 237
San Jose Mercury News (California), March 13, 2015

The Valley Transportation Authority is finalizing its plan to add express lanes on State Route 237. The extended express lanes will provide more uninterrupted flow through the corridor and allow solo drivers to use the lanes for a fee.

 

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IIHS @IIHS_AutoSafety RT @ghsahq: “Speeding is a force multiplier. It makes everything worse.” #LifeSavers2015

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ATS_RoadSafety DYK? Most people run red lights because they are in a hurry. Don’t be like these motorists. youtube.com/channel/UC961x…   #stoponred

 

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Commentary: Florida’s Red Light Cameras
Sun Sentinel, March 19, 2015

Red-light cameras wouldn’t be controversial except for one thing. People don’t like to accept blame when they break a traffic law. It’s that simple. If people didn’t run red lights, we wouldn’t have the problem. … And now there is talk about getting rid of the cameras totally in Florida, because they are a hassle. Tough. Keep the cameras. Make the process better, but nail people going through red lights. Red-light cameras save lives. That’s more than I can say for the people who run the lights. Hold these clowns accountable.

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Editorial: Let Police Outsource Red-Light Reviews
Sun Sentinel (Florida), March 18, 2015

Legislators should pass an amendment that lets local governments outsource the monitoring of red-light camera videos, including the writing of tickets. After all, outsourcing is popular in state government. Increasingly, Florida outsources the running of prisons to private companies and the education of students, too. In fact, about $50 billion of the state’s $77 billion budget this year will go to vendors doing work for state government. In the case of red-light videos, outsourcing makes sense.

Editorial: It’s Time for Unmanned Photo Radar
The Oregonian (Oregon), March 16, 2015

Oregon state law requires the presence of a police officer in radar vans. Now a bill advances in the Legislature that would establish photo radar zones on busy streets but without the presence of police officers. The bill should win the support of lawmakers.

Editorial: Limp Laws Put Brakes on Safety
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), March 14, 2015

Because of the Texas Legislature, cities cannot do much as far as punishing those caught red-handed running a red light by a traffic camera. … However, if technology is going to improve the safety of our streets and roads, then sooner or later, there will need to be a consequence for doing things like running a red light.

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Letter to the Editor: Ticket Changed Driver’s Behavior
Daily Press (California), March 18, 2015

I got a red-light ticket a couple of years ago. It was deserved (though I didn’t like it, and protested to friends it was bogus). When I did go to court it was after I ignored the first court date. The judge was very fair, as a few others had done the same as I. We all pleaded guilty and received reduced fines. This experience caused me to be more careful at all traffic lights. I no longer stomp the gas pedal when the caution light appears, at any intersection.

Letter: I Support Red-Light Cameras
The Times/NWI.com (Indiana),  March 15, 2015

I had to respond to the letter regarding red-light cameras. The author listed several things the cameras do not do, and he is correct. The cameras are designed to perform one function only. That is catch people running red lights. That frees up police officers to pursue all the other infractions he listed in his letter.

Letter: Stop or Don’t Stop
Herald-Tribune (Florida), March 15, 2015

Red light, green light — who cares? Obviously not the Florida Legislature. The law states you have to come to a full stop on red before making a right turn, but now the Legislature wants to change the law to say it’s OK to roll through the red light at intersections with red-light cameras, as long as a law enforcement officer doesn’t see you do it. That’s not confusing, as quoted in the article, that’s idiotic.

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Arizona designates March as Red-Light Running Awareness Month, but the message to stop on red is appropriate at all times for all places. American Traffic Solutions (ATS) encourages drivers to obey all traffic laws and to be especially attentive near intersections. In 2013, nearly 700 people were killed and an estimated 129,000 were injured in red-light running collisions across the county. These tragedies can be prevented. Spread the message to stop on red through social media channels. Make sure to visit the ATS Facebook page. Drive safely.

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Steve Blow: Color Me Solid on Red-Light Cameras
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), March 7, 2015

Red-light cameras have caught a lot of folks in the act, but they’ve also succeeded in changing behaviors — making people hit the brakes, not the gas.

BPD Defends Red-Light Cameras that Lawmaker Wants to End
Bakersfield Now (California), March 6, 2015

A Southern California lawmaker wants to stop red light cameras, but Bakersfield police say they think the devices are making local streets safer.

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City Council Considers New Allocations for Red-Light Cam Revenue
KXLY.com, March 9, 2015

You see them dotted across the city, signs warning a red light or speed camera is watching you. But what happens to the money generated by those who break the rules of the road? The resolution before the council, would allow the city to spend the money on things like new flashing school zone signs, LED street lighting, benches, and pruning of street trees and bushes that constitute a safety hazard.

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Mayor Strange Explains Importance of Red-Light Cameras
City of Montgomery, Ala. YouTube page, February 2015

Montgomery, Ala. was the first municipality in the state to implement red-light cameras, which have always been a measure to decrease collisions.

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Cameras to be Implemented in Hays County School Zones
The University Star (Texas), March 10, 2015

Hays County officials will join forces with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to identify people speeding in school zones. The initiative will begin with a pilot program in Wimberley Valley and Dripping Springs, although a date has not been set, Conley said.

Portland Streets Prone to Crashes Could get Speeding Ticket Cams
KATU.com (Oregon), March 11, 2015

Ten streets identified as “high crash corridors” might get automatic speed ticketing cameras under a bill being considered by Oregon’s legislature.

 

Experts Conducting Study to Make River Drive safer
Our Quad Cities, March 11, 2015

River Drive in Iowa is known for its scenic route but for police a section of that road is also known to be a problem area for speed related car accidents. That’s why city leaders are teaming up with engineers hoping to prevent future accidents. From red-light cameras, adding medians or completely restructuring the street, engineers are exploring what could be done to make that road safe.

 

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1,500 Drivers Issued School Bus Stop-Arm Camera Tickets: Report
NBC Washington, March 9, 2015

Hundreds of drivers are whizzing by area school buses despite their flashing red lights and stop sign, a new study reveals. At least 1,500 citations have been issued by bus stop-arm cameras since they were introduced in the region in 2013, AAA says.

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ATS will be releasing a series of Florida Red-Light Safety Cameras Facts in the next couple of weeks to inform motorists about how dangerous red-light running is in Florida. Check back each week for a new fact and help us spread the message. Visit www.atsol.com/florida-facts for more info.

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Nearly 700 people die each year in crashes involving a red-light runner

You can make a difference: by driving the speed limit, you may influence others to speed less.

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Red-Light Cameras Keep Pedestrians Safe
The Chicago Tribune, March 11, 2015

If you don’t run red lights, you won’t get a ticket. Keep the cameras. They keep pedestrians safe.

Cameras Affect Irresponsible Drivers
The Chicago Tribune, March 9, 2015 

Don’t characterize the cameras as taxing the general citizenry; they affect only those of us who literally and figuratively cross the line.

Reader React: Why Motorists Need Red-Light Cameras
LA Times, March 10, 2015

Unfortunately, many drivers these days do not have an inner locus of control — they don’t or won’t police themselves. Red-light cameras help these drivers remember the law and common sense, just as the sight of law enforcement causes drivers to slow down. Some drivers need a “big mother” to remind them to play by the rules.

 

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“Our stance is they’re working, we’re reducing collisions by a significant number. I can’t speak to other communities across the state but, in Bakersfield our cameras are working for us, and it’s reduced collisions and made intersections safer where they’re being used.”
Sergeant Joe Grubbs, Bakersfield Police Department
Bakersfield Now (California), March 6, 2015

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Over 1,000 tickets have been issued in Montgomery County; the county also has the highest number of stop-arm cameras.Washington County buses busted 170 drivers over one year with its 10 school bus cameras, and in Frederick County, 18 citations were issued in the first two years of its stop-arm camera program.In Virginia, stop-arm cameras in Falls Church have issued 201 tickets in their first six months of operationSource: NBC Washington.com, March 9, 2015.

 

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Arizona designates March as Red-Light Running Awareness Month, but the message to stop on red is appropriate at all times for all places. American Traffic Solutions (ATS) encourages drivers to obey all traffic laws and to be especially attentive near intersections. Last year, 696 people were killed and an estimated 129,000 were injured in red-light running collisions across the county. These tragedies can be prevented. To spread the message to stop on red through social media channels visit the ATS Facebook page. Drive safely.

 

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More Red-Light Safety Cameras Coming to Bradenton
WWSB-TV ABC 7 (Florida), March 5, 2015

Two more red-light cameras will soon be operating at Bradenton area intersections. Currently, there are eight red-light cameras in use in Manatee County.

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Akron Challenges Ohio’s New Traffic-Camera Law
Plain-Dealer/Cleveland.com (Ohio), March 4, 2015

The city of Akron and its traffic-camera vendor have filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Ohio’s new statewide camera restrictions. The lawsuit, filed in Summit County Common Pleas Court, argues that the new traffic-camera law signed by Gov. John Kasich last December violates the city’s home-rule power. American Traffic Solutions, the city’s vendor, also claims that the law unconstitutionally infringes on its contract with the city. Beacon Journal/AP photo by Tony Dejak.

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Florida Judge Upholds Red-Light Safety Camera Violations
Marketwired, March 3, 2015

On Feb. 26, 2015, Polk County Judge Robert Grode, of Florida’s 10th Judicial Circuit, upheld a red-light running violation issued through the city of Lakeland’s red-light safety camera program and ordered the defendant to pay the fine. After a thorough review of the protocols established by Lakeland, the judge determined that the recent City of Hollywood v. Arem decision issued by the state’s Fourth District Court did not apply.

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More Red-Light Cameras on Their Way to Arlington
InsideNova.com (Virginia), March 2, 2015

Arlington police have announced plans to install new cameras that will ticket motorists caught speeding through intersections against a red light. The additions are the first significant expansion of the enforcement effort since 2010. The Virginian Pilot photo by L. Todd Spencer.

 

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North Carolina School Gets Stop-Arm Cameras for Buses
WLOS-TV ABC 13, March 4, 2015

Cameras are being installed on the stop arms of school buses to catch violators in Buncombe County. School officials say on average, 120 drivers disobey bus stop arms daily. Salisbury Post photo by John C. Lakey.

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Dad Fights for ‘Gabby’s Law’ for School Bus Stop Safety
WKMG-TV Channel 6 (Florida), March 3, 2015

Donald Mair says he’s been fighting for tougher school bus laws for five years, ever since his little girl, Gabby, got hit by a car and died shortly after getting off her school bus in DeBary. And he’ll be thinking of her on Wednesday morning, when he’ll try to convince a senate committee to pass Gabby’s Law, filed by Rep. Irv Slosberg.

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Semi-Driver Sentenced for Passing Stopped School Bus, Almost Hitting Girl
Star-Tribune (Minnesota), Feb. 28, 2015

A truck driver who nearly hit a young girl after illegally speeding past a school bus on the shoulder of a central Minnesota highway was sentenced Wednesday to one year in Kandiyohi County jail, two years’ probation and a $1,000 fine. According to the State Patrol, the driver did not stop after narrowly missing a 13-year-old girl waiting for the bus in her driveway. KTTC-TV image.

 

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School Zone Speeding Data Goes to Council
The Spokesman-Review (Washington), March 5, 2015

A couple of times each weekday, yellow lights flash along Spokane’s Northwest Boulevard near Finch Elementary, warning drivers to check their speed and watch for children. They usually go unnoticed. Currently, however, the Spokane City Council is considering installing speed safety cameras to discourage unsafe driving near schools.

Deputies: Child, 11, Hit by Vehicle in Mt. Pleasant
WCSC-TV CBS 5 (South Carolina), March 4, 2015

Charleston County deputies say an 11-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle in Mt. Pleasant while walking to his bus stop Wednesday morning.

Midfield Launches Mobile Speed Safety Camera Program
Marketwired, March 2, 2015

Two new mobile speed vehicles are coming to the city of Midland on March 2 to slow drivers and improve traffic safety. Their arrival expands the city’s use of road safety camera technology that began in 2012 with red-light safety cameras.

 

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1 Dead in 2-Vehicle Crash Near School Bus
Wisconsin Radio Network, March 5, 2015

As students departed from a stopped school bus, an approaching vehicle stopped or nearly stopped when a second approaching vehicle crashed into the rear of the first car, according to Portage County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Nicki Lukas. The 56-year-old woman driving the lead vehicle died in the crash.

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Survey : 10,000 Illegal School Bus Passing Incidents in New York in 1 Day
School Bus Fleet, March 3, 2015

According to a survey conducted by the New York Association for Pupil Transportation, it is estimated that more than 10,000 motorists passed a stopped school bus statewide on Feb. 24. The survey was completed to call attention to the dangers of illegal passing and involved school bus drivers from a sample of 26 school districts across New York state. School Bus Fleet photo by Lois Cordes.

Kaufman County’s School Bus Stop Arm Cameras Go Live
InForney.com (Texas), March 2, 2015

The school bus stop-arm camera program went live on Monday, March 2, in Kaufman County. Drivers who disregard a school bus stop arm could face a $350 fine.

Maryland Lawmakers Push to Increase Fines for Passing School Bus
WTOP-Radio 1500 AM (Maryland), TV Feb. 28, 2015

Lawmakers from Montgomery County went to Annapolis this week to push state delegates to pass a bill to increase the maximum fine for passing a stopped school bus, from $250 to $500, saying it’s important to protect the safety of our children.

 

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American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is pleased to announce the recent renewal of three road safety camera agreements in Colorado and Maryland. The city of Boulder, Colorado, Hyattsville and Bel Air, both of Maryland, all exercised one-year renewal options in their agreements. Boulder became an ATS client in 2011, while Hyattsville and Bel Air signed their original contracts in 2009 with LaserCraft, which ATS acquired in 2010. ATS is particularly honored when clients choose to renew their partnerships, and welcomes the opportunity to assist all of its clients with their road safety camera programs.

 

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Plans Shape Up for ‘Gateway Express’ Toll Roads in Pinellas
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), March 4, 2015

Most of the land has been acquired and contract specifications nearly are ready to go out as the $337-million central Pinellas County expressway moves toward construction. Once completed in about seven years, the toll roads should allow drivers to save nine to 13 minutes in their rush-hour commutes for about 75 cents, according to Florida Department of Transportation estimates. The Tampa Tribune photo by Chris Urso.

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New Expressway Spells Relief for North Tarrant
Star-Telegram (Texas), March 3, 2015

After decades of traffic congestion followed by four years of massive highway work, Northeast Tarrant County residents are finally enjoying the bounty of wide-open lanes. … Now, not only are area residents getting around much better, but businesses are rebounding along the highway frontage road. The 13-mile corridor sports modernized frontage roads and ramps, rebuilt main lanes and two new toll express lanes in each direction. Star-Telegram photo by Max Faulkner.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety ARIZONA: 97% of drivers say running a red light is unacceptable. Find out what other states said at @AAAFTS https://www.aaafoundation.org/sites/default/files/2014TSCIreport.pdf…

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ATS_RoadSafety California, Texas, Florida and New York — accounted for 43 percent of U.S. pedestrian deaths in 2013. #stoponred http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/pedestrians…

 

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Letter to the Editor: For Safety, Keep Cameras
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), March 3, 2015

Don’t let cry-baby, red-light running drivers wag the dog. Palm Coast should keep as many lifesaving cameras as possible.

Letter: Stop Red-Light Runners
West Hawaii Today (Hawaii), March 3, 2015

I would like to express my concerns about drivers just blowing through red lights. I’ve seen it happen at pretty much all the major intersections in Kona. It’s not random — it’s consistent. … Maybe some red-light cameras need to be placed at certain intersections and lay some hefty fines on these offenders.

Letter: Senator’s Opposition to Cameras Is Puzzling
Lake Havasu City News-Herald (Arizona), Feb. 27, 2015

I don’t understand Sen. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City being against red-light cameras becuse she thinks it is an invasion of privacy. It has been ruled in courts that any act being committed in public is not expected to be private and there should not be an expectation of privacy.

 

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“We have about 200 kids cross Nevada a day. Our crossing guards do complain a lot because it’s difficult to get cars to slow down.”
Meghan Anderson, Principal of Longfellow
The Spokesman-Review (Washington), March 5, 2015

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“The beauty of this system is that the camera is doing all the work. Without the camera, you have to have a driver who can visually check that car going through.Get that license tag when their first priority is obviously the children when they’re exiting the bus.”
John Barbour, William W. Estes Elementary Principal
WLOS-TV ABC 13 (North Carolina), March 4, 2015

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In one day, a survey of 1,288 school bus drivers reported 259 vehicles illegally passing their stopped buses in New York State, indicating more than 10,000 infractions statewide in one day, according to the New York Association for Pupil Transportation. Source: School Bus Fleet, March 3, 2015.

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On a recent day in Spokane, 84 percent of drivers traveling southeast  near Finch Elementary School were clocked at more than 26 mph — 6 mph over the 20 mph speed limit. If a police officer had written a ticket for each of the 438 people who sped that day, the $210 tickets would total at least $90,000. Source: The Spokesman-Review (Washington), March 5, 2015.

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 11

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Cameras Decrease Crashes at New York Schools
WNBC-TV NBC 4 (New York), Feb. 25, 2015

With a decrease in average monthly tickets generated by speed cameras in New York, and a decrease in crashes compared with last year, an I-Team analysis of New York City’s speed camera program shows indications of improving safety and driver behavior. (WNBC-TV NBC 4 images)

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Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Releases Red-Light Running Video
Jacksonville.com (Florida), Feb. 22, 2015

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Red Light Enforcement Program includes more than three dozen red-light cameras at intersections across Duval County. The sheriff’s office recently began sharing videos of select red-light runners on its YouTube page in a feature called “Red-Light Runner of the Week.” Here’s a look at some of the videos. (Image from Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office)

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Program Aims to Stop Speeding in School Zones
KVUE-TV ABC 24 (Texas), Feb. 20, 2015

Hays County officials approved a new plan that could cost drivers big bucks if they don’t slow down in school zones. County commissioners have contracted with American Traffic Solutions to provide two speed camera vehicles that would rotate among 15 Hays County schools to catch speeders. The vehicles will be visibly marked and prominently displayed. (KVUE-TV ABC 24 image)

 

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Arizona Senate Defeats Bill Banning Red-Light, Speed Cameras
East Valley Tribune, Feb. 24, 2015

By a 15-13 vote Monday, the Senate killed legislation that would have outlawed photo enforcement of traffic laws. SB 1167 would have wiped out not just the automated speed cameras but also the cameras at intersections that catch those who run red lights.

Vote Returns Red-Light Safety Cameras to Fayetteville, N.C.
Morningstar, Feb. 24, 2015

Under the terms of an agreement approved Monday by the City Council, the city of Fayetteville will partner with American Traffic Solutions to launch a red-light safety camera program. … During the city’s previous automated enforcement program, side-angle crashes diminished 27 percent at the eight intersections with cameras.

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Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Sioux City Speed Camera Ordinance
The Gazette (Iowa), Feb. 20, 2015

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday said local traffic camera ordinances in Iowa that hold the owner of a vehicle responsible for violations even if someone else is driving are not unconstitutional or in violation of law. The ruling addresses a fundamental design of the traffic enforcement camera industry as well as a complaint voiced by some in every community with the cameras in place. The Sioux City Journal reports the defendant has no interest in an appeal.

 

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Pennsylvania Bills Allow Local Police to Use Speed Radar
Land Line Magazine, Feb. 25, 2015

Two Pennsylvania state lawmakers, Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Carrick, and Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-Allegheny, are bringing back bills to allow local police to use speed radar. Pennsylvania is the only state in the country that prohibits municipal police from enforcing speed limits with radar. Since 1961, only state troopers are allowed to use radar.

 

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American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is pleased to introduce Hays County, Texas, as its newest client. Under the terms of the newly struck agreement, ATS will work with the county to implement a school zone speed safety camera program for an initial term of 10 years with options for renewal. ATS is honored to be selected as the vendor for this program and looks forward to working with Hays County and all of its clients on their road safety camera programs.

 

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Pennsylvania Turnpike to Crack Down on E-Z Pass Lane Speeders
KYW-TV CBS 3, Feb. 24, 2015

E-Z Pass has saved countless on-the-go drivers time at the tolls. But speeding through toll lanes has become all too common an occurrence. … Changes to slow drivers include issuing warning letters to speed violators, and repeat offenders could have accounts suspended or terminated. (KYW-TV CBS 3 image)

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Automated Tolling a Part of New Scudder Falls Bridge
Times of Trenton (New Jersey), Feb. 23, 2015

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission is moving ahead with the replacement of the Scudder Falls Bridge, the most significant step in the project in over two years. … As part of the project, a southbound all-electronic toll collection system will be implemented, consisting of high-speed E-Z Pass tag readers and video cameras to identify license plates from non E-Z Pass customers. There is currently no toll collected on the bridge. (Times of Trenton file photo)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted Sue Wintz @SueWintz Red-light camera ban died in AZ Senate yesterday. Daughter Sarah, bot row, #2, killed by light running adult.

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NHTSA @NHTSAgov Don’t be an aggressive driver. Always obey speed limits, whether you’re late or not, keep a safe distance between… http://fb.me/1PljK7WA7

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Commentary: Red-Light Camera Ban Dies
The Arizona Republic, Feb. 23, 2015

Attention: red-light runners. Not so fast. Sen. Kelli Ward’s attempt to make it easier for you to run red lights at your leisure without worry of getting caught went down in flames this afternoon — to her dismay. Four Republicans joined with Democrats to kill Senate Bill 1167, which would ban photo radar –(both speed and red-light cameras —  in Arizona. … My congratulations to Sens. Bob Worsley of Mesa, Steve Pierce of Prescott and to Phoenix Sens. Nancy Barto and Adam Driggs for … opting on the side of sanity.

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Editorial: Overturn Ohio’s Misguided Ban on Speed, Red-Light Cameras
The Blade, Feb. 23, 2015

Toledo officials announced last week that the city will file a lawsuit against the state of Ohio for its ban on traffic cameras set to take effect next month. The law would force Toledo to take down 44 traffic cameras that have proven to be valuable law enforcement tools. The court should strike down the state’s overreaching law.

Editorial: Law Will Make Streets Less Safe
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Feb. 22, 2015

Columbus drivers will need to exercise more caution at 38 busy intersections that used to be some of the city’s most dangerous — and, courtesy of the Ohio legislature, may become so again after March 23. That’s when the city plans to stop issuing tickets from red-light cameras under a new law that requires an officer to actually be stationed at the intersections. This mandate is so costly that it effectively serves as a ban, and a pointless one at that.

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Letter: Stop, Don’t Ban Red-Light Cameras
Pekin Daily Times (Illinois), Feb. 23, 2015

Instead of an outright ban on red-light cameras in Illinois, lawmakers would be better off tweaking the rules about the cameras’ use or maybe adding some transparency requirements. Used effectively, red-light cameras can make the roads safer for the motoring public. This technology shouldn’t be taken away from every community because some communities are doing a bad job of using it.

 

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“I had to get used to red-light cameras. I got one red-light ticket in my life, which was at Broad and Oregon, and I paid it and now my behavior is modified where if the light’s turning yellow, I brake instead of speed up to get through the light. People don’t like red-light cameras, but they are effective. … I think the red-light cameras have done a good job at modifying people’s behavior.”
Jim Kenney, Former Philadelphia Councilman and current Mayoral Candidate
Plan Philly (Pennsylvania), Feb. 23, 2015

“Red-light cameras … are designed to deter your high-speed collisions. When they run a red light … they’re typically doing 40 to 50 mph, and if they T-bone somebody, you get fatal injuries. You could still have significant property damage and some injuries as a result of a rear-end collision, but you very seldom ever have a fatal crash.”
Scotty Carrier, Lieutenant with the Johnson City Police Department
Johnson City Press (Tennessee), Feb. 23, 2015

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“In my 25 years as a police officer, I have never seen such a single positive impact in changing driver behavior.”
Robert J. Christie, Police Lieutenant, Union Township traffic bureau supervisor, on the impact of red-light cameras
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (New Jersey),  Feb. 19, 2015

 

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Lt. Robert Rock, who leads the Denver Police Department’s Traffic Investigation Unit, said four locations with red-light cameras saw no crashes last year and in 2013 and only one in 2012. Source: The Denver Post, Feb. 25, 2015.

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An I-Team and WNYC review of tens of thousands of speed camera tickets issued in the past year in New York’s five boroughs shows the cameras appear to be reducing crashes. In areas where cameras operated consistently from September to December, the analysis found a 3.9 percent decline in crashes compared with the previous year. Citywide, crashes were up 0.6 percent. Violations decreased 58.7 percent. Source: WNBC-TV NBC 4, Feb. 25, 2015.

New York’s public radio station, WNYC, just wrapped up an analysis of the city’s speed camera system and found vehicle crashes with injuries near the cameras declined 13.4 percent. Source: DailyTech, Feb. 25, 2015.

Ohio
In 2012, six years after Columbus installed its first red-light cameras, the number of right-angle crashes at the monitored city intersections had dropped by about 73 percent. Source: The Columbus Dispatch, Feb. 22, 2015.