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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 10

May 11th, 2017 Comments off

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Louisiana House Committee Vote Keeps Cameras in Place
The Advocate (Louisiana), May 8, 2017

A bill that would let voters statewide decide whether to outlaw traffic cameras was crushed Monday in the House Transportation Committee. The vote was 14-1 to kill the plan, House Bill 257. (WWL-TV CBS 4 image)

Police: Car Ran Red Light in Vegas School Bus Crash
KDWN-Radio 720 AM (Nevada), May 5, 2017

A passenger car driver ran a red light and caused a school bus crash that injured 15 children on the bus, the bus driver and a child in her car, police and school officials in Las Vegas said. The 70-year-old driver of the car was killed and the 10-year-old girl who was with her was seriously injured in the early morning crash on May 4.


ATS Among 6 Finalists for Baltimore Road Safety Camera Contract
Carroll County Times (Maryland), May 3, 2017

Baltimore officials have disclosed the names of the six firms competing to win the potentially lucrative contract to restart the city’s speed and red-light camera program. American Traffic Solutions is named on the list.  See related article at WMAR-TV ABC 2.  (The Baltimore Sun image by Barbara Haddock Taylor)

 

ATS Awarded Contract in Houston-Galveston Area
GSN Magazine, May 2, 2017

American Traffic Solutions has been awarded a contract with the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s co-op program HGACBuy. The award, won through a competitive bidding process, positions ATS as the exclusive provider of red-light, speed and school bus stop-arm safety cameras to HGACBuy members.

Chandler Activates New Photo Enforcement Camera
KTVK-TV Channel 3 (Arizona), April 30, 2017

Photo enforcement cameras at a Chandler intersection will start taking pictures of lawbreaking drivers on May 1. The cameras are at the intersection of McQueen and Queen Creek roads and will only monitor drivers going north or south on McQueen.

 

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Ordinance Lets Road Safety Cameras Return to Dayton
WDTN-TV Channel 2 (Ohio), May 10, 2017

The Dayton City Commission voted Wednesday to enact an ordinance that would bring controversial traffic cameras back to the city. The cameras will be implemented to catch drivers who speed and run red lights. … Dayton police chief Richard Biehl said the city has seen a 45 percent increase in traffic deaths in the last three years. (WDTN-TV Channel 2 image)


Family Crusades against Rising Pedestrian Fatalities
The Mercury News (California), May 8, 2017

Five-year-old Aileen Quiroz Chavez died almost four years ago when an SUV ran into her, her then-2-year-old sister, Arlette, and her aunt, Elena Quiroz, as they walked in the marked crossing. … Through a campaign they named AileenQ, Aileen’s family has been trying to educate people about traffic safety at community and school presentations, and holding periodic neighborhood safety walks to spread the word. Meanwhile, the city is trying to reverse the spike in pedestrian deaths. (The Mercury News Image by Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)

 

N.Y. Legislature Views 4 Bills to Curb Illegal School Bus Passing
School Bus Fleet, May 4, 2017 

State lawmakers are reviewing four bills that aim to prevent illegal bus passing by boosting public education, allowing stop-arm cameras as a way to help identify violators, and making fines and penalties tougher.  (WHEC-TV NBC 10 image)

Bill Boosts Penalties for Failing to Stop for School Bus
Cape Coral Daily Breeze (Florida), May 5, 2017

Legislation that is awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s consideration will stiffen the non-criminal penalties for drivers who fail to stop for a school bus and cause serious bodily injury or death. On Monday, HB 1239 – also known as the Cameron Mayhew Act — passed the Florida Legislature  with a 28-6 vote from the Senate. On April 28, the House passed the bill with its own 118-0 vote.


Marysville School Bus Cameras Now Issuing Tickets
The Herald (Washington), May 4, 2017

The warnings are over. The Marysville School District installed traffic enforcement cameras on 15 school buses more than a month ago. During April, drivers caught on camera passing a stopped school bus received a warning. As of Monday, they’ve faced $419 fines. In April, 45 warnings were issued, without fines. See related article at MyNorthwest.com. (The Herald image by Ian Terry)

Police: Pickup Strikes 12-Year-Old Leaving School Bus
New Canaan Patch (Connecticut), May 3, 2017

A 12-year-old girl suffered minor injuries after she was struck by a pickup truck while getting off a school bus on May 2 in Darien. Police said the bus was fully stopped with its external stop sign deployed and red lights flashing. The mirror on the passing pickup truck struck the girl as she attempted to cross Post Road.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted TransAlt @TransAlt If you missed the #VisionZeroCities Conference, this is the next best thing. Issue 2 of Vision Zero Cities.

   
ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted NHTSA @NHTSAgov It’s Bicycle Safety Month! Get ready for a month of safety tips & information on one of America’s favorite pastimes.

 

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MassDOT Says Electronic Tolling Accuracy Rate Better than 99%
MassLive.com, May 8, 2017

Six months in, the new cashless tolling system along the Massachusetts Turnpike has seen transactions come to a total of nearly a quarter billion, with an accuracy rate of greater than 99 percent, state transportation officials said Monday. There are 1.9 million E-ZPassMA accounts and 2.4 million “pay-by-plate” accounts, totaling 4.3 million accounts. See related article at Sentinel & Enterprise News. (MassLive.com image by Don Treeger/The Republican)

Rhode Island Picks First Truck Toll Locations on I-95
U.S. News (National) May 6, 2017

Rhode Island’s first highway truck tolls could be installed later this year near the Connecticut border. The state Department of Transportation says the first electronic tolls on commercial big-rig trucks will be on Interstate 95 in both directions.


Toll Lanes Could Open this Summer on MoPac Express Lanes
Community Impact News (Texas), May 6, 2017

Most of the  major structural work on the MoPac express lane project is on track to wrap up by June. In the coming weeks, construction workers will be finishing paving and installing the walls of the underpasses that connect the express toll lanes to downtown Austin. … The project is adding one variably priced toll lane in each direction between Parmer Lane and Cesar Chavez Street. (Community Impact News image by Amy Denney)

 

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“We want people to follow the law and we need to use every technology we can to make sure people are doing that to make our city safe.”
Nan Whaley, Mayor, Dayton, Ohio
WDTN-TV Channel 2, May 10, 2017


“I cannot express the pain and heartache we endure every day since my precious son, Cameron Mayhew, was taken from us. My son lost his life because someone was running late for work and the time clock was more important than the warning lights on the school bus. This tragic event not only affected our family, it has affected our entire community. We need stricter penalties — stricter penalties will save lives, and those lives belong to our children.”
Sherry Stevens, mother of Cameron Mayhew
Cape Coral Daily Breeze (Florida), May 5, 2017

“It’s kind of surprising how often it happens. Our drivers know this, but it was a wake-up call for us to see how many people pass school buses.”
Emily Wicks, Marysville Schools spokeswoman
The Herald, May 4, 2017

 


Editorial: Fines May Get Attention if Buses’ Red Lights Don’t
The Herald (Washington), May 8, 2017

Drivers in Marysville who ignore the red flashing lights and the stop sign paddle that swings out from school buses can expect to find a $419 fine in the mail in the coming days. … While a $419 fine is hefty — as it should be for a traffic violation that involves the safety of children — use of the cameras on school buses should not be viewed cynically as a moneymaker for school districts. As Marysville school and law enforcement officials collect data on the infractions and whether the cameras are successfully providing a deterrent, other districts should consider this as another tool for student safety. If flashing red lights don’t get the attention of some drivers, making scofflaws flash some green should.


Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Crashes Will Rise Without Cameras
Killeen Daily Herald (Texas), May 7, 2017

Now we’re back to having to watch for people running red lights and causing crashes.

Letter: ‘I Feel Safer When Traffic Obeys the Speed Limit’
The Des Moines Register (Iowa), May 2, 2017

The editorial on the traffic camera ruling fails to see the whole picture. Speed cameras have greatly improved safety in driving on Interstate Highway 380 through Cedar Rapids and on Interstate Highway 235 in Des Moines.

Louisiana
In the first three months of 2017, New Orleans issued about 6,790 citations for violations caught by mobile road safety cameras. Another 51,151 citations for violations caught by the city’s existing road safety cameras, a sharp drop-off from the 66,840 that were issued by those same cameras during the same three months in 2016. Source: The Advocate, May 8, 2017.

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 9

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4 Students Die in Red-Light Running Crash
WYAY-Radio  FM 106.7 (Georgia), April 25, 2017 

Grief counselors will be on hand at south Fulton’s Langston Hughes High School after a tragic wreck claimed the lives of four students and left a fifth student injured. Fulton County police said the driver of a Lincoln Navigator ran a red light near the corner of GA-92 and Butner Road, crashing into the semi-truck. (WYAY-Radio FM 106.7/FOX 5 Atlanta image)


Florida Considers Best Practices for Future Road Safety
83degreesmedia.com, April 25, 2017

Florida legislators, local governments and law enforcement agencies across the state are seeking solutions rooted in better roadway design and engineering, education and traffic law enforcement to combat the crisis of public health on Florida streets outlined by the Pedestrian Danger Index, which lists eight Florida cities in the top 10 most deadly metro areas.  (Tampa Bay Times image by Jim Damaske)


Dayton Plans to Bring Back Speed, Red-Light Cameras
Springfield News-Sun (Ohio), April 20, 2017

An increase in traffic crashes and fatalities has Dayton police planning to bring back red-light and speed-detection cameras in the city. Dayton police propose to use 10 fixed camera systems, six hand-held devices and two portable trailer units, restarting a controversial program that was shelved in mid-2015 after the state put tough new restrictions on the use of automated traffic cameras. See related article at FOX 45 Now.

City of Waterloo Gives Nod to Red-Light Cameras
KXEL-Radio 1540 AM (Iowa), April 18, 2017

It’s never been done before in Waterloo, but the City Council agreed in principle on April 17 during a work session that the police department should implement red light traffic enforcement. Police Chief Dan Trelka says he’s identified 13 intersections where running red lights is a common occurrence.

 

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Parent Catches Motorists Passing Stopped School Bus
KEYC-TV CBS/FOX 12 (Minnesota), April 20, 2017

Outside a rural Eagle Lake daycare, parents are seeing a disturbing trend … motorists refusing to stop when school buses are unloading children. And one resident caught it on tape. … In 2016, the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services surveyed 2,621 Minnesota school bus drivers, who identified 530 vehicles illegally passing a stopped school bus in one day. (KEYC-TV CBS/FOX 12 image)


Red-Light Cameras Aim to Reduce Violent Crashes
WECT-TV NBC 6 (North Carolina), April 20, 2017

Wilmington city officials and everyday drivers want those behind the wheel to be more aware after the city made four appearances in a red-light crash video.

 

Driver Hits Child While Passing Stopped School Bus
WWL-TV CBS 4 (Louisiana), April 27, 2017

A driver struck and injured a child by a stopped school bus this morning in Algiers. According to New Orleans Police Department, a juvenile was hit by a car passing a school bus. The juvenile sustained minor injuries. The driver was cited for failure to yield and improper passing of a school bus.


Police Target School Bus Passing in New York
School Bus Fleet (National), April 27, 2017

Law enforcement officers in New York are keeping  a close lookout for motorists illegally passing school buses on Thursday. The statewide efforts are part of the annual Operation Safe Stop Day. Patrols form local, county and state police agencies are focusing on school bus stops that pupil transportation officials have identified as hot spots of stop-arm running. … Last year, officers from 95 participating law enforcement agencies agave out 859 tickets for passing stopped school buses and 1,547 tickets for other moving violations.  (The Journal News image by Ricky Flores)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted Vision Zero DC @DCVisionZero When you speed, you have less time to react, and the damage you inflict increases. #SlowDownDC #VisionZero

 

  
ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted ScottsdalePD @ScottsdalePD April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Be alert. Drive with care.

 

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Ohio River Bridge Tolls Show Increase in Crossings
Indiana Public Media, April 25, 2017

Numbers from the first quarter of the Ohio River Bridges Project show the average weekday crossings on all three bridges in March totaled 89,000, a 12 percent increase since January. RiverLink says $8.6 million was collected in tolls during the first quarter of the year, split evenly between Indiana and Kentucky. … Tolls were levied for the first time in December. (WDRB-TV Channel 41 image)


Beaver Valley Expressway Offers Cashless Tolling on April 30
The Herald (Pennsylvania), April 25, 2017

Beginning April 30, drivers on Interstate 376/Beaver Valley Expressway will be charged electronically through their E-ZPass or will receive a bill in the mail after a camera scans their license plate at the toll booth. “The technology and systems for the cashless tolling pilot project on the Beaver Valley Expressway/Toll 376 in Beaver and Lawrence counties have cleared testing,” Turnpike CEO Mark Compton said.  (The Herald image by John Zavinski)

Moody’s: U.S. Toll Roads Likely to Fund Infrastructure Backlog
Moodys.com, April 24, 2017

In light of stagnant federal funding and limited capacity for states to increase spending, toll roads will play an increasing role in addressing the funding gap for road and bridge infrastructure needs in the U.S., according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service. More toll roads and increased tolling in areas with existing traffic congestion and growing economies, population and per capita income. (WFAA-TV ABC 8 image)

 

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“Camera traffic enforcement has always been a very effective way to control hazardous driving, and so we’re obviously making a recommendation to return to that.”
Richard Biehl, Dayton Police Department Chief
Dayton Daily News (Ohio), April 20, 2017


“We really want people to understand that running red lights is extremely dangerous, and these cameras and the distribution of the videos and stories like this one help people to understand that it’s a problem in every city.”
Dylan Lee, Spokesman for City of Wilmington, N.C.
WECT-TV NBC 6 (North Carolina), April 20, 2017

Ohio
A 2014 change in state law required a police officer to be stationed at a road safety camera in order for a citation to be issued. Since then, Dayton police chief Richard Biehl said traffic deaths have risen 45 percent, adding that his department could staff 10 proposed camera locations for about eight hours a week only. Source: WLWT-TV NBC 5, April 20, 2017. 

Texas
The city of Dallas says T-bone crashes have diminished by 48 percent at intersections with red-light safety cameras. Source: WFAA-TV ABC 8, April 12, 2017.

 

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 8

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City OKs 7-Year Agreement with American Traffic Solutions
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), April 12, 2017

Dallas’ red-light camera program will roll on after the City Council approved a new seven-year contract Wednesday. The council’s vote was 9-6. The winning bidder is American Traffic Solutions. … Dallas’ red-light camera program began in 2006, and the city had as many as 66 cameras installed at one time. The new deal with ATS as a new vendor calls for at least 40 cameras. (The Dallas Morning News image)

Report Forecasts Growth in Traffic Enforcement Camera Market
Individual.com (National), April 12, 2017

According to a new market report published by Credence Research Inc., “Traffic Enforcement Camera Market — Growth, Share, Opportunities, Competitive Analysis, and Forecast 2015-2022,” stringent road safety regulations and increasing efforts to reduce road fatalities across the world are increasing the adoption of traffic enforcement cameras.


Pedestrian Deaths Are Increasing in Sacramento
KXTV-TV ABC 10 (California), April 5, 2017

It’s more dangerous than ever to go for a walk — at least when there are cars on the road. A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association says pedestrian fatalities are up 22 percent from 2014 to 2016. The consultant who prepared the report called the increases “unprecedented.” Sacramento is also seeing a rise in fatalities. Read the report here.  (GHSA image)

 

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Pedestrian Injured in Red-Light-Running Chain-Reaction Collision
WTNH-TV Channel 8 (Connecticut), April 11, 2017

An alleged red-light runner collided with a vehicle legally entering a New Haven intersection, causing it to strike a man walking across the road without the walk signal. Police said the pedestrian suffered a head laceration and is now in stable condition at the hospital.


Red-Light Safety Cameras Could Soon Be a Reality in Hawaii
KHON-TV Channel 2, April 7, 2017

A bill that would bring red-light cameras to Hawaii continues to make its way through the Legislature. The bill would give the green light for red-light cameras to be installed at intersections around the state. … The Public Defenders Office opposes the idea. … But for those in support, it’s a chance to make Hawaii’s roads safer. (KHON-TV Channel 2 image)


Painful Story of Distracted Driving Becomes Safety Message
KFSM-TV Channel 5 (Arkansas), April 7, 2017

A local man’s life was forever changed by a distracted driver and he’s speaking out about his experience as part of Distracted Driver Awareness Month. “In about five seconds, my whole life was turned upside down,” Don Moore said.  (KFSM-TV Channel 5 image)

 


Motocyclist Injured, Hospitalized after Avoiding Stopped Bus
Salina Post (Kansas), April 12, 2017

A motorcycle driven by an 18-year-old swerved to avoid a school bus stopped to let a student off in Reno County. Emergency workers transported the motorcyclist to Hutchinson Regional Medical Center with undetermined injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

Bill to Toughen School Bus Passing Penalties Advances in State
News-Press.com (Florida), April 4, 2017

Legislation named after a local teen struck and killed while getting off his school bus last year continues to make its way through the Legislature. Motorists who cause deaths or injuries when illegally passing stopped school buses would have to pay bigger fines, have their licenses suspended for a year and perform community service in a trauma center or hospital, under proposals moving in the Senate and House.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted NSC @NSCsafety Some screen time can be deadly. Learn more at nsc.org/ddmonth #distracteddriving #justdrive #DistractedDrivingAwarenessMonth


ATS_RoadSafety  @ATS_RoadSafety  VIDEO: A Mesa driver ran a red light at 104 MPH after the light was red for 36 seconds! #SpeedKills #StopOnRed

 

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Electronic Toll Collection Market Report Shows Growth
Military-Technologies.net/Satprnews, April 11, 2017

The Global Electronic Toll Collection Market accounted for $4.75 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach $10.96 billion by 2022, according to Stratistics MRC. Factors such as increasing demand for safe and secure infrastructure, low travel time, cashless travel facility and free flow of traffic are propelling the market growth.


Construction Begins on Maine’s 4th Open-Road Toll Plaza
WCSH-TV NBC 6 (Maine), April 10, 2017

Construction is under way on the fourth open-road toll plaza in the state of Maine. The four-phase construction project began April 10 on the toll facility for exit 44 off the Maine Turnpike in Scarborough. The new toll plaza will include EZ-Pass lanes that allow drivers with EZ-Passes to travel through without slowing down. (WCSH-TV NBC 6 image)


Commute Times Tumble in Massachusetts with Electronic Tolling
ConstructionEquipmentGuide.com, April 5, 2017

Drivers into Boston from its western suburbs are now saving 12 minutes of commute time each way, or two hours a week, after the Massachusetts Department of Transportation removed all middle-lane toll booths last fall to let traffic flow without stopping, according to State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack. The results are in conjunction with a Massachusetts Pike change to all-electronic tolling. (ConstructionEquipmentGuide.com image)

 

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Commentary: Big Fines Could Raise School Bus Safety Awareness
Faribault Daily News (Minnesota), April 11, 2017

When parents send their children off on a school bus each morning, they should find comfort in knowing it’s one of the safest options available. Unfortunately, statistics proving that statement don’t completely ease the anxiety. … Surveys show there are thousands of violations each week involving vehicles passing stopped school buses. For that reason, Rep. Dean Urdahl is sponsoring a bill in the Minnesota House that would increase a fine for stop-arm violations from $300 to $500.


Editorial: Pass Bill to Regulate Cameras
Sioux City Journal (Iowa), April 5, 2017

We hope this session marks the last time we hear and read about traffic camera debate in the Iowa Statehouse. We have lost count of how many sessions have included this obsessive discussion, with no change resulting. This year, the Senate passed what in our view is a reasonable compromise on these divisive devices. Our hope is the House joins the Senate, passes the bill and finally puts the issue to rest, at least at the Capitol.


Letter to the Editor: People Often Run Red Lights
Palm Coast Observer (Florida), April 10, 2017

No more red-light cameras. It’s obvious since every time I drive on Palm Coast Parkway I see cars going through red lights. They don’t even slow down since they are normally speeding. … Two people have already been killed by a red-light runner this year, and hopefully our new sheriff will put more deputies on traffic control before it happens again.

 

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“If only a few people are saved from a T-bone accident, this program is worth it.”
Sandy Greyson, Dallas City Council member
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), April 12, 2017


“We know that speed kills, and red light running and these little violations of our civic code lead to an environment of death and carnage.”
Doug Hausladen, New Haven Transportation Director
WTNH-TV Channel 8 (Connecticut), April 11, 2017

 

Washington
In Bellevue, the number of infractions issued through the road safety camera program decreased 10 percent from years 2016 to 2015, a change that police say indicates the cameras are helping to change driver behavior.  Authorities approved 31,304 infractions through the nine-camera program in 2016, according to the Bellevue Police Department’s Annual Report. Source: MyNorthwest.com and KIRO-TV Channel 7 (Washington), April 12, 2017.

 

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 7

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At the start of this month, Gov. Doug Ducey issued a special proclamation declaring March to be Red-Light-Running Awareness Month. He urged everyone to “do all they can to stop red-light running on our roadways.” Although the month is about to end, the need to share the message goes on. Arizona ranks fourth in the nation for red-light running fatalities. These tragedies can be avoided. ATS encourages everyone to slow down on yellow and stop on red. For more information on driving safely at intersections, visit visit Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance and National Coalition for Safer Roads.

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130 School Zones Get Photo Enforcement Warning Signs
WVUE-TV FOX 8 (Louisiana), March 28, 2017

New Orleans’ mobile speed enforcement program caught more than 17,000 violations during the one-month pilot period earlier this year, and 11,000 of those happened in school zones. “That’s alarming for most citizens, and that why we have those cameras in those areas,” city communications director Tyronne Walker said. (WVUE-TV FOX 8 image)


School District Looks to Buy Cameras to Enhance Bus Safety
TWCNews.com Spectrum News (New York), March 22, 2017

Nova Disotell is a bus driver for South Lewis Central Schools and interacts with her kids daily, making sure they get to and from school safely — which is why she’s passionate about ending a problem on her route. Drivers are passing right by her stopped bus and its flashing lights. (TWCNews.com, Spectrum News image)


Montgomery Police Release Red-Light Camera Video
AlabamaNews.net, WAKA-TV CBS 8 (Alabama), March 21, 2017

Recently, the Montgomery Police Department released some shocking video captured on their red-light cameras. The city has cameras installed at around 20 intersections and they hope the video sends a message to drivers. “What we’re showing you is what happens when you run a red light or what could potentially happened when you run that red light,” explained Lt. Stanley Rucker. (WAKA-TV CBS 8 image)


Leon Valley Pursues Red-Light Camera Safety Program
KENS-TV Channel 5 (Texas), March 21, 2017

Leon Valley is moving ahead with plans to install red-light safety cameras at intersections along Bandera Road in an effort to calm traffic and reduce crashes. Last year, police saw 1,111 crashes on at at Bandera Road. Authorities issued 4,584 citations to motorists along the roadway, of which 317 went to Leon Valley residents. (KENS-TV CBS 5 image)

 

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Red-Light Camera, Friend or Foe?
WTOL-TV CBS 11 (Ohio), March 29, 2017

According to Toledo Police, nine people in the city have died due to traffic accidents in 2017 alone, and for that reason they believe red-light cameras are becoming ever more important in keeping drivers safe. (Cleveland Plain Dealer image)

Arizona Bans License Plate Covers
KTVK-TV Channel 3, March 29, 2017

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation that bans license plate covers typically used to prevent photo enforcement cameras from capturing an image of the plate. Bill sponsor Sen. Steve Farley, who sponsored the bill, said the measure is about more than photo enforcement. He says it makes no sense to require a license plate and then allow covers that can make them difficult if not impossible to read.

Tennessee Official Has 10 Unpaid Speeding Tickets
Nashville Scene (Tennessee), March 23, 2017

In today’s living proof that privilege is real and all encompassing, we present to you state Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden), whose never-ending quest to eliminate traffic cameras is, in fact, a quest to benefit himself. As NewsChannel 5 found out, Holt has at least 10 unpaid traffic camera speeding tickets — yes, 10 — and that’s just in one town alone.


Red-Light Camera Program Gets Green Light
Reflector.com (North Carolina), March 22, 2017

A red-light camera program for Greenville has the green light to go forward. The Greenville City Council , by a 3-2 vote on March 20, approved an interlocal agreement with Pitt County schools for the operation of cameras that will issue tickets to suspected red-light runners at five problem intersections. The council approved an agreement with American Traffic Solutions to install, operate and maintain the system. Police will be responsible for reviewing and approving each citation and will handle any appeals by drivers who are issued a citation.  (WNCT-TV CBS 9 image)

Iowa Senate Rejects Ban on Traffic Enforcement Cameras
The Des Moines Register, March 22, 2017

The Iowa Senate rejected a statewide ban on automated traffic enforcement cameras used to issue tickets to motorists for speeding and running red lights. Senate File 220 was approved on a 31-18 vote, sending the legislation to the Iowa House for consideration. The key vote came earlier when lawmakers passed an amendment to keep traffic enforcement cameras while imposing a new set of regulations to govern the devices.


Study: Red-Light Cameras Make Chicago Streets Safer
WLS-TV ABC 7 (Illinois), March 20, 2017

Chicago’s red light cameras help make driving safer in Chicago, according to a study by the Northwestern University Transportation Center. The report was authorized by the Chicago City Council and paid for by the Chicago Department of Transportation. It found “significant safety benefits” and recommended the continuation of the program. Read the report here. (Northwestern University Transportation Center image)

 


Senate Again Agrees to School Bus Cameras to Catch Motorists
TWCNews.com Spectrum News (North Carolina), March 22, 2017

The idea of catching drivers passing school buses unlawfully with cameras and issuing monetary penalties based on photos or video is advancing again at the North Carolina General Assembly. The Senate voted in favor of letting counties pass ordinances imposing penalties and letting school districts install and operate bus stop-arm cameras. Supporters say the measure could save school children from death and injury.  (Salisbury Post image by John C. Lakey)

School Bus Safety Bills Pass 1st Committee
WUSF-TV (Florida), March 21, 2017

Last year, 16-year-old Cameron Mayhew was walking to his school bus in Fort Myers when a car hit him. He died a day later from his injuries. “The stop sign was out, the lights were on,” said Rep. Dane Eagle. “And, he was unfortunately stuck and killed.” … On behalf of Cameron’s parents, Eagle has filed a bill to raise the minimum penalty for someone who strikes and kills or injures someone at a school bus stop.

 

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NYC Mayor Wants More Speed Cameras
Staten Island Live (New York), March 22, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants more speed cameras to deter dangerous drivers across the five boroughs. Expanding use of the cameras is part of de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan to completely eliminate traffic fatalities. “The speed cameras have worked,” he said. (Staten Island Advance image)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted Drop The ‘A’ Word @DroptheAword Thanks to everyone at #lifesavers2017 for using #crashnotaccident  When you go home, remind reporters that crashes are not “accidents”

 

  

ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted Mitch Landrieu @MayorLandrieu Today we answered a lot of questions about the mobile traffic safety units. This note highlights the need. @wdsu @WWLTV @FOX8NOLA @WGNOtv

 

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Top State Lawmaker Sees Tolls in Connecticut’s Future
MassLive.com, March 27, 2017

In a sit-down with the Hartford Courant editorial board, Connecticut House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz called the return of tolls “inevitable” and decried out-of-state drivers speeding through the state without paying. “Tolls are coming,” he told the board. “They’re not going to be border tolls. They will be all over the place.” See related article at FOX 61. (FOX 61 image)

 


Dulles Toll Road Windfall Likely Due to Mild Winter
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Washington D.C.), March 23, 2017

More people are using the Dulles Toll Road this year compared with 2016, and a lack of snow could be playing a role. Drivers paid about $12 million in tolls in January and more than $11 million in February. The $23 million total is more than what was paid during the same months in 2015 or 2016. (WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM image)

Commentary: Cashless Tolling Offers Safe, Efficient Travel
The Times (Pennsylvania), March 20, 2017

Cashless tolling allows motorists to experience the convenience of nonstop travel. Other agencies that have pursued cashless tolling have found it to be safer for motorists because there are fewer accidents at toll plazas. We have committed to a staged process to introduce cashless tolling so that we can assess the technology and gauge the impact on customers under different circumstances.

 

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Commentary: It’s Time to Bring Back Red-Light Cameras
Road & Driver (National), March 23, 2017

Here’s the problem that accompanies the good news that camera companies are getting kicked out of town after town. For better or worse, red-light cameras were the only enforcement mechanism that we really had to prevent people from running red lights. … The solution to all of this is right in front of us: Bring the cameras back. But this time, do it right. Make it a moving violation.

 

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“Those traffic cameras have changed people’s habits.”
Dan Zumbach, Iowa State Senator
The Des Moines Register, March 22, 2017


“The speed cameras have worked. There is no question the speed cameras have worked. They are a crucial part of our arsenal and we need much more freedom to put them in so we can save lives. It is as simple as that.”
Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor
Staten Island Live, March 22, 2017

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 6

March 16th, 2017 Comments off

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ATS invites you to visit our Twitter page to see a video compilation of the worst red-light runners in Arizona in 2016. This dangerous behavior is the topic Gov. Doug Ducey addresses in his special proclamation declaring March to be Red-Light-Running Awareness Month. In the proclamation, the governor calls on all Arizonans to “do all they can to stop red-light running on our roadways.” This is especially important in Arizona, which ranks fourth in the nation for red-light running fatalities. Get involved today by choosing to slow down on yellow and stop on red. For more information on driving safely at intersections, visit visit Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance and National Coalition for Safer Roads.

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Marysville Outfits 15 School Buses with Stop-Arm Safety Cameras
KOMONews.com (Washington), March 15, 2017

Cameras began rolling on 15 Marysville School District buses Wednesday in an attempt to catch reckless drivers who illegally pass the stopped bus when the stop paddle is out. The technology comes from American Traffic Solutions, and enables each bus to record different angles to capture a passing violation in its entirety. See related articles at The Herald and North County Outlook.  (The Herald image by Ian Terry)

Safety Improves at Montgomery’s Red-Light Camera Intersections
WSFA-TV NBC 12 (Alabama), March 14, 2017

New data indicates red-light traffic cameras have decreased traffic citations and the number of collisions at intersections in Montgomery, according to Lt. Stanley Rucker of the police department. (WSFA-TV NBC 12 image)


Legislative Bill Opens Door to Red-Light Safety Cameras
WNCN-TV CBS 17 (North Carolina), March 13, 2017

Red-light cameras could be coming to Hope Mills and Spring Lake. Cumberland County lawmakers submitted a bill to the general assembly proposing cameras last week. “I think it would be a good idea, for as much traffic that goes through here,” said Avery Brawley, who lives in Charlotte but often drives through Spring Lake to visit family and friends. (WNCN-TV CBS 17 image)


Passing Car Hits Brothers at School Bus Stop
WCCB-TV FOX 18 (North Carolina), March 10, 2017

A driver passed a stopped school bus and hit two little boys in Charlotte Friday morning. … The crash report says the driver stopped at a stop sign on Dion Avenue at City View Drive but ignored the school bus caution arm and stop sign and hit two boys as they crossed the street. The father says the car hit the 7-year-old in the book bag. He was OK. The 5-year-old went to the hospital and checked out OK. (WCCB-TV FOX 18 image)

 

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5-Vehicle Collision Inflicts Minor Injuries
Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri), March 15, 2017

A speeding motorist attempting to pass cars that were stopped for a traffic light triggered a five-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Columbia. Three people with minor injuries were taken to area hospitals for treatment. … Early accounts of the crash said the mishap occurred when a red Ford Mustang ran through the red light. (Columbia Daily Tribune image by Matthew Cavanah)

Police Chief Speaks Up for Red-Light Cameras
Community Impact Newspaper (Texas), March 13, 2017

Sugar Land Police Chief Doug Brinkley urged state lawmakers in Austin last week to vote down legislation that, if passed, would prohibit red-light cameras like those used at six Sugar Land intersections. Brinkley testified during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Transportation on Wednesday.

Camera Snaps Hit-and-Run Vehicle
WOWT-TV NBC 6 (Iowa), March 13, 2017

Council Bluffs Police are looking for a driver that hit a city street sweeper and then sped away. The driver of the street sweeper was not injured. … A red-light camera got pictures of the silver Jeep Liberty that hit the city vehicle.

 


SUV Strikes Child Exiting School Bus
AlabamaNews.net (Alabama) March 16, 2017

Alabama State Troopers are on the scene of a crash involving a child being struck by a vehicle while getting off the bus. Troopers say a child was hit by a Chevy Tahoe while getting off the school bus. The child was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries.

States Deciding on Stop-Arm School-Bus Safety Cameras
WPLG-TV ABC 10 (North Carolina), March 14, 2017

Another state is considering adding cameras on school buses to identify vehicles that ignore stop signals and endanger the lives of students. WRAL reports the North Carolina state Legislature may soon vote on a bill that would allow counties to adopt penalties for violators identified by bus cameras.

 

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Bill Addressing Safety in Speed Zones Gains Support
Times Ledger (New York), March 14, 2017

A bill introduced by state Sen. Jose Peralta last April, which would allow the city to install more speed cameras in school zones and allow them to operate 24 hours a day, is gaining support in the five boroughs. According to a Penn Shoen Berland poll commissioned by Transportation Alternatives, 64 percent of nearly 900 likely voters said they strongly support the increase in speed cameras currently capped at 140 by state law. (Times Ledger image by Michael Shain)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety Arizonans: Have you seen these signs on the highway? It’s Red-Light Running Awareness Month in Arizona, make sure you #StopOnRedAZ!

 

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ATS_RoadSafety Retweet ZeroFatalitiesNV @DriveSafeNV Did you know? 1 in 3 people personally know someone who has been injured or killed in a crash due to a driver running a red light #StopOnRed

 

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Express Toll Lane Suggested to Address I-70 Congestion
KDVR-TV FOX 31 (Colorado), March 14, 2017

Major changes are in the works for the Interstate 70 mountain corridor near Idaho Springs. The 14-mile stretch of highway is one of Colorado’s most congested with traffic delays up to two hours or longer. According to Colorado Department of Transportation, the most plausible idea is to install an express toll lane, similar to the one it completed in the eastbound lanes in 2015.  (KDVR-TV FOX 31 image)


Expect More Tolls in Charlotte Area, Past DOT Chair Says
The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), March 13, 2017

In a question-and-answer interview with The Charlotte Observer, Ned Curren, former North Carolina Department of Transportation board chairman, commented on a number of transit topics including tolls. Q: Do you envision toll lanes being added to other highways like I-85 or U.S. 16? A: I do. The more you see vehicles being fuel efficient (and paying less in gas tax) and until we can implement alternative funding, tolling will have to be part of the solution. That’s been identified in studies in N.C. for two decades.

Cashless Tolling Tested on I-376 on Pennsylvania Turnpike
WKBN-TV Channel 27 (Ohio), March 13, 2017

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will introduce cashless tolling in April on the I-376 Beaver Valley Expressway in Beaver and Lawrence counties. This is the second location selected to test a cashless tolling system.

 

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Commentary: A Flawed Culture of Driving Safety
The News Journal/DelawareOnline (Delaware), March 13, 2017

A recent front-page story in the News Journal about the focus by state police and the Department of Highway Safety on distracted driving clearly outlined the serious safety issue of distracted driving on Delaware roads. The tragic part about these crashes is the simple fact that they are easily preventable. Human error is responsible for 94 percent of all crashes. But as AAA research continues to show, driver behavior is difficult to change.

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Letter to the Editor: Drivers Need to Slow Down
The Valdosta Daily Times (Georgia), March 15, 2017

I have witnessed drivers running red lights twice in two days, as well as a service truck exceeding the speed limit and not using their turn signal in front of Valdosta State University. City police need to watch the intersections for violators. I appreciate the difficulty, but let’s use the traffic cameras as evidence to prosecute these dangerous drivers before there is a death.

Letter: It’s Not Red-Light Cameras that Cause Crashes
The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), March 13, 2017

In response to “We are surveilled enough these days.” Drivers who have to slam on their brakes to avoid a ticket should have been braking when the light first turned yellow. We should not be speeding up to beat the yellow. That is what causes the rear-end crashes.

Letter: Put Red-Light Cameras at All School Crossings
The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), March 9, 2017

In response to “Cameras may get green light again.” Instead of bringing back red-light cameras for running red lights, why not use them at school crossings? My kids were once again almost run down Wednesday trying to cross the street to their school.

Letter: Anti-Speed Camera Logic Makes No Sense
The Arizona Republic, March 8, 2017

Rep. Travis Grantham’s bill to outlaw photo enforcement on all local roads, which passed the House, is based upon his belief that photo enforcement violates the Sixth Amendment that gives the accused the right to confront and examine a witness. … Has he and his supporters considered that using his logic these officers could not use radar or even their speedometer as they too are machines?

 

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“The survey is proof of the overwhelming support the installation of more speed cameras in school zones has. We are not just talking about the safety of our children, but also protecting pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.”
Jose Peralta, New York State Senator
Times Ledger (New York), March 14, 2017


“We saw a 58 percent reduction in accidents at the locations where we have the cameras. It is not a money generator.”
Doug Brinkley, Sugar Land Chief of Police
Community Impact Newspapers (Texas), March 13, 2017

 


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In a pair of studies for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, David Strayer, a University of Utah psychology professor, found it takes up to 27 seconds for a driver to regain full attention after using a device, even a hands-free device for a phone call or for texting. This means that if a driver is only going 25 mph, they could cover the length of three football fields after hanging up before they regain full attention and practice safe driving. SOURCE: The News Journal/DelawareOnline (Delaware), March 13, 2017.