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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 50

December 1st, 2016 Comments off

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New Numbers on Illegal School Bus Passing Staggering
CNYCentral.com (New York), Nov. 30, 2016

There are staggering new numbers available that reveal how often drivers are passing school buses with their stop signs out and red lights flashing. In one day in November, and in 32 districts statewide, school bus drivers reported being passed 883 times. That number includes 32 passes on the right side where students get off the bus. … The Liverpool Central School District Transportation Center director is concerned about the high number of illegal passes of stopped school buses and says the high number needs to be reduced.  (CNYCentral.com image)

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Vision Zero Focuses on Making Streets Safer
83degreesmedia.com (Florida), Nov. 29, 2016

Zero is the number on the tip of every tongue at the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization as the MPO shifts into gear for its biggest project of the fiscal year: launching the Vision Zero campaign. The idea that “one traffic death is too many” is the cornerstone of Vision Zero. … Solutions include stepping up DUI law enforcement, improving community perception of red light cameras, and working with schools to ensure children are getting to school safely. (The Tampa Tribune image by Jay Conner)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Check out @Visionzeronet‘s #WDR2016 photos! #SpeedKills

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Check out ATS’ Report Card on School Bus #StopArmSafety as a reminder to drive safe around school buses! atsol.com/wp-content/upl

 

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Moody’s Projects Positive 2017 Outlook for US Toll Roads Industry
Moody’s Investors Service, Nov. 30, 2016

The outlook for the US toll road industry remains positive, reflecting the expectation of continued strong traffic and revenue growth in the next 12 to 18 months, according to Moody’s Investors Service in its yearly outlook. (San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate.com image)

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Tolling Interstates a ‘Realistic Possibility’ for Indiana’s Future
WFYI-Radio 90.1 FM (Indiana), Nov. 30, 2016

Indiana’s roads task force may recommend the state begin tolling interstate highways. Previous debates over how to pay for Indiana’s infrastructure needs focused on fuel taxes, alternative fuel vehicle levies, and fees based on the number of miles someone drives. The discussion broadened at the second-to-last roads task force meeting. Engineer Steven Davidson recommends Indiana should explore tolling every interstate highway. “Now that would be implemented over a number of years as the interstate is either expanded, upgraded, rehabilitated,” Davidson said. (WFYI-Radio 90.1 FM/IPBS image by Brandon Smith)

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Non-Toll Users Benefit from MoPAC Express Lanes
KXAN-TV NBC 36 (Texas), Nov. 30, 2016

The agency that runs the MoPac Expressway is out with new numbers showing the opening of the northbound express lane in mid-October is speeding up travel times for commuters headed to north Austin. (KXAN-TV NBC 36 graphic)

 

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Runners Imperil Innocent Drivers
The Dallas Morning News/DallasNews.com (Texas), Nov. 30, 2016

Driving is a regulated activity on public roads. Red-light runners are putting innocent drivers in deadly peril every time they fly through an intersection on a red light. The accidents they cause are not fender-benders; they are high-speed collisions. Do I like cameras? No. Don’t like school speed zones, radar guns or school-bus stop signs, either. But do we need them? You betcha.

Letter: Photo Radar Could Fix Dangerous Roads
The Arizona Republic, Nov. 29, 2016

There is an inexpensive, effective way to reduce traffic deaths on Arizona freeways. I witnessed it in a Chinese city where everyone obeyed the speed limit. Why? lots of hidden photo enforcement and stiff fines for speeding. Our state legislators prefer the more expensive, less effective and more sporting alternative of random catch-as-catch-can by patrol cars, a preference paid for by the blood of their constituents.

Letter: Curb Traffic Problems with Cameras
The Journal News (New York), Nov. 29, 2016

Drivers today have formed a habit of going fast, no matter what the weather conditions, and they just don’t consider other drivers on the road for their safety. … Today, technology is all around us: We can place more speed cameras to catch speeding cars and trucks. Drivers that speed could collect a series of tickets and lose their licenses. Money raised from these tickets would be millions of dollars, and in the end our roads would be a lot safer.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Work
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), Nov. 28, 2016

Red-light violations are drastically increasing in the metroplex. It is not unusual to see two or three vehicles racing through red lights. … Cameras clearly document traffic infractions. If we accept the argument that being found guilty by a camera is wrong, should we also disallow video of robberies or murders? … It isn’t fun to be caught running a red light, but the best and safest way to avoid the fine is not to run the light in the first place.

ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 6, Issue 49

November 17th, 2016 Comments off

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Georgia Police Seek Suspect for Fired Shots near School Bus
WSB-TV Channel 2 (Georgia), Nov. 17, 2016

Georgia police are searching for a suspect who fired shots in the middle of a neighborhood near a school bus full of children last week. The school bus driver protected the children and called 911. No one was injured. School bus stop arm cameras mounted on the outside of the bus caught the event on video, which police are reviewing as part of the investigation.  In a separate news release, American Traffic Solutions called the bus driver’s actions “heroic.” Read the release on MarketWatch here. (WSB-TV Channel 2/ATS image)

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Memorial Held on 10th Anniversary of Deadly Hit-and-Run
WROC-TV CBS 8 (New York), Nov. 14, 2016

Ten years later, a memorial service was held to remember a Rochester woman killed in a hit-and-run. Bertina Forde was hit and killed on St. Paul Street in 2006. Forde was crossing the street outside her office when it happened. … Since her death, red-light cameras were put up at the crosswalk. Forde would have turned 36 years old on Nov. 14. (WROC-TV CBS 8 image)

 

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Photo Enforcement Fines Help Fund School Zone Upgrades
The Daily News (Washington), Nov. 16, 2016

Three more Longview school zones will soon get improved safety features including flashing lights and speed signs to remind drivers to slow down. … A portion of the project’s costs will be paid out of the city’s public safety fund, a pool that came from tickets from photo enforcement cameras and designated for traffic and school improvements. (The Daily News image)

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Issaquah Council Approves Red-Light Camera Study
Issaquah Reporter (Washington), Nov. 16, 2016

The Issaquah City Council voted 5-1 at the Nov. 7 council meeting to authorize a traffic study of red-light violations at six intersections in the city to determine if it would be beneficial to install red-light cameras to monitor the intersections. American Traffic Solutions, in partnership with the Issaquah Police Department, will conduct the one-month study.

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When Red-Light Cameras Turn Off, More Kids Die
Herald-Tribune (Florida), Nov. 15, 2016

A new study suggests that red-light cameras save children’s lives. The study — presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics national conference in San Francisco — found a correlation between rising traffic fatalities involving children in some states following the termination of red-light camera enforcement there. The study found that serious motor vehicle crashes increased substantially — more than tripling in Houston, for example — after the cameras were turned off.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety retweeted NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA November 20th is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Please share our message – ow.ly/suA23068pza #WDR2016

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety More than 30% of all US traffic fatalities were caused by speeding for the last 10 years. Help spread the message #SpeedKills this #WDR2016

 

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New Toll Lanes Coming to State Route 288
KHOU-TV CBS 11 (Texas), Nov. 15, 2016

Construction to add new toll lanes to Highway 288 has officially started. The $815 million project is privately funded and is adding lanes from Highway 59 to past the south Beltway. The new lanes are expected to open by 2019. (Drive288/KHOU-TV CBS 11 image)

No Rate Changes Expected for Dulles Toll Road until 2019
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Washington, D.C.), Nov. 15, 2016

Due to a series of agreements related to tolls and the Silver Line construction, tolls on the Dulles Toll Road are scheduled to remain flat through the end of 2018 before an increase in 2019. Through the end of October, the Dulles Toll Road has collected more than $127 million this year. Most tolls are paid with E-ZPass, but about $19 million have been paid in cash.

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 48

November 10th, 2016 Comments off

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Study Suggests Red-Light Cameras Save Children’s Lives
Portland Press Herald/The Washington Post Nov. 5, 2016

A new study suggests that red-light cameras save children’s lives. The study — which was presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics national conference, which was Oct. 22-25 in San Francisco — found a correlation between rising traffic fatalities involving children in some states following the termination of red-light-camera enforcement. See related article at The Spokesman-Review.  (File photo by The Spokesman-Review)

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Red-Light Camera Program Changing at Virginia Beach
The Virginian-Pilot, Nov. 4, 2016

As part of a contract signed earlier this year for the city’s red-light program, crews are replacing red-light cameras, taking some down and installing new ones from American Traffic Solutions. (City of Virginia Beach image)

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Nearly 10% Growth Predicted for Road Safety Market by 2021
ITS International, Nov. 3, 2016

According to a new market research report, the road safety market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 9.3 percent from from 2016 to 2021, topping out at $4.06 billion.  Growing government regulations for road safety are among the driving forces in the market. The report names red-light enforcement as one of the most important safety control systems in traffic management. (The Fayetteville Observer image by Johnny Horne)

 

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Study Shows Risks to Pedestrians in School Zones
School Bus News (National), Nov. 2, 2016

A new report from Safe Kids Worldwide sheds light on safety risks for student pedestrians — specifically those in their teens. Unsafe speed limits were among the risky behaviors recorded. … The findings come at a time when pedestrian deaths among 12- to 19-year-olds have increased 13 percent in the past two years. Five teens in the U.S. die every week while walking.  The report encourages cities to use speed and red-light safety cameras in school zones. View report here. (Safe Kids Worldwide graphic)

Ontario to Reintroduce Photo Radar in School Zones
Guelph Mercury Tribune (Canada), Nov. 8, 2016

After a formal request from Toronto Mayor John Tory, Premier Kathleen Wynn has announced new legislation empowering municipalities to install safety cameras near schools to curb speeding and protect pedestrians and cyclists. “Our intent is to give municipalities more tools to help keep people safe on our roads,” the premier said.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety retweeted NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA NCSR Retweeted GHSA It’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week! Drowsy driving can cause crashes Please be #Awake2Drive #safetysaveslives

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Red-light cameras added at some @CityofVaBeach intersections, removed at others. pilotonline.com/news/local/tra…   #StopOnRed  @virginianpilot

 

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Construction Begins on Toll Road into Austin
KXAN-TV NBC 36 (Texas), Nov. 8, 2016

It has taken about 30 years, but today construction on the SH 45 Southwest Project officially started. Drivers in Hays and Southern Travis County will eventually see some relief to their commute. The 3.6-mile toll road is expected to save 9 to 17 minutes over local routes to downtown Austin, while drivers who use local routes to downtown will save 6 to 7 minutes. (KXAN-TV NBC 36 image)

 

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 47

November 3rd, 2016 Comments off

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A Second Florida Appeals Court Backs Red-Light Cameras
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Oct. 28, 2016

A second Florida appeals court has sided with communities that use cameras to catch red light runners. The Second District Court of Appeal ruled Oct. 28 that the City of Oldsmar’s camera program is not an illegal delegation of a law enforcement function to a third party. It follows a similar ruling issued in July in a case filed against the City of Ventura. View American Traffic Solutions’ news release here.

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Chandler Road Safety Cameras Begin Warning Period at 4 Locations
KTVK-TV Channel 3 (Arizona), Oct. 31, 2016

Chandler took the lens caps off photo enforcement cameras at four intersections on Nov. 1. If any of the cameras catch you in a moving violation at one of those intersections, you will get a warning in the mail. The city of Chandler is basically giving drives a 30-day grace period to get used to the cameras. Come Dec. 1, however, citations will be issued to speeders and red light runners. (ATS image)

 

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Frisco Adds 5th Red-Light Safety Camera
KXAS-TV NBC 5 (Texas), Nov. 2, 2016

Frisco added a new red-light camera at the intersection of Preston Road and Warren Parkway, the site of 60 crashes in the past five years, causing injuries to 21 people. This is the city’s fifth camera in the program, which began in February 2011. Police Sgt. Jeff Inmon said “We’re seeing a huge decrease in violators running red lights because of the cameras.” (KXAS-TV NBC 5 image)

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Issaquah Could Get More Red-Light Safety Cameras
KIRO-TV Channel 7 (Washington), Oct. 28, 2016

The Issaquah City Council Services and Safety Committee has recommended that the full council approve a plan to study the viability of adding red-light cameras to six intersections. Police identified the locations as having the most crashes triggered by red-light infractions. American Traffic Solutions will conduct the study at no charge to the city. The council could vote on the recommendation Nov. 7. See related article at the East Side News. (KIRO-TV Channel 7 image)

 

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6th Grader Hit by Car while Boarding School Bus
WSET-TV ABC 13 (Virginia), Nov. 2, 2016

State police said a 13-year-old girl was getting on the school bus in Boones Mill when a 19-year-old driver didn’t stop, went around the bus and hit the girl as she crossed the road. The student was treated at the scene for minor injuries. See related article at The Roanoke Times.

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Falls Church Resumes School Bus Camera Program
WTOP-Radio 1500 AM (Washington D.C.), Oct. 31. 2016

The City of Falls Church is resuming its program to cite drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses, which had been on hold for a year, after Virginia’s General Assembly fixed legal language to clarify how violators will receive citations.  (Del Ray Patch/Falls Church City Public Schools)

 

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1st Days of Massachusetts Tolling Brings 4 Million Transactions
WWLP-TV Channel 22 (Massachusetts), Nov. 1, 2016

The new electronic tolling system on the Massachusetts Turnpike has processed more than 4 million transactions since the program launched Friday night. Eighty-three percent of those were E-ZPass transactions. See related article at WBZ-TV CBS 4. (The Boston Globe image by Aram Boghosian)

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Massive Project to Change Face of Commuting on 288
KTRK-TV ABC 13 (Texas), Nov. 1, 2016

In just a matter of days, crews will break ground on new construction for State Highway 288. The multi-million dollar project will add toll lanes to the South Freeway to provide traffic relief for drivers who take the freeway from Brazoria County and southern Harris County. The project will take $815 million and three years to complete. (KTRK-TV ABC 13 image)

 

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“We know it’s working. We know that it does reduce crashes at intersections and that’s our goal. We want to reduce crashes so people don’t get hurt.”
Jeff Inmon, Police Sergeant with city of Frisco, Texas
KXAS-TV NBC 5 (Texas), Nov. 2, 2016

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 46

October 27th, 2016 Comments off

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Warrant Pending for Driver Who Hit Child, Left Scene
Temple Daily Telegram (Texas), Oct. 26, 2016

The Temple Police Department was waiting Wednesday morning for a warrant to be issued for the arrest of a woman who didn’t stop for a school bus unloading children and struck a 7-year-old child, Officer Joe Thomas said. The child was taken to the medical center with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

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Boy Hit at Bus Stop Leaves Hospital; Driver Admits to Texting
WBIR-TV NBC 10 (Tennessee), Oct. 26, 2016

A little boy who was struck by a car while getting off the school bus has been treated and released from the hospital. Meanwhile, police are still looking for the driver that hit him. … Dale Lynch, director of Hamben County Schools, said the collision occurred as the bus was stopped with its stop sign out. Other vehicles stopped, but the driver of a two-door sedan drove around them and the bus, hit the boy and kept driving.  (Elk Valley Times image)

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Police Officer Identifies Himself as Red-Light Runner
The Ledger (Florida), Oct. 24, 2016

As the enforcement officer for Haines City Police Department’s red-light camera program, Tim Glover said he’s written citations to friends, relatives, ambulance drivers and even other cops. But until now, he’d never faced having to write a ticket to himself. “That was the most expensive Cuban sandwich I’ve ever bought,” Glover said, referencing the lunch trip that led to his ticket. (The Ledger image by Ernst Peters)

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Lynnwood Extends Red-Light Camera Contract
The Daily Herald (Washington), Oct. 21, 2016

The decision on the future of red-light cameras in Lynnwood could be pushed into January 2018. The City Council recently approved an extension of the current contract into January 2017. At the same time, the council kept open an option to extend the contract for another year after that. (The Seattle Times image by Mark Harrison)

Study: Child Deaths Higher in States Without Red-Light Camera Policy
HealthDay News, Oct. 21, 2016

Traffic crash death rates for American children vary widely among states, and safety regulations are a major reason why, a new study suggests. … Researchers found child death rates were higher in states where a larger proportion of crashes occur on rural roads or during the daytime, and in states without a red light camera policy.

Human Errors Drive Growing Death Toll in Auto Crashes
National Public Radio, Oct. 20, 2016

More people are dying on the nation’s roadways — nearly 18,000 in the first six months of this year. That’s a huge jump of 10.4 percent over the same time period in 2015. More vehicles on the road, as well as increased numbers of pedestrians and bicyclists, account for only about half of the sharp increase in traffic fatalities. The vast majority could be prevented by wearing seat belts, slowing down and putting down the phone. “Ninety-four percent of crashes can be tied back to a human choice or error. Ninety-four percent! Those are the decisions like drinking and driving, speeding or distraction behind the wheel,” said Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

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Big Move to Electronic Tolling Begins Friday in Massachusetts
MassLive.com (Massachusetts), Oct. 26, 2016

Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials on Monday detailed the timeline for Friday’s switch to all-electronic tolling, a cashless system meant to increase air quality and decrease congestion along the Massachusetts Turnpike. … At 9:45 p.m., it’ll be the end of an era of cash tolls in Massachusetts. The existing E-ZPass Massachusetts system will stop processing transactions at the toll plaza. (MassLive.com image by Gintautas Dumcius)

County Wants Electronic Tolling Expanded in New York
Clarence Bee (New York), Oct. 24, 2016

Recently, New York State announced that it will begin the conversion to 100 percent electronic tolling for several bridges and tunnels in the New York City area. The Erie County Legislature supports expanding this project and outfitting toll plazas in the Buffalo region with the same technology.

Toll Revenues Cover Portion of Cost for Park-and-Ride Lot
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Virginia), Oct. 24, 2016

Northern Virginia officials broke ground Tuesday on a new park-and-ride lot in Loudoun County that will be partially paid for with Interstate 66 toll revenue. The lot will provide 300 parking spaces. Toll revenues will provide more than $1 million toward the $6.1 million project.

 

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Commentary: In New Orleans, a Green Light Means Wait
The Times-Picayune (Louisiana), Oct. 21, 2016

A driver new to New Orleans quickly learns that it’s dangerous here to assume that a green light means go. A green light means “One-Mississippi, Two-Mississippi, Three-Mississippi, go?” Honestly, that might not even be enough Mississippis. If I were waiting behind you at a green light, I’d give you at least five Mississippis before I decided that you were being distracted by Facebook and not worrying about red-light runners. … When it comes to the fatal crashes caused by a failure to obey traffic signals and seat-belt laws, Louisiana is number one, which is to say, the worst.