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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 33

July 16th, 2014 Comments off

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Fatalities Precede Decision to Extend Speed Cameras’ Enforcement Time
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Maryland), July 16, 2014

Speed cameras near the University of Maryland will soon be working around the clock, a reaction to three pedestrian fatalities this year. The College Park City Council unanimously approved a resolution from Mayor Andrew Fellows to extend the cameras’ hours. See additional coverage from The Baltimore Sun and hear reaction from parents of victims at WTOP-Radio 103.5.

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5 Cameras in 5 Months See 41,000 Speeders by N.Y. Schools Before June
New York Post, July 15, 2014

New York City issued 41,000 caught-on-camera speeding violations from mid-January to the end of May, when five school zone speed safety cameras were in operation. In June, with 20 speed cameras in use in school districts, the city issued 48,000 tickets to vehicles driving more than 11 mph over the speed limit. This fiscal year, about 75 percent of all fines for speeding, running a red light and driving in a bus lane resulted from violations captured on cameras — up from 38 percent 15 years ago. See related coverage from WNYC and Daily News.

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Judge Rules Fred Meyer Crosswalk a Legal School Zone
Federal Way Mirror (Washington), July 9, 2014

Federal Way Municipal Court judges recently ruled that, yes, drivers of Federal Way can get a speeding ticket from traffic cameras at the Saghalie Middle School crosswalk by Fred Meyer.

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Authorities: Car Runs Flashing Red Light, Collides with School Bus
WHEC-TV NBC 10 (New York), July 16, 2014

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, a car ran a flashing red light at Scottsville-Mumford and Wheatland Center roads Wednesday afternoon. Police said the car collided with a school bus carrying around 35 children, who were on a field trip. About five children were taken from the scene to a hospital with what deputies said were minor injuries. Police said the driver of the car suffered serious injuries. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital. See related coverage from Time Warner Cable News.

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Red-Light Safety Cameras Go Into Effect in Osceola County
WFTV-TV Channel 9 (Florida), July 15, 2014 

Osceola County’s first two red-light safety cameras caught 75 culprits in the last 30 days, but up until now, the drivers were just given warnings. Starting Wednesday, July 16, the grace period ends and police will start giving out tickets. See related press release from Osceola County.

Red-Light Cameras Could Be Coming to New Rochelle, Mount Vernon
News 12 Westchester (New York), July 15, 2014

The cities of New Rochelle and Mount Vernon both got approval from the state Legislature to install red-light cameras, which are meant to cut down on red-light runners. Gov. Andrew Cuomo must first sign the bills, and then vendors need to be hired before cameras can be installed.

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City Wants to Use Red-Light Running Fines to Improve Parks, More
Bay News 9 (Florida), July 13, 2014

Town officials have taken note, and are proposing the “Grow Kenneth City” project to revitalize major corridors, parks, and neighborhoods. Kenneth City wants to use red-light running fines to pay for the revitalization and beautification process. See related article in Tampa Bay Times.

Man Gets 12 Years in Red-Light Running Traffic Death
The Star-Telegram (Texas), July 11, 2014

A 24-year-old man with multiple convictions involving alcohol was sentenced on Thursday to 12 years in prison for driving drunk and then slamming into a 71-year-old motorcyclist, killing him. The driver ran a red light at Alta Mere Drive and Calmont Avenue, in Fort Worth. He was going about 90 mph when he slammed into motorcyclist Richard Franklin Lynn, a crash recorded by a red-light camera.

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Renton Adding Red-Light Safety Camera
Kent Reporter (Washington), July 11, 2014

The City of Renton is adding an additional red-light photo enforcement camera at the intersection of Southeast 176th Street at Benson Road South/108th Avenue Southeast. An analysis of this intersection found that on average, 47 vehicles fail to stop for the red traffic control signal during a 24-hour period. (The Seattle Times photo by Mark Harrison)

Sarasota Police Warn of Telephone Scams
Mill Valley Patch (California), July 10, 2014

Sarasota Police Department is warning of a new twist on an old scam. Someone is targeting drivers, claiming they owe money for running a red light. Police said if you do receive a ticket for running a red light, you would not receive a phone call requesting you to use a pre-paid card.  See related article in Mill Valley Patch.

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American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is pleased to announce its new agreements with the City of Lake Forest Park, Washington, and Clayton County, Georgia. Both clients chose to renew their current road safety camera programs. Lake Forest Park agreed to a new five-year term of operation, while Clayton County exercised its first amendment to the annual contract, extending its program for another year. ATS is honored to remain a partner in road safety with the City of Lake Forest Park, Clayton County and all of its customers.

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Oklahoma Drivers Can Soon Use PikePasses on Texas Toll Roads
News9.com (Oklahoma), July 14, 2014

Beginning on August 10, drivers with PikePasses will be able to travel, unimpeded on toll roads, bridges and tunnels in the Dallas metroplex. Texas drivers with TollTags will also be able to use their passes on Oklahoma’s turnpikes.

Tollbooth Scofflaws Are Multimillion-Dollar Headaches
CQ Roll Call, (Washington D.C.), July 8, 2014

All-electronic tolling  saves time and money — no more old-fashioned toll plazas at which drivers stop and idle, and no more toll collectors whose salaries and benefits must be paid over decades of service — but toll-road authorities need to put resources toward ensuring that people pay up, said Robert Poole, director of Transportation Policy at the Reason Foundation.

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NCSR @SaferRoads More than 50% of teen drivers killed in 2012 were not wearing a seatbelt. Find out more w/ GHSAHQ  #GettingItToClick  bit.lyW3Vmn5.

ATS_Road Safety @ATS_RoadSafety In 2012, +7.3 million U.S. red-light running violations involved #DistractedDriving via @SaferRoadsUSA & @focusdriven.

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Letter to the Editor: Columnist Wrong about Red-Light Cameras
Sun Sentinel (Florida), July 11, 2014

Regarding the June 25 commentary, “Legislature must end red-light camera scam,” I suggest Randy Schultz spend several days at different, busy intersections before espousing such words of wisdom. During early-morning rush hour, it was immediately apparent to me that these red-light cameras had a positive impact.

Letter: Return Red-Light Cameras to Houston
The Houston Chronicle (Texas), July 11, 2014

I am writing to you about a trend I see that appears to be getting worse since the red-light cameras were turned off: a greater number of red-light runners. Prior to the red-light cameras, it was unusual to see a red-light runner, a scary sight to watch, which can be devastating if you’re hit by one. Now that the red-light cameras have been turned off, I see two, three or four cars running a red light at a time.

Letter: The Fix for Speeding? Enforce the Laws
Northwest Valley Newspapers/YourWestValley.com (Arizona), July 11, 2014

I could not agree more with Glenn Haynes’ letter on July 5 about the traffic issues in Sun City West. The issues are primarily a disregard for traffic laws in general. I witnessed the following on July 6 at Aleppo and R.H. Johnson. The light was red for Aleppo and as I slowed, the driver in front simply crossed on the red light. He/she could not be bothered for the light to change. This is the same intersection that had a red-light running fatality last year.

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“It makes sense to do them when there are the most pedestrians in the area and when the danger is the greatest. Most of the accidents that have occurred this year are late at night when the cameras are not active.”
Patrick Wojahn, College Park Council Member on extending speed safety camera enforcement time
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Maryland), July 16, 2014

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“We have carefully thought out each of the three school zones that were selected, based on volume of traffic, numbers of ongoing violations and the risk to students. … As police chief, it is my hope that the drivers focus on practicing safe driving through the Saghalie school zone as all of our school zones to keep our school children safe.”
Andy Hwang, Federal Way Police Chief
Federal Way Mirror (Washington), July 9, 2014

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Osceola County’s first two red-light cameras caught more than 70 culprits during the past month, when warnings without fines were issued. SOURCE: WFTV-TV Channel 9, July 15, 2014.

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The first five of New York’s school zone speed safety cameras issued 41,000 tickets from mid-January through the end of May. In June when 15 more cameras became operational, more than 48,000 tickets were issued. SOURCE: New York Post, July 15, 2014.

About 75 percent of all fines for speeding, running a red light and driving in a bus lane in New York are now the result of violations captured on cameras — up from 38 percent 15 years ago, according to data the Independent Budget Office released Tuesday. SOURCE: Daily News, July 15, 2014.

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2 Busy Tampa Intersections to Get Red-Light Cameras
Tampa Bay Business Journal (Florida), July 8, 2014

Tampa will add six new red-light safety cameras later this month bringing the citywide total to 55. Police monitoring the cameras will begin issuing tickets at the newly monitored intersections on July 11. (The Tampa Tribune photo by Jay Conner)

Intersection Changes Can’t Come Fast Enough
WTSP-TV CBS 10 (Florida), July 8, 2014

There’s a push underway right now to make a dangerous and deadly Bay area intersection safer.  … Of the 153 crashes from 2009 to 2013 FDOT says nearly half of them were rear end collisions. One driver is accused of speeding through a red light at the intersection at 70 miles an hour. The chain reaction crash in May left Doug Carey, a crossing guard, dead. See related article from WTSP-TV.

Phenix City, Ala., Adding More Red-Light Cameras
WRBL-TV CBS 3 (Georgia), July 8, 2014

Phenix City has added two new red light cameras at two intersections. The city now operates three cameras after installing their first camera at Broad Street and 13th Street last year. There were 50 crashes in the year before the camera went up and 32 crashes the year after, a 36 percent reduction in crashes. Opelika also operates four red-light cameras.

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Facts on Federal Way’s Road Safety Cameras
Federal Way Mirror (Washington), July 7, 2014

Did you know the city of Federal Way has generated $8.62 million in eight years from its traffic cameras, accidents have decreased as a result of their presence and there were 24,454 traffic violations in 2013? Mirror staff asked the Federal Way Police Department for more information regarding its Traffic Safety Photo Enforcement Program. Read on to learn more:

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Speed Safety Cameras to Be Installed in 12 New Areas in Chicago
WLS-TV ABC 7 (Illinois), July 5, 2014

The city has named 12 new locations it will install speed cameras at through the fall. The areas are all “Children’s Safety Zones,” or areas around schools or parks, the Chicago Department of Transportation said in a statement. See related article in Chicago Sun-Times.

Sioux City Police Chief Says Speeders Will be Ticketed
Sioux City Journal (Iowa), July 5, 2014

Sioux City police say they have ways of getting around a new South Dakota law designed to keep that state’s drivers from getting ticketed by automated traffic cameras. … Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young said,  ”People in South Dakota need to understand that this is not a free pass that you’ve gotten from your government.”

Traffic Safety Puts Change on Radar in Pennsylvania
TribLive/Trib Total Media (Pennsylvania), July 5, 2014

Pennsylvania is the last state in the country to forbid local police from using radar for speed enforcement, but that could be changing. A Senate transportation committee hearing in Harrisburg in June renewed the debate with one big difference. For the first time in more than 40 years, state police support the idea of local police use of radar or the newer laser-based, speed-enforcement system known as LIDAR.

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School Chiefs Favor Speed Camera Plan
Elmont Herald (New York), July 8, 2014

Al Harper, Patrick Manley and Dr. Ralph Ferrie, the superintendents of the Elmont, Franklin Square and Sewanhaka school districts, respectively, all said they believed New York’s school zone speed safety camera program would yield positive results and help make school zones safer.

 

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Iowa City School Bus Cameras Will Be Watching Motorists
The Gazette (Iowa), July 8, 2014

By the time the next school year rolls around, Iowa City Community School District buses will be equipped with external-facing video cameras to help catch those who disobey the law.The so-called stop-arm cameras will help document violations when motorists pass a school bus when the stop-arm is extended.

Albemarle Supervisors OK Cameras to Catch Drivers Passing Stopped School Buses
The Republic (Indiana), July 3, 2014

Cameras will be installed on Albemarle County, Virginia, school buses to catch drivers who go around the vehicles at stops. Media outlets report that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Wednesday to add security cameras to school buses. Albemarle County deputy chief of police Ron Lantz says the goal is to catch violators when police can’t be there.

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Toll Road Rest Stops Rev Up Services, Quality
USA Today, July 3, 2014

These are not your grandfather’s rest stops. In fact, they’re not rest stops at all, not in the sense of a traditional interstate highway rest stop, where one can find a restroom and vending machines and not much else. These are the expansive travel plazas or service plazas found only alongside toll roads, and states that have them are expanding to accommodate much higher vehicle counts than were on the roads when most first opened decades ago.

Local Turnpike Traffic Steady as Toll Rates Rise
Herald Standard (Pennsylvania), July 3, 2014

For the seventh consecutive year, those who travel the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s roads will be hit with a toll increase, though numbers show that the hikes have not reduced local travel.

 

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ATS_Road Safety @ATS_RoadSafety Do you stop for the school bus stop arm? Keep our children safe. Learn how: ATSCrossingGuard.com

 

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Commentary: Speed Cameras in School Zones Can Help Avoid Tragedies
San Angelo Standard Times (Texas), July 3, 2014

In a recent misguided rant against school zone speed safety cameras, a writer would have us believe our children are perfectly safe walking to school. If that were the true, 20 mph school zones and crossing guards would be unnecessary and parents, teachers and police would not need to remind children again and again to look both ways before crossing the street. View pdf version.

Commentary: Benefits of Federal Way’s Photo Enforcement Program
Federal Way Mirror (Washington), July 3, 2014

The Traffic Safety Photo Enforcement Program enables the city to provide ongoing, consistent enforcement at chronic, high-violation locations, increasing safety for motorists and pedestrians, including school children using the three school zones. It would be prohibitively expensive to provide this level of enforcement at these locations with police officers.

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Editorial: A Green Light for Red-Light Cameras
The Island Now (New York), July 3, 2014

In his presentation last week to the Great Neck Chamber of Commerce, Nassau County Traffic Safety Board Director Chris Minstron made a convincing case for the county’s use of red-light cameras.

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Letter to the Editor: Don’t Like Cameras? Don’t Run the Red Light
Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia), July 8, 2014

The bottom line is that these cameras really do deter traffic light violations, and they really do prevent accidents. At the first Phenix City intersection where a traffic signal camera was installed — Broad and 13th Streets — there has been a 36 percent decrease in traffic accidents, according to Police Chief Ray Smith.

Letter: Speed Cameras in School Zones Is a Smart Move
Newsday (New York), July 8, 2014

I say, kudos, for adding speed cameras in school zones. About two years ago, my neighbor Joe, who was 86, and his dog Sandy were hit by a speeding car trying to make the light in Glen Oaks Village. This was one block away from a school. I hope the $50 fine will make some people think before they speed down our residential streets.

Letter: Install More Cameras, Fences along Turnpike
Newsday (New York), July 7, 2014

As a person who works along Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow, delivering for UPS, I see what happens there every day. Drivers run red lights where there are no red-light cameras. They are talking and texting on their cellphones. It’s no wonder you put your life on the line when you attempt to cross the turnpike

Letter: Put More Red-Light Cameras on the Streets
San Leandro (California), July 3, 2014

We get it, red-light ticket-holder. You are annoyed that we, the people of San Leandro, used technology to catch you. Our police officers are busy catching car thieves and muggers. First you complained about the cost of the ticket. We know you are actually complaining about getting caught in the first place. We know this because you don’t give us a price you are willing to pay. The fine needs to hurt to work.

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“A school safety report indicates 200 motorists per hour exceeded the posted speed limit by 25 miles per hour. I thank Governor Cuomo for approving this pilot program, as it protects our children and serves as an important message to motorists to exercise care in our school zones.”
Ed Mangano, Nassau County Executive
Elmont Herald (New York), July 8, 2014

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“Any time there is video surveillance, it makes evidence stronger for prosecution purposes.”
Scott Gaarde, Iowa City Police Sergeant
The Gazette (Iowa), July 8, 2014

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“Intersection traffic safety cameras have practically eliminated complaints about vehicles blocking intersections at the busiest congested locations, improving traffic flow and safety.”
Andy J. Hwang, Federal Way Police Chief
Federal Way Mirror (Washington), July 3, 2014

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Independence Day Travel Poses High Risks to Motorists
WTLH-TV FOX 49 (Florida), July 2, 2014

This Independence Day, safety on the road is paramount as 41 million Americans will set out in their cars to celebrate the holiday with family and friends. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety names the July 4 weekend as the busiest travel holiday in the country, while the National Coalition for Safer Roads ranks the Fourth of July as the second riskiest summer holiday for drivers across the country when it comes to red-light running. Drive carefully. See related article from USA Today. (Palm Harbor Patch photo by Sunde Farquhar)

3rd Victim of Hit-and-Run Crash Dies
WFLA-TV NBC News Tampa Florida, June 27, 2014

The third victim of a hit-and-run crash in St. Petersburg has died. Investigators told WFLA that a speeding Chrysler collided with a Saturn that was turning left to enter a parking lot on 16 Street South.

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Cameras Could Catch Speeders in School Zones
Times Beacon Record (New York), July 1, 2014

Suffolk County is one step closer to installing speed cameras in some school zones, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that authorizes their use on Long Island. (Times Beacon Record photo by Elana Glowatz)

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Bethel School District to Install School Bus Safety Cameras
The News Tribune (Washington), July 2, 2014

The Bethel School District is preparing to crack down on drivers who pass school buses when they’re stopped to drop off or pick up students. American Traffic Solutions will install its school bus safety cameras on 10 out of about 200 school buses — at no cost to the district — in a program that will test the new system. (The Seattle Times photo by Lindsey Wasson)

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Wednesday morning to approve a program that will catch people speeding past school buses. It would put cameras on the outside of the buses to capture the license plates of offenders – and deal out some big fines.

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Stop-Arm Cameras Reducing Passing Violations, Study Shows
School Bus Fleet, July 1, 2014

American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is helping school districts across the country protect children from drivers who fail to stop for school buses, according to a new analysis of ATS’ CrossingGuard school bus safety camera programs in operation. (Image by WJXT-TV Channel 4)

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ATS Acquires Rent A Toll
Automotive Fleet, July 1, 2014

Toll management service provider American Traffic Solutions (ATS) has acquired Rent A Toll, which provides toll management solutions to commercial and car rental fleets, the company has announced.

Illinois Tollway Offers Independence Day Holiday Travel Tips
Illinois Tollway, June 30, 2014

The Illinois Tollway suggests holiday drivers get an early start on Thursday and Friday. More than 5.5 million vehicles are expected to travel the Tollway system this Fourth of July holiday from Thursday, July 3, through Sunday, July 6. The heaviest travel is anticipated on Thursday, July 3, when more than 1.8 million vehicles are projected to be on the road. On an average day, about 1.4 million vehicles use the Tollway.

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Traffic, Toll Rates, Debt Payments Rise on Narrows Bridge
The News Tribune (Washington), June 27, 2014

Even though traffic across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge over the last year was slightly higher than predicted, a 25 cent toll increase for the eastbound span was started July 1 to help keep pace with increasing debt payments. … The majority of toll revenue still comes from vehicles with electronic transponders, who pay the least to cross. (The News Tribune photo by Janet Jensen)

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ATS_Road Safety @ATS_RoadSafety @AAASafety: 34.8 mil will travel by automobile this #4thofjuly. Drive safe and #StopOnRed usatoday.com/story/travel/n… via @USAToday.

Neil Arason @neilarason @ATS_RoadSafety 99% of drivers who received and paid a ticket for illegally passing a school bus did not do it a second time. Amazing!

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Letter to the Editor: Appreciating Red-Light Cameras
Newsday (New York), July 1, 2014

In response to the letter on the red-light cameras and violating rights . . . how about cameras in the tunnels and bridges leading into and out of the city? Should we get rid of them also? Or ATM and bank cameras? Should we not use those images to catch anyone ripping off a bank customer or the bank itself? The solution is simple: Don’t do anything stupid or illegal, and you have little to worry about.

Letter: Johnny Leadfoot
The Times-Tribune (Pennsylvania), July 1, 2014

A recent letter asserting “proof” that red light cameras “increase accidents, injuries and deaths” piqued my curiosity. The author states that, at intersections with an unusually high number of collisions, “even without corrective steps, accidents will likely fall back to the average or mean number of collisions.” My question is how those intersections became unsafe in the first place and what is the origin of this magical force that visits intersections and makes certain that accident numbers are properly distributed around the mean?

Letter: Red-Light Cameras
The Kansas City Star (Missouri), June 30, 2014

If someone breaks a law, we do not care whether the arresting officer is with the city police department, the county sheriff’s department, the state highway patrol or a federal agency. We only care that the criminal is properly apprehended. So what’s the objection to red-light cameras? If a scofflaw is running red lights, endangering the life and welfare of others, he or she needs to be caught and punished.

Letter: Death on Hempstead Turnpike
Newsday (New York), June 29, 2014

The tragedy of the 13-year-old girl killed by a hit-and-run on Hempstead Turnpike further shows that we need to share the roads equitably between motorists and non-motorists. Full-time monitoring of intersections would enlighten authorities to the areas where jaywalkers impact the flow of traffic. At first, people will grumble about the higher level of monitoring, but like the intersections where red-light cameras are installed, violations would decrease.

Letter: Ways to Increase State Revenue
The News Journal (Delaware), June 29, 2014

Since we are daily hearing or reading about the need to raise taxes or “close a shortfall” in our budget, maybe it is time for our leaders to come to the people to ask for suggestions. Here are some I could offer (if asked). I  applaud the red-light cameras – and think we should have them at every intersection. Traffic lights and stop signs no longer seem to mean anything; perhaps a hit to the wallet would get their attention. Our police force has enough to do without baby-sitting drivers at every intersection.

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“This is a significant step forward in enhancing student safety. Our bus drivers have been reporting a troubling number of these violations. We are extremely fortunate there has not been a serious accident involving children, and our intent is to do all we can to reduce that risk.”
Dean Tistadt, Chief Operating Officer with Albemarle County Public Schools, Virginia
WVIR-TV NBC 29 (Virginia), July 2, 2014

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“This law is a tremendous victory for parents and students across both New York City and Long Island. We know that when drivers know they might get caught, they slow down.”
Jeff Klein, New York State Senate Majority Co-Leader
Times Beacon Record (New York), July 1, 2014

 

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Cuomo Signs Speed Camera Bill for School Zones
Newsday (New York), June 25, 2014

In a ceremony at Bethpage High School, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday allowing Nassau and Suffolk counties to place speed cameras in school zones as they seek to boost safety and revenue. See related article from WCBS-TV CBS 2.

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Mayor Seeks Larger Share of Red-Light Running Fines for Traffic Safety Projects
WFTV-TV Channel 9 (Florida), June 24, 2014

They’re designed to keep drivers safe, but new numbers show Orange County is making far less money on red-light cameras than expected. Nearly 40 red-light cameras were installed at intersections across Orange County and officials said $800,000 is what the county has to show for turning out tickets at $158 apiece.

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Scottsdale Police Use Camera Kiosk to Nab Speeders
KTVK-TV Channel 3 (Arizona), June 23, 2014

We’re all supposed to pay close attention while driving along city streets. And even when you do, you might not see everything you happen to drive by, like the new tool from the Scottsdale Police Department that will help officers nab speeders. It’s a portable speed safety camera, a small beige tower smack dab in the middle of a sidewalk. It’s the latest tool that Scottsdale Police Sgt. Ben Hoster says the city is using to catch speeders.

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Officer Seriously Injured in Red-Light Running Crash, Police Say
Newsday (New York), June  23, 2014

A Long Beach police officer was seriously injured early Monday when his marked patrol unit was struck by a car that ran a red light, officials said. See related article in Long Beach Patch. (Long Beach Patch photo by Clayton Warrin)

Cartwheeling Motorcyclist Watches Video of His Own Crash
Rochester Democrat (New York), June 20, 2014

This shocking footage of a motorcyclist cartwheeling over a car in Florida is so unreal, even the guy who was in the crash has to watch it twice. But get this… he can’t wait to ride again. See related article from NBCNews.com.

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State House Approves Bill for Red-Light Cameras in Fayetteville
Time Warner Cable News (North Carolina), June 25, 2014

The state House has approved a bill that would bring red-light cameras back in the city of Fayetteville. The city used to use red-light cameras to catch violators, but had to stop the program in 2006 because the proceeds were not being used to fund education which is considered unconstitutional. (StarNewsOnline photo by Paul Stephen)

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Albany’s Madison Avenue May Be Red-Light Camera Ready
Times Union (New York), June 25, 2014

Now that the city has the state Legislature’s approval for red-light cameras, the next step is determining where to put them. For many Times Union readers, Madison Avenue was the most popular choice.

Gilbert Police Warn about Phone Scam
The Arizona Republic, June 25, 2014

Gilbert police are cautioning residents to be aware of a phone scammer who calls and identifies himself as a police officer. The man tells potential victims that they have outstanding arrest warrants, traffic fines or photo radar tickets. The scammer threatens victims with suspension of their driver’s licenses if they do not pay the fines over the phone. Gilbert Police and Gilbert Municipal Court inform residents that they will never ask a person to submit payment over the phone.

N.Y. Legislature Passes Red-Light Camera Bill
WTEN-TV ABC 10, June 21, 2014

A bill allowing cameras to be installed at Albany intersections has been passed by the New York State Legislature. Albany can now further study the possibility of installing those cameras at up to 20 intersections. See related coverage from Journal News/lohud.com.

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ATS Finds School Bus Stop Arm Cameras Reduce Violations
EIN Presswire, June 25, 2014

American Traffic Solutions CrossingGuard school bus stop arm cameras are typically placed on bus routes where a significant stop arm running problem has been identified. And while the number of violations on those routes fell by more than 15 percent during the school year, ATS customers have reported stop arm running violation decreases fleet wide, on all buses. View online report here.

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ATS Fleet Services Unit Acquires Rent A Toll
The Wall Street Journal, June 26, 2014

ATS Fleet Services, a leader in toll and violation management solutions, has acquired all the assets of Carrollton, Texas-based Rent A Toll, a provider of toll management solutions to rental car companies and corporate fleets.

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Texas Sees Potential in U.S. 75 HOV to Toll Lane Switch
The Dallas Morning News, June 24, 2014

The Texas Department of Transportation is floating a proposal to turn HOV lanes into toll lanes along a section of U.S. 75, one of the last regional highways that is still toll-free.

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Summer Traffic Helps Unique Toll Tunnel Flourish
Alaska Dispatch, June 21, 2014

Fourteen years ago, the $80 million Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel opened for the public to drive cars, motor homes and trucks hauling fishing boats between Portage and Whittier. Despite a toll-free tunnel the first year, the state overestimated tunnel traffic, and its financial prospects seemed questionable. But more than a decade later, traffic through North America’s longest combined rail/highway tunnel has finally picked up to the point the state is earning a profit. (Alaska Dispatch photo by Loren Holmes)

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ATS_Road Safety @ATS_RoadSafety New Analysis: Authorities issued 14,319 citations based on traffic violations captured on school bus safety cameras ATSCrossingGuard.com.

NHTSA @NHTSAgov RT if you keep a safe distance between you and the vehicles around you.

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Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Designed to Increase Driver Awareness
Around Osceola (Florida), June 20, 2014

A new era of traffic safety is about to begin at the most dangerous intersections in Osceola County. Authorities will now use red-light safety cameras to enforce traffic laws and correct the dangerous and prevalent red-light running behavior that too often leaves innocent drivers and passengers injured.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Make Streets Safer
Sun Sentinel (Florida), June 25, 2014

I am mystified by the furor over red-light cameras. The primary issue is safety. That fines raise a lot of money illustrates the extent of the violations taking place. Every article I read mentions that fatalities are down by nearly half, a success story in itself.

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“If you think speed cameras are intrusive, don’t break the law. And if you don’t break the law, you don’t have anything to worry about. And if you’re speeding in front of a school, you should have something to worry about, because it is reckless.”
Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York
Time Warner Cable News/NY1.com (New York), June 25

“I know a lot of people have expressed reservations about the red-light cameras, but too often Albany drivers think the red light begins 10 seconds after it turns red.”
Todd Hunsinger, President of the Hudson/Park Neighborhood Association, Albany, New York
Times Union (New York), June 25, 2014

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 29

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Inside Look at New York City’s Speed Camera Cars
WCBS-TV CBS 2 (New York), June 18, 2014

The words “smile, you’re on candid camera” have taken on new meaning in the city’s crackdown on speeding motorists. CBS 2 gives viewers a close-up look at the city’s new speed camera vehicles.

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Motorcyclist Cartwheels in Air, Walks Away from Intersection Collision
WTSP-TV Channel 10 (Florida), June 19, 2014

Watch amazing red-light camera video of a motorcyclist who cartwheels through the air after colliding with a car and walks away uninjured.  The driver of the car was cited for an improper left turn.

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Osceola County Launches Red-Light Safety Cameras
WKMG-TV Channel 6 (Florida), June 15, 2014

Two new red-light cameras will begin working in Osceola County on Monday, but tickets won’t be issued until a 30-day warning period comes to a close. Fines take effect on July 16.

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Cameras to Catch School Bus Stop Arm Violators Coming
WLTX-TV CBS 19 (North Carolina), June 13, 2014

A test program to reduce the number of school bus stop arm violations is seeing big results and creating big changes in Rowan County North Carolina. Now a similar program is coming to Spartanburg County. Judy Burris, retired Transportation Director at the Rowan County School District said she knew they had to act after three students died from people ignoring a school bus stop arm. ”It was shocking. It was a life lost all by not paying attention or being in a hurry,” said Burris.

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Police: Red-Light Safety Cameras Do Mean Fewer Crashes
Knoxville News Sentinel (Tennessee), June 16, 2014

Don’t run that red light. On Monday, Knoxville added red-light cameras at two intersections. Every year since Knoxville began using cameras, the city has had a reduction in total crashes. The city has 19 other red-light cameras at intersections. View pdf. See related coverage from WATE-TV ABC 6.

Siblings Among 3 Killed in Red-Light Hit-and-Run
Houston Chronicle (Texas), June 15, 2014

Three people – including a teenage brother and sister – died in a hit-and-run crash early Saturday as they drove home from a party in southeast Houston. A white Chrysler 300 ran a red light and hit a blue Chevy Cavalier around 2:30 a.m. in the 3400 block of Woodridge, witnesses told Houston police.

Cameras Moved as Crashes Drop; Warning Phase Begins at New Spot
Athens Banner-Herald (Georgia), June 14, 2014

Red-light cameras have gone live at a new location in east Athens. It marks the beginning of a 30-day period in which violators will receive written warnings in the mail, police said. A decision to relocate the cameras was made after crashes at the intersection decreased, according to police.

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School Traffic Safety under Review in Washington County
Star Tribune (Minnesota), June 14, 2014

A child’s death and a proliferation of new schools have prompted a review of traffic safety problems along Washington County roads. The fresh look comes after engineers acknowledged difficulty in managing growing traffic around schools — and responding to conflicting expectations about what should be done. “School warning signs made a lot more sense decades ago when there were fewer schools and pedestrians were likely to be seen around each of these schools,” said Joe Gustafson, the county’s traffic engineer. “I’ll be the first to admit that many signs are archaic for many of the situations out there.”

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Stop-Arm Incident Photo Is Worth 1,000 Words
School Bus Fleet Magazine, June 16, 2014

One interesting detail in the journey of the stop-arm camera measure through the South Carolina legislative process is the role that a photo played. Bill sponsor Sen. Thomas Alexander showed the shocking picture to other legislators to help galvanize support for the bill. The photo shows the aftermath of a stop-arm running incident in Cherokee County, S.C., in May. A motorist passing a stopped school bus struck and seriously injured a teenage student. The girl’s shoes lie in the road, and her backpack is on top of the bus.

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Study: Speeding Increased after Cameras Disabled
WKRN-TV ABC 2 (Tennessee), June 17, 2014

A study has found that the number of speeding motorists increased immediately following a decision to disable traffic cameras in Oak Ridge. The study was done at the city’s request after officials decided not to renew a contract making use of the cameras. The cameras were disabled on April 21, but the company allowed the sensors and computers to remain operational.

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New York Cracks Down on Lead Foots
The Christian Science Monitor, June 16, 2014

Through July 6, the New York Police Department will be cracking down on hosts of scofflaws behind the wheel, conducting a carefully planned surge in its enforcement of city speed limits and other rules of the road. One-armed drivers glancing down and thumbing texts beware. The initiative actually marks the fourth ticket-writing blitz in about a month for the NYPD, as city officials begin to ramp up Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ambitious “Vision Zero” traffic plan. The plan seeks to eliminate as many of the city’s 4,000 serious injuries and 250 car-related fatalities each year as possible. (Christian Science Monitor photo by Mark Lennihan/AP)

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that its road safety camera agreement with Nassau County, New York, is now amended to include the installation and use of school zone speed safety cameras, as allowed for in recently enacted legislation. The amendment affects Nassau County’s existing contract with ATS, first signed in 2009 to provide a red-light safety camera program, and extends the current agreement involving both safety camera programs to 2022, including three 3-year renewal terms. ATS is honored  by Nassau County’s decision and looks forward to assisting the county in its efforts to protect people from traffic dangers at intersections and in school zones.

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Massachusetts Revamps Toll Rate Structure; Awaits Automated Tolling
MassLive.com/The Republican, June 18, 2014

As Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials prepare to embrace all-electronic tolling in 2016, state transportation officials announced Wednesday a new toll structure that will save some drivers in Western and Central Massachusetts money. See related article at The Boston Globe.

 

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NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA The 100 days btwn Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest for #teendrivers. Teach them safe driving habits – 1usa.gov/1lygxCa

ATS_Road Safety @ATS_RoadSafety Keep our children safe by obeying the School Bus Stop Arm &  #StopOnRed!  Check out the rules: pic.twitter.com/1tsYlg5Pwj

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Commentary: Cost of Roadway Mayhem – $871 Billion a Year
The Washington Post (District of Columbia), June 17, 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has put a price on the cost of carnage on the nation’s roadways. It says the total annual cost is $871 billion. That number includes $277 billion in economic costs and $594 billion in harm from the loss of life and the pain and decreased quality of life due to injuries.

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Editorial: Put Public Safety First
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), June 15, 2014

With Senate Bill 342, Sen. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, wants to effectively ban traffic-safety cameras by requiring that every red-light or speed camera be attended by a police officer to witness motorists running red lights or speeding. Of course, no community would use traffic-safety cameras under those restrictions; the whole point of the cameras is to hold speeders and red-light-runners accountable even when an officer can’t be present.

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Letter to the Editor: Traffic Cameras Encourage Safe Driving Habits
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), June 17, 2014

Goodness, what’s not to like about red-light cameras (“Traffic cameras on the way out?,”Dispatch article, June 8)? If a driver is obeying the law, then he or she has no reason to object to them. We all will simply be driving in a much safer environment with other drivers who also will be obeying the law to avoid getting a ticket. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t like the cameras and who doesn’t feel safer because of the positive effect they’ve had.

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“We are really not trying to engage in ‘gotcha,’ and we’re really not trying to do this as a revenue-raising exercise. And one thing that I say is if the drivers of New York slow down, obey the speed limit, and stop running red lights — and the city collects no revenue – I’ll consider it a victory.”
Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation
WCBS-TV CBS 2 (New York), June 18, 2014

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“The police department’s ultimate goal is not to get people to pay. Our goal is (for motorists) to be attentive to their driving and slow down. The data shows that when an automated speed camera system is deployed, they will do that. Also, our experience is that honest people will pay their citations for the violations.”
Roger Overholt, Police Chief of Morristown, Tennessee
Citizen Tribune, June 16, 2014

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“When you’re talking about an intersection crash, you’re talking about one of the most dangerous types of crashes that can occur.”
Darrell DeBusk, Knoxville Police Department spokesman
Knoxville News Sentinel (Tennessee), June 16, 2014