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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 17

August 17th, 2017 Comments off


Driver Caught on Camera Passing School Bus on Shoulder
NorthEscambia.com (Florida), Aug. 17, 2017

A Cantonment driver was caught on camera passing a loading school bus on the grassy shoulder of the road. The incident happened just after 7 Tuesday morning. In the photo, a student can been seen boarding the school bus as the Honda Pilot approached the front of the bus. (NorthEscambia.com image)

 


Cars Speed Through School Zones
WDSU-TV NBC 6 (Louisiana), Aug. 15, 2017

The city of New Orleans recently increased the amount of traffic cameras around the city, including many in school zones. In an effort to show the danger of speeding, the Orleans Parish School Board released video of motorists speeding through school zones. School zone speed limits are 20 mph, but many cars can be seen going more than 40 mph in the video that was released. The lights on the school zone signs are visibly turned on. See related coverage at The Times Picayune.  (WDSU-TV NBC 6 image)


Red-Light Cameras to Address Red-Light Running Epidemic
KENS-TV CBS 5 (Texas), Aug. 8, 2017

It’s easily one of the most frustrating roads that runs through the San Antonio area: Bandera Road, specifically the stretch between Loop 410 and Loop 1604. In fact, the congestion has gotten so bad that the Leon Valley police chief said it has led to an “epidemic” of red light runners. That’s why red-light cameras will be going up soon.  See related coverage at Laredo Morning Times/LMTonline.com  (KENS-TV CBS 5 image)


5 Additional Red-Light Cameras in Use in Fayetteville
WNCN-TV CBS 17 (North Carolina), Aug. 8, 2017

Drivers in Fayetteville need to make sure to keep an eye on the city’s newest red-light cameras. The five new cameras installed around the city became operational last week and police said the grace period they were giving drivers in those areas is now over. (WNCN-TV CBS 17 image)

 


Amarillo City Council Votes to Keep, Expand Camera Program
KFDA-TV CBS 10 (Texas), Aug. 15, 2017

Red-light cameras will be around Amarillo for at least five more years, and there will be more of them. City Council members voted unanimously tonight to renew the city’s contract with American Traffic Solutions and to add cameras. The company currently operates nine cameras in the city at eight intersections.  (KFDA-TV CBS 10 image)

Haines City to Keep Red Light Cameras
News Chief (Florida), Aug. 15, 2017

Red-light cameras in Haines City won’t be going away soon. The City Commission voted 3-2 on Tuesday night to extend an agreement with American Traffic Solutions for three years.

   

Fayetteville’s Facebook Town Hall Addresses Red-Light Cameras
WNCN-TV CBS 17 (North Carolina), Aug. 15, 2017

Fayetteville officials are inviting people to take part in a Facebook town hall meeting about five new red-light cameras installed in the city. … “We hope to convey the rationale behind the implementation of the cameras and the benefits to resident safety,” said Kevin V. Arata, the city’s corporate communications director.

FBI Warns of Traffic Ticket Scam Targeting Teen Drivers
KNXV-TV ABC 15 (Arizona), Aug. 12, 2017

The FBI wants you to know that scammers are now targeting teenagers and using scare tactics to essentially extort money from them. … FBI Special Agent Scott Augenbaum told NewsChannel 5 Investigates, ABC 15’s sister station in Nashville, the caller might say something like this, “The other day, your car went through a red light camera. We tried to contact you. And, as a new driver, you are going to go to jail or your license will be taken away unless you pay the fine of $250.”


Tucson Ranked 9th in Most Red-Light Running Fatalities
KVOA-TV NBC 4 (Arizona), Aug. 9, 2017

Tucson is one of the top 10 cities with the most fatalities linked to drivers running red lights. The National Coalition for Safer Roads analyzed data from 2004-2013 to compile the list. Tucson ranked 9th with 61 red-light running fatalities reported in the 9-year time frame. Houston ranked first. (KVOA-TV NBC 4 image)


Photo Enforcement Funds Tapped for Seattle School Buses
SeattleMet (Washington), Aug. 8, 2017

Seattle council members back in June approved giving Seattle Public Schools $2.3 million to switch to a new two-tier bus system this fall — but the remaining question was where the money would come from. The council on Monday unanimously approved using revenue from the Seattle Department of Transportation’s photo enforcement program, using school zone and red-light cameras to issue citations for traffic safety. (KING-TV NBC 5 image)

Boynton Beach Red-Light Cameras Back in September
Palm Beach Post (Florida), Aug. 8, 2017

Boynton Beach drivers beware: After an eight-month hiatus, the city’s 15 red-light cameras will be turned back on Friday, Sept. 1. There will be a two-week warning period so drivers have time to adjust to the re-institution of the red-light camera program and modify their driving behavior, Boynton Police spokesperson Stephanie Slaver said. See related coverage at Sun Sentinel.


City of Willis Wins Appeal in Red-Light Camera Case
The Courier of Montgomery County (Texas), Aug. 6, 2017

An appeals court has sided with the City of Willis in an ongoing legal battle over the use of red light cameras and the issuance of fines associated with those cameras. … The Ninth Court of Appeals in Beaumont ruled in the city’s favor. The justices concurred with the 14th Court of Appeals ruling in Edwards v. City of Tomball, which held that a city that sets up a red-light enforcement program must establish an exclusive administrative procedure to handle disputes related to the program. The Ninth Court determined that even if the city failed to conduct a traffic engineering study before installing the cameras, “such an irregularity does not allow a party to completely circumvent or ignore the administrative procedure.”


Speeding’s Role in Crashes Bigger than First Thought, Feds Say
Governing, Aug. 14, 2017

Researchers have actually underestimated how often speed is a factor in fatal crashes, according to a new report from the National Transportation Safety Board. The finding is significant, considering that speed is already one of the most widely reported causes of deadly crashes. … The NTSB went further, by urging traffic engineers to rethink how they set speed limits and for states and localities to use speed cameras more often.  Read full study here.  (MyNorthwest.com/AP image)

Speed Camera Plan May Be on Fast Track in Pennsylvania
The Meadville Tribune, Aug. 10, 2017

The Pennsylvania state Senate in July passed legislation that would allow the Department of Transportation to install speed cameras in construction work zones. State Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, said his committee will examine that bill when the House returns to session in the fall. The House may also look to amend the Senate plan by folding into it a separate measure proposed by Taylor to create  pilot program to use speed cameras in parts of Philadelphia, he said. … State data shows that work zone safety is a problem in Pennsylvania. The number of crashes in work zones in 2016 was the highest in the last five years and is 25 percent more than the state saw in 2012.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety retweeted NHTSA @NHTSAgov Speeding killed 9,557 people in 2015. Kill speed — not yourself.

   
ATS_RoadSafety retweeted  IIHS @IIHS_autosafety (1/2) Red-light-running crashes can be catastrophic. Red light cameras reduce crashes and save lives. ow.ly/hJhc30ep8CM

 
ATS_RoadSafety retweeted  IIHS @IIHS_autosafety (2/2) Turning off red-light cameras costs lives. Read more on this recent study: ow.ly/G1WX30ep8XG

 

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Drivers Changing Tune about I-405 Tolling
KING-TV NBC 5 (Washington), Aug. 16, 2017

Nearly two years after the Washington State Department of Transportation installed express lane tolling on I-405, drivers are beginning to change their opinions about their effectiveness, according to a new survey. For instance, 17 months ago, 87 percent of surveyed drivers did not support express lane tolling, but a June 2017 poll shows 60 percent of drivers like having the option of toll lanes. Also, earlier results showed 77 percent of people thought toll lanes on I-405 did not reduce congestion, but now, 64 percent of respondents say the lanes do help reduce congestion. Read survey here. (WDOT image)


FDOT’s 1st Toll Reader Structure Goes Up on I-295
WJXT-TV Channel 4 (Florida), Aug. 11, 2017

The first toll structure in Jacksonville in 28 years went up last weekend without any fanfare. Early Sunday morning, construction crews put up the first toll gantry on I-295. The gantry will be part of a system to electronically collect tolls for the use of express lanes that are due to open early next year, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. (WJXT-TV Channel 4 and FDOT image)

 

Editorial: We Back Traffic Cameras with Some Reservations
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa), Aug. 8, 2017

Waterloo apparently will be joining other cities across the state and nation in employing cameras to ticket traffic offenders — particularly speeders and motorists who are running red lights. At the Aug. 7 City Council meeting, council members voted unanimously to approve the second reading of a proposed ordinance, which would make Waterloo the first Black Hawk County community to employ the cameras. … In the end, we believe safety factors should win out. Let’s face it; running a red light is dangerous. We grudgingly place our support behind the traffic enforcement cameras at the high-crash intersections, as outlined by Waterloo’s police chief.

 


“The children are our top priority, the teachers and the educators and the faculty are our top priority, and we want them to have a very great school year, so we’re asking people to slow down because there will be consequences for those who are speeding in our school zones creating an unsafe environment.”
Michael Harrison, New Orleans Police Department Chief
The Times Picayune (Louisiana), Aug. 15, 2017


“For me, it’s about safety; it isn’t about money. I’m for stopping people from breaking the law.”
Horace West, Haines City Commissioner
News Chief (Florida), Aug. 15, 2017


“We have noticed a decrease though, especially at our major intersections that have the red light cameras. We’ve done a couple of studies and analyzed the data and overall found a decrease in the red light running.”
Jeff Sulewski, Toledo Police Lieutenant
WTOL-TV CBS 11 (Ohio), Aug. 8, 2017

 

ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 7, Issue 16

August 3rd, 2017 Comments off

Stop On Red Week Begins August 6

For seven days beginning on August 6, numerous community leaders across the country will be reminding drivers to abide by the laws governing traffic signals. Lives hang in the balance when drivers choose to ignore red lights. This dangerous behavior caused an average of two fatalities and 375 injuries each day in the United States just two years ago in 2015. American Traffic Solutions is proud to partner with cities, towns and other communities to help reduce these dangerous crashes by changing driver behavior. Stop on Red Week emphasizes the contribution drivers themselves can make to this lifesaving cause. Please, stop on red today and every day. Additional information is available at American Traffic Solutions and National Coalition for Safer Roads.

 


Red-Light Cameras Coming Back to Boynton Beach
Palm Beach Post (Florida), Aug. 1, 2017

Boynton Beach officials Tuesday decided they want to turn on the red-light cameras — again. There isn’t an official start date yet. But when the city does begin issuing the tickets, it will be the only one in Palm Beach County to do so. (The Palm Beach Post image by Bruce R. Bennett)


Fayetteville Expands Red-Light Camera Program
The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), Aug. 1, 2017

Five new red-light cameras are being installed at Fayetteville intersections. The new additions bring to 15 the total number of cameras posted at 13 intersections in the city as part of an effort to stop drivers from running red lights. … Since the installation of the first cameras in 2015, there have been 33,621 incidents recorded of residents running red lights, according to the city. See related article at WNCN.com. (WNCN.com/CBS North Carolina image)

 


Crashes, Revenue Drop in Nassau, Suffolk Counties
Newsday (New York), July 31, 2017

Revenues from Nassau and Suffolk’s red-light camera programs either dropped or were flat in 2015, while the total number of crashes at intersections with cameras declined in both counties, according to new county reports. … Nassau and Suffolk officials said the drop in revenues and the overall decrease in the number of crashes shows motorists have become more aware of the cameras and are driving more carefully. (Nassau County graphic)


Red-Light Cameras Could Get 2nd Chance in Colorado Springs
The Gazette (Colorado), July 28, 2017

Red-light cameras watched Colorado Springs’ intersections for less than a year before then-Mayor Steve Bach pulled the plug on the program. But with recent changes to the technology, police say the devices might deserve another shot. (The Gazette image by Anthony Souffle)


Revived Baltimore Speed Camera Program Snaps On
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland) July 26, 2017

Baltimore will begin issuing speed camera tickets to motorists Monday, July 31, for the first time since 2013, when the cameras were shut off amid accuracy concerns. Transportation Director Michelle Pourciau said 10 speed cameras will start issuing the $40 tickets. … “We’re going to start fining,” Pourciau said. “So slow down.” (WMAR-TV ABC 2 image)


Appeals Court Rules in Favor of City on Camera Lawsuit
Southeast Texas Record, July 24, 2017

The Court of Appeals for the 9th District of Texas at Beaumont has reversed an order and rendered judgement in favor of the city of Willis in a lawsuit regarding its use of red light cameras. … The appellants argued that Luis Garcia failed to exhaust administrative remedies for the trial.

 


Return to School Means Drivers Need to Watch for Buses, Students
WXIA-TV NBC 11 (Georgia), July 31, 2017

School is back in Cobb County, and the district is warning drivers to stop for buses as they pick up and deliver students. The problem of drivers ignoring bus stop arms and flashing lights isn’t getting any better. It’s one of the many issues school bus drivers like Murl McCoy encounter. (WXIA-TV NBC 11 image)


17 Red-Light Runners Spotted in 1 Hour at 3 Intersections
NWAHomepage.com/KFTA-TV FOX 24 (Arkansas), July 29, 2017

According to American Traffic Solutions, two people died per day in the United States when someone decides to boldly charge through a red light. FOX 24’s Alex Caprariello conducted his own investigation to see how our busy traffic patterns are creating more risky drivers. … You might be surprised to hear how many red-light runners I caught during rush hour. There were 17 total between all three intersections. (NWAHomepage.com/KFTA-TV FOX 24 image)


Fayetteville Hopes More Red-Light Cameras Mean Fewer Crashes
WRAL-TV CBS 5 (North Carolina), July 28, 2017

Five more red light cameras will go online across Fayetteville on Tuesday in an effort to reduce accidents by scaring drivers straight about running stop lights. Fayetteville already has 10 red-light cameras, including one at Bragg Boulevard and Cain Road that has resulted in about 5,000 tickets being issued to drivers since it was installed two years ago. (WRAL-TV CBS 5 image)

 


Pols, Advocates Push for Speed Cameras Near Schools
Long Island City/Astoria Journal (New York), July 28, 2017

After a failed attempt to expand a state law for speed cameras in school zones, elected officials and safety advocates are fighting once again. Mayor Bill de Blasio, State Senator Jose Peralta and Assemblyman Brian Barnwell joined transportation activists last Friday in Woodside to push state lawmakers to take up the legislation when they return to Albany next year. The mayor said speed cameras are a necessary part of his Vision Zero initiative to reduce traffic-related fatalities and injuries. (The Long Island City/Astoria Journal image)


Pennsylvania Speed Camera Bill Gets Boost from Federal Study
Philly.com/The Inquirer, July 27, 2017

A proposal to bring speed cameras to Roosevelt Boulevard got a boost this week from a federal report encouraging states to approve the devices to make roads safer. The report, issued July 25 by the National Transportation Safety Board, “is decisive evidence that automatic speed enforcement is a critical tool we should apply towards preventing deaths and serious injuries,” Mayor Kenney said in a statement.  See related article at Automotive Fleet.  (CBS This Morning image)


Ohio Supreme Court Lifts Restrictions on Road Safety Cameras
StateNews.org/Statehouse News Bureau (Ohio), July 26, 2017

The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the right of cities to use traffic cameras without certain restrictions passed by state lawmakers, saying the state law that restricts those cameras is unconstitutional. See related ATS news release.  (Statehouse News Bureau image by Daniel Konik)  

 

 


Forsyth County Schools Could Get Stop-Arm Cameras
Forsyth County News (Georgia), Aug. 1, 2017

School buses in Forsyth County may get an additional safety feature this year in an effort to curb drivers who fail to stop for children getting on and off the bus. Forsyth County Schools transportation and safety department officials and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office have been researching stop-arm cameras for school buses that catch perpetrators who fail to wait behind a bus with its stop sign on. (Forsyth County News image)


School Bus Drivers Remind Motorists to be Alert for Students
WGCL-TV CBS 46 (Georgia), July 28, 2017

School starts Monday in Cobb County, and bus drivers are reminding other drivers that cameras are watching to make sure they follow Georgia law when it comes to yielding to school buses. …  Since 2014, the Cobb County School District has used mounted cameras to capture video of drivers who fail to stop when a bus has its lights flashing and its stop sign extended. In those years, nearly 25,000 citations have been issued.  (WXIA-TV NBC 11 image)


Governor: Law Lets School Bus Cameras Catch Hurried Motorists
WUNC-Radio 91.5 FM (North Carolina), July 26, 2017

North Carolina motorists could be fined at least $400 if they pass a stopped school bus, according to a new law now in effect. Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday signed into law legislation that he suggested while still attorney general. The new law allows counties to adopt ordinances and cite motorists by using cameras installed on the stop-arms of buses. The penalties can rise to $1,000 on a third offense. (WNCN-TV CBS 17 image)

 

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Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza Reconstruction Moves Forward
San Francisco Examiner (California), July 28, 2017

The effort to replace the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza with a sleeker, taller “toll gantry” is set to move forward today. … The old toll plaza was designed for human toll-takers to collect cash from drivers. Early design sketches of the new toll gantry show a metal structure standing far taller than the existing toll plaza, a design that omits individual structures between each lane. (San Francisco Examiner image by Jessica Christian)


Testing Starts Soon on I-66 Toll Lanes
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Wash. DC), July 28, 2017

Virginia drivers on Interstate 66 in Falls Church and Arlington are seeing lights, cameras and a highway department ready for action. Tolling is scheduled to begin in early December, but not before rigorous testing. The “transformation” of I-66 inside the Beltway is more of an alteration than a transformation; the highway itself will look nearly identical when tolling begins late this year. The most noticeable change has already taken place — the erection of eight new gantries suspended above I-66. (WTOP image by Dave Dildine)

Turnpike Pushes Cashless Tolling for All
Standard Speaker (Pennsylvania), July 26, 2017

Drivers who travel the Pennsylvania Turnpike through Lackawanna County and northern Luzerne County should have a quicker ride starting next spring. … The turnpike will start using a toll-by-plate system, a version of electronic tolling that works even if drivers don’t have an EZPass transponder in their vehicle.

 


Editorial: Shedding Light on Amarillo’s Red-Light Cameras
Amarillo Globe News (Texas), July 26, 2017

If the city wants to consider eliminating the red-light traffic camera program because the program carries no penalties, so be it. But to claim the city implements the program just to make money with little concern for public safety is not accurate.


Letter to the Editor: Helping to Keep Us Safe
The Gazette (Colorado), July 31, 2017

Before you get uptight about the idea of cameras clocking you at certain intersections, allow me to challenge you. I say, “bring in the cameras.” I’m all for freedom, but my views changed a few years ago when I visited Australia. … Exchanging my “freedom to speed” for the safety of the collective whole is a fair exchange. It helps keep us safe, and it will help us break the bad habit.

Letter: Survived Red Light Runner, Barely
Alaska Dispatch News, July 30, 2017

A week ago Friday, I witnessed the second close call involving a red-light runner. Everybody commented on the rampant red-light runners at every traffic light around town. Where are the police who are supposed to enforce the traffic laws? How do we get photo radar back?

 


“Most of the time folks are speeding if they run red lights and if an accident’s created, it’s a T-bone type accident, which can result in a very severe injury.”
Lee Jernigan, Traffic Engineer for the City of Fayetteville, NC
WNCN.com CBS (North Carolina), Aug. 1, 2017


“This is about safety. Our staffing is an issue, and this is just a force multiplier. It’s about keeping our public safe. It’s about people being killed in intersections, being hurt, that’s what our focus is.”
Howard Black, Colorado Springs Police Lieutenant
The Gazette (Colorado), July 27, 2017

New York
A new report shows the following decreases in crashes at red-light camera locations in Suffolk and Nassau counties. Results compare 2015 crash numbers with the 12-month period before cameras were installed:
In Suffolk County, injury crashes fell by 5%, average number of crashes at red-light camera intersections decreased 6%, and right-angle crashes decreased 35%.
In Nassau County, injury crashes decreased 43%, total crashes decreased 31% and side-impact collisions dropped by 11.3%. Source: Newsday, July 31, 2017.

North Carolina
Fayetteville was the second-worst city in North Carolina for vehicle crashes in 2011, according to state Department of Transportation data. After the first red light cameras came online, the city’s ranking improved to 16th. Source: WRAL-TV CBS 5, July 28, 2017.

 

ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 7 Issue 15

July 20th, 2017 Comments off


Doral Restarts Citywide Red-Light Safety Camera Program
Miami’s Community Newspapers (Florida), July 15, 2017

The Doral City Council recently adopted a rule to reactivate the city’s red-light safety camera program beginning with a 60-day warning period. … The action renews Doral’s partnership with American Traffic Solutions. (CBS image)


Scottsdale Red-Light Camera Helps Police Catch ‘Bank Juggers’
KNXV-TV ABC 15 (Arizona), July 11, 2017

A red-light traffic camera helped police locate a Texas couple who were engaged in “bank jugging,” police say. Authorities say “jugging” occurs when gang members stake our banks and ATMs to watch people leaving with bank bags or envelopes. The suspects follow the victim to other locations like a convenience or grocery store, where they burglarize the victim’s vehicle while the victim is away from their car. … The suspect’s vehicle was caught on a red-light camera at McDowell and Scottsdale roads on May 18. Police arrested two suspects on June 28. (The Arizona Republic image by Dave Seibert)


N.Y. City Mayor Announces Traffic Safety Milestone
Office of the Mayor (New York), July 7, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that under the Vision Zero program, New York City ended the first six months of 2017 with the fewest traffic fatalities ever measured. As of June 30, the city had recorded 93 fatalities, the first time ever that fewer than 100 lives had been lost in such a period. With national trends continuing the show fatality increases, New York City has seen declines this year in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities. Road safety cameras are a part of the Vision Zero program.  (Reuters image by Shannon Stapleton)

 


City of Citrus Heights Increases Red-Light Camera Program
KXTV-TV ABC 10 (California), July 14, 2017

The city of Citrus Heights will add red-light safety cameras to an additional two intersections. The city reports a 20 percent increase in collisions from 2015 to 2016, and says crashes decreased at locations with red-light cameras already in use. (KXTV-TV ABC 10 image)


Hagerstown Looks to Place 5 Red-Light Cameras
LocalDVM.com (Maryland), July 12, 2017

The Hagerstown Police Department is eyeing five locations for red-light cameras around the city. Police Chief Victor Brito describes the cameras as force multipliers and says he hopes to have them up and running within 90 days. (Herald-Mail.com image)


Buffalo Moves toward Decision on Red-Light Camera Program
WKBW-TV ABC 7 (New York), July 12, 2017

It’s a topic that was brought up during Tuesday’s Buffalo Common Council meeting: Should the City of Buffalo have red-light cameras? A resolution was passed to have the Buffalo Police Department conduct a study, and look into the use of red-light cameras. (WKBW-TV ABC 7 image)

 


Bill Addresses Speeding through Work Zones in New Jersey
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, July 19, 2017

Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Hudson) wants to use speed cameras in road construction zones to improve compliance with the reduced speed limits and to keep workers safe. The bill (A5082) would create a five-year pilot program on the state’s highways and levy a $100 fine for speeding in excess of 11 mph over the posted speed limit. The bill was introduced last week. (Freehold Patch image)


Philadelphia Can Learn from NY City Speed Camera Program
Newsworks.org, July 11, 2017

What can Philadelphia learn from New York’s automated speed enforcement camera program? … New York City is three years into its program. We checked in with the director of strategic initiatives in the New York City Department of Transportation and learned that once someone gets a speeding ticket they rarely get a second making the program very effective. Listen to our interview. (Staten Island Advance image)


Work Zone Speed Cameras May Soon Be Watching
Pennlive.com (Pennsylvania), July 10, 2017

Pennsylvania drivers passing through active work zones may have to go lightly on the gas pedal, and it wouldn’t be because of police. It would be because of speed cameras. Senate Bill 172, a bipartisan proposal, easily passed the Senate on July 10 by a 45-3 vote, and is now on its way to the House of Representatives. (Pennlive.com image.)


Speed Cameras Return to Baltimore City
WYPR-Radio FM 88.1 (Maryland), July 5, 2017

Speed cameras are back in Baltimore after an earlier system was shut down in 2013. … The first seven cameras are to be used in school zones. (WMAR-TV ABC 2 image)

 

School Bus Cameras Catch 16,000 Drivers Over 154 Days
Local DVM.com (Maryland), July 13, 2017

Over the last year, Montgomery County Public Schools implemented about 200 video cameras on buses to catch drivers who illegally pass. “From October 2016 through June 30, those devices recorded over 16,000 violations,” said Capt Paul Starks, Montgomery County Police. That averages to a shocking 100 plus violations per day.

 

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Ohio River Bridges’ Tolling Revenue Outperforms Expectations
The Courier-Journal (Kentucky), July 18, 2017

Tolling on the three Ohio River bridges has generated slightly more than $38 million through the first half of 2017, which is $5 million more than was projected in a 2016 traffic and revenue study. RiverLink, the electronic monitoring network for the Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln and Lewis and Clark bridges, recorded nearly 8 million crossings between April 1 and June 30 — a 13 percent increase from the first three months since the bridge opened, according to data released Tuesday. (WDRB-TV Channel 41 image)


Veterans Bridge Traffic, Toll Revenue Ahead of Projections
The Virginian-Pilot, July 15, 2017

More commuters are crossing the Veterans Bridge than expected, which translates to more money for the city. In roughly five months of operation, weekday traffic volume was up more than 30 percent over what was anticipated, and daily average revenue was up 4 percent over projections, according to city officials. Far more drivers used E-ZPass than expected, which is why the revenue jump wasn’t higher, officials said. (The Virginian-Pilot image by Stephen M. Katz)

 


Commentary: Random Thoughts from a Staten Island Dog Walker
Staten Island Live (New York), July 8, 2017

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is right. People in these parts drive too darn fast. … The only time most drivers go 25 mph is when they are running a stop sign or red light. Otherwise they’re going about 50 — when not in a rush.


Editorial: School District Uses Cameras for Child Safety
NWA Democrat-Gazette (Arkansas), July 11, 2017

When we read last week that the Bentonville School District will install interior and exterior cameras on those big yellow vehicles transporting a most precious cargo — the community’s children — it seemed a natural extension of where we are as a society, and for a good reason. … The external cameras can help provide evidence of those inattentive or aggressive drivers who simply can’t be bothered by legal requirements to not pass a stopped bus.


Letter to the Editor: No One Should Be Killed on City Streets
for Going about Their Daily Lives

Philadelphia News/Philly.com (Pennsylvania), July 17, 2017

Your cover story, “Another Fine Mess Ahead” misses the larger more important story about safety on Philadelphia’s roadways. While the story attempted to sniff out a red-light camera moneymaking scheme that didn’t exist, it all but ignored the fact that Roosevelt Boulevard makes up half of 1 percent of all Philadelphia roads, but is responsible for 13 percent of all traffic fatalities in the city. … Nobody — whether they walk or drive — should be killed on the streets of the city simply for going about their daily lives.

Letter: Don’t Fear the Red Lights
Star-Telegram (Texas), July 7, 2017

What’s wrong with red-light cameras? Nothing at all. They serve a purpose. … If the light turns red before you even get to the intersection and you continue across, you deserve a citation whether it’s from a camera or an observant traffic officer.

 


“We hope that they’ll reduce the level of traffic infractions, red light running and change the behavior. Changing the behavior is critical for us.”
Victor Brito, Police Chief, Hagerstown, Maryland
WHAG-TV NBC 25 (Maryland), July 12, 2017


“No loss of life on our streets is acceptable, but under Vision Zero, we have seen continued and consistent progress, with traffic fatalities on the decline for three-and-a-half years, strongly countering national trends.”
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City
NYC.gov Office of the Mayor, July 7, 2017

 

Maryland
The state of Maryland has seen work zone speed violations drop under its SafeZones program, which employs speed safety cameras, from 7 percent of drivers in 2010 to 1 percent in 2017. “Today, less than one driver out of every 100 is receiving a citation, showing a more than 90 percent reduction in the number of vehicles traveling 12 mph or more above the work zone speed limit,” the state reported. See report here.  NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (New Jersey), July 19, 2017.

 

ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 7, Issue 14

July 6th, 2017 Comments off


Doral Restarts Red-Light Safety Camera Program
Miami Herald (Florida), July 3, 2017

Cameras were installed at four of Doral’s busiest intersections on July 1. For the first 60 days, drivers will receive a notice — but not a fine — if their vehicle is caught on camera running a red light. Starting Sept. 1, fines will be imposed. “The warning period is intended to give drivers time to adjust to the change in traffic enforcement without incurring a financial penalty,” said Maggie Santos, the city’s spokeswoman. (Miami Herald image by Kurt Strazdins)


Motor Vehicle Crash at Intersection Kills Man
FlaglerLive.com (Florida), July 1, 2017

A Palm Coast man was killed on the afternoon of July 1 in a T-bone crash pitting the front of a Ram pickup against the driver’s door of a Isuzu Rodeo at the intersection of Belle Terre Parkway and Central Avenue. Two other people, a woman and a girl, were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol’s preliminary investigation suggests a red-light runner caused the crash. (FlaglerLive.com image)

Denver Car Thieves Caught on Red-Light Camera
KMGH-TV ABC 7 (Colorado), June 27, 2017

A pair of suspected car thieves apparently can’t help but continue to break the law as they drive around in the ill-gotten vehicle. A red-light camera snapped a picture earlier this month of the two suspects still driving the victim’s car. Police are asking for the public’s help to identify the two suspects.

Waterloo City Council Supports Red-Light Cameras
The Courier (Iowa), June 27, 2017

City Council members have signaled their support for automated traffic cameras to cite motorists who run red lights and speed. Waterloo Safety Services Director Dan Trelka laid out his request on June 26 to install enforcement cameras at high-crash intersections and asked council members if they would support those plans. All six councilmen at the work session nodded in support. Councilman Bruce Jacobs was absent. (See related article at KXEL-Radio 1540 AM)

 


Running Red Lights Can Be Deadly
KTBC-TV FOX 7 (Texas), June 22, 2017

Elgin Police are hoping a new online video that’s been viewed nearly 14,000 times will remind drivers of the dangers of running red lights. The video caught a minivan entering the busy intersection of U.S. 290 and County Line Road just seconds after a red light. … The video post has gotten 14,000 views and Elgin Police said they want to remind drivers of the dangers that come with running a red light.

 


Speed Cameras Approved for Washington County
Herald-Mail (Maryland), June 29, 2017

Speed cameras got the green light Tuesday from a majority of the Washington County Board of Commissioners, which approved an ordinance allowing the devices to be set up in school zones. Sheriff Doug Mullendore said it could be several months if not longer before the cameras are operating. He said the cameras would operate year-round from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays.

 


Bill Allows Cameras to Catch Drivers Illegally Passing School Buses
The News & Observer (North Carolina), June 29, 2017

People who illegally pass a stopped school bus could get a ticket in the mail under a new camera system, an option schools will have under a bill headed to Gov. Roy Cooper. Senate Bill 55 would allow school districts to install cameras on buses or contract with a company that offers the service. … The bill passed the House on June 29 in a 74-33 vote, after passing the Senate months ago. See related article at WFMY-TV CBS 2. (The News & Observer image)


60 Tickets Issued for Illegally Passing Marysville School Buses
KING-TV NBC 5 (Washington), June 29, 2017

Marysville Police have issued 60 tickets for passing a stopped school bus since the program began at the beginning of May. Police issued 47 tickets in May — each one a $419 violation — and 13 tickets in June, through June 19. The last day of school was June 20. Marysville School District installed cameras on its buses to deter drivers from illegally passing school buses that are stopped to pick up and drop off children.  (The Herald image by Ian Terry)


Township Considers School Bus Cameras for Added Student Safety
NorthJersey.com (New Jersey), June 28, 2017

Officials in the township of Rockaway have started researching putting cameras on school buses in response to parents’ concerns over cars speeding by while children are exiting. Councilman Jack Quinn said residents have come to him worried about careless drivers illegally passing school buses that have their stop signs extended. Residents on Fleetwood Drive had to pull their kids back off the road to avoid getting hit, Quinn said. The councilman is not the only one hearing complaints. (NorthJersey.com image by Joe Sarno)


Florida Stiffens Penalty for Illegally Passing School Buses
Cape Coral Daily Breeze, June 27, 2017

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 1239 — the Cameron Mayhew Act — into law on June 26. The legislation stiffens the non-criminal penalties for drivers who fail to stop for a school bus and cause serious bodily injury or death. … Mayhew, 16, was attempting to cross a road in Fort Myers to get on his school bus last year when he was struck by a vehicle that did not stop for the bus.  (The Palm Beach Post/Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office image)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety VIDEO of the Week: Miami Springs, FL motorists speeds through red-light, swerving into wrong way traffic to avoid collision. #StopOnRed


ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety By the minute … In 2014, 29,989 fatal crashes occurred, one every 17.6 minutes, claiming 32,675 lives via NHTSA. Drive safe & #StopOnRed!

 

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Governor Signs Bill Expanding Tolling in West Virginia
The State Journal, June 27, 2017

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 1003 on June 27, giving the state Parkways Authority the power to raise tolls on the West Virginia Turnpike and apply tolls to other roads in the state. The initiative is a key funding component that would help pay off construction bonds. The bill also allows for an $8 E-ZPass that would allow state residents to drive the Turnpike or other future toll roads for free. (The State Journal image by Rusty Marks)


Cashless Tolling’ Coming to Islands, Supervisor Says
The Buffalo News (New York), June 27, 2017

Empire State Development Corp.’s Regional President Sam Hoyt said Gov. Cuomo and New York State Thruway Authority, which maintains the Grand Island bridges and collects the tolls, are committed to bringing high-speed, cashless tolling across the state, including to Grand Island. “(Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray) made it abundantly clear how important cashless tolling is to Grand Island and those of us on the call made it clear (to McMurray) that the governor understands the importance and of his intention to have cashless tolling in New York State as quickly as possible,” Hoyt said. “But it is in process and there are no definitive dates.”

 


Letter to the Editor: So Little Police Presence
The Gazette (Colorado), June 23, 2017

Wednesday’s letter to the editor of The Gazette by Mary Jo Piccin hits the nail on the head. We need either more traffic police or traffic cameras. We live off Cheyenne Boulevard, west of Cresta Road. It is virtually impossible to make a left turn on Cresta or 8th Street, since many westbound cars speed up as soon as the light turns yellow or red.

 


“They save lives, they save children’s lives, they save the lives of seniors in particular.”
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, speaking on speed cameras
DNAinfo.com, June 30, 2017


“I just think that to pay a police officer … to sit there and hold a radar gun, in this day and age with the technology we’ve got, I just think that’s a real poor decision.”
Steve Schmitt, Waterloo City Councilman
The Courier (Iowa), June 27, 2017


“The number of serious bodily injuries and fatality accidents on 290 in Elgin has remained at zero for six and half years. And before the implementation of the program it wasn’t like that.”
John Corbett, Elgin Police Lieutenant, on the city’s red-light camera program
KTBC-TV FOX 7 (Texas), June 22, 2017

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N.Y. Assembly Passes Bill to Expand School Zone Speed Cameras
News Release, June 21, 2017

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Deborah Glick today announced the passage of a measure to expand the school zone speed camera program in the City of New York. … The bill would increase the current cap on the number of authorized speed camera zones in the City of New York from 140 to 290 and authorize the phase-in of any of the additional cameras at the rate of 50 per year over three years. (Times Beacon Record image by Elana Glowatz)


Pols, Advocates Push for More Speed Cameras
Queens Chronicle (New York), June 15, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg earlier this month joined the call to more than double the number of speed cameras in school zones. “There is a piece of legislation that simply says since speed cameras around schools have been working and saving lives — saving children’s lives — we should have them around more schools,” de Blasio said at a rally in front of City Hall. “Isn’t that the simplest thing you’ve heard in a long time?” See additional coverage at NYC.gov and related research study here. (NYC.gov image)

 


Apopka Approves Red-Light Cameras for 5 Additional Years
WFTV-TV ABC 9 (Florida), June 22, 2017

By a vote of 3-2, the Apopka City Council voted Wednesday to extend its contract for red-light cameras for another five years. The vote was taken during a council meeting Wednesday after dozens of drivers showed up to speak against keeping red-light cameras in the city. (WFTV-TV ABC 9 image)

Crash with Injury to Child Blamed on Red-Light Runner
WTVD-TV ABC 11 (North Carolina), June 14, 2017

Police suspect a red-light runner is to blame for a June 13 crash that sent a 3-year-old to the hospital with critical injuries. Fayetteville police have not said which driver is responsible for running the light, but are urging all drivers to take precaution when approaching intersections.

 

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New Port Richey Adds 2 Years to Red-Light Camera Program
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), June 21, 2017

A year after the City Council teetered on pulling the plug on the program and extended it for just one year on a split vote, there was less debate this week as council members voted 4-1 in favor of a two-year extension. The vote came after a plea by New Port Richey Police Chief Kim Bogart to keep the cameras. (The Tampa Tribune image by Jay Conner)


Traffic Management Market Expected to Grow
PRNewswire, June 16, 2017 

Research and Markets, the world’s largest market research store, expects the traffic management market to grow from $22 billion in 2017 to more than $59 billion by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate of 21 percent. High demographic growth and hyperurbanization in developing countries and government initiatives for traffic management are some of the driving forces for this market. (The Columbus Dispatch image by Barbara J. Perenic)


Red-Light Cameras May be Back
The Glendale Star (Arizona), June 15, 2017

Glendale drivers, take note: The city is researching the installation of red-light cameras in the future. The city council heard an update fro Police Chief Rick St. John at the June 6 workshop about photo enforcement, then gave the chief the go-ahead to pursue a red-light running study at select intersections.

 


Bills Increase Penalties for Illegally Passing School Buses
Watertown Daily News (New York), June 16, 2017

State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie wants to crack down on those who illegally pass stopped school buses, after a survey turned up hundreds of such cases in just a few days. The results showed 577 passing violations in three counties between March 13 and 17. Ritchie released the results after a series of school bus-related bills she sponsored passed the Senate. (WHEC-TV image)

Dirt Bike Runs Over Child Leaving School Bus, Flees Scene
The News Journal/Delaware Online, June 16, 2017

Wilmington Police are asking the public to help identify a dirt bike operator who ran over a child getting off a school bus last month. The child was injured in the collision on May 24. The collision occurred as the dirt bike rider passed the stopped school bus and struck the child who had just exited, police said. The motorcyclist then fled the scene.

Drivers Pass Stopped School Buses, Put Children at Risk
Cision News Wire, June 12, 2017

Children entering and leaving their school buses remain at risk from vehicles that illegally pass stopped buses in the Longwood Central School District, according to results from a school bus stop arm safety camera pilot program. Two buses in the district operated with school bus stop-arm safety cameras from Feb. 27 to May 5 and identified 59 vehicles committing stop-arm violations in 45 class days. “These numbers are troubling,” Gale Winsper, Transportation Coordinator for the district, said.

 

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Texas 249 Toll Project Won’t Require Taxpayer Support
Houston Chronicle (Texas), June 19, 2017

The Montgomery County Toll Road Authority is moving forward with plans to construct a $73 million, 3.6-mile tolled section of Texas 249 that officials say will not use any taxpayer dollars and will help fund additional mobility projects in the future. (Houston Chronicle image by Brett Coomer)

Tolling Called Viable Revenue Source for Connecticut
The CT Mirror, June 18, 2017

We’re beyond the useable life of a lot of our bridges in Connecticut. They’re beyond their design life. Most of them were built in the ’50s or ’60s. And they’re operating over capacity. What you need is a new revenue source altogether, and tolls could possibly generate $900 million a year, which is the type of revenue source you would need to accomplish some of these projects.

Rhode Island Full Speed Ahead on Truck Tolls
American Shipper, June 12, 2017

Rhode Island Department of Transportation has entered a contract with Kapsch Traffic Com IVHS to design and build electronic tolling facilities and related infrastructure for the state’s controversial truck-only tolling program. … Construction of the tolling facilities will be ongoing through the end of 2018, with tolling locations coming online as they are built. The first two tolling locations are expected to be operational and collecting revenue by the end of 2017.

 


Commentary: Running a Red Light Is Potentially Lethal
New Haven Register (Connecticut), June 21, 2017

While drivers run the red in Westville by accident, drivers blaze right through every other red wholly on purpose. … Public safety has a role in the civil rights debate. Your right to run a red light must be weighed against my right not to be killed as I’m using the crosswalk. Given Connecticut saw more than 50 pedestrian deaths last year, it seems red-light proponents are on solid ground.


Letter to the Editor: Bring Back Red-Light Cameras
The Gazette (Colorado), June 21, 2017

Please, please, please bring back red-light cameras and speed cameras. I’d rather some idiot driver have his privacy invaded by the cameras than have the side or front of my car (and possibly my body) invaded by their car when they smash into me.

 


“Speed cameras can effectively capture this violation and send a strong message to that motorist that speeding will not be tolerated. Additional speed cameras at key locations — a proven tool in reducing vehicle speeds will help us accomplish this, and by all means speed cameras will support our officers.”
Polly Trottenberg, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner
Queens Chronicle (New York), June 15, 2017