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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 33

July 30th, 2015 Comments off

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ATS Adds Voice of Support to Stop On Red Week
There is no turning back once a driver runs a red light. Stopping on red makes all the difference. It’s the only safe call. Nearly 700 people died in red-light running crashes in 2013, and another 127,000 were injured. Half of them never knew what hit them. They were crossing the intersection on the green light, expecting other drivers to stop. These tragedies can be prevented, and families can be spared their grief. During National Stop on Red Week from Aug. 2-8, American Traffic Solutions encourages the public to pay attention to the safety messages their police and elected officials will be sharing. For one week, make the message to stop on red a part of your life, then make it a daily habit.

 

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City Issues 268 Citations 2 Weeks into New Camera Program
The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), July 30, 2015

More than 200 people have been ticketed for running red lights at three Fayetteville intersections with cameras. The city announced Wednesday that 268 citations have been mailed to violators caught by cameras between July 8 and July 23. The cameras were turned on July 1, and the grace period ended July 8. See city press release here.

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Hays County Rolls Out Speed Zone Safety Vehicle
KXAN-TV NBC 36 (Texas),  July 29, 2015

A new safety program in Hays County hopes to slow drivers down in an area where it’s especially important to follow the speed limit: school zones. “There’s a reason the state sets those speed limits,” said Constable Darrell Ayres, Hays County Precinct 3. “And five miles above the speed limit could be the difference between life and death in an accident.” Wimberley is the first district in Hays to receive a School Safety Zone vehicle, which operates unmanned. (KXAN-TV NBC 36 image)

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Atlanta Public Schools Starts Year with Bus Safety Cameras
WSB-TV Channel 2 and MyAJC.com (Georgia), July 29, 2015

Atlanta Public Schools will be using CrossingGuard School Bus Stop Arm Safety Cameras this year to catch any vehicle that fails to stop when students are getting on and off the bus. Violators will be caught on video and a snapshot of their license plate will be sent to law enforcement.

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With Fatalities Up, Waco Explores Red-Light Safety Cameras
KWTX-TV Channel 10 (Texas), July 23, 2015

The Waco City Council is looking into increased options to catch red-light violators, including red-light safety cameras. Waco police Sgt. W. Patrict Swanton said police have been looking into options for awhile with the increased fatalities this year from red-light crashes. Since January there have been 15 fatalities in Waco, and three of them have been from people running red lights.

 

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Chandler Signs with American Traffic Solutions, Reviews Camera Locations
The Arizona Republic, July 30, 2015

Chandler will continue using red-light cameras at certain intersections throughout the city, while pursuing plans to place cameras at five high-profile intersections next year. The city’s new contract with American Traffic Solutions will take effect April 1, 2016, and at that time, cameras will be re-deployed to some new locations in various parts of the city.

Dayton Takes Fight for Cameras to Court
WHIO-TV Channel 7 (Ohio), July 28, 2015

The city of Dayton squared off against the state of Ohio in a courtroom battle Tuesday to keep Dayton’s red-light cameras running. … Dayton’s assistant city attorney John Musto wasted no time attacking the state on a law he said violates the city’s home rule rights to enforce laws that protect its citizens.

Center Point Paves Way for Return of Red-Light Cameras
Birmingham News/AL.com (Alabama), July 28, 2015

Center Point is starting a public safety department, and the return of red-light cameras could be on the horizon. … Once the public safety department gets its Originating Agency Identification Number, the city will put out a bid for a vendor to do the red-light cameras. “In the past month and a half, we’ve had four pedestrians hit — 2 killed and 2 hurt. We just want to make it safer for folks out there,”

 

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Oregon’s Largest City Will Soon Add Speed Cameras
Landline Magazine, July 24, 2015

Speed cameras will likely soon start popping up around Oregon’s largest city. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed into law a bill that authorizes the city of Portland to operate fixed photo radar on “high-crash urban corridors.” The city already uses red-light cameras. (Portland Press Herald image)

 

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Sheriff’s Office: Pass a Stopped School Bus, Expect a Fine
Douglasville Patch (Georgia), July 29, 2015

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents that with the 2015-16 school year about to open, it is illegal to pass a school bus while it is loading or unloading students. Douglas County school buses are equipped with stop-arm cameras, which photograph violators and their cars when they break the law. Fines begin at $300.

Mitchell County Adds School Bus Safety Cameras
WTOE-Radio 1470 AM (North Carolina), July 29, 2015

Mitchell County Schools has received four high-definition camera systems to equip their buses for the new school year. Eight of the school system’s 27 yellow buses will now be equipped with cameras from all angles with the hope of catching drivers passing stopped buses.

School Bus Cameras Ready to Catch Drivers
KETV-TV ABC 7 (Nebraska), July 29, 2015

Ten Bellevue Public School buses will be equipped this year with special cameras attached to the stop arms to catch drivers who speed by when children are loading and unloading. The school district says there were 163 documented cases of drivers ignoring red flashing lights and stop arms last school year.

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Atlanta Schools to Use CrossingGuard Cameras
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), July 25, 2015

Atlanta Public Schools is planning to mount cameras on school buses to catch drives who illegally pass while the buses are stopped. The cameras supplied by American Traffic Solutions will automatically detect drivers who pass the stop arm when it is deployed and will capture video and still images. See related news coverage from School Bus Fleet. (Myfoxatlanta.com image)

 

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Commissioners Approve Speed Cameras Near Schools
TheBayNet.com (Maryland), July 29, 2015

In an effort to reduce the number of speeding incidents near schools, Calvert County officials have approved a program called Safety for Students, which involves the installation of speed cameras at public schools located on county roads.

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Kent Expands School Zone Speed Safety Camera Locations
Kent Reporter (Washington), July 28, 2015

Drivers will discover Kent’s school zone camera program spreading this fall to catch speeding violators at two additional schools. Cameras and warning signs will go up starting Aug. 31 at Meridian and Millennium elementary schools. Cameras already exist at two other schools and brought in more than $1 million in fines to the city during the first year of operation. Kent Police plan to spend their portion of funds on city jail renovations, police overtime costs, a use-of-force training simulator and traffic safety equipment. See related city press release here. (Kent Reporter image)

 

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City Of Fayetteville @CityOfFayNC  Fayetteville Dangerous Red-Light Running – July 2015: http://youtu.be/jb_aQQNiRXo? via @YouTube

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Greenville Journal @gville_journal Nationwide, more than 3.7 million drivers ran a red-light in 2014…What upsets you about drivers who ignore red lights? @SaferRoadsUSA

 

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Two Broward Turnpike Interchanges Go Cashless Next Month
WFOR-TV CBS 4 (Florida), July 27, 2015

If you’re used to plunking a couple of quarters into the toll plaza machines at the Griffin Road or Hollywood/Pines Boulevard exits on the Florida Turnpike, you’re in for a big surprise next month. They are going away. Beginning Aug. 29, they will become cashless interchanges. (Sun-Sentinel.com image)

Electronic Toll Rates Set for Highway Connector
Bucks Local News (Pennsylvania), July 25, 2015

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved toll rates for a cashless, nonstop tolling point for westbound motorists crossing the Delaware River Bridge from New Jersey in to Pennsylvania on Interstate 276. E-ZPass customers, who make up more than 80 percent of traffic at the bridge, will pay $5 for a two-axle vehicle. … The electronic toll is a critical element of the commission’s $1.4 billion project to connect I-95 and the Turnpike.

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Toll Collectors: A Disappearing Breed
Stateline, July 24, 2015

Transportation officials say electronic tolling improves driver safety and traffic flow, saves taxpayer dollars and reduces pollution by cutting fuel consumption. Critics say it invades people’s privacy, discriminates against low-income drivers and sometimes results in motorists being erroneously charged hefty fees and penalties. What’s not in dispute is the fact that toll collector jobs have dwindled and will continue to do so. (Orange County Register file photo by Kevin Sullivan)

 

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Editorial: School Bus Cameras Worth Pursuing
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), July 25, 2015

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler’s decision to delay installing cameras on school buses, as part of an effort to stop drivers who illegally go by when the bus’ red lights are flashing at a stop to pick up students, isn’t likely to end up being a big deal. … It’s reasonable to take a look, but it would be terrible if a tragedy that could have been prevented by the installation of cameras on school buses, ended up happening before a decision is reached.

Editorial: More Speed Cameras Near Schools Could Save a Life
Frederick News-Post (Maryland), July 22, 2015

We don’t see much downside to the recent action by the city of Frederick that will open the door to more speed camera locations in school zones throughout the city. … We applaud all these decisions, because even though the speed cameras have been around in the city since May 2011, we’re still amazed that nearly 16,500 citations were issued in 2014. What makes that number even more astounding is that state law requires motorists to drive at least 12 mph over the speed limit before being ticketed.

 

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“Frees us up from having to be there and still accomplishes the same thing as far as slowing down traffic, and bringing people in compliance.”
Darrell Ayres, Hays County Constable District 3, on the county’s new school zone speed safety vehicle
KXAN-TV NBC 36 (Texas), July 29, 2015

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“The proposed program is intended to provide law enforcement additional support to its traditional speed enforcement efforts. Of paramount importance are those systems that can be used to keep pedestrians safe and traffic calm, and address speeding in school zone roadways.”
John Norris, Calvert County Attorney
TheBayNet.com (Maryland), July 29, 2015

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“Too many people are driving too fast. If people are going to choose to be dangerous it’s going to cost them.”
Evan K. Slaughenhoupt Jr., Calvert County Commissioner, District 3
TheBayNet.com (Maryland), July 29, 2015

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“Ensuring that motorists follow the law when students are being loaded and unloaded from our school buses is a vital safety concern. With the implementation of these cameras, instances of motorists passing school buses while the stop arm is out and the red lights are flashing are expected to decrease.”
John Franklin, Atlanta Public Schools’ executive director of transportation
School Bus Fleet, July 28, 2015 

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“Obviously we would want our citizens to understand it’s not a prudent thing to do to run a red light because it could end up getting you a fine or worse it could end up getting you killed.”
W. Patrick Swanton, Police Sergeant with Waco Police Department
KWTX-TV Channel 10 (Texas), July 23, 2015

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N.C. Bill to Enforce School Bus Stop Arm Violations Advances
WVEC-TV ABC 13 (North Carolina), July 20, 2015

A North Carolina State Senate bill that would allow counties to pass local ordinances to enforce the school bus stop arm law has now made it to a House committee. It would allow school systems to contract with vendors to install cameras and hit the vehicle’s registered owner with a $500 penalty. (WLXT-TV CBS 19 image)

Drivers Blame Each Other for Crash; Police Review Camera Evidence
KNXV-TV ABC 15 (Arizona), July 20, 2015

A woman was transported to the hospital after two vehicles collided in the middle of a Scottsdale intersection Monday morning. Both drivers told police the other driver ran the red light. Officials are checking the red-light camera at the intersection to see who really ran the traffic signal.

 

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Red-Light Cameras Make Portland Safer, Audit Finds
KGW.com (Oregon), July 22, 2015

Drummond Kahn, director of audit services in the Portland City Auditor’s Office, said an audit of red-light safety cameras over the last five years found they make intersections safer. … The audit found crash rates at red-light camera intersections were 44 percent lower after the cameras were installed. (The Oregonian image)

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Study: Bad Drivers in D.C. Face 10th Strictest Penalties in Nation
WTOP-Radio 1500 AM (Washington, D.C.), July 21, 2015

A recent WalletHub report compared driving laws in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. in order to find out which states take the hardest line on “dangerous driving behavior.” The results? At No. 10, the D.C. region is one of the strictest jurisdictions in the country when it comes to penalizing rule-breaking motorists. Colorado is the most strictest, while Texas is the least. (WTOP photo by Dave Dildine)

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D.C. Red-Light Running Drops to Lowest Point in 7 Years
WAMU-TV CBS 9 (District of Columbia), July 21, 2015

The number of red-light camera tickets issued in D.C. is at its lowest point in seven years. But does that mean more drivers are following the rules? … Russ Rader of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says it’s simple: “The best educational tool is a ticket.” (WNYT-TV NBC 13 image)

Police: College Station Driver Runs Red Light, Causes Collision
The Eagle (Texas), July 20, 2015

A 22-year-old College Station man was issued a citation for running a red light over the weekend and crashing into a car, prompting it to roll and traffic to be shut down on a major street. Police said both drivers received minor injuries that did not require a trip to the hospital, but the wreck stopped traffic for more than an hour while the scene was cleared.

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Red-Light Cameras Go Online in Albany
WTEN-TV ABC 10 (New York), July 20, 2015

The much talked about red-light cameras are now live at the intersections of Northern Boulevard and Shaker Road, as well as Washington Avenue and Quail Street in Albany. The cameras became active at midnight Monday. They are two of the red-light camera systems to be installed at 20 intersections in the city. (WNYT-TV NBC 13 image)

 

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Atlanta Public Schools to Carry CrossingGuard Cameras
Marketwatch.com, July 22, 2015

Atlanta Public Schools will start the new school year August 5 with CrossingGuard school bus stop arm safety cameras installed on buses traveling routes with a high number of stop-arm violation incidents. The program is the result of a partnership among American Traffic Solutions, Atlanta Public Schools and the city of Atlanta Police Department, and is in place to address the growing problem of motorists illegally passing school buses that are stopped to let children on or off. (Atlanta Business Chronicle image by Douglas Ford)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Must Watch! A mom’s social media post shatters lives in AT&T’s gut-wrenching ad creativity-online.com/work/att-it-ca… #PutThePhoneDown  (AT&T, Creativity-online.com image)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety National StopOnRed2015 is coming up in less than 2 weeks. Get involved! Check out: safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/r…

 

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Tappan Zee Bridge to Feature Fast Toll Collection
Daily Voice (New York), July 21, 2015

An all-electronic toll collect system will be activated for the Tappan Zee Bridge in spring 2016, according to the New NY Bridge updates. The new system will slow drivers to pay tolls without having to stop, with the hopes that the new system will significantly improve traffic flow and improve local air quality by diminishing idling vehicles in toll-collection lines.

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Feds OK Toll Lanes on U.S. 281
San Antonio Express-News (Texas), July 17, 2015

The federal government has officially signed off on a plan to convert a section of U.S. 281 to an expressway with some toll lanes, but local officials are still hoping to pursue an option to keep the corridor non-toll. Officials with the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority learned late Friday that the agency had received the green light to massively overhaul an 8-mile stretch of U.S. 281, removing traffic lights, building overpasses and adding a mix of toll and non-toll lanes. … San Antonio is the last large city in Texas without toll lanes. (San Antonio Express-News file photo)

 

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Needed
Centre Daily Times (Pennsylvania), July 20, 2015

If anything positive can come of the recent fatal accident at the intersection of North Atherton Street and Park Avenue, it will be our legislature’s bipartisan effort to provide local police with the radar and red-light cameras they need to slow traffic and thus increase safety in Centre County.

 

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“Not only are the number of crashes down, but the crash rate is down. Meaning intersections with even more traffic are having fewer crashes and even a lower percentage of crashes.”
Drummond Kahn, director of audit services in the Portland City Auditor’s Office, on results of a five-year audit of red-light cameras
KGW.com (Oregon), July 22, 2015

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“The whole project is about changing driver behavior and improving traffic safety in the city.”
Steve Smith, Albany Police Department
WTEN ABC 10 (New York), July 20, 2015

 

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In its first year of camera enforcement, Columbus saw right-angle crashes drop by 73 percent at intersections with red-light cameras. Toledo documents a 39 percent reduction in fatal accidents attributed to red-light running, and Dayton saw a 35 percent reduction in crashes from running red lights. Conversely, consequences were dramatically bad in cities where cameras went dark: Collisions at these intersections increased 147 percent in Houston, and speeding and red-light running jumped 584 percent in Albuquerque, N.M. SOURCE: The Columbus Dispatch, July 21, 2015.

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A five-year audit of red-light safety cameras in Portland found crash rates at intersections with cameras were 44 percent lower after the cameras were installed. SOURCE: KGW.com, July 22, 2015.

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Chicopee Leaders Seek Solution to Crashes, Discuss Speed Cameras
MassLive.com/The Republican (Massachusetts), July 16, 2015 

After four crashes in one month at the same intersection, Chicopee City Council’s Public Safety Committee began discussing solutions. Police Chief William R. Jebb proposed using cameras that would photograph drivers and their license plates if they are speeding, and initiate the process to issue a ticket. (Image submitted to MassLive.com/The Republican)

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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Consider Work Zone Speed Safety Cameras
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 15, 2015

Drivers and other advocates say what might slow down drivers in construction zones is a camera that snaps a picture of a vehicle’s license plate and results in a $100 citation for speeding. Legislation authorizing work-zone speed cameras was one of several safety related bills on the agenda of a joint meeting of the Senate and House transportation committees. The proposal appeared to be picking up some momentum. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette image by Bob Donaldson)

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Lawmaker’s Bill Would Allow Red-Light Cameras in State College
WeAreCentralPA.com (Pennsylvania), July 14, 2015

In the past year, two people have been killed in collisions at the intersection of North Atherton Street and Park Avenue in State College. After the most recent crash about three weeks ago, neighbors in the area have ramped up their efforts. Now, a local legislator is stepping in to help, offering a piece of legislation allowing red-light cameras in the borough. See related coverage at WJAC-TV Channel 6.

Scooter and SUV Collide at Intersection, 1 Injured
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), July 14, 2015

A woman was taken to a hospital Tuesday afternoon after the motor scooter she was driving hit an SUV at an intersection on Paramount Road and I-40. The driver of the scooter disregarded a red light and hit the SUV.

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Woman Saved from Fiery Wreck Thanks Her Heroes
WSB-TV Channel 2 (Georgia), July 14, 2015

A woman rescued from a fiery crash in May got the chance on Tuesday to thank the first responders who saved her life. … Police say a truck ran a red light and crashed into the woman’s car. She suffered broken ribs, a broken hip and her lungs collapsed. She was trapped inside the vehicle with smoke and fire threatening her when several Jonesboro officers who were nearby rushed over to help. (WSB-TV Channel 2 image)

 

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Supervisors Approve School Bus Safety Cameras
The Record (Virginia), July 16, 2015

The Northumberland board of supervisors on July 9 voted unanimously, 5-0, to allow cameras to catch drivers passing stopped school buses. The new code specifies a $250 fine.

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Virginia District Rolls Out Solution to School Bus Stop Arm Violations
Arlington Patch (Virginia), July 9, 2015

Arlington Public Schools announced this week the start of its CrossingGuard School Bus Stop Arm Safety Camera Program. Cameras are capturing images of vehicles that fail to stop for an extended school bus stop arm. Arlington County now becomes one of the first communities in Virginia to approve the use of exterior school bus cameras. (WJLA-TV ABC 7 image)

 

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Speed Camera Warning Phase Begins in Hays County
San Marcos Daily Record (Texas), July 6, 2015

The Hays County School Zone Speed Safety Camera Program van, equipped with advanced 2D ranging radar technology and two high-resolution color cameras, is in use as a 15-day warning period began July 15 at schools in Precinct 3 that hold summer school sessions. During this introductory time, drivers are encouraged to adjust their behavior so they comply with the posted speed limit. Drivers who break the law during this phase of the program will be issued a warning without a fine.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety RT if you agree! #StopOnRed! Learn more: atsol.com.

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Melissa_Wandall @MelissaWandall We are gearing up for National #Stop on Red Week.  @SaferRoadsUSA! We want YOU to get involved. Stay in the know: NCSRSafety.org

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Whoa! This pedestrian near miss shows you just how dangerous a vehicle is. #StopOnRed! YouTube.com/watch?v=OX3K5b

 

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Florida’s SunPass to Soon Be Accepted in More States
Miami Herald (Florida), July 14, 2015

By the middle of next year, Florida’s prepaid SunPass electronic toll device will be accepted throughout a wide swath of the southeastern United States, allowing a driver to travel most toll roads from Texas to South Carolina without ever getting out of their cars or slowing down to toss coins in a box. (Miami Herald image by John VanBeekum)

5 Gee Whiz Facts about I-75 Toll Lane Project
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), July 14, 2015

The two express toll lanes that will run along I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties beginning in 2018 will be 30 miles long, use 39 new bridges and feature reversible lanes to accommodate morning inbound traffic and afternoon outbound traffic. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution image by Bob Andres)

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Editorial: Pennsylvania Turnpike Should Stop Accepting Cash
Times Leader, July 13, 2015

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission should eliminate toll facilities and switch to electronic, cash-free collection. While the move regrettably would result in some layoffs, it would speed up travel times across the state. (Times Leader image by Pete G. Wilcox)

ExpressToll Is on a Roll
Denver Business Journal (Colorado), July 13, 2015

The empire of ExpressToll, the electronic toll collection system for the E-470 and Northwest Parkway toll roads and Interstate 25’s express lanes, is about to get a lot larger. That happens July 22, when ExpressToll will be used to collect tolls from solo drivers using the new U.S. 36 express lanes between I-25 and Boulder. … And in the coming months and years, extra miles of toll lanes using the ExpressToll system will be added on I-70, I-25, C-470 and other routes.

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Rules of the Road Aren’t Enough to Prevent Fatalities
FiveThirtyEight.com, Jan. 15, 2015

Jelani Irving rode his bike in the darkness just before sunrise on a foggy morning last February. He was returning to his home in Brooklyn after finishing a shift driving a taxi. Along the way, a collision with a car ended his life. The death was ruled an accident, and there’s no evidence anybody broke the law. But does that mean we should view this tragedy as unavoidable?

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Editorial: Changing Driving Behavior Can Save Lives
The Valdosta Daily Times (Georgia), July 16, 2015

Three people have died on South Georgia roads in separate incidents during the past several days. Three lives tragically lost. There is nothing any of us can do to bring back the people lost. All any of us can do is do our best to try to prevent further fatalities. To do so, many of us need look no further than the reflection in the rearview mirror.

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Letter to the Editor: Direct Traffic Fines to Street Repairs
The Denver Post (Colorado), July 15, 2015

I agree that we need electronic traffic controls. Our traffic control officers need all the help they can get to enforce our traffic driving laws. I do not agree that the fines should be used to raise funds for the city’s general account. … One solution would be to divert these monies to the city street maintenance fund.

Letter: Everyone Is Running Red Lights
The Gazette (Colorado), July 13, 2015

I drive in a lot of areas in Colorado Springs, and many times a day I see people running red lights. I was just on Garden of the Gods and had plenty of time to stop without braking hard and the light had changed from amber to red and two cars went past me. This happens regularly. … If something isn’t done, it is just going to get worse.

Letter: Cameras That Hold Violators Accountable Save Lives
NJ.com (New Jersey), July 11, 2015

Stopping at a stop sign should not be a controversy, especially when we’re asked to stop to allow kids to safely board or leave the bus. Those who pass a school bus illegally should be held accountable to keep kids safe and photo enforcement helps police do that.

 

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“After one citation with (an insurance) surcharge they will slow it down.”
William R. Jebb, Chicopee Police Chief on using speed cameras to improve safety
MassLive.com/The Republican (Massachusetts), July 16, 2015

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“Our police officers cannot enforce traffic laws everywhere, all the time. But the new cameras will help us extend our efforts, keeping intersections safer 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And the entire system will be funded by violators.”
Brendan Cox, Chief of Police, Albany Police Department
Albany City Website (New York), July 14, 2015

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Arlington School Bus Cameras Help Enforce No-Passing Laws
WJLA-TV ABC 7 (Virginia), July 9, 2015

Most people know driving past a school bus stop sign is illegal, still millions of these violations occur nationwide every year. In Arlington, the school system is trying to put the brakes on the issue by implementing the CrossingGuard School Bus Stop Arm Safety Camera Program. (WJLA-TV ABC 7 image.)

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Grace Period Ends for Red-Light Runners in Fayetteville
WTVD-TV ABC 11 (North Carolina), July 8, 2015

The warning ticket grace period has ended for red-light runners in Fayetteville. At noon Wednesday, images snapping violators became proof to support $100 citations that the car owner will receive in the mail. (WTVD-TV ABC 11 image)

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School Bus Stop Arm Cameras in Use to Boost Students’ Safety
The News Tribune (Washington), July 7, 2015

Drivers in Pierce County’s third-largest school district are starting to pay the price for illegally passing buses, according to recently released data. The Bethel School District issued an average of 30 citations a month after officials mounted cameras on stop-sign paddles last winter. (The News Tribune image by Drew Perine)

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Police Chief Sees Local Need for Red Light Cameras
WTAJ-TV CBS 32 (Pennsylvania), July 7, 2015

A dangerous intersection has neighbors concerned, and wanting to see a change. That intersection is at Park Avenue and Atherton Street in State College. In the past year, there have been two deadly crashes there. Neighbors met with police to come up with ways to make the area safer. Everything from over-passes, to longer walking light times was brought up. …  Another idea that was brought up, and supported by police at the meeting, was red-light cameras. “I believe (they) would be very valuable just given the nature of the intersection,” said State College Police Chief Tom King.

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2 Women Hospitalized after Running Red Light
KSL-TV Channel 38 (Utah), July 6, 2015

Bangerter Highway reopened after a serious crash diverted several lanes of traffic and injured three people early Monday morning. The crash happened just after midnight. Lt. Jeff Conger with the West Valley City Police Department said a car with three people inside ran a red light and was hit by a pickup truck.

 

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Crash Investigators Look to Red Light Camera for Clues
WNWO-TV NBC 24 (Ohio), July 7, 2015

Toledo police say they are looking into the red-light camera to determine the exact cause of a crash on Tuesday between a city bus and a private vehicle, as well as who is at fault. Three people on the city bus sustained injuries, and the driver of the passing vehicle was taken to the hospital.

Cameras Capture Actions of Red-Light Runners
The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), July 4, 2015

The city of Fayetteville clicked on four red-light cameras at three intersections on Wednesday. The cameras are meant to address what is universally agreed to be one of the city’s biggest problems, people who zoom through red lights. Sometimes two or even three cars muscle through the intersection on a solid red. On Thursday, Behind the Wheel decided to see how many folks run red lights by sitting for an hour at one of the city’s busiest intersections, Skibo and Morganton roads.

Video of Deadly DUI, Red-Light Crash Released
CBS Denver (Colorado), July 2, 2015

The Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office released video of the DUI crash that killed a 17-year-old after sentencing the driver. The man will spend 40 years behind bars. Traffic cameras captured the driver’s car speeding through a red light and into the teen’s vehicle at 80 mph.

 

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Speed Camera Bill Goes to Oregon Governor for Signing
BikePortland.org, July 6, 2015

The Portland Bureau of Transportation chalked up a major legislative victory last week. HB 2621, which will allow the bureau to operated fixed photo radar cameras on Portland’s deadliest major streets, passed the Oregon Senate on Friday afternoon by a vote of 17-12. The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Kate Brown for signing. See related article from The Oregonian. (Image by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Speed Cameras
The Gazette (Iowa), July 2, 2015

A federal judge Thursday dismissed a lawsuit contending the Cedar Rapids’ automated traffic camera program violates the law. In the 45-page ruling, Chief Judge Linda R. Reade wrote that the cameras, which use images of license plates to detect and fine speeders, do not violate the fundamental rights of motorists nor is the program unconstitutional.

 

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Hays County Launches School Zone Safety Program
San Marcos Daily Record (Texas), July 3, 2015

The Hays County School Zone Speed Safety Camera Program van, equipped with advanced 2D ranging radar technology and two high-resolution color cameras, will soon be monitoring vehicle speeds through school zones as a pilot program in the two precincts. (KVUE-TV ABC 24 image)

 

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Stop Arm Cameras Arrive on Arlington Public School Buses
ARLNow.com (Virginia), July 8, 2015

Blowing past a school bus with its stop sign extended may result in a $250 ticket, if the driver is caught by one of Arlington Public Schools’ newly installed cameras. Some APS buses are now equipped with cameras to help police officers catch drivers who do not stop when a bus extends its stop sign. See related news coverage by The Washington Post.

 

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NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Driver runs red light and causes 4 car crash in Delaware, injures 15 http://wapo.st/1IFinlj @washingtonpost

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Melissa_Wandall @MelissaWandall Lets work together to #improve our driving habits! #safetysaveslives! Thanks for all you do @SaferRoadsUSA @IIHS_autosafety @ATS_RoadSafety

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Nebraska Lawmaker Lists Toll Roads among Committee’s Topics
Lincoln Journal Star, July 7, 2015

Nebraska plans nearly $840 million in highway, county and state road-related work in the coming year through June 2016. … When the Legislature’s Transportation and Telecommunications Committee examines other options for financing roads this summer, toll roads will be discussed as a possibility, according to Committee Chairman Jim Smith of Papillion.

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N.J. Turnpike Authority Ranked No. 1 Toll Agency
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (New Jersey), July 6, 2015 

A national organization has named the New Jersey Turnpike Authority as the top money making toll agency in the country, just edging out the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. And the Turnpike Authority could be on track to do it again, after more traffic and cheap gas helped erase toll revenue losses from the nasty winter of 2015 and increased earnings for the first five months of 2015 beyond a consultant’s predictions. (NJ Advance Media for NJ.com by Larry Higgs)

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Commentary: Images that Save Lives and Money
The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), July 9, 2015

Overall, I support the idea of red-light cameras. Too many drivers zoom through red lights in this city, and the problem has existed for decades. But city officials need to continue their slow deliberate rollout of the cameras. … They also need to continue the solid job they’ve already done of keeping the public in the loop.

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Letter to the Editor: Increase Red-Light Camera Presence
Denver Post (Colorado), July 7, 2015

I respectfully disagree with the gentleman who wants to remove all of the electronic traffic controls. Instead of fewer, the cities and counties should add more.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Fair to Fine
LancasterOnline (Pennsylvania), July 5, 2015

One of the excuses for not installing cameras at traffic lights is that the police would use them to raise revenue. So they should, and the revenue should go to the municipal treasury. We are not talking about tax money, which would deserve some discussion. The fines levied are totally voluntary contributions because no one, nothing, forces us to cross an intersection on a red light.

Letter: Mistakes Shouldn’t Taint Red-Light Cameras
MyCentralJersey (New Jersey), July 4, 2015

Richard Diamond is entitled to the opinions he expresses in his recent column, however, he uses the misdeeds of a few communities to mislead the public about the strong scientific evidence that photo enforcement works. In fact, in a recent study, 14 of the largest cities using red-light cameras saw a 24 percent decrease in their fatal red-light running crash rate.

 

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“This is a good thing. This is to stop bad driving behavior, and sometimes the only way to do that is with a fine.”
Ken Dennis, Arlington Police Department, on school bus stop-arm safety cameras
ARLNow.com (Virginia), July 8, 2015

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“We continue to strongly support the automated traffic enforcement program. It has been an effective tool for enhancing public safety.”
Wayne Jerman, Cedar Rapids Police Chief
The Gazette (Iowa), July 2, 2015

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 29

July 2nd, 2015 Comments off

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Be Vigilant this Holiday Weekend

The experts are predicting more than 400 people will die in traffic crashes this Fourth of July weekend and another 49,500 will be injured. As wonderful as it would be for everyone to prove the experts wrong and end the weekend without a scratch, we all realize the odds of doing so are desperately out of reach. So, let’s try a different approach. Let’s start with you. If you pledge to drive vigilantly, buckle up, slow down, stop at red lights and take additional precautions on the road, you could prove the experts wrong. What do you say? Please, drive safely this holiday weekend. American Traffic Solutions wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July. See related news article by NBC News.

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Red Light Cameras Return to Fayetteville
WTVD-TV ABC 11 (North Carolina), July 1, 2015

Red-light cameras made a comeback in Fayetteville Wednesday afternoon after an eight-year hiatus. The cameras, equipped with 3D radar tracking and 29 megapixel views, began operating at noon. Four cameras are installed in three heavily trafficked intersections. Five additional cameras are set for installation in the coming months. See related coverage from Fayetteville Observer, WNCN-TV Channel 17, and FayettevilleIn5.

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Close-Call at a Sarasota Intersection
WTSP-TV CBS 10 (Florida), July 2, 2015

On Tuesday, the Sarasota Police Department shared a video from American Traffic Solutions in an effort to remind drivers of the importance of stopping at a red light. This happened at Bee Ridge Road and U.S. 41. Sarasota Police share the video on their Facebook page.

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Deadly Portland Streets Could Get Speed Safety Cameras
KPTV-TV FOX 12 (Oregon), June 30, 2015

The city of Portland is asking the state legislature to allow them to install unmanned photo radar cameras along some of their deadliest streets. House Bill 2621 is out of committee and on its way to the full House for consideration. The 10 roads under consideration make up 3 percent of the city’s road network but account for more than 50 percent of deadly crashes in Portland. Currently, the law requires an officer to monitor the camera while it’s in use. (KPTV-TV FOX 12 image)

 

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School Zone Speed Cameras Going Up at 3 Spokane Elementary Schools
The Spokesman Review (Washington), July 2, 2015

After months of traffic counts and warnings to drivers passing through school zones, the Spokane City Council agreed to put automated cameras near three Spokane schools to nab speeders. By a 6-1 vote, the council agreed to have cameras monitor vehicle speeds near Finch, Longfellow and Stevens elementary schools. See related coverage from KREM-TV CBS 2. (KREM-TV CBS 2 image)

 

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Parent Wants More from New Florida Law Protecting Students
WFTV-TV Channel 9 (Florida), July 2, 2015

A new state law took effect Wednesday that holds school districts accountable for making sure children get to school safely. Gabby’s Law is named after a DeBary girl who was hit and killed at her bus stop in 2010, but Gabby’s father, Donald Mair, said the law doesn’t go far enough and should allow for school bus stop arm safety cameras, and provide for tougher penalties for drivers who pass school buses.

Wyoming Increases School Bus Safety Camera Use
Sheridan Media, June 29, 2015

Nearly 60 percent of the school buses in Wyoming now have cameras to help catch motorists who illegally pass a stopped bus. In 2014, the state Legislature approved $5 million to help school districts outfit their buses with the cameras. The safety effort was prompted by the 2011 death of an 11-year-old girl who was struck and killed in Fremont County after getting off a school bus.

 

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NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Red-light cameras led to a 39% decrease in red-light running right angle crashes http://bit.ly/1RMmvQV via Texas Transportation Institute.

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NHTSA @NHTSAgov Designate a sober #designateddriver ahead of time to get you home this July 4. Planning saves lives. #buzzeddriving.

 

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Report: More Americans Relying on Toll Roads
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association news release, June 30, 2015

The 2015 Report on Tolling in the U.S., released by the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, reveals that the number of trips drivers have taken on toll roads has increased 14 percent over the last four years, rising from 5 billion trips in 2011 to 5.7 billion in 2015. Additionally, the Federal Highway Administration shows a 9 percent increase in the miles of toll roads in the United States from 5,431 miles in 2011 to over 5,932 as of 2013. View report here.

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Turnpike Interchange Opens for E-ZPass Users
WFMZ-TV Channel 69 (Pennsylvania), June 30, 2015

A new “E-ZPass-only” interchange opened Tuesday to link the Pennsylvania Turnpike with Route 903 in Penn Forest Township. The new interchange is intended to shorten travel times and improve access to and from attractions in the Poconos. It is the fourth E-ZPass-only full or partial turnpike interchange in Pennsylvania.

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Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Will Boost Fayetteville Safety
Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), June 30, 2015

The city is getting a little more challenging for red-light runners this week. We’re relieved — and happy to see red-light cameras back again after an eight year hiatus. … We expect the same results we saw before: Accidents will dramatically decrease. That, we’d say, is a healthy bottom line.

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Letter to the Editor: Author Ignores Red-Light Camera Benefits
USA Today, June 29, 2015

A recent column on red-light safety cameras was a classic bait-and-switch. His frail argument goes something like this: A few bad actors somehow undermine the red-light safety technology itself. What the commentator doesn’t do is address the facts, or our collective reality.

 

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“There’s no taxpayer money funding these programs. The violators pay for the program. The only people that pay for these programs are the ones running the red lights and speeding near schools.”
Teresa Fuller, Spokane Police Department Officer
The Spokesman-Review (Washington), July 2, 2015

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“Putting these cameras in place is one more example that this City Council is serious about the safety of our residents. Our predictions are that it will decrease serious accidents by 50 to 70 percent, saving lives, personal property and eventually our insurance rates.”
Nat Robertson, Mayor of Fayetteville, N.C.
Fayetteville Observer/InsuranceNewsNet.com, June 28, 2015