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February 14th, 2018 Comments off

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Red light camera challenge gets rough ride at state Supreme Court

www.TBO.com (Florida), Feb. 7, 2018

Motorists hoping that the courts will pull the plug on red light cameras may have hit a roadblock: the Florida Supreme Court.


AISD’s bus stop-arm cameras catch more drivers in 2017 than in 2016
www.kxan.com (Texas), Feb. 5, 2018

You must stop for a school bus with its stop sign out, even if you are on the other side of the road. You do not stop if there is a physical barrier between you and the bus, like a fence or unpaved median. If you don’t stop, you could be caught on camera and fined $300. If you are stopped by an officer, you could face a fine of up to about $1200.

Caught red-handed? Red-light camera video catches Gulf Breeze drivers in the act
PNJ.com (Florida), Feb. 2, 2018

 A video released by the Gulf Breeze Police Department on social media shows a series of close calls — and some collisions — as the city’s red-light cameras capture drivers running red lights on Gulf Breeze Parkway.

Video: Driver slams into car after running red light in Boynton Beach
CBS 12.com (Florida), Feb. 13, 2018

A new video from Boynton Beach Police is serving as a reminder to put on the brakes before running a red light.

Police shared a clip of a driver running a red light at SE 23rd Avenue and Federal Highway on Jan. 26.

 

Surveillance video shows suspected Sarasota hit-and-run vehicle
Fox 13 (Florida), Feb. 14, 2018

Police released surveillance video of a vehicle believed to be involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Sarasota.

Sarasota police say the crash occurred on January 27 in the 4000 block of Fruitville Road just before midnight. Since then, they have been searching for the driver, who left the scene after hitting and killing 36-year-old Gisela Staino.

Police say evidence left at the scene points to a Mazda 3, between the model years 2004-2009. Surveillance video was obtained from red-light cameras and highlights the vehicle, which is believed to be silver, gray or blue in color with a broken right side headlight and heavy front-end damage on the right side of the vehicle.

Excessive speed is the critical problem
Muscatine (Iowa),  Feb. 8, 2018

Most of the opposition to the deployment and use of Automated Traffic Enforcement (ATE) devices has centered on red-light violations. In fact, a recent article in the Muscatine Journal pointed that out by listing several options suggested by the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) that are available to reduce the number of red-light violations. Notice that the presumption is in reducing the number of red-light violations and not in reducing speeding violations, modifying driver behavior, or prevention of accidents.

 

From the Assembly: Legislation would help keep schoolkids safe
Eagle News Online (New York), Feb. 8, 2018

Drivers ignoring stop signs and flashing lights on a school bus create a dangerous situation for many children on their way to and coming home from school. It happens too often, and catching the violators is difficult.


Red-light cameras save lives, deserve our support
Peoria Times (Arizona), Feb. 9, 2018

For anyone who thinks red-light running is a constitutional right, I suggest you search for the video, “Florida’s worst red light runners 2017.” You’ll be shocked and appalled by what these maniacs try to get away with when not challenged with the high possibility of fines and jail time.

 

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January 31st, 2018 Comments off

Two red light cameras to come to city of Hagerstown
www.LocalDVM.com (Maryland), Jan. 24, 2018

The city of Hagerstown will have its first red light cameras active soon.

School zone, speed and now red lights.

“Well they needed to do something,” said Bill McNamee, Hagerstown resident.

Starting February, the city of Hagerstown will have active red light cameras at two intersections of Potomac Street at Wilson Boulevard and Virginia Avenue at Burhans Boulevard.

“I hope it will be safer,” said McNamee


Hagerstown Police Chief Victor Brito talks about red light cameras
heraldmediamail.com (Maryland), Jan. 23, 2018

Hagerstown Police Chief Victor Brito talks Tuesday about the city’s decision to install red-light cameras at some intersections.

City of Knoxville: Red light cameras operating normally at intersection
Local8Now.com (Tennessee), Jan. 18, 2018

 Even if drivers don’t feel like they have enough time to get through a big intersection, the city of Knoxville engineers who manage those traffic lights and red light cameras say it’s a reasonable, standardized amount of time.

Speed cameras for Roosevelt Blvd. face hard road in Pa. legislature
Philly.com (Pennsylvania), Jan. 25, 2018 

Philadelphia planners hope speed cameras will play a significant role in the city’s effort to make streets safer, but first, the technology needs to be legalized. 

The path to legalization might be a rough one.

 

School, transportation administrators back bus camera bill
WHEC (New York),  Jan. 20, 2018 

State lawmakers could soon give schools new weapons to stop drivers from illegally passing stopped school buses.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed new state budget includes a provision to raise fines for passing a stopped school bus and to let school systems install “stop arm” cameras on school buses.  The cameras would start recording when a bus stops and its red lights begin flashing.

 

What’s wrong with red-light cameras?
Bradenton.com (Florida), Jan. 19, 2018

I am sick and tired of people thinking that getting caught committing a crime is an invasion of their privacy. Traffic light cameras are no different than any other security camera that guard and protect our safety every time we go to a bank, shopping center, convenience store, pumping gas or drive into their parking lots.


Letters: Red-light runners endanger other drivers
Palm Beach Post (Florida), Jan. 20, 2018

For anyone who thinks red-light running is a constitutional right, I suggest you search for the video, “Florida’s worst red light runners 2017.” You’ll be shocked and appalled by what these maniacs try to get away with when not challenged with the high possibility of fines and jail time.

Time again to discuss a traffic camera ban, and why it’s a dumb move
East Valley Tribune (Arizona),  Jan. 28, 2018

They say the only certainties in life are death and taxes. Add to that the Arizona Legislature’s annual push to ban red light and traffic speed cameras.

Every legislative session, there’s another version of this ban. Previous efforts have yanked the cameras from state highways and made mailed photo radar tickets essentially worthless paper. Still, the annual ban efforts keep coming. And every year, the sponsoring lawmakers repeat the same rationales. I can recite the anti-camera arguments from memory. Mostly because, once upon a time, I used to make those same arguments myself.

Until I changed my mind about photo traffic enforcement. For one simple reason: Photo traffic enforcement works

When will Staten Island drivers learn to slow down?
SILive.com (New York), Jan. 25, 2018

We had another horrific accident here the other day. A car went out of control on Henderson Avenue near Lois Place in Randall Manor, crashed into a tree and was split in two.

A 20-year-old passenger was ejected from the car and may lose his legs. The driver was also injured.

Surveillance video of the crash is pretty tough to watch. The car fairly explodes when it hits the tree. It looks like a movie special effect.

Red light cameras are coming to Pasco. Will they help?
Pasco (Washington),  Jan. 28, 2018

“This is not about revenue as much as it is safety,” Metzger said. “In my view, there are two choices: we either hire six officers or we can go with something in technology.”

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 8, Issue 2

January 17th, 2018 Comments off

Fourth consecutive year of declining traffic fatalities under Vision Zero, fewest New Yorkers lost since 1910—strongly countering national trends
New York City (New York), Jan. 8, 2017

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City saw the fewest traffic fatalities on record last year, driven by a 32 percent drop in pedestrian fatalities. This marks the fourth consecutive year of declining traffic deaths under Vision Zero. Since 2013, fatalities have dropped 28 percent. Pedestrian deaths have plummeted by nearly half—45 percent. These mark the lowest levels since recordkeeping began in 1910.  The Mayor made the announcement at an event at NYPD’s Central Garage in Woodside, Queens where he thanked City workers responsible for implementing Vision Zero.

Lakeland PD shares red-light running video on Facebook
City of Lakeland (Florida), Jan. 17, 2018

Distracted Drivers = Red Light Runners

Thankfully, motorists were not hurt by the distracted drivers shown here, running red lights at intersections here in Lakeland.

These videos are a few of the infractions reviewed and issued citations recently. The City of Lakeland, FL – Government currently has 18 cameras installed at eleven intersections. Every violation submitted by American Traffic Solutions is reviewed by sworn LakelandPD officer before a citation is issued.

For additional information about Red Light Cameras visit: http://www.lakelandgov.net/departments/lakeland-police-department/bureaus-divisions/special-services/red-light-camera-program/

Florida’s Worst Red-Light Runners
Miami Herald (Florida), Jan. 4, 2018

One clip shows a man on a four-wheeler narrowly avoiding a crash in a Miami Gardens intersection after running a red light.

Another shows a car speeding through a red light and slamming into an SUV in Bal Harbour.

A third catches a car going through a red light into oncoming traffic.

GREENVILLE: 3,336 red light camera tickets issued in first month
WITN.com (North Carolina), Jan. 8, 2018

Thousands of drivers have received unwelcomed letters during the first month of Greenville’s red light camera program

Leon Valley red light camera program to start next week; many residents thrilled
ABC 12  (Texas) Jan. 9, 2018

Red light cameras have become a controversial topic in Texas, with many people pushing to eliminate them. The city of Leon Valley is about to install 11 at nine intersections over the next month, and residents are the ones asking for them.

It’s a sight that’s become common on Bandera Road in the Leon Valley area: driver after driver speeding through red lights.

Robert Velazco blew his truck through a red light in West Miami
Miami Herald (West Miami, FL) Jan. 10, 2018

Robert Velazco blew his truck through a red light in West Miami. He ran over a young father on a scooter, causing critical brain injuries. But Velazco drove off, which might have doomed the criminal case against him.

Speed camera on Beltway generates huge number of tickets
WTOP (Maryland), Jan. 17, 2018 

If you have plans to drive on the Capital Beltway through Prince George’s County, Maryland, you will want to be extra careful while traveling through one particular area that has become a speed camera hot spot.

Nearly 75,000 speed camera tickets were issued in the Suitland Road Bridge work zone during the last six months of 2017, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

“There has been, on average, a 90 percent reduction of speeding 12 mph or more over the speed limit where automated speed deployment is present,” said spokeswoman Lora Rakowski with the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Speed Camera Activated in Mesa
Facebook (Arizona), Jan. 7, 2018

New school zone cameras start taking photos at Red Mountain High School tomorrow, Monday January 8, 2018. The system will issue warnings for the first 30 days. Let’s all slow down in those school zones

Here’s when you MUST stop for school buses
12news.com, (Gilbert, AZ), Jan. 3, 2018 

The Gilbert Police Department took to social media Tuesday to offer sound advise when it comes to sharing the road with school buses.

This particular traffic tip pertained to when drivers must stop for them — a question many Valley drivers probably have.

The answer: Always.

 

Red-light cameras catch law-breakers, so stop whining
Bradenton.com (Florida) Jan. 5, 2018

I am sick and tired of people thinking that getting caught committing a crime is an invasion of their privacy. Traffic light cameras are no different then any other security camera that guard and protect our safety every time we go to a bank, shopping center, convenience store, pumping gas or drive into their parking lots.

Let the scofflaws pay their own way
Albuquerque (New Mexico) Jan. 12, 2018

“Who better to help pay for local government than the people breaking our laws and causing taxpayer expense for treating the injured uninsured and fixing infrastructure damage caused by accidents?”

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 8, Issue 1

January 3rd, 2018 Comments off

2017’s Worst Red-Light Runners
American Traffic Solutions (Arizona), Dec. 28, 2017

“Crashes caused by red-light running can be devastating. We hope that by sharing these videos, we can raise awareness of the dangers and hopefully prevent further crashes, injuries and fatalities caused by red-light running,” said Liz Caracciolo, ATS Safety General Manager. “All of these crashes and near misses could have been avoided if drivers had slowed down and stopped. Every time a driver runs a red light, they not only put their own life, but the lives of others in jeopardy.”

 

Boynton Beach PD gives red light cams thumbs up
CBS 12 (Florida) Dec. 19, 2017

Police say this is exactly why they re-installed the cameras on September 1; they want to keep other drivers safe by holding everyone accountable.

They released video from the red light cameras capturing a car dangerously flying through an intersection. It shows a white car speed through a red light toward incoming traffic. The car swerves and barely misses slamming into other vehicles.

Boynton Beach OKs 23 license plate readers to be spread through city
Palm Beach Post (Florida), Dec  19, 2017

The City Commission signed off on the 23 automated license plate readers. Boynton Beach Police Sgt. Phil Hawkins said the readers will be spread through the city.

National Coalition for Safer Roads Releases Alarming Crash Footage
KCBD (Lubbock, TX) Dec. 26, 2017

Footage from more than a dozen Florida cities serves as a chilling reminder of the dangers of red-light running. Video from intersections across the sunshine state shows the threat red-light runner pose to drivers, riders, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists every day.

City to consider red light cameras
Glendale Star (Arizona), Dec. 28, 2107

After months of research and studies, the city council got closer to accepting red-light cameras at intersections in the city that have had major traffic incidents over the years.

Council listened to a report from Glendale Police Chief Rick St. John about the alternative strategies to try and deter red-light violations and collisions at those intersections identified as major problems.

 St. John said he believes there is evidence that red-light cameras could reduce the number of intersection accidents, but councilmembers discussed exploring options other than cameras.

Speed camera installed at Cromwell Valley Elementary School
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), Dec. 20, 2017

Baltimore County Police activated a new speed camera near Cromwell Valley Elementary School, in Towson, Monday.

The new camera is located at the corner of Providence Road and Southwick Drive, across from the school, police said. For the first 30 days of the camera’s operation, motorists it records exceeding the speed limit by at least 12 mph will receive warnings rather than citations.

 

Cobb renews school bus camera contract that mails tickets to drivers
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA), Dec. 22, 2017

Drivers of Cobb County need to think twice — again.

Commissioners renewed a contract Thursday night for the video system that tickets drivers who improperly pass a school bus.

School district seeks to improve bus safety
ForsythHerald.com (Forsyth County, GA), Dec. 27, 2017

Drivers who pass stopped school buses should expect more consequences this year as Forsyth County steps up efforts to fine violators. Forsyth County Schools say that last year there was an estimated 34,000 instances of a driver passing a school bus with its stop arm extended.

 

 

Boulder Joins Denver In Vision Zero Traffic Fatality Plan
Patch.com (Colorado) Dec. 15, 2017

Each year, more than 3,000 traffic collisions are reported in Boulder, with an average of 60 serious injuries. Last year, Boulder had 7 fatalities. Far more than statistics, these numbers represent lives that are upended, often as a result of an instantaneous decision that could have been prevented.

 

County commissioners renew contract with school district, school bus camera provider
Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) Dec. 22, 2017

“The last 34 school days, I’ve had 99 cars run my bus stop-arm. That’s 99 too many,” Richards said.

After two Cobb school bus drivers urged them to do so, county commissioners Thursday night sped through approval of a contract to resume the use of stop-arm cameras to catch motors who pass buses illegally.

Jimi Richards, who began this year driving a bus in the north Cobb area after 44 years as an over-the-road truck driver, said he was “angry and shocked” his first week of school at the number of drivers who ran his vehicle’s stop sign.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 25

December 13th, 2017 Comments off

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season
American Traffic Solutions wishes everyone a joyful and safe holiday season.  Because we want everyone to reach their destinations safely, we are sharing these tips from the National Safety Council.  Please remember to always stop on red, buckle up and obey posted speed limits.

ATS StreetSafe The Future of Speed Enforcement
American Traffic Solutions (Arizona), Dec. 4, 2017

ATS StreetSafe is a handheld speed safety camera solution that enables law enforcement to enforce speed in their community without having to put themselves or others in harm’s way.

To learn more about how ATS StreetSafe can enhance safety in your community, visit https://www.atsstreetsafe.com/

Miami should keep red-light camera program
Miami Herald (Florida) Dec. 13, 2017

The state law that allows for cities like Miami to deploy red-light safety cameras was named after my late husband Mark Wandall, who was killed by a red-light runner when I was nine months pregnant. Our daughter never got to meet her father. He wasn’t there on her first day of kindergarten, won’t be there when she graduates from school and won’t be there to walk her down the aisle. I have dedicated my time and efforts to ensure no other mother, daughter or family member has that experience.

Sadly, a decision to remove the cameras in Miami will soon come before the Miami City Commission. Call the Mayor and Commissioners and ask them to keep these life-saving red-light cameras.

-Melissa Wandall

Turn those red-light cameras back on | Editorial
Sun-Sentinel (Florida), Nov. 30, 2017

South Florida is starting to see the light when it comes to stopping red-light runners.
Boynton Beach and Pembroke Pines recently joined 20 other cities in restoring red-light cameras to make busy intersections safer.

Red light program gets a green light
The Reflector (North Carolina) Dec. 10, 2017

The number of warning tickets issued during the grace period of Greenville’s new red-light camera program clearly illustrates a problem that had already made itself abundantly clear to most drivers in the city: too many people run red lights.

City planners placed the cameras purposely at the most dangerous intersections. They hope the technology will convince drivers that they need to slow their roll and obey safety rules to avoid crashes and save lives. The numbers over time will bear out the program’s effectiveness.


Glendale considers red-light cameras

YourValley.net (Arizona), Dec. 7, 2107

City Council decided to move forward with studies of the potential impact of red-light cameras on problem intersections during the Nov. 21 Council meeting after a study showed tons of red-light runners at one busy intersection.

Mr. St. John believes red-light cameras would reduce these numbers.

“We know from an article that was produced out of the city of Scottsdale that having a red-light camera in intersections reduced the number of traffic accidents in those intersections in the East Valley.”

Police: Pickup driver ran red light, died in crash
Tucson News 4 (Arizona) Dec. 5, 2017

One man died after he drove his pickup truck through a red light and hit another vehicle Monday on the South Side.

Spokane looks to expand school zone cameras, sidewalk and street improvements in 2019
Spokesman.com (Washington), Dec. 13, 2017

The Spokane City Council will consider doubling the number of school zone cameras from two to four next year, targeting two elementary schools in the North Hills neighborhood where up to nine out of 10 cars are blowing through the posted 20 mile per hour speed limit before and after classes.

“They’re only going to places where there’s a large volume of speeders, and the speeds are particularly high,” said City Councilman Breean Beggs, who’s sponsoring the resolution that not only adds cameras around Ridgeview and Willard elementary schools, but also sets up a long-term spending plan for the money paid in fines by drivers, limiting the city to paying for sidewalks, crosswalks, traffic-slowing devices and traffic police.

 

Student Struck, Injured After Exiting School Bus
SchoolBusFleet.com (National) Dec. 7, 2017

A student was hit by a car and seriously injured after she stepped off her school bus on Tuesday, the Florida Highway Patrol told WALA.

A news release from the patrol obtained by WALA stated that Maria Alexandra Wethington, 12, was struck by a vehicle driving in the opposite lane after she left the bus and was walking across the road. She was being treated for her injuries. The driver of the vehicle, who fled the scene before troopers arrived, was later arrested.

Virginia Beach parents film numerous videos of bus violations

13NewsNow.com (Virginia), Nov. 29, 2017

Two parents want the public’s help in getting cameras installed on city school buses.

David Sanders and his wife Sara have been filming stop arm violations outside their home since September.

“We have at least 10 videos that we have shot ourselves,” said Sara. “The [children] are literally playing a live virtual game of Frogger crossing the street.”

Making good on a promise and ignoring school buses | Cheers and Jeers
NJ.com (New Jersey), Dec. 9, 2017

JEERS: To those lousy people who ignore school bus red lights. These flashing lights indicate that a bus is stopped so that kids can get on board or exit. Do we really need to explain that? We bring this up now to point out something recently raised in a Franklin Township community Facebook group. A parent putting a child on a bus reported two cars ignored the flashing reds and continued on their way with no concern for the safety of others.The parents reported the incident to the bus transportation office and got some great news. Cameras on the bus captured the passing motorists and the video was turned over to the police.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: ‘Idiot’ drivers threaten our lives. Pay attention, and put down that cell phone.
Bradenton Herald (Florida) Dec. 5, 2017

Maybe, if we just try to pay a little more attention to what we are doing, knowing what is in front or behind us, putting that cell phone down and not care until we get to our destination, and if you are working, day or night, slow down and pay attention to what is in front of you. A life and maybe yours will depend on the action YOU take on our roadways.

It will not be a red-light camera to protect another on the roadway, it will be up to you.

LETTERS: The deadliest of accidents
The Gazette.com (Colorado) Nov. 29, 2017

Because of one careless act

After working as a critical care nurse for 30 years, I’ve seen firsthand the results of people speeding up to run red lights, causing horrific injuries and death to folks just trying to take their children to school or live their lives, which sometimes are shattered forever because of this one careless act.

Most people don’t realize that these are the deadliest accidents, due to the increased speed necessary to run red lights. So at the time of impact, the perpetrator could be traveling at over 60 mph. Since accident rates are on the increase in our town and approximately 80 percent of all accidents nationwide are caused by running run lights, I defy anyone to object to red light cameras at every intersection.


A red light camera can be seen at the intersection of Greenville Boulevard and Arlington Boulevard on Dec. 2, 2017. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

Early numbers positive for red light camera revenue
The Reflector (North Carolina) Dec. 7, 2017

 “If we put these cameras in and people slow down and don’t run as many red lights, and the county gets a few hundred thousand dollars for the schools and the streets become safer, that’s a home-run,” he said. “If people stop running red lights totally, and the city lost a whole lot of money on the red light camera but nobody ever died at these intersections, that’s a grand slam home run. It’s almost like the worst financial outcome for us is the best policy outcome.”

– District 4 Councilman Rick Smiley

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