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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 8

April 13th, 2017 Comments off

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City OKs 7-Year Agreement with American Traffic Solutions
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), April 12, 2017

Dallas’ red-light camera program will roll on after the City Council approved a new seven-year contract Wednesday. The council’s vote was 9-6. The winning bidder is American Traffic Solutions. … Dallas’ red-light camera program began in 2006, and the city had as many as 66 cameras installed at one time. The new deal with ATS as a new vendor calls for at least 40 cameras. (The Dallas Morning News image)

Report Forecasts Growth in Traffic Enforcement Camera Market
Individual.com (National), April 12, 2017

According to a new market report published by Credence Research Inc., “Traffic Enforcement Camera Market — Growth, Share, Opportunities, Competitive Analysis, and Forecast 2015-2022,” stringent road safety regulations and increasing efforts to reduce road fatalities across the world are increasing the adoption of traffic enforcement cameras.


Pedestrian Deaths Are Increasing in Sacramento
KXTV-TV ABC 10 (California), April 5, 2017

It’s more dangerous than ever to go for a walk — at least when there are cars on the road. A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association says pedestrian fatalities are up 22 percent from 2014 to 2016. The consultant who prepared the report called the increases “unprecedented.” Sacramento is also seeing a rise in fatalities. Read the report here.  (GHSA image)

 

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Pedestrian Injured in Red-Light-Running Chain-Reaction Collision
WTNH-TV Channel 8 (Connecticut), April 11, 2017

An alleged red-light runner collided with a vehicle legally entering a New Haven intersection, causing it to strike a man walking across the road without the walk signal. Police said the pedestrian suffered a head laceration and is now in stable condition at the hospital.


Red-Light Safety Cameras Could Soon Be a Reality in Hawaii
KHON-TV Channel 2, April 7, 2017

A bill that would bring red-light cameras to Hawaii continues to make its way through the Legislature. The bill would give the green light for red-light cameras to be installed at intersections around the state. … The Public Defenders Office opposes the idea. … But for those in support, it’s a chance to make Hawaii’s roads safer. (KHON-TV Channel 2 image)


Painful Story of Distracted Driving Becomes Safety Message
KFSM-TV Channel 5 (Arkansas), April 7, 2017

A local man’s life was forever changed by a distracted driver and he’s speaking out about his experience as part of Distracted Driver Awareness Month. “In about five seconds, my whole life was turned upside down,” Don Moore said.  (KFSM-TV Channel 5 image)

 


Motocyclist Injured, Hospitalized after Avoiding Stopped Bus
Salina Post (Kansas), April 12, 2017

A motorcycle driven by an 18-year-old swerved to avoid a school bus stopped to let a student off in Reno County. Emergency workers transported the motorcyclist to Hutchinson Regional Medical Center with undetermined injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

Bill to Toughen School Bus Passing Penalties Advances in State
News-Press.com (Florida), April 4, 2017

Legislation named after a local teen struck and killed while getting off his school bus last year continues to make its way through the Legislature. Motorists who cause deaths or injuries when illegally passing stopped school buses would have to pay bigger fines, have their licenses suspended for a year and perform community service in a trauma center or hospital, under proposals moving in the Senate and House.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted NSC @NSCsafety Some screen time can be deadly. Learn more at nsc.org/ddmonth #distracteddriving #justdrive #DistractedDrivingAwarenessMonth


ATS_RoadSafety  @ATS_RoadSafety  VIDEO: A Mesa driver ran a red light at 104 MPH after the light was red for 36 seconds! #SpeedKills #StopOnRed

 

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Electronic Toll Collection Market Report Shows Growth
Military-Technologies.net/Satprnews, April 11, 2017

The Global Electronic Toll Collection Market accounted for $4.75 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach $10.96 billion by 2022, according to Stratistics MRC. Factors such as increasing demand for safe and secure infrastructure, low travel time, cashless travel facility and free flow of traffic are propelling the market growth.


Construction Begins on Maine’s 4th Open-Road Toll Plaza
WCSH-TV NBC 6 (Maine), April 10, 2017

Construction is under way on the fourth open-road toll plaza in the state of Maine. The four-phase construction project began April 10 on the toll facility for exit 44 off the Maine Turnpike in Scarborough. The new toll plaza will include EZ-Pass lanes that allow drivers with EZ-Passes to travel through without slowing down. (WCSH-TV NBC 6 image)


Commute Times Tumble in Massachusetts with Electronic Tolling
ConstructionEquipmentGuide.com, April 5, 2017

Drivers into Boston from its western suburbs are now saving 12 minutes of commute time each way, or two hours a week, after the Massachusetts Department of Transportation removed all middle-lane toll booths last fall to let traffic flow without stopping, according to State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack. The results are in conjunction with a Massachusetts Pike change to all-electronic tolling. (ConstructionEquipmentGuide.com image)

 

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Commentary: Big Fines Could Raise School Bus Safety Awareness
Faribault Daily News (Minnesota), April 11, 2017

When parents send their children off on a school bus each morning, they should find comfort in knowing it’s one of the safest options available. Unfortunately, statistics proving that statement don’t completely ease the anxiety. … Surveys show there are thousands of violations each week involving vehicles passing stopped school buses. For that reason, Rep. Dean Urdahl is sponsoring a bill in the Minnesota House that would increase a fine for stop-arm violations from $300 to $500.


Editorial: Pass Bill to Regulate Cameras
Sioux City Journal (Iowa), April 5, 2017

We hope this session marks the last time we hear and read about traffic camera debate in the Iowa Statehouse. We have lost count of how many sessions have included this obsessive discussion, with no change resulting. This year, the Senate passed what in our view is a reasonable compromise on these divisive devices. Our hope is the House joins the Senate, passes the bill and finally puts the issue to rest, at least at the Capitol.


Letter to the Editor: People Often Run Red Lights
Palm Coast Observer (Florida), April 10, 2017

No more red-light cameras. It’s obvious since every time I drive on Palm Coast Parkway I see cars going through red lights. They don’t even slow down since they are normally speeding. … Two people have already been killed by a red-light runner this year, and hopefully our new sheriff will put more deputies on traffic control before it happens again.

 

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“If only a few people are saved from a T-bone accident, this program is worth it.”
Sandy Greyson, Dallas City Council member
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), April 12, 2017


“We know that speed kills, and red light running and these little violations of our civic code lead to an environment of death and carnage.”
Doug Hausladen, New Haven Transportation Director
WTNH-TV Channel 8 (Connecticut), April 11, 2017

 

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In Bellevue, the number of infractions issued through the road safety camera program decreased 10 percent from years 2016 to 2015, a change that police say indicates the cameras are helping to change driver behavior.  Authorities approved 31,304 infractions through the nine-camera program in 2016, according to the Bellevue Police Department’s Annual Report. Source: MyNorthwest.com and KIRO-TV Channel 7 (Washington), April 12, 2017.

 

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 7

March 30th, 2017 Comments off

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At the start of this month, Gov. Doug Ducey issued a special proclamation declaring March to be Red-Light-Running Awareness Month. He urged everyone to “do all they can to stop red-light running on our roadways.” Although the month is about to end, the need to share the message goes on. Arizona ranks fourth in the nation for red-light running fatalities. These tragedies can be avoided. ATS encourages everyone to slow down on yellow and stop on red. For more information on driving safely at intersections, visit visit Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance and National Coalition for Safer Roads.

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130 School Zones Get Photo Enforcement Warning Signs
WVUE-TV FOX 8 (Louisiana), March 28, 2017

New Orleans’ mobile speed enforcement program caught more than 17,000 violations during the one-month pilot period earlier this year, and 11,000 of those happened in school zones. “That’s alarming for most citizens, and that why we have those cameras in those areas,” city communications director Tyronne Walker said. (WVUE-TV FOX 8 image)


School District Looks to Buy Cameras to Enhance Bus Safety
TWCNews.com Spectrum News (New York), March 22, 2017

Nova Disotell is a bus driver for South Lewis Central Schools and interacts with her kids daily, making sure they get to and from school safely — which is why she’s passionate about ending a problem on her route. Drivers are passing right by her stopped bus and its flashing lights. (TWCNews.com, Spectrum News image)


Montgomery Police Release Red-Light Camera Video
AlabamaNews.net, WAKA-TV CBS 8 (Alabama), March 21, 2017

Recently, the Montgomery Police Department released some shocking video captured on their red-light cameras. The city has cameras installed at around 20 intersections and they hope the video sends a message to drivers. “What we’re showing you is what happens when you run a red light or what could potentially happened when you run that red light,” explained Lt. Stanley Rucker. (WAKA-TV CBS 8 image)


Leon Valley Pursues Red-Light Camera Safety Program
KENS-TV Channel 5 (Texas), March 21, 2017

Leon Valley is moving ahead with plans to install red-light safety cameras at intersections along Bandera Road in an effort to calm traffic and reduce crashes. Last year, police saw 1,111 crashes on at at Bandera Road. Authorities issued 4,584 citations to motorists along the roadway, of which 317 went to Leon Valley residents. (KENS-TV CBS 5 image)

 

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Red-Light Camera, Friend or Foe?
WTOL-TV CBS 11 (Ohio), March 29, 2017

According to Toledo Police, nine people in the city have died due to traffic accidents in 2017 alone, and for that reason they believe red-light cameras are becoming ever more important in keeping drivers safe. (Cleveland Plain Dealer image)

Arizona Bans License Plate Covers
KTVK-TV Channel 3, March 29, 2017

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation that bans license plate covers typically used to prevent photo enforcement cameras from capturing an image of the plate. Bill sponsor Sen. Steve Farley, who sponsored the bill, said the measure is about more than photo enforcement. He says it makes no sense to require a license plate and then allow covers that can make them difficult if not impossible to read.

Tennessee Official Has 10 Unpaid Speeding Tickets
Nashville Scene (Tennessee), March 23, 2017

In today’s living proof that privilege is real and all encompassing, we present to you state Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden), whose never-ending quest to eliminate traffic cameras is, in fact, a quest to benefit himself. As NewsChannel 5 found out, Holt has at least 10 unpaid traffic camera speeding tickets — yes, 10 — and that’s just in one town alone.


Red-Light Camera Program Gets Green Light
Reflector.com (North Carolina), March 22, 2017

A red-light camera program for Greenville has the green light to go forward. The Greenville City Council , by a 3-2 vote on March 20, approved an interlocal agreement with Pitt County schools for the operation of cameras that will issue tickets to suspected red-light runners at five problem intersections. The council approved an agreement with American Traffic Solutions to install, operate and maintain the system. Police will be responsible for reviewing and approving each citation and will handle any appeals by drivers who are issued a citation.  (WNCT-TV CBS 9 image)

Iowa Senate Rejects Ban on Traffic Enforcement Cameras
The Des Moines Register, March 22, 2017

The Iowa Senate rejected a statewide ban on automated traffic enforcement cameras used to issue tickets to motorists for speeding and running red lights. Senate File 220 was approved on a 31-18 vote, sending the legislation to the Iowa House for consideration. The key vote came earlier when lawmakers passed an amendment to keep traffic enforcement cameras while imposing a new set of regulations to govern the devices.


Study: Red-Light Cameras Make Chicago Streets Safer
WLS-TV ABC 7 (Illinois), March 20, 2017

Chicago’s red light cameras help make driving safer in Chicago, according to a study by the Northwestern University Transportation Center. The report was authorized by the Chicago City Council and paid for by the Chicago Department of Transportation. It found “significant safety benefits” and recommended the continuation of the program. Read the report here. (Northwestern University Transportation Center image)

 


Senate Again Agrees to School Bus Cameras to Catch Motorists
TWCNews.com Spectrum News (North Carolina), March 22, 2017

The idea of catching drivers passing school buses unlawfully with cameras and issuing monetary penalties based on photos or video is advancing again at the North Carolina General Assembly. The Senate voted in favor of letting counties pass ordinances imposing penalties and letting school districts install and operate bus stop-arm cameras. Supporters say the measure could save school children from death and injury.  (Salisbury Post image by John C. Lakey)

School Bus Safety Bills Pass 1st Committee
WUSF-TV (Florida), March 21, 2017

Last year, 16-year-old Cameron Mayhew was walking to his school bus in Fort Myers when a car hit him. He died a day later from his injuries. “The stop sign was out, the lights were on,” said Rep. Dane Eagle. “And, he was unfortunately stuck and killed.” … On behalf of Cameron’s parents, Eagle has filed a bill to raise the minimum penalty for someone who strikes and kills or injures someone at a school bus stop.

 

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NYC Mayor Wants More Speed Cameras
Staten Island Live (New York), March 22, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants more speed cameras to deter dangerous drivers across the five boroughs. Expanding use of the cameras is part of de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan to completely eliminate traffic fatalities. “The speed cameras have worked,” he said. (Staten Island Advance image)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted Drop The ‘A’ Word @DroptheAword Thanks to everyone at #lifesavers2017 for using #crashnotaccident  When you go home, remind reporters that crashes are not “accidents”

 

  

ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted Mitch Landrieu @MayorLandrieu Today we answered a lot of questions about the mobile traffic safety units. This note highlights the need. @wdsu @WWLTV @FOX8NOLA @WGNOtv

 

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Top State Lawmaker Sees Tolls in Connecticut’s Future
MassLive.com, March 27, 2017

In a sit-down with the Hartford Courant editorial board, Connecticut House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz called the return of tolls “inevitable” and decried out-of-state drivers speeding through the state without paying. “Tolls are coming,” he told the board. “They’re not going to be border tolls. They will be all over the place.” See related article at FOX 61. (FOX 61 image)

 


Dulles Toll Road Windfall Likely Due to Mild Winter
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Washington D.C.), March 23, 2017

More people are using the Dulles Toll Road this year compared with 2016, and a lack of snow could be playing a role. Drivers paid about $12 million in tolls in January and more than $11 million in February. The $23 million total is more than what was paid during the same months in 2015 or 2016. (WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM image)

Commentary: Cashless Tolling Offers Safe, Efficient Travel
The Times (Pennsylvania), March 20, 2017

Cashless tolling allows motorists to experience the convenience of nonstop travel. Other agencies that have pursued cashless tolling have found it to be safer for motorists because there are fewer accidents at toll plazas. We have committed to a staged process to introduce cashless tolling so that we can assess the technology and gauge the impact on customers under different circumstances.

 

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Commentary: It’s Time to Bring Back Red-Light Cameras
Road & Driver (National), March 23, 2017

Here’s the problem that accompanies the good news that camera companies are getting kicked out of town after town. For better or worse, red-light cameras were the only enforcement mechanism that we really had to prevent people from running red lights. … The solution to all of this is right in front of us: Bring the cameras back. But this time, do it right. Make it a moving violation.

 

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“Those traffic cameras have changed people’s habits.”
Dan Zumbach, Iowa State Senator
The Des Moines Register, March 22, 2017


“The speed cameras have worked. There is no question the speed cameras have worked. They are a crucial part of our arsenal and we need much more freedom to put them in so we can save lives. It is as simple as that.”
Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor
Staten Island Live, March 22, 2017

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 6

March 16th, 2017 Comments off

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ATS invites you to visit our Twitter page to see a video compilation of the worst red-light runners in Arizona in 2016. This dangerous behavior is the topic Gov. Doug Ducey addresses in his special proclamation declaring March to be Red-Light-Running Awareness Month. In the proclamation, the governor calls on all Arizonans to “do all they can to stop red-light running on our roadways.” This is especially important in Arizona, which ranks fourth in the nation for red-light running fatalities. Get involved today by choosing to slow down on yellow and stop on red. For more information on driving safely at intersections, visit visit Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance and National Coalition for Safer Roads.

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Marysville Outfits 15 School Buses with Stop-Arm Safety Cameras
KOMONews.com (Washington), March 15, 2017

Cameras began rolling on 15 Marysville School District buses Wednesday in an attempt to catch reckless drivers who illegally pass the stopped bus when the stop paddle is out. The technology comes from American Traffic Solutions, and enables each bus to record different angles to capture a passing violation in its entirety. See related articles at The Herald and North County Outlook.  (The Herald image by Ian Terry)

Safety Improves at Montgomery’s Red-Light Camera Intersections
WSFA-TV NBC 12 (Alabama), March 14, 2017

New data indicates red-light traffic cameras have decreased traffic citations and the number of collisions at intersections in Montgomery, according to Lt. Stanley Rucker of the police department. (WSFA-TV NBC 12 image)


Legislative Bill Opens Door to Red-Light Safety Cameras
WNCN-TV CBS 17 (North Carolina), March 13, 2017

Red-light cameras could be coming to Hope Mills and Spring Lake. Cumberland County lawmakers submitted a bill to the general assembly proposing cameras last week. “I think it would be a good idea, for as much traffic that goes through here,” said Avery Brawley, who lives in Charlotte but often drives through Spring Lake to visit family and friends. (WNCN-TV CBS 17 image)


Passing Car Hits Brothers at School Bus Stop
WCCB-TV FOX 18 (North Carolina), March 10, 2017

A driver passed a stopped school bus and hit two little boys in Charlotte Friday morning. … The crash report says the driver stopped at a stop sign on Dion Avenue at City View Drive but ignored the school bus caution arm and stop sign and hit two boys as they crossed the street. The father says the car hit the 7-year-old in the book bag. He was OK. The 5-year-old went to the hospital and checked out OK. (WCCB-TV FOX 18 image)

 

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5-Vehicle Collision Inflicts Minor Injuries
Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri), March 15, 2017

A speeding motorist attempting to pass cars that were stopped for a traffic light triggered a five-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Columbia. Three people with minor injuries were taken to area hospitals for treatment. … Early accounts of the crash said the mishap occurred when a red Ford Mustang ran through the red light. (Columbia Daily Tribune image by Matthew Cavanah)

Police Chief Speaks Up for Red-Light Cameras
Community Impact Newspaper (Texas), March 13, 2017

Sugar Land Police Chief Doug Brinkley urged state lawmakers in Austin last week to vote down legislation that, if passed, would prohibit red-light cameras like those used at six Sugar Land intersections. Brinkley testified during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Transportation on Wednesday.

Camera Snaps Hit-and-Run Vehicle
WOWT-TV NBC 6 (Iowa), March 13, 2017

Council Bluffs Police are looking for a driver that hit a city street sweeper and then sped away. The driver of the street sweeper was not injured. … A red-light camera got pictures of the silver Jeep Liberty that hit the city vehicle.

 


SUV Strikes Child Exiting School Bus
AlabamaNews.net (Alabama) March 16, 2017

Alabama State Troopers are on the scene of a crash involving a child being struck by a vehicle while getting off the bus. Troopers say a child was hit by a Chevy Tahoe while getting off the school bus. The child was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries.

States Deciding on Stop-Arm School-Bus Safety Cameras
WPLG-TV ABC 10 (North Carolina), March 14, 2017

Another state is considering adding cameras on school buses to identify vehicles that ignore stop signals and endanger the lives of students. WRAL reports the North Carolina state Legislature may soon vote on a bill that would allow counties to adopt penalties for violators identified by bus cameras.

 

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Bill Addressing Safety in Speed Zones Gains Support
Times Ledger (New York), March 14, 2017

A bill introduced by state Sen. Jose Peralta last April, which would allow the city to install more speed cameras in school zones and allow them to operate 24 hours a day, is gaining support in the five boroughs. According to a Penn Shoen Berland poll commissioned by Transportation Alternatives, 64 percent of nearly 900 likely voters said they strongly support the increase in speed cameras currently capped at 140 by state law. (Times Ledger image by Michael Shain)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety Arizonans: Have you seen these signs on the highway? It’s Red-Light Running Awareness Month in Arizona, make sure you #StopOnRedAZ!

 

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ATS_RoadSafety Retweet ZeroFatalitiesNV @DriveSafeNV Did you know? 1 in 3 people personally know someone who has been injured or killed in a crash due to a driver running a red light #StopOnRed

 

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Express Toll Lane Suggested to Address I-70 Congestion
KDVR-TV FOX 31 (Colorado), March 14, 2017

Major changes are in the works for the Interstate 70 mountain corridor near Idaho Springs. The 14-mile stretch of highway is one of Colorado’s most congested with traffic delays up to two hours or longer. According to Colorado Department of Transportation, the most plausible idea is to install an express toll lane, similar to the one it completed in the eastbound lanes in 2015.  (KDVR-TV FOX 31 image)


Expect More Tolls in Charlotte Area, Past DOT Chair Says
The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), March 13, 2017

In a question-and-answer interview with The Charlotte Observer, Ned Curren, former North Carolina Department of Transportation board chairman, commented on a number of transit topics including tolls. Q: Do you envision toll lanes being added to other highways like I-85 or U.S. 16? A: I do. The more you see vehicles being fuel efficient (and paying less in gas tax) and until we can implement alternative funding, tolling will have to be part of the solution. That’s been identified in studies in N.C. for two decades.

Cashless Tolling Tested on I-376 on Pennsylvania Turnpike
WKBN-TV Channel 27 (Ohio), March 13, 2017

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will introduce cashless tolling in April on the I-376 Beaver Valley Expressway in Beaver and Lawrence counties. This is the second location selected to test a cashless tolling system.

 

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Commentary: A Flawed Culture of Driving Safety
The News Journal/DelawareOnline (Delaware), March 13, 2017

A recent front-page story in the News Journal about the focus by state police and the Department of Highway Safety on distracted driving clearly outlined the serious safety issue of distracted driving on Delaware roads. The tragic part about these crashes is the simple fact that they are easily preventable. Human error is responsible for 94 percent of all crashes. But as AAA research continues to show, driver behavior is difficult to change.

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Letter to the Editor: Drivers Need to Slow Down
The Valdosta Daily Times (Georgia), March 15, 2017

I have witnessed drivers running red lights twice in two days, as well as a service truck exceeding the speed limit and not using their turn signal in front of Valdosta State University. City police need to watch the intersections for violators. I appreciate the difficulty, but let’s use the traffic cameras as evidence to prosecute these dangerous drivers before there is a death.

Letter: It’s Not Red-Light Cameras that Cause Crashes
The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), March 13, 2017

In response to “We are surveilled enough these days.” Drivers who have to slam on their brakes to avoid a ticket should have been braking when the light first turned yellow. We should not be speeding up to beat the yellow. That is what causes the rear-end crashes.

Letter: Put Red-Light Cameras at All School Crossings
The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), March 9, 2017

In response to “Cameras may get green light again.” Instead of bringing back red-light cameras for running red lights, why not use them at school crossings? My kids were once again almost run down Wednesday trying to cross the street to their school.

Letter: Anti-Speed Camera Logic Makes No Sense
The Arizona Republic, March 8, 2017

Rep. Travis Grantham’s bill to outlaw photo enforcement on all local roads, which passed the House, is based upon his belief that photo enforcement violates the Sixth Amendment that gives the accused the right to confront and examine a witness. … Has he and his supporters considered that using his logic these officers could not use radar or even their speedometer as they too are machines?

 

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“The survey is proof of the overwhelming support the installation of more speed cameras in school zones has. We are not just talking about the safety of our children, but also protecting pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.”
Jose Peralta, New York State Senator
Times Ledger (New York), March 14, 2017


“We saw a 58 percent reduction in accidents at the locations where we have the cameras. It is not a money generator.”
Doug Brinkley, Sugar Land Chief of Police
Community Impact Newspapers (Texas), March 13, 2017

 


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In a pair of studies for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, David Strayer, a University of Utah psychology professor, found it takes up to 27 seconds for a driver to regain full attention after using a device, even a hands-free device for a phone call or for texting. This means that if a driver is only going 25 mph, they could cover the length of three football fields after hanging up before they regain full attention and practice safe driving. SOURCE: The News Journal/DelawareOnline (Delaware), March 13, 2017.

 

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7 Issue 5

March 2nd, 2017 Comments off

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There is no upside to running a red light. Just read some of the personal accounts at Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance, or read the commentary below from The Arizona Republic. Drivers who thought otherwise in 2015 took the lives of 38 people in Arizona alone, making our state the fourth highest in the nation for red-light running fatalities. Nationwide, red-light runners caused more than two fatalities a day on average, and caused hundreds of injuries each day. To help prevent this dangerous behavior, Gov. Doug Ducey has issued a special proclamation declaring March to be Red-Light-Running Awareness Month, which calls all Arizonans to “do all they can to stop red light running on our roadways.” Start today by making a pledge to yourself to stop on red, then encourage the drivers in your family to do the same. Your participation could very well save a life. For more information visit Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance and National Coalition for Safer Roads.

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Baby Critically Hurt when Car Collides with School Bus
WKXW-Radio FM 101.5 (New Jersey), March 1. 2017

A 6-month-old infant is recovering from a head injury following a collision between an empty school bus and a car in North Brunswick. … The crash remains under investigation to determine which vehicle ran the traffic signal, but North Brunswick Police Capt. Brian Hoiberg said, “the only way a collision like that could happen is if someone enters the intersection improperly.” (WKXW-Radio FM 101.5/WABC-TV ABC 7 image)


Red-Light Camera Image Helps Convict Suspect in Deadly Shooting
The Bradenton Herald (Florida), Feb. 25, 2017

Red-light camera footage played an unexpected role in court — helping convict a man who gunned down a motorist after a botched drug deal and car chase through the streets of Miami Gardens. This week, the killer was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the fatal shooting on July 20, 2011. (Miami Herald image.)

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Passing School Buses Remains an Issue
Dunkirk Observer (New York), Feb. 27, 2017

According to the New York Association for Pupil Transportation, an alarming number of drivers fail to stop when a school bus comes to a stop and extends its stop sign. Recently, 878 bus drivers from 35 school districts reported 727 illegal passes on Jan. 19, including 88 passes on the passenger side of the bus. When applied to more than 50,000 school buses statewide, the total estimated illegal passing rate would be 41,401 for that day, with 5,011 passes on the passenger side. (Dunkirk Observer image)

State Panel OKs Strict School Bus Passing Enforcement
School Transportation News, Feb. 27, 2017

South Carolina Senate subcommittee recently passed a bill to help enforce the state’s law against illegal passing of a stopped school bus. Passed in February, House bill 3581 opens the registered owner of a vehicle who overtakes a school bus to stricter civil penalties if they are caught on camera. … The bill is scheduled for a hearing with the Senate Transportation Committee on March 2.


Red-Light Camera Measure Advances in Hawaii
Honolulu Star Advertiser, Feb. 25, 2017

Hawaii state lawmakers are cautiously moving ahead with a plan to deploy high-tech cameras for traffic enforcement by photographing the license plates of motorists who run red lights. The Senate Ways and Means Committee on Friday tentatively approved Senate Bill 221 to authorize the red-light enforcement program, but Chairwoman Jill Tokuda said she was amending the bill to delay launch until Jan. 1, 2019. (Honolulu Star Advertiser image)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety March in AZ is #RedLightRunning month! #Phoenix & #Tucson among the deadliest cities for RLR. #StopOnRedAZ

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Wake up call for motorists in this community: #SlowDown! Hairdryers used to strike blow against speeders in Hopeman

 

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Virginia Accepts Plan to Extend Express Lanes
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Washington, D.C.), March 1, 2017

Virginia has accepted a proposal to extend the express lanes on Interstate 395, and construction on the project is expected to begin later this year, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday. The project will extend the toll lanes 8 miles from Edsall Road in Alexandria to the D.C. line. (WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM image by Dave Dildine)


Toll Roads in Oregon? ODOT Is Checking FAST
KOIN-TV Channel 6 (Oregon), Feb. 28, 2017

There could be an Oregon toll road in your future. Oregon transportation officials intend to seek federal approval for interstate tolls. Travis Brouwer, the assistant director at the Oregon Department of Transportation, told KOIN 6 News the agency is serious about landing one of two open spots in the federal program — Fix America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) — that allows states to put tolls on their interstate. See related article at OregonLive.com.  (OregonLive.com image by Sean Meagher // KOIN-TV Channel 6 image)


Official: Cashless Tolling, Other Travel Assets Help Grow Economy
MassLive.com (Massachusetts), Feb. 28, 2017

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Tuesday announced that JetBlue would be expanding its service from Worcester Regional Airport to New York with daily flights to JFK International Airport. She said this connection and other transportation assets including the switch to electronic tolling, which for some commuters has reduced their travel time by 30 minutes, are really helping the economy grow in this area of the state. (MassLive.com image)

Cashless Tolls on N.Y. Thruway? Leaders Say Change is Coming
Democrat & Chronicle (New York), Feb. 24, 2017

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York’s top transportation officials agree: The days of classic highway toll booths are numbered. Cuomo and the state Thruway Authority have signaled they plan to move ahead with a cashless form of tolling for the entire 570-mile superhighway system, which remains served by human-staffed toll booths except on the Tappan Zee Bridge.

 

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Commentary: Will Arizona’s Leaders Really Ban Red Light Cameras?
The Arizona Republic, Feb. 27, 2017

I pass through the intersection every day, the one where a young man in a speeding SUV ran a red light and slammed into my son. And I often wonder. Might things have been different had there been a camera there recording red light runners.


Editorial: How to Stop Soaring Roadway Fatalities
The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.), Feb. 26, 2017

U.S. roadways in 2016 yielded another bumper crop of carnage as vehicle fatalities soared 6 percent, following a 7 percent jump in 2015 — the biggest two-year spike since the 1960s. The cost of deaths, injuries and property damage resulting from crashes also leaped by 12 percent in just a year, to some $432 billion, an amount on par with the entire annual economic output of a mid-size European country, such as Norway. … Progress is possible through muscular laws and enforcement, including more speed cameras and tougher rules for seat belts, drunken driving and smartphone use.

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Letter to the Editor: Hate Photo Radar? Then Don’t Speed
The Arizona Republic, March 2, 2017

I have a tip for everyone. There are signs placed strategically throughout our roads. They have a number on them typically ending in 5. If you match that number to the numbers on your speedometer or cruise control, those ole cameras won’t bother you a bit.

Letter: Ban Bill Is a Bad Idea
Illinois Daily Herald, Feb. 26, 2017

State Rep. David McSweeney says the cameras are only there as a revenue source for municipalities and serve no useful purpose. He says intersections are no safer with the cameras in place. I say they are because the cameras make the reckless driver think twice about running a red light. … If the cameras force a driver to actually stop, instead of slamming into a car in the middle of the intersection, then the cameras have done their job.

Letter: Don’t Let Aggressive Drivers Define City
Colorado Springs Gazette, Feb. 24, 2017

Yes, bring back the red-light cameras. Traffic enforcement has taken a back seat to other priorities. This is not the fault of our heroes in blue. … We won’t staff our Police Department to adequate levels, but we continue to deny them the tools to do their jobs by other means. The paranoia by some that these cameras are just another example of “big brother watching” is nothing more than fear mongering. In this age of cellphones, YouTube, and Facebook … everyone is watching!

 

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Traffic Deaths Claimed 110 Lives a Day in 2016; Set New High
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), Feb. 15, 2017

A jump in traffic fatalities last year pushed deaths on U.S. roads to their highest level in nearly a decade, erasing improvements made during the Great Recession and economic recovery, a leading safety organization said today. Fatalities rose 6 percent in 2016, reaching an estimated 40,200 deaths compared to 37,757 deaths the previous year, according to the National Safety Council. … The last time there were more than 40,000 fatalities in a single year was in 2007, just before the economy tanked. There were 41,000 deaths that year. View National Safety Council report here. See related article by the Chicago Tribune. (National Safety Council graphic)


Police: Collision at 65 mph Kills Grandmom, Grandchild
WFMZ-TV Channel 69 (Pennsylvania), Feb. 15, 2017

An investigator testified Wednesday that the Bucks County woman accused of killing an Allentown woman and her grandchild last month was driving about 65 mph when she slammed into their car at an intersection. … Allentown police Sgt. David McDonald testified that a city traffic camera captured the speeding vehicle pass through a red light and T-boning the passing car. See related coverage at LehighValleyLive.com. (Image by Kurt Bresswein for lehighvalleylive.com)


Police Work with Schools to Crack Down on Drivers Passing Buses
WHEC-TV NBC 10 (New York), Feb. 15, 2017

Parents in Irondequoit say they’re fed up watching drivers illegally pass their kids’ school buses every morning and afternoon. Carol Garofolo is one of them. She says, “If you have a driver’s license and you’re going to work, you’re a grown up, act like it.” It’s an issue that police have recently given more attention to. … As it stands now, police officers can only issue a ticket if they see a driver illegally pass a school bus. Because of limited staffing, that’s not always possible. (WHEC-TV NBC 10 image)


Red-Light Cameras Capture Terrifying Crashes
USAToday, Feb. 13, 2017

The worst red-light running crashes in the U.S. can be seen on this video compiled by American Traffic Solutions for 2016. (USA Today/ATS image)


Seeing Red-Light Runners in Jonesboro
KAIT-TV ABC 8 (Arkansas), Feb. 9, 2017

There are 85 stoplights in the city of Jonesboro. Each one of them designed to make you slow down and eventually stop. Some drivers only consider those stoplights a suggestion. … In 2016, officers with the Jonesboro Police Department ticketed 255 drivers for running a red light. It could have been much more. Police Sgt. George Martin says it’s not always easy to pull over a driver who has run a red light, even if it happens right in front of an officer. “Sometimes you can’t get to that person,” Martin said. “I could put a citizen in danger trying to get to them.” (KAIT-TV ABC 8 image)

 

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Young Millennials Top List of Worst Drivers
Miami Herald (Florida), Feb. 15, 2017

According to a new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the youngest millennials, those 19 to 24 years old, topped the list of the worst-behaved U.S. drivers, with 88 percent of them having engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days. The dangerous behaviors included texting while driving, red-light running and speeding. See the AAA 2016 Traffic Safety Culture Index report here.  (AAA image)


San Francisco Legislator Wants Cameras to Slow Speeders
KPIX-TV CBS 5 (California), Feb. 12, 2017

California assemblyman David Chiu has introduced a bill that would make automatic speed-enforcement cameras and ticketing legal in the state. If passed, Assembly Bill 342 would let San Francisco and San Jose install traffic cameras to capture images of any vehicle traveling 10 mph over the posted speed limit. (KNTV-TV NBC 11 image)


Grace Period Ends for New Orleans’ Mobile Safety Cameras
The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com (Louisiana), Feb. 11, 2017

The grace period for New Orleans’ new battalion of mobile speed safety cameras ended Feb. 9. Drivers caught speeding by one of the 10 new mobile cameras around town are now on the hook for the $105 fine. The city will continue to install 45 new cameras at 32 sites to complement the 66 already in use at 42 locations. After focusing first on school zones, the full roll out will conclude in April. (WWL-TV CBS 4 image)


Tie Vote Gives Green Light to Red-Light Cameras
WJXT-TV Channel 4 (Florida), Feb. 7, 2017

The annual effort to ban red-light cameras in Florida crashed Tuesday when the Senate Transportation Committee rejected the idea in a tie vote. … The key vote came from committee Chairman George Gainer, who said he opposed the bill because he believed it should be left up to the local governments to decide whether to install the devices. (TBO.com image)

 

Fifth-Grader Dies in Collision after Exiting His School Bus
GoErie.com (Pennsylvania), Feb. 11, 2017

A fifth-grade boy at Wattsburg Area Middle School has died of injuries he suffered when he was struck by a vehicle after exiting his school bus in Greenfield Township on Thursday afternoon. … The collision happened on Feb. 9.


Maryland Could Up Penalties for Ignoring Stopped School Buses
WTOP-Radio 1500 AM (Washington, D.C.), Feb. 10, 2017

It’s already Maryland law: drivers must stop when a school bus comes to a halt, extends a stop arm, and turns on red flashing lights to let students on or off the bus. But Maryland lawmakers and police, frustrated with the number of drivers who continue to violate that law, are calling for an increase in civil penalties. (WMDT-TV ABC 47 image)

 

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Cashless Tolls On Their Way to Bayonne Bridge
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), Feb. 13, 2017

Motorists can say goodbye to the Bayonne Bridge toll plaza. The Port Authority announced Monday morning that Bayonne Bridge would be the bi-state agency’s first crossing to use cashless tolling. … One of the biggest benefits for drivers will be that they won’t need to slow down to pass through a plaza, said Allison C. de Cerreno, assistant director of tunnels, bridges and terminals for the Port Authority. … The move to cashless tolls is expected to save the Port Authority money in both the short and long term. (The Jersey Journal image by Reena Rose Sibayan)

Customer Numbers Grow as More Washingtonians Choose Tolls
Covington, Maple Valley, Black Diamond Reporter (Washington), Feb. 12, 2017

During fiscal year 2016, Good To Go!, Washington State’s automatic toll payment system, served more than 673,000 customer accounts and processed approximately 46.6 million toll transactions, a 24 percent increase from the previous year. The I-405 express toll lanes, which were operational for nine months of the fiscal year accounted for much of the growth in transactions.

State Senator Asks for Cashless Tolling
Niagara Frontier Publications (New York), Feb. 10, 2017

New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs has called on the New York State Thruway Authority to implement cashless tolling at the Grand Island bridges. “This technology is successfully utilized at more than 35 bridges, tunnels and toll roads across the United States and is used by the Thruway Authority at the Tappan Zee Bridge in downstate New York, Jacobs wrote in a letter to Thruway Authority Executive Director Bill Finch.
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Editorial: Red-Light Cameras? Let Cities, Counties Decide
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Feb. 10, 2017

The 2010 state law that authorizes local governments in Florida to catch red-light runners with cameras narrowly missed getting T-boned in Tallahassee this week. It was a victory for road safety and for home rule. … There’s no compelling reason for state legislators to grab the wheel from local elected officials on local road safety issues.

Editorial: Local Control of Road Safety Cameras Works Best
Sioux City Journal (Iowa), Feb. 10, 2017

If a majority of lawmakers in both chambers of the Iowa Statehouse believe traffic cameras represent pure evil, then they should vote to outlaw them altogether. However, if the Legislature believes these cameras represent an acceptable form of traffic enforcement in Iowa cities and decides to retain them, then we believe decisions about where to place them should be left to local municipalities, even on state roads within city limits. Simply put, local jurisdictions know better than the state Department of Transportation where to put their speed and red-light cameras.

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Letter to the Editor: Bus Cameras Improve Safety
The Daily Journal (New Jersey), Feb. 15, 2017

Our Senate recently passed S211, a timely bill allowing school districts to equip buses with cameras to catch drivers who pass a stopped school bus as kids are getting on and off. … Recently, a 14-year-old girl in Upper Township, Cape May County, was hit by a car and suffered serious injuries while walking across the street to catch her bus to school. Preventing horrible injuries like this is why S211 and its companion bill, A3798, were introduced.

Letter: Don’t Bow Before Bullies
Napa Valley Register (California), Feb. 9, 2017

I’ve been thinking about bullying behavior recently … and found  bullying at work in the red-light camera issue. People who disobeyed the stop sign law and were fined apparently protested to the city council, which caved in under pressure. Why not say: “It’s too bad that you drove your car unsafely. You can control that behavior. You can control your car. You can make Napa a safer city.” Rather than lower the expectation bar, we can raise it.

 

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“Where is our outrage over losing over 100 people every day on our roadways?”
Deborah Hersman, President and CEO of the National Safety Council
Chicago Tribune (Illinois), Feb. 15, 2017

 

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The city of Orlando has recorded a reduction in right-angle crashes of more than 65 percent since 2008 at intersections with cameras, and an 11 percent decrease in all crashes at those intersections, according to Mayor Buddy Dyer’s office. SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel, (Florida), Feb. 10, 2017.