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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 51

November 20th, 2014 Comments off

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Sparks Fly Before, During and After Red-Light Running Incident
OneNewsPage/AutoEvolution, Nov. 19, 2014

We’ve had our fair share of red-light running sights and yet nothing can prepare one for what happens in this video, which shows a woman making her own green in Newark while driving her car on the rim. (AutoEvolution.com image)

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Red-Light Camera Captures Close Call
WJXT-TV Channel 4 (Florida), Nov. 18, 2014

New video from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office offered evidence of how important it is to “respect the red.” One of the city’s red-light cameras captures a near-hit on the Westside at 103rd Street and Ricker Road, when a driver runs the red-light nearly two seconds after it turned red.

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Crashes Increase after Collier County Ends Camera Program
WBBH-TV NBC 2, Nov. 13, 2014

An exclusive NBC 2 investigation into red-light cameras answers whether roads were safer in Collier County during the program. The cameras were in place for 47 months before being removed and at the time, the majority of commissioners said there was no proof they made streets safer. We found that on average there were 10 more accidents a month after the cameras were removed; than when they were in place.

 

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Illinois Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Red-Light Cameras
Chicago Tribune, Nov. 20, 2014

The state Supreme Court today dismissed a challenge to a Chicago’s red-light camera program after two judges recused themselves and the rest of the court declared it was divided. … The lawsuit contending the Chicago red-light program was illegally enacted had been rejected by a state appeals court previously. (Chicago Tribune photo by Chris Sweda)

Councilor Interested in Camera Program Seeks City Attorney’s Opinion
Tulsa World (Oklahoma), Nov. 19, 2014

City Councilor G. T. Bynum said he plans to ask the city attorney to provide a legal opinion on whether the city has the authority to use cameras to prosecute traffic-light violators. … “If the city attorney says it is not a viable option, then the discussion is over and we move on, but if the city attorney says it is a legal option, then that triggers a whole public discussion process,” Bynum said. The issue is on the city council’s agenda for Thursday.

Killeen Turns Up Enforcement on Red-Light Running Scofflaws
Killeen Daily Herald (Texas), Nov. 19, 2014

With Mayor Scott Cosper’s affirmative vote, the deadlocked Killeen City Council on Tuesday narrowly approved an enforcement measure for drivers who receive citations from red-light cameras throughout the city. Now, a hold will be placed on a violator’s vehicle registration if the violator doesn’t pay a citation from the city’s red-light camera program.

Oldsmar Retains Red-Light Cameras
WTSP-TV CBS 10 (Florida), Nov. 18, 2014

Oldsmar’s City Council decided against making any changes to its red-light camera program, despite a recent court ruling that indicated the ticket-writing process is currently illegal. Four out of five council members decided against following the lead of some South Florida communities that have suspended their programs until the legal challenges are sorted out.

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Murfreesboro Council Approves Red-Light Camera Pact
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), Nov. 14, 2014

Red-light safety cameras will remain in place at six intersections for a least another year, the Murfreesboro City Council decided by a 5-1 vote last week. Police Chief Glenn Chrisman said the program is reducing crashes. (Daily News Journal photo by Jim Davis)

 

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Drivers Not Letting Children Cross for School Bus
KPVI-TV NBC 6 (Idaho), Nov. 20, 2014

School bus drivers with the Pocatello-Chubbuck school district say they’re having issues with people driving past buses with the stop-arm out. It’s the second district to say they’re having problems. (KPVI-TV NBC 6 photo by Deanne Coffin)

Pilot Program Catches 5 Violations Per Bus Per Week
Metro News (Canada), Nov. 19, 2014

The Winnipeg-based inventor of a camera used to catch drivers illegally passing school buses says motorists in his home province are among the country’s worst offenders.

Panel Wants Cameras on School Buses to Curb Illegal Passing
Robesonian.com (North Carolina), Nov. 18, 2014

A panel of lawmakers, safety advocates and health professionals on Monday backed a proposal to attach more cameras to school buses to prevent child injuries and deaths from passing cars. Under the plan, the legislature would give the state’s 115 school districts the option to contract with firms to install cameras that take pictures of the license plates of cars that illegally pass the school bus.

Student Hurt in Pickup-School Bus Collision
The Republic/Associated Press (Indiana), Nov. 18, 2014

A pickup truck has crashed into a school bus injuring one student and the driver of the pickup. Police say the pickup hit the back of the school bus Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Route 7 in Milton, Vermont. Witnesses tell police that the bus was stopped with its red lights flashing at the time of the crash. The driver was preparing to let a few students off.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety FACT: Rear-End Crashes Decrease at NJ RLSC intersections. #StopOnRed  Learn more http://www.atsol.com/newjersey-facts

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Have you seen this vehicle? @FLHSMV looking for man who ran a red light & fled scene. Call 239-938-1800 w/info: http://www.bradenton.com/2014/11/18/5481931_1-hurt-in-hit-and-run-crash-in.html?rh=1

Social N Houston @SocialInHouston HPD: Driver arrested after running red light, leading police on chase: A driver is behind bars after a routine… http://bit.ly/1qsfHk5

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  Must See! Scary Collision Caught by Red-Light Safety Cameras in Laurel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEEAbP… please, #StopOnRed

 

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Toll Operators Find Solutions to Serve Unbanked Customers
Toll Roads News, Nov. 18, 2014

As toll operators around the country shift toward automated electronic tolling or seek to expand the use of toll tags, they are creating new payment pathways for their unbanked customers — those without credit cards or basic bank accounts. Operators have adopted two main approaches to enable unbanked customers to pay their tolls: electronic terminals and prepaid cards. These solutions aren’t mutually exclusive and some operators use a mixture of both.

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U.S. Roads Can’t Match French Highways Paved by Tolls
Bloomberg (New York), Nov. 18, 2014

For seven weeks this fall, asphalt pavers worked nights and weekends to renovate the motorway near Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport. By Oct. 31, they had wrapped up the work on schedule, and traffic now flows along the four mile stretch of highway. A few miles to the north lies the source of funding for the project — and the reason France’s autoroutes are in better shape than most of the U.S. network: a toll booth. Drivers must pay to use 78 percent of major French highways, compared with about 3 percent of the National Highway System in the U.S. (Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP via Getty Images)

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Drivers Still Suspicious about HOT Lanes
The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.), Nov. 18, 2014

Q: We have been told that tolls were adjusted upward as vehicle density on the 495 Express Lanes increased. It appears that the tolls are being increased instead to increase revenue.
A: Gouging doesn’t occur just because the price is high. You can walk away from a high price. Gouging occurs where you have no alternative but to pay the high price because you have no other way to obtain the goods or services. A driver approaching the express lanes sees the price and knows there’s an alternative. It’s not just a lower price alternative. It’s free. (The Washington Post photo by Robert Thomson)

 

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Commentary: A Matter of Public Health
The Herald Sun (North Carolina), Nov. 18, 2014

A proposal before a General Assembly study panel that would attach cameras to school buses to catch drivers who flout the law about not passing stopped buses raises two questions: Why do we need a law to enforce what is common sense, and should be common courtesy? And do we really want more cameras, hidden or otherwise, watching us? The answer to both questions is an unfortunate yes, and reminds us of Benjamin Franklin’s often cited quote about the long-term dangers of sacrificing freedom for security. Drivers who refuse to stop for school buses are causing a major public health problem.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Apply Impartial Enforcement
The Daily Journal (New Jersey), Nov. 18, 2014

Those mounted traffic cameras now perched above Garden State intersections may in the near future be shut off … though well-founded statistics point to a significant reduction of intersection accidents after a short-driver adjustment period, there, nevertheless, are those who seek to return to the old system.

 

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“One of the traffic laws is to stop for school buses while they’re loading and unloading students and if you violate that then you’re creating a very dangerous situation for the students we’re transporting.”
Craig Leiby, Transportation Coordinator for Pocatello-Chubbuck School District, Idaho
KPVI-TV NBC 6 (Idaho), Nov. 20, 2014

“A rule, or law, that is not enforced is most likely not going to be obeyed, especially with time, once people learn it’s not going to be enforced. It gets back to the heart of the issue, which is that if we enforce it, then we’re going to get compliance. If we get compliance, then we’ll get safer streets.”
Jerris Mapes, Assistant City Attorney for the city of Killeen, Texas
Killeen Daily Herald (Texas), Nov. 19, 2014

 

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Florida
After red-light safety cameras were removed in Collier County, traffic crashes increased by an average of 10 a month. In total, 16 of 21 crash and injury categories tracked by the county went up since the cameras were shut off. The cameras were in place for 47 months. The results compare crash reports from the 18 months since the cameras were shut off. Source: WBBH-TV NBC 2, Nov. 13, 2014.

Ohio
Columbus saw a 73 percent reduction in red-light crashes through 2012 at intersections equipped with red-light safety cameras. Source: The Columbus Dispatch, Nov. 19, 2014.

Tennessee
The city of Murfreesboro has seen a 52.8 percent reduction in crashes at all signalized intersections since 2007-08 before starting the red-light safety camera enforcement program, according to Police Chief Glenn Chrisman. Source: Daily News Journal, Nov. 14, 2014.

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New York’s New Speed Limit Means A Healthier City
Time Magazine, Nov. 11, 2014

The difference between traveling 25 and 30 miles per hour may seem minute for the average car driver. The faster speed would save you about five minutes in a trip down the length of Manhattan. But the difference is profound if you’re hit by a car — maybe even the difference between life and death. See related coverage National Public Radio and WNYC-Radio 93.9 FM. (Photo by Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

 

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Rochester Extends, Expands Red-Light Camera Program
WHAM-Radio 1180 AM (New York), Nov. 13, 2014

The Rochester City Council voted 6 to 3 to extend the city’s red-light camera program until 2019. The vote also potentially expands the number of intersections with cameras from 32 to 50.

Murfreesboro Police Chief Finds Red-Light Cameras Improve Safety
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), Nov. 12, 2014

The Murfreesboro City Council should renew its red-light camera contract for another year because the technology improves traffic safety, Police Chief Glenn Chrisman recommends.

 

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Do Red-Light Cameras Take Snow into Consideration?
KUSA-TV NBC 9 (Colorado), Nov. 12, 2014

What happens when drivers can’t see exactly where to stop on snowy days? Denver police says an officer reviews every photo. If snow covers up the stop line and a driver stops at an intersection, but inadvertently triggers the red-light camera, the officer will throw out those tickets. However, sliding or driving through a red light is still a violation.

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Red-Light Camera Footage Helps Police Find Hit-Run Driver
WTVT-TV FOX 13, 2014 (Florida), Nov. 11, 2014

A red-light camera in Brooksville helped police catch a hit-and-run suspect. The video shows the vehicle running a red-light and clipping another car at 50 mph. (WTVT-TV FOX 13 image courtesy of Brooksville Police Department)

Authorities Write 825 Violations for Passing School Buses Illegally
Montgomery Community Media (Maryland), Nov. 11, 2014

Since the county has equipped select school buses with cameras, over 800 drivers have been cited for illegally passing a stopped school bus that was either dropping off or picking up children.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety FACT: Right-Angle Crashes throughout NJ have decreased due to red-light safety cameras. #StopOnRed

NCSR @SaferRoads The afternoon is the time in which most red-light running violations occur. This afternoon remember to #StopOnRed  http://bit.ly/1sN1kWW

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Video: Students being put at risk by motorists running the school bus stop arm in Dougherty County. walb.com/clip/10833939/…  #StopOnRed

 

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Forecast: Toll Lanes Would Speed Project Time in Virginia
The Virginian-Pilot, Nov. 11, 2014

It could take 30 years to deliver all of the region’s biggest bridge, tunnel and highway projects if tolls are used to help finance some of them, according to a new forecast. Without tolls, it would take at least 60 years, and that’s a best-case scenario, state Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne said.

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Toll Lane Conversion from Cash to Pass Continues
Reston Now (Virginia), Nov. 10, 2014

Dulles Toll Road users take note: work on the planned conversion of an exact change lane to an E-ZPass only lane at the eastbound main toll plaza begins tonight. The ongoing project will convert 19 toll lanes from exact change to E-ZPass only will continue into 2015. (Reston Now file photo)

 

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“Crashes at all signalized intersections in Murfreesboro have decreased. Fewer crashes equal less personal injury, less property damage and less police resources used to investigate crashes. The result is safer roadways. This program is working.”
Glenn Chrisman, Police Chief of Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Daily News Journal, Nov. 12, 2014 

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“Last year, in New York City, 291 people were killed on our roadways and thousands more were seriously injured. And there’s a real will to get that number down. And lowering speeds is part of how you do that.”
Polly Trottenberg, Transportation Commissioner of New York City
National Public Radio, Nov. 7, 2014

 

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Letter to the Editor: Traffic Cameras Provide Impartial Enforcement
Shore News Today (New Jersey), Nov. 12, 2014

The argument against red light cameras from those who say they cause rear-end crashes is rather amusing since most of those drivers committing the sudden halts are the very ones who before were running red lights and causing crashes. And may it be noted those laws having the greatest sum of public support are not those providing escape for some, but those applying equally to all.

Letter: Unbiased Information on Red-Light Cameras Available to City
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), Nov. 11, 2014

The debate about red-light cameras prompted me to search for some plain and politically unbiased statistics and facts about the impact that the (cameras) have on safety at intersections. I found what I was looking for at the website of the Federal Highway Administration, where, if you enter “Red Light Cameras Q and A” in the search box, it will lead you to a very informative and unbiased study that responds to every question that I have heard asked about the cameras. Several links can be summarized with this quote: “Automated red-light enforcement using cameras has shown to be effective in reducing the incidence of red-light running and the number of red-light running crashes.”

 

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In Montgomery County, authorities have issued 825 traffic violations to drivers who illegally passed a stopped school bus during the first nine months of 2014. The county uses cameras on 25 school buses. Source: Montgomery Community Media, Nov. 11, 2014.

New York
A traffic engineering firm’s study on Rochester’s red-light camera program shows a 26 percent reduction in crashes at traffic lights with cameras, and a 78 percent reduction in crashes resulting from ignoring a traffic signal. Source: WHAM-Radio 1180 AM (New York), Nov. 13, 2014.

Tennessee
In Murfreesboro, where red-light safety cameras became operational in 2008, total crashes at all signalized intersections decreased 52.8 percent from 1,692 in fiscal year 2007-2008 to 895 in 2013-2014. For the same time period, crashes at the six intersections where red-light safety cameras would be installed, crashes have decreased 49.1 percent from 173 crashes to 88. Source: Daily News Journal (Tennessee), Nov. 12, 2014.

 

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Bethel Schools Among 1st in State with School Bus Safety Cameras
KOMO-TV ABC 4 (Washington), Nov. 5, 2014

The Bethel School District, which covers more than 200 square miles of Pierce County, is among the first in the state to install on-board exterior school bus cameras. The cameras activate when a school bus stop sign is extended, with the goal of catching so-called “stop-arm” violators, officials said Wednesday. See related coverage from The News Tribune. (The News Tribune video image by Drew Perine)

Memphis Directs Red-Light Running Revenue into Public Safety
WHBQ-TV FOX 13 (Tennessee), Nov. 3, 2014

New red-light cameras have been installed around the City of Memphis more than doubling the number of machines tracking drivers. There are currently 57 cameras operating in the city. Since the cameras went up in 2009, Memphis has collected nearly $4.5 million. … Money raised so far will help pay for dash cameras in Memphis Police Department patrol cars and pay for neighborhood watch grants.

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Worst Intersections for Red-Light Runners in New Orleans
WVUE-TV FOX 8 (Louisiana), Nov. 3, 2014

You may be a victim of one. If not, you’ve surely witnessed a driver running a red light and causing an accident. It happens at intersections all over the City of New Orleans, despite the installation of cameras designed to cut down on the offenses.

 

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Drivers Running School Bus Paddles Caught on Camera
KIRO-TV CBS 7 (Washington), Nov. 5, 2014

Cameras on five buses in the Bethel School District are now catching drivers who go around the flashing stop paddles; they’ve been operating for a week. American Traffic Solutions, the company that owns and operates the equipment, released video Wednesday of those caught violating the law between Oct. 27 and 31. We were able to watch as car after car went around the outstretch stop arms. Bus driver Dawn Rowell says she’s been watching that for years.

Semi-Trailer Rear-Ends School Bus Stopped for Student
KBTV-TV FOX 4 (Texas), Nov. 5, 2014 

Six students were injured when a truck tractor semi-trailer rear-ended a school bus north of Kirbyville on US-96. Preliminary reports indicate the school bus was at a complete stop and had all emergency stop lights activated to allow one student to board the bus. There were 53 students on the bus at the time of the crash.

3 Vehicle Crash at School Bus Stop Sign
KMZU-Radio (Missouri), 100.7 FM, Nov. 5, 2014

According to the patrol report, an 18-year-old driver ran into a vehicle driven by a 61-year-old man who was changing lanes and slowed for a school bus stop sign ahead. The collision pushed the man’s vehicle into a third vehicle that was stopped for the bus.

 

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Police Find More Than 500 Speeders in Work Zone
Dayton Daily News (Ohio), Nov. 5, 2014

In a 50 hour period, Dayton police spotted 547 speeders in the Interstate 75 construction zone through downtown — a number so large that veteran traffic officers were surprised. The special photo enforcement effort operated from Oct. 29 until Oct. 31. It follows a number of crashes in the zone that shut down the highway for hours at a time. Dayton Daily News photo by Ty Greenlees.

Speed Camera Review Makes Progress in Iowa
Radio Iowa, Nov. 4, 2014

Iowa Department of Transportation traffic safety director Steve Gent hopes to be able to wrap up the first review of the use of traffic cameras on state roadways by the end of this month. The new rules created by the DOT in February require the six Iowa cities using the devices to file a safety report.

Speed Camera a Part of Award-Winning Traffic Program
DelMarvaNow (Maryland), Nov. 3, 2014

The Princess Anne Police Department has been recognized nationally among municipal agencies of its size for its efforts relating to traffic safety. The winning program’s area of focus involved impaired driving, aggressive driving, occupant protection and neighborhood complaints leading to the use of a speed camera. Speed citations initially increased, but diminished later, according to the program director.

Speed Cameras to Increase along Canadian Highways
Today’s Trucking (Canada), Nov. 3, 2014

Canada’s highways are about to have more photo radars as the Quebec Liberal government has promised to triple the number of cameras on Quebec’s roads and the province of Saskatchewan expects to launch a photo radar program of its own.

 

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Sugar Land Tightens Enforcement on Red-Light Running Scofflaws
Sugar Land Sun (Texas), Nov. 6, 2014

In a move intended to give more teeth to the city’s Red Light Camera Program, Sugar Land has teamed up with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to enforce vehicle registration holds on unpaid red-light violators. However, getting all Texas counties to recognize the city’s penalties for unpaid tickets and traffic court warrants is a different story. Photo by Your FortBendNews.com.

NCSR: Without Red-Light Cameras, Crashes Rise 117% in Houston
KTUL-TV ABC 8 (Oklahoma), Nov. 6, 2014

In yet another examples of the risks involved with removing red-light safety cameras from dangerous intersections, a new report shows a 30 percent increase in fatal traffic collisions and a 117 percent increase in total traffic crashes at 51 intersections in Houston where red-light safety cameras once stood.

Red-Light Referendum Ruled Ineligible for Ballot
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Nov. 3, 2014

Siding with the city of Brooksville, a Hernando County judge has struck down a referendum that would have allowed voters to ban the city’s red-light cameras. The measure sought to change the city’s charter to prohibit current and future city councils from installing red-light cameras, which was one of the reasons for Circuit Judge Thomas Eineman’s ruling.

City Offers Break to Car Owners with Unpaid Red-Light Tickets
City of Puyallup News Release (Washington), Oct. 31, 2014

In recent weeks, the Puyallup Municipal Court began processing a large number of unpaid red-light photo enforcement tickets. These infractions date from January 2011 through early 2014 and, to date, are unpaid. Instead of sending delinquent accounts to full collection, the Court has authorized a limited 30-day amnesty during which the original amount of $124 can be paid directly to the Court without late fees or collection costs.

 

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ATS Video Explains Florida Red-Light Running Violation Process
MarketWired, Nov. 5, 2014

American Traffic Solutions, Florida and North America’s leading red-light safety camera provider, further explains Florida’s red-light running violation process in a public service announcement now available on YouTube. View the video here.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Get the facts on New Jersey Red-Light Safety Cameras: http://www.atsol.com/newjersey-facts#StopOnRed

NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Lori lost her mother when a truck ran through a red light. Listen to her story http://bit.ly/1sfp6bR  #StopOnRed

 

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Final Section of Maryland’s Intercounty Connector to Open
Maryland State Highway Administration, Nov. 5, 2014

The Maryland State Highway Administration announced that the final phase of construction on the Intercounty Connector (ICC) is scheduled to be finished by Monday. The ICC is an all-electronic, variably priced toll facility, where higher tolls are charged during peak-travel times.

 

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Letter to the Editor: Looks Like Red-Light Ticket Worked
Democrat and Chronicle (New York), Nov. 4, 2014

I have to shake my head when reading yet another letter complaining about red light cameras. Apparently the writer received a ticket for rolling through a red light while making a right-hand turn. The ensuing $50 fine has caused him to “be more cautious” (a good thing), and he will now “come to a complete stop before making my right on red” (another good thing, which also happens to be the law). The cameras seem to be having the desired effect. So, what’s the problem again?

Letter: Changes Needed at Intersection
Daily Chronicle (Illinois), Nov. 3, 2014

Peace Road Exit off Interstate 88 is a hazard. … On several occasions I have narrowly missed colliding with a car whose driver did not stop for a red light and turned right in front of me. … I have already reduced my speed at this posted 55 mph intersection to avoid an accident. I can only alter my actions. Frankly, I am tired of placing my life in the hands of others each day as I try to get to work.

Letter: School Buses Need Cameras
The Herald (Washington), Nov. 3, 2014

In the Oct. 24 newspaper on the front page was an article about school buses being ignored and drivers passing illegally at bus stops. … We live in Everett but our children are in the Mukilteo School District. School boards need to get cameras on buses so there can be no dispute. No only is it illegal, it is downright dangerous.

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Police: Houston Traffic Crashes Rise after Red-Light Safety Cameras Removed
KTRK-TV ABC 13 (Texas), Oct. 28, 2014

Houston police say they have proof that red-light cameras do prevent crashes and save lives. … The police found traffic crashes nearly doubled at Houston intersections after red-light cameras were removed, and fatal crashes rose 30%. The Houston Police Department says the cameras were force multiplies and were an added safety tool. Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Tim Oettmeier explained the statistics were presented to “illustrate that if you don’t have enough personnel, things like this are going to happen.” See additional coverage from the Houston Chronicle.

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Girl, 12, Dies after being Hit by SUV at Bus Stop
KATV-TV ABC 7 (Arkansas), Oct. 28, 2014

A 12-year-old girl who was struck by an SUV Monday afternoon at a bus stop in Pike County has died. The accident report states she was struck by a 2001 Ford Explorer which failed to yield when the bus stopped to unload passengers. The girl was hit as she crossed the highway. The report notes that all emergency lights and signals were activated on the bus. See related news coverage from KLRT-TV FOX 16.

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Video Speed Camera Prank Goes Wrong
Farmingshow.com (New Zealand), Oct. 28, 2014

This prankster’s fun comes to an end when the police stop to ask questions.

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Technology Targets Drivers who Pass Stopped School Buses
NBC Today (New York), Oct. 20, 2014

Motorists illegally pass stopped school buses more than 70,000 times a day, endangering the lives of children. Now police are using new technology to catch the lawbreakers.

 

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Mom Calls on Drivers to Be Aware at School Bus Stops
Hungry Horse News (Montana), Oct. 29, 2014

The mother of a young boy who was nearly run over while crossing the street to a stopped school bus wants to get the word out to drivers about the need to pay closer attention. This is not a local problem. The major TV networks have been showing videos taken by cameras mounted on school buses across the U.S. showing vehicles speeding past while the buses’ side-mounted stop signs are down and the red lights are flashing. In some videos, vehicles as big as semi trucks narrowly miss schoolchildren at 60 mph.

School Bus Safety Cameras in Demand
WTOK-TV ABC 11 (Mississippi), Oct. 29, 2014

School bus safety advocates gathered in Jones County to call for more cameras to photograph vehicles that pass stopped buses. Superintendent Tommy Parker said he hopes the cameras will prevent any more accidents like the one that occurred in December 2009, when 5-year-old died after being struck while getting off a school bus.

Survey: 18,000 Drivers Pass Stopped N.Y. School Buses in 1 Day
School Transportation News, Oct. 29, 2014

Last week there were no reported student fatalities around school buses or bus stops during National School Bus Safety Week, which is welcome news after recent tragedies in Arkansas and Florida. To raise awareness of unsafe driving around school buses and bus stops, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation conducted a one-day survey of illegal bus passing on Oct. 21.

Car-School Bus Collision Injures 1
News-Press.com (Florida), Oct. 28, 2014

The Florida Highway Patrol said a 2008 Toyota Yaris was westbound on Leeland Heights Boulevard at 6:35 a.m. when it hit the rear of a school bus stopped in traffic and picking up students. The crash caused one minor injury to a passenger in the car.

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Car Crashes into School Bus; 13 Children, 2 Adults Injured
WCSC-TV CBS 5 (South Carolina), Oct. 28, 2014

Officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol say 13 kids and two adults were transported to the hospital with minor injuries following a school bus accident Monday morning. Colleton County Fire and Rescue says the bus was stopped to pick up children and was using its warning lights when the incident occurred.

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School Bus Skirters Out of Control
Press and Sun Bulletin (New York), Oct. 28, 2014

School bus drivers in 18 school districts around the state watched as drivers illegally passed buses 385 times during a one-day survey last week, according to the New York Association for Pupil Transportation. That points to a wider problem, the association said. See related coverage from cnycentral.com.

Thousands Caught Passing Stopped School Buses
KEYE-TV CBS 42 (Texas), Oct. 27, 2014

Thousands of Austin drivers were caught on camera, as they passed by stopped school buses during a pilot program through the Austin Independent School District. One car after another, all breaking the law. … Currently, the cameras are just collecting information and no tickets are being issued. But that could change by next year, if Austin City Council members approve the plan.

 

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Speed Fine Revenue Climbs in New York
Newsday, Oct. 24, 2014

Nassau continues to rack up millions of dollars in school speed camera revenues, according to the county’s internal accounting system. As of Oct. 10, the county had recorded $1.4 million in revenues collected from drivers caught on camera speeding through school zones between 7 a.m and 6 p.m.

 

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Red-Light Running Fines Go Toward City Traffic Projects
The Spokesman-Review (Washington), Oct. 30, 2014

Proceeds from red-light camera safety tickets are paying for a traffic circle at Lyons Avenue and Cincinnati Street. The project is one of 15 traffic calming projects scheduled through the end of 2015.

Driver Charged with Disregarding Red Light
Aiken Standard (South Carolina), Oct. 28, 2014

No students were injured after a car struck an Aiken County school bus early Tuesday morning. The bus was attempting a left turn when the driver of a 2005 Mazda car ran a red light and collided with the left side of the bus, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol. The driver was charged with disregarding a traffic signal, authorities said.

2 Hospitalized after SUV, City Bus Collide
TheEagle.com (Texas), Oct. 28, 2014

Houston transit officials say two people have been hospitalized after their SUV collided with a city bus. Metro Transit Authority spokeswoman Margaret O’Brian-Molina says the vehicle ran a red light before it was struck by the bus near downtown. She tells the Houston Chronicle that the SUV flipped. She says two people were taken to St. Joseph Hospital but that their injuries weren’t life threatening.

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Local Officials Lobby Lawmakers to Support Red-Light Cameras
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (New Jersey), Oct. 27, 2014

Municipal and police officials from several towns that have red-light cameras descended on the  Statehouse today to urge New Jersey lawmakers to renew the state’s soon-to-expire red-light camera pilot program. (South Jersey Times file photo)

 

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce its receipt of Clayton County Public Schools‘ notice to proceed with an expansion of its existing CrossingGuard School Bus Safety Camera program. This system is designed to deter motorists from illegally passing stopped school buses while children board or disembark. Currently, 20 CrossingGuard safety cameras are in use in the school district. ATS is honored to be working with Clayton County Public Schools and all of its customers on their traffic safety programs.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety NBC Today Show – New technology targets drivers who pass stopped school buses: http://youtu.be/kq3NFIW01_M?a via @YouTube

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety RT @SaferRoadsUSA: #Halloween has a higher number of red-light runners on average! Remember this Friday to #StopOnRed  http://bit.ly/1sN1kWW

 

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Top 10 Bridge and Tunnel Toll Evaders Owe Millions
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (New Jersey), Oct. 28, 2014

There are two kinds of toll evaders on the region’s toll roads, bridges and tunnels — the kind who try to disguise or conceal their license plate and the ones who drive through the E-ZPass lane without a tag. The top 10 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey toll violators owe a total of $2.08 million as of September 30, according to agency records. (The Star-Ledger photo by John O’Boyle)

Illinois Tollway Opening New Lanes on I-90
Move Illinois, Oct. 28, 2014

The Illinois Tollway announced today that it is beginning to open three new lanes in each direction between Rockford and Elgin as part of the $2.5 billion Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project, which is building a new state-of-the-art interstate from the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-3.

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Commentary: Springfield Police, City Officials Say Cameras Improve Traffic Safety
Suburban News (New Jersey), Oct. 29, 2014

One of the primary roles of the government is to protect its citizens. Recognizing the dangerous state of certain intersections, the Township of Springfield implemented a red-light automated photo enforcement program in 2012 to curb violations and T-bone crashes — the most deadly type of collision on our roadways. We are proud to say this move has had an impact on public safety during the last two years, and we expect the history of success to continue.

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Letter to the Editor: Stop Whining about Red-Light Cameras
Daily Record (New Jersey), Oct. 30, 2014

Bob Ingle’s recent column on red-light cameras was quick to ascribe evil motives and characterize as lies the explanations offered by supporters of red-light cameras. His response is typical of many opponents of the pilot program who refuse to acknowledge the truth — that this program was driven by the desire to reduce accidents caused by people who break the law.

Letter: Improve Safety to and from School
The Record (New York), Oct. 28, 2014

More needs to be done to keep rides to and from school safer. It’s disturbing to learn that a person lost his life in last Tuesday’s crash in Brunswick. It’s a sobering reminder that transportation, especially when it involves our school children, should never be taken for granted.

Letter: Speed Cameras Show Need to Slow Down
Newsday (New York), Oct. 26, 2014

I am continually amazed by the people who write in complaining about the traffic-camera tickets they received and demanding more warning signs. Instead of more signs, perhaps the Department of Motor Vehicles should mail each driver a copy of the state driver’s manual.

 

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“It’s extremely dangerous to pass a stopped school bus. You never know when a kid will dart out in front of a bus.”
Charles Miller, Police Chief of Haverstraw, New York
School Transportation News, Oct. 29, 2014

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“I absolutely believe the red-light cameras are doing a great job. We used to have a major accident at the corner of 1960 and Whitaker at least once a week. We don’t have them like that now.”
Gary Warman, Police Chief of Humble, Texas
The Tribune (Texas), Oct. 20, 2014

 

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 47

October 23rd, 2014 Comments off

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American Traffic Solutions Recognizes National School Bus Safety Week
ATS News Release, Oct. 20, 2014

The evidence is found in the news articles below. Drivers are failing to stop for school buses and putting children in great danger. In some cases, a mere heartbeat of time is all that separates a child from a passing vehicle. These close calls occur all too frequently and risk disaster in spite of traffic laws written for the protection of our children. The solution begins with a simple reminder, “At my Stop, you Stop!” This is the message of this year’s National School Bus Safety Week. In support of this year’s safety campaign, American Traffic Solutions is partnering with schools and law enforcement to remind motorists of the lawful and safe practices to take when approaching a stopped school bus. Remember, At my Stop, you Stop!

 

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Concern Grows for Students’ Safety Around Drivers
WWLP-TV NBC 22 (Massachusetts), Oct. 23, 2014

There’s reason to believe the problem of distracted drivers around school zones and school buses is getting worse. “In 2013, two million more drivers passed school bus stop arms than they did in 2011,” says Charles Territo of American Traffic Solutions. “There is no question that distracted driving plays a role.”

 

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School Bus Cameras on a Trial Run in Karnes County
KSAT-TV ABC 12 (Texas), Oct. 22, 2014

The first two school bus cameras of others yet to come, went on a trial run Wednesday afternoon. “You don’t know how relieved I am we started doing this,” said Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva.

Student Injured as Garbage Truck Passes Stopped School Bus
WHKY-Radio 1290 AM (North Carolina), Oct. 22, 2014

A 16-year-old was injured Tuesday when a garbage truck ran over his foot as he attempted to board a stopped school bus in Caldwell County. The Highway Patrol said the bus did have all its lights on and its stop-arm extended for nearly 10 seconds before the accident.

 

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Attorney General Wants Cameras to Make N.C. School Buses Safer
WRAL-TV Channel 5 (North Carolina), Oct. 20, 2014

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper wants public school buses across the state equipped with cameras to help capture drivers violating school bus traffic safety laws. Cooper said Monday that the equipment — similar to what’s being used at traffic lights — would take photos of the license plates of any drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. See related coverage from WFMY-TV Channel 2 and The Daily News.

 

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Son of Injured Crossing Guard Says Enough is Enough
WTVD-TV (North Carolina), Oct. 18, 2014

Images of a Garner crossing guard struck by a car are tough for Jordan Hawkins to watch. That’s because it’s his mom. … It’s the latest school bus stop crash in recent weeks. Hawkins’ son says he’s fed up. “Enough is enough. I don’t know when it’s going to end. Too many people are texting and driving and obviously not paying attention,” he said.

 

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Speed Zone Cameras Arrive in Kaufman County, Warning Phase Begins
InForney.com (Texas), Oct. 23, 2014

The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office announced the start of the warning phase for the new school zone safety camera program. The school zone speed cameras, which are installed in marked vehicles that will be parked in the enforcement zones each day, will issue warning notices to the vehicle’s registered owner but no fine will be assessed during the 30-day warning period from Oct. 21 to Nov. 21.

 

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Police: Sedan, School Bus Collide in Red-Light Running Incident
WJBF-TV ABC 6 (Georgia), Oct. 23, 2014

Two passengers in a silver vehicle were transported to the hospital after their car collided with a school bus in a Richmond County intersection. Children on the school bus reported minor complaints and received medical attention. At the crash scene, Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies learned a gray 4-door sedan had ran the red light and struck the bus.

Driver of Pickup Injured in Intersection Collision
Tampa Tribune (Florida), Oct. 23, 2014

The driver of a pickup truck was in critical condition after he ran a red light and hit a Hillsborough County school bus Thursday morning, officials said.

 

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Wilmington Renews Red-Light Camera Program
WECT-TV NBC  6 (North Carolina), Oct. 22, 2014

Wilmington city leaders approved renewing a contract for the red-light cameras seen around town, instead of opting for a new contract that would have brought additional cameras at a discounted rate. The cameras, supplied by American Traffic Solutions, are placed at 13 intersections to prevent drivers from running red lights. (Lumina News photo by Allison Potter)

City of Hollywood Fights for Camera Program
WPLG-TV ABC 10 (Florida), Oct. 22, 2014

The city of Hollywood is not giving up its fight to use cameras to catch red-light runners. It will ask the 4th District Court of Appeals to either reconsider last week’s ruling or send the question to the state’s Supreme Court.

Sugar Land Cracks Down on Ticket Scofflaws
GuidryNews.com (Texas), Oct. 22, 2014

Sugar Land City Council approved an agreement on Oct. 21 with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to withhold vehicle registrations on outstanding municipal court traffic warrants and red-light running violations caught on camera.

 

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Memphis Expands Red-Light Safety Camera Program
The Commercial Appeal (Tennessee), Oct. 21, 2014

Memphis officials are adding 30 new cameras at 18 intersections to catch those who run red lights, bringing the total to 55 cameras at 30 intersections. The installation of the cameras is under way and should be complete next month. See related coverage from WPTY-TV ABC 24.

Albany Police Chief Supports Incoming Red-Light Safety Cameras
WTRY-Radio 98.3 FM (New York), Oct. 21, 2014

Red-light cameras are on their way to Albany. That’s after the Common Council passed the ordinance Monday night. Twenty intersections will get them. Critics call the cams money raisers, but Police Chief Stephen Krokoff says even if the program were revenue neutral, he would still support the cameras. See related coverage on WNYT-TV NBC 13.

 

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MnDPS_OTS @MnDPS_OTS See a school bus with its warning lights & stop arm activated? Don’t do what this semi driver did. #schoolbus #safety http://youtu.be/xyrXtlRH-4c

@NHTSAgov Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens 14 to 18 years old. Get the conversation started with … http://fb.me/43Z07II1O

 

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Express Lanes Being Surveyed on I-295
First Coast News (Florida) Oct. 21, 2014

Survey crews are on the job mapping out express lanes that will go in on Interstate 295 within the next two years. The express lanes are the first for Northeast Florida. Two projects are being planned. The express lanes will offer motorists an option with a SunPass being needed to pay for access. There will not be any toll booths.

MoveDC Plan Includes Toll Lanes
The Washington Post (District of Columbia), Oct. 21, 2014

D. C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Tuesday released an ambitious long-range transportation plan that he said would expand the city’s transit options while deterring driving through the use of toll lanes on the city’s gateways and charging a congestion fee to motorists entering downtown.

 

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Commentary: School Buses Should Have License Plate Readers
Times-News (North Carolina), Oct. 20, 2014

As long as we’re talking about reading license plates, I’ve got a use for that, and it should be implemented immediately: All school buses should be equipped with technology to do so. The instances when a child is hit or killed by a driver who fails to stop for a stopped school bus make state, sometimes even national, news. What doesn’t make the news is the instances when a child could have been hit or killed — when a vehicle fails to stop but, fortunately, doesn’t hit anybody. And this happens all the time.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Discourage Dangerous Traffic Violations, Save Lives
Times of Trenton (New Jersey), Oct. 23, 2014

Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll found the majority of people approve of the red-light camera program. I am a strong proponent of measures that will make our roadways safer for all users. The cameras have proven to be an effective tool in reducing the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities that result from red-light running.

 

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Maui police issued 359 citations to red-light and stop-sign violators during a two week “Stop or Get Stopped” traffic enforcement campaign that concluded on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. The traffic safety initiative also resulted in 69 citations for motorists who were caught driving without a license, 134 citations for motorists driving without insurance, and 32 DUI arrests, police said. SOURCE: MauiNow.com, Oct. 20, 2014.