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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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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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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!

 

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 4

February 16th, 2017 Comments off

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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.

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 3

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Bill Addresses Danger to Students Leaving School Buses
KSL-TV NBC 5 (Utah), Feb. 2, 2017

Utah lawmakers are considering a bill that would use cameras to help crack down on drivers who ignore stop signs on school buses. They say an alarming number of drivers ignore the stop arm and keep driving, even as kids get off the bus. It’s difficult for bus drivers to write down the license plate number to give to police. But with this new bill, cameras would do the work. (KSL-TV NBC 5 image)

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Intersection Crash Injures Teen, Grandmom in Michigan
WDIV-TV NBC 4 (Michigan), Jan. 30, 2017

A 14-year-old girl and her grandmother are in serious condition Monday night after getting into a crash with a school bus in Roseville. Police said the bus driver and five or six students suffered minor injuries. … The crash happened because the driver of the SUV ran the blinking red light, police said. (WDIV-TV NBC 4 image)

 

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Proposal Dedicates Traffic Fines to Fund School Bus Seat Belts
School Transportation News (National), Jan. 30, 2017

Legislation was introduced in January before the Washington State Legislature that would require all newly purchased school buses to be equipped with lap-shoulder seat belts, with illegal passing cameras paying for the occupant restraints as well as all new school bus purchases. … House Bill 1246 also provides a funding stream for the lap-shoulder seat belts by requiring all school districts to install stop-arm cameras by Sept. 1, 2018. (The News Tribune video image by Drew Perine)

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New Speed Cameras in Windsor Heights Draw Comments
WHO_TV NBC 13 (Iowa), Jan. 26, 2017

Interim Windsor Heights Police Chief Derek Meyer says it seems simple. “Citizens can expect to obey the law.” As two fixed speed cameras along University Avenue in Windsor Heights became active on Friday, feelings are mixed. … “If it gets people to slow down, then I am OK with that,” said Chris Kannapel of Windsor Heights. (WOI-TV ABC 5 image)

Police Looking for Vehicle that Nearly Struck Student
WVNS-TV Channel 59 (West Virginia), Jan. 27, 2017

A Kanawha County student is lucky to be alive after a close call at a school bus stop in Dunbar. School bus cameras captured the shocking incident as the student was crossing the street to get onto the school bus. The stop arm was out on the side of the bus at the time but the passing motorist did not obey the sign.

 

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Use of Transponders Rises in 1st Month of Tolling on New Bridges
Courier-Journal (Kentucky), Feb. 1, 2017

RiverLink officials said Wednesday that more than 2 million people cross Kentuckiana’s three tolled bridges during the first month of tolling, with the number of crossings with transponders increasing each week. The percentage of drivers using transponders rose from 45 percent during week one of tolling to roughly 59 percent during week five. See related story at WLKY-TV CBS 26. (Image by WLKY-TV CBS 26.)

 

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Tolling to Begin on Veterans Bridge in Virginia
The Daily Advance, Jan. 31, 2017

North Carolinians crossing the Dominion Boulevard Veterans Bridge to get to Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach will begin paying for the privilege starting next week. … Tolls will be collected electronically either through transponders or a toll-by-plate system. … The four-lane Veterans Bridge is part of the $399.4 million Dominion Boulevard Improvement Project, which recently was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.  (The Daily Advance image by Thomas J. Turney)

 

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Commentary: City Manager States Photo Enforcement Improves Safety
The Des Moines Register (Iowa), Jan. 30, 2017

Several recent new articles and discussions dealing with Automated Traffic Enforcement camera programs have missed the point that the cameras exist to supplement traditional traffic enforcement. The one and only speed camera on I-235 is located at the point where traffic needs to slow down as the roadway transitions from a straightaway to one with tight curves, multiple exits/entrances and very narrow, unforgiving shoulders.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Save Lives
Napa Valley Register (California), Jan. 26, 2017

I had to just shake my head, when I read in the Napa Valley Register headlines that four members of the City Council actually voted against red-light cameras. Chief of Police Steve Potter is trying to give you the facts and the best reasons for keeping them. Reducing accidents by 40 percent, that alone is worth the cost and “ill-will” of nay tourists or residents. Every red-light ticket is potentially saving a life. All of you sang Steve’s praises on why he would be such an amazing police chief, so why are you choosing to not listen to him about the safety of Napa?

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Deter Dangerous Trend
The Post and Courier (South Carolina), Jan. 26, 2017

With increased traffic comes frustrated drivers. Every day I see cars running red lights, especially from left-turn lanes. I have entered intersections as the light turned yellow and at least two cars follow me through the red light. … Red-light cameras would deter this dangerous trend.

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“It just takes once for that driver not to stop, a kid to step out when they’re expecting to be given the right of way, and a child to be killed.”
Ben Horsely, Granite School District spokesman
KSL-TV NBC 5 (Utah), Feb. 2, 2017

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“The evidence shows that these cameras are effective in reducing these speed-related collisions. These tools work, these tools help prevent people from dying.”
Wayne Jerman, Cedar Rapids Police Chief
Quad-City Times (Iowa), Jan. 27, 2017

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 2

January 19th, 2017 Comments off

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Truck Fails to Stop for School Bus; Strikes 3 Students
KTSP-TV ABC 5 (Minnesota), Jan. 19, 2017

Three high school students were critically injured after being hit by a vehicle that failed to stop for a school bus with its stop-arm extended Thursday morning in Otsego, according to authorities. All three students were taken to Mercy Hospital. (KTSP-TV ABC 5 image)

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Disturbing Video Shows Turning School Bus Striking Pedestrian
KOOL-Radio 101.5 FM (New York), Jan. 19, 2017

A woman in Brooklyn, N.Y., was hit by a school bus and survived. The victim was crossing the street in broad daylight last Friday when the bus made a right turn and plowed into her before running her over with its front right tire. Authorities say none of the woman’s injuries are fatal. (KOOL-Radio 101.5 FM/Arista Security image)

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Suspected Thief Caught on Camera in Vehicle Belonging to Ill Man
KDVR-TV FOX 31 (Colorado), Jan. 16, 2017

Many people don’t like red-light photo enforcement cameras at intersections, but what one camera revealed could solve a car theft case. In a FOX 31 Problem Solvers update, a man waiting for a lifesaving lung transplant was never so happy to get a ticket in the mail. The red-light running ticket he received in the mail weeks later, showed the probable thief behind the wheel of their vehicle. (KDVR-TV FOX 31 image)

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New Cameras Catching Speeders in School Zones
WWL-TV CBS 4 (Louisiana), Jan. 12, 2017

The city of New Orleans deployed new mobile traffic cameras this week, placing them in unmarked cars and school zones. Many drivers traveling in Algiers were caught off guard. “I didn’t see the cameras, but I did see a sign saying that they had cameras,” Algiers resident Mari Cell said. Another resident, Andy Perez, said it’s about time something was done about drivers who speed through his neighborhood. (WWL-TV CBS 4 image)

 

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City of Anchorage to Consider Red-Light Camera Proposal
KTVA-TV CBS 11 (Alaska), Jan. 17, 2017 

What can be done about red-light runners in Anchorage? Vice Chairman of the Anchorage Assembly Dick Traini says it’s a question he frequently hears from constituents. That’s why he and Anchorage Assembly Chair Elvi Gray-Jackson have submitted an ordinance that would let voters decide whether to allow the municipality to use cameras to ticket drivers that run red lights. (KTVA-TV CBS 11 image)

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Windsor Heights Installs Speed Cameras for End-of-Month Start
The Des Moines Register (Iowa), Jan. 12, 2017

Drivers traveling on University Avenue in Windsor Heights may have noticed the city’s new speed cameras and electronic speed signs. The city installed the cameras from American Traffic Solutions this week, but the system is undergoing testing and will likely be turned on by end of January. The camera uses 3D tracking radar that can monitor 32 vehicles across four lanes of traffic, and produce 12-second videos in full color. (WOI-TV ABC 5 image)

 

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Semi-truck Narrowly Misses Children Boarding School Bus
Pilot Tribune & Enterprise (Nebraska), Jan. 13, 2017

Children boarding a Blair Community Schools bus narrowly escaped injury Friday morning after a semi-truck passed the stopped bus on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 30. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking witnesses and information on the incident, which was caught on camera. Sgt. Don Morgan called the video frightening. “It will make your heart skip,” he said. “You see the child just get in the bus and about that time, there goes a semi-truck by, right past the doors. After it goes by, the second child gets on the bus.” (Beatrice Daily Sun image by Chris Dunker)

Student Hit by Car Near School Bus Is Recovering at Home
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (New Jersey), Jan. 13, 2017

The 14-year-old girl injured earlier this month when she was hit by a car and thrown into the air as she crossed the road to board a school bus has been released from the hospital, a school official said. The teen spent about a week in the hospital after suffering a concussion and bruises. The driver, who attends the same school, was ticketed on charges of careless driving and passing a school bus while discharging students, according to ShoreNews.com.

Distracted Driver Strikes Child Exiting School Bus, Police Say
WCVB-TV ABC 5 (Massachusetts), Jan. 12, 2017

A 6-year-old child was getting off a school bus when he was hit by an SUV in Haverhill. Police said the school bus was stopped with the flashing stop sign extended and lights flashing to allow students to get off and cross the street. After the collision, police said the boy was conscious and alert on scene and was taken to the hospital. The SUV driver, who was reaching for a pair of glasses at the time of the collision, was cited for failure to stop for a school bus.

 

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Zero Fatalities NV @DriveSafeNV A single traffic fatality affects more than just one person… That’s why Zero is the only acceptable number. http://owl.y/Qk5k307a8

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Retweet by ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety IIHS @IIHS_autosafety US motor vehicle crash deaths are rising with the economy. It’s not just miles driven, but also who is driving them.

 

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Upgrade Keeps Florida Toll Road Ahead of Population Growth
MyNews13.com (Florida), Jan. 18, 2017

The sights and sounds of major construction permeate the air for a new Beachline Expressway interchange in east Orange County at Innovation Way. The purpose of the project is to prepare the area for people — lots of people. (News 13/MyNews13.com image)

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Work Preps for I-66 Toll Lanes Inside Capital Beltway
WRC-TV NBC 4 (Washington, D.C.), Jan. 17, 2017

Road work along Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway is beginning a project to create new electronic toll lanes in hopes of alleviating traffic congestion while increasing vehicle capacity. The work on the entire project is expected to be completed by mid-2017 for dynamic toll lanes allowing anyone, including solo drivers who would have to pay a toll, to use them. The lanes will be free for HOV-2 plus and buses. (WRC-TV NBC 4 image)

 

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Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Made Me See the Light
The Folsom Telegraph (California), Jan. 17, 2017

While the subject of red-light cameras has its share of pros and cons that range from cost to effectiveness, I can attest first hand, that the use of such devices in troublesome intersections can be effective. …. I believe it will definitely slow us all down and help in many of our area intersections. Until that happens, let’s all practice safe driving. In the end, it will not only save you money, it could save your life.

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Editorial: Red-Light Running Habit Caused Hundreds of Crashes
The Journal Gazette (Indiana), Jan. 13, 2017

Mid-morning, a few times a week, a westbound motorist stopped for the traffic light at Main and Lafayette streets watch a northbound, dark-colored vehicle race through the red light. So far, no one has died. But it could happen. In 2014, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers running red lights contributed to crashes that killed 709 people and injured 126,000. … What are these people thinking?

Editorial: Let Locals Decide on Red-Light Cameras
Panama City News Herald (Florida), Jan. 12, 2017

In some cities that have deployed red-light cameras strategically — say, at intersections with the greatest number of red-light runners observed, or those with the highest volume of serious mishaps — significant traffic-safety improvements have occurred in some cities. These are among the reasons that the Legislature should not seek to impose a statewide ban; local governments should be able to install the devices as warranted by local conditions. Whether one is for or against their use, like most decisions it is best made on a local level.

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Letter to the Editor: Drivers, not cameras, to blame for crashes
Palm Beach Post (Florida), Jan. 15, 2017

Red-light cameras do not cause crashes. Europe has had red-light cameras for decades with no increase in crashes. If there are increased rear-enders at intersections with red light cameras, that only indicates the high number of red-light runners and poor drivers we have here in Florida.

Speed Cameras Help Create Equality
Des Moines Register (Iowa), Jan. 13, 2017

Very shortly, there will be a bill introduced in the Senate that will be pushed by Brad Zaun to outlaw all speed and red-light cameras. Studies have shown that crashes have been reduced where cameras are now placed. …. If all tickets were only given in person, then those “high level officials” have the ability to talk their way out of a ticket. That is called “professional courtesy,” and yes, that does happen. Cameras don’t care who you are.

 

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“We don’t have enough police officers to have one at every intersection. Using technology, I think, will help us stop the amount of carnage we’re seeing with red light runners.”
Dick Traini, Vice Chairman of the Anchorage Assembly
KTVA-TV CBS 11 (Alaska), Jan. 17, 2017