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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 20

April 30th, 2015 Comments off

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Heart-Stopping Video Shows SUV Narrowly Missing Young Students
ABC News (Washington, D.C.), April 28, 2015

Heart-stopping video from a school bus security camera shows a driver coming within inches of mowing down three school children as they were about to step on the bus in the Bethel School District of Washington State. Nobody was hurt, but 5-year-old Charity said it sure felt like something touched her. Detectives say the driver went into a ditch to pass the bus and did not stop later to check on the children. See related coverage from KNDU-TV NBC 25 and WZVN-TV ABC 7(ABC News images)

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Police Release Video, Ask for Help with Arizona Murder Case
KNXV-TV ABC 15 (Arizona), April 27, 2015

Detectives are asking the public for help one year after they found a man murdered inside his Paradise Valley home in Arizona. … In the video, photo radar cameras capture the killers in the victim’s stolen vehicle turning right near 94th Street and Shea Boulevard. Another car follows closely behind. Police say the killers drove to a remote area, lit the victim’s BMW on fire and then used the other car to get away. (KNXV-TV ABC 15 image)

School Bus Cameras Catch Violators
WNCT-TV CBS 9 (North Carolina), April 24, 2015

Lenoir County Schools are ahead of legislation, equipping several of its buses with stop-arm cameras. The next time you think about passing a school bus, think again.

 

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Dallas Police Monitor Video for School Bus Stop Arm Violations
KXAS-TV NBC 5 (Texas), April 29, 2015

After an SUV nearly hit three children trying to board a school bus in Washington, law enforcement agencies are cracking down on drivers who ignore bus stop signs. Dallas County Schools, the organization that provides buses to 11 districts, has cameras on their 1,700 buses. (KXAS-TV NBC 5 image)

Cameras Catch Thousands Illegally Passing School Buses
WSB-TV Channel 2 (Georgia), April 27, 2015

Cameras have captured over 7,000 drivers illegally passing stopped school buses in Gwinnett County alone. Each morning and afternoon 1,900 school buses roll through the county. Two hundred and thirty of them have stop-arm cameras, catching violations.

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Suffolk Pols Back NY School Bus Stop Arm Camera Bill
Long Island Press (New York), April 24, 2015

Three school buses on eastern Long Island were equipped with cameras as part of a pilot program aiming to record drivers breaking laws against passing school buses when they’re stopped, officials said. In the first six school days of April, 38 vehicles were filmed passing stopped school buses fitted with cameras, a Longwood Central School District official told the Public Safety Committee of the Suffolk County Legislature on Thursday. See related coverage from WCBS-TV CBS 2. (WCBS-TV CBS 2 image)

 

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County Judge Rejects New Ohio Rules on Road Safety Cameras
WDTN-TV Channel 2 (Ohio), April 28, 2015

A judge in northwest Ohio has made the latest ruling rejecting the state’s new restrictions on traffic camera enforcement. Lucas County Judge Dean Mandros followed up his March 22 preliminary injunction against the law with a ruling Monday that it violates home-rule powers given to local governments under Ohio’s constitution.

Boynton Officials Say Red-Light Cameras Helped Keep Drivers Safe
Sun Sentinel (Florida), April 27, 2015

According to a 2012 Boynton Beach Police Department crash report, in 2011 the city’s red-light cameras reduced crashes by 55 percent at the city’s then four red-light camera intersections compared to 2010. This is the most recent data, according to Police Department spokeswoman Stephanie Slater. In addition to reducing crashes, the city’s cameras were a deterrent, keeping people from repeatedly running red lights.

Red-Light Cameras to Return to Fayetteville Intersections
WTVD-TV (North Carolina), April 25, 2015

This summer, the city of Fayetteville plans to begin the installation of 11 cameras at eight intersections. The installation is dependent on approval from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. … Four of the seven selected intersections could have cameras as early as July 1, marking  a return to Fayetteville after nearly 8 years.

 

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Toll Lanes: What Fort Worth Area Motorists Can Expect
Star-Telegram (Texas), April 28, 2015

To say Fort Worth-area motorists are becoming accustomed to paying tolls wherever they go is an understatement. And there’s more. In 2018, a rebuilt Interstate 35W is expected to open between downtown Fort Worth and Alliance Texas. That’s another road that will feature a combination of toll and toll-free lanes. So like them or not, toll lanes appear to be here to stay. With that in mind, here are some things to expect in the coming months and years on the western side of the Metroplex. (Star-Telegram photo by Ron Jenkins)

Commentary: Give Road, Bridge Funding Some Gas
Portland Tribune (Oregon), April 28, 2015

Regardless of your politics, there is little debate over the critical need for net new revenues to build and repair our nation’s roads and bridges, says Patrick Jones, executive director and CEO of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. One proven method with a long history is tolls. Thirty-five states now use toll financing to build and operate much-needed infrastructure. There are nearly 6,000 miles of tolled facilities in the United States, and nearly 3,000 of those miles are on the interstate highway system. Recent research shows that more than four-fifths of all Americans think tolls should be considered as a primary source of transportation revenue on a project-by-project basis.

10,000 Good to Go! Flex Passes in Hands of Early Adopters
The Enumclaw Courier-Herald (Washington), April 27, 2015

Drivers aren’t waiting to the last minute to prepare for the opening of Interstate 405 express toll lanes this fall. Since the new Good To Go! Flex Pass launched in March, the Washington State Department of Transportation has distributed over 10,000 new Flex Passes. Carpools will need a Flex Pass to travel free on the I-405 express toll lanes.

 

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Commentary: Once Again, Yellow Means Green, Red Means Maybe
Miami Herald (Florida), April 27, 2015

Yellow has a new meaning in my life. A few months ago, yellow signified “apply the brakes.” But the Fourth District Court of Appeal has altered my very perception of color. The state appeal panel left municipal and county red-light camera programs in disarray with a decision that the city of Hollywood should not have outsourced enforcement to a private company. … Suddenly yellow looked different. Red undertones disappeared. Yellow became just another shade of green It meant pound the accelerator.

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Editorial: School Bus Cameras Can Save Lives
Newsday (New York), April 29, 2015

Ideally, cameras on school buses would be a preventive tool, rather than punitive. The goal is to keep drivers from passing stopped school buses, not to fine them for this dangerous behavior. Ideally, even just a few tickets written could have a huge impact. School districts should have the ability to install cameras on buses and keep our children safe, and police should have the ability to write tickets based on the footage.

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Letter to the Editor: Cameras Do Prevent Crashes
The Ledger (Florida), April 27, 2015

The red-light camera located on Daugherty Road and Socrum Loop Road on the north side of Lakeland was installed a number of years ago. I go through the intersection about four times a day. Before the cameras were installed, there was about one accident a week and one major accident a month. Since then, I’m not sure when the last time was that there was an accident at that location. I think those cameras have done their job.

Letter: Police, City Officials Urge Support for Red-Light Cameras
The Pasadena Citizen (Texas), April 27, 2015

The data from local law enforcement officials across Texas is indisputable; red-light cameras successfully reduce red-light running and crashes at the state’s most dangerous intersections and improve driver behavior. Chiefs of police and city officials warn the abandonment of the lifesaving camera program could increase collisions and put Texas’ residents at serious risk of death or injury. A sampling of their opinions follows.

 

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According to statistics from 2010 reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the $871 billion economic loss and societal harm caused by vehicle crashes cost the average U.S. citizen $900 per year. Studies into the causation of crashes have concluded that approximately 90 percent of incidents can be attributed to driver error. Source: Federal Highway Administration. Public Roads. March/April 2015.

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Last year in New York state, drivers passing stopped school buses hit 35 children. And school officials say drivers illegally sped past stopped school buses about 50,000 times a day in the state. Source: WCBS-TV CBS 2, April 23, 2015. 

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 19

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North Carolina Senate OKs Option for School Bus Cameras
WLOS-TV ABC 13, April 23, 2015

Local governments and school districts soon could have administrative tools to expand the use of cameras to reduce the number of motorists driving by stopped school buses loading and unloading children. The Senate voted Wednesday to allow counties to initiate ordinances that enforce state law already prohibiting vehicles from unlawfully passing buses when their stop arms swing open and lights flash. (WNCN-TV NBC 17 image)

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Vehicle Crashes into Stopped School Bus; 2 Injured
Charlottesville Newsplex/Newsplex.com (Virginia), April 21, 2015

Police say two students suffered minor injuries after a Chesterfield County school bus was hit by a sport utility vehicle. Police tell media outlets that the bus had stopped to pick up students when it was hit in the rear by the SUV. The bus’ lights were flashing at the time. (WWBT-TV NBC 12 image)

Family of Boy Injured at School Bus Stop Files Lawsuit
WNCN-TV (North Carolina), April 21, 2015

The family of an 11-year-old boy in Apex, who was hit by a vehicle while trying to get on his school bus, has filed a civil lawsuit against the driver who hit him. … The Highway Patrol said the bus was picking up three students when the approaching driver failed to yield to the bus’ stop arm and flashing lights. … The driver told troopers that she did not see the bus because of dense fog.

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School Buses Adopt Stop-Arm Safety Cameras
The Highline Times (Washington), April 19, 2015

Starting in June, those who ignore school buses with their stop signs out will face a hefty $394 ticket thanks to newly installed cameras on buses throughout Highline. … Currently five buses throughout Highline are equipped with the cameras with more buses expected to follow soon. … For the time being, enforcement officials will only send out warning notices to those caught through May while actual fines will go into effect in June. (Highline School District photo)

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SUV Rear-Ends Stopped School Bus, 4 Injured
WTVD-TV ABC 11 (North Carolina), April 17, 2015

Fayetteville police say the driver of an SUV that rear-ended a school bus jumped and ran after the crash. The incident happened last week as the bus was stopped to let a student disembark. Three students and the bus driver were sent to the hospital and later released. (WTVD-TV ABC 11 image)

 

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Tennessee Legislature Shows Support for School Zone Cameras
Reuters News Service, April 23, 2015

American Traffic Solutions, the nation’s leading provider of road safety cameras, applauds the Tennessee Legislature for their support of school zone speed safety cameras. By their action, lawmakers align their state with the latest efforts to improve traffic safety. The legislation permits communities in the state to continue to use lifesaving school zone speed safety cameras and speed cameras along dangerous sharply winding roads across Tennessee. HB 1372 now awaits signing into law by Gov. Bill Haslam. View pdf of press release here.

 

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City, Police Officials in Texas Voice Support for Red-Light Cameras
Plano Star Courier, April 22, 2015

A new report from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis shows 420 people died in Texas in red-light running crashes from 2009-2013, the second highest total in the country. This new data comes at the same time Texas mayors, police chiefs, children’s safety experts, trauma officials and traffic safety advocates are urging state legislators to vote in support of red-light cameras in Texas, claiming the technology is effective in reducing red-light running and avoidable crashes. (The Dallas Morning News photo)

Speed Cameras Poised to Return to Sioux City, Iowa
KMEG-TV CBS 14 (South Dakota), April 20, 2015

A Woodbury County judge says Sioux City police can continue to operate four traffic cameras on state highways until a hearing next month. In that order, the judge prohibited the Iowa DOT from enforcing its order to remove the cameras. The cameras will stay operating until at least May 11th, when the city and DOT will appear in court to argue over the city’s request for a permanent injunction.

Town Board Moves Forward with Red-Light Camera Proposal
Times Herald Record (New York), April 10, 2015

The Wallkill Town Board voted 5-0 in favor of authorizing red-light cameras at two intersections on Route 2111, the region’s retail corridor. The measure moves to the state Legislature for approval. “Whether it goes through this session or next session, we’ve made the decision to move the matter forward,” Town of Wallkill Supervisor Dan Depew said.

 

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I-405 Deal Moves Forward in California
The Orange County Register, April 20, 2015

An agreement with Caltrans to build a toll lane and regular lane on I-405 is headed to the board of the Orange County Transportation Authority after a transit panel approved the tentative deal Monday. … The deal would see the California Department of Transportation spend $82 million toward construction of a toll lane running in both directions between the 73 toll road and the 22. (The Orange County Register file photo by staff photographer Stuart Paley)

New Hampshire Toll Lanes Get Enforcement Cameras
New Hampshire Union Leader, April 21, 2015

Toll evaders will soon have to face the music as the state rolls out the installation of enforcement cameras on all toll lanes on the N.H. Turnpike. Until now, cameras have existed on all dedicated E-ZPass lanes and open road tolling lanes. As part of the last phase of the state’s plan to cut down on evaders, cameras will be installed on all open toll lanes.

 

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Save Lives
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), April 19, 2015

Someone please help me understand why the Texas Legislature would want to ban red-light cameras. Is it because people object when they are not allowed to break the law? … I have been hit twice by people running red lights and am lucky to be alive to talk about it. Whole families have not been as lucky. Why would the Texas Legislature even consider repealing laws that encourage safe driving?

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 18

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Police Release Red-Light Camera Video; Seek Public’s Help
Bay News 9 (Florida), April 15, 2015

Police have released a video of a hit-and-run collision along with a request for help from the public in identifying the driver of the car responsible for the collision that injured a small child on April 6 in Gulfport. The video is from the intersection’s red-light safety camera. See related coverage from WTVT-TV FOX 13 (Bay News 9 image)

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Father of 5 Walking Home with Dinner Killed in Red-Light Running Incident
KPLR-TV Channel 11 (Missouri), April 15, 2015

One man is dead after a horrifying hit-and-run in north St. Louis. Police are still trying to track down the driver of the car involved. … Family members have identified the victim. He is a 42-year-old father of five who ran his own landscaping business. They say he was walking home when he was hit and killed. There are red-light cameras at the intersection, which may provide video footage of the incident. (KPLR-TV Channel 11 image)

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School Bus Safety Cameras Roll in Washington
KIRO-TV Channel 7, April 13, 2015

Highline School District in Des Moines, Wash., is now using American Traffic Solutions’ CrossingGuard School Bus Stop Arm Safety Cameras to curb the dangerous occurrence of drivers illegally passing stopped school buses. The school district says 800 vehicles ignore the stop sign each day. Fines begin May 30. See related article at MyNorthwest.com.

 

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Speed Safety Cameras Return to Akron
Northeast Ohio Media Group, April 13, 2015

Akron drivers will see speed cameras back in school zones this week, after the city won a court case against the new state limits on traffic cameras. Summit County Court of Common Pleas ruled the state requirements that police officers be present at automated traffic cameras and that cities conduct safety studies before putting up the cameras, violated the city’s right to home rule. (Akron Beacon Journal graphic)

 

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Car Strikes 12-Year-Old at School Bus Stop
WTHR-TV NBC 13 (Indiana), April 16, 2015

A 12-year-old girl was struck by a car shortly after 6:30 a.m. Thursday in Indianapolis. Police say she was exiting a car to get on the school bus when she was hit by another car. She was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. (WTHR-TV NBC 13 image)

SUV Crashes into School Bus; No injuries
WISC-TV Channel 3/Channel3000.com (Wisconsin), April 15, 2015

A Lancaster school bus, with students on board, was stopped to let students off on Highway 61. The students were off the bus and walking up the driveway away from the road when an approaching vehicle hit the back of the bus, officials said. The driver of the bus was just closing the door with the flashing lights and “stop” arm still out and activated. The vehicle driver said she had looked down and was not paying attention.

North Carolina Senate Considers School Bus Camera Bill
Capitol Tonight, April 10, 2015

Drivers who break the law and pass stopped school buses beware. A bill is now being considered by the general assembly that would expand the current law, which allows for criminal prosecution and now also allows school districts to penalize you. Under the proposal, the cost for the violation would be $500. Bill sponsors say the fine is steep, but necessary.

1 Injured in Collision Near School Bus
St. Cloud Times (Minnesota), April 10, 2015

A Sauk Centre man is expected to survive after a rear-end collision Friday near Glenwood. The Minnesota State Patrol says a 35-year-old man was driving a car on Minnesota Highway 28 when he collided with a truck stopped for a school bus unloading children.

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Semitrailer Cracks Mirror in Brush with School Bus
Craig Daily Press (Colorado), April 10, 2015

A semitrailer truck hauling nearly 180 barrels of oil narrowly avoided colliding with a stopped Moffat County school bus on Colorado Highway 13 last week. … According to witnesses, the semitrailer missed a direct collision with the school bus by mere inches. The shattered side-view mirror on the truck’s right side proves they aren’t exaggerating. The driver said he didn’t think the school bus had its signal lights on. A 12-year-old boy leaving the bus was nearly hit. (Craig Daily Press photo by Patrick Kelly)

 

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No End in Sight for Red-Light Cameras
Herald Tribune (Florida), April 14, 2015

Efforts to curb the use of red-light cameras by cities and counties faltered Tuesday when a Senate committee opposed restrictions on the cameras that are used in some 80 Florida communities and result in more than $100 million in fines each year. … Both moves were a setback for Senate Transportation Chairman Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, who vowed to try to revive the issue in the final weeks of the session. (Bay News 9 image)

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Police Argue Against Limits on Red-Light Safety Cameras
Austin Business Journal (Texas), April 13, 2015

Local law enforcement officials from across Texas were on hand in Austin on Monday to argue before state lawmakers that cities need red- light cameras that snap photos of vehicles speeding through intersections. See related coverage on WOAI-Radio 1200 AM. (Conroe Courier photo by Eric S. Swist)

Municipality Announces FAQ Post
City of Arlington (Texas), April 2, 2015

Voters who head to the polls on Saturday, May 9, for the City of Arlington’s municipal elections will find a special election ballot question over red light cameras in the city. … Arlington has developed a list of frequently asked questions to help residents learn more about the city’s red light camera program. Click here to read more.

Muscatine to Appeal Order to Take Down Camera
Southwest Iowa News, April 12, 2015

The city of Muscatine plans to appeal an Iowa Department of Transportation proposal to have one of the city’s traffic enforcement cameras removed. … In its plan to remove the camera, the department cited an increase in citations and accidents at the intersection and the camera’s location less than 1,000 feet away from a lower speed limit. But the city cited figures showing an overall decrease in citations and accidents at the three city intersections using cameras. “It’s had a positive impact on traffic safety,” city administrator Gregg Mandsager said.

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Suspect Vehicle in Hit-and-Run Seen Running Red Light
Canada Journal, April 9, 2015

Surrey RCMP are asking people to look at the picture of the suspect vehicle in a hit-and-run that happened last week. A police officer saw the car speed off from the intersection where it happened, but stopped to help the victim instead. Investigators are looking for a newer, silver four-door Honda Civic that likely has damage to its front end. (Canada Journal image)

 

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Council Votes 9-0 to Appeal Iowa DOT Order to Remove Camera
The Gazette (Iowa), April 15, 2015

Call it a battle cry. Crashes are down and no one, Cedar Rapids City Council members repeated Tuesday, has died on the dangerous S-curve on Interstate 380 through downtown since the city installed automatic traffic enforcement cameras there in 2010. Armed with those crash facts, the council voted 9-0 to appeal last month’s order by the Iowa Department of Transportation that the city remove its enforcement cameras from two spots and move them at two others on the S-curve. Related article at WeAreIowa.com reports Des Moines’ plans to appeal.

Speeding Citations up 29% in Dayton
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), April 13, 2015

There’s been a jump in drivers getting speeding citations from traffic cameras in an Ohio city that is in the middle of the legal battle over automated photo enforcement. Dayton-area drivers received 29 percent more speed-camera ticket in the first three months of this year over the same period last year. The increase could be due in part to the legislature passing a law sharply restricting their use late last year, but it didn’t take effect until late March.

 

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Planners Add 2 Toll Lanes to MoPac Expressway
Time Warner Cable News (Texas), April 14, 2015

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization gave the go-ahead to add two toll lanes on MoPac in each direction from Cesar Chavez to Slaughter Lane. The lanes are in addition to lanes already under construction north of the lake. (Photo by Jillian Schantz Patrick for KUT News)

Washington State Finds Success with High Occupancy Toll Lanes
News 1130 (Canada), April 14, 2015

Communities in the U.S. are all fighting traffic congestion in their own ways. Washington State has a pair of similar but different systems in place to deal with it. One way the state is finding success is with High Occupancy Toll lanes, which are reducing travel times.

Commentary: Maintaining Colorado’s Roads a Science
The Coloradoan. April 13, 2015

Not only do Express Lanes add new capacity to our highways, we use tolling and pricing on those Express Lanes to help manage the lanes to ensure we have at least one lane that can travel at a reliable speed. This is especially important as our population grows. The tolling helps to offset some of the operations and maintenance costs.

 

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Editorial: Arlington’s Vote on Red-Light Cameras
Star-Telegram (Texas), April 10, 2015

The Star-Telegram Editorial Board recommends against adoption of the red-light camera ban, Proposition 1 on the ballot in Arlington.

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Letter to the Editor: Keep Cameras, Obey the Law
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), April 15, 2015

Much has been said about how red-light cameras are nothing but a revenue generator. After much thought and reading about what the opponents say, the only thing missing is what is in plain view: Why are red-light cameras generating revenue? If the opponents are so upset about how much revenue is generated, why don’t they start by “starving” the revenue venue by not driving through red lights? It appears what they are really saying is that they want an OK to break the law. Red-light cameras have prevented collisions. This is vividly shown by the reduction in collisions in south Arlington.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Are Necessary
Longview News-Journal (Texas), April 15, 2015

I believe red-light cameras are needed if we have over 9,000 hits at one intersection. Think of the death and injuries that could have happened. One death is too many. The fine for running a red light is $75 and nothing goes on your driving record.

Letter: Keep Red-Light Cameras Until Better Tool Is Found
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), April 11, 2015

On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists flew planes into the Twin Towers and killed 2,996 people. As a result of that tragedy, we instituted procedures to prevent it from happening again, and it hasn’t. Since 9/11 more than 500,000 people have been killed on our nation’s highways including 20,000 killed on Tennessee’s. While we have accepted tighter controls to ensure our safety when we fly, many are opposed to having those same controls to ensure our safety when we drive. Why? Access YouTube and type in “Running Red Lights.” You will see some horrific collisions and some near misses at intersections, all because drivers ran the red light.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Make Us Safe
New York Journal News (New York), April 11, 2015

A successful red-light camera program isn’t the one that brings in the most revenue; it’s the one that sees revenues decline every year because fewer drivers break the law. … New York City saw a 73 percent reduction in red-light running between 1994 and 2005. … In New Jersey, total red-light violations dropped 74 percent.

Letter: Conservatives Should Show Respect for Law
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), April 11, 2015

The “face your accuser” argument by red-light camera opponents is a last-ditch effort to bend the law to suit the childish opposition to law enforcement. Using cameras as witnesses to crime is not new.

 

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“We really do believe that these cameras make our intersections safer.”
Gay Schaffer, Assistant Police Chief in Plano, Texas
WOAI-Radio 1200 AM, April 13, 2015

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“We have over 13,300 buses on the road in North Carolina twice a day, every day that school is open. We had a study run and over 3,000 people were running the stop arm on those school buses every day, which is absolutely deplorable.”
Tom McInnis, North Carolina State Senator
Capitol Tonight (North Carolina), April 11, 2015

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 17

April 9th, 2015 Comments off

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ATS Report Shares Safety Benefits of Red-Light Cameras
Financial Buzz, April 8, 2015

American Traffic Solutions, the leading road safety camera provider in North America, is pleased to release its white paper “How to Help Eliminate Dangers on the Road and Keep Intersections Safe.” The report shares examples from communities in the United States and around the globe on the dangers of red-light running as well as the facts on how red-light safety cameras enhance intersection safety by helping to change driver behavior. View white paper report. View news release.

 

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2nd Ohio Judge Blocks New Rules on Road Safety Cameras
The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian, April 3, 2015

A second Ohio county judge has rejected new state restrictions on traffic cameras, saying the rules violate local-government powers that cities have under the state constitution. Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Barbara Gorman granted a permanent injunction to the city of Dayton against rules including requiring that police officers be present when cameras are used to catch speeding motorists or red-light runners. See related video on WDTN-TV Channel 2. (WDTN-TV Channel 2 image)

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Austin OKs Tougher Penalties for Drivers Who Pass School Buses
KXAN-TV NBC 21 (Texas), April 2, 2015

City leaders passed an ordinance Thursday that will strengthen the penalties for drivers who pass school buses with a stop sign extended. Soon, all Austin Independent School District buses could have cameras to catch drivers breaking the law. (KXAN-TV NBC 21 image)

 

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Red-Light Violations Rise in Ohio Cities
Journal-News, April 7, 2015

Traffic ticket cameras in Dayton — which won a reprieve from being virtually shut down courtesy of two county court injunctions — are now recording a jump in violations this year. … Among the changes, the most disturbing is the number of fatal traffic accidents in Dayton this year. There have been five fatal crashes so far this year compared to none in this period last year. Six died in the crashes. Speed was a factor in three of the wrecks, police say. (Akron Beacon Journal/AP photo by Tony Dejak)

City to Appeal Speed Camera Removal
WeAreIowa.com, April 6, 2015

In a closed session, Des Moines City Council approved to appeal the Department of Transportation’s demand to remove the speed cameras along I-235. City officials say the appeal is about public safety, and they don’t believe it is safe for police officers to pull people over on the side of the interstate. It is unclear when the city will file the appeal. The deadline to do so is April 17.

Right on Red Involves a Stop in Florida
Central Florida News, April 6, 2015

It can be painful at times waiting your turn to turn right on red in a long line of cars. … Drivers become frustrated waiting to turn right, and either go right through the white line or drive over it, wading out into the intersection. Unfortunately for them this is not legal. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, troopers find themselves writing tickets for this offense often.

2 Killed in Fiery Car Crash in Queens
WCBS-TV CBS 2 (New York), April 5, 2015

Two people were killed Sunday morning in a single-car crash in Queens. … Witnesses said the car appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed. … A neighbor added that the service road is a known speed zone with no speed bumps, and a speed camera was recently installed.

 

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8-year-old Dies in Crash with School Bus
Henry Neighbor (Georgia), April 3, 2015

An 8-year-old passenger is dead from injuries inflicted from a car and school bus collision in Henry County on April 2, according to the Henry County Police Department. The school bus had activated its eight-way flashers in order to allow a student off of the bus. The car swerved to avoid rear-ending the school bus and struck the left-rear corner of the bus, fatally injuring a young girl in the car.

 

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Key Pieces of Parkway Near Completion
Fort Worth Business Press (Texas), April 7, 2015

Construction crews are nearing completion within the next few months of key pieces of the Chisholm Trail Parkway, according to the North Texas Tollway Authority. Elizabeth Mow, the assistant executive director of infrastructure at the NTTA, said traffic numbers are meeting the agency’s expectations and sales of toll tags are exceeding expectations.

 

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Tolls on the Rise as Highway Funding Dries Up
Brookings (Washington, D.C.), April 6, 2015

States and regions are exploring a range of strategies to finance a growing backlog of transportation projects. Seldom mentioned, however, is the increased proliferation of tolls emerging throughout the country’s road network to support new capacity and other ongoing improvements. (Brookings table)

 

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Letter to the Editor: Legislators Want to Make Local Decisions
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), April 7, 2015

If state legislators want to tell Murfreesboro and other cities to do away with red-light cameras, they ought to have data telling how many crashes at red lights occurred before and after cameras were installed. … Gov. Haslam is wise in promising to veto any such unfortunate legislation as being co-sponsored by our unanimous local delegation. May he stick to his guns on this.

Letter: Speed Cameras in School Zones
Capital Gazette (Maryland), April 3, 2015

Alderman Arnett was quoted as saying those caught by the speed cameras are “stupid people.” That title should be assigned to anyone speeding in a school zone.

 

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“Children’s lives are in danger when cars don’t pay attention to those signs that the bus is stopping, so we really need to take more assertive action.”
Kathie Tovo, Austin City Council Member
KXAN-TV NBC 21 (Texas), April 2, 2015

 

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 16

April 2nd, 2015 Comments off

11-Year-Old Pens His Case for Red-Light Cameras to President

Below is an unsolicited letter from the son of an American Traffic Solutions client to President Obama. He is 11 years old and in fifth grade. When his mom talked to his dad about an effort in the Colorado legislature to ban red-light safety cameras, he decided to do his own research and write a letter. When mom found it, she said, “Honey, I don’t think the president is who we need to send this letter to … but you did a great job writing it!”

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Injury Prompts Closer Look at Traffic Violations Near School Buses
WAGA-TV FOX 5 (Georgia), April 1, 2015

After a vehicle struck a Douglas County girl as she was leaving her school bus, FOX 5 decided to find out just how often drivers disregard school bus stop arm signs. Results show far too many drivers endanger the lives of children. (WAGA-TV FOX 5 image.)

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Police Chief: Cameras Help Decrease Crashes in Corpus Christi
KIII-TV Channel 3 (Texas), April 1, 2015

Corpus Christi Police Chief Floyd Simpson says red-light safety cameras are worth keeping because they’ve helped lower motor vehicle crashes at Holly and Weber by nearly 62 percent, and helped the city purchase traffic-related equipment and pay for training programs. (KIII-TV Channel 3 image)

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School Bus Passing Bill Clears N.C. Senate Panel Unanimously
WNCN-TV NBC 17 (North Carolina), April 1, 2015

A bill that will help counties and local school systems levy fines against drivers who pass stopped school buses passed North Carolina’s Senate Education Committee Wednesday morning. Senate Bill 298 would allow a $500 fine to be levied on the owner of a vehicle caught on camera passing a school bus. The law helps clear a loophole in state law, which made it difficult to prove who was driving the vehicle. See related coverage from WRAL-TV Channel 5. (WNCN-TV NBC 17 image)

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Police Explain Traffic Violation Review Process
WVUE-TV FOX 8 (Louisiana), March 27, 2015

Red-light cameras capture thousands of traffic violations on New Orleans streets every week, and the New Orleans Police Department reviews them. Join the news channel for a behind-the-scenes look at how officers review red-light running violations in response to several consumer concerns to our Defenders hotline. (WVUE-TV FOX 8 image)

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Ben Hill Sheriff Has a Message for Dangerous Drivers
WALB-TV NBC/ABC 10 (Georgia), March 27, 2015

Ben Hill County Sheriff Bobby McLemore says his office is not going to show any leniency to people who illegally pass school buses that are stopped to pick up or drop off students. The sheriff’s comments come four days after a Ben Hill County student was seriously injured when a tractor trailer hit her school bus. (WALB-TV NBC/ABC 10 image)

 

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Red-Light Camera Defense Team Named in Florida
Daily Business Review, April 1, 2015

American Traffic Solutions Inc. has named Edward Soto, head of Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ litigation department in Miami, to lead its defense team in a consolidated class action case against the company over its red-light camera operation.

San Jose Eyes Vision Zero Safety Proposal
San Jose Mercury News (California), April 1, 2015

With a mission to end pedestrian fatalities in San Jose, a proposal is on the table to reduce speed limits and heighten enforcement of traffic laws. The Vision Zero Initiative, which has been pitched by District 6 Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio, would entail red-light cameras at troubled intersections, a reduction of speed in school zones to 15 mph and a possible contract with the California Highway Patrol or the Santa Clara County Sheriff to cite unlawful drivers.

N.Y. Receives Nearly $17 Million from Speeders Caught on Camera
Connecticut Post, March 30, 2015

Speed cameras have produced a surge in tickets and generated nearly $17 million in revenue for New York City. … The city had 49 speed cameras in operation last year. Currently, 57 are operational.

Red-Light Running Fines Used for Traffic Safety Improvements
Cleveland Advocate (Texas), March 27, 2015

In his annual State of the City Address, Cleveland Mayor Niki Coats announced that the city recently replaced more than 2,000 stop signs and street signs to improve safety. Revenue acquired from the red-light safety camera program made the improvement possible.

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Without Red-Light Safety Cameras, Crashes Rise in Dunnellon
Ocala Star-Banner (Florida), March 27, 2015

After 45 months of use, Dunnellon’s three red-light cameras have been turned off for the past 20 months. Since then, three  interesting things have happened: Issued red-light running tickets have decreased; written speeding tickets have increased, and crashes at the three former photo-enforced intersections have increased. (Ocala Star-Banner photo by Doug Engle)

 

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States Use Cameras to Crack Down on School Bus Scofflaws
Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts, March 31, 2015

MaKayla Marie Strahle was only 11 when she stepped off a school bus, started to cross the road and was struck and killed by a pickup truck in west central Wyoming just days before Christmas 2011. Her death sparked calls for changed, and spurred the legislature to take action. Last year, Wyoming became the first state in the nation to mandate that every public school bus have cameras attached to catch drivers who illegally pass. While Wyoming is out front, a number of states have enacted measures targeting the dangerous action of scofflaw drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. (Stateline/Associated Press photo)

 

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Tomball Tollway Set for April 12 Opening
Cypress Creek Mirror (Texas), March 31, 2015

Phase 1 of the Tomball Tollway, a six mile, all-electronic pay system, in northwest Harris County, will open this month within the state Highway 249 corridor as a solution to growing traffic congestion. Drivers who choose to use the toll road will need a valid EZ TAG or other interoperable Texas toll tag. The cost to drive the entire tollway will be $1.45. (Graphic by Houston Chronicle)

Tolls Donate to Fire, Emergency Crews
Fredericksburg.com/The Free Lance-Star (Virginia), March 31, 2015

Fire and rescue departments in three counties, including Stafford, will get thousands of dollars as part of a donation program set up by the company that operates the Interstates 95 and 495 express lanes. The one-day donation program raised nearly $80,000 from tolls on the express lanes. The money will be evenly divided between fire and rescue departments in Stafford, Fairfax and Prince William counties.

Transportation Plan Would Broaden Tolling
The Bond Buyer (New York), March 30, 2015

President Obama’s revised six-year, $487 billion transportation proposal, would allow states to levy variable tolls on existing roads to alleviate traffic congestion, in addition to removing the long-standing ban on tolling existing interstate highways. … The six-year proposal goes to Congress two months before the lapse of the current $10.8 billion extension of the Highway Trust Fund on May 3. See related article from The Detroit News.

 

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Editorial: Decisions on Red-Light Cameras Are Local
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), March 29, 2015

Since state legislators are continuing to try to take decisions about red-light cameras away from local governments, we thought we again should mention the irony in their efforts. Frequently heard in the General Assembly are complaints about federal mandates in regard to any number of issues. This being the case, why state legislators want to take over regulation of red-light cameras is not exactly clear.

Editorial: Cities Are Right to Fight
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), March 29, 2015

Columbus, Dayton, Akron, Springfield and Toledo have taken the correct action by suing to overturn a new state law that effectively bans the use of traffic cameras. If they are successful, they will preserve an effective means of discouraging dangerous driving and increasing the effectiveness of municipal police departments.

Editorial: Keep the Red-Light Cameras
The Blade (Ohio), March 29, 2015

Statehouse politicians are all for home rule and local control — except when they aren’t. A bad new state law imposes unreasonable restrictions on Ohio communities, including Toledo, that operate traffic cameras to identify and cite speeders and red-light runners. It deserves to be struck down.

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Letter to the Editor: Green Means …
Herald Tribune (Florida), April 1, 2015

Regarding Monday’s letter “Green means go”: The writer must not be aware of the red-light running problem in Sarasota. It is such a problem that Sarasota has installed cameras. I personally have had a close call with a red-light runner. … The letter writer needs to take a refresher course in drivers education. It might save her life one day.

Letter: Keep Red-Light Cameras
Daily Commercial (Florida), March 31, 2015

I agree with the Daily Commercial March 16 Another Opinion, “We need to keep the red-light cameras.” Running a red light or making an illegal turn on red is the most egregious abuse. Those abuses can put a person or persons in a hospital, leave a body broken, even partially paralyzed or cause loss of life.

 

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“There’s no excuse to run past a school bus. It’s bright yellow. It has flashing red lights with a stop sign extended. There’s no reason you can give for running past that school bus.”
Bobby McLemore, Sheriff of Ben Hill County, Georgia
WALB-TV NBC/ABC 10, March 27, 2015

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In Dunnellon, motor vehicle crashes at three intersections have increased from 10 during the 45 months with red-light safety cameras in use to 33 during the past 20 months without red-light safety cameras. That’s a 230 percent increase. Source: Ocala Star Banner (Florida), March 27, 2015.

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In the two years before red-light cameras were installed in Austin in 2007, the intersection of Holly and Weber had the highest number of accidents at 63. In the past year, that number has dropped to 24. Source: KIII-TV Channel 3, April 1, 2015.