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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 42

September 29th, 2016 Comments off

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Car Strikes Kindergartner on Way to Stopped School Bus
WFXR-TV FOX 27 (Virginia), Sept. 27, 2016

A Roanoke kindergarten student was hit by a car while crossing the street to get on the bus. … The bus had its stop sign out and red stop lights flashing. Adults nearby had to yell at the driver to back off the girl’s foot. Authorities ticketed the driver for passing a stopped school bus while it was loading. (WFXR image)

 

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Would Cameras on School Buses Help in Staten Island?
Staten Island Advance (New York), Sept. 26, 2016

First came cameras to record speeding motorists in school districts, and now, perhaps, cameras that can record drivers whizzing past stopped school buses. … At least 15 states allow cameras to be mounted outside school buses to record motorists illegally passing while the buses are stopped, with their red lights flashing and stop arms extended. Legislators are working to change the law so New York may also use this technology. (Daily Messenger/WHEC-TV NBC 10 image)

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School Districts See Results with School Bus Safety Cameras
School Bus Fleet (National), Sept. 26, 2016

The stop-arm cameras and other initiatives have yielded clear results for Georgia’s Cobb County School District. According to Rick Grisham, executive director of transportation for the district, over a duration of about four years, violations dropped from 1,800 to 900 per day — a 50 percent decrease. Also, less than 2 percent of the motorists who are caught in the act are repeat offenders. “There’s no doubt in my mind it reduces the violations that are going on out there every day,” Grisham says of the stop-arm cameras. (FOX 5 Atlanta image)

 

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Elgin Taps Red-Light Running Funds to Buy Police Equipment
Elgin Courier (Texas), Sept. 27, 2016

The Elgin City Council passed a budget last week that includes using approximately $352,000 from its red-light camera fund to purchase new vehicles for the police department, body cameras for the police, other police equipment purchases and $100,000 for the installation of speed cushions on six streets in town.

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Residents Want Safety Measures at ‘Intersection of Doom’
DNAinfo.com (New York), Sept. 26, 2016

A group of Kew Gardens residents, who said a corner in their neighborhood is so dangerous for pedestrians that they started calling it the “Intersection of Doom,” are pushing for traffic safety improvements, including a red-light camera and lane separators. (DNAinfo.com image by Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska)

Red-Light Runner Strikes Self-Driving Car
Mountain View Voice (California), Sept. 25, 2016

One of Google’s self-driving cars was involved in a collision Sept. 23 after a driver ran a red light and slammed into the autonomous vehicle as it passed through a busy intersection in Mountain View. No one was hurt in the crash, police said. A statement released by Google said the light had been green for six seconds prior to the Google car entering the intersection.

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Hagerstown Still Eyeing Red-Light Cameras
Hagerstown Herald-Mail (Maryland), Sept. 22, 2016

Hagerstown Police Chief Victor Brito said that the department is still looking at implementing another camera program to control motorists who run red lights. The department has been exploring using red-light cameras at four intersections in the city due to the number of violations and crashes between 2011 and 2013. (Herald-Mail image)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Great panel w/@CharleyTerrito and @Visionzeronet discussing the importance of #VisionZero & road safety at #NACTO16

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Did you know that red-light cameras reduced traffic fatalities by 24 percent? Get the facts! bit.ly/mRU6Y2 #RoadSafety #StopOnRed

 

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Tolling Is Among Technologies to Be Tested at New Florida Facility
The Daily Ridge, Sept. 28, 2016

Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Polytechnic University are partners in a project to construct a new, state-of-the-art transportation technology testing facility. The initial phase of the project involves the construction of an innovative toll testing facility expected to offer local and potentially national and international certification for tolling technologies. The facility will establish Florida as a transportation technology leader and create a high-tech hub for the research, development and testing of emerging transportation technologies. (Florida Polytechnic University image)

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I-405 Tolling in Washington Reaches 1-Year Anniversary
KING-TV NBC 5, Sept. 26, 2016

Sept. 27th marked the one year anniversary since tolling started on Interstate 405. The 17-mile stretch allows drivers to pay to use HOV lanes, and carpools in that area now require three people. “In that one year, we’ve seen that express toll lanes are doing what they’re intended to do. They’re providing a faster, more predictable trip,” said Emily Pace, a spokesperson for the Washington State Department of Transportation. See related editorial at The Daily Herald. (Washington State Department of Transportation image)

 

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Editorial: Saving Child’s Life Worth Cost of Bus Cameras
The Day (Connecticut), Sept. 27, 2016

After an 11-year-old Wyoming girl was killed by a pickup truck illegally passing her school bus even as its red lights were flashing, that state in 2014 became the first in the nation to mandate all public school buses be equipped with cameras designed to catch such scofflaws. Thankfully, the number of such tragedies is low nationwide. The same cannot be said about the risk, however. … A child exiting or entering a school bus is no match for a speeding, illegally passing vehicle. School districts should consider installing exterior bus cameras as an effective tool aimed at preventing a tragedy and the state should explore ways to help them pay for it.

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Red-Light Camera Videos Help Police with Investigations
ITS International, Sept. 21, 2016

Red-light, speed and school bus safety cameras are typically used to catch dangerous red-light runners, but law enforcement agencies also use the video and still images to investigate an average of 300 criminal and crash incidents a month. American Traffic Solutions fulfilled more than 20,000 requests for video from Jan. 1, 2011 through May 31, 2016. When permitted by law, police utilize the video and still images to analyze crashes, catch criminals and identify drivers in hit-and-run collisions. See ATS News Release. See infographic.

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Fatal Crashes Up Across Florida, Nation
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Sept. 18, 2016

Seven people in one week. That’s how many people died in vehicle crashes across Central Florida in early September. Four pedestrians were struck and killed. A semi-truck driver died after having a medical emergency and his rig rolled into a ditch. A woman died when her car rear-ended a trailer. “That should not be normal,” said Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Steven Montiero. “When that becomes normal, it’s not a good thing.” (National Safety Council graphic)

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Amid Debate over Cameras, Study Notes they Save Lives
WAMU-Radio 88.5 FM (Washington D.C.), Sept. 16, 2016

Critics of D.C.’s red-light camera program say it unevenly enforces the law, dishing out fines intended to fill the District’s treasury, but some researchers say the community should keep the bigger picture in mind. The fines create a deterrent and thus save lives, says Russ Rader, a spokesman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “Among professional traffic safety researchers who look at this carefully, there is no debate about the effectiveness of red-light cameras,” Rader said. (WAMU-Radio 88.5 FM image)

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Tampa Extends Red-Light Camera Program for 2 Years
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Sept. 15, 2016

Bucking a trend that’s swept up several other Tampa Bay area cities, the Tampa City Council voted 4-to-3 to keep the city’s red-light camera program for two more years. With the vote, the city’s contract with American Traffic Solutions will go through Oct. 31, 2018. … Tampa launched its program in 2011 and now has 54 cameras installed at 21 intersections. (The Tampa Tribune image by Todd L. Chappel)

 

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6-Year-Old Struck, Injured when Car Passes School Bus
Boston Herald (Massachusetts), Sept. 19, 2016

A 6-year-old boy was struck by a car Monday after a driver ignored the stop sign on the side of a school bus and drove around it, Chelsea police said. The boy “sustained some bumps and scrapes and was transported to Whidden [Memorial] Hospital via ambulance with his mother,” according to Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes.

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Parents Are Fed Up with School Bus Stop Traffic Violations
WIBW-TV Channel 13 (Kansas), Sept. 16, 2016

While Stevie Wright waits at her son’s bus stop every morning, she’s noticed something that makes her uneasy. Drivers heading down Topeka Boulevard often don’t stop for the flashing lights of her kindergarten son’s school bus stopping to pick him and the other students up for school. Stevie isn’t the only parent who’s noticed the problem. (WIBW-TV Channel 13 image)

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Child Hit by Car at School Bus Stop
WKRG-TV CBS 5 (Alabama), Sept. 16, 2016

A girl was hit by a car at her school bus stop Friday morning. The collision happened at an intersection south of Foley. Witnesses say the driver did not stop for the school bus’s flashing lights or stop sign. The girl appeared to have a leg injury and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. (WKRG-TV CBS 5 image)

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Mom Hopes to Get Exterior Cameras on School Buses
KWTV-TV Channel 9 (Oklahoma), Sept. 16, 2016

School districts across the county are releasing startling video of children hit by cars that fail to stop for school buses. It’s a danger a Norman boy knows after he was run over by a driver last year when crossing the street. The collision left tire marks on the boys legs. His pelvis was shattered and he had a brain bleed. He is still recovering from the hit. His mother is now working with the state’s transportation department in hopes of installing external cameras on all school buses in Oklahoma. (KWTV-TV Channel 9 image)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety retweeted David Shilson @FPDShilson A great reminder to young drivers out there #distracted driving kills #SeatBeltsSaveLives @FriscoPD @TeensDriverSeat

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Lots of Builder Interest in I-55 Toll Lanes
Crain’s Chicago Business (Illinois), Sept. 19, 2016

There sure is a lot of interest in preliminary plans by the Illinois Department of Transportation to expand I-55 by adding privately operated toll lanes in the road’s median. IDOT reports that 18 companies responded to its former Request for Information on the job. (Chicago Tribune image by Jose M. Osorio)

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Coalition Would Use Toll Revenue for I-270 Improvements
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Washington D.C.), Sept. 19, 2016

A bipartisan group of community, business and political leaders gathered near Interstate 270 Monday morning pointing to rush hour traffic on the highway and calling for changes they claim would reduce congestion. …. The coalition is calling for improvements, such as new express toll lanes and regional bus rapid transit service. Members say toll revenue would help provide funding. (The Washington Post image by Robert Thompson)

 

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Are for Safety
The Denver Post, Sept. 17, 2016

In my view, Colorado’s use of photo radar is about highway safety, not revenue. Twice, I have paid for speeding citations; once my fault, once I didn’t think so. …. I am tired of watching drivers who speed, intentionally or not, ignore red lights, display ambivalence toward using turn signals, text illegally, and show general disregard for others and for the law.

Letter: Bill Would Better Protect Students at Buses
Poughkeepsie Journal (New York), Sept. 16, 2016

Columnist Anthony Russo correctly identifies the extreme danger that our students in New York are exposed to every day. Dozens of drivers pass stopped school buses despite the presence of multiple flashing red lights. … Present law makes the prosecution of violators very difficult. … A law must be passed before there is a tragedy that brings attention to the problem.

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Schools Release Videos Showing Drivers Endangering Students
CBS News (New York), Sept. 14, 2016

As students return to class, some school districts are releasing dramatic videos to highlight the dangers from drivers who fail to stop for school buses. A growing number of schools are equipping buses with cameras to record violators. Families, who have been impacted by motorists illegally passing stopped school buses, speak out. (CBS News image)

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Valley Drivers Ignoring Stopped School Buses
KPHO-TV CBS 5 (Arizona), Sept. 15, 2016

Valley school districts are exploring the idea of using technology, similar to red-light cameras, to reduce the number of vehicles that illegally pass stopped school buses. Last year, Arizona school districts took part in a national survey and counted 1,450 vehicles passing stopped school buses in just one day. “They’re ignoring the safety of children,” said Clementina Salinas, transportation director for Cartwright School District.

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Video Captures Car Striking Student Leaving Bus
Star-Telegram (Texas), Sept. 13, 2016

A video released by Dallas County Schools today shows what can happen when a motorist ignores the stop signs and flashing lights on a school bus. The Sept. 1 video, captured by the school bus camera, shows the car side-swiping a 12-year-old Richardson school district student, who suffered minor injuries. The mother of the student said he is distraught and afraid to ride the bus now. … Drivers illegally pass a stopped school bus more than 400 times daily in Dallas. (Star-Telegram/Dallas County Schools image)

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Slow down! Akron Using Speed Cameras in School Zones
WJW-TV FOX 8 (Ohio), Sept. 12, 2016

School is back in session, and Akron city officials say they are taking extra steps to make sure students are safe. Two school zone speed safety cameras will be deployed starting Sept. 12 for two hours during school hours. The program will once again be run by American Traffic Solutions. See related article at Akron Beacon Journal. (WJW-TV FOX 8 image)

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Cameras Catch Drives Passing School Buses
WSB-TV Channel 2 (Georgia), Sept. 9, 2016

Police say more drivers are passing school buses and putting students in danger. This morning we have a warning as children head out to the bus stop. (WSB-TV Channel 2 image)

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Some Drivers Fail to Stop for Buses, Put Children in Danger
KFSN-TV ABC 30 (California), Sept. 8, 2016

Tens of thousands of families in the Central Valley rely on our public school buses. For many years, drivers in California have been required to stop when school buses have their red lights flashing or a mechanical stop sign activated. Yet how many drivers actually follow the law? (KFSN-TV ABC 30 image)

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Village Renews Red-Light Camera Agreement
The Chicago Tribune (Illinois), Sept. 8, 2016

The Lincolnwood Village Board renewed its contract with American Traffic Solutions to continue managing the red-light camera at Lincoln and Eastbound Touhy avenues. The program began in 2009.

 

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Pickup Truck Rams School Bus Letting Off Students
WXDE-Radio FM 105.9 (Delaware), Sept. 13, 2016

A pickup truck rear-ended a school bus Monday as it was letting off students in Glasgow. Delaware State Police said the bus was stopped and had its red lights flashing when the truck struck the bus from behind. Eighteen students were on board the bus; five were hospitalized.

 

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AISD Police Chief @AISDPoliceChief Reminder — DO NOT pass School buses loading/unloading. We don’t need any students struck!

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Survey: New Technology Transforms Mobility
IBTTA News Release, Sept. 13, 2016

Advancements in electronic tolling are transforming highway transportation by providing greater mobility, smoother traffic flow, and improved safety for drivers and their passengers, according to new survey data released by the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. View survey report here. See related article at TheTrucker.com. (IBTTA images)

Port Plans Electronic Tolling on Bridge of the Gods
Hood River News (Oregon), Sept. 13, 2016

Traffic surged this year at Bridge of the Gods, prompting the Port of Cascade Locks to hone in its pursuit of an automated toll system. “The technology will move cars and trucks across the Bridge of the Gods more efficiently and with less traffic back up,” Port General Manager Paul Koch said.

Ohio Turnpike Officials Seek Public Opinion
WYTV-TV ABC 33 (Ohio), Sept. 9, 2016

A new survey from the Ohio Turnpike is out and drivers are encouraged to weigh in on the planning process. The Ohio Turnpike Commission is exploring some big changes in how motorists travel through tolling states and wants to hear from drivers about what they would like to see. An all-electronic tolling system with no gates is being explored.

 

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Commentary: Speeding Is a Game of Catch Me If You Can
The Glendale Star (Arizona), Sept. 15, 2016

I know many, many people that are very good law-abiding citizens; they believe in law enforcement and strict penalties. They would not even think of violating any law — except one — speeding. That law is an exception in their mind.

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Editorial: Fix Don’t Scrap Red-Light Camera Program
Jacksonville Journal Courier (Illinois), Sept. 13, 2016

In the days before the eyes of government became omnipresent courtesy of technology, a driver had to really be trying to get a ticket for running a red light. Short of blasting through the intersection right in front of a police car, there was little chance of being busted. … This is no longer the case with red-light cameras available. However, some want legislation to dump the cameras. That seems a rather extreme approach. If the notion that unblinking eye of the camera is watching can help to make the roads safer, then it seems worth reforming the system rather than removing it.

 

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“Safety is the primary reason our city uses traffic cameras in school zones. Our true goal in this matter is to provide the children of our community with the safety they deserve as they walk to and from school.”
Dan Horrigan, Mayor of Akron, Ohio
Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio), Sept. 10, 2016

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There is no bigger story this week than what happened in Austin, Texas. There a driver was caught on video passing a stopped school bus and striking a child just feet from the bus he had just departed. Then, the scene repeated itself 24 hours later. Both children were not seriously injured, but the shocking video in the media raised the tenor of the call by authorities for drivers to stop for school buses. Road Safety Ink’s first three stories below are dedicated to this news coverage:

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School Bus Children Are Being Hit by Cars
ABC News (New York), Sept. 2, 2016

In these disturbing videos the kids are the ones in school, but it’s the drivers that apparently need a lesson. Twice just this week in Austin, Texas, students were hit by drivers blowing right by school buses ignoring signs and flashing lights. Austin Independent School District issued close to 1,000 school bus stop-arm violations in the first week of school this year. (ABC News image)

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2 Students Hit by Vehicles after Getting Off School Bus

KXAN-TV NBC 36 (Texas), Sept. 1, 2016

Just two weeks into the school year, video has been released of two Austin Independent School District students being hit by trucks in separate incidents seconds after they stepped off their school bus. … The students in both cases were not seriously injured. In both cases, the drivers stayed at the scene and were cited by police. Caution the video is shocking. (KXAN-TV NBC 36 image)

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Texas Police Warn Drivers to Slow Down after 2 Kids Hit

Inside Edition, Sept. 6, 2016

Texas police are now warning drivers to be aware of children crossing the street after two young students were struck after getting out of a school bus in the span of 24 hours. In harrowing footage released by the Austin Police Department, a 12-year old student is struck down by a black pickup truck as he crossed the street after exiting the bus. Less than 24 hours later, another driver could be seen hitting a different student who was also leaving a school bus, and crossing the street. (Inside Edition image)

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Mercer Island Gets Stop-Arm Cameras on School Buses
KIRO-TV Channel 7 (Washington), Sept. 5, 2016

The Mercer Island School District has outfitted five buses with school bus stop-arm safety cameras from American Traffic Solutions to catch people who run through school bus stop signs. School bus drivers said they have seen several drivers run their stop signs every day. (KIRO-TV Channel 7 image)

 

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Buses Equipped with Cameras to Curb Stop-Arm Violations
The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia), Sept. 6, 2016

Since Cobb County schools began a month ago, 2,241 motorists failed to stop for school buses loading or unloading passengers, a 31 percent increase over last year. … Michael Warner, associate director of fleet maintenance for the Cobb School District, attributes the increase to a software upgrade and an increase in the number of buses equipped with the stop-arm safety cameras. (The Marietta Daily Journal image by Kelly Huff)

Maryland Drivers Who Illegally Pass School Buses Increase
The Washington Post (Washington D.C.), Sept. 6, 2016

The number of Maryland drivers who illegally passed school buses that were stopped to let children on and off increased more than 50 percent in the past year, according to the results of a state survey released Tuesday. The survey, based on violations counted on a single day in April, found 4,326 vehicles passed stopped school buses — ignoring their stop arms and flashing lights — compared with 2,795 in 2015. See Maryland State Department of Education news release on survey here. See related article by The Frederick News-Post.

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Mesquite District to Increase School Bus Safety Cameras
Mesquite News (Texas), Sept. 1, 2016

Mesquite Independent School District and city officials have approved plans to allow American Traffic Solutions to increase the number of school bus safety cameras on its bus fleet. The cameras activate once the stop-arm paddle is extended and are used to improve safety for children around buses. The transportation department has seen an increase in the number of people who ignore the stop arms over the years. ATS outfitted 25 buses with cameras this year, and the district plans to ask for an additional 20 or more next year. (Mesquite News/Mesquite ISD image by Wade Odom)

 

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IIHS @IIHS_autosafety How red light cameras affect safety in cities

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NYC DOT @NYC_DOT Bus lane camera violations begin 9/9 along #Brooklyn’s #B46 #SelectBusService route @NYCTBus www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/…  

 

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Cape May Bridge Commission Considers Electronic Tolling

Press of Atlantic City (New Jersey), Sept. 4, 2016

Traveling over Cape May County’s five toll bridges is anything but easy if you don’t have cash. But that could change. The county Bridge Commission is looking into using E-ZPass, an electric toll-collection system used on the Atlantic City Expressway and Garden State Parkway, Chairman Patrick Rosenello said. He hopes the change, should it move forward, increases the number of drivers using the bridge. (Press of Atlantic City image by Dale Gerhard)

Florida Expressway Offers College Football Transponders
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Sept. 2, 2016

College football fans in Florida can now get their team’s logo on their E-Pass, the Central Florida Expressway Authority said. The University of Central Florida, Florida State University and the University of Florida stickers are now available as part of a partnership with the tolling authorities and universities. The GatorPass, NolePass and KnightPass are available for $18.50 plus tax.

 

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Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Are Earning Their Keep
The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), Sept. 7, 2016

I have been down with the red-light cameras from Day One. There is something in the city’s DNA to where too many drivers feel they must try to beat out the stop lights. Or in some cases plain run them and hope it works out. … After a year of the cameras the numbers are in , and they are encouraging.

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Letter to the Editor: Too Often ‘Me’ Matters More than ‘We’
Lockport Union Sun & Journal (New York), Sept. 8, 2016

As the school year begins, we are reminded to stop for school buses and be mindful of children as they are crossing the road. In recent news reports, it was noted that cars passing stopped school buses has increasingly become a problem, so much so that some districts are planning to put cameras on the outside of the buses to help catch these offenders. I can’t help but wonder, “Is this what our world has come down to?” — a world where we are in such a hurry that we can’t take a minute to stop for a bus and potentially save a child’s life?

Letter: Speed Cameras Could Improve Safety
The Des Moines Register (Iowa), Sept. 7, 2016

Iowans who are concerned about the increasing fatalities on our highways can look no further than our governor and state legislators. The state refuses to support speed cameras that would stop some of the outrageous driving that occurs on the interstate system.

 

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“If you see some of the video of cars passing school buses when there are kids getting off and trying to walk across the street to get back home, it’s horrifying.”
Bill Nojay, New York State Assemblyman
WHEC-TV NBC 10 (New York), Sept. 8, 2016

 

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The Bethel School District estimates the number of drivers illegally passing stopped school buses has decreased from more than 100 a day before school bus stop arm cameras were installed to roughly three violations per day in the 18 months since cameras were installed. Source: KIRO-TV Channel 7, Sept. 5, 2016.

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ATS Wishes Everyone a Safe and Enjoyable Labor Day
American Traffic Solutions wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend with their family and friends. As vehicles fill the roadways, we urge drivers to be especially careful at intersections. According to study results from the National Coalition for Safer Roads, Labor Day weekend is the second-most dangerous summer holiday for red-light running. (iLaborday2016.com image)

 

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Effort Continues to Protect Children with School Bus Cameras
Daily Messenger (New York), Aug. 31, 2016

Legislation that was supposed to better protect children getting on and off school buses did not get voted on in Albany last session. The legislation would have helped to catch and fine drivers who pass buses that are picking up or dropping off kids. It’s a rule many say is badly needed. State Sen. Joe Robach, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee in Albany, supports the measure and hopes to see it passed next session. (Daily Messenger/WHEC-TV NBC 10 image)

2 Trucks Crash to Avoid Stopped School Bus
KJAS.com (Texas), Aug. 30, 2016

Two log trucks crashed shortly before 7 a.m. Monday on Highway 63 near the Jasper/Newton County line. A witness said they were trying to stop to avoid a stopped school bus which was loading children. One truck overturned and the other log truck went through the front yard of a nearby home. The bus was not hit. One truck driver was taken to a nearby hospital.

 

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Back to School: City Urges Drivers to be Cautious near Schools 
City of Issaquah (Washington), Aug. 30, 2016

With a new school year set to start, drivers should use extra caution near schools and prepare for traffic changes. … On the first day of classes, speed cameras resume operation on Second Avenue Southeast near four schools: Clark, Issaquah High, Issaquah Middle and Gibson Ek High. (The Issaquah Press image by Greg Farrar)


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1 Injured in Red-Light Running Collision
The Daily Nonpareil (Iowa), Aug. 30, 2016

A Council Bluffs man was injured in a two-vehicle wreck on West Broadway on Monday afternoon. Police said the driver of a pickup truck ran a red light and struck a passing sedan.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety  @ATS_RoadSafety +35K people ran red lights on Labor Day in 2014. This #LaborDay2016 remember to drive safe & Always #STOPonRed!

 

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People Line Up for Free Transponders in Massachusetts
WAMC-Radio (New York), Aug. 31, 2016

In advance of the changeover in late October to all-electronic tolling on the Massachusetts Turnpike, officials are distributing free transponders that motorists will need to avoid paying higher rates to travel on the highways. … MassDOT says 73 percent of the tolls it collects on the western part of the turnpike are paid through an E-ZPass account. The goal is to increase that to 85 percent when all-electronic tolling begins. (WCVB-TV ABC 5 image)

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Spike in Crashes Might Lead to Removal of Toll Booths
San Francisco Examiner (California), Aug. 29, 2016

Drivers are crashing into the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza more than ever before. That’s according to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District which presented its plans to remove the toll plaza and install a gantry. The proposed replacement is essentially a metal structure that would run above lanes of traffic from the bridge, equipped with cameras, radio equipment and other high-tech wizardry to aid in collecting tolls. The gantry would be in place by 2018. (San Francisco Examiner image by Jessica Christian)

 

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Editorial: Bradenton Takes Prudent New Path with Cameras
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Aug. 30, 2016

Bradenton’s City Council took a prudent path on the contentious issue of red-light cameras this month by temporarily shuttering the devices and terminating the vendor’s contract in order to seek a new outfit to run the operation. That’s a far better outcome than eliminating the entire program. … Cheers to the council for keeping the faith in this public safety program.

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Letter to the Editor: Safety Is Priority for Red-Light Cameras
The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), Aug. 29, 2016

After reading the article, “More red-light cameras coming,” about Fayetteville adding more red-light cameras, I am disappointed that the two individuals who were interviewed voiced more of a concern about where the dollars went than anything else. Safety is the main concern.

Letter: Our Region Needs Red-Light Cameras
The Free Lance-Star (Virginia), Aug. 28, 2016

Thank you, Free Lance-Star columnist Rob Hedelt for pointing out the horrendous “red light” issue here in our communities. Unlike you, my parents were broadsided by a driver running a red light three years ago. Thankfully, God protected them in this crash and they only suffered minor injuries, but with long lasting fears of this happening again. It is time to get involved and fight for this readily available and proven lifesaving technology.