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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 6, Issue 8

February 4th, 2016 Comments off

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Greenville Searching for Answers to Curb Red-Light Issues
WCTI-TV ABC 12 (North Carolina), Feb. 3, 2016

Greenville police and the city council are working to solve a significant problem of people running red lights and intersection collisions. Along with targeting enforcement at dangerous intersections, authorities are asking the public to notify police on their Facebook page about problem intersections. In addition, the city council has asked Police Chief Mark Holtzman for a study on how other cities are handling the increase in intersection collisions and for a local solution. Holtzman says there will be a discussion on having a red-light enforcement program. See related coverage from WITN-TV NBC 7 (WITN-TV NBC 7 image)

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Coronado Pushing for Green Light on Speed Camera
KFMB-TV CBS 8 (California), Feb. 3, 2016

Coronado residents want a speed camera that would monitor drivers’ speeds along Third and Fourth Street in Coronado and automatically issue tickets to violators, similar to a red-light camera. However, speed cameras happen to be prohibited in California, meaning that legislation at the state level would first have to be passed in order to make speed cameras a reality on the roadway. (KFMB-TV CBS 8 image)

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Austin Nears Penalty Phase of School Bus Safety Camera Program
KTBC-TV FOX 7 (Texas), Feb. 2, 2016

The warning is out: Austin’s school bus safety cameras will be used to issue enforcement fines starting next week in order to stop the dangerous habit of passing stopped school buses in our city. Special cameras are now on school buses, but are used to issue warnings to stop-arm violators. The switch to enforcement fines takes effect Feb. 8. See related article on KTBC-TV FOX 7.  (KTBC-TV FOX 7 image)

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Report: 24,000 Cars Pass N.Y. School Buses in 1 Day
WHEC-TV NBC 10 (New York), Feb. 2, 2016

A one-day study in January found almost 24,000 cars and trucks in New York passed stopped school buses with red lights flashing. The New York Association for Pupil Transportation, which conducted the study, wants N.Y. state lawmakers to pass a bill allowing school buses to use cameras mounted on the bus to capture images of the license plate of the vehicles that illegally pass school buses. The cameras are intended to help enforce traffic laws. (WHEC-TV NBC 10 image)

 

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Fulton School System to Install Stop-Arm Safety Cameras on Buses
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), Feb. 4, 2016

Fulton County education officials have announced they will begin using school bus stop-arm safety cameras in an effort to cut down on drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. The school system is partnering with American Traffic Solutions to help address the growing problem of vehicles wrongfully passing school buses with their stop-arm deployed, according to a news release from Fulton schools. See related news release here.

Jury Sends Message Against Distracted Driving
Union Springs Herald (Alabama), Feb. 3, 2016

After nine days of trial and deliberations, a Montgomery County jury has returned a verdict of more than $1.2 million in a case involving a school bus and a distracted driver using a cell phone. The driver failed to see the Montgomery County school bus that was fully stopped and had its flashing lights activated for at least 9 seconds as children left the bus. At the last moment, the driver swerved away from the bus but clipped its rear. A second motorist collided with the back of the school bus. He was in a coma for 31 days and will live with permanent injury.

Pickup Crashes into Stopped School Bus
Tribune-Star (Indiana), Feb. 2, 2016

An early morning crash involving a school bus sent several children to the hospital, although all escaped major injuries. According to the Tipton County Sheriff’s Department, a school bus stopped on Indiana 28 near the intersection of 300 West to pick up two children at about 7:30 a.m. when an oncoming vehicle smashed into the back end of the bus at a high-rate of speed.

 

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Bus Lane Scofflaws Face Stricter Enforcement in New York City
My Daily News (New York), Jan. 30, 2016

Traffic enforcement cameras will start snapping away at drivers cruising in the bus-only lanes on 125th Street. Motorists caught on cameras driving or standing in bus lanes along the M60 route will face a $115 ticket. The city Transportation Department had been issuing warnings to drivers during  a 60-day grace period. Enforcement began Feb. 1. See related coverage from NY1(Time Warner Cable News NY1 image)

 

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NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA @AlertTodayFL partnering to help reduce the risk and save lives!!  (Alert Today Alive Tomorrow image)

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Enforcement Plans and Tests Start for Tolls on Tappan Zee Bridge
Times Herald-Record (New York), Feb. 1, 2016

The Cuomo administration has lost no time in adopting the regulations its proposed in November to punish toll cheats — and to stay ahead of the conversion to all-electronic tolling (AET) at the Tappan Zee Bridge. The regulations, which became effective Jan. 20, are likely to be launched in April, around the time the New York State Thruway Authority switches to AET at the bridge. They authorize the Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend the registrations of people who fail to pay five tolls on bridges, tunnels and highways within an 18-month period. (Times Herald-Record image)

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E-ZPass Use Up to Nearly 70% on Hudson River Bridges
Daily Freeman (New York), Feb. 1, 2016

The number of drivers using E-ZPass on the five Hudson River bridges operated by the New York State Bridge Authority has climbed steadily over the last 15 years. In 2001, E-ZPass usage on the spans was 45.4 percent. Now it’s 69.8 percent. (Daily Freeman file image by Tony Adamis)

Maine Turnpike Use, Revenues Zoom to Best Year Ever
Portland Press Herald, Feb. 1, 2016

More cars and trucks whizzed through tollbooths on the Maine Turnpike in 2015 than in any year in its 69-year history, a strong indication that the state’s economy is returning to pre-recession strength and accelerating plans to widen the highway through the Portland area. Meanwhile,  the turnpike authority intends to continue working on the design of its new York toll plaza, which will allow motorists to pay cash at booths or pay electronically with an E-ZPass. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2017.  (Portland Press Herald staff graphic by Michael Fisher)

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Commentary: Drivers, Do as You Say
Santa Clarita Valley News (California), Feb. 2, 2016

It’s no secret that dangerous driving habits cause the majority of accidents on our local roadways. During the first six months of last year, Santa Clarita saw more than 750 collisions. This is an increase over the previous two years for the same period. As a community we can do better.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Make Sense
The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), Feb. 3, 2016

A January column described red-light cameras as controversial. This surprises me. People who run red lights always have a warning, it’s called the yellow light. So people make a choice to run red lights. For the person who said cameras are purely a revenue-generating practice, he should consider that they wouldn’t generate a dime if people were more concerned with obeying the law and being good drivers.

Letter: Slow Down or Pay Speeding Ticket
Paris Post-Intelligencer (Tennessee), Feb. 2, 2016

In reference to the article written about Henry’s speed camera and the man whose son was given a speeding ticket, I would like to respond. The fine city of Henry is not crooked, nor are the aldermen. Are you all aware that the State of Tennessee posted the 55 mph limit, not Henry? The city is to “enforce” the law. Fact is, you speed, you pay a fine. It’s not too terribly hard to understand.

Letter:  Protect Our Children around School Buses
Miami Herald (Florida), Jan. 31, 2016

For six years, I have been fighting to protect our students and prevent others from being run over by careless motorists, as my daughter was in 2010. Every day since Gabby’s death, I have fought to get stricter penalties to improve safety for students. I thought it all would happen this year when House Bill 373 was filed in the Florida Legislature. … But the bill will not be heard.

Letter: Real Cost of Red-Light Cameras
Southern Maryland News, Jan. 30, 2016

At one time, the argument against red-light cameras was that they would be “cash cows” for the government. Now, Commissioner John O’Connor argues that these cameras won’t raise enough money because drivers will actually honor those red lights and stop. Well how can you be against that? That is the whole point. It’s not about raising money, it’s about saving lives.

 

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“Enforcement. We would love to do it through compliance, but for some people it takes a traffic ticket to get their attention. So we’re willing to give those tickets out if we need to.”
Mark Holtzman, Greenville Police Chief
WCTI-TV ABC 12 (North Carolina), Feb. 3, 2016

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“We have an opportunity to use technology to reclaim a neighborhood by slowing traffic down. We are going to do that if we can.”
Bill Sandke, Coronado Councilman
KFMB-TV CBS 8 (California), Feb. 3, 2016

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 7

January 28th, 2016 Comments off

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Legislative Bill Expands Enforcement of School Bus Stop-Arm Law
WCBD-TV NBC 2 (South Carolina), Jan. 28, 2016

South Carolina Senate Bill 946, currently in committee, would allow police to fine the registered owner of the car caught on a school bus stop-arm camera. If the owner wasn’t driving the car they must prove that to have the $500 fine moved to the driver. State law now allows citations to go to the driver. (WCBD-TV NBC 2 image)

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Austin Police Calling for More Red-Light Cameras
KVUE-TV ABC 24 (Texas), Jan. 27, 2016

Austin police want to add red-light cameras with busy intersections, saying the cameras have helped reduce crashes. Ten red-light cameras were installed in Austin in 2008, and the number remains the same eight years later. “We didn’t have any fatality collisions at any of these intersections that are controlled by red-light cameras in 2014. I would say they’re effective,” Austin Police Sgt. David McDonald said.

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School Zone Speed Cams Start Issuing Tickets
KXLY-TV ABC 4 (Washington), Jan. 26, 2016

School zone cameras have been activated for three weeks in the Spokane School District and already thousands of speeding tickets have been mailed to drivers. The cameras target drivers speeding in the morning and afternoon when kids are most likely to be walking to or from school. The district estimates 23,000 children walk to and from school each day. See related ATS news release.

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New Penalties Proposed for Passing School Buses Illegally
WINK-TV CBS 11, (Florida), Jan. 26, 2016

When it comes to passing school buses legally, Florida drivers are getting a failing grade. A newly released report shows tens of thousands of people blew past school buses in Florida when they were stopped.

 

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Red-Light Running Fines Fund Police Equipment
KSLA-TV Channel 12 (Louisiana), Jan. 27, 2016

The Marshall Police Department in Texas says money from red-light running fines in 2015 were used to purchase several new pieces of equipment including: a new patrol unit, a golf cart for patrol during large community events, a set of training goggles to teach young drivers to not drink and drive, and 12 electronic ticket writers to replace the old pen-and-paper method and improve efficiency. (KSLA-TV Channel 12 image)

Running Red Lights Must Stop
The Daily Reflector (North Carolina), Jan. 23, 2016

In 60 minutes of watching traffic at a major city intersection recently, Greenville police handed out tickets to 22 drivers who ran red lights. “It is a mess with red lights,” Police Chief Mark Holtzman said, while describing the proliferation of wrecks at major intersections, including those involving pedestrians. “It has to be a top priority in 2016 to get some of this fixed.” Department personnel regularly monitor 10 intersections with the most wrecks in the city.

 

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West Virginia Senate Passes School-Bus Stop-Sign Bill
The Herald-Dispatch (West Virginia), Jan. 27, 2016

The West Virginia Senate passed a bill Tuesday that aims to deter people from driving past stopped school buses by making it easier for law enforcement officials to pursue charges against those who don’t heed school-bus stop signs. The bill would allow law enforcement to charge the owner of the offending vehicle with running the stop signs. (The Herald-Dispatch image)

Witnesses Say Crash Occurred as Driver Passed School Bus
Kansas City Sun Times (Missouri), Jan. 27, 2016

Witnesses say a school bus was stopped with its lights flashing as kids were being let off, when the driver of an SUV attempted to go around the bus in a grassy area to the left. By the time the driver was back on the road, the bus was moving again and clipped the SUV. The driver of the SUV was sent to a hospital.

 

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NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA #Searching for the most dangerous #intersections in American you have driven, cycled or walked through! http://ncsrsafety.org/dangerous-intersections

 

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Toll Roads Shave Minutes from Bus Riders’ Commutes
The Herald (Washington), Jan. 27, 2016

Tolls have helped buses traveling I-405 shave some time off their routes, a key goal to help make what transit is available more reliable and attractive to commuters. About 4,200 people get on buses traveling I-405 each weekday. Morning commutes are 5 to 7 minutes shorter, on average, than they were a year ago, and 3 to 5 minutes faster during the evening commute. Some trips reported more dramatic improvement, by 16 minutes.

Poinciana Toll Road Scheduled to Open in April
The Ledger (Florida), Jan. 24, 2016

The first leg of the Poinciana Parkway is scheduled to open April 1. The $150 million, 10-mile toll road will feature two automated toll plazas, which will require drivers to have transponders in their vehicles.

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Commentary: Stop for that School Bus or Else
Lake County News-Sun (Illinois), Jan. 27, 2016

As I stand with him as he awaits his school bus each morning, I see what he doesn’t. Just as well. He has big issues on his mind. Pending fifth-grade math tests are brutalizing. But other concerns momentarily hold my attention. Maybe they should worry you, too, if you have children. Of late, I have begun taking a cell phone camera with me for the morning waiting ritual because I want photo evidence. I plan to capture images of vehicular miscreants every morning. Then I will take the photos to the local police and demand the driver be prosecuted.

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Letter to the Editor: Support Red-Light Cameras
Herald-Tribune (Florida), Jan. 25, 2016

A recent article about a possible ban on red-light cameras was filled with statistics, but the most important one was omitted. I’m referring to the number of fatalities occurring at the intersections with cameras. …. If even one life is saved from the irresponsible and or aggressive driver running the red light, then it is worth it.

Letter: Study Shows Intersections with Cameras Are Safer
Herald-Tribune (Florida), Jan. 25, 2016

Rep. Frank Artiles claims a Florida traffic study is “proof” that we should get rid of cameras. However, the study notes that overall crashes in the state increased by 50 percent while crashes at intersections with cameras increased 15 percent. Thus, the study may actually indicate that intersections with red-light cameras are safer because such locations had a much lower percentage increase in crashes than the state as a whole.

Letter: Bring Back Red-Light Cameras
The Courier (Texas), Jan. 22, 2016

I suggest the newspaper obtain information from the Courier Police Department about crashes caused by people running red lights since the red-light cameras were removed on Feb. 19, 2015. … I did not support the removal of the red-light cameras because I believe they were a deterrent to scofflaws. … Hopefully, we can bring the camera system back to Conroe sometime in the future.

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January 21st, 2016 Comments off

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Fayetteville Red-Light Cameras to Cut Down on Crashes
Time Warner Cable (North Carolina), Jan. 18, 2016

The city of Fayetteville has handed out about 7,500 tickets since the red-light cameras were installed. The first cameras went online last summer, and now there is an extra set of eyes at nearly a dozen intersections throughout the city. Officials say the cameras could help decrease traffic accidents as well as slow down red-light runners. (Time Warner Cable News image)

 

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New York Mayor Says Vision Zero ‘Is Working’
Politico New York, Jan. 19, 2016

New Yorkers were, on the whole, less likely to die on city streets in 2015 than they were the year before, or maybe ever, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. “2015 was the safest year for everyone on our streets, for cyclists, for motorists and for pedestrians, since 1910,” said de Blasio. (Mayoral Photography Office image by Demestrius Freeman)

Austin Task Force Recommends Officers, Red-Light Cameras
Austin American-Statesman (Texas), Jan. 15, 2016

The city’s Vision Zero task force released a draft action plan Friday suggesting that a large increase in traffic enforcement would prevent traffic deaths after a deadly record-breaking year on Austin’s roads. Recommendations in the report include: more traffic patrols, more prosecutors to take drunken driving cases to trial, and adding 20 new red-light safety cameras.

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Red-Light Runners Rack Up More than 7,000 Tickets in 6 Months
The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), Jan. 15, 2016

Cameras at intersections across Fayetteville have caught 7,423 motorists running red lights in six months, city officials said Thursday. Of the citations given, only 44 appeals have been filed with four being dismissed. Paid citations have garnered roughly $255,000 in revenue as of Dec. 21, with $186,000 benefiting the Cumberland County School System. (The Fayetteville Observer image by Johnny Horne)

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Ottawa Expands Reach of Red-Light Camera Violations
CBC News (Ottawa, Canada), Jan. 9, 2016.

Drivers with a license plate from outside Ontario are no longer anonymous to Ottawa’s 34 red-light cameras — and that could lead to an extra $500,000 in ticketing revenue, the deputy city treasurer estimated. The provincial government changes came into effect Jan. 1, allow Ontario municipalities to send tickets to drivers from other Canadian provinces and U.S. states if they are caught on red-light cameras or fail to stop for school buses. (CBC News image)

 

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Bill Allows Vehicle Owners to be Cited for Stop-Arm Violations
School Bus Fleet, Jan. 15, 2016

The registered owner of a vehicle could be cited for a school bus stop-arm violation even if he or she wasn’t at the wheel, this under a newly proposed bill in South Carolina. … Pupil transportation officials estimate that there are about 45,000 stop-arm violations across the state per school year, or 250 per school day.

 

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ZeroFatalitiesNV @DriveSafeNV If a bus is slowing/stopped it’s illegal to pass on both sides of the road if there is no raised median.#StopOnRedNV

 

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Vehicle Usage Breaks Ohio Turnpike’s 9-Year-Old Record
The Blade (Ohio), Jan. 20, 2016

A record 53.4 million vehicles entered the Ohio Turnpike in 2015, breaking the toll road’s nine-year-old traffic record. … The number of vehicles that used the 241-mile toll road last year marked a 4.1 percent increase over 2014. … Use of electronic tolling, not available on the Ohio Turnpike 10 years ago, also increased last year, with 47.6 percent of car drivers and 82.1 percent of commercial vehicle operators paying their tolls using E-ZPass — both 2.1 percentage points higher than in 2014. (Ohio Department of Transportation image)

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Roads, Rails, Runways All in Expansion Mode
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 18, 2016

Investment and further expansion are in store this year for infrastructure of Central Florida’s planes, trains and automobiles. With the number of Central Florida residents increasing, and the consistent uptick in tourists visiting, the area’s infrastructure and transportation options are facing major overhauls to meet the demand. … Beyond frequent lane shifts and closures, expected milestones this year include: Substantially completing all design for the project, which will feature toll lanes and extensive reconstruction of interchanges.

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Commentary: Colorado’s Construction Danger at Intersections
Snowmass Sun, Jan. 19, 2016

I, for one, am all for red-light cameras around here. I don’t care about the arguments that it is not proven to be an effective deterrent against running red lights. I care even less about the invasion of privacy issues. A Big Brother can be a good friend at times.

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Letter to the Editor: Stop on Red and Save Money
San Jose Mercury News (California), Jan. 17, 2016

State Sen. Jerry Hill’s Senate Bill 681 would lower the find amount only for right-turn-on-red traffic violations, so tickets would be $250 instead of $490. Man, did the idea draw a reaction. I am tired of people whining about red-light fines and cameras. They broke the law and got caught. There is no unfairness in that.

Letter: Right-on-Red Fine Protects Pedestrians
San Jose Mercury News (California), Jan. 17, 2016

As a pedestrian, I totally disagree with SB 681 to lower the fine for failure to stop before proceeding to turn right. Drivers who roll through the light are frequently looking over their left shoulder and never notice the pedestrian on the right. It would take less than 5 seconds to STOP, look left, look right, look left again, then go. It would save a $490 fine plus being sued by the flattened pedestrian for everything you own. Just STOP!

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Crash Inflicts Life-Threatening Injuries on Student Leaving Bus
WTVR-TV CBS 6 (Virginia), Jan. 13, 2016

A Richmond student was struck while getting off the school bus, and has life-threatening injuries. The crash occurred as a group of students began to cross Warwick Road, and the victim was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound. The student was transported to a local hospital. (WTVR-TV CBS 6 image)

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Fayetteville Cameras Here to Save Lives, Leaders Say
WNCN-TV NBC 17 (North Carolina), Jan. 13, 2016

Last summer, Fayetteville reinstalled red-light cameras in what city leaders said was an effort to save lives, not make money. (WNCN-TV NBC 17 image)

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State Official Calls for Safety Measures after Car Strikes Woman
WPRI-TV Channel 12 (Rhode Island), Jan. 12, 2016

An elderly woman is in critical condition after she was struck by a car Tuesday morning while trying to cross a busy road in Cumberland. … The crash, the fifth involving a pedestrian at that location in five years, prompted Rhode Island Rep. Jim McLaughlin to call on the Department of Transportation to lower the speed limit and improve traffic lights in the area, as well as add cameras. (WPRI-TV Channel 12 image)

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Public’s Call for Intersection Safety Rises after Crash
WABC-TV ABC 7 (New York), Jan. 11, 2016

There is frightening new video of an accident at a most unsafe intersection in Queens. A young boy was hit by an Access-a-Ride bus at an intersection that residents have been complaining about for years in Long Island City. (WABC-TV ABC 7 image)

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‘Safety Bus’ Bringing Attention to School Bus Dangers
WSAZ-TV Channel 3 (West Virginia), Jan. 11, 2016

School bus safety has been under scrutiny lately after footage of drivers whizzing past school bus stop signs has shown up again and again. On Monday, the Kanawha County Schools “Safety Bus,” an educational tool, displayed a new safety feature designed to alert drivers when students are in danger of being hit by the bus. (WSAZ-TV Channel 3 image)

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Cameras Get Spokane Drivers to Slow Down
KREM-TV CBS 2 (Washington), Jan. 9, 2016

School zone speed safety cameras have been up and running in several school zones since Monday, but are they actually getting drivers to slow down? According to Spokane Police, 95 percent of drivers who were ticketed by Spokane’s traffic cameras never faced another infraction. “That does truly demonstrate a change in driver’s behavior that keeps people safe,” Spokane Police Spokesperson Teresa Fuller said. Accidents in areas near road safety cameras have dropped 50 percent as well. (KREM-TV CBS 2 image)

 

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Texas School District Launches School Bus Safety Cameras
School Transportation News, Jan. 8, 2016

A new stop-arm violation enforcement program began with the installation of video cameras on the sides of Austin Independent School District buses to monitor traffic for those who break the law. … At this point, the video cameras from American Traffic Solutions begin recording footage by focusing on the license plate of any vehicle that passes the stopped bus.  … A 2014 pilot study revealed an average of 60 school bus passing violations a day. (KEYE-TV CBS 43 image) See related article at Occupational Health & Safety.

 

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Report: Crashes 36% Less Likely at Red-Light Camera  Intersections
American Traffic Solutions Press Release, Jan. 12, 2016 

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ fourth annual report on red-light safety cameras across the state, drivers are safer traveling through intersections equipped with red-light safety cameras. Total crashes in the state are up 50 percent, but the report found that angle crashes — the most violent and dangerous type of crash — did not increase at intersections with red-light safety cameras. Compared with the overall statewide trend, drivers at intersections with cameras are 36 percent less likely to be involved in a collision.
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NHTSA @NHTSA Five MPH the difference between hit or miss. Stop speeding before it stops you.

 

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Georgia Governor’s Transportation Plan Expands Toll Lanes
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jan. 12, 2016

A sweeping plan to transform commuting in metro Atlanta by expanding the region’s toll lane network — including a multibillion-dollar expansion of I-285 and Ga. 400 — is on the fast track to reality. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution image by Bob Andres)

Driver Accused of Toll Evasion in New Jersey
The Record/NorthJersey.com, Jan. 12, 2016

A tractor-trailer driver from Texas is charged with theft of services from trying to avoid paying the George Washington Bridge toll. Authorities stopped the vehicle after noticing that the license plate was unreadable. The plate was tied to the vehicle’s grill with zip ties and flipped up so only the back of the plate was visible. The plates final two numbers were also covered with duct tape.

Bay Bridge Toll Opened City to Growth
Pensacola News Journal (Florida), Jan. 9, 2016

When news stories reveal further development of the Gulf Breeze community and the mass enjoyment of the Gulf beaches, it’s hard to believe the such progress was not possible until 85 years ago. … In June 1931, with many motorists lined up to watch, the bay bridge was declared. This was to be a toll bridge, with receipts to pay off bonded debt.  As snow-white beaches are admired and enjoyed by thousands, it’s interesting to remember that the projects which made all of this possible stemmed from one man’s dream, and that it was private investment that paved the way.

 

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Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Would Improve Safety
Greenville Online (South Carolina), Jan. 13, 2016

For most, nearly all of the problems that we the people of the state face and that the Legislature is entrusted to solve, there are no easy answers. However, one does have an easy answer: red lights. The situation of red-light obedience in our state is bad, growing worse, dangerous and simply disconcerting to those of us who consider ourselves to be careful and courteous drivers.

Commentary: 30,000 Illegal School Bus Passing Incidents Is too Much
Adirondack Daily Enterprise (New York), Jan. 11, 2016

If most of us believe our children are our most precious commodity, why, then, would 30,000 New York state drivers pass a stopped school bus every day! … New York Association for Pupil Transportation President David Adam noted that “This continuing disregard for the safety of our children is alarming and we urge parents and law enforcement officials to join us in urging all motorists to stop for the school bus!”

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Letter to the Editor: Why Red-Light Cameras Matter
The Denver Post (Colorado), Jan. 9, 2016

Paul Houston is committed to outlawing traffic cameras. But if he had a loved one who was killed or maimed by a driver who was speeding or ran a red light or stop sign, or drove under the influence, he would want a camera at every intersection and on all major thoroughfares. … What are we going to do to get errant drivers under control?

 

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“We have over 15 years of data to show that more than 3,000 cars per day are not going to stop. The revised policy represents a more proactive approach to what bus drivers and students can do to (be) safe even when motorists don’t obey the law.”
Derek Graham, North Carolina Department of Instruction’s Transportation Services Section Chief
Sampson Independent (North Carolina), Jan. 10, 2016

ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 6, Issue 4

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School Bus Stop-Arm Cameras Roll Out in Austin
KEYE-TV CBS 43 (Texas), Jan. 7, 2016

The Austin Independent School District Thursday launches a new safety program to cut down on drivers who pass stopped school buses. The district is rolling out its first phase of cameras mounted on school buses to catch drivers illegally passing. Thirty buses are armed with cameras right now; AISD will continue installing the cameras until all AISD regular route buses have them. See additional coverage from KXAN-TV NBC 21 and the Austin American-Statesman. (KEYE-TV image)

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Boynton Beach Posts Red-Light Running Videos to Raise Awareness
WJNO-Radio 1290 AM (Florida), Jan. 7, 2016

The Boynton Beach Police Department has started posting videos of cars running red lights, captured from the city’s 15 red-light cameras. This week’s video shows a car going through an intersection about eight seconds after the light turned red and it narrowly misses crashing into another car. The department says it is now posting the videos on a regular basis to drive home the message about the dangers of distracted driving.

Dramatic Video Urges Drivers to Obey Traffic Lights
WTVJ-TV NBC 6 (Florida), Dec. 30, 2015

A group that works to promote traffic safety hopes dramatic crash video will make you think twice before running a red light. Many of the crashes featured in the video were captured on the streets of South Florida.

 

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Red-Light Safety Camera Option Explored in St. Mary’s County
Bay Net (Maryland), Jan. 5, 2016

St. Mary’s County Commissioners heard the pros and cons of red-light safety cameras at their Jan. 5 meeting without making a decision on whether to pursue such a program at several major intersections. Arguments regarding such programs often revolve around public safety verses revenue, but Sheriff Tim Cameron was clear: “To me it’s not about the money, it’s about public safety. How do you change public behavior?”

 

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Car Hits Student at Bus Stop, Flees Scene
WNCN-TV NBC-17 (North Carolina), Jan. 6, 2016

Greensboro police are investigating after a student was hit by a car that fled the scene of a school bus stop Tuesday morning. At the time of the incident, the school bus was picking up three Smith High students and was stopped with its stop arm out, Guilford County Schools officials said. Two other cars were stopped behind the bus when a third car failed to stop, police said. That car swerved off the road, went onto the sidewalk and brushed against the student. (WLTX-TV CBS 19 image)

School Bus Stop Arm Violators on Notice
KLAQ-Radio 95.5 FM (Texas), Jan. 4, 2016

The Socorro Independent School District has now equipped its buses with cameras to take pictures of drivers who do not stop when the school bus stop-arm is down. … Most parents and people in the city of Socorro support the new cameras and ticketing drivers who don’t abide by the law.

 

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School Zone Speeders Triggered More Than 1 Million Tickets in 2015
New York Post, Dec. 31, 2015

The city’s new speed-detecting cameras may be the hardest working law enforcers in town — just 140 of them have handed out more than 1 million tickets for motorists racing through school zones in 2015, officials said. The prolific cameras have more than doubled the 445,000 photo-based speeding tickets handed out in 2014. … The NYPD also issued drivers more than 130,000 handwritten speeding tickets and more than 38,000 failure to yield citations. (WNYC image by Kate Hinds)

 

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HOT Lanes’ Impact Nationwide could be Sign for D.C. Area
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Washington, D.C.), Jan. 6. 2016

Plans to add two new express lanes in each direction on Interstate 66 could be shaped by lessons from similar HOV or toll lanes elsewhere in the country, even if those lessons have yet to be learned fully. In Miami, traffic sped up in the first years after a project that converted a single HOV lane to two toll lanes in each direction, like the proposal for I-66 between the Beltway and Gainesville. See article referenced AASHTO presentation here. (WTOP-Radio image by Dave Dildine)

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1st Open Road Toll Structure on Mass. Pike Visible to Drivers
WBZ-TV CBS 4, Jan. 4, 2016

The first evidence of open road tolling on the Massachusetts Turnpike is now visible to drivers. The All-Electronic Tolling system isn’t scheduled to begin on the Pike until October, but the first overhead structure went up above the highway near the Weston State Police Barracks this past weekend. (WBZ-TV CBS 4 image)

New MnPASS Lane Opening on I-35E in Minnesota
KTSP-TV ABC 5, Jan. 3, 2016

Drivers looking to speed up their commutes will soon have another way to do so. New MnPASS Express Lanes are opening up on Interstate 35E in St Paul.

 

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Commentary: Deaths Show Need for Better Bus Safety
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 5, 2016

In the five years since a car hit and killed his daughter as she was leaving her school bus, Don Mair has fought for tougher laws, but little has changed. Now, he is running for the state Legislature himself. … Every day in Florida, thousands of cars blast past stopped school buses in violation of state law. Rarely are they ticketed.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Enhance Driver Trust
Daily Record (New Jersey), Jan. 6, 2015

Driving a car takes a great deal of trust. Besides trusting the people who made, service and fuel the car, the driver has to trust every other driver on the road. … We have devices to prevent accidents including the traffic camera. Its presence encourages drivers to not do something stupid. If they choose to be stupid, they know they will be seen, recorded and punished. The cameras should not be eliminated because of the bawling of the drivers getting caught being stupid. If that happens a much bigger trust will have been broken.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Not All about the Money
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), Jan. 5, 2016

The Jan. 3 editorial “Red-light cameras still a threat” purported to protect the “innocent drivers who may not obey the law either because they cannot judge distances or are ignorant of the law.” Aren’t all citizens who apply for a driver’s license required to show awareness of all traffic laws?

Letter: Photo Radar for Traffic Control Is Long Overdue
Alaska Dispatch News, Jan. 1, 2016

Collision deaths and pileups on the Glenn and Seward highway, hit-and-runs all over Anchorage, and foolhardy scofflaw driving behaviors are the rule rather than the exception. … Photo radar may have been an idea ahead of its time 20 years ago, but that was then. We have public and private safety and crime prevention cameras everywhere now, and they work to the public’s benefit. The time has more than come to add this tool to the law enforcement toolbox!

 

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“To me it’s not about the money, it’s about public safety. How do you change public behavior?”
Tim Cameron, Sheriff of St. Mary’s County, Maryland
Bay Net (Maryland), Jan. 5, 2016

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“We see a significant reduction in speeding wherever we put a camera in.”
Wiley Norvell, Deputy Press Secretary, New York City Mayor’s Office
New York Post, Dec. 31, 2015

 

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The number of motorists illegally passing stopped Gwinnett County Public Schools  buses continues to rise, and has reached a clip of 104 per day on 300 of the school district’s 1,800 buses. Source: Gwinnett Daily Post, Jan. 2, 2016.