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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 46

October 16th, 2014 Comments off

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Stronger Measures Sought Against Drivers Who Pass School Buses
WMAR-TV ABC 2 (Maryland), Oct. 16, 2014

Montgomery County is hoping to stop aggressive drivers around school buses. So far, more than 825 drivers have received citations from cameras on 25 buses. The district is planning to buy 10 more cameras and educators are pushing for the current fine to be doubled to $250. See related coverage from The Washington Post.

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Neighbors Concerned about Speeders
WCHS-TV ABC 8 (West Virginia), Oct. 15, 2014

Bryan Christian has lived near Reunion Road in Pinch for eight years and in that time he has noticed a problem. … The posted speed limit is 25 mph, but Christian said he has seen cars going much faster. “There are two buses that stop at this intersection, and we’ve seen several near misses,” he said.

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Police: Pueblo’s Red-Light Cameras Are for Safety, Not Revenue
KOAA-TV NBC 5 (Colorado), Oct. 9, 2014

According to Pueblo Police, red-light safety cameras are the extra set of eyes in the sky for them.  The upside is the police don’t have to station an officer at those locations all the time. As for revenue, the city doesn’t receive a dime. When News 5 Investigates asked why run a program that doesn’t make money for the department, Police Sgt. Howard Jackson said, “It’s about safety. By cutting down the number of red-light violations, we see a reduction in serious accidents.”

 

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Police: Truck  Runs Red Light, Collides with School Bus
Omaha World-Herald (Nebraska), Oct. 13, 2014

Two Bryan High School students were treated for minor injuries at an Omaha hospital Monday following a two-vehicle accident involving a school bus. The bus had been traveling west on Grover when a truck traveling southbound on 42nd Street ran a red light and hit the bus, said Omaha Police Department spokesman James Shade. (WOWT-TV NBC 6 image.)

 

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Mobile Speed Vans Park in Valley Stream School Zones
Valley Stream Herald (New York), Oct. 15, 2014

Two of Nassau County’s new school zone speed cameras are in operation in front of two Valley Stream elementary schools, prompting praise from some but also skepticism as to how far they’ll go in making those areas safer. Valley Stream Herald photo by Brendan Murray.

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Karnes County Considers Safety Cameras for Buses, School Zones
MySouTex.com/The Karnes Countywide (Texas), Oct. 10, 2014

Karnes County officials are considering the use of what are commonly known as “red-light cameras” as a way to help keep local children safe in school zones and bus stops where children get on and off school buses. Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva said his office has seen a dramatic increase in the number of incidents where vehicles speed past school buses, completely ignoring the red lights and stop sign on the side of the bus. American Traffic Solutions recently addressed county officials regarding this concern.

 

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Durham Schools Seek Grant for School Bus Safety Cameras
The Herald Sun (North Carolina), Oct. 12, 2013

The school district is in the process of applying for a $60,000 grant from State Farm to purchase and mount about 20 stop-arm cameras on Durham school buses. … Marlon Watson, the school district’s director of transportation, said he got the idea to seek the grant after hearing about Johnston County’s success in landing a grant from a different organization to help purchase 93 stop-arm cameras. Johnston County now has the largest number of buses equipped with stop-arm cameras.

Cameras Donated to Stop School Bus Arm Running
Kennebunk Post (Maine), Oct. 10, 2014

Superintendent Kevin Crowley announced Monday that W.C. Cressey and Son, Inc. of Kennebunk has donated and will install five side-arm school bus cameras to Regional School Unit 21. W.C. Cressey and Son is the northern New England dealer of Thomas Built Buses and bus-related products.

 

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American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is pleased to announce its road safety camera partnership with the city of Surfside, Florida, will continue for an additional three years under the terms of a recently signed contract amendment. ATS appreciates its partnership with Surfside, which dates to 2010, and looks forward to helping the city reach its traffic safety goals.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety This is a sad reminder about the consequences of red-light running. Please #StopOnRed  sanangelolive.com/news/2014-10-0…

 

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TransCore to Install All-Electronic Tolling on Henry Hudson Bridge
CNBC Channel 25, Oct. 14, 2014

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges & Tunnels has selected TransCore to deploy the agency’s first All-Electronic Tolling system. This system will be implemented on the historic Henry Hudson Bridge. Built in 1936, the iconic bridge provides passage for more than 63,000 vehicles each day. See related MTA press release here.

Official Questions Truck Drivers Route around Toll Road; Ban Possible
Poughkeepsie Journal (New York), Oct. 9, 2014

Could tractor-trailers and other big trucks soon be banned from using Route 17 in Rockland and Orange counties? The state Department of Transportation is considering it and expects to make a decision sometime in the next several weeks. Assemblyman James Skoufis asked the DOT in July for the review because he suspects truck companies are using Routes 17 and 32 in Orange County to avoid paying tolls on the Thruway.

 

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“There will probably be a lot of people upset early in this program as the first flurry of tickets goes out. But over time, when people adjust, I really do think we will see great results.”
Ed Fare, Mayor of Village of Valley Stream
Valley Stream Herald (New York), Oct. 15, 2014

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“People got used to running the red light and now when someone in front of them stops, they are surprised. Now they run into the back of them because they weren’t expecting them to stop. They were expecting them to run the red light like they were going to do.”
John Rutherford, Sheriff of Jacksonville, Florida
The Florida Times-Union, Oct. 13, 2014

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“As time goes on and people get used to the cameras, they don’t run the light.”
Howard Jackson, Pueblo Colorado Police Sergeant
KOAA-TV NBC 5, Oct. 9, 2014

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“We are excited about this (automated electronic tolling) project. It’s good for the MTA because it’s the most efficient way to collect tolls; good for drivers because it provides for seamless travel, and good for the environment because it reduces vehicle emissions.”
Jim Ferrara, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges and Tunnels President
MTA press release (New York), Oct. 8, 2014

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Commentary: Why Freedom-Loving People Should Support Red-Light Cameras
Sierra Vista Herald (Arizona), Oct. 12, 2014

In the debate over red-light cameras. … Wouldn’t law enforcement agencies prefer, and be wiser, to spend their resources on actual crime-fighting and building relationships in the community, than acting as Roman-era tax collectors when machines can do that work for them? This goes to the biggest reason freedom-loving people should support red light cameras — this technology is the future whether we like it or not. Before long, no municipality in its right financial mind will be investing twentysome taxpayer dollars an hour in human capital to mind traffic offenses machines do so much more efficiently.

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Letter to the Editor: Questions on Cameras
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas), Oct. 14, 2014

Did I miss something? Are the red-light cameras not working right? Are they not paid for? Why are we discussing doing away with them? Is it because people don’t want to pay their fines? How about facing up to our responsibilities? If Arlington is losing revenue due to non-payment of fines, why not do something to change that instead of just trashing what was evidently a good idea when the plan was adopted?

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Since January 825 citations have been issued to drivers who passed a stopped school bus that has its stop sign and stop arm extended, Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice said Monday. SOURCE: Montgomery Community Media, Oct. 14, 2014.

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A report by Seattle-based INRIX and the Centre for Economics and Business Research predicts a 50% rise in gridlock costs in the U.S. in the next 16 years, reaching $186 billion in 2030. Los Angeles is the real Carmaggedon, the most auto-centric city in the States, which accounts for nearly 20% of the country’s total congestion costs. SOURCE: Forbes, Oct. 14, 2014.

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Mom Uses iPad to Catch School Bus Violators
KSAT-TV ABC 12 (Texas), Oct. 8, 2014

Waiting to cross the road for her daughter to board the school bus last week, Tracey Honig pulled out her trusty iPad. There was an 18-wheeler coming the opposite direction. But Honig said rather than stop for the flashing lights and extended stop sign on the school bus, “he chose to break the law and kept right on going.” She said the video she posted on her Facebook page has had thousands of views. “I finally got tired of it, and just started recording everything so I could have the proof that this is happening,” Honig said.

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Family of Miami Gardens Hit-and-Run Victim Asks for Help
CBSMiami Channel 4 (Florida), Oct. 8, 2014

The family of a South Florida man killed during a hit-and-run is pleading for the community’s help to find his killer. Video from a red light camera showed Eugene Green, 48, initially riding on the sidewalk before he got onto the street to make a wide-right turn. Just then a dark car speeding through the intersection hit Green and continued.

 

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Albany Committee OKs Red-Light Safety Cameras
WNYT-TV NBC 13 (New York), Oct. 8, 2014

Albany’s Public Safety Committee Tuesday night voted unanimously to send a controversial red-light camera bill on for consideration by the full common council. That decision came despite overwhelming opposition at a public hearing.

Red-Light Running Crashes Diminish in Orange County
ITS International, Oct. 7, 2014

Red-light safety cameras are reducing traffic dangers in Orange County, Florida, according to a recent program update presented to the Board of County Commissioners that showed drivers are stopping on red and crashes are diminishing.

Orland Park Pursues Unpaid Parking Tickets
Chicago Tribune (Illinois), Oct. 7, 2014

Orland Park may soon get some help cracking down on unpaid parking tickets. The village’s Finance and Information Technology Committee voted Monday to recommend the full board of trustees approve changes to an agreement with the Illinois Comptroller’s Office that will let the village begin participating in the Local Debt Recovery Program.

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Intersection Collision Sends Driver to Hospital
WTVJ-TV NBC 6 (Florida), Oct. 6, 2014

The driver of a car involved in a school bus accident is expected to survive after suffering internal trauma and head injuries in the crash. Hialeah Gardens Police said the driver of the car took a red light while driving east on W 68th Street and as he crossed the intersection, was hit by the bus on the passenger side of the car.

Ottawa Mayor Proposes More Red-Light Cameras
Ottawa Citizen (Canada), Oct. 4, 2014

Jim Watson is promising to earmark almost $1.5 million a year to implement road safety measures if re-elected mayor on Oct. 27. … But Watson’s most dramatic move might well be the 20 new red-light cameras Watson is promising if re-elected, which would bring the city’s total up to 53. However, red-light cameras pay for themselves — and then some. In 2013, the existing 33 red-light cameras raised $2.2 million in revenue but only cost $1.1 million to operate.

Albany Mayor Includes Red-Light Cameras in Budget
WRGB-TV CBS 6 (New York), Oct. 3, 2014

City Councilwoman Leah Golby is fed up with people blowing through red lights in Albany. That’s why she is sponsoring legislation to have red-light cameras installed at up to 20 intersections across the city.

 

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Car Hits Child Leaving Bus; New State Law Gets Attention
The Advocate (Louisiana), Oct. 8, 2014

As a 7-year-old Clinton Elementary School student walked off a school bus Monday afternoon on La. 67, the bus driver deployed the vehicle’s flashing stop signs to halt drivers on the state highway. … The impact left the girl with several broken bones and put into focus a new state law passed in the recent legislative session aimed at preventing these kind of accidents.

Board Makes Safety 1st Priority
Independent Herald (Wyoming), Oct. 8, 2014

The Wyoming County Board of Education has been upping its game when it comes to security and safety. The BOE is expanding beyond the school buildings and properties to include all school buses in its safety plan.

Lauderdale School Buses to Get Cameras
Times Daily (Alabama), Oct. 7, 2014

Fay Parker said the average person would be shocked at the number of cars that pass stopped school buses every day. “They drive right by them, and the bus will be there with the lights flashing and the arm out,” said Parker, transportation supervisor for the Lauderdale County Board of Education. Parker said that’s one reason the county is installing cameras outside its buses.

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Child Hit by 4-Wheeler Crossing from School Bus
The News-Star (Louisiana), Oct. 7, 2014

A Kiroli Elementary student was taken to the emergency room after a 4-wheeler went around the extended stop arm of a school bus and ran over him Tuesday afternoon.

 

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Seattle Ranks No. 1 Safest City for Pedestrians
PR Newswire, Oct. 7, 2014

Seattle rose to the top of Liberty Mutual’s list as the safest U.S. city for pedestrians. With more than 108,000 residents commuting on foot or by public transportation each day, the city has less than 10 pedestrian fatalities each year. These impressive statistics are likely the result of a number of safety programs the city has put in place in recent years, including the use of school zone speed cameras.

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Nassau Adds More School-Zone Speed Cameras
Newsday (New York), Oct. 5, 2014

Nassau County is expanding its controversial school-zone speed camera program to sites in Uniondale, Great Neck and Garden City this week, bringing the total number of locations to 28. (Newsday photo by Jeremy Bales)

 

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Cameras Sought for Work Zones on Pennsylvania Highways
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 9, 2014

A group representing Pennsylvania highway contractors will push for legislation allowing the use of cameras to enforce speed limits in work zones. Associated Pennsylvania Constructors, with membership of more than 400 construction, engineering and manufacturing companies, will make the issue a legislative priority when the General Assembly begins its new session next year, said Jason Wagner, director of policy and government relations. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photo by Pam Panchak)

 

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American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is excited to announce its new role as the first red-light safety camera vendor for the city of Mount Vernon, N.Y., and is honored to further announce that the cities of Lake in the Hills, Ill., Medina, Tenn., Hyattsville, Md., and Orlando, Fla., will continue their red-light safety camera programs under newly amended contracts. The municipalities now plan to utilized their programs until 2016,  2019, 2015 and 2015, respectively. The city of Mount Vernon will begin its program with an initial five-year term, according to the agreement. ATS considers it a special honor when a client renews or extends it red-light safety camera program, and is especially pleased to initiate new partnerships. ATS looks forward to working with all of its clients in their efforts to improve traffic safety in their cities.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Running red lights is an easy way to get in a collision. Don’t put yourself and others at risk like these ppl did: http://youtu.be/YEUcBnTToVO

AAA @AAASafety Teens represent only 7% of the licensed population, but are involved in 20% of fatal crashes. Understand the risks: http://bit.ly/1r36JD8

 

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Governor: Georgia Likes Toll Roads for Traffic Congestion Relief
Clayton News Daily, Oct. 7, 2014

Toll lanes may be the way of the future for major road construction projects in Georgia and states like it, Gov. Nathan Deal told reporters after he broke ground on 12 miles of such lanes in the Southern Crescent on Monday.

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North Tarrant Express Toll Lanes Open
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas), Oct. 2, 2014

The era of congestion pricing has arrived in Tarrant County. A $2.5 billion makeover of Loop 820 and Texas 121/183 officially wrapped up on Saturday, when the final portion — the toll lanes, with prices that can change at a moment’s notice based on congestion — opened to traffic. This final step in the project, known as North Tarrant Express, arrives nine months ahead of schedule. (Fort Worth Star Telegram photo by Paul Moseley)

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“I’m just tired of this sense that some people have that they’re better than the law. I’m a lawmaker. I make laws not to be casually obeyed as it suits you. This is my kids’ safety, this is people’s safety that’s at stake here.”
Don Iveson, Mayor Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Edmonton Journal, Oct. 8, 2014

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“The second (mobile speed) unit was brought on largely due to complaints from citizens groups, neighborhood associations, complaints of speeding in locations.”
Jason Halifax, Sergeant with Des Moines Police Department
KCCI-TV Channel 8 (Iowa), Oct.  6, 2014

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“I watched nine cars in about 10 minutes run through solid red lights.”
Leah Golby, City Council Member of Albany, New York
WRGB-TV CBS 6, Oct. 3, 2014

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“Including revenue from people who choose not to follow the law and run red lights seemed to me a better use of resources than having to further cut jobs and services in the city.”
Kathy Sheehan, Mayor of Albany, N.Y.
WRGB-TV CBS 6, Oct. 3, 2014

 

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Editorial: Let’s Find Middle Ground
Edmonton Journal (Canada), Oct. 8, 2014

Opponents of Edmonton’s photo radar program say the program isn’t working, but in fact, the system does appear to be working. According to Mayor Don Iveson, the rate of fatalities and injury-causing collisions in this city has been cut almost in half since 2007. And more of us appear to be driving to the posted speed limits.

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Letter to the Editor: Continue Red-Light Cameras for Safer Roads
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), Oct. 9, 2014

I recently read about the Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll results stating that the majority of people approve of the red- light camera program and would like for the program to continue. As the President and CEO of a traffic safety organization and former Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, I am a strong proponent of any measures that will make our roadways safer for all users.

 

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The Boynton Beach Police Department Posts Red-Light Running Video for Awareness
Boynton Beach Police Department Facebook Page, September 29, 2014 (Florida)

Watch as a red-light runner slams into the side of an SUV at the intersection of Federal Highway and Southeast 23rd Avenue on Sept. 15. Both drivers were treated at Bethesda hospital for minor injuries. This could have been avoided if the driver of the VW had just stopped on red! #payattention#stoponred American Traffic Solutions

 

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This is what happens when you run a red light.
City of Laurel, Maryland City Hall Facebook Page, September 29, 2014

Laurel Police today unveiled new signs to warn motorists to hit the brakes at red lights. More than 2400 motorists received citations for red light violations in Laurel last month. There have been 7 accidents lately caused by red light runners. Laurel Police along with AAA unveiled some new red light awareness signs they hope will encourage motorists to hit the brakes.

 

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10 injured after semi hits school bus
The Review Journal, September 29, 2014 (Florida)

Authorities say 10 people, including seven children, were injured when a semi rear-ended a stopped school bus as children were exiting in north Florida.

How to Keep Your Children Safe On the Way To And From School
Ezine Articles, September 23, 2014

We are all familiar that roads around schools experience a lot of congestion and chaos the world over but not everyone is familiar of the various accidents that occur in schools’ neighborhoods. In just the United States, over 150,000 children were injured in any given year while traveling between school and home. This article provides tips on how to stay safe during the school year.

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S.C. law gives citations to school bus stop sign violators
News 13 WBTW, September 30, 2014 (South Carolina)

A new law in S.C. allows traffic citations to be issued to drivers passing school bus stop signs if those buses are equipped with cameras to prove the violations. The cameras run between $300-$400. But school leaders in Marion County say they’re looking to purchase some for each bus.

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Speed camera generated $77,550 in just one day
New York Post, September 28, 2014

 A speed camera in Brooklyn tallied a bank-busting 1,551 tickets in a single day this summer, according to the Department of Transportation. The camera is located near Ocean Parkway at the end of a 400-foot exit ramp — “a good amount of distance for drivers to adjust their speeds,” a DOT spokesman said. 

SCOTLAND: A9 speed camera could boost emissions bid
Herald Scotland, October 1, 2014

Newly-installed speed cameras on one of Scotland’s busiest roads could provide environmental gains as well as improving road safety, MSPs have been told. Average speed cameras have recently gone up along much of the A9 in a bid to cut the accident rate on the road, which links Perth and Inverness. Gina Hanrahan, climate and energy policy officer for WWF Scotland, said that by encouraging drivers to slow down, these could be “very effective” in cutting emissions.

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Thousands ticketed for running the red light in Pueblo
KRDO.com (Colorado), September 25, 2014

Thousands of people have been cited for running the red light in Pueblo since red light cameras were installed four years ago. Pueblo Police Sgt. Howard Jackson said the purpose of the cameras is to make the roads safer.

Speed, red-light cameras help modify behavior for safer city streets
The Washington Post, September 26, 2014

Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department responds to a previous column on the traffic safety program. In enforcing traffic safety in the District, our goal is to modify driver behavior so that pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists are safer while using our roadways. In the past decade, while our city’s population has increased by 13 percent, fatalities from traffic collisions have plummeted by more than 70 percent and injuries have dropped by more than one-third. Additionally, speed-related traffic collisions are on a clear downward trend over the past three years, according to a recent traffic safety report produced by Howard University.

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Report: More traffic tickets, fewer crashes
The Washington Post, October 1, 2014

In a paper to be published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Luca writes “tickets in fact lead to fewer motor vehicle accidents. Further, tickets help to reduce nonfatal injuries stemming from motor vehicle accidents. Overall, the findings of this paper suggest that as unpopular as traffic tickets are among drivers, motorist behavior does respond to tickets.”

Red-light Cameras Affecting Abington Drivers
Philly.com, October 1, 2014

In the first 40 days of its red-light camera program, Abington Township issued 694 violation letters to drivers, Police Chief Bill Kelly said Tuesday. Critics often argue that the cameras increase instances of rear-end crashes, but so far Abington has had none at those intersections.

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Onboard Bus Cameras Tell the Story of Accident
ABC News, October 1, 2014

Video on STA city bus shows the dangers of red-light running and t-bone collisions. The video also shows just how dangerous a 25 mph crash can be. 

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For the month of October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, ATS will once again make a commitment to embrace the movement to promote awareness and raise funds for this important cause. For every “Like” ATS receives on a Facebook post about Breast Cancer Awareness during October, ATS will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society.  Help us raise awareness on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ATSolutions

 

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@cityoflaurel This is what happens when you run a red light. Laurel Police today unveiled new signs to warn motorists to hit… fb.me/6W5kfb3ML

@ATS_RoadSafety Kid Cop Tells Drivers to “Respect the Bus” in PSA http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/PSA-Created-to–277095341.html

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Why Drivers Get Away With Murder
New York Times, September 29, 2014

Opinion: If the police do not have the tools for the job, elected officials must get them the resources — including training to change attitudes. And our politicians need to get beyond the easy win of passing legislation, and use their clout to ensure enforcement and to educate the public that there will be consequences in court for drivers who kill pedestrians.

Tuesday letters: Traffic cameras, office design, Astrodome
Houston Chronicle, September 29, 2014

My wife might be alive today if Houston had not succumbed to a PR campaign by bail bondsmen, lawyers and other vested interests and voted to terminate the then-existing traffic-camera program. She made a left turn under the safety of a protected green arrow, but a speeder decided to ignore a red light, crashed into her car and killed her. If a red-light camera program had been in existence, the risky behavior exhibited by this speeder would have been less likely.

Letter to the Editor: Keep the Red-Light Cameras
Napa Valley Register, September 30, 2014

In response to a previous article, perhaps if the writer walked in my shoes they might feel differently. Having recently been T-boned by a red-light runner, I would like to ask the writer to imagine having had the biggest part of the last three-plus weeks of their lives stolen by time spent trying to recover from physical, mental and emotional injuries, doctor visits, physical therapy visits, telephone calls to and from insurance companies, etc., as a mere glimpse of some of the after-effects of such an accident. Safety cameras are in use to improve public safety, to modify driver behavior, and to automatically detect and deter dangerous driving at intersections with a history of crashes and violations resulting from red-light running. 

 

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“It is a very serious subject, but when you look at our kid cop in action, it makes you realize how selfish we are.”
Montgomery County Police Capt. Thomas Didone
Kid Cop Tells Drivers to “Respect the Bus” in PSA
NBC Washington, September 25, 2014

 

 

 

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Collision Shatters Morning Calm at School Bus Stop
WFXT-TV FOX 25 (Massachusetts), Sept. 24, 2014

Two children, ages 11 and 13, were injured when they were struck by a vehicle while crossing the street on the way to their school bus stop. One girl suffered a broken femur, and is in stable condition, the other has head trauma and remains in critical condition. Authorities say it was sun glare that caused the accident. No charges have been filed. View related coverage at WCVB-TV ABC 5.

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Dramatic Video Shows School Bus Collision
USA Today, Sept. 19, 2014

Dramatic video from two cameras show a school bus driver’s seven seconds behind the wheel after a collision with a passing car in Clayton County, Georgia.

 

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School Bus, Speed Safety Cameras Approved
The Kaufman Herald (Texas), Sept. 24, 2014

Despite protests by several Kaufman County residents and differing opinions on the Commissioners’ Court, commissioners on Monday approved civil penalties for traffic offenders caught by cameras on school buses and in school zones. The two new regulations are required in order to enforce a ticketing process related to a contract the court agreed to back in April.

Cameras to See Vehicles Illegally Pass School Buses in Arlington County
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Virginia), Sept. 24, 2014

Drivers who speed past school buses when their flashing red stop signs are extended will soon be caught on camera and fined $250. The Arlington County board approved a policy on Tuesday night to install high-resolution cameras on the “stop arms” of school buses to catch drivers who don’t stop to protect children. See related article by The Washington Post.

 

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Maple Heights Police Say Cameras Should Stay
Cleveland.com (Ohio), Sept. 22, 2014

As Maple Heights citizens prepare to vote in November on whether to limit the use of traffic cameras, police said the cameras have significantly slowed traffic and made roads safer since they went live in July.

 

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Who Pays Red-Light Running Ticket? Company or Driver
Newsday (New York), Sept. 22, 2014

I received a red-light camera ticket for an incident that happened while I was driving the company van during business hours. The $80 ticket says I didn’t come to a full stop before turning right on red. Who is responsible for paying, my employer or me?

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Technology Aims at Texting Drivers
The Oregonian (Oregon), Sept. 21, 2014

Bad driving behavior and technology seem to go hand in hand. Consider the speeders and red-light runners who have inspired innovations in photo enforcement. Now, technology may be set to tackle texting drivers. To those drivers who do text, you know what that could spell: U R busted! (Associated Press photo)

More Red-Light Safety Cameras Activated in Osceola County
Central Florida News 13, Sept. 20, 2014

If you’ll be driving in Osceola County, this red-light camera advisory is for you. More red-light cameras are being activated.

 

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce two newly signed agreements with Midfield, Alabama, and Anne Arundel County, Maryland. An amendment to Midfield’s original five-year agreement signed in 2011 provides for mobile speed safety cameras to be added to the city’s red-light safety camera program. The speed cameras will be deployed in specially outfitted vehicles. Anne Arundel County, whose red-light safety camera program dates back to 2006, renewed its road safety camera agreement with ATS for another year. ATS is honored to remain a part of the traffic safety efforts in Midfield and Anne Arundel County, and with all of its clients.

ATS to Relocate Corporate Office, Consolidate Arizona Locations in 2015
Construction News Today, Sept. 24, 2014

Harvard Investment, Lincoln Property Company and American Traffic Solutions announced today that ATS will be relocating over 600 employees to Waypoint, a new Class A office campus located in Mesa, Arizona. “We’re excited about this move and all of the amenities this location has to offer,” said James Tuton, president and CEO of American Traffic Solutions. “This facility will not only be designed to meet the needs of both our Fleet Services and State and Local Government Solutions Business Units but allows us to do so under one roof.”

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Fact 5: Videos from RLSC’s have aided law enforcement 500 in investigations. http://atsol.com/newjersey-fact

NHTSA @NHTSAgov Drive Safely Work Week an opportunity to build a workplace safety culture. Thanks for the Fastlane blog @USDOThttp://fb.me/1xUVMssWA

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  #TipTuesday: Check out this video on school zone and school bus safety! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDN3q76S5R8…  #SchoolZoneSafety

 

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Tolls Are Possible to Complete Interstate 49 South
The Advocate (Louisiana), Sept. 24, 2014

Tolls starting at 18 cents a mile could pay from one-quarter to one-half of the more than $3 billion price tag to complete Interstate 49 South from Lafayette to New Orleans, according to a state-funded feasibility study unveiled Monday.

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Toll Lanes Becoming All the Rage in Florida
Miami Herald, Sept. 22, 2014

If you like the toll lanes on Interstate 95 that let drivers pay for a faster ride while the motorized masses look on in envy, get ready for more — lots more. In the next decade, Florida’s biggest cities will add toll lanes to the state’s busiest expressways. One hundred sixty-nine miles of toll lanes will arrive across the state in a series of projects that will be under construction until 2021, adding multiple toll lanes in South Florida, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville.

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Commentary: We Must Sensibly Enforce Sensible Traffic Laws
Guam Pacific Daily News/Guampdn.com, Sept. 22, 2014

Last November, the federal government reported something it has done only once in more than 20 years: an increase in the highway fatality rate. Traffic deaths climbed to 30,800 in 2012, pushing the fatality rate up to 1.13 per 100 million miles traveled. … But the real story about highway safety in the USA is not this one-year bump. It is far worse. The U.S., when compared with other industrialized countries, is utterly failing to adequately tackle highway safety — at the cost of tens of thousands of lives a year.

Commentary: Red Light Cameras May Help Prevent Crashes
The Tribune (Colorado), Sept. 20, 2014

My friend Heidi, mother of two, recently was hit by a car. In a crosswalk, no less. The driver? She blew through the light while chatting on the phone. Heidi’s surreal summersault began. First she hit the hood, then the roof and eventually the pavement. Next stop — the ER. Intersection collisions and crashes like this happen all the time. There are more than 200,000 annually in the U.S. Blowing red lights is even more common.

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Letter: Red-Light Cameras Give Law Teeth
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), Sept. 19, 2014

Those opposed to red-light cameras say things such as: I don’t like them; the city is just trying to collect revenue; they don’t do any good; they don’t save lives; it’s unfair that only some people pay the fines; and big brother is watching. Here’s my take:

 

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“Any car passing a stopped school bus, throw the book at them.”
Jay Fisette, Arlington County Board Chair
WTOP-Radio, 103.5 FM (Virginia), Sept. 24, 2014

“Most people realize the camera is there and slow down. Whether you like them or not, they provide a service that we can’t provide as a department.”
John Popielarczyk, Maple Heights Police Chief
Cleveland.com (Ohio), Sept. 22, 2014

 

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New Digital Cameras Focus on London’s Speeders
Engineering and Technology Magazine (England), Sept. 18, 2014

New digital cameras will be installed around London to better monitor speeding than outdated wet film technology. The new cameras enable controlling speed compliance along longer road stretches than the wet film cameras. Several hundred wet film cameras will be replaced as part of an extensive upgrade scheduled to be completed by October 2016.

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Red-Light Runner Sends Minivan into Restaurant
KGO-TV ABC 7/Bay City News (California), Sept. 12, 2014

A woman who crashed into a van that then crashed into a Subway restaurant in San Francisco’s Financial District early this morning was cited for running a red light, a police spokesman said.

County to See Red-Light Cameras at 5 More Intersections this Month
Around Osceola (Florida), Sept. 12, 2014

Red-light safety cameras will go online at five more intersections in Osceola County over the course of this month.

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5 More Long Island School Districts Get Speed Cameras
WABC-TV ABC 7 (New York), Sept. 15, 2014

Speed cameras begin operating Monday outside eight more schools in five Nassau County districts. … Officials expect cameras to be in place at all 56 school districts by the end of the year. (Times Beacon Record photo by Elana Glowatz)

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Missouri Teen Struck, Killed while Waiting for School Bus
KTTN-Radio 1600 AM/KGOZ-Radio 92.3 FM (Missouri), Sept. 15, 2014

An eastern Missouri teenager has died after being hit by a car while waiting at the end of his driveway for a school bus.

Child Waiting on Bus Killed in Vehicle Crash
WACH-TV FOX 57 (South Carolina), Sept. 15, 2014

A child was hit by a car early Friday morning in Berkeley County. Highway Patrol officials said the boy later died. … Neighbors say several children wait for the school bus on that street each morning; they’re usually picked up by 6:30 a.m. Residents say speeding is often a problem on Domingo Drive, leading them to call the Department of Transportation several times to have stop lights or speed bumps installed to slow traffic.

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Student Boarding Bus Hit by Passing Vehicle
Fort Bend Herald (Texas), Sept. 17, 2014

A 9-year-old Needville Independent School District student was struck by a passing driver as the boy attempted to board a NISD school bus early Wednesday. The boy was transported by ambulance to OakBend Medical Center with minor injuries. (Fort Worth Star Telegram photo by Joyce Marshall)

City Ordinance Lets School Bus Cameras Enhance Safety
CBS Dallas/Fort Worth (Texas), Sept. 17, 2014

Cameras mounted on school buses are intended to keep kids safe by catching drivers who break the law. Many North Texas buses are equipped with them, yet some cities aren’t using them because it’s illegal. Dallas County Schools use the cameras and have caught thousands of videos of drivers speeding past the buses’ stop signs. … The extra safety measure is useless if a city does not have an ordinance because Dallas County Schools can’t use the recordings to cite drivers breaking the law. Dallas, Coppell, Carrollton and Lancaster all have ordinances allowing the school bus cameras within city limits.

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Plymouth School Bus Struck by Pickup
WTCA-Radio 1050 AM (Indiana), Sept. 16, 2014

About a dozen children were riding Plymouth School bus number 29 home after school on Tuesday when the bus was rear-ended by a pickup truck. Marshall County Police Officer Jonathan Bryant investigated the accident and learned that the school bus had just dropped off a student and was stopped with its lights on and the stop arm out.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the cities of Sunrise, Florida, and Memphis, Tennessee, have both extended the terms of their road safety camera programs. Through recent amendments to their contracts, Sunrise, an ATS customer since 2010, will continue its red-light safety camera program for three additional years, while Memphis, an ATS customer since 2009, will operate its program until 2021 and will add additional camera systems. ATS is honored to continue its road safety camera partnership with both cities and all of its clients.

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety VIDEO: Red-light runner in Sarasota causes Multi-Collision. Spread the message. #StopOnRed  http://youtu.be/PeGSEuGYM9g?a

IIHS @IIHS_autosafety  RT @StateAuto: More drivers speeding after cameras disabled. Find out why: http://stateau.to/1piuwhD  via @ijournal #safety

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Work Begins on All-Electronic Tolls in Rockland
LOHUD.com (New York), Sept. 15, 2014

Work is beginning so Tappan Zee Bridge drivers can electronically pay their tolls in Rockland instead of the tollbooths on the Westchester side of the 3-mile bridge. … By late next year or early 2016, the state Thruway Authority will collect the toll either by charging the driver’s E-ZPass account or taking a picture of the vehicle’s license plate and sending a bill to the registered owner. There won’t be any tollbooths in Rockland. (Rendering by Tappan Zee Constructors LLC and New York Thruway)

Public Education Planned as Part of Tolling Proposal
Louisville Business First (Kentucky), Sept. 15, 2014

The public will see a brand develop, a public outreach effort start and an advertising campaign, all to inform them about tolls, according to a presentation at the Ohio River Bridges Project Joint Board meeting Monday.

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Editorial: Is There Danger?
The Wenatchee World (Washington), Sept. 15, 2014

Everyone should be troubled by thoughtless motorists speeding through school zones when children are present and warning lights flash.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Camera Solution? Stop Running Red Lights
Hernando Today (Florida), Sept. 14, 2014 

I am being serious when I say to get rid of the cameras all you have to do is just drive a reasonable speed and stop for the red lights. As a retired police officer, I can tell you that if you just drive 4 or 5 mph over any posted speed limit, you will never be stopped. And, seriously, do you really need to be driving any faster than that anyway?

Letter: Cameras Needed
The Daily News (Washington), Sept. 13, 2014

If the powers that be had at least one brain between any of them, they would take some of these “turned off” red light cameras and point it right at this intersection. It would take some very, very useful pictures.