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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 11

February 26th, 2015 Comments off

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Cameras Decrease Crashes at New York Schools
WNBC-TV NBC 4 (New York), Feb. 25, 2015

With a decrease in average monthly tickets generated by speed cameras in New York, and a decrease in crashes compared with last year, an I-Team analysis of New York City’s speed camera program shows indications of improving safety and driver behavior. (WNBC-TV NBC 4 images)

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Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Releases Red-Light Running Video
Jacksonville.com (Florida), Feb. 22, 2015

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Red Light Enforcement Program includes more than three dozen red-light cameras at intersections across Duval County. The sheriff’s office recently began sharing videos of select red-light runners on its YouTube page in a feature called “Red-Light Runner of the Week.” Here’s a look at some of the videos. (Image from Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office)

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Program Aims to Stop Speeding in School Zones
KVUE-TV ABC 24 (Texas), Feb. 20, 2015

Hays County officials approved a new plan that could cost drivers big bucks if they don’t slow down in school zones. County commissioners have contracted with American Traffic Solutions to provide two speed camera vehicles that would rotate among 15 Hays County schools to catch speeders. The vehicles will be visibly marked and prominently displayed. (KVUE-TV ABC 24 image)

 

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Arizona Senate Defeats Bill Banning Red-Light, Speed Cameras
East Valley Tribune, Feb. 24, 2015

By a 15-13 vote Monday, the Senate killed legislation that would have outlawed photo enforcement of traffic laws. SB 1167 would have wiped out not just the automated speed cameras but also the cameras at intersections that catch those who run red lights.

Vote Returns Red-Light Safety Cameras to Fayetteville, N.C.
Morningstar, Feb. 24, 2015

Under the terms of an agreement approved Monday by the City Council, the city of Fayetteville will partner with American Traffic Solutions to launch a red-light safety camera program. … During the city’s previous automated enforcement program, side-angle crashes diminished 27 percent at the eight intersections with cameras.

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Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Sioux City Speed Camera Ordinance
The Gazette (Iowa), Feb. 20, 2015

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday said local traffic camera ordinances in Iowa that hold the owner of a vehicle responsible for violations even if someone else is driving are not unconstitutional or in violation of law. The ruling addresses a fundamental design of the traffic enforcement camera industry as well as a complaint voiced by some in every community with the cameras in place. The Sioux City Journal reports the defendant has no interest in an appeal.

 

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Pennsylvania Bills Allow Local Police to Use Speed Radar
Land Line Magazine, Feb. 25, 2015

Two Pennsylvania state lawmakers, Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Carrick, and Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-Allegheny, are bringing back bills to allow local police to use speed radar. Pennsylvania is the only state in the country that prohibits municipal police from enforcing speed limits with radar. Since 1961, only state troopers are allowed to use radar.

 

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American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is pleased to introduce Hays County, Texas, as its newest client. Under the terms of the newly struck agreement, ATS will work with the county to implement a school zone speed safety camera program for an initial term of 10 years with options for renewal. ATS is honored to be selected as the vendor for this program and looks forward to working with Hays County and all of its clients on their road safety camera programs.

 

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Pennsylvania Turnpike to Crack Down on E-Z Pass Lane Speeders
KYW-TV CBS 3, Feb. 24, 2015

E-Z Pass has saved countless on-the-go drivers time at the tolls. But speeding through toll lanes has become all too common an occurrence. … Changes to slow drivers include issuing warning letters to speed violators, and repeat offenders could have accounts suspended or terminated. (KYW-TV CBS 3 image)

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Automated Tolling a Part of New Scudder Falls Bridge
Times of Trenton (New Jersey), Feb. 23, 2015

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission is moving ahead with the replacement of the Scudder Falls Bridge, the most significant step in the project in over two years. … As part of the project, a southbound all-electronic toll collection system will be implemented, consisting of high-speed E-Z Pass tag readers and video cameras to identify license plates from non E-Z Pass customers. There is currently no toll collected on the bridge. (Times of Trenton file photo)

 

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Commentary: Red-Light Camera Ban Dies
The Arizona Republic, Feb. 23, 2015

Attention: red-light runners. Not so fast. Sen. Kelli Ward’s attempt to make it easier for you to run red lights at your leisure without worry of getting caught went down in flames this afternoon — to her dismay. Four Republicans joined with Democrats to kill Senate Bill 1167, which would ban photo radar –(both speed and red-light cameras —  in Arizona. … My congratulations to Sens. Bob Worsley of Mesa, Steve Pierce of Prescott and to Phoenix Sens. Nancy Barto and Adam Driggs for … opting on the side of sanity.

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Editorial: Overturn Ohio’s Misguided Ban on Speed, Red-Light Cameras
The Blade, Feb. 23, 2015

Toledo officials announced last week that the city will file a lawsuit against the state of Ohio for its ban on traffic cameras set to take effect next month. The law would force Toledo to take down 44 traffic cameras that have proven to be valuable law enforcement tools. The court should strike down the state’s overreaching law.

Editorial: Law Will Make Streets Less Safe
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Feb. 22, 2015

Columbus drivers will need to exercise more caution at 38 busy intersections that used to be some of the city’s most dangerous — and, courtesy of the Ohio legislature, may become so again after March 23. That’s when the city plans to stop issuing tickets from red-light cameras under a new law that requires an officer to actually be stationed at the intersections. This mandate is so costly that it effectively serves as a ban, and a pointless one at that.

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Letter: Stop, Don’t Ban Red-Light Cameras
Pekin Daily Times (Illinois), Feb. 23, 2015

Instead of an outright ban on red-light cameras in Illinois, lawmakers would be better off tweaking the rules about the cameras’ use or maybe adding some transparency requirements. Used effectively, red-light cameras can make the roads safer for the motoring public. This technology shouldn’t be taken away from every community because some communities are doing a bad job of using it.

 

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“I had to get used to red-light cameras. I got one red-light ticket in my life, which was at Broad and Oregon, and I paid it and now my behavior is modified where if the light’s turning yellow, I brake instead of speed up to get through the light. People don’t like red-light cameras, but they are effective. … I think the red-light cameras have done a good job at modifying people’s behavior.”
Jim Kenney, Former Philadelphia Councilman and current Mayoral Candidate
Plan Philly (Pennsylvania), Feb. 23, 2015

“Red-light cameras … are designed to deter your high-speed collisions. When they run a red light … they’re typically doing 40 to 50 mph, and if they T-bone somebody, you get fatal injuries. You could still have significant property damage and some injuries as a result of a rear-end collision, but you very seldom ever have a fatal crash.”
Scotty Carrier, Lieutenant with the Johnson City Police Department
Johnson City Press (Tennessee), Feb. 23, 2015

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“In my 25 years as a police officer, I have never seen such a single positive impact in changing driver behavior.”
Robert J. Christie, Police Lieutenant, Union Township traffic bureau supervisor, on the impact of red-light cameras
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (New Jersey),  Feb. 19, 2015

 

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Lt. Robert Rock, who leads the Denver Police Department’s Traffic Investigation Unit, said four locations with red-light cameras saw no crashes last year and in 2013 and only one in 2012. Source: The Denver Post, Feb. 25, 2015.

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An I-Team and WNYC review of tens of thousands of speed camera tickets issued in the past year in New York’s five boroughs shows the cameras appear to be reducing crashes. In areas where cameras operated consistently from September to December, the analysis found a 3.9 percent decline in crashes compared with the previous year. Citywide, crashes were up 0.6 percent. Violations decreased 58.7 percent. Source: WNBC-TV NBC 4, Feb. 25, 2015.

New York’s public radio station, WNYC, just wrapped up an analysis of the city’s speed camera system and found vehicle crashes with injuries near the cameras declined 13.4 percent. Source: DailyTech, Feb. 25, 2015.

Ohio
In 2012, six years after Columbus installed its first red-light cameras, the number of right-angle crashes at the monitored city intersections had dropped by about 73 percent. Source: The Columbus Dispatch, Feb. 22, 2015.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 10

February 19th, 2015 Comments off

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Atlanta to Begin School Bus Safety Enforcement Effort
WAGA-TV FOX 5 (Georgia), Feb. 17, 2015

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says motorists who do not stop for school buses are risking the lives of children. Four students have been killed in crashes in the metro area. In response, the city is partnering with its school system to install external cameras on school buses to catch motorists who illegally pass stopped buses when they are picking up or dropping off students. … Enforcement will begin once an agreement is signed by the city, the school system and American Traffic Solutions, which would provide the cameras and help install them. See related coverage from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and view city’s press release here. (Atlanta Business Chronicle photo by Douglas Ford)

Legislative Bill Would Put Cameras on School Buses
WHP-TV CBS 21 (Pennsylvania), Feb. 16, 2015

Many school buses already have them on the inside, but not on the outside. New technology is available that allows cameras to be placed outside of school buses to help catch motorists blowing past buses and endangering students’ lives. A local lawmaker said he can get the cameras for free, but it’s not a done deal, even though without cameras catching lawbreakers is next to impossible.

 

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Judge Overrules Motorist with School Zone Speeding Ticket
The Daily News (Washington), Feb. 17, 2015

Cowlitz District Court Judge Edward Putka shot down the arguments from Bill Rayburn Tuesday afternoon and instead agreed with the city’s evidence — three images and one video, the same evidence used to issue every speed camera infraction. Rayburn showed the judge his own calculations to prove his wife’s vehicle was traveling no more than 22 mph in a school zone and not the 31 mph on the ticket. City prosecutor Steve Shuman said “the video speaks for itself.”  (The Daily News photo by Roger Werth)

9 New Traffic Violation Cameras Deployed in D.C.
WJFK-FM & WHFS AM CBS Washington, Feb. 17, 2015

Nine new speed safety cameras are being deployed across the District. The 30-day warning period is scheduled to begin on Tuesday. During this period, violators will receive warning notices only.

 

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News Team Capture School Bus Drivers Running Red Lights
WJLA-TV ABC 7 (Virginia), Feb. 19, 2015

You trust them to safely transport your kids to and from school. But not every bus driver is obeying the law. The 7 On Your Side I-Team found local school bus drivers busted on-camera speeding and running red lights. And it happens more than you think, with hundreds of citations issued over the last year and a half. (WJLA-TV ABC 7 photo)

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Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Red-Light, Speed Safety Cameras
Akron Beacon Journal, Feb. 18, 2015

A closely divided Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday stood by its earlier ruling upholding the use of traffic cameras. The justices rejected a driver’s motion to reconsider their 4-3 ruling in December. … The court supported Ohio cities’ authority to use cameras to catch speeders and red-light runners and to handle drivers’ appeals with administrative procedures.

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3 Injured, Including Officer, in Intersection Collision
Newsday (New York), Feb. 18, 2015

Suffolk police said an officer driving in his patrol car was struck in a Port Jefferson Station intersection Wednesday afternoon by a woman who witnesses say ran a red light. (Newsday photo by Andrew Tetreault)

Online Tool Aids Crash Prevention Strategies for States
ITS International, Feb. 18, 2015

A new online tool from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an interactive calculator called the Motor Vehicle PICCS (Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator for States), provides a tool to help state decision makers prioritize and select from a suite of 12 effective motor vehicle injury prevention interventions including red-light and speed safety cameras.

 

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Community Remembers Little Girl Killed in Crash; Camera Footage Aids in Arrest
WESH-TV NBC 2 (Florida), Feb. 16, 2015

Hundreds came together this week to remember Aubrey Clark who died after being struck by a car. Her death came two weeks after a vehicle hit her and another fifth-grader on their way home from Citrus Elementary in Ocoee. Police have made an arrest in the case. Authorities say a red-light camera video shows the vehicle speeding through the intersection, hitting the two girls and leaving. The man pleaded not guilty earlier this month. See earlier report from WKMG-TV Channel 6. (Image by Orlando Sentinel)

Some Drivers Know Their Driving Habits Are Wrong
Ocala Star Banner (Florida), Feb. 15, 2015

According to the results of the 2014 AAA Foundation Traffic Safety Culture Index driver survey, drivers continue to regularly speed, run red lights, use distracting devices or drive drowsy, despite the fact that one in three have a loved one who has been seriously injured or killed in a crash. … Sergeant Frank Zadnik, head of the Ocala Police Department Traffic Unit stated he sees the AAA Foundation findings as “pretty accurate” for drivers in the Ocala area.

Red-Light Running Collisions Decrease, Revenue Rises in Nassau County
Newsday (New York), Feb. 14, 2015

With red-light safety cameras in place at 11 new intersections in 2013, Nassau County’s revenue increased 60 percent to nearly $37 million. In the same time, total collisions at the county’s 68 red-light camera intersections decreased nearly 30 percent, side-impact crashes dropped 37 percent, injury crashes fell 22 percent and rear-end collisions dropped 18 percent. Nassau traffic safety coordinator Chris Mistron said there have been no reported traffic fatalities at any of the intersections since the program began in 2009.

Jury Awards Millions in Red-Light Running Case
Odessa American (Texas), Feb. 5, 2015

Three years after a car crash left a woman with severe head injuries, an Ector County jury awarded her more than $3.6 million. The woman was injured, according to the lawsuit, when a driver ran a red light and struck her car on the driver’s side. Her attorney, Todd Ramsey, said, “In jury selection, everyone on the jury panel talked about how red light running has become a rampant problem in Midland and Odessa with all the company trucks in such a hurry. This verdict sends a powerful message to companies and drivers alike: slow down and pay attention to the road in front of you.”

 

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Reversible I-75 Toll Lanes Expected to Ease Traffic
WMAZ-TV Channel 13, Feb. 11, 2015

Georgia’s State Road and Tollway Authority plans to unclog a traffic slow spot with a $226 million project. By 2017, Georgia’s first reversible toll lanes should be open between McDonough and the 675/I-75 split. The two lanes will be 12 miles long and can be used to speed up travel time. (WMAZ-TV Channel 13 image)

Ohio River Bridges Names Contractors for Toll System
The Lane Report (Kentucky), Feb. 11, 2015

The Kentucky-Indiana joint board for the Ohio River Bridges Project last week approved the hiring of two contractors that will assist in implementing a toll system. Kentucky and Indiana jointly are building two bridges. Once the project is completed, the new bridges and a renovated Kennedy Memorial Bridge will feature an all-electronic toll collection system — meaning no toll plazas, no slowing of traffic and no waiting in line.

 

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IIHS @IHS_autosafety  @CDCgov calculator helps states implement most effective traffic safety programs http://ht.ly/JbFzy

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety @apsupdate to begin school bus safety enforcement effort: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/loca… #Stop4Buses #StopOnRed

 

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Commentary: Speed Limits Aren’t Just a Suggestion
Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), Feb. 16, 2015

Drivers around here seem to think posted speed limits should be interpreted as “suggested” speeds. By law, though, speed signs dictate the maximum allowable speed. … A really dangerous practice that is common around here is running stoplights just as they turn from yellow to red. The resumption of red-light cameras at major intersections strikes me as a good way of putting a stop to that. The cameras, we’re told, are supposed to be in place by July.

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Editorial: Stop. Do Not Ban Red-Light Cameras
Clinton Herald, Belleview News-Democrat (Iowa), Feb. 19, 2015

Instead of an outright ban, lawmakers would be better off tweaking the rules about the cameras’ use or maybe adding some transparency requirements. Used effectively, red-light cameras can make the roads safer for the motoring public. This technology shouldn’t be taken away from every community because some communities are doing a bad job of using it.

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Letter to the Editor: Answer to Red-Light Camera Woes: Stop
Daily Herald (Illinois), Feb. 18, 2015

I propose the answer to the camera debate is simple and in our very control today. Stop. That’s right, stop. Just stop. As you approach an intersection in the right hand land and the light is red, just stop. Not roll through. Not slow down. Stop. and here’s an even more radical idea: if the light is yellow, slow down and be ready to stop.

Letter: Cameras Are a Good Way to Catch Red-Light Runners
Daily Herald (Illinois), Feb. 16, 2015

Avoiding red-light camera tickets is easy. 1) Come to a complete stop before making a right turn on red. 2) If there is room to make a normal stop when the light changes to yellow, stop. If this doesn’t convince you, go online to YouTube and type in “red light runners.” If you were hit by one of these drivers, wouldn’t you want to have a video to prove who was at fault?

Vent: Bad Drivers Should Be Ticketed
YourWestValley.com (Arizona), Feb. 15, 2015

I have been a resident of Arizona for one year, and I am appalled at the bad driving that I have seen during that year. I think that the attempts by the legislators to cut the use of photo radar is despicable.

 

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“The installation of these external cameras will not only help to decrease the number of drivers who illegally pass school buses, but also hold offenders accountable for their actions.”
Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), Feb. 17, 2015

“The safety of our children is paramount.”
Mark Dreszer, Supervisor of Garage Operations, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland
WJLA-TV ABC 7 (Virginia), Feb. 19, 2015

 

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Total crashes fell nearly 30 percent at red-light camera intersections in Nassau County in 2013, compared with the 12-month period before the installation of cameras, according to a new report by Nassau’s Traffic Safety Board. Crashes at the county’s 68 red-light camera intersections decreased from 1,840 to 1,320 or 28 percent, crashes involving injuries fell 22 percent, rear-end collisions decreased 18 percent, side-impact crashes dropped by 37 percent and head-on collisions decreased by 50 percent. Nassau traffic safety coordinator Chris Mistron said there have been no reported traffic fatalities at any of the intersections since the program began in 2009. Source: Newsday, Feb. 14, 2015.

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 9

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Family Makes Emotional Plea for School Bus Safety Cameras
WTVR-TV CBS 6 (Virginia), Feb. 12, 2015

With the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors discussing the possibly installation of stop-arm cameras on school buses to deter vehicles from illegal passes, the Ford family shared their story about when a car hit their son getting off the bus. The boy’s mother, Amy, said those seconds were the most terrifying of her life. (WTVR-TV CBS 6 image)

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Run a School Bus Stop Sign, Get a $400 Fine
KIRO-TV CBS 7 (Washington), Feb. 9, 2015

The grace period is over for drivers who pass stopped school buses in the Bethel School District. Now, drivers who break the law and put children on school buses in danger will be slapped with a $400 fine. … During the one-week trial period, school bus stop-arm cameras on five of the buses caught 23 passing violations. See related coverage from KING-TV NBC 5 and The Dispatch(Top image from KIRO-TV CBS 7. Bottom image from KING-TV NBC 5)

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Police: Rise in Red-Light Violations Shows New Camera Is in Right Spot
KPIX-TV CBS 5 (California), Feb. 9, 2015

When a new and improved red-light safety camera replaced the one damaged in a hit-and-run crash in Millbrae, average monthly violations went up and prompted questions. San Mateo Police Department spokesman Sgt. Rick Decker, whose agency runs the Millbrae red-light camera program, said  the city scrutinized the data with American Traffic Solutions to be sure the camera was capturing “explicit and obvious violators of the law.” He explained, “There’s a lot of traffic there, BART makes for a lot of foot traffic, a lot of pedestrians. So in fact it’s probably the right place for them to be.”

 

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Florida’s Decrease in Red-Light Running Sets National Example
WFXU-TV MyFOX, Feb. 12, 2015

This week, AAA released a report stating that more than 36 percent of drivers continue to run red-lights and take risks, despite the fact that 55 percent of the participants said it is a very serious threat and 73 percent acknowledged that running red lights is unacceptable. … The National Coalition for Safer Roads views Florida, which has installed red-light safety cameras throughout the state and has seen significant changes in vehicle-related injuries and fatalities, as an example of how driver behavior can be improved nationwide.

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Q&A with Melissa Wandall
YourObserver (Florida), Feb. 11, 2015

Melissa Wandall, who is best known for helping to pass Florida’s Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act, sits down with Your Observer to discuss her daughter’s book, her foundation’s upcoming bereavement camp for children, and the lasting importance of the Wandall Act. She explains that the law is not only curbing the behavior of red-light runners, but is supporting the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and trauma centers in Florida. (Your Observer photo by Pam Eubanks)

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The Coeur d’Alene Press (Idaho), Feb. 10, 2015

Police say the driver of a Mazda failed to stop for a red light and was struck by a Toyota Land Cruiser on U.S. 95 in Hayden on Monday. The collision sent two people to the hospital with injuries.

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Survey: Traffic Crashes Touch 1 in 3, but Drivers Remain Risky
Alexandria News (Virginia), Feb. 10, 2015

Recent findings from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s annual survey finds that unsafe behaviors persist even though one in five drivers has been involved in a serious crash, and one in 10 has been seriously injured in a crash. Red-light running is among the dangerous behaviors in the study, which found that more than one-third (36 percent) of drivers admit to running red lights, yet 55 percent say it is a very serious threat and 73 percent say it is completely unacceptable. View the report here.

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Fewer Tickets, More Crashes in Modesto
The Modesto Bee (California), Feb. 10, 2015

Motorists who drove too fast or ran red lights in Modesto were less likely to get a ticket last year compared with 2013, but the drop in citations was accompanied by an increased in traffic incidents. … Police Chief Galen Carroll said some of the reasons for the decline in traffic citations include having fewer traffic officers and those officers having to investigate more traffic fatalities. There were 14 such fatalities in 2014, compared with 11 in 2013. He said the investigations are time-consuming. Another factor, he said, was the Police Department’s decision to turn off its red-light camera program. (The Modesto Bee photo by Andy Alfaro)

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Mean Streets: Who We Lost, How They Lived
WNYC-Public Radio 93.5 FM (New York), Feb 10, 2015

Back in October 2013, a family close to my family lost their 12-year-old son, Sammy Cohen-Eckstein, to a traffic crash just blocks from my home. For the first time in my life, I understood that the phrase “my heart is breaking” isn’t just a metaphor. It’s the actual way your chest feels when grief hits hard. … Somewhere in the next two months, it became clear that we, as a news organization, also had to do more. Over 250 people a year die in traffic crashes in New York City, and most of these deaths go unacknowledged. We could start to chronicle those deaths, to explain who was dying and why, and in the process, we hoped, give our listeners and readers a greater understanding of what steps could be taken to prevent so many tragic — and often needless — deaths. (WNYC-Public Radio 93.9 FM image by Louise Ma)

 

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Driver Seriously Hurt in Car-Bus Collision
The Gainesville Sun (Florida), Feb. 12, 2015

A 55-year-old man was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when the car he was driving plowed into the back of a Columbia County school bus, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Officers said the school bus had its warning signals flashing and was preparing to unload students when the crash occurred.

Teen Driver Charged with Hitting Child at Bus Stop
WNCN-TV NBC 17 (North Carolina), Feb. 10, 2015

A Hendersonville teenager has been charged with felony hit and run. Police say  he passed a stopped school bus Tuesday morning and hit a middle school student. … The injured 12-year-old  was taken to Pardee Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety 91% of Floridians think drivers running red lights is a very serious threat via @AAAFTS Report #StopOnRed

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  @AAAFTS: 1 in 10 drivers in AZ has been seriously injured in a crash, & 1 in 5 has been involved in a serious crash. http://tucsonlocalmedia.com/news/article_5…

 

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Letter to the Editor: Houston Drivers Run Red Lights too Much
Houston Chronicle (Texas), Feb. 11, 2015

People in Houston are running red lights much too much, which is one reason I voted for the red-light cameras a few years back, and I detest the attitude of those who do not like red-light cameras.

Letter: Delighted with Speed Safety Camera
Brooklyn Daily (New York), Feb. 8, 2015

I was delighted to learn that there is now a speed camera on Shore Parkway near Ocean Parkway. I believe that because of the many accidents on Ocean Parkway, Coney Island Avenue, and Ocean Avenue, all of these avenues should have speed cameras, as well as cameras at traffic lights, to catch drivers who speed through red lights endangering pedestrians and other drivers.

 

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“How anybody can look at that and not say that those intersections are safer with two-thousand fewer violations — clearly it’s safer! It has to be, because you have two-thousand fewer violations taking place. and that’s a direct result of that camera being there and changing folks’ behavior.”
John Rutherford, Sheriff of Jacksonville, Florida
WJXT-TV Channel 4 (Florida), Feb. 9, 2015

“Those cameras encourage stopping at red lights. Their resolution is great. They slow the cars down, so there are fewer accidents.”
Andrew Wieteska, Police Chief of West Dundee, Illinois
Daily Herald (Illinois), Feb. 9, 2015

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Violations Fall at School Zone, Intersection Sites in Bellevue
KING-TV NBC 5 (Washington), Feb. 5, 2015

Additional police cameras in Bellevue have been installed to catch drivers running red lights and speeding, particularly in school zones. City records show there’s been a 47 percent decrease in violations since the program was launched in 2009.

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Dangerous Intersections Sees Thousands of Citations
WGCL-TV CBS 46 (Georgia), Feb. 4, 2015

If you crunch the numbers, an average of 20 drivers a day will receive a citation in the mail for running the red light at Barnett Shoals and Gaines School Road in Athens.

Police: Video Shows SUV Leaving Crash Scene, Injured 10-year-old
WFTV-TV Channel 9 (Florida), Feb. 3, 2015

Ocoee police have released video that they say shows a black SUV leaving the scene of a crash that left a 10-year-old girl critically injured. According to police, video from a red-light camera shows the SUV shortly after the collision.

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Mississippi Legislator Wants Stop-Arm Cameras on All School Buses
WAPT-TV Channel 16, Feb. 3, 2015

One Mississippi lawmaker wants new technology on school buses to protect children. “I think people are better behaved if they know they’re being recorded,” state Rep. Rita Martinson said.

 

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Palm Coast Adjusts to Court Rulings, Keeps Red-Light Cameras on
Historic City News (Florida), Feb. 4, 2015

Despite recent court rulings, and a federal lawsuit still to be decided, the City of Palm Coast reports that they are continuing their red-light camera program. City spokeswoman Cindi Lane told reporters, “We have been monitoring the court cases. The only change is that those who don’t pay the $158 fine within 60 days aren’t being pursued — at least for now.” (Palm Coast Observer photo)

Palo Alto Councilwoman Sees Safety in Red-Light Cameras
San Jose Mercury News (California), Feb. 3, 2015

Palo Alto has a problem with motorists blowing through red lights, according to one elected official who sees red-light cameras as the solution. Councilwoman Liz Kniss said something needs to be done to address the safety concerns she keeps fielding from residents — and police officers. See related article in Fort Bragg Advocate-News.

Red Means Stop Urges Opposition to Camera Bill
MorningStar.com, Feb. 3, 2015

Red Means Stop, a leading advocacy group for red-light running related victims and safety advocates, is calling on the Arizona Senate to reject legislation that would compromise safety and increase crash-related costs in Arizona.

Flower Mound Police Warn of Phone Scam
KXAS-TV NBC 5 (Texas), Feb. 3, 2015

Flower Mound Police report at least 20 residents have received calls from a scammer claiming to be with their department. The caller tells the victims that they owe the city money for unpaid red-light camera violations and then demands it be paid via a Reloadit prepaid card. Flower Mound doesn’t have any red-light cameras, and even if they did officers say they’d never go about collecting unpaid fines in that way.

Vehicle Design, Automated Enforcement Among Safety Improvements
Medical Daily, Feb. 2, 2015

Due to the newest vehicle designs, your chances of dying in a car accident have fallen by more than a third over the past three years, the latest statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reveal. … While experts continue to look for the next big thing in vehicle safety, some non-experts continue to press for tried and true safety measures, including automated enforcement cameras, which are known to slash rates of vehicular death.

Clewiston Resumes Red-Light Camera Program
The Clewiston News (Florida), Jan. 29, 2015

Clewiston City Commissioners approved an amendment to the city’s contract with its red-light camera vendor, American Traffic Solutions (ATS), resuming the use of red-light cameras as of midnight, Jan. 28. City attorney Charles Schoech advised commissioners as to how the revised contract addresses issues raised in a Fourth District Court of Appeals. The amended contract could protect the city if it were ever faced with a lawsuit regarding the uniform traffic citations, and ATS advised it would help defend the city in the courtroom if needed, Schoech said.

 

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Bus Drivers Say Stop Arms Are Run Daily
WCBD-TV NBC 2 (South Carolina), Feb. 2, 2015

A State Department of Education survey of bus drivers in 25 of South Carolina’s 81 school districts reported more than 15 school bus stop arm violations per district, and close to the dozen or so each day reported in Berkeley County School District. For that reason, Berkeley Director of Transportation Wes Fleming is in the process of testing cameras mounted on the outside of buses to capture video of drivers who illegally pass those buses and put children at risk. See related coverage from WCIV-TV ABC 4. (WCBD-TV NBC 2 image)

School Bus Cameras Catch Hundreds of Violations
WSB-Radio, AM 720, FM 95.5 (Georgia), Feb. 2, 2015

On average, 350 school bus passing violations are issued every week in Gwinnett County Schools, where 230 out of 1,900 school buses operate school bus stop arm cameras. The district began the program in December with just warnings, but transitioned to live citations at the start of the year.

New Law Seeks to Protect Children in Arlington
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Washington D.C.), Feb. 2, 2015

In a new effort to keep students safe, Arlington County will be using high-resolution video cameras to catch drivers who ignore stopped school buses. While the ordinance went into effect Feb. 1, no stop-arm cameras have been installed on buses yet. Negotiations between the district and the vendor are in progress, however, and cameras could be installed and in effect in 90 days.

School Bus Related Traffic Violations Rise
Galax Gazette (Virginia), Feb. 2, 2015

Virginia State Police charged six motorists in Hillsville last week for passing stopped school buses in Carroll County. Several buses in the county’s fleet are equipped with camera systems that record the entire routes daily. As a result of the camera systems, motorists who pass stopped school buses are also recorded, and the state police actively use the recordings to charge and prosecute motorists who violate those laws.

Cameras Nailing School-Bus-Passing Motorists
Atlanta Journal Constitution (Georgia), Jan. 30, 2015

In the first 100 days of Decatur’s school bus stop-arm camera program, cameras mounted on 10 school buses have caught 646 motorists illegally passing when the stop arm is extended. Those drivers have subsequently been issued citations.

 

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American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is pleased to present Smith County, Texas, as its latest road safety camera client. Under the terms of their agreement, ATS will work with the county to implement a school zone speed safety camera program for an initial term of 10 years with options for renewal. ATS is honored to be selected as the vendor for this program and looks forward to working with Smith County and all of its clients to improve safety on their roads.

 

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NHTSA @NHTSA.gov Did you know? It’s Aggressive Driving Awareness Month. #aggressivedriving Remind yourself it’s better to be late… http://fb.me/2PRd9GSoS

 

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Revisions to I-95 Work Includes Toll Lanes
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Feb. 3, 2015

Drivers eager for traffic relief with a new Interstate 95 interchange in Boca Raton will have to wait a bit longer for an easier commute. The Spanish River Boulevard interchange now under construction is going to take at least seven months longer to be completed. The Florida Department of Transportation added more work to the project, requesting the contractor make room for future express toll lanes. (Sun Sentinel photo)

Toll Barrier Improvements Include Automated Tolling
WBFO-Radio 88.7 NPR (New York) Feb. 2, 2015

Long debated plans to make improvements at the Thruway’s traffic-clogged Williamsville toll barrier are expected to move forward in the near future. Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa told WBFO News one of the major changes will involved E-ZPass lanes that will allow vehicles to move through the toll barrier at 20 mph — four times faster than the current posted speed.

 

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Commentary: Cameras in Sugar Land Are Right Move
Fort Bend Star (Texas), Feb. 5, 2015

Two years ago, the city of Boston suffered a terrorist attack at its annual Marathon. Law enforcement was able to identify and track down the suspects due to surveillance cameras near the Marathon’s finish line. As a result of that technology, the suspect is sitting in jail awaiting a possible federal death penalty sentence. As technology becomes more advanced and more available, our communities have an obligation to utilize it — for national and local security.

Commentary: Learning to Love the Red-Light Cameras
Johnson City Press (Tennessee), Feb. 2, 2015

I know it is not a popular thing to say, but I’m going to say it anyway: I really don’t mind red-light cameras. And I get more than a little satisfaction from hearing motorists carp about them. Being acquainted with the driving habits of some of the narcissists who are the most perturbed by them, I am certain red-light cameras can and do achieve their goals.

 

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“We’re seeing those violations decrease by almost half.”
Seth Tyler, Bellevue Police Officer
KING-TV NBC 5 (Washington), Feb. 5, 2015

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“It’s not a red-light camera — but that doesn’t mean you run it.”
Bill Tokajer, Police Chief of Holmes Beach, Florida
The Islander (Florida), Feb. 3, 2015

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“As to the loss of revenue because people are complying with the law, I say ‘Hallelujah.’ That’s the very purpose of it. It’s not supposed to be a revenue raiser. It’s supposed to be an enforcement mechanism, first and foremost.”
Mary Cheh, District of Columbia Councilmember, Chairwoman of Transportation and Environment Committee.
WTOP-Radio 1500 AM, District of Columbia, Jan. 31, 2015

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In Decatur, a 100-day old school bus safety camera program has caught 646 motorists illegally passing school buses when the stop arm is extended. CrossingGuard cameras are installed on 10 district buses. Atlanta Journal Constitution (Georgia), Jan. 30, 2015.

Pennsylvania
The scale of Philadelphia’s traffic deaths is important to put into context. In 2013, 89 people died in motor vehicle crashes in Philadelphia. Homicides claimed 247 lives and fire claimed 23. So, motor vehicle crashes are claiming three times as many women, men and children as fires and is one-third the number of people who are murdered. Plan Philly, Feb. 4, 2015.

Washington
Red-light running and school zone speeding violations have decreased 47 percent in Bellevue, since the city launched its road safety camera program in 2009. KING-TV NBC 5, Feb. 5, 2015.

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 7

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Magistrate Keeps Red-Light Running Fines in Place
WJNO-Radio 1290 AM (Florida), Jan. 29, 2015

A West Palm Beach magistrate is refusing to throw out more than 60 red-light camera tickets, saying he will wait to see if the appeals court reverses itself or if the case goes to the Florida Supreme Court.

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Council OKs Red-Light Running Fines to Fund Spokane Safety Projects
KREM-TV CBS 2 (Washington), Jan. 26, 2015

Red-light cameras in Spokane bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in fines. City leaders said all that money goes toward projects that they say make Spokane a safer place to drive. (Spokane City Council image)

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Police Cite School Bus Driver in Red-Light Running Collision
Pekin Daily Times (Illinois), Jan. 26, 2015

No one was injured Monday when a school bus, empty except for its driver, struck a Canton city garbage truck downtown during the morning’s snowfall. The driver of the bus was cited for disobeying a red light after the 11 a.m. collision. (Pekin Daily Times photo by Mike Smothers)

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Ground Broken on ATS’ New Headquarters Building
East Valley Tribune (Arizona), Jan. 25, 2015

Lincoln Property Management broke ground on the Class A office space in Mesa Riverview on Jan. 21. The development, now called Waypoint, is scheduled to move in its first tenant, the headquarters of American Traffic Solutions, along with some 500-plus jobs, in November. See related article in GlobeSt.com.

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Witnesses Tell Police Motorcyclist Ran Red-Light
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), Jan. 23, 2015

A motorcycle rider from Vermont was severely injured in a red-light running collision in Jersey City Heights on Jan. 23. Witnesses told police the motorcyclist ran the red light. (The Jersey Journal photo by Joe Shine)

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Deadly Running of Red Light Costs Man $2,300; Driver’s License for 90 Days
Edmonton Sun (Canada), Jan. 21, 2015

An Edmonton man who caused the death of a senior when he ran a red light at an intersection and collided with the man’s car was fined $2,300. The 24-year-old man was also hit with a 90-day driving prohibition after pleading guilty in Provincial Court to a Traffic Safety Act charge of careless driving. … The court prosecutor called it a “tragic” collision and said the driver’s actions were aggravating because the light he drove through had been red for some time and the intersection is in a residential area with a high volume of traffic. (Court photo)

 

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Car-Pedestrian Collision Critically Injures 12-Year-Old
WFTV-TV Channel 9 (Florida), Jan. 29, 2015

A 12-year-old boy was struck by a car while crossing the road at an Osceola County school bus stop early Thursday morning, according to Florida Highway Patrol Troopers. The bus was preparing to stop and had its amber lights on but had not yet deployed its stop bar. (WFTV-TV Channel 9 image)

 

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ATS Partners with Radio Engineering Industries to Address School Bus Stop Arm Running
Marketwired News, Jan. 28, 2015

American Traffic Solutions has added another partner to its school bus stop arm enforcement portfolio. In addition to its current integration with AngelTrax, ATS and Radio Engineering Industries will now work together to offer a school bus stop arm camera enforcement solution. CrossingGuard, ATS’ school bus stop arm running solution has proven to be extremely effective at reducing the number of vehicles that illegally pass stopped school buses.

Car Rear-Ends School Bus Stopped for Student
Wisconsin Star, Jan. 28, 2015

A car driver was injured when he rear-ended a school bus with 45 students. Ashland County sheriff’s officials said the bus was stopped to let a student out. It had its red lights flashing when a car struck the rear of the bus and slid under it, trapping the driver. Emergency workers freed the man. The Superior Telegram has since reported the man to be in fair condition.

2 North Carolina School Systems Choose Cameras for Safety
CivitasMedia (North Carolina), Jan. 25, 2015 

For the safety of students, motorists throughout North Carolina are required to come to a stop when they see the flashing lights of a school bus. Unfortunately, some motorists fail to obey. Thanks to state funding, a new device on some of the local buses may catch drivers who break the law. Clinton City Schools and Sampson County Schools received stop arm cameras to capture drivers who pass a stopped bus.

 

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Hopeless Romantic Proposes Using Speed Camera
The Hornet (California), Jan. 28, 2015

When she told her boyfriend his wedding proposal must be “memorable,” she didn’t expect this. A hopeless romantic in Germany used a speed camera to ask his girlfriend to marry him. To avoid being penalized with points against his license, he kept his speed within 6 mph of the posted speed limit. Police even included a separate page with a blown up version of his speed camera photo. See related article in The Telegraph. (Speed camera, The Telegraph photos)

Average Speed Camera Installation Successful in U.K.
ITS International, Jan. 27, 2015

Data from the A9 route in Scotland shows that the installation of average speed camera technology is helping cut crashes. This is Europe’s longest single enforcement scheme, with the technology having been installed along a 220 km stretch of the A9 in Scotland. The Scottish police force has commented that in the first three months of operation it has seen more than an eightfold decrease in the number of people caught speeding on this stretch of road compared with the same time last year when there were 2,493 offenses recorded. See related article in Full-Time Whistle.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety #SpeedKills Slow down in school zones and keep our children safe! Learn more: atsol.com/solutions/spee…

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  @CityofWilm red-light safety cameras show scary t-bone collision. Drive safe this weekend & #StopOnRed  youtu.be/YPTiPvCjm2U

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Great tips! How to Prevent Pedestrian Fatalities utne.com/community/prev #VisionZero #SpeedKills

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety DYK? 2012 red-light running fatalities cost the public $6.5 billion. Spread the message #StopOnRed

 

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Toll-Funded Interchange to Open this Spring in Pennsylvania
Construction Equipment Guide, Jan. 28, 2015

A new E-ZPass-only interchange will soon be available to visitors traveling to and from the Pocono Mountains in Carbon County, Pa. The interchange is scheduled to open to traffic in the spring. The $23 million project is funded 100 percent by toll dollars and is being coordinated by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. … Design plans include automatic tolling equipment. (Construction Equipment Guide photo)

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Toll Lanes Proposed for I-35 in Texas
WOAI-TV NBC 4 (Texas), Jan. 28, 2015

The Texas Department of Transportation has revealed its plans for the future of I-35 — and yes, it does include toll roads. The proposed toll lanes would stretch for 15 miles from the Loop 410 South interchange to FM 1103 in Schertz. TxDOT believes these additional lanes would relieve congestion that often causes stop-and-go traffic. (WOAI-TV NBC 4 image)

Editorial: Use the Bridges, Pay the Tolls
Abbotsford News (British Columbia, Canada), Jan. 28, 2015

As 42,000 drivers in B.C are discovering, failure to pay their bridge tolls is resulting in ICBC blocking them from driver’s license or vehicle insurance renewals. … It’s not as though these fees are new, or haven’t been thoroughly discussed and debated. … The reality is that the movement of traffic through the region requires river crossings, and those structures are astronomically expensive to build. They have to be financed somehow.

 

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Editorial: Red-Light Camera Use Should Stay City Prerogative
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), Jan. 26, 2015

Although a frequent complaint of Tennessee legislators is that the federal government is encroaching on its authority with enactment of laws, executive action and administrative policies, they often do not have the same reservations in regard to encroachment on local governments. State Rep. Andy Holt’s proposal to introduce a bill banning red-light cameras in the state is a case in point.  Decisions to use red-light cameras have been the responsibility of local governments … if the Legislature makes the decision, we think that’s encroachment on local government authority.

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Letter: Use Cameras to Enforce the Law — or Not
Newsday (New York), Jan. 27, 2015

Traffic law on Long Island is a matter of self-enforcement. There aren’t enough police in the world to adequately enforce traffic rules on the hundreds of thousands of drivers and roads. There are many who follow the rules, but there are far, far too many who have gotten extremely lax, and there are far too many who believe the rules do not apply to them. Use the roads at your discretion. If you violate the law, you are fined and fined and fined until you figure out your time is not more important than the next guy’s.

Letter: Yellow Light Does Not Mean Speed Up
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), Jan. 27, 2015

Even though I have received four citations for rolling right on red, I am pro red-light cameras. I believe that since the inception of the program, intersections have become safer, that drivers think twice about running yellow lights. Also, that if the number of rear-end accidents has actually increased, this supports the need for more enforcement of yellow-light offenders. Drivers need to understand that the yellow light is the precursor to the red, not the signal to speed up and proceed through the intersection.

Letter: Legislator Panders to Red-Light Runners
Knoxville News Sentinel (Tennessee), Jan. 26, 2015

A proposal by state Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden to abolish red-light enforcement cameras statewide is unjustified and dangerous. His accusation that these cameras are for “municipal greed” instead of safety is a factually unfounded personal opinion. … Legislators should not take any action that could diminish public safety by joining Holt’s pandering to traffic violators. If they have questions or doubts, they should consult knowledgeable people and sources and not rely on conjecture, personal opinion and demagoguery from uninformed people such as Holt.

 

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“If our streets were a serial killer, we’d be on the rampage trying to get them to stop. Fact is, it’s not acceptable for anybody to die or be injured in the streets.”
Jon Snyder, Spokane City Councilman
KREM-TV CBS 2 (Washington), Jan. 26, 2015

“I think it’s a great tool. A lot of times when we get the complaints from the driver they probably can’t get a good picture or remember the car or the tag number, so it’s hard for us to follow up on it. If we have a picture, it’s kind of hard for them to deny the violation.”
Bryan Smith, Sergeant with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, regarding school bus stop arm cameras
CivitasMedia (North Carolina), Jan. 25, 2015