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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 4

February 16th, 2017 Comments off


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Traffic Deaths Claimed 110 Lives a Day in 2016; Set New High
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), Feb. 15, 2017

A jump in traffic fatalities last year pushed deaths on U.S. roads to their highest level in nearly a decade, erasing improvements made during the Great Recession and economic recovery, a leading safety organization said today. Fatalities rose 6 percent in 2016, reaching an estimated 40,200 deaths compared to 37,757 deaths the previous year, according to the National Safety Council. … The last time there were more than 40,000 fatalities in a single year was in 2007, just before the economy tanked. There were 41,000 deaths that year. View National Safety Council report here. See related article by the Chicago Tribune. (National Safety Council graphic)

Police: Collision at 65 mph Kills Grandmom, Grandchild
WFMZ-TV Channel 69 (Pennsylvania), Feb. 15, 2017

An investigator testified Wednesday that the Bucks County woman accused of killing an Allentown woman and her grandchild last month was driving about 65 mph when she slammed into their car at an intersection. … Allentown police Sgt. David McDonald testified that a city traffic camera captured the speeding vehicle pass through a red light and T-boning the passing car. See related coverage at (Image by Kurt Bresswein for

Police Work with Schools to Crack Down on Drivers Passing Buses
WHEC-TV NBC 10 (New York), Feb. 15, 2017

Parents in Irondequoit say they’re fed up watching drivers illegally pass their kids’ school buses every morning and afternoon. Carol Garofolo is one of them. She says, “If you have a driver’s license and you’re going to work, you’re a grown up, act like it.” It’s an issue that police have recently given more attention to. … As it stands now, police officers can only issue a ticket if they see a driver illegally pass a school bus. Because of limited staffing, that’s not always possible. (WHEC-TV NBC 10 image)

Red-Light Cameras Capture Terrifying Crashes
USAToday, Feb. 13, 2017

The worst red-light running crashes in the U.S. can be seen on this video compiled by American Traffic Solutions for 2016. (USA Today/ATS image)

Seeing Red-Light Runners in Jonesboro
KAIT-TV ABC 8 (Arkansas), Feb. 9, 2017

There are 85 stoplights in the city of Jonesboro. Each one of them designed to make you slow down and eventually stop. Some drivers only consider those stoplights a suggestion. … In 2016, officers with the Jonesboro Police Department ticketed 255 drivers for running a red light. It could have been much more. Police Sgt. George Martin says it’s not always easy to pull over a driver who has run a red light, even if it happens right in front of an officer. “Sometimes you can’t get to that person,” Martin said. “I could put a citizen in danger trying to get to them.” (KAIT-TV ABC 8 image)



Young Millennials Top List of Worst Drivers
Miami Herald (Florida), Feb. 15, 2017

According to a new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the youngest millennials, those 19 to 24 years old, topped the list of the worst-behaved U.S. drivers, with 88 percent of them having engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days. The dangerous behaviors included texting while driving, red-light running and speeding. See the AAA 2016 Traffic Safety Culture Index report here.  (AAA image)

San Francisco Legislator Wants Cameras to Slow Speeders
KPIX-TV CBS 5 (California), Feb. 12, 2017

California assemblyman David Chiu has introduced a bill that would make automatic speed-enforcement cameras and ticketing legal in the state. If passed, Assembly Bill 342 would let San Francisco and San Jose install traffic cameras to capture images of any vehicle traveling 10 mph over the posted speed limit. (KNTV-TV NBC 11 image)

Grace Period Ends for New Orleans’ Mobile Safety Cameras
The Times-Picayune/ (Louisiana), Feb. 11, 2017

The grace period for New Orleans’ new battalion of mobile speed safety cameras ended Feb. 9. Drivers caught speeding by one of the 10 new mobile cameras around town are now on the hook for the $105 fine. The city will continue to install 45 new cameras at 32 sites to complement the 66 already in use at 42 locations. After focusing first on school zones, the full roll out will conclude in April. (WWL-TV CBS 4 image)

Tie Vote Gives Green Light to Red-Light Cameras
WJXT-TV Channel 4 (Florida), Feb. 7, 2017

The annual effort to ban red-light cameras in Florida crashed Tuesday when the Senate Transportation Committee rejected the idea in a tie vote. … The key vote came from committee Chairman George Gainer, who said he opposed the bill because he believed it should be left up to the local governments to decide whether to install the devices. ( image)


Fifth-Grader Dies in Collision after Exiting His School Bus (Pennsylvania), Feb. 11, 2017

A fifth-grade boy at Wattsburg Area Middle School has died of injuries he suffered when he was struck by a vehicle after exiting his school bus in Greenfield Township on Thursday afternoon. … The collision happened on Feb. 9.

Maryland Could Up Penalties for Ignoring Stopped School Buses
WTOP-Radio 1500 AM (Washington, D.C.), Feb. 10, 2017

It’s already Maryland law: drivers must stop when a school bus comes to a halt, extends a stop arm, and turns on red flashing lights to let students on or off the bus. But Maryland lawmakers and police, frustrated with the number of drivers who continue to violate that law, are calling for an increase in civil penalties. (WMDT-TV ABC 47 image)




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Cashless Tolls On Their Way to Bayonne Bridge
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), Feb. 13, 2017

Motorists can say goodbye to the Bayonne Bridge toll plaza. The Port Authority announced Monday morning that Bayonne Bridge would be the bi-state agency’s first crossing to use cashless tolling. … One of the biggest benefits for drivers will be that they won’t need to slow down to pass through a plaza, said Allison C. de Cerreno, assistant director of tunnels, bridges and terminals for the Port Authority. … The move to cashless tolls is expected to save the Port Authority money in both the short and long term. (The Jersey Journal image by Reena Rose Sibayan)

Customer Numbers Grow as More Washingtonians Choose Tolls
Covington, Maple Valley, Black Diamond Reporter (Washington), Feb. 12, 2017

During fiscal year 2016, Good To Go!, Washington State’s automatic toll payment system, served more than 673,000 customer accounts and processed approximately 46.6 million toll transactions, a 24 percent increase from the previous year. The I-405 express toll lanes, which were operational for nine months of the fiscal year accounted for much of the growth in transactions.

State Senator Asks for Cashless Tolling
Niagara Frontier Publications (New York), Feb. 10, 2017

New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs has called on the New York State Thruway Authority to implement cashless tolling at the Grand Island bridges. “This technology is successfully utilized at more than 35 bridges, tunnels and toll roads across the United States and is used by the Thruway Authority at the Tappan Zee Bridge in downstate New York, Jacobs wrote in a letter to Thruway Authority Executive Director Bill Finch.

Editorial: Red-Light Cameras? Let Cities, Counties Decide
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Feb. 10, 2017

The 2010 state law that authorizes local governments in Florida to catch red-light runners with cameras narrowly missed getting T-boned in Tallahassee this week. It was a victory for road safety and for home rule. … There’s no compelling reason for state legislators to grab the wheel from local elected officials on local road safety issues.

Editorial: Local Control of Road Safety Cameras Works Best
Sioux City Journal (Iowa), Feb. 10, 2017

If a majority of lawmakers in both chambers of the Iowa Statehouse believe traffic cameras represent pure evil, then they should vote to outlaw them altogether. However, if the Legislature believes these cameras represent an acceptable form of traffic enforcement in Iowa cities and decides to retain them, then we believe decisions about where to place them should be left to local municipalities, even on state roads within city limits. Simply put, local jurisdictions know better than the state Department of Transportation where to put their speed and red-light cameras.

Letter to the Editor: Bus Cameras Improve Safety
The Daily Journal (New Jersey), Feb. 15, 2017

Our Senate recently passed S211, a timely bill allowing school districts to equip buses with cameras to catch drivers who pass a stopped school bus as kids are getting on and off. … Recently, a 14-year-old girl in Upper Township, Cape May County, was hit by a car and suffered serious injuries while walking across the street to catch her bus to school. Preventing horrible injuries like this is why S211 and its companion bill, A3798, were introduced.

Letter: Don’t Bow Before Bullies
Napa Valley Register (California), Feb. 9, 2017

I’ve been thinking about bullying behavior recently … and found  bullying at work in the red-light camera issue. People who disobeyed the stop sign law and were fined apparently protested to the city council, which caved in under pressure. Why not say: “It’s too bad that you drove your car unsafely. You can control that behavior. You can control your car. You can make Napa a safer city.” Rather than lower the expectation bar, we can raise it.



“Where is our outrage over losing over 100 people every day on our roadways?”
Deborah Hersman, President and CEO of the National Safety Council
Chicago Tribune (Illinois), Feb. 15, 2017


The city of Orlando has recorded a reduction in right-angle crashes of more than 65 percent since 2008 at intersections with cameras, and an 11 percent decrease in all crashes at those intersections, according to Mayor Buddy Dyer’s office. SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel, (Florida), Feb. 10, 2017.

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 3

February 2nd, 2017 Comments off


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Bill Addresses Danger to Students Leaving School Buses
KSL-TV NBC 5 (Utah), Feb. 2, 2017

Utah lawmakers are considering a bill that would use cameras to help crack down on drivers who ignore stop signs on school buses. They say an alarming number of drivers ignore the stop arm and keep driving, even as kids get off the bus. It’s difficult for bus drivers to write down the license plate number to give to police. But with this new bill, cameras would do the work. (KSL-TV NBC 5 image)

Intersection Crash Injures Teen, Grandmom in Michigan
WDIV-TV NBC 4 (Michigan), Jan. 30, 2017

A 14-year-old girl and her grandmother are in serious condition Monday night after getting into a crash with a school bus in Roseville. Police said the bus driver and five or six students suffered minor injuries. … The crash happened because the driver of the SUV ran the blinking red light, police said. (WDIV-TV NBC 4 image)



Proposal Dedicates Traffic Fines to Fund School Bus Seat Belts
School Transportation News (National), Jan. 30, 2017

Legislation was introduced in January before the Washington State Legislature that would require all newly purchased school buses to be equipped with lap-shoulder seat belts, with illegal passing cameras paying for the occupant restraints as well as all new school bus purchases. … House Bill 1246 also provides a funding stream for the lap-shoulder seat belts by requiring all school districts to install stop-arm cameras by Sept. 1, 2018. (The News Tribune video image by Drew Perine)

New Speed Cameras in Windsor Heights Draw Comments
WHO_TV NBC 13 (Iowa), Jan. 26, 2017

Interim Windsor Heights Police Chief Derek Meyer says it seems simple. “Citizens can expect to obey the law.” As two fixed speed cameras along University Avenue in Windsor Heights became active on Friday, feelings are mixed. … “If it gets people to slow down, then I am OK with that,” said Chris Kannapel of Windsor Heights. (WOI-TV ABC 5 image)

Police Looking for Vehicle that Nearly Struck Student
WVNS-TV Channel 59 (West Virginia), Jan. 27, 2017

A Kanawha County student is lucky to be alive after a close call at a school bus stop in Dunbar. School bus cameras captured the shocking incident as the student was crossing the street to get onto the school bus. The stop arm was out on the side of the bus at the time but the passing motorist did not obey the sign.



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Use of Transponders Rises in 1st Month of Tolling on New Bridges
Courier-Journal (Kentucky), Feb. 1, 2017

RiverLink officials said Wednesday that more than 2 million people cross Kentuckiana’s three tolled bridges during the first month of tolling, with the number of crossings with transponders increasing each week. The percentage of drivers using transponders rose from 45 percent during week one of tolling to roughly 59 percent during week five. See related story at WLKY-TV CBS 26. (Image by WLKY-TV CBS 26.)


Tolling to Begin on Veterans Bridge in Virginia
The Daily Advance, Jan. 31, 2017

North Carolinians crossing the Dominion Boulevard Veterans Bridge to get to Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach will begin paying for the privilege starting next week. … Tolls will be collected electronically either through transponders or a toll-by-plate system. … The four-lane Veterans Bridge is part of the $399.4 million Dominion Boulevard Improvement Project, which recently was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.  (The Daily Advance image by Thomas J. Turney)



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Commentary: City Manager States Photo Enforcement Improves Safety
The Des Moines Register (Iowa), Jan. 30, 2017

Several recent new articles and discussions dealing with Automated Traffic Enforcement camera programs have missed the point that the cameras exist to supplement traditional traffic enforcement. The one and only speed camera on I-235 is located at the point where traffic needs to slow down as the roadway transitions from a straightaway to one with tight curves, multiple exits/entrances and very narrow, unforgiving shoulders.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Save Lives
Napa Valley Register (California), Jan. 26, 2017

I had to just shake my head, when I read in the Napa Valley Register headlines that four members of the City Council actually voted against red-light cameras. Chief of Police Steve Potter is trying to give you the facts and the best reasons for keeping them. Reducing accidents by 40 percent, that alone is worth the cost and “ill-will” of nay tourists or residents. Every red-light ticket is potentially saving a life. All of you sang Steve’s praises on why he would be such an amazing police chief, so why are you choosing to not listen to him about the safety of Napa?

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Deter Dangerous Trend
The Post and Courier (South Carolina), Jan. 26, 2017

With increased traffic comes frustrated drivers. Every day I see cars running red lights, especially from left-turn lanes. I have entered intersections as the light turned yellow and at least two cars follow me through the red light. … Red-light cameras would deter this dangerous trend.


“It just takes once for that driver not to stop, a kid to step out when they’re expecting to be given the right of way, and a child to be killed.”
Ben Horsely, Granite School District spokesman
KSL-TV NBC 5 (Utah), Feb. 2, 2017

“The evidence shows that these cameras are effective in reducing these speed-related collisions. These tools work, these tools help prevent people from dying.”
Wayne Jerman, Cedar Rapids Police Chief
Quad-City Times (Iowa), Jan. 27, 2017

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 2

January 19th, 2017 Comments off


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Truck Fails to Stop for School Bus; Strikes 3 Students
KTSP-TV ABC 5 (Minnesota), Jan. 19, 2017

Three high school students were critically injured after being hit by a vehicle that failed to stop for a school bus with its stop-arm extended Thursday morning in Otsego, according to authorities. All three students were taken to Mercy Hospital. (KTSP-TV ABC 5 image)

Disturbing Video Shows Turning School Bus Striking Pedestrian
KOOL-Radio 101.5 FM (New York), Jan. 19, 2017

A woman in Brooklyn, N.Y., was hit by a school bus and survived. The victim was crossing the street in broad daylight last Friday when the bus made a right turn and plowed into her before running her over with its front right tire. Authorities say none of the woman’s injuries are fatal. (KOOL-Radio 101.5 FM/Arista Security image)

Suspected Thief Caught on Camera in Vehicle Belonging to Ill Man
KDVR-TV FOX 31 (Colorado), Jan. 16, 2017

Many people don’t like red-light photo enforcement cameras at intersections, but what one camera revealed could solve a car theft case. In a FOX 31 Problem Solvers update, a man waiting for a lifesaving lung transplant was never so happy to get a ticket in the mail. The red-light running ticket he received in the mail weeks later, showed the probable thief behind the wheel of their vehicle. (KDVR-TV FOX 31 image)

New Cameras Catching Speeders in School Zones
WWL-TV CBS 4 (Louisiana), Jan. 12, 2017

The city of New Orleans deployed new mobile traffic cameras this week, placing them in unmarked cars and school zones. Many drivers traveling in Algiers were caught off guard. “I didn’t see the cameras, but I did see a sign saying that they had cameras,” Algiers resident Mari Cell said. Another resident, Andy Perez, said it’s about time something was done about drivers who speed through his neighborhood. (WWL-TV CBS 4 image)



City of Anchorage to Consider Red-Light Camera Proposal
KTVA-TV CBS 11 (Alaska), Jan. 17, 2017 

What can be done about red-light runners in Anchorage? Vice Chairman of the Anchorage Assembly Dick Traini says it’s a question he frequently hears from constituents. That’s why he and Anchorage Assembly Chair Elvi Gray-Jackson have submitted an ordinance that would let voters decide whether to allow the municipality to use cameras to ticket drivers that run red lights. (KTVA-TV CBS 11 image)

Windsor Heights Installs Speed Cameras for End-of-Month Start
The Des Moines Register (Iowa), Jan. 12, 2017

Drivers traveling on University Avenue in Windsor Heights may have noticed the city’s new speed cameras and electronic speed signs. The city installed the cameras from American Traffic Solutions this week, but the system is undergoing testing and will likely be turned on by end of January. The camera uses 3D tracking radar that can monitor 32 vehicles across four lanes of traffic, and produce 12-second videos in full color. (WOI-TV ABC 5 image)



Semi-truck Narrowly Misses Children Boarding School Bus
Pilot Tribune & Enterprise (Nebraska), Jan. 13, 2017

Children boarding a Blair Community Schools bus narrowly escaped injury Friday morning after a semi-truck passed the stopped bus on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 30. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking witnesses and information on the incident, which was caught on camera. Sgt. Don Morgan called the video frightening. “It will make your heart skip,” he said. “You see the child just get in the bus and about that time, there goes a semi-truck by, right past the doors. After it goes by, the second child gets on the bus.” (Beatrice Daily Sun image by Chris Dunker)

Student Hit by Car Near School Bus Is Recovering at Home
NJ Advance Media for (New Jersey), Jan. 13, 2017

The 14-year-old girl injured earlier this month when she was hit by a car and thrown into the air as she crossed the road to board a school bus has been released from the hospital, a school official said. The teen spent about a week in the hospital after suffering a concussion and bruises. The driver, who attends the same school, was ticketed on charges of careless driving and passing a school bus while discharging students, according to

Distracted Driver Strikes Child Exiting School Bus, Police Say
WCVB-TV ABC 5 (Massachusetts), Jan. 12, 2017

A 6-year-old child was getting off a school bus when he was hit by an SUV in Haverhill. Police said the school bus was stopped with the flashing stop sign extended and lights flashing to allow students to get off and cross the street. After the collision, police said the boy was conscious and alert on scene and was taken to the hospital. The SUV driver, who was reaching for a pair of glasses at the time of the collision, was cited for failure to stop for a school bus.



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Upgrade Keeps Florida Toll Road Ahead of Population Growth (Florida), Jan. 18, 2017

The sights and sounds of major construction permeate the air for a new Beachline Expressway interchange in east Orange County at Innovation Way. The purpose of the project is to prepare the area for people — lots of people. (News 13/ image)

Work Preps for I-66 Toll Lanes Inside Capital Beltway
WRC-TV NBC 4 (Washington, D.C.), Jan. 17, 2017

Road work along Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway is beginning a project to create new electronic toll lanes in hopes of alleviating traffic congestion while increasing vehicle capacity. The work on the entire project is expected to be completed by mid-2017 for dynamic toll lanes allowing anyone, including solo drivers who would have to pay a toll, to use them. The lanes will be free for HOV-2 plus and buses. (WRC-TV NBC 4 image)



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Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Made Me See the Light
The Folsom Telegraph (California), Jan. 17, 2017

While the subject of red-light cameras has its share of pros and cons that range from cost to effectiveness, I can attest first hand, that the use of such devices in troublesome intersections can be effective. …. I believe it will definitely slow us all down and help in many of our area intersections. Until that happens, let’s all practice safe driving. In the end, it will not only save you money, it could save your life.

Editorial: Red-Light Running Habit Caused Hundreds of Crashes
The Journal Gazette (Indiana), Jan. 13, 2017

Mid-morning, a few times a week, a westbound motorist stopped for the traffic light at Main and Lafayette streets watch a northbound, dark-colored vehicle race through the red light. So far, no one has died. But it could happen. In 2014, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers running red lights contributed to crashes that killed 709 people and injured 126,000. … What are these people thinking?

Editorial: Let Locals Decide on Red-Light Cameras
Panama City News Herald (Florida), Jan. 12, 2017

In some cities that have deployed red-light cameras strategically — say, at intersections with the greatest number of red-light runners observed, or those with the highest volume of serious mishaps — significant traffic-safety improvements have occurred in some cities. These are among the reasons that the Legislature should not seek to impose a statewide ban; local governments should be able to install the devices as warranted by local conditions. Whether one is for or against their use, like most decisions it is best made on a local level.

Letter to the Editor: Drivers, not cameras, to blame for crashes
Palm Beach Post (Florida), Jan. 15, 2017

Red-light cameras do not cause crashes. Europe has had red-light cameras for decades with no increase in crashes. If there are increased rear-enders at intersections with red light cameras, that only indicates the high number of red-light runners and poor drivers we have here in Florida.

Speed Cameras Help Create Equality
Des Moines Register (Iowa), Jan. 13, 2017

Very shortly, there will be a bill introduced in the Senate that will be pushed by Brad Zaun to outlaw all speed and red-light cameras. Studies have shown that crashes have been reduced where cameras are now placed. …. If all tickets were only given in person, then those “high level officials” have the ability to talk their way out of a ticket. That is called “professional courtesy,” and yes, that does happen. Cameras don’t care who you are.



“We don’t have enough police officers to have one at every intersection. Using technology, I think, will help us stop the amount of carnage we’re seeing with red light runners.”
Dick Traini, Vice Chairman of the Anchorage Assembly
KTVA-TV CBS 11 (Alaska), Jan. 17, 2017

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 1

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Bradenton Ponders New Future for Red-Light Camera Program
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Jan. 4, 2017

Discussions on returning red-light cameras to select intersections in Bradenton have started for the first time since the city voted to terminate its contract with its current vendor. The first red-light camera in Bradenton was installed in 2008. Officials agreed last summer that terminating the contract was not a permanent action, and they would find a new potential vendor. (Bradenton Herald image)

Traffic Violators Make Southwest Florida Intersections Risky
WINK-TV Channel 11 (Florida), Dec. 28, 2016

After posting video of Florida drivers running red lights and crashing into people on the WINK News Facebook page, we received a lot of comments saying intersections in our community needed to be investigated. That led us to Veronica Shoemaker and Colonial where we saw three vehicles run red-lights in less than an hour. (WINK-TV Channel 11 image)



Red-Light Safety Camera Intersections Buck Crash Trend in Florida
Marketwatch, Jan. 5, 2017

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ (DHSMV) fifth annual report on Red-Light Safety Camera Programs, intersections equipped with the technology are bucking an alarming statewide trend. While overall crashes statewide have increased by 33 percent, crashes specifically related to red-light running at red-light safety camera intersections have decreased by more than 3 percent. See video of Florida’s worst red-light running crashes of 2016 here. View Florida report at this link. (Tampa Bay Times photo by Jim Damaske)


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Orange Park Pens New 3-Year Agreement with ATS
Clay Today (Florida), Jan. 4, 2017

The Orange Park Town Council voted 3-2 Tuesday in a hurried motion to approve the town’s red-light cameras for another three years despite several impassioned pleas from residents to do away with them.  … Police Chief Gary Goble said, “I think one of the things we’ve seen is the initial reduction of red-light camera violators. I think it has changed the way people drive.”

Hagerstown Police Seek Red-Light Cameras to Curb Violators
Herald-Mail (Maryland), Jan. 4, 2017

The Hagerstown Police Department wants red-light cameras placed at some intersections this year, although the proposal is still under review by the Maryland State Highway Administration, according to officials. After the city partnered with Howard County to help set up the system, the proposal had to be reviewed by the state. (WHAG-TV Channel 25 image)

Analysis Ranks Most Dangerous Intersections in Texas
Killeen Daily Herald (Texas), Jan. 3, 2017

Although two intersections in Killeen are included, Houston tops the list of a new data analysis ranking the most dangerous intersections in Texas. Among nearly 300 examined intersections, Houston runs away with the crown for highest number of dangerous intersections with 82. That’s 46 more than San Antonio, the city with the second most.  (Transportation Nation/KUHF image by Gail Delaughter)

New Orleans Announces Expansion to Camera Program (Louisiana), Jan. 3, 2017

The city of New Orleans has announced the deployment schedule and locations for additional traffic safety cameras beginning Jan. 9. The new deployment, which will be rolled out through April, will include 45 permanently fixed traffic safety cameras and 10 mobile traffic safety camera units. (ATS/KTBS-TV Channel 3 image)

Boynton Beach Leaders Consider New Uses for Red-Light Cameras
WPTV-TV NBC 5 (Florida), Jan. 2, 2016

Boynton Beach could put its red-light camera program to a new safety use. With the cameras turned off, the city could use them to deter crime or review crashes. The city’s vendor, American Traffic Solutions, receives about 2,000 requests per month from police agencies across the country for access to video of a crime or suspect.



Speed Camera Will Help Safeguard Children at Elementary School
Queens Chronicle (New York), Dec. 29, 2016

For years, officials have worked to improve the safety around the Walter Ward School, citing what they call treacherous conditions near the site. Last week, they learned from State Sen. Joe Addabboo Jr. that speed limit signs and a speed camera will be placed near the elementary school.



Vehicle Strikes Student on Way to School Bus, Driver Cited
The Herald-Dispatch (Ohio), Jan. 4. 2017

A 15-year-old student who sustained minor injuries Tuesday while attempting to get on a Fairland school bus was treated at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman. The girl was crossing the street to board a school bus when she collided with a vehicle that failed to stop for a school bus stop sign, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. (ATS image)

Student Hit by Car Is Hospitalized in Serious Condition
NJ Advance Media for (New Jersey), Jan. 3, 2017 

A 14-year-old girl was struck by a car as she was crossing a road to board a school bus Tuesday morning and was hospitalized in serious condition, State Police said. A preliminary investigation determined the bus was stopped in the northbound lane of Route 9 with its stop sign extended and flashing red lights activated. Authorities also say the girl was legally crossing the road.




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Traffic Rises on Ohio River Bridges with New Tolling System
News and Tribune (Indiana), Jan. 3, 2017

On the fourth day of automated tolling, three tolled bridges saw greater numbers of vehicles and a higher percentage of vehicles with transponders crossing the Kennedy, Lincoln and Lewis and Clark bridges. More than 52,000 vehicles, 40 percent of them with mounted transponders, crossed the bridges on the first day of tolling, Dec. 30, 2016. On Jan. 3, the number rose to nearly 77,000 vehicles, 45 percent of which had mounted and read transponders. See related coverage at WDRB-TV Channel 41. (WDRB-TV Channel 41 image)

Brooklyn Battery Tunnel Begins Cashless Tolling
WABC-TV ABC 7 (New York), Jan. 3, 2017

Drivers will say goodbye to toll booths and hello to cashless tolls on Wednesday when they travel through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. When the change takes effect at 3 a.m., every car that goes through the tunnel will be scanned. Those with an E-ZPass will be automatically billed, while drivers without one will have their license plates photographed and a bill mailed to the registered owner. This follows a successful test of cashless tolling at the Henry Hudson Bridge last month. (WABC-TV ABC 7 image)



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Commentary: 2017 Resolution — Watch for Idiot Red-Light Runners (Illinois), Jan. 3, 2017

This week, we’re focusing on some driving resolutions for the new year that will have you safer, wiser and pretty much just better off on the road. Today’s resolution is easy but crucial. If you’ve ever seen a distracted or careless driver go right through a red light, then you know how dangerous it can be. It can kill. … Our advice to everyone on the road is to look before you decide to accelerate when the green light says you “have permission to proceed” it doesn’t mean it’s clear to go.

Editorial: Crash Data Underline Road Hazards
The Daily Reflector (North Carolina), Jan. 5, 2017

Greenville could not get past its first day of the new year before a car crash killed someone on one of our city streets. It could not get past the first week of the new year until another person was killed. … Among the strides city, state and county leaders have made to address traffic safety, we urge the enforcement of lower speed limits and the installation of red-light cameras as promised.

Editorial: Illegally Passing a School Bus Is Dangerous
The Daily Star (New York), Jan. 3, 2017

When it comes to children being injured or killed by vehicles that illegally pass school buses, it would appear that we have been more lucky than good. Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond told The Daily Star that he does not know of any injuries to kids exiting or entering school buses in the last several years, but that his agency receives a “fair amount” of calls about illegal passing from the 15 schools in the area. Statewide, it is a growing problem.



“The easy answer is to say get rid of them, they’re a lot of work. But the honest answer is I think they change the way people drive. I think they drive safer in the Town of Orange Park and I think they are a benefit to the town residents and the Town of Orange Park.”
Gary Goble, Town of Orange Park Police Chief
Clay Today (Florida), Jan. 4, 2017

“Red-light cameras are just another deterrent. It’s not catching someone doing something wrong. We have to get out of this mind frame that the cameras are there to give people tickets. It’s not. Those cameras are a reminder that someone has died in order to implement them in the first place.”
Melissa Wandall, President of National Coalition for Safer Roads
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Jan. 4, 2017

“The placement of these speed limit signs and cameras will remind motorists to slow down while driving near PS 232, helping to prevent potentially devastating accidents and making the streets just a little safer for both drivers and pedestrians, especially the children.”
Joe Addabboo Jr., New York State Senator
Queens Chronicle (New York), Dec. 29, 2016

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 52, Dec. 29, 2016

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Travel Safely and Enjoy the New Year, from ATS
American Traffic Solutions (ATS) asks motorists to be particularly careful while driving on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. This is a dangerous weekend to be traveling on the road. ATS urges travelers to be safe and courteous to one another so that everyone may enjoy the holiday with their friends and family. Start 2017 with a renewed commitment to drive safely and to stop on red. Happy New Year everyone! ( image)

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Here Are the Worst Red-Light-Running Crashes in Florida and U.S.
Miami Herald (Florida), Dec. 28, 2016

Red means stop. At least, that’s what children and driver’s ed students are taught. But some drivers see red as an invitation to hit the gas. The result can be — unsurprisingly — disastrous as this video from American Traffic Solutions shows us. See related national coverage at Time Warner Cable News  and WTSP-TV CBS 10(Miami Herald/ATS image)

Survey Finds Support for Red-Light Cameras in Charlotte
WSOC-TV Channel 9 (North Carolina), Dec. 26, 2016

A recent survey by the Charlotte Department of Transportation shows that hundreds of locals support red-light cameras on area roads to catch dangerous driving. … The survey gathered opinions from more than 400 people; support for red-light cameras peaked at 66 percent. (WSOC-TV Channel 9 image)

Red-Light Runners Make Driver Crazy in Tucson
KVOA-TV NBC 4 (Arizona), Dec. 23, 2016

Red-light runners are driving Christopher crazy. He told us, “I find myself having to look for red light runners before proceeding on a green light. I wish the city had the funding to place a motorcycle cop at random major intersections.” (KVOA-TV NBC 4 image)

Survey: Thousands Illegally Pass School Buses Each Day in N.Y.
Time Warner Cable News/Spectrum News, Dec. 22, 2016

A new report from the New York State Association of Pupil Transportation reveals stopped school buses were passed illegally, statewide, an estimated 44,000 times on one day alone. Peter Mannella, director of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation calls the data disturbing. (Time Warner Cable News/Spectrum News image)

ATS Technology Gets Noticed in Lafayette
KATC-TV ABC 3 (Louisiana), Dec. 20, 2016

Changes could be coming to red light and speed cameras in Lafayette. The Lafayette Consolidated Government is considering American Traffic Solutions to administer the program. Councilman Bruce Conque said “The hardware that we’ve seen from ATS is totally different technology. It’s the same approach, but the hardware is different.” (KATC-TV ABC 3 image)



Florida Warns Drivers about Fraudulent Red-Light Ticket Scheme
Sun Sentinel, Dec. 28, 2016

If you are notified via e-mail that you were caught on camera running a red light and that you must pay the fine online, state officials warn you not to do it. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles says it’s a scam that’s been making the rounds for a few weeks. Spokeswoman Beth Frady said the highway safety department does not send e-mail citations and the agency does not require online payments.

Red-Light Running Fines Help Elgin Install Speed Bumps
Elgin Courier (Texas), Dec. 27, 2016

Speeding in Elgin was made more difficult with the recent installation of speed calming devices. A total of 10 speed calming devices were installed last month at six locations in Elgin. … Funds for the project came from the city’s red-light camera fund.

Drivers Reminded of Red-Light Rules, Camera Program
Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), Dec. 26, 2016

Fayetteville is expected to soon have a total of 15 cameras at 13 intersections. The newest five have been planned for installation by the end of this year or early 2017. As for turning right on red, be sure to stop first. (WNCN-TV NBC 17/ATS image)

Boynton Wins Red-Light Camera Ruling, as Program Nears Close
Palm Beach Post (Florida), Dec. 21, 2016

It’s another win for Boynton Beach in the world of red-light cameras — but a loss for those who thought they weren’t going to have to pay their tickets. On Dec. 20, the city’s assistant attorney announced an appellate panel of Palm Beach County’s circuit judges overturned an April 2015 ruling that tossed more than 100 red-light tickets. … “For me personally, it just validates my position that this is not only an issue that promotes public safety, and it’s been proven time and time again to be constitutional,” Commissioner Justin Katz said. ( Beach Police image)


City Plan Commits to Zero Traffic Deaths, Injuries by 2030
Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri), Dec. 20, 2016

After nearly an hour of public comment and talk among members, the Columbia City Council voted to adopt a Vision Zero policy that commits to reducing the number of traffic deaths and serious injuries to zero by 2030. … The policy requires City Manager Mike Matthes to come back to the council with a Vision Zero implementation plan by April 30. Suggestions presented to the council included hiring a Vision Zero program manager, re-instating the Columbia Police Department traffic unit and using red-light or speed cameras.  (Columbia Daily Tribune image)



Issaquah Directs Speed Camera Funds to Traffic Safety, Education
Issaquah Reporter (Washington), Dec. 21, 2016

The Issaquah City Council unanimously voted to adopts its 2017 budget at the Dec. 19 regular meeting, as well as to create a School Zone Safety Revenue Fund. The special fund will ensure that revenues from speeding violations caught on camera will be dedicated toward education and safety related to traffic and mobility within the city.



Driver Nearly Hits Student Getting Off School Bus
KCRG-TV ABC 9 (Iowa), Dec. 21, 2016

A car was just inches away from hitting an Urbandale middle school student as she got off her bus and began to cross the street. District officials say the driver of the car either ignored or didn’t see the extended stop arm and flashing lights. They say this happens far too often.




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Automatic Tolling to Begin in Louisville, Southern Indiana (Kentucky), Dec. 28, 2016

Drivers traveling in Louisville and Southern Indiana need to prepare for the start of tolling on three Ohio River bridges. Tolling on the Louisville – Southern Indian Ohio River Bridges Project is scheduled to begin Friday, Dec. 30.

Verrazano Carpool Discount Will Continue Electronically
Staten Island Live (New York), Dec. 27, 2016

When the MTA switches to a cashless toll system next year, drivers taking advantage of the carpool plan for the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will use their E-ZPass tags in order to continue getting the discount. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiative, called open road tolling, will eliminate toll booth agents and will include sensors and cameras placed over the highway to read E-ZPass tags and take photos of license plates without requiring vehicles to stop and pay the toll. (Staten Island Advance image by Hilton Flores)

Traffic Increases on MoPac Express Toll Lanes
Community Impact Newspaper (Texas), Dec. 22, 2016 

Usage of the northbound MoPac express lane has steadily increased since it opened in October, according to data released by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. The Northwest Austin toll lane now sees between 18,000 and 19,000 transactions on a weekly basis. During its initial weeks of use, the lane had between 15,000 and 16,000 transactions. (Community Impact Newspaper image)



Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Are Helpful
The Tennessean, Dec. 29, 2016

I have a suggestion for solving the problem Beverly Bowman describes in her Dec. 22 letter (“Don’t run red lights”). Red-light cameras. These cameras have been effective in Kingsport. I, too, am appalled at the disregard of red lights in the Nashville area. We have learned better here in Kingsport.