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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 3

December 18th, 2014 Comments off

 

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Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy Holiday Season
Holiday time is travel time, and American Traffic Solutions urges everyone to exercise an extra measure of caution on the road during this hectic season. Drive carefully and enjoy this wonderful time of year. Road Safety Ink will return in the New Year after a two-week break in publication. Happy Holidays.

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Community Mourns Death of Teen Boarding School Bus
KYW-Radio 1060 AM/CBS Philly (Pennsylvania), Dec. 17, 2014

A 16-year-old girl was struck and killed by an SUV while she was walking to her school bus in Buck County Wednesday Morning. According to investigators, the school bus was stopped on the road with its flashing lights on. Police say the driver of a 1984 Ford Bronco ran through the signal and drove past the bus, hitting the teen, who was attempting to get on her school bus.

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Red-Light Runners Caught on Camera in Granite City
Belleville News-Democrat (Illinois), Dec. 16, 2014

Granite City Police Chief Richard E. Miller says the red-light safety camera at 27th Street and Madison Avenue has “virtually eliminated traffic crashes at that intersection, and it works in an unexpected way to slow down traffic on that whole thoroughfare.” The videos posted to the city’s Facebook page still get thousands of views in a matter of days. See related article at Belleville News-Democrat.

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Council’s Vote Moves Denver Toward Photo Enforcement Expansion
KDVR-TV FOX 31 (Colorado), Dec. 15, 2014

The Denver City Council took the first step Monday night to expand the red light and photo radar speed camera program in the city. The council gave initial approval to plans to extend the contract with the vendor by six months so city officials can examine the programs. The final vote on the measure will take place later. See related news from KCNC-TV CBS 4.

Bus Company Takes Steps to ID Driver Suspected of Running Red Light
CBC News (Canada), Dec. 15, 2014

The Toronto Transportation Commission confirms it is investigating a video posted online that appears to show one of its buses running a red light in Scarborough.

 

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Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Red-Light Safety Cameras
ABC News, Dec. 18, 2014

A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday again upheld use of traffic camera enforcement by the state’s municipalities, reversing a lower court after a year of legal setbacks for camera use. The Supreme Court justices ruled 4-3 to stick to its 2008 ruling in a challenge to Akron cameras that cities have “home-rule authority” to use the cameras to catch speeders and red-light runners. See related article from Northeast Ohio Media Group/Cleveland.com. (Photo by The Plain Dealer)

Glassboro Officials Say Red-Light Safety Cameras Increased Safety
South Jersey Times (New Jersey), Dec. 17, 2014

Many towns in New Jersey fought to keep the red-light safety camera program going, arguing the cameras have improved safety. Officials in Glassboro echoed that concern, even if they didn’t publicly lobby state legislators to keep the cameras on. Glassboro administrator Joseph Brigandi said, “Glassboro’s red-light safety camera was responsible for an 83.3 percent decrease in overall incidents at the intersection during the first year of operation alone.”

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Judge Shoots Down Lawsuit Challenging Cameras
New York Telegraph, Dec. 16, 2014

A Manhattan judge has put the brakes on a class-action lawsuit challenging the city’s red-light camera program. “Plaintiffs cannot assert in good faith that it is against equity and good conscience to allow a municipality to levy fines against individuals who drive through red lights and thus pose a danger to society,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Feed wrote in her decision released Monday.

City Re-Signs Contract for Red-Light Safety Cameras
Conroe Courier/YourHoustonNews (Texas), Dec. 16, 2014

The Willis City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday night to renew its current deal to keep the cameras in place at major intersections — pending the outcome of a petition. Council members approved the five-year agreement with American Traffic Solutions by a vote of 2-to-1, with one abstention.

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Red-Light Cameras to Remain at 3 Intersections in Gwinnett
WSB-Radio  750 AM 95.5 FM (Georgia), Dec. 16, 2014

Gwinnett commissioners voted Tuesday to renew the annual contract with American Traffic Solutions. Commission Chair Charlotte Nash, who was not at the Dec. 2 meeting, voted in favor. “It’s the right thing to do,” she said. (Gwinnett Daily Post photo by Kristi Reed)

Somerset County Official Open to Red-Light Cameras
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (New Jersey), Dec. 16, 2014

Although Somerset County towns didn’t participate in the state’s red-light camera pilot program, county principal traffic engineer Joe Fishinger said he wouldn’t discourage municipalities from joining the program if it is continued.

Lost Red-Light Running Revenue Not an Issue in Bergen County
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (New Jersey), Dec. 16, 2014

Officials in the two Bergen County towns with red-light cameras say they’re not worried about the revenue lost with the end of the red-light camera program Tuesday. “It’s a safety issue to me more than a monetary issue,” Englewood Cliffs Police Chief Michael Cioffi said. “I’m not worried about the money.”

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Brick Lost Nearly $1 Million with Early Camera Shut-Down Decision
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (New Jersey), Dec. 15, 2014

The township of Brick lost nearly $1 million in revenue by shutting off its red-light cameras earlier than the controversial program that ended Tuesday. (Daily Record photo by Thomas P. Costello)

Survey: Americans Support Red-Light Safety Cameras
FindLaw.com and PR Newswire, Dec. 15, 2014

Despite the controversy surrounding red-light safety cameras, a majority of Americans favor their use at intersections, according to a new survey from Findlaw.com, the most popular legal information website. The survey found that 56 percent of Americans support the use of red-light cameras, while 44 percent oppose them.

Pinellas County IDs Most Crash-Prone Intersections in Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Dec. 14, 2014

Pinellas County officials recently analyzed nearly 18,000 traffic accidents from 2012. Most of the country’s 106 traffic deaths that year — 58 percent of them — were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.

Crashes Feared as Red-Light Cameras Go
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Dec. 14, 2014

Red-light cameras that have flashed at wayward motorists for years at 38 Columbus intersections soon will come down. What happens after, though, worries the city. Right-angle crashes at city intersections equipped with red-light cameras dropped by about 73 percent through 2012 — the last year for which data were available — and the numbers are expected to return to their pre-camera levels after they’re removed, said George Speaks, director of the city’s Department of Public Safety.

 

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Student Faces Surgery for Multiple Injuries
Eagle-Tribune (Massachusetts), Dec. 17, 2014

A high school sophomore struck early Monday morning by a hit-and-run driver has a ruptured spleen, leg and arm fractures, a head injury and more and will be undergoing surgery this week. “The bottom line is, he is pretty banged up. And he is the oldest of five children, so there are four other kids affected here too,” said the teen’s grandmother. The student was in a Lowell Street crosswalk trying to get aboard a stopped school bus when he was struck by a full-size white pickup. See related coverage from School Transportation News.

3 Injured when SUV Rear-Ends School Bus
KHOU-TV CBS 11 (Texas), Dec. 17, 2014

According to the Santa Fe Police Department, a school bus picking up children was struck from behind by a silver SUV. Three people were injured.

School Bus Video Evidence Bill Advances in Canada
School Transportation News, Dec. 17, 2014

Legislation introduced last month in Canada would allow “photographs” from school bus camera systems to be used as evidence of illegal passing incidents at stops. The camera footage would demontrate to law enforcement that a vehicle and driver did not stop before reaching the school bus and then proceeded to pass the bus despite red lights flashing.

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Loveland Man Killed in Car Collision
KUSA-TV NBC 9 (Colorado), Dec. 15, 2014

A 78-year-old man died after his 1993 Dodge Dakota rear-ended a vehicle that was stopped for a northbound school bus.

Teen Dies After Pickup Rear-Ends Car Stopped for School Bus
Greenfield Reporter (Indiana), Dec. 13, 2014

Police say a 17-year-old boy has died from injuries sustained in a car crash. Police say the boy was riding in the back seat of a Nissan Altima that had stopped for a school bus in Sutton, Massachusetts, when it was struck from the rear by a Ford F-350 pickup truck driven by a 17-year-old whom police say was driving 45 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Driver Strikes Student Approaching School Bus
Time Warner Cable News (North Carolina), Dec. 13, 2014

An elderly man faces felony charges after hitting a high school student with his car. The school district said the student was walking toward her stopped school bus when she was hit. The driver told authorities he thought the bus’s flashing red-lights were a fire truck.

New Bus Cameras Prompt Warnings to Drivers in Georgia
WSB-Radio 750, 92.5 FM (Georgia), Dec. 12, 2014

Warnings are now being issued to motorists who fail to stop for school buses in Gwinnett County. … In this past week, authorities determined 65 percent of those vehicles caught on camera violated the law while 35 percent have not.

 

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that its red-light safety camera agreement with Gwinnett County, Georgia, has been renewed through 2015. ATS has been Gwinnett County’s road safety camera provider since 2010, although the county first began using red-light safety cameras in 2005. ATS is honored by the county’s decision to continue with its program.

 

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Matt O’Donnell @matt_odonnell BREAKING: Driver killed 15yr old girl trying to get on school bus in Bensalem. Police say driver ignored stop arm. http://buff.ly/1szM4bX

NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA More than 3.5 million drivers received a red-light violation in across the 20 states in 2013!  #StopOnRed

 

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Electronic Tolling Boosts Massachusetts’ Clean Air Goals
North Reading Patch, Dec. 17, 2014

Massachusetts is on pace to reach its greenhouse gas emission goals. The range of work in progress includes the removal of toll booths across the state, and replacing them with all-electric tolling, which will either work like an EZ-Pass or recognize driver’s license plates and send a bill. The upgraded toll booths are meant to reduce emissions by eliminating the need for drivers to stop and start at tolls.

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Plate Pass Fleet Toll Program Adds Georgia Peach Pass
Sys-Con Media, Dec. 16, 2014

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that PlatePass, the company’s fleet toll program, has added the state of Georgia to its nationwide coverage.

North Carolina Proposes I-77 Toll Lanes Near State Line
WCNC-TV NBC 36, Dec. 16, 2014

Drivers in the Lake Norman area aren’t the only ones who could have miles of tolls lanes. A nine-mile stretch of I-77 from I-485 to south of uptown to the state line is also on the state’s wish list for future managed lanes, according to North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Draft 10-year State Transportation Improvement Program. That means HOV, express or toll lanes.

 

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Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Save Precious Lives
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Dec. 14, 2014

It’s been more than 11 years since a red-light runner upended my life, yet it feels like yesterday. I was nine months pregnant in October 2003 when a driver ran a red light and killed my husband at an intersection near our home in Bradenton. My daughter has never heard her father’s laughter, felt his beautiful hug or squeezed his hand. Each day, we feel his absence in our lives and we miss him. I miss him. My husband’s death is a testament to the plain fact that red-light running kills people, and yet this dangerous practice continues.

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Editorial: Revisit Red-Light Safety Cameras
Reflector (North Carolina), Dec. 16, 2014

Crosswalks at Greenville’s busy intersections, as we pointed out in this space last month, are unsafe and need attention. One measure that could make crosswalks safer for pedestrians and motorists: installing red-light cameras.

Editorial: Correct Use of Speed Cameras Reduces Crashes
Newsday (New York), Dec. 13, 2014

In places where school-zone speed cameras have been used sensibly for a significant period, they have helped. In Mesa, Arizona, for instance, serious injury collisions in intersections monitored for speed declined by 35.5 percent between 2007 and 2011, and school-hour speeds at the monitored schools dropped by an average of more than 8 mph after cameras were deployed.

Editorial: There Is a Problem with Speeding Near Schools
Newsday (New York), Dec. 13, 2014

46,570 — That’s the number of tickets issued by Nassau County’s school-zone speed cameras to people exceeding the speed limit by more than 21 mph, in about three months. For drivers going 16 to 20 mph over the limit, 117,971 tickets were issued. And for those going 11 to 15 mph above the limit, 247,509 were issued. These figures from program administrator American Traffic Solutions prove there is a problem with speeding near schools that needs attention. A 74 percent drop-off in tickets over 14 weeks shows cameras do help change behavior.

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Letter to the Editor: Seitz’ Law Is Not the Answer
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Dec. 15, 2014

So Senator Bill Seitz got a “ticky-tacky ticket” (his words) for running a red light camera-controlled intersection. Rather than admit he broke the law (and got caught) he wants to do away with the law! I’ve seen some sore losers in my time but this beats them all! Judging by letters to the Dispatch it seems that a majority of Dispatch readers want to RETAIN the cameras. Why not put it up to a vote?

Letter: Cameras Put Safety in Focus
The Blade (Ohio), Dec. 13, 2014

I agree with your Nov. 29 editorial “Maintain traffic cameras.” Ohio should keep these cameras. Many traffic accidents happen because of speeding. Traffic cameras deter speeding. Instead of getting rid of these cameras, the state should improve the current ones’ efficiency.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras’ True Value Is Safety
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Dec. 12, 2014

I live in Columbus and watch drivers go through red lights daily, along with stop signs and yield signs. Human life is so important that I think cameras should be used at every required stopping point. It’s time we start thinking of lives rather than accommodating people’s radical driving habits.

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“Fear of the citation is what has caused a dramatic decline in the crashes. … It works to the principle of negative reinforcement. This program has been incredibly successful.”
George Speaks, Department of Public Safety Director for City of Columbus
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Dec. 15, 2014

“The red-light cameras are another tool in the traffic engineering tool box. I would like to use them where they’re applicable so I’d like to see the program continue in some form. Anything I can get to make my job easier, prevent crashes and litigate the various crashes, I would want to have at my disposal.”
Joe Fishinger, Somerset County Principal Traffic Engineer
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (New Jersey), Dec. 16, 2014

“It does improve driver behavior, and it’s carried over to other intersections where there aren’t red-light cameras. Instead of running that amber light to beat the red light, people are now stopping.”
Peter Brown, Linden Councilman
The Daily Journal (New Jersey), Dec. 16, 2014

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At the red-light camera intersection of Sylvan and Palisades avenues in Englewood Cliffs, crashes and tickets have decreased over time. There were 30 collisions at the intersection in the year before cameras were installed. In the year after, from June 2012 through May 2013, the number dropped to 23. It then fell to 12 the following year. The number of tickets issued also decreased, from 17,688 in year one to 9,170 in year two. Source: NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, Dec. 16, 2014.

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Plans Advance to Install Cameras on School Buses in Virginia District
WTVR-TV CBS 6 (Virginia), Dec. 9, 2014

The plan to install video cameras on Chesterfield school buses to deter drivers from illegally passing buses is now in the hands of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. On Tuesday, the Chesterfield School Board voted unanimously to ask county supervisors to pass an ordinance that would make it possible for the school district to install an automated stop arm enforcement camera system on 20 percent of the district’s school bus fleet.

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Newark Mayor Says Red-Light Camera Program Should Continue
WABC-TV ABC 7 (New York), Dec. 5, 2014

Northern New Jersey officials are calling for the continuation of cameras that snap photos and result in tickets for drivers who run red lights. The officials want to keep the program because they say it cuts crashes.

 

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Mom Killed Crossing Street Toward School Bus with Son
WIS-TV Channel 10 (Georgia), Dec. 10, 2014

A woman is dead after she and her child were struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning in DeKalb County. No charges are filed, but the DeKalb County School’s officers are investigating, since the mother and son were walking toward a school bus when the utility truck struck them. They want to make sure the bus was properly positioned in the roadway as it was stopped.

2 Students Slightly Injured in School Bus Collision
Lufkin Daily News (Texas), Dec.  8, 2014

Two students were slightly injured when a Lufkin school bus was hit from the rear Monday morning on East Denman Avenue at Esther Street. Bus driver Angela Jones had her caution lights on as she prepared to stop and was hit from the rear by the older model Monte Carlo, according to Wayne Grisson, Lufkin ISD transportation director.

 

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Spokane to Test Speed Cameras in School Zones
The Spokesman-Review (Washington), Dec. 11, 2014

Cameras used to snare red-light runners will now be used to nab school zone speeders. Children who walk or bike to Longfellow, Finch and Stevens elementary schools may have a safer route next year as the city works to launch a camera pilot program that has been shown to drastically reduce speeds near schools in other Washington cities. The Seattle Times photo by Ellen M. Banner.

Bowie Adds 8th Speed Camera to City
The Gazette (Maryland), Dec. 10, 2014

A new speed camera coming to Bowie promises to make the community safer — and not just by slowing down drivers. Revenues from Bowie speed camera fines, which are put toward public safety efforts in the city, have been dwindling since hitting a high of around $1.7 million in 2012. As of Nov. 30, revenues were around $600,000 this year, which means the cameras have been effective in reducing driver speed and increasing caution, according to Bowie Police Chief John Nesky. “The program is doing exactly what we wanted it to do. When you see the numbers going down, it’s a good thing,” he said.

Boy Injured by Car Near School
Grand Forks Herald (Minnesota), Dec. 9, 2014

A 12-year-old boy suffered minor injuries after he was struck by a vehicle in front of Discovery Middle School in Alexandria on Monday. Police said it appears that the boy was running across the road and came out from behind a school bus. He ran into the northbound lane and was struck by a 2002 GMC Envoy. The boy suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital.

Photo Radar Starts in Saskatchewan
Global News (Canada), Dec. 8, 2014

Smile! You’re on photo radar starting today as Saskatchewan Government Insurance has cameras operational at high-speed photo enforcement areas. The two-year pilot project gets underway Monday.

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School-Zone Speed Violations Down 70%
Newsday (New York), Dec. 5, 2014

Drivers perplexed by Nassau County’s school zone speed cameras were among the first to hear last week that violations have fallen by 70 percent since the program began in September. … “You can see it yourself,” David Rich, the agency’s deputy executive director, said in noting the decrease. “The program is working.” Rockville Centre Herald photo by Christina Daly.

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Police Credit Man for Out-Thinking Phone Scammer
The Oregonian (Oregon), Dec. 10, 2014

Beaverton Police are warning residents of a phone scam related to photo enforcement tickets. A man told police he received a phone call from a caller claiming to be with the city, and asking for payment on an overdue ticket. The man requested a case or citation number from the caller, who then hung up. Police credit the man for asking questions and not falling for the scam. Police remind residents that government agencies do not telephone people asking for payment.

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Sponsor of Bill Killing Intersection Cameras Rolls Through Red-Light
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Dec. 9, 2014

The sponsor of a bill to effectively ban photo traffic enforcement in Ohio was himself nabbed by one of Columbus’ unblinking red-light cameras. As a result of the video, Sen. Bill Seitz received a traffic-camera citation on Nov. 13, 2009 for a rolling right turn on red at Fourth and Town streets Downtown.

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Legislators Debate Merit of Red-Light Camera Program
The Trentonian (New Jersey), Dec. 9, 2014

A new bill, introduced in the Assembly by three Essex County Democrats, aims to extend the use of red-light cameras past the Dec. 16 expiration date. The legislation introduced by Grace Spencer, Ralph Caputo and Eliana Pintor-Marin last week, seeks to continue the program indefinitely, and update the cameras to also monitor other moving violations such as cutting off pedestrians in the crosswalks. Daily Record photo by Jason Towlen.

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Camera Catches Employee Driving Car; Auto Shop Refunds Family
KATU.com (Oregon), Dec. 9, 2014

Two days after the On Your Side Investigators revealed an auto body shop foreman took a customer’s car for a 3 a.m. ride, the shop provided the family a full refund for the $2,300 in services they provided. Earlier, the shop contacted the customer to say she would be receiving a ticket, but when the red-light running ticket arrived a day later with a photo of two strangers in the car, the customer was stunned to see the time of the incident was 2:59 a.m. See related coverage from WLS-TV ABC 7.

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Fayetteville Selects ATS as Red-Light Camera Program Vendor
Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), Dec. 7, 2014

Fayetteville has chosen American Traffic Solutions of Tempe, Arizona, to run its new red-light camera system next year. Plans are to activate the cameras July 1, 2015. The city has not decided yet which intersections will get the cameras. The program is intended to reduce T-bone type car crashes by discouraging drivers from running red lights. StarNews Online photo by Paul Stephen.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  DYK how red-light safety cameras work? Check out our How it Works video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9112EBCI3-I…  #StopOnRed

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Free Trials on I-95 Express Toll Lanes Reveal No Problems
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), Dec. 8, 2014

The opening of new express toll lanes on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore — free to try this first week — went off without any major problems this weekend, attracting more than 30,000 users on Saturday, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. The tolled lanes, which operate electronically and without toll booth facilities, are part of a broader $1.1 billion redesign project for the corridor.

Tolling Considered for Proposed Arizona North-South Highway
KJZZ-Radio 91.5 FM, Dec. 8, 2014

Relief could be on the way for people stuck in traffic jams on Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson, if you don’t mind waiting a few decades. The state is reviewing plans to build a highway in Pinal County that could reduce travel times between Arizona’s two largest cities. … The state could get federal money for the project, but Arizona Department of Transportation also is considering a public/private partnership, or it could be a toll road, if it’s built.

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Commentary: If Nassau’s Speed Camera Program Is Working, Let it Keep Working
Tri-State Transportation Campaign (New York), Dec. 5, 2014

Since Nassau County’s school zone speed camera program wen into effect, there has been a 70 percent decline in violations. County Executive Ed Mangano’s spokesman Brian Nevins acknowledged that this decline in violations is indicative of a “dramatic change in driving habits,” saying “This program has increased student safety and potentially saved lives.”

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Letter to the Editor: Protecting Our Kids
The Caswell Messenger (North Carolina), Dec. 9, 2014

Doing what is right by our schools and children is one of my top priorities as Attorney General. That’s why I’m pushing to install cameras on the extended stop signs of school buses.

Letter: At Intersections, Yellow Lights Mean ‘Stop’
Daily Record (New Jersey), Dec. 7, 2014

Too many motorists speed up and try to beat the light at an intersection, rather than stop when the light turns yellow. At intersections where this occurs frequently, red light cameras can be helpful in correcting motorists’ erroneous behavior.

 

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“Passing this bill that would ban life-saving technology at the 11th hour during lame-duck session is not what the residents of this state deserve. Any reform bill considered by this legislation should be just that, a reform  bill. Senate Bill 342 is an effective ban on traffic safety cameras that is being sold as reform.”
Brent Mull, Columbus Police Lieutenant
The Blade (Ohio), Dec. 10, 2014

“I want to know what about the rights of my daughter to live? Nobody worries about that, they worry about the guy who killed her. What about the rights of my daughter to raise her kids, to be a teacher. That was taken away from her. And every time somebody gets killed (in a red-light crash) their rights get taken away.”
Paul Oberhauser, whose 21-year-old daughter was killed by a red-light runner in 2002 near Oxford Ohio
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Dec. 9, 2014

“We are seeing a change in driver behavior through the diminishing issuance of summonses.”
Richard Krawczun, Lawrence Township Manager
The Trentonian (New Jersey), Dec. 9, 2014

 

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With school zone speed safety cameras in place, speeds decreased by 30 percent in Bellevue during the first year of using school zone cameras, Issaquah saw a 24 percent decrease and Lynnwood had an 82 percent decrease in speed. Source: The Spokesman-Review, Dec. 11, 2014.

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Red-Light Safety Camera Images a Part of Hit-and-Run Investigation
WSFA-TV NBC 12 (Alabama), Dec. 2, 2014

Montgomery police have made an arrest in a hit-and-run crash that injured a 10-year-old boy and his cousin. See related coverage from AL.com.

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Albany Police Present Red-Light Camera Program to Public
WXXA-TV FOX 23 (New York), Dec. 2, 2014

There were a lot of questions and a lot of hope expressed at the Albany Police Department’s second meeting about the city’s future red-light camera program. Most of the attendees left feeling better about the project. See related coverage from Times Union and WNYT-TV NBC 13. (Times Union photo by Lori Van Buren)

 

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Senior Drivers Support Stricter Traffic Laws
The Marion Star (Ohio), Dec. 3, 2014

According to a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report released this week, the majority of American seniors in the survey support the use of speed cameras in residential and urban areas, while more than 65 percent also support using red-light cameras. See AAA report. (USDOT photo)

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Fight for Red-Light Safety Cameras Begins in Newark
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (New Jersey), Dec. 3, 2014

With New Jersey’s 73 red-light cameras set to go dark in just two weeks, the mayor of the cash-strapped city of Newark and a group of lawmakers who represent it are planning a fight to resurrect them. (South Jersey Times photo)

Driver Runs Red Light, Collides with School Bus
KBOI-TV Channel 2 (Idaho), Dec. 3, 2014

Boise police have cited a 57-year-old man for running a red light and crashing into a school bus full of children. The SUV hit the bus near the entry stairs. Police cited the driver with a $90 citation for running the red light. No injuries were reported.

Portland Council’s Legislative Agenda Supports More Photo Radar
The Oregonian (Oregon), Dec. 2, 2014

Photo radar at fixed locations, not just in roving vans is among the notable items on the Portland City Council’s legislative agenda under discussion. The push isn’t about writing speeding tickets with fines, officials argue. By targeting speeding on high-crash corridors, the city hopes to cut the number of crashes, which would have “immediate positive outcomes for our community.”

 

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County Wants Higher Fines for Passing Stopped School Buses
The Gazette (Maryland), Dec. 3, 2014

Montgomery County has issued more than 800 tickets this year to drivers accused of passing a stopped school bus, and local lawmakers hope a stiffer penalty will deter future violations.  Under state law, the maximum penalty allowed is $250 per offense. However, the court which hears these cases has set the fine at $125. The county uses cameras on school buses to catch people who drive past the bus while its stop arm is extended and red lights flashing. (Montgomery Community Media photo)

Michigan Boy Injured after Pickup Hits School Bus
Detroit Free Press, Dec. 2, 2014

Police say a 13-year-old was injured when a school bus was hit by a pickup truck in the northeastern Lower Peninsula. The student, who was getting on the bus at the time, had what were described as minor injuries.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety RT! Yikes! Red-light runner in Orange Park, FL almost hits a bicyclist! @OPPoliceDept‘s RLSC’s want you to … http://youtu.be/niA9cBZQQ3Q?a

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety RT! Total Crashes have Decreased @ NJ intersections w/red-light safety cameras. Get the facts!

 

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ATS’ Social Media Following Continues to Grow
Cision.com, Dec. 4, 2014

American Traffic Solutions is commemorating its social media milestones with a video message thanking its followers for helping spread its mission of “making life safer and easier on the road ahead.” This week, ATS reached 2 million views on YouTube, 75,000 likes on Facebook and nearly 20,000 followers on Twitter. View video message.

 

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Expressway Toughens Efforts to Catch Toll Cheaters
Press of Atlantic City (New Jersey), Dec. 4, 2014

You pull up to one of those toll plazas on the Atlantic City Expressway that has only the exact-change machines and suddenly a voice inside you grows stronger and stronger. “Don’t pay the toll,” it urges. No toll collectors are around, so no one will even notice, right? Well, as powerful as that temptation may be, the folks at the expressway have a few words of advice: Don’t do it. We’re watching you. (Press of Atlantic City photo by Vernon Ogrodnek)

County Designates Tax Zone for Toll 49
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas), Dec. 2, 2014

Smith County commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday creating a Transportation Reinvestment Zone to capture property tax revenue from growth along Toll 49. The Transportation Reinvestment Zone would collect property valuation increases from development within a two-mile corridor (one mile in each direction from the center line) along the toll road. A percentage of revenue could go to the mobility authority, which would leverage the tax money to borrow and build additional Toll 49 segments. See related coverage from Tyler Morning Telegraph.

 

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Editorial: Don’t Do Away with Red-Light Cameras
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Dec. 1, 2014

Red-light cameras are a proven, cost-effective way to enforce traffic laws at intersections that are prone to accidents. They spare innocent people from injury and death at the hands of drivers who are inclined to blow through a red light if they think they won’t be caught. It’s galling that a number of state legislators from both parties appear to be putting the complaints of lawbreakers ahead of concern for the majority of their constituents who are law-abiding and who deserve protection.

Editorial: If Cameras Are Needed for Bus Safety, Bring Them On
Citizen Times (North Carolina), Nov. 30, 2014

If cameras will get drivers to refrain from passing stopped school buses, then let’s put them on all the buses. … The General Assembly ought to approve some version of Attorney General Roy Cooper’s plan. It also should authorize a publicity campaign to get the word out that passing a stopped school bus is not only a bad idea that could cost a child’s life but an illegal act.

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Letter to the Editor: Enforcement Always Wanted for Others
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), Dec. 2, 2014

Red-light cameras — seems as if there has been no end of controversy since they were installed. Bottom line: They save lives. The ones who don’t want them are probably the ones who run the light and resent paying the fine. Polls have shown that when people are asked if they want law enforcement; speed, red lights, etc., they invariably say yes. But what they really mean is that they want it enforced for the other drivers.

Letter: Keep Red-Light Cameras for Safety’s Sake
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), Nov. 27, 2014

Most drivers in New Jersey are safe drivers. And the new law giving pedestrians the right of way has greatly increased their level of politeness. But a few are a danger to the rest and those who run red lights are the worst. … The only way to get their attention is to make it cost them.

 

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In 2007, 90 crashes occurred at the city of Springfield’s 10 intersections with red-light cameras, according to statistics provided by the city. In 2012, the number dropped to 48 crashes or a 47 percent reduction. Source: Dayton Daily News, Dec. 3, 2014.

The city of Trotwood, has seen a 30 to 40 percent reduction in crashes in the nine years red-light safety cameras have been in use. Source: Dayton Daily News, Dec. 3, 2014.

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Happy Thanksgiving from ATS

Nearly one in seven Americans will be traveling 50 miles or farther this Thanksgiving Holiday, and 41 million of them will do so on the road. American Traffic Solutions encourages drivers to extend courtesy and caution to their fellow travelers so that everyone may reach their destination safely. Have a wonderful and warm Thanksgiving.

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New York City Takes on Traffic Fatalities
PBS Newshour (Virginia), Nov. 24, 2014

A remarkable amount of the time, all these buses and taxis, cars and bicycles, joggers and walkers, manage to coexist on the streets of New York, but when something goes wrong, it can be horrible, leaving families devastated. (PBS Newshour image)

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News Investigators Find Drivers Fail to Stop for School Buses
KAIT-TV ABC 8 (Arkansas), Nov. 24, 2014

When the lights are flashing on a school bus, drivers are supposed to stop; but, bus drivers say that doesn’t always happen. Chances are they will get away with it. In a Region 8 News investigation, we used our cameras to catch these lawbreakers.

 

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Linden Officials: Let Towns Decide Future Use of Red-Light Cameras
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (New Jersey), Nov. 25, 2014

The state’s red-light camera program should be extended for another two years and it should be the towns, and not the state, who make the final decision if the cameras stay or are shut down, Linden officials said. See related article from NJ Advance Media here(NJ Advance Media photo by Larry Higgs)

National Coalition Urges Drivers to be Safe on Thanksgiving
KWES-TV Channel 9 (Texas), Nov. 24, 2014

Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest weekends for American roadways. Millions of people will be traveling long distances to celebrate the holiday with family and friends, leading to an increase in distractions, drowsiness and risky driving. According to NCSR’s Safer Roads Report 2014: Trends in Red-Light Running, there were 31,790 reported red-light violations during the Thanksgiving holiday period last year, leaving intersections across the U.S. at higher risk for vehicle collisions. View report here.

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Suffolk Red-Light Camera Revenue Up, Injury Crashes Drop
Newsday (New York), Nov. 22, 2014

Revenue from Suffolk County’s red-light camera program jumped nearly 80 percent in 2013 to more than $17 million, as the county added new intersections to the program and a $30 fee to tickets, according to a county report. The number of accidents at the 100 intersections with cameras declined an average 5.4 percent, compared with the 12 months before the cameras were installed. Accidents involving injuries dropped 10.6 percent, while side-impact collisions fell 30 percent. (Newsday photo by Heather Walsh)

Police: Red-Light Running Collision Kills 2 in Passing Car
WTSP-TV CBS 10 (Florida), Nov. 20, 2014

A 16-year-old driver ran a red light early Thursday and struck another car, killing both occupants of the other vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

 

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Stop-Arm Cameras to Go on Some Rolling Meadows School Buses
Chicago Tribune (Illinois), Nov. 24, 2014

Rolling Meadows is expanding camera enforcement on the roads beyond red lights, as five school buses will be equipped with cameras on the stop signs that activate when stopped to pick up children. Fines will be between $150 to $500. (Chicago Tribune photo by Stacey Wescott)

Should Cameras Be Used to Enforce Bus Laws?
Citizen-Times (North Carolina), Nov. 24, 2014

During the two and  a half years state trooper Kelly Rhodes drove a school bus when he was a high school student in the early 1980s, he says there wasn’t a single time when someone passed his bus when the stop sign was deployed. But today, Rhodes said drivers are “texting, they’re fiddling with the radio, dealing with their kids” — and sailing right past stopped school buses. A statewide survey indicates that a typical school bus in North Carolina is passed illegally about once a week. State Attorney General Roy Cooper is pushing a plan he hopes would mean drivers will either pay attention to the law when approaching a stopped school bus or pay a fine.

City School Buses Add Cameras; Advocate Driver Safety
The Marion Star (Ohio), Nov. 22, 2014

Police officers and school officials hope a little extra technology will help keep kids safer heading to and coming home from school. Marion City School buses have added a camera on the outside of the bus to catch drivers running the blinking red light.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety VIDEO: Whoa! A red-light runner in Knoxville, TN nearly hit a group of #pedestrians in the crosswalk. RT to … http//youtu.be/g8HDoa6V5Xw?a

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety RT! Red-light running is a dangerous problem. #StopOnRed Learn more: http://www.ranaredlight.us

 

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Despite Driver Ire, HOT Lanes More Popular than Ever
WSB-TV Channel 2 (Georgia), Nov. 24, 2014

Toll lanes that aim to speed up the morning commute have been more popular than the state had imagined. … Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority Executive Director Chris Tomlinson said more and more drivers are picking to pay to use the express lane. (WSB-TV Channel 2 graphic)

Toll Roads More Attractive on Lower Gas Prices
Reuters (New York), Nov. 20, 2014

Toll roads are becoming a more attractive investment as lower energy prices provide a greater incentive for drivers to use their cars and boost the use of toll roads, Gregory Serbe, portfolio manager at municipal bond specialist firm Lebenthal Asset Management, said last week.

 

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Letter to the Editor: Vote Ignored Public Safety
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Nov. 24, 2014

Sen. Bill Seitz, along with a majority of Ohio Senators, passed a bill Wednesday that would effectively ban the use of red-light cameras in Ohio. Apparently all those angry drivers who ran red lights and got tickets called their representatives and complained. Bummer that the thousands of us who didn’t run red lights forgot to call and remind Seitz that we like staying alive when driving through intersections more than we mind a camera enforcing traffic law.

Letter: Too Many Drivers Are Threat to Pedestrians
Democrat & Chronicle (New York), Nov. 24, 2014

Bravo to the Rochester City Council for not backing down on the use of red-light cameras. As an avid walker, I know how dangerous it is out there! There have been numerous times when I have almost been hit by vehicles that were charging into the crosswalk when the sign clearly said “Walk.”

 

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“People are driving differently, they’re driving safer.”
Harry Earle, Police Chief of Gloucester Township Police Department, New Jersey
KYW-TV (Pennsylvania), Nov. 24, 2014

“When our program first launched we were issuing 2,000 red-light citations a month — and now two years later the number hovers around 600. These figures serve as significant signs the program is working as intended. Drivers are slowing down and acting more cautiously. This conscious state of driving undoubtedly saves lives and prevents injuries.”
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NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, Nov. 24, 2014

“It happens all the time, unfortunately. It’s very dangerous and it frustrates our drivers because the safety of their kids is so important to them.”
Sue Tripp, Transportation Coordinator for Asheville City Schools, North Carolina
Citizen-Times, Nov. 24, 2014

“These buses are built tough and they do a good job of protecting kids. It’s when they get off and on the bus is when we have a problem.”
Joe Hough, Transportation Director for Buncombe County Schools, North Carolina
Citizen-Times, Nov. 24, 2014

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In Suffolk County, the number of accidents at the 100 intersections with cameras declined an average of 5.4 percent, compared with the 12 months before the cameras were installed, according to a report by the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency. Accidents involving injuries dropped 10.6 percent, while side-impact collisions fell 30 percent. Source: Newsday, Nov. 22, 2014.

Moody’s Investors Service last week forecast median traffic growth of 1-2 percent for the 44 toll roads it rates next year, in line with 2014. Source: Reuters, Nov. 20, 2014.

 

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Sparks Fly Before, During and After Red-Light Running Incident
OneNewsPage/AutoEvolution, Nov. 19, 2014

We’ve had our fair share of red-light running sights and yet nothing can prepare one for what happens in this video, which shows a woman making her own green in Newark while driving her car on the rim. (AutoEvolution.com image)

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Red-Light Camera Captures Close Call
WJXT-TV Channel 4 (Florida), Nov. 18, 2014

New video from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office offered evidence of how important it is to “respect the red.” One of the city’s red-light cameras captures a near-hit on the Westside at 103rd Street and Ricker Road, when a driver runs the red-light nearly two seconds after it turned red.

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Crashes Increase after Collier County Ends Camera Program
WBBH-TV NBC 2, Nov. 13, 2014

An exclusive NBC 2 investigation into red-light cameras answers whether roads were safer in Collier County during the program. The cameras were in place for 47 months before being removed and at the time, the majority of commissioners said there was no proof they made streets safer. We found that on average there were 10 more accidents a month after the cameras were removed; than when they were in place.

 

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Illinois Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Red-Light Cameras
Chicago Tribune, Nov. 20, 2014

The state Supreme Court today dismissed a challenge to a Chicago’s red-light camera program after two judges recused themselves and the rest of the court declared it was divided. … The lawsuit contending the Chicago red-light program was illegally enacted had been rejected by a state appeals court previously. (Chicago Tribune photo by Chris Sweda)

Councilor Interested in Camera Program Seeks City Attorney’s Opinion
Tulsa World (Oklahoma), Nov. 19, 2014

City Councilor G. T. Bynum said he plans to ask the city attorney to provide a legal opinion on whether the city has the authority to use cameras to prosecute traffic-light violators. … “If the city attorney says it is not a viable option, then the discussion is over and we move on, but if the city attorney says it is a legal option, then that triggers a whole public discussion process,” Bynum said. The issue is on the city council’s agenda for Thursday.

Killeen Turns Up Enforcement on Red-Light Running Scofflaws
Killeen Daily Herald (Texas), Nov. 19, 2014

With Mayor Scott Cosper’s affirmative vote, the deadlocked Killeen City Council on Tuesday narrowly approved an enforcement measure for drivers who receive citations from red-light cameras throughout the city. Now, a hold will be placed on a violator’s vehicle registration if the violator doesn’t pay a citation from the city’s red-light camera program.

Oldsmar Retains Red-Light Cameras
WTSP-TV CBS 10 (Florida), Nov. 18, 2014

Oldsmar’s City Council decided against making any changes to its red-light camera program, despite a recent court ruling that indicated the ticket-writing process is currently illegal. Four out of five council members decided against following the lead of some South Florida communities that have suspended their programs until the legal challenges are sorted out.

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Murfreesboro Council Approves Red-Light Camera Pact
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), Nov. 14, 2014

Red-light safety cameras will remain in place at six intersections for a least another year, the Murfreesboro City Council decided by a 5-1 vote last week. Police Chief Glenn Chrisman said the program is reducing crashes. (Daily News Journal photo by Jim Davis)

 

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Drivers Not Letting Children Cross for School Bus
KPVI-TV NBC 6 (Idaho), Nov. 20, 2014

School bus drivers with the Pocatello-Chubbuck school district say they’re having issues with people driving past buses with the stop-arm out. It’s the second district to say they’re having problems. (KPVI-TV NBC 6 photo by Deanne Coffin)

Pilot Program Catches 5 Violations Per Bus Per Week
Metro News (Canada), Nov. 19, 2014

The Winnipeg-based inventor of a camera used to catch drivers illegally passing school buses says motorists in his home province are among the country’s worst offenders.

Panel Wants Cameras on School Buses to Curb Illegal Passing
Robesonian.com (North Carolina), Nov. 18, 2014

A panel of lawmakers, safety advocates and health professionals on Monday backed a proposal to attach more cameras to school buses to prevent child injuries and deaths from passing cars. Under the plan, the legislature would give the state’s 115 school districts the option to contract with firms to install cameras that take pictures of the license plates of cars that illegally pass the school bus.

Student Hurt in Pickup-School Bus Collision
The Republic/Associated Press (Indiana), Nov. 18, 2014

A pickup truck has crashed into a school bus injuring one student and the driver of the pickup. Police say the pickup hit the back of the school bus Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Route 7 in Milton, Vermont. Witnesses tell police that the bus was stopped with its red lights flashing at the time of the crash. The driver was preparing to let a few students off.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety FACT: Rear-End Crashes Decrease at NJ RLSC intersections. #StopOnRed  Learn more http://www.atsol.com/newjersey-facts

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Have you seen this vehicle? @FLHSMV looking for man who ran a red light & fled scene. Call 239-938-1800 w/info: http://www.bradenton.com/2014/11/18/5481931_1-hurt-in-hit-and-run-crash-in.html?rh=1

Social N Houston @SocialInHouston HPD: Driver arrested after running red light, leading police on chase: A driver is behind bars after a routine… http://bit.ly/1qsfHk5

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  Must See! Scary Collision Caught by Red-Light Safety Cameras in Laurel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEEAbP… please, #StopOnRed

 

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Toll Operators Find Solutions to Serve Unbanked Customers
Toll Roads News, Nov. 18, 2014

As toll operators around the country shift toward automated electronic tolling or seek to expand the use of toll tags, they are creating new payment pathways for their unbanked customers — those without credit cards or basic bank accounts. Operators have adopted two main approaches to enable unbanked customers to pay their tolls: electronic terminals and prepaid cards. These solutions aren’t mutually exclusive and some operators use a mixture of both.

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U.S. Roads Can’t Match French Highways Paved by Tolls
Bloomberg (New York), Nov. 18, 2014

For seven weeks this fall, asphalt pavers worked nights and weekends to renovate the motorway near Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport. By Oct. 31, they had wrapped up the work on schedule, and traffic now flows along the four mile stretch of highway. A few miles to the north lies the source of funding for the project — and the reason France’s autoroutes are in better shape than most of the U.S. network: a toll booth. Drivers must pay to use 78 percent of major French highways, compared with about 3 percent of the National Highway System in the U.S. (Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP via Getty Images)

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Drivers Still Suspicious about HOT Lanes
The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.), Nov. 18, 2014

Q: We have been told that tolls were adjusted upward as vehicle density on the 495 Express Lanes increased. It appears that the tolls are being increased instead to increase revenue.
A: Gouging doesn’t occur just because the price is high. You can walk away from a high price. Gouging occurs where you have no alternative but to pay the high price because you have no other way to obtain the goods or services. A driver approaching the express lanes sees the price and knows there’s an alternative. It’s not just a lower price alternative. It’s free. (The Washington Post photo by Robert Thomson)

 

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Commentary: A Matter of Public Health
The Herald Sun (North Carolina), Nov. 18, 2014

A proposal before a General Assembly study panel that would attach cameras to school buses to catch drivers who flout the law about not passing stopped buses raises two questions: Why do we need a law to enforce what is common sense, and should be common courtesy? And do we really want more cameras, hidden or otherwise, watching us? The answer to both questions is an unfortunate yes, and reminds us of Benjamin Franklin’s often cited quote about the long-term dangers of sacrificing freedom for security. Drivers who refuse to stop for school buses are causing a major public health problem.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Apply Impartial Enforcement
The Daily Journal (New Jersey), Nov. 18, 2014

Those mounted traffic cameras now perched above Garden State intersections may in the near future be shut off … though well-founded statistics point to a significant reduction of intersection accidents after a short-driver adjustment period, there, nevertheless, are those who seek to return to the old system.

 

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“One of the traffic laws is to stop for school buses while they’re loading and unloading students and if you violate that then you’re creating a very dangerous situation for the students we’re transporting.”
Craig Leiby, Transportation Coordinator for Pocatello-Chubbuck School District, Idaho
KPVI-TV NBC 6 (Idaho), Nov. 20, 2014

“A rule, or law, that is not enforced is most likely not going to be obeyed, especially with time, once people learn it’s not going to be enforced. It gets back to the heart of the issue, which is that if we enforce it, then we’re going to get compliance. If we get compliance, then we’ll get safer streets.”
Jerris Mapes, Assistant City Attorney for the city of Killeen, Texas
Killeen Daily Herald (Texas), Nov. 19, 2014

 

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After red-light safety cameras were removed in Collier County, traffic crashes increased by an average of 10 a month. In total, 16 of 21 crash and injury categories tracked by the county went up since the cameras were shut off. The cameras were in place for 47 months. The results compare crash reports from the 18 months since the cameras were shut off. Source: WBBH-TV NBC 2, Nov. 13, 2014.

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Columbus saw a 73 percent reduction in red-light crashes through 2012 at intersections equipped with red-light safety cameras. Source: The Columbus Dispatch, Nov. 19, 2014.

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The city of Murfreesboro has seen a 52.8 percent reduction in crashes at all signalized intersections since 2007-08 before starting the red-light safety camera enforcement program, according to Police Chief Glenn Chrisman. Source: Daily News Journal, Nov. 14, 2014.