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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 13

June 22nd, 2017 Comments off


N.Y. Assembly Passes Bill to Expand School Zone Speed Cameras
News Release, June 21, 2017

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Deborah Glick today announced the passage of a measure to expand the school zone speed camera program in the City of New York. … The bill would increase the current cap on the number of authorized speed camera zones in the City of New York from 140 to 290 and authorize the phase-in of any of the additional cameras at the rate of 50 per year over three years. (Times Beacon Record image by Elana Glowatz)


Pols, Advocates Push for More Speed Cameras
Queens Chronicle (New York), June 15, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg earlier this month joined the call to more than double the number of speed cameras in school zones. “There is a piece of legislation that simply says since speed cameras around schools have been working and saving lives — saving children’s lives — we should have them around more schools,” de Blasio said at a rally in front of City Hall. “Isn’t that the simplest thing you’ve heard in a long time?” See additional coverage at NYC.gov and related research study here. (NYC.gov image)

 


Apopka Approves Red-Light Cameras for 5 Additional Years
WFTV-TV ABC 9 (Florida), June 22, 2017

By a vote of 3-2, the Apopka City Council voted Wednesday to extend its contract for red-light cameras for another five years. The vote was taken during a council meeting Wednesday after dozens of drivers showed up to speak against keeping red-light cameras in the city. (WFTV-TV ABC 9 image)

Crash with Injury to Child Blamed on Red-Light Runner
WTVD-TV ABC 11 (North Carolina), June 14, 2017

Police suspect a red-light runner is to blame for a June 13 crash that sent a 3-year-old to the hospital with critical injuries. Fayetteville police have not said which driver is responsible for running the light, but are urging all drivers to take precaution when approaching intersections.

 

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New Port Richey Adds 2 Years to Red-Light Camera Program
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), June 21, 2017

A year after the City Council teetered on pulling the plug on the program and extended it for just one year on a split vote, there was less debate this week as council members voted 4-1 in favor of a two-year extension. The vote came after a plea by New Port Richey Police Chief Kim Bogart to keep the cameras. (The Tampa Tribune image by Jay Conner)


Traffic Management Market Expected to Grow
PRNewswire, June 16, 2017 

Research and Markets, the world’s largest market research store, expects the traffic management market to grow from $22 billion in 2017 to more than $59 billion by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate of 21 percent. High demographic growth and hyperurbanization in developing countries and government initiatives for traffic management are some of the driving forces for this market. (The Columbus Dispatch image by Barbara J. Perenic)


Red-Light Cameras May be Back
The Glendale Star (Arizona), June 15, 2017

Glendale drivers, take note: The city is researching the installation of red-light cameras in the future. The city council heard an update fro Police Chief Rick St. John at the June 6 workshop about photo enforcement, then gave the chief the go-ahead to pursue a red-light running study at select intersections.

 


Bills Increase Penalties for Illegally Passing School Buses
Watertown Daily News (New York), June 16, 2017

State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie wants to crack down on those who illegally pass stopped school buses, after a survey turned up hundreds of such cases in just a few days. The results showed 577 passing violations in three counties between March 13 and 17. Ritchie released the results after a series of school bus-related bills she sponsored passed the Senate. (WHEC-TV image)

Dirt Bike Runs Over Child Leaving School Bus, Flees Scene
The News Journal/Delaware Online, June 16, 2017

Wilmington Police are asking the public to help identify a dirt bike operator who ran over a child getting off a school bus last month. The child was injured in the collision on May 24. The collision occurred as the dirt bike rider passed the stopped school bus and struck the child who had just exited, police said. The motorcyclist then fled the scene.

Drivers Pass Stopped School Buses, Put Children at Risk
Cision News Wire, June 12, 2017

Children entering and leaving their school buses remain at risk from vehicles that illegally pass stopped buses in the Longwood Central School District, according to results from a school bus stop arm safety camera pilot program. Two buses in the district operated with school bus stop-arm safety cameras from Feb. 27 to May 5 and identified 59 vehicles committing stop-arm violations in 45 class days. “These numbers are troubling,” Gale Winsper, Transportation Coordinator for the district, said.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety WATCH: Video shows “inattentive” driver slamming into semi wqad.com/2017/06/190/wat  #DistractedDriving #ItCanWait

 


ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted Vision Zero Network @Visionzeronet Celebrating Sweden’s 20 years’ commitment #VisionZero: Reducing traffic deaths by half & greater improvement among children. Inspiration!

 

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Texas 249 Toll Project Won’t Require Taxpayer Support
Houston Chronicle (Texas), June 19, 2017

The Montgomery County Toll Road Authority is moving forward with plans to construct a $73 million, 3.6-mile tolled section of Texas 249 that officials say will not use any taxpayer dollars and will help fund additional mobility projects in the future. (Houston Chronicle image by Brett Coomer)

Tolling Called Viable Revenue Source for Connecticut
The CT Mirror, June 18, 2017

We’re beyond the useable life of a lot of our bridges in Connecticut. They’re beyond their design life. Most of them were built in the ’50s or ’60s. And they’re operating over capacity. What you need is a new revenue source altogether, and tolls could possibly generate $900 million a year, which is the type of revenue source you would need to accomplish some of these projects.

Rhode Island Full Speed Ahead on Truck Tolls
American Shipper, June 12, 2017

Rhode Island Department of Transportation has entered a contract with Kapsch Traffic Com IVHS to design and build electronic tolling facilities and related infrastructure for the state’s controversial truck-only tolling program. … Construction of the tolling facilities will be ongoing through the end of 2018, with tolling locations coming online as they are built. The first two tolling locations are expected to be operational and collecting revenue by the end of 2017.

 


Commentary: Running a Red Light Is Potentially Lethal
New Haven Register (Connecticut), June 21, 2017

While drivers run the red in Westville by accident, drivers blaze right through every other red wholly on purpose. … Public safety has a role in the civil rights debate. Your right to run a red light must be weighed against my right not to be killed as I’m using the crosswalk. Given Connecticut saw more than 50 pedestrian deaths last year, it seems red-light proponents are on solid ground.


Letter to the Editor: Bring Back Red-Light Cameras
The Gazette (Colorado), June 21, 2017

Please, please, please bring back red-light cameras and speed cameras. I’d rather some idiot driver have his privacy invaded by the cameras than have the side or front of my car (and possibly my body) invaded by their car when they smash into me.

 


“Speed cameras can effectively capture this violation and send a strong message to that motorist that speeding will not be tolerated. Additional speed cameras at key locations — a proven tool in reducing vehicle speeds will help us accomplish this, and by all means speed cameras will support our officers.”
Polly Trottenberg, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner
Queens Chronicle (New York), June 15, 2017

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 12

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Commentary: Vision Zero Is a Huge Success
New York Daily News, May 30, 2017

The Grand Concourse in the Bronx has long been an intimidating pedestrian and bicycle environment. Following several years of “Vision Zero” street safety improvements, however, this June will mark more than two years without any street deaths — down from an all-time high of 15 deaths in 1992. It’s time to extend those benefits to the whole city. (Image by Gardiner Andeson for New York Daily News)

Editorial: Bill Would Let Cities Increase Use of Road Safety Cameras
The Register Guard (Oregon), June 3, 2017

Oregon cities that install cameras at intersections to catch motorists running red lights may soon be able to also use them to catch speeders under House Bill 2409. … This is an eminently sensible and potentially lifesaving bill.

 

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Two Injured in Hillsdale County Car-School Bus Crash
WTVB-Radio 1590 AM/95.5 FM (Michigan), June 7, 2017

The driver of a passenger car and her 5-year-old child suffered minor injuries Tuesday afternoon when the vehicle struck the back of a Pittsford school bus. Michigan State Police say the bus had come to a complete stop with all of the appropriate flashing lights and equipment activated. (School Transportation News image)

Speed Van Plan Moves to Santa Fe City Council
Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico), June 5, 2017

The Santa Fe City Council’s Finance Committee gave the green light to advancing a proposal to restart the S.T.O.P. speed limit enforcement program, which uses unmanned speed enforcement vehicles to catch speeders. … The full City Council could consider the proposal on July 12.


Mother behind School Bus Passing Law Speaks Out
WDAM-TV Channel 7 (Mississippi), June 2, 2017

Nathan Scott Pates pleaded guilty in court Wednesday to aggravated assault after he hit a stopped school bus with his truck, injuring a child who was unloading. He was convicted under Nathan’s Law, and has to go to jail for five years. … The law is named after 5-year-old Nathan Key, and imposes stiffer penalties on drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. Nathan was killed in 2009 when he was struck by a motorist who hit him as he got off the school bus. (WDAM-TV Channel 7 image)


Global Study: Safety Regulations Drive Growing Use of Cameras
Individual.com, June 2, 2017

According to a new market report published by Credence Research Inc. “Traffic Enforcement Camera Market – Growth, Share, Opportunities, Competitive Analysis, and Forecast 2015-2022,” stringent road safety regulations and increasing efforts to reduce road fatalities across the world are increasing the adoption of traffic enforcement cameras. The growth is primarily driven by the increasing need to reduce speeding and fatalities in urban areas. (San Jose Mercury News/MercuryNews.com image by Dan Honda)


Oregon May Let Red-Light Cameras Catch Speeders
The Register-Guard, June 1, 2017

Red-light cameras could soon serve a second function in Oregon: identifying speeders. House Bill 2409, recently approved by the state Senate, would allow cities to use their red-light cameras also to issue speeding tickets to drivers who pass through an intersection on a green light at least 10 mph faster than the posted speed limit, or at least 21 mph over the speed limit if the light is red.  The bill still needs the governor’s signature to become law.  (Portland Press Herald image)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted  NHTSA @NHTSAgov About 1K Americans are killed every month in speed-related crashes. Slow down, and don’t become a statistic. #SlowDown #SayNoToSpeeding

  
ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted GHSA @GHSAHQ “The whole point during that learning to drive process … is to control that risk.” GHSA’s @russ_martin81 on GDL: bit.ly/2rwy9wi   Fatal Teen Driver Crashes Increase across U.S. Wisconsin
New data from AAA showed drivers ages 16 and 17 killed in car crashes increased 13.1 percent across the country from … wpr.org.

 

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Indiana DOT Request Seen as Prelude to Tolling Changes
The Journal Gazette, June 3, 2017

The Indiana Department of Transportation on Friday wasted no time looking at future tolling by requesting information for studies related to interstate tolling and the National Environmental Policy Act. The purpose of the request is to generate information to help INDOT plan interstate tolling programs, according to a news release.  (WLS-TV ABC 7 image)

New Parkway Toll Will Be Cashless
New Jersey Advance Media for NJ.com, May 31, 2017

Drivers who use the new Exit 125 ramp from the Garden State Parkway south to Sayreville better bring their E-ZPass or risk a fine, now that officials finalized a cashless toll plaza. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority board members voted last week to put a $1.50 toll on the new Exit 125 and ban cash payment.

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 11

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Bill Would Add Hundreds of Cameras to School Zones
Times Ledger (New York), May 22, 2017

The city’s speed camera program in school zones would be greatly expanded under legislation introduced in Albany. Dozens of street safety advocates joined state Sen. Jose Peralta as he proposed adding 610 cameras, up from the current 140 school-zone locations citywide, in an effort to crack down on speeding. “This bill will save lives and make our streets safer for everyone,” Peralta said.  (Times Ledger image courtesy of Sen. Jose Peralta’s office)

 


Pennsylvania House Panel Advances Speed Camera Bill
KYW-TV CBS 3 (Pennsylvania), May 24, 2017

A bill that would allow the city of Philadelphia to place speed enforcement cameras along Roosevelt Boulevard has cleared its first hurdle in the state House. Rep. John Taylor, who sponsors the bill, insists the measure is not about revenue but is about increasing safety on an artery that represents less than a half-percent of Philadelphia’s roadways, but accounted for 13 percent of traffic fatalities over a five-year period.  (The Inquirer/AP image by Matt Rourke)


Police Say Speeding Has Increased Since Cameras were Removed
KGAN-TV CBS 2 (Iowa), May 17, 2017

The Cedar Rapids Police Department says that speeding along the I-380 S-Curve has increased since speed cameras stopped issuing tickets earlier this month. Police found a 79 percent increase in the number of vehicles speeding at 67 mph or greater, increasing from 11,250 to 20,133. (City of Cedar Rapids image)

City Advisory Board Greenlights Speed Cameras
Santa Fe New Mexican (New Mexico), May 17, 2017

A city advisory committee has endorsed the Santa Fe Police Department’s pitch to revive the use of unmanned speed-monitoring equipment to ticket motorists caught on camera driving too fast on city streets.

 

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Council Approves Vision Zero Plan to Reduce Traffic Deaths
Columbia Missourian (Missouri), May 21, 2017

The Columbia City Council recently approved the Vision Zero Action Plan, nearly three years after the issue of pedestrian safety was brought to its attention. … Included in the plan is the analysis of data and reintroduction of discussion about using red light cameras as enforcement strategies. (Bogageblog image by Jacob Bogage)

Driver Running Red Light Causes T-Bone Collision
St. George News (Utah), May 19, 2017

A driver was transported to the hospital after a car slammed into her vehicle in the middle of State Street in Hurricane on May 19. “Multiple witnesses at the scene said the light turned red while the Mustang was still in the middle attempting to clear the intersection,” Hurricane Police Officer Spencer Lundell said. “But the Toyota entered the intersections on a red light and struck the Mustang before she could clear it.”


Queens Boulevard Loses Its Reputation for Fatalities
WPIX-TV Channel 11 (New York), May 17, 2017

For more than a quarter century, Queens Boulevard has been nicknamed ‘The Boulevard of Death;’ that’s all changed. Mayor Bill De Blasio was on the boulevard touting a significant reduction in fatalities along the thoroughfare. He claimed the increased safety was the result of his Vision Zero pedestrian plan. “We can control enforcement by police,” he said, and listed other factors over which his Vision Zero Plan has control, including traffic cameras. (WPIX-TV Channel 11 image)

 


Driver Ignores School Bus Stop Sign; Collision Breaks Boy’s Leg
Central Florida News, May 16, 2017

An 8-year-old Cocoa boy suffered a broken leg after being struck by a car that reportedly drove around a stopped school bus, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. … Troopers say the school bus was stopped with its lights on and stop bar activated. “A car just came out of nowhere and he didn’t stop and he hit my son,” the mother said. See related article on Space Coast Daily. (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office image)

Child Hit by Vehicle after Getting Off School Bus
Times Recorder (Ohio), May 15, 2017

A Coshocton County child was hit by a vehicle after getting off a Tri-Valley school bus on County Road 14, according to Todd Shroyer, director of the Coshocton County Emergency Medical Services. The child was taken to Genesis Hospital in Zanesville with non life-threatening injuries.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Are red-light safety cameras & rear-end crashes connected? Find out in our #ChatATS Myth vs. Fact video. #StopOnRed.

 


ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety In 2015, #Texas was THE most deadly state in the nation for red-light running fatalities via @NHTSAgov #StopOnRed.

 

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Tolling Helps Shape $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan
Bloomberg BNA, May 24, 2017

The White House budget reiterates proposals the administration laid out earlier this year. … The infrastructure fact sheet raises the prospect of expanding tolling on highways, allowing private companies to build and maintain interstate rest stops and expanding a program that provides loans for surface transportation projects. (U.S. Department of Transportation image)


Editorial: Consensus on Toll Roads Encouraging
Wisconsin State Journal, May 19, 2017

State leaders are still at odds over how to pay for roads in the next state budget. But consensus is building around tolling interstate highways as a long-range funding solution. This is progress. … A majority of respondents to a statewide Marquette Law School poll — 56 percent — said they are willing to accept tolling to pay for roads. (Racine Journal Times image by Gregory Shaver)

 

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“Under Vision Zero, we have had three successive years of declining traffic fatalities, bucking national trends that show fatalities rising. Speed cameras have been instrumental to our success in slowing drivers down and saving lives — and so we look forward to getting this critical legislation passed this session.”
Polly Trottenberg, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner, on bill expanding use of school zone speed safety cameras
Times Ledger (New York), May 22, 2017

 

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 10

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Louisiana House Committee Vote Keeps Cameras in Place
The Advocate (Louisiana), May 8, 2017

A bill that would let voters statewide decide whether to outlaw traffic cameras was crushed Monday in the House Transportation Committee. The vote was 14-1 to kill the plan, House Bill 257. (WWL-TV CBS 4 image)

Police: Car Ran Red Light in Vegas School Bus Crash
KDWN-Radio 720 AM (Nevada), May 5, 2017

A passenger car driver ran a red light and caused a school bus crash that injured 15 children on the bus, the bus driver and a child in her car, police and school officials in Las Vegas said. The 70-year-old driver of the car was killed and the 10-year-old girl who was with her was seriously injured in the early morning crash on May 4.


ATS Among 6 Finalists for Baltimore Road Safety Camera Contract
Carroll County Times (Maryland), May 3, 2017

Baltimore officials have disclosed the names of the six firms competing to win the potentially lucrative contract to restart the city’s speed and red-light camera program. American Traffic Solutions is named on the list.  See related article at WMAR-TV ABC 2.  (The Baltimore Sun image by Barbara Haddock Taylor)

 

ATS Awarded Contract in Houston-Galveston Area
GSN Magazine, May 2, 2017

American Traffic Solutions has been awarded a contract with the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s co-op program HGACBuy. The award, won through a competitive bidding process, positions ATS as the exclusive provider of red-light, speed and school bus stop-arm safety cameras to HGACBuy members.

Chandler Activates New Photo Enforcement Camera
KTVK-TV Channel 3 (Arizona), April 30, 2017

Photo enforcement cameras at a Chandler intersection will start taking pictures of lawbreaking drivers on May 1. The cameras are at the intersection of McQueen and Queen Creek roads and will only monitor drivers going north or south on McQueen.

 

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Ordinance Lets Road Safety Cameras Return to Dayton
WDTN-TV Channel 2 (Ohio), May 10, 2017

The Dayton City Commission voted Wednesday to enact an ordinance that would bring controversial traffic cameras back to the city. The cameras will be implemented to catch drivers who speed and run red lights. … Dayton police chief Richard Biehl said the city has seen a 45 percent increase in traffic deaths in the last three years. (WDTN-TV Channel 2 image)


Family Crusades against Rising Pedestrian Fatalities
The Mercury News (California), May 8, 2017

Five-year-old Aileen Quiroz Chavez died almost four years ago when an SUV ran into her, her then-2-year-old sister, Arlette, and her aunt, Elena Quiroz, as they walked in the marked crossing. … Through a campaign they named AileenQ, Aileen’s family has been trying to educate people about traffic safety at community and school presentations, and holding periodic neighborhood safety walks to spread the word. Meanwhile, the city is trying to reverse the spike in pedestrian deaths. (The Mercury News Image by Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)

 

N.Y. Legislature Views 4 Bills to Curb Illegal School Bus Passing
School Bus Fleet, May 4, 2017 

State lawmakers are reviewing four bills that aim to prevent illegal bus passing by boosting public education, allowing stop-arm cameras as a way to help identify violators, and making fines and penalties tougher.  (WHEC-TV NBC 10 image)

Bill Boosts Penalties for Failing to Stop for School Bus
Cape Coral Daily Breeze (Florida), May 5, 2017

Legislation that is awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s consideration will stiffen the non-criminal penalties for drivers who fail to stop for a school bus and cause serious bodily injury or death. On Monday, HB 1239 – also known as the Cameron Mayhew Act — passed the Florida Legislature  with a 28-6 vote from the Senate. On April 28, the House passed the bill with its own 118-0 vote.


Marysville School Bus Cameras Now Issuing Tickets
The Herald (Washington), May 4, 2017

The warnings are over. The Marysville School District installed traffic enforcement cameras on 15 school buses more than a month ago. During April, drivers caught on camera passing a stopped school bus received a warning. As of Monday, they’ve faced $419 fines. In April, 45 warnings were issued, without fines. See related article at MyNorthwest.com. (The Herald image by Ian Terry)

Police: Pickup Strikes 12-Year-Old Leaving School Bus
New Canaan Patch (Connecticut), May 3, 2017

A 12-year-old girl suffered minor injuries after she was struck by a pickup truck while getting off a school bus on May 2 in Darien. Police said the bus was fully stopped with its external stop sign deployed and red lights flashing. The mirror on the passing pickup truck struck the girl as she attempted to cross Post Road.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted TransAlt @TransAlt If you missed the #VisionZeroCities Conference, this is the next best thing. Issue 2 of Vision Zero Cities.

   
ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted NHTSA @NHTSAgov It’s Bicycle Safety Month! Get ready for a month of safety tips & information on one of America’s favorite pastimes.

 

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MassDOT Says Electronic Tolling Accuracy Rate Better than 99%
MassLive.com, May 8, 2017

Six months in, the new cashless tolling system along the Massachusetts Turnpike has seen transactions come to a total of nearly a quarter billion, with an accuracy rate of greater than 99 percent, state transportation officials said Monday. There are 1.9 million E-ZPassMA accounts and 2.4 million “pay-by-plate” accounts, totaling 4.3 million accounts. See related article at Sentinel & Enterprise News. (MassLive.com image by Don Treeger/The Republican)

Rhode Island Picks First Truck Toll Locations on I-95
U.S. News (National) May 6, 2017

Rhode Island’s first highway truck tolls could be installed later this year near the Connecticut border. The state Department of Transportation says the first electronic tolls on commercial big-rig trucks will be on Interstate 95 in both directions.


Toll Lanes Could Open this Summer on MoPac Express Lanes
Community Impact News (Texas), May 6, 2017

Most of the  major structural work on the MoPac express lane project is on track to wrap up by June. In the coming weeks, construction workers will be finishing paving and installing the walls of the underpasses that connect the express toll lanes to downtown Austin. … The project is adding one variably priced toll lane in each direction between Parmer Lane and Cesar Chavez Street. (Community Impact News image by Amy Denney)

 

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“We want people to follow the law and we need to use every technology we can to make sure people are doing that to make our city safe.”
Nan Whaley, Mayor, Dayton, Ohio
WDTN-TV Channel 2, May 10, 2017


“I cannot express the pain and heartache we endure every day since my precious son, Cameron Mayhew, was taken from us. My son lost his life because someone was running late for work and the time clock was more important than the warning lights on the school bus. This tragic event not only affected our family, it has affected our entire community. We need stricter penalties — stricter penalties will save lives, and those lives belong to our children.”
Sherry Stevens, mother of Cameron Mayhew
Cape Coral Daily Breeze (Florida), May 5, 2017

“It’s kind of surprising how often it happens. Our drivers know this, but it was a wake-up call for us to see how many people pass school buses.”
Emily Wicks, Marysville Schools spokeswoman
The Herald, May 4, 2017

 


Editorial: Fines May Get Attention if Buses’ Red Lights Don’t
The Herald (Washington), May 8, 2017

Drivers in Marysville who ignore the red flashing lights and the stop sign paddle that swings out from school buses can expect to find a $419 fine in the mail in the coming days. … While a $419 fine is hefty — as it should be for a traffic violation that involves the safety of children — use of the cameras on school buses should not be viewed cynically as a moneymaker for school districts. As Marysville school and law enforcement officials collect data on the infractions and whether the cameras are successfully providing a deterrent, other districts should consider this as another tool for student safety. If flashing red lights don’t get the attention of some drivers, making scofflaws flash some green should.


Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Crashes Will Rise Without Cameras
Killeen Daily Herald (Texas), May 7, 2017

Now we’re back to having to watch for people running red lights and causing crashes.

Letter: ‘I Feel Safer When Traffic Obeys the Speed Limit’
The Des Moines Register (Iowa), May 2, 2017

The editorial on the traffic camera ruling fails to see the whole picture. Speed cameras have greatly improved safety in driving on Interstate Highway 380 through Cedar Rapids and on Interstate Highway 235 in Des Moines.

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In the first three months of 2017, New Orleans issued about 6,790 citations for violations caught by mobile road safety cameras. Another 51,151 citations for violations caught by the city’s existing road safety cameras, a sharp drop-off from the 66,840 that were issued by those same cameras during the same three months in 2016. Source: The Advocate, May 8, 2017.

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4 Students Die in Red-Light Running Crash
WYAY-Radio  FM 106.7 (Georgia), April 25, 2017 

Grief counselors will be on hand at south Fulton’s Langston Hughes High School after a tragic wreck claimed the lives of four students and left a fifth student injured. Fulton County police said the driver of a Lincoln Navigator ran a red light near the corner of GA-92 and Butner Road, crashing into the semi-truck. (WYAY-Radio FM 106.7/FOX 5 Atlanta image)


Florida Considers Best Practices for Future Road Safety
83degreesmedia.com, April 25, 2017

Florida legislators, local governments and law enforcement agencies across the state are seeking solutions rooted in better roadway design and engineering, education and traffic law enforcement to combat the crisis of public health on Florida streets outlined by the Pedestrian Danger Index, which lists eight Florida cities in the top 10 most deadly metro areas.  (Tampa Bay Times image by Jim Damaske)


Dayton Plans to Bring Back Speed, Red-Light Cameras
Springfield News-Sun (Ohio), April 20, 2017

An increase in traffic crashes and fatalities has Dayton police planning to bring back red-light and speed-detection cameras in the city. Dayton police propose to use 10 fixed camera systems, six hand-held devices and two portable trailer units, restarting a controversial program that was shelved in mid-2015 after the state put tough new restrictions on the use of automated traffic cameras. See related article at FOX 45 Now.

City of Waterloo Gives Nod to Red-Light Cameras
KXEL-Radio 1540 AM (Iowa), April 18, 2017

It’s never been done before in Waterloo, but the City Council agreed in principle on April 17 during a work session that the police department should implement red light traffic enforcement. Police Chief Dan Trelka says he’s identified 13 intersections where running red lights is a common occurrence.

 

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Parent Catches Motorists Passing Stopped School Bus
KEYC-TV CBS/FOX 12 (Minnesota), April 20, 2017

Outside a rural Eagle Lake daycare, parents are seeing a disturbing trend … motorists refusing to stop when school buses are unloading children. And one resident caught it on tape. … In 2016, the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services surveyed 2,621 Minnesota school bus drivers, who identified 530 vehicles illegally passing a stopped school bus in one day. (KEYC-TV CBS/FOX 12 image)


Red-Light Cameras Aim to Reduce Violent Crashes
WECT-TV NBC 6 (North Carolina), April 20, 2017

Wilmington city officials and everyday drivers want those behind the wheel to be more aware after the city made four appearances in a red-light crash video.

 

Driver Hits Child While Passing Stopped School Bus
WWL-TV CBS 4 (Louisiana), April 27, 2017

A driver struck and injured a child by a stopped school bus this morning in Algiers. According to New Orleans Police Department, a juvenile was hit by a car passing a school bus. The juvenile sustained minor injuries. The driver was cited for failure to yield and improper passing of a school bus.


Police Target School Bus Passing in New York
School Bus Fleet (National), April 27, 2017

Law enforcement officers in New York are keeping  a close lookout for motorists illegally passing school buses on Thursday. The statewide efforts are part of the annual Operation Safe Stop Day. Patrols form local, county and state police agencies are focusing on school bus stops that pupil transportation officials have identified as hot spots of stop-arm running. … Last year, officers from 95 participating law enforcement agencies agave out 859 tickets for passing stopped school buses and 1,547 tickets for other moving violations.  (The Journal News image by Ricky Flores)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted Vision Zero DC @DCVisionZero When you speed, you have less time to react, and the damage you inflict increases. #SlowDownDC #VisionZero

 

  
ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted ScottsdalePD @ScottsdalePD April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Be alert. Drive with care.

 

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Ohio River Bridge Tolls Show Increase in Crossings
Indiana Public Media, April 25, 2017

Numbers from the first quarter of the Ohio River Bridges Project show the average weekday crossings on all three bridges in March totaled 89,000, a 12 percent increase since January. RiverLink says $8.6 million was collected in tolls during the first quarter of the year, split evenly between Indiana and Kentucky. … Tolls were levied for the first time in December. (WDRB-TV Channel 41 image)


Beaver Valley Expressway Offers Cashless Tolling on April 30
The Herald (Pennsylvania), April 25, 2017

Beginning April 30, drivers on Interstate 376/Beaver Valley Expressway will be charged electronically through their E-ZPass or will receive a bill in the mail after a camera scans their license plate at the toll booth. “The technology and systems for the cashless tolling pilot project on the Beaver Valley Expressway/Toll 376 in Beaver and Lawrence counties have cleared testing,” Turnpike CEO Mark Compton said.  (The Herald image by John Zavinski)

Moody’s: U.S. Toll Roads Likely to Fund Infrastructure Backlog
Moodys.com, April 24, 2017

In light of stagnant federal funding and limited capacity for states to increase spending, toll roads will play an increasing role in addressing the funding gap for road and bridge infrastructure needs in the U.S., according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service. More toll roads and increased tolling in areas with existing traffic congestion and growing economies, population and per capita income. (WFAA-TV ABC 8 image)

 

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“Camera traffic enforcement has always been a very effective way to control hazardous driving, and so we’re obviously making a recommendation to return to that.”
Richard Biehl, Dayton Police Department Chief
Dayton Daily News (Ohio), April 20, 2017


“We really want people to understand that running red lights is extremely dangerous, and these cameras and the distribution of the videos and stories like this one help people to understand that it’s a problem in every city.”
Dylan Lee, Spokesman for City of Wilmington, N.C.
WECT-TV NBC 6 (North Carolina), April 20, 2017

Ohio
A 2014 change in state law required a police officer to be stationed at a road safety camera in order for a citation to be issued. Since then, Dayton police chief Richard Biehl said traffic deaths have risen 45 percent, adding that his department could staff 10 proposed camera locations for about eight hours a week only. Source: WLWT-TV NBC 5, April 20, 2017. 

Texas
The city of Dallas says T-bone crashes have diminished by 48 percent at intersections with red-light safety cameras. Source: WFAA-TV ABC 8, April 12, 2017.