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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 43

September 25th, 2014 Comments off

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 42

September 18th, 2014 Comments off

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Traffic Fatalities Climbing in Bakersfield
BakersfieldNow.com/KBAK/KBFX (California), Sept. 10, 2014

This summer the streets of Bakersfield have been painted with yellow tape, covered in scraps of metal and coated in blood. In just the past three days, the Bakersfield Police Department has had to respond to four fatal collisions.

Police: Car Runs Red-Light, Hits School Bus
Las Vegas Sun (Nevada), Sept. 10, 2014

A school bus with children on board was hit Wednesday morning by a car that ran a red light, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. The bus was carrying 11 children, but nobody was injured.

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40 More Red-Light Safety Cameras under Consideration in Orange
Central Florida News 13, Sept. 10, 2014

Forty additional red-light cameras may be coming to Orange County. Commissioners have not made a decision yet, but will revisit the topic in six weeks.

Red-Light Running Is a Top Cause of Crash Deaths, Injuries
KATC-TV  Channel 3 (Louisiana), Sept. 9, 2014

Running through a red light or other traffic control is the most common cause of urban crashes and is also a leading cause of crashes that result in deaths or injuries. The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission points out that crashes at intersections often involve a vehicle being hit broadside, which is one of the most dangerous types of collisions.

Osceola County Announces Warning Period for Red-Light Cameras
Osceola County (Florida), Sept. 9, 2014

Osceola County’s next round of red-light safety cameras will begin 30-day warning periods this week. Osceola County is one of the first counties to designate how the revenues from the red light cameras are to be used — public safety improvements at those intersections with the safety cameras.

Albany Councilmember Proposes Red-Light Safety Cameras
TimesUnion.com (New York), Sept. 6, 2014

City lawmakers later this month will consider a proposed law that would allow placement of cameras at street intersections to automatically hand out tickets to red-light runners.

 

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School Board Backs School Zone Speed Safety Cameras
Wenatchee World (Washington), Sept. 10, 2014

The Wenatchee School Board unanimously backed the use of an automated speed enforcement system to slow school-time traffic at three elementary schools. (Wenatchee School District photo)

Family Fights to Make “Ryan’s Law” a Reality
Bucks County (Pennsylvania), Sept. 7, 2014

Ryan Viola was just 17 when he lost his life after being struck by a vehicle on his way to a school bus stop in Bensalem. The driver of the car faced traffic citations, but no criminal charges even though her driver’s license was suspended. The family wants to tighten the law with criminal charges.

 

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Student Injured in Yavapai County School Bus Wreck
The Arizona Republic, Sept. 9, 2014

A dump truck collided with a school bus as it slowed down to pick up a child in Yavapai County, injuring one child and damaging both vehicles in northern Arizona. Emergency works extricated the dump-truck driver from his vehicle, according to law-enforcement officials. (The Arizona Republic photo by Dave Hermanson)

Crash with Stopped School Bus Injures 35-year-old
Journal-Sentinel (Wisconsin), Sept. 9, 2014

A 35-year-old Muskego man was injured when his vehicle rear-ended a stopped school bus Tuesday afternoon. The bus’ red lights were flashing and the stop arm was extended at the time of the accident, according to Muskego police. The bus was stopped to let off students when the crash happened at 3:17 p.m.

Macomb County School Buses to Get Exterior Traffic Safety Cameras
Traverse City Record-Eagle (Michigan), Sept. 9, 2014

Macomb County school buses are being outfitted with cameras to record vehicles that pass while buses’ red stop lights are flashing.

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Program to Catch Drivers Illegally Passing School Buses Expands
Herald-Mail Media (Maryland), Sept. 8, 2014

Twelve more video cameras will be added to local school buses soon as the Washington County Sheriff’s Office expands a program to catch — and discourage — drivers from passing school buses when the buses stop to pick up or drop off students, Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said. (Herald-Mail Media photo by Kevin G. Gilbert/chief photographer)

School Bus Drivers Complain Motorists Not Stopping
KOTA-TV Territory News, ABC (South Dakota), Sept. 8, 2014

In the nine days since Rapid City Area Schools started the new year, at least one driver a day ignores traffic laws around stopped school buses. That behavior ignores the lessons of last September, when a SUV struck a school bus on Country Road and injured three bus passengers and the SUV driver.

 

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American Traffic Solutions is excited to announce the recent completion of two road safety camera program agreements with municipalities in Florida. The city of Ocoee, an ATS client since 2008, has renewed its road safety camera program until December 2016. In a separate action, the city of Temple Terrace, entered into a new agreement with ATS for three years, with the option to renew. ATS and Temple Terrace began their partnership in 2010. ATS considers it an honor to continue their road safety partnerships with both cities.

ATS Fleet Services Names David Roberts as Executive Vice President
American Traffic Solutions news release, Sept. 11, 2014

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce the addition of David Roberts as ATS Fleet Services Executive Vice President. In his new position, David will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Fleet Services Business Unit. David comes to ATS from Billing Tree, a multi-channel electronic payment platform where he was President and CEO.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety “In NJ, red-light safety cameras reduced right-angle crashes by 60% Find out more @MyCentralJersey: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/opinion /…

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  Violations decreased 82% in the 1st 6 mo of Des Moines, WA’s school zone speed safety camera program: http://www.atsschoolsafety.com/

Retweeted by ATS_RoadSafety  NHTSA @NHTSAgov More than 3,390 children were killed in car crashes during a 5 year period. How do you keep your family safe in … http://fb.me/1IR4RX9Cr

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Potential Is High for Public-Private Partnerships in U.S.
Governing Magazine (District of Columbia), Sept. 9, 2014

The United States could soon become the biggest market for public-private partnerships in the world, analysts from Moody’s Investors Service said. Thirty-three states now permit the partnerships for transportation projects, and many of those states adopted those laws within the last five years. The way those partnerships are structured is also shifting. (AP photo by J. Pat Carter)

Highway Fix Could Mean More Tolls
USA Today, Sept. 9, 2014

With a short-term fix papering over a shortfall in the highway trust fund, the Obama administration is looking for more creative ways to build and fix the nation’s roads and bridges. For many drivers, that could mean more tolls.

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Commentary: Cameras Are Best Option for Safety
The Eastern Progress (Kentucky), Sept. 10, 2014

Eastern needs safer intersections on and around campus. Red-light cameras would certainly be the least expensive option and would likely pay for themselves within a year.

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Editorial: Catch and Stop Deadly Bus ‘Drive-Bys’
Casper Star Tribune (Wyoming), Sept. 7, 2014

They’re called “drive-bys.” Others call them “fly-bys.” Whatever you want to call them, they’re flat-out dangerous. Drivers, who can’t wait for students to make their way off a school bus, ignore flashing lights and an outstretched stop sign, and speed past the stopped bus. To do so is illegal, dangerous and, sadly, too frequent. We’re pleased to hear school bus cameras are rolling out statewide, and we urge police and prosecutors to pursue and punish “drive-by” drivers.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Deliver Safety, Justice
MyCentralJersey.com (New Jersey), Sept. 8, 2014

Recent editorials have been critical of the state’s red-light safety camera program. One in particular referred to the program as “obnoxious.” What’s obnoxious is the number of drivers in New Jersey who run red lights with reckless disregard for pedestrians, drivers, cyclists and anyone else who uses the road. Ultimately, this important issue needs to be decided on facts, and not empty rhetoric.

Letter: In Defense of Red-Light Cameras
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), Sept. 5, 2014

Once again, The Star-Ledger editorial board is pushing doing away with red-light cameras. Another safety measure gone by the wayside — and why? Because people don’t want to be punished for their violations.

 

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“A simple red-light violation killed somebody. It’s happening routinely, daily, all day long.”
Joe Grubbs, Bakersfield, Calif., Police Department Sergeant
BakersfieldNow.com (California), Sept. 10, 2014

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“Those cameras are aimed at people who go more than 10 miles over the posted limit. I’ve asked them to enhance the yellow signs that say ‘Photo Enforced.’ There’s a sign telling you there’s going to be a speed camera, telling you what the limit is, you get a cushion over that, and you’re still speeding and you get a ticket? Gee, I don’t feel very sympathetic.”
Mary Cheh, District of Columbia Council Member
WAMU-Radio FM 88.5, Sept. 10, 2014

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“As far as I’m concerned, anybody runs (past) a school bus, that’s a significant problem because it puts our children at risk for serious injury … and death.”
Douglas Mullendore, Washington County Sheriff
Herald-Mail Media (Maryland), Sept. 8, 2014

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Red-light running violations at the first camera to go online in Tuscaloosa resulted in 222 citations issued in September 2013. Twelve months later, 185 motorists were cited for running the red light in August 2014. This trend has not resulted in a spike of rear-end collisions, and it repeated itself at six of the seven remaining approaches once the cameras were turned on. At the location without a decrease, there were 40 citations issued in June, its first month of operation, 47 in July and 42 in August. Source: TuscaloosaNews.com, Sept. 11, 2014.

Florida
Officials in Orange County, where 108 red-light safety cameras are set up, say the cameras have helped reduce traffic crashes by 14 percent and traffic violations by 18 percent. Source: Central Florida News 13, Sept. 10, 2014.

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N.Y City Mayor Announces New Speed Cameras Near Schools
Newsday (New York), Sept. 2, 2014

A total of 140 speed enforcement cameras will be installed near city schools over the next two years, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday, as part of his Vision Zero initiative to end pedestrian deaths. Twenty-three cameras are already in place. Cameras are especially necessary near schools because being struck by a car is the leading cause of “injury-related death” for children under 14, de Blasio said. See related article in New Hyde Park Illustrated(Top photo by Petr Svab of The Epoch Times. Bottom photo by Charles Eckert of Newsday)

Longview’s School Zone Cameras Return with Students
The Daily News (Washington), Sept. 2, 2014

Longview’s school-zone traffic cameras return to active duty Wednesday (Sept. 3) after a summer shutdown. Since the start of school-zone photo enforcement program in 2011, 17,534 tickets have been issued. The location recording the highest number of violations in 2014 was at Mark Morris, where 3,258 tickets were issued.

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Distracted Driving Plagues School Zones
KPLC-TV NBC 7 (Louisiana), Sept. 2, 2014

There’s reason to believe the problem of distracted drivers around school zones and school buses is getting worse. “In 2013, two million more drivers passed school bus stop arms than they did in 2011,” Charles Territo of American Traffic Solutions said. “There is no question that distracted driving plays a role.”

5 More Seattle Schools Get Cameras to Spot Speeders
Seattle Times (Washington), Sept. 1, 2014

As children return to class this week, speed-enforcement cameras will be turned on at five more Seattle schools, increasing the city’s lucrative network to a total of nine locations. … Last year, 47,621 camera-generated citations were issued to motorists outside the first four schools, generating $7.1 million net revenue. City Council policy is to reinvest the money into more speed cameras, crosswalks, sidewalks, signals and traffic-safety education.

Kent School Traffic Cameras Catch Nearly 5,000 in 6 Months
Kent Reporter (Washington), Aug. 28, 2014

Nearly 5,000 drivers were caught speeding in two Kent school zones during the first six months of the city’s new traffic camera program. The cameras go into operation again when Kent schools open Thursday, Aug. 28. Kent only has cameras at two school zones. “That’s about 475 per month on average and we’ve only had it since January,” Councilman Jim Berrios said. “That’s pretty disturbing.”

 

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Girl Hit by Car at School Bus Stop Suffers Minor Injuries
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Sept. 3, 2014

An 11-year-old girl was hit by a car while waiting at a school bus stop Wednesday morning, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office reports. Deputies said it looked like a driver passed a school bus while it flashed its yellow lights to pick the girl up. An investigation remained under way at 8:30 a.m. See related coverage from Bay News 9.

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Study Ranks Georgia No. 1 in School Bus Passing Violations
WGCL-TV CBS 46, Sept. 2, 2014

A new study ranks Georgia No. 1 in school bus passing violations. According to American Traffic Solutions, which installs road safety cameras, 100 children die annually and 25,000 are injured on their way to and from school. Many of those accidents are related to drivers illegally passing school buses.

Media Highlight Dangers Students Face Getting to School
WMAQ TV NBC 5 (Illinois)  

New statistics show drivers are not always paying attention around school buses, which could endanger children all over the country. See related coverage by WPXI-TV Channel 11.

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Car Rear-Ends School Bus
WSVN-TV Channel 7 (Florida), Aug. 29, 2014

A Broward County school bus was rear-ended by a sedan as it was making a stop between Hiatus and Nob Hill Roads, on Sunrise Boulevard in Plantation.

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Red Means Stop Honored for Traffic Safety Work
KPNX-TV NBC 12 (Arizona), Sept. 3, 2014

This month, 12 News’ community spotlight focuses on Red Means Stop, a Arizona-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing motor vehicle crashes. KPNX-TV 12 News honors Red Means Stop with this month’s 12 Who Care Award for its extraordinary work in the community.

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Police Cam Catches Driver Passing School Bus on Sidewalk
WSB-TV Channel 2 (Georgia), Sept. 2, 2014

The Peachtree City Police Department posted video on its Facebook page of a driver passing a school bus — on the sidewalk.

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School Bus Cameras to Catch Drivers Who Endanger Students
KOMO-TV ABC 4 (Washington), Aug. 27, 2014

Two Puget Sound school districts are installing cameras on their school buses to catch drivers who speed around them while students are getting on or off. School officials are hoping the surveillance cameras will catch offenders who illegally pass school buses.

 

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Intersection Collision Injures Driver
The Journal Gazette (Indiana), Sept. 3, 2014

Police said the school bus was traveling south in the far left lane on Clinton Street when a newer Honda Accord apparently ran a red light and hit the side of the bus.. The impact pushed the bus off the road and against a retaining wall. (The Journal Gazette photo by Cathy Rowand)

4 More Speed Cameras Activating Next Week
WLS-Radio 890 AM (Illinois), Aug. 30, 2014

Four new speed cameras will start issuing warnings to drivers next week in the Pilsen, Norwood Park, McKinley Park and North Lawndale neighborhoods of Chicago.

Polling Memo Shows Public Green Light for Red-Light Cameras
PolitickerNJ.com (New Jersey), Aug. 29, 2014

According to a poll conducted by National Research Inc., a solid majority of New Jersey voters — 58 percent — support the use of red-light safety cameras at New Jersey’s busiest intersections.

Study: Drivers More Likely to Run Red Lights in Afternoon
Health Canal (New Zealand), Aug. 29, 2014

Drivers are more likely to run red lights in week day afternoon peak hours then in the mornings, a University of Canterbury engineering research team has confirmed. The research also showed drivers are more inclined to jump red lights in areas of slower lower speed limits.

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Driver of SUV that Crashed into School Bus Dies
WINK-TV CBS (Florida), Aug. 28, 2014

The driver of the SUV that crashed into a bus from Island Coast High School on US 41 has died. Officials say the school bus was stopped at a red light when the SUV slammed into the back of the bus at a high rate of speed.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Not so fast. ATM thieves caught on camera blowing red light via @nypost http://nypost.com/2014/09/02/atm…  #StopOnRed

FDOT_District4 @MyFDOT_SEFL School bus safety is everyone’s responsibility. #StopOnRed Kids Ahead. http://flhsmv.gov/bussafety

 

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Toll Readers Installed on Kennedy Bridge
Louisville Business First (Kentucky), Sept. 3, 2014

Temporary transponder readers similar to the devices that eventually will be used to collect tolls on the two downtown bridges have been installed on the Interstate 65 Kennedy Bridge. The temporary transponder readers will gather information that will help develop an efficient and effective tolling system, according to a news release from the Ohio River Bridges Project. (Ohio River Bridge Project rendering)

Motorists Choose Alternate Routes after Toll Hike
Delaware State News, Aug. 30, 2014

Starting Aug 1, the state increased the weekend rate from $2 to $3 for all vehicle classes, except oversized loads, from 7 p.m. Friday to 11 p.m. Sunday. The weekend after the tolls increased, the combined northbound and southbound motorists through both plazas dropped, with a decrease of 16,737 for Dover and 16,431 for Biddles Corner.

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Commentary: Just the Facts: Red-Light Cameras Aid Safety
The Gazette (Colorado), Sept. 1, 2014

Blowing red lights is not uncommon: In some Colorado intersections it happens about every 10 minutes. It isn’t usually because drivers are intoxicated, but because they’re going too fast to stop, are on the phone, or are in a hurry. You know the feeling — “I can make it.” Yet where photographic ticketing devices are present, drastically fewer such incidents occur per capita – both at the monitored signal and at nearby stoplights.

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Editorial: Speed Cameras Are in School Zones to Save Lives
Staten Island Advance (New York), Sept. 4, 2014

It’s a fact of life and death throughout New York City. Nearly one in three of the people who are killed in traffic in the five boroughs is the victim of a driver who is speeding. Speeders kill more New Yorkers than drunk drivers and drivers distracted by cellphones combined. So expanding the installation of speed cameras near schools across the city just as classes resume is bound to be lifesaving

Editorial: South Carolina’s School Bus Camera Law a Good Move
The State, Sept. 2, 2014

It was good to see the Legislature take action this year to allow police to charge drivers with passing stopped school buses based on video images taken aboard the buses, rather than requiring police to witness the violations.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Would Protect Pedestrians
The Hartfort Courant (Connecticut), Sept. 3. 2014

I agree that cars do not stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and there is a law against that in Connecticut. That’s why we need red-light cameras. At least they will catch the impatient drivers before they kill someone … hopefully.

Letter: To Some Drivers, Red Means Nothing
High Pointe Enterprise (North Carolina), Aug. 31, 2014

This is in response to the letter of Aug. 21 regarding running red lights. The joke about the cab driver running red lights is old, but the running red lights happens every day and is no joke. … Red-light cameras worked, if for no other reason, many people who might have run a red light didn’t because the cameras were there. A great deterrent!

 

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“Speed cameras fundamentally change reckless behavior. Speed cameras are a wake-up call.”
Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor
Newsday (New York), Sept. 2, 2014

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“There are still people complaining they don’t like speed cameras, but that’s pretty much a fixture in the population. When I go to community meetings, I hear positive things.”
Nick Licata, Seattle City Councilmember
Seattle Times (Washington), Sept. 1, 2014

 

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 39

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Report Highlights School Bus, School Zone Safety
American Traffic Solutions, Aug. 27, 2014

As the school year begins, American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is highlighting school zone safety in an effort to remind drivers about the urgent need to be cautious, alert and attentive especially around schools and school buses. See video and report overview here.

 

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2 Puget Sound School Districts Get School Bus Safety Cameras
KING-TV NBC 5 (Washington), Aug. 27, 2014

The Bethel School District in south Pierce County and the Highline School District in south King County are launching school bus safety camera pilot programs for the first day of school. The cameras are designed to catch drivers who speed around stopped buses.


9 Children Hurt in Crash with Stopped School Bus
WSAZ-TV Channel 3 (West Virginia), Aug. 26, 2014

A spokesperson with the Department of Transportation tells WSAZ the school bus was stopped to pick up children when the crash happened. A semi was stopped behind the bus when the driver of another semi looked down and then ran into the stopped semi. The impact caused the stopped semi to rear-end the school bus.

Driver Cited after Striking Student Exiting Bus
KATC-TV Channel 3 (Louisiana), Aug. 25, 2014

A 7-year-old girl from Clinton suffered moderate to serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle after getting off the school bus.


Think School Bus Safety
WTNH-TV 8 (Connecticut), Aug. 25, 2014

Thousands of Connecticut school children will be heading back to class, so this is a good time for children and adults to remember the rules of the road in and around school buses. Here is a refresher on the dos and don’ts of school bus safety.

 

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School Zone Safety Camera Times Posted in Renton
Renton Reporter (Washington), Aug. 27, 2014

Renton schools are back in session on Tuesday Sept. 2, and the photo enforcement program is “going back to school” as well. The cameras will be active at the following times and locations. (Renton Patch photo by Dave Nelson)

Keeping Eyes on Speeders
Five Towns Herald (New York), Aug. 27, 2014

Motorists on Peninsula Boulevard, near Woodmere Middle School, will have to limit their speed to 20 mph or be ticketed for speeding through a school zone by a camera that will be installed by Nassau County by Sept. 2, the first day of school for the Hewlett-Woodmere district.

School Zone Speed Cameras Return with Students
City of Longview (Washington), Aug. 25, 2014

School is back in session on Sept. 3, and photo enforcement cameras located in the following school zones will be active.

Authorities Launch Campaign to Keep Students Safe
The Times and Democrat (South Carolina), Aug. 24, 2014

Across South Carolina and locally, authorities are launching a two-pronged campaign aimed at education and enforcement when it comes to school crossing zones and school buses. “There will be a heavy enforcement effort in those areas. We take speeding and school zone safety very seriously,” Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Interim Chief Mike Adams said. “We’re trying to ensure the safety of these kids and minimize the risk.”

 

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Daughter Shares Story from Deadly Red-Light Running Crash
KGUN-TV ABC 9 (Arizona), Aug. 26, 2014

It’s the story of one girl’s amazing journey to recovery. Skylar Mason, 17, survived the car crash that killed her father and changed her life forever. The crash happened July 20 at La Cholla and Lambert. A woman driving a Chevy truck ran a red light and smashed into the Mason’s Volkswagon beetle.


13 North Carolina Kids Killed Since 1999 by Drivers Passing School Buses
WNCN.com, Aug. 25, 2014

Every school day in North Carolina, drivers pass stopped school buses, violating state laws requiring drivers to yield when a bus’s stop arm is extended. … Since 1999, 13 children have died simply trying to get to and from school. One of those children was 7-year-old Alyiah Morgan, of Harrells, who in April 2013 was hit by a truck along Highway 421.

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Red-Light Camera Report Shows Drop in Crashes
WROC-TV Channel 8 (New York), Aug. 22, 2014

A recent study conducted by SRF Associates for the City of Rochester shows a reduction in crashes at intersections with red-light cameras.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  Traveling to & from school should be safe for kids — but it is not. Check out our report on School Zone Safety http://tmblr.co/ZC9-Wt1PMBCwc

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  “Don’t squeeze the lemon” means DON’T race through a yellow light! Drive the speed limit & always #StopOnRed.  http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/redlight/brochure/…

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In 1959, Authorities Found It Easy to Catch Toll Cheaters
The Buffalo News (New York), Aug. 26, 2014

Anyone who ever threw coins into the “exact change” basket at the Ogden or Breckenridge tolls wondered: How would it know if I threw in the wrong amount? Motorists were wondering that as soon as the highway opened, and while Thruway officials say cheaters were few and far between, two early cheaters were arrested and fined $50.

EZ-Pass Scam Targets FasTrak Holders
San Jose Mercury News (California), Aug. 25, 2014

There is a phishing e-mail being sent to drivers across the nation claiming they owe money for unpaid E-ZPass tolls. To report a phishing e-mail, forward it to: phishing-report@us-cert.gov.

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Editorial: School Bus Danger Zone
KSLA-TV 12 (Louisiana), Aug. 27, 2014
Schools all over the ArkLaTex are back in session. That means dozens of school buses picking up and dropping off children. And every year we hear about a child hurt, and sometimes killed, by a motorist that fails to stop for a school bus. A video taken from a school bus camera in West Virginia shows a near-miss that should serve as a reminder to us all — never pass a stopped school bus.

Editorial: School Bus Stop Arm Violations Diminishing, but Not Enough
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), Aug. 27, 2014

Like turning a battleship around in the ocean, steering unsafe public behavior in a different direction can seem an agonizingly slow process. When the behavior is intolerable, it is all the more frustrating. This is the case with the frequency of a dangerous traffic violation — drivers blowing past school buses that are stopped to pick up or drop off school children.

Editorial: Failing Grades for School Bus Safety
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), Aug. 25, 2014

The latest survey conducted by the Maryland State Department of Education shows that the students’ fate is being tempted on a regular basis by drivers who seem either unaware of the law or unwilling to follow it. Drivers are forbidden to pass a bus in either direction when its stop arm swings out and its lights are flashing, yet that happens all the time.

Editorial: Cameras Are Rolling; Now Slow Down
The Times/MyWebTimes.com (Illinois), Aug. 22, 2014

You’ve been warned. That’s the prevailing message from Illinois State Police District 17, which this week rolled out a photo enforcement van it plans to use to deter speeding in construction zones. Here are the harsh details:

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Voices: Northwest Dallas County Readers Discuss Cameras on School Buses
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), Aug. 24, 2014

The school bus driver’s job is to get all of his/her kids to school and back safely. Ticketing selfish drivers who ignore flashing red lights and extended warning arms is the best way to help bus drivers do their jobs.

Letter to the Editor: Make Students’ Safety a Priority
The Gazette (Iowa), Aug. 22, 2014

If someone cannot notice a school bus with red flashing lights, how will they notice a small child darting out in front of it? Kadyn could have been your child, grandchild, a niece or nephew. Demand enforcement.

 

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“Success should not be measured by the amount of revenue generated for the county or towns, but whether drivers learn to slow down.”
Dr. Peter Weber, Hewlett-Woodmere’s assistant superintendent for business
Five Towns Herald (New York), Aug. 27, 2014

“We no longer have to be present for a citation to be issued for a stop arm violation. Thanks to technology and video cameras on the school bus, forms will be filled out and information sent to the (state) Department of Public Safety and citations will be issued by way of jurisdiction.”
Mike Adams, Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Interim Chief
The Times and Democrat (South Carolina), Aug. 24, 2014