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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 21

May 5th, 2016 Comments off

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Fixed Speed Cameras Coming to Four Portland Streets
KPTV-TV FOX 12 (Oregon), May 4, 2016

The city of Portland is purchasing unmanned speed cameras to slow drivers down on four of the city’s most dangerous streets. (KPTV-TV FOX 12 image)

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Parents, Lawmakers Want Safety Cameras on School Buses
KDKA-TV CBS 2 (Pennsylvania), May 3, 2016

Cynthia Johnson hopes the Pennsylvania legislature gets House Bill 1249 moving. Johnson, whose 10-year-old daughter was nearly hit by a car speeding around the right side of a stopped school bus, believes school bus safety cameras would act as a deterrent to this dangerous behavior. HB 1249 allows for sensored cameras on school buses that would catch crucial information about the vehicle and driver that pass a stopped bus. (KDKA-TV CBS 2 image)

 

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Pueblo Council Pens Letter of Support for Cameras
Pueblo Chieftain (Colorado), May 4, 2016

In what’s becoming an annual ritual, lawmakers debated the use of automatic traffic cameras again this year before finally passing House Bill 1231, which bans cameras that catch people running red lights. The Pueblo City Council agreed Monday to send a letter to Gov. John Hickenlooper, urging him to stop the legislation again — as he did a year ago. (KOAA-TV NBC 5 image)

Board of Education Backs Red-Light Camera Program
The Daily Reflector (North Carolina), May 3, 2016

After holding a public hearing on Greenville’s proposed red-light camera program, the Pitt County Board of Education voted 6-3 for a resolution supporting statutory changes that would make it possible to implement such a program. … In addition to cracking down on red-light violators, the program would create an additional revenue stream for the school system. According to the state Constitution, “clear proceeds” of fines and forfeitures must go to public schools.

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Full School Bus Hit by Car at Intersection
New Orleans Times-Picayune (Louisiana), April 28, 2016

A school bus carrying 33 students was hit in Marrero when a car slid through a red light, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. None of the injuries to the bus driver or the dozen students appeared to be life-threatening. (WVUE-TV FOX 8/NOLA image)

 

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Mayor Jim Strickland @MayorMemphis Today, I was proud to be part of an event that handed out $26,000 in crime prevention grants to 11 groups. Details: facebook.com/mayormemphis/p  (NOTE: Grant are funded through red-light running fines.)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Question: Why do you think people run red lights? How many red-light runners do you see in a week?  #StopOnRed

 

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ATS Names State, Local Government Solutions General Manager
Wall Street Journal Marketwatch (National), May 2, 2016

American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is pleased to announce that Liz Caracciolo has been promoted to General Manager of the State and Local Government Solutions Business Unit. Liz joined ATS in December of 2014 and since that time has served as Senior Vice President of Account Management where she was responsible for managing both customer service and customer relationships ensuring our teams delivered on our commitment to enhance safety.

 

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California Pension Fund, Allstate Invest in Indiana Toll Road
The Wall Street Journal (New York), May 4, 2016

The Indiana toll road must soon send its profits to a new place: the nation’s largest pension. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System purchased a 10 percent interest in an infrastructure investment fund that reaps tollway profits along the 157-mile stretch of highway between Illinois and Ohio. … Home and auto insurer Allstate Corp. also purchased a small stake. … Infrastructure is prized because the cash flow is steady and safe, but it’s a scarcely available asset. See related article at realestate.ipe.com.  (Indiana Toll Road website image)

Kentucky Gets E-ZPass Board Membership
WDRB.com (Kentucky), May 4, 2016

Kentucky has met the conditions needed to join the E-ZPass Group’s decision-making board before an April 30 deadline, according to the state’s Transportation Cabinet. Cabinet spokesman Ryan Watts said in an e-mail Tuesday that the state now is a member of the group, whose agencies manage roads and collect tolls in 16 states.

 

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Commentary: Time to Stop Listening to Whiners
Sun-Sentinel (Florida), May 1, 2016

Pembroke Pines is now restarting a scaled down version of its red-light safety camera program. Good for them. Pembroke Pines Commissioner Angelo Castillo said his city’s analysis shows the cameras work. They had a 30 percent overall decline in the number of accidents at intersections with the cameras.

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Editorial: Cameras Go Dark, Crashes Increase
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), May 4, 2016

While the evidence isn’t yet conclusive, it appears that more central Ohioans are getting their cars bashed up or being injured by crashes thanks to state lawmakers who effectively barred cities from using red-light traffic cameras to calm dangerous intersections.

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Letter: Blame Drivers, Not Cameras, for Crashes
Newsday (New York), April 28, 2016

I disagree with the letter “Accidents show that red-light cameras need adjustments.” According to Newsday’s story “Accidents and red-light cameras,” accidents went down overall by 4.2 percent, and accidents also declined at 56 percent of the intersections where the cameras were installed. So, it’s disingenuous to cite the figure that injury accidents increased at 44 of the 100 intersections.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 20

April 28th, 2016 Comments off

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Pitt County Schools Could Partner with Police on Camera Program
WCTI-TV ABC 12 (North Carolina), April 27, 2016 

The Pitt County School Board next week will consider a resolution to support a red-light safety camera program. Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman hopes to install cameras at the city’s five worst intersections for red-light runners. Ticket revenue would go to the school system. (WCTI-TV ABC 12 image)

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Alarming Video Catches Driver Striking Student Leaving Bus
WRGB-TV CBS 6 (New York), April 21, 2016

Disturbing footage demonstrates why it’s illegal to pass a stopped school bus. A video shows a student walking off the bus and crossing the street. Moments later a speeding car strikes the youth. The entire time, the bus is stopped, with its lights on and sign out. Luckily the victim survived. A group of state lawmakers are trying to stop these collisions. (WRGB-TV CBS 6 image)

 

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Without Cameras, Crashes Rise in Columbus
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), April 27, 2016

When state legislators passed a de facto ban on red-light cameras last year, municipalities across Ohio cried foul. Officials feared that crashes would increase. So far, they’ve been right — at least in Columbus, according to a Dispatch analysis of crash data from the Ohio Department of Public Safety. (The Columbus Dispatch image by Barbara J. Perenic)

Plainfield Sees Cameras Driving Change in Motorists’ Behavior
The Times Weekly (Illinois), April 26, 2016

Since it switched on its three red-light cameras in the village in 2010, Plainfield police have seen a change in driver behavior and reduction in crashes. Plainfield traffic Sgt. Eric Munson cited a reduction in total crashes, especially at busy Route 59 intersections, a reduction in injuries and a low number of repeat offenders as examples of the changes.

Angle Crashes Decrease at Delaware Intersections with Cameras
The News Journal/delawareonline, April 26, 2016

Dangerous T-bone crashes became less frequent after red-light cameras were installed at intersections throughout the state, transportation officials said in a report Monday, even as the number of rear-end collisions at those crossings increased. Angle crashes, which are the most likely to result in catastrophic injuries or even deaths, decreased 47 percent on the 30 DelDOT monitored red-light camera intersections during the years after cameras were installed.

 

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Mercer Island School Board OKs School Bus Cameras
Mercer Island Reporter (Washington), April 27, 2016

With a unanimous 5-0 vote on April 21, the Mercer Island School Board authorized Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano to sign a contract with American Traffic Solutions to allow cameras to be installed on school bus stop arms. Cameras may be installed once the Mercer Island City Council passes an ordinance authorizing the system’s implementation. (Mercer Island School District image)

Drivers Reminded to Pass School Buses Legally
WTOC-TV Channel 11 (Georgia), April 27, 2016

It’s a major concern for parents. We’ve already had two school bus crashes in South Georgia this week, and children were hurt. The bus drivers were not at fault. Both times, it was the drivers of the passing cars. … “This is a big problem the school systems face,” said Kenneth Williams, Dougherty Co. Schools Transportation Director. On a random day in April 2015, 86 cars were documented passing a Dougherty County school bus when the stop-arm was deployed. Williams called that day’s count “typical.”

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Is your state on the list? 2014 Top States for Red-Light Running Fatalities! #StopOnRed

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Mesa Channel 11 @MesaChannel11 #ATS #grandopening @MesaDistrict1 @MayorGiles #mesaaz #welcometomesa

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ATS Receives Prestigious Ethics Award
American Traffic Solutions and ATS Processing Services have both been honored and awarded with the Better Business Bureau’s prestigious Torch Award for Ethics. The BBB’s Torch Awards for Ethics recognize companies that display an outstanding level of ethics and integrity in all of their business dealings, and generate a high level of trust among their employees, customers and their communities. “This is a proud moment for all of us at ATS,” said David Roberts, President and Chief Operating Officer. See ATS press release here. View BBB announcement here.

 

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Cashless Tolls on Tappan Zee Bridge Start Smoothly
The Journal News (New York), April 25, 2016

The first weekday of cashless commuting started smoothly as drives cruised across the Tappan Zee Bridge this morning. The new cashless tolling system went into effect around 1 a.m. Sunday, according to the Thruway Authority. Drivers slowly rolled through the Tarrytown toll plaza without stopping, keeping traffic moving through the morning rush hour. (New York State Thruway Authority/Times Herald-Record image)

Border Bridge Looks to Connect to E-ZPass
Watertown Daily Times (New York), April 24, 2016

The Thousand Island Bridge Authority is working to connect to the E-ZPass system. When this project is completed, it will be a definite advantage for drivers who need to come to and from Canada and access the Thruway and other E-ZPass routes. … One of the biggest challenges, though, will be how to create a system that can make use of two different forms of currency.

 

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Commentary: Poor Driver Behavior is Greatest Hazard
Adirondack Daily Enterprise (New York), April 25, 2016

In a recent analysis in the American Journal of Public Health, traffic safety expert Leonard Evans, Ph.D., says that driver behavior is the sole or partial cause of nearly 95 percent of all crashes. Thus, the key to cutting traffic deaths and injuries is to focus more on driver behavior. … Evans believes that sensible traffic laws should be enforced on the basis of proven methods: i.e. speed-detecting radar, red light cameras, and other technology.

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Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Could Make City Safer
Herald-Mail (Maryland), April 26, 2016

In seriousness, though, the cameras do encourage drivers to follow the rules, which makes the city safer for everyone. As long as red-light cameras are routinely certified for accuracy, we see them as a sensible part of advancing technology and a program that the city is within its rights to pursue.

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Letter to the Editor: Steps to Make Roads Safer
Newsday (New York), April 27, 2016

I have read with interest articles about crossing safety, red-light cameras and police targeting those who text while driving. … We need higher penalties, more education and many more traffic cameras. Our police patrols cannot be everywhere.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Are a Safety Tool
The Gazette (Colorado), April 26, 2016

When I read the recent Gazette article regarding our state legislators voting to ban red-light cameras, it left me dumbfounded. … How is “personal privacy” violated by a camera in a very public venue? … Personally, I want to see law enforcement have every tool necessary to keep our roads and highways as safe as possible.

 

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“Our program undoubtedly saved lives and reduced property damage.”
George Speaks, Columbus Safety Director, red-light camera program overseer
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), April 27, 2016

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“I’d say the program is successful. We have had a reduction in the total number of crashes this (red-light camera) program is targeting.”
Adam Weiser, Safety Programs Manager with Delaware DOT
The News Journal/delawareonline (Delaware), April 26, 2016
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T-bone angle crashes decreased 47% at red-light camera intersections in Delaware during the years after red-light safety cameras were installed, according to a new report by the Delaware Department of Transportation. Over the same time period, rear-end crashes rose 7%, possibly because of increased road congestion. Source: TheNews Journal/delawareonline (Delaware), April 26, 2016.

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In the village of Plainfield, red-light safety cameras have been in operation since 2010 at the intersection of Route 59 and 135th Street. Police say the program is helping to change driver behavior and that crashes are decreasing. The village has had only three crashes related to drivers running red lights at the Route 59 intersection compared with 11 before they were installed. The village has issued about 850 fewer traffic citations at the intersection in 2015 than in 2010. Source: The Times Weekly (Illinois), April 26, 2016.

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In the first year without red-light safety cameras at 38 intersections in Columbus, total crashes rose 8 percent, injury crashes spiked 38 percent and right-angle crashes jumped 29 percent (69 more) at former red-light camera intersections compared with the average number of crashes in the previous three years. Crashes at intersections throughout the city increased at an even faster clip:  10.5 percent. Source: The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), April 27, 2016.

 

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 19

April 21st, 2016 Comments off

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ATS Releases Distracted Driving Analysis

When ATS looked at driver behavior at nearly 70 intersections in three states during a three-month period, they discovered nearly 20 percent of red-light runners were distracted at the time of their violation. This behavior only serves to heighten the risk drivers create on the road. Please, for your own safety and those around you, pay attention to traffic while driving. The news release is available here. For more findings from the study click here.

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Authorities Team Up to Prevent Illegal School Bus Passes in N.Y.
WHEC-TV NBC 10 (New York), April 21, 2016

Local police agencies and bus drivers are teaming up to prevent drivers from passing school buses. Investigators say that every day in New York, 24,000 people pass stopped school buses. (WHEC-TV NBC 10 image)

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Family of Bicyclist Killed, Pleads to Hit-and-Run Driver
WCAU-TV NBC 10 (Pennsylvania), April 19, 2016

A bicyclist struck by a hit-and-run driver in West Philadelphia early Saturday died Monday, police said. … The hit-and-run prompted the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia to call for better enforcement of traffic laws to prevent crashes, including more red-light cameras and speed cameras. (WCAU-TV NBC 10 image)

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Distracted Driving on the Rise
KTVK-TV Channel 3 (Arizona), April 18, 2016

Last year, according to the Department of Public Safety, there were nearly 2,729 crashes in Arizona that involved distracted driving. In 283 of them, the driver was using their phone; in 326, someone was reaching for something, and in 18, the driving was grooming. American Traffic Solutions’ own review of their red-light running videos found the number of vehicles distracted and running red lights in 2015 increased by nearly 58 percent since 2012. See related ATS news release. (KTVK-TV Channel 3 image)

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Red-Light Camera Video Helped Catch Shooting Suspect
KMBC-TV ABC 9 (Missouri), April 18, 2016

A Kansas City man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges in the 2009 shooting death of a woman who was driving home from Starlight Theatre when she was caught in a deadly crossfire. … Police said red-light camera video footage helped them track down the two vehicles involved in the gun battle. Witnesses led authorities to make an arrest. (KMBC-TV Channel 9 image)

 

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Police: Red-Light Runner Hits School Bus
WKRC-TV CBS 12  (Ohio), April 20, 2016

A crash involving a school bus and a car injured the car’s driver Wednesday morning in Dry Ridge. Police say the car’s driver ran a red light and slammed into the bus coming through the intersection. (WKRC-TV CBS 12)

Crash Numbers Tumble at Red-Light Camera Location
Carroll County Times (Maryland), April 15, 2016

Westminster police said this week they’ve seen a drop in serious crashes at the intersection of Md. 97 and Nursery Road, and they believe one factor might be the city’s lone remaining red-light camera. Westminster police Chief Jeff Spaulding said that during the six years with the camera in place six years ago, there have been five red-light running related crashes at that intersection. That compares to 16 red-light runner crashes that required police reports in the three years before the camera’s implementation.

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Legislators Seek to Expand Speed Camera Program
Long Island City/Astoria Journal (New York), April 15, 2016

In the aftermath of the hit-and-run death of 17-year-old Ovidio Jaramillo, community leaders and elected officials are calling for additional safety measures. State Sen. Jose Peralta and Assemblyman Michael DenDekker proposed a package of bills that would expand the speed camera program in school zones and have them operational for the entire day. See related coverage from Times Ledger.  (Times Ledger image)

Child Transported to Hospital from Crash Scene
Daily Herald (Utah), April 14, 2016

A child was transported to Mountain View Hospital April 14 with minor injuries after being involved in a school bus crash. The collision occurred as the school bus was traveling north on 2550 East when a pickup truck, traveling east on Hwy. 6, ran a red light and collided with the front of the bus.

Kansas City Police Warn of Ticket Scam
The Kansas City Star (Missouri), April 14, 2016

Kansas City police are warning people about fraudulent e-mails claiming that motorists have been ticketed after a red light camera captured them speeding. The e-mails are part of a maleware scam targeting motorists whose GPS information has been leaked, police said.

 

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San Antonio Considers School Bus Stop-Arm Cameras
KQXT-Radio 101.9 FM (Texas), April 21, 2016

The city of San Antonio is considering allowing school districts to install cameras on school buses, photograph the license plates of cars that drive around the stopped buses, and mail a ticket to the driver, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports. East side Councilman Alan Warrick says the citizens are tired of seeing children put in danger when they are getting onto and off of the school bus by motorists who are flaunting the law.

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Bus-ted: West Virginia Law Makes it Easier to Catch Bus Passers
The State Journal, April 17, 2016

School bus driver Angie Perry isn’t sure but she thinks motorists are driving around her stopped school bus less often. “I think the word is starting to get out about the new law,” said Perry, who drives a bus route in the eastern part of Kanawha County. In March, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed Senate Bill 13, which both increases the criminal penalties for illegally passing a school bus and makes it easier to catch and charge alleged violators.

Truck Strikes Stopped School Bus, Hospital Trip Precautionary
Riverhead News-Review (New York), April 15, 2016

A Riverhead School District bus was rear-ended on West Main Street while dropping off students on April 15. Four kids were transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center as a precaution, Riverhead Town police said. Riverhead Superintendent Nancy Carney said the bus had its lights flashing when it was stopped.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety ATS ANALYSIS: #DistractedOnRed highlights the dangers of #distractedbehavior while #redlightrunning! Check it out:

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety In 2014, there were 29,989 fatal crashes in the U.S., one every 17.6 minutes, claiming 32,675 lives. via @NHTSAgov #DriveSafe #StopOnRed

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AHeadfortheFuture @AHFTF April is #DistractedDrivingAwarenessMonth — be aware of your surroundings, #DontTextAndDrive and always #StopOnRed

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ATS Receives Prestigious Ethics Award
American Traffic Solutions and ATS Processing Services have both been honored and awarded with the Better Business Bureau’s prestigious Torch Award for Ethics. The BBB’s Torch Awards for Ethics recognize companies that display an outstanding level of ethics and integrity in all of their business dealings, and generate a high level of trust among their employees, customers and their communities. “This is a proud moment for all of us at ATS,” said David Roberts, President and Chief Operating Officer. See ATS press release here. View BBB announcement here.

 

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Toll Road Opens in Leon County
WCTV-TV CBS 6 (Florida), April 20, 2016

Those who live near the new 5.2-mile Orchard Pond Parkway say the new toll road will save a lot of time. The toll road is electronic, meaning no cash is accepted and there are no toll booths to make drivers stop. (WCTV-TV CBS 6 image)

Fitch: Solid Growth to Continue for U.S. Transportation
Fitch Ratings News Release, April 19, 2016

Growth will remain healthy for all three U.S. major transportation sectors (airports, ports and toll roads) this year, according to Fitch Ratings in a new report. … As for toll roads, low fuel prices have boosted growth in traffic (6.6 percent) and revenue (8.3 percent) since the second half of 2015. The Southeast and Southwest U.S. have and will continue to lead in traffic performance.

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2 Colorado Toll Roads Among Nation’s Top 10 for Volume Increase
The Denver Post (Colorado), April 18, 2016

Two of Colorado’s toll roads — E-470 and Northwest Parkway — were among the nation’s top 10 for greatest increase in traffic volume last year, according to a newly released analysis. … The parkway saw a 13 percent surge in usage last year, just ahead of E-470 in Aurora, which ranked ninth with a 12.4 percent increase. … Illinois’ Tollway System reported the heaviest traffic with nearly 882 million vehicles last year. (The Denver Post image by Steve Nehf)

Alabama Moves from Roosters to Tolls to Raise Road Funds
AL.com, April 17, 2016

Alabama once sold roosters to finance a bridge, so it might not seem so out of the ordinary for transportation officials to turn to tolls for big-ticket projects. In the next few years, tolls may play a crucial role funding major roadwork in Mobile and Baldwin counties, where rapid coastal growth is fueling congestion.

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Commentary: Lynnwood’s Cameras Are Effective Enforcement Tool
The Herald (Washington), April 17, 2016

As a former member of the Lynnwood City Council, I have done a fair amount of personal research on the matter of red-light cameras and have heard the arguments from several perspectives.  I would like to add my comments as a Lynnwood citizen. … While this issue can be polarizing and unpopular, the real question at hand is whether Lynnwood citizens prefer photo enforcement rather than the alternative of reduced city services or raising taxes. I think most citizens prefer the former.

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Letter to the Editor: Cameras Are Cure for Road Insanity
The Herald (Washington), April 20, 2016

Almost daily we read about people getting run over by cars; many of them hit and run. It is total insanity out there on the roads. Traffic cameras are needed. … Traffic cameras, I believe, serve a very useful and needed purpose. People say it is all about money. I don’t care. The money the cameras could bring would help maintain our roads, help fund schools, and maybe even help with my property tax and storm water tax!

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“(The) Frederick City Police Department has a red-light program that includes 12 cameras at seven intersections. They have been in operation since 2005 and have experienced a 59 percent reduction in accidents at these intersections.”
Valerie A. Means, Hagerstown City Administrator
Herald-Mail (Maryland), April 20, 2016

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“Clearly, installing speed cameras in school zones has been a successful initiative and to make it even more effective we should do away with these senseless restrictions on times of operation and the number of cameras that may be in use.”
Jose Peralta, New York state Senator
Times Ledger (New York), April 19, 2016

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The city of Westminster implemented its Automated Enforcement Program in March 2010 with five camera locations, but has removed several red-light cameras in recent years after police determined they had accomplished their goals of improving driver awareness and reducing crashes. At the city’s remaining red-light camera site, only five red-light running crashes have occurred in the past six years, compared with 16 over three years before the camera’s installation at Md. 97 and Nursery Road. Source: Carroll County Times (Maryland), April 15, 2016.

ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 6, Issue 18

April 14th, 2016 Comments off

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ATS Receives Prestigious Ethics Award
American Traffic Solutions and ATS Processing Services have both been honored and awarded with the Better Business Bureau’s prestigious, Torch Award for Ethics. The BBB’s Torch Awards for Ethics recognize companies that display an outstanding level of ethics and integrity in all of their business dealings, and generate a high level of trust among their employees, customers and their communities. “This is a proud moment for all of us at ATS,” said David Roberts, President and Chief Operating Officer. See ATS press release here. View BBB announcement here.

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Boynton Beach Camera Catches Red-Light Runner
Palm Beach Post (Florida), April 13, 2016

According to a post on Facebook from the Boynton Beach Police Department, the driver ignored the red light at Congress Avenue and Boynton Beach Boulevard and made an illegal left turn. Watch it here. (Boynton Beach Post/Boynton Beach Police image)

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Drivers Keep School Bus Safety Cameras Busy in Austin
KTBC-TV FOX 7 (Texas), April 11, 2016

Authorities say the school bus stop-arm safety cameras are helping them catch vehicles as they pass stopped school buses in the Austin Independent School District, and one particular incident has them stunned. The camera caught a pickup truck blow past a stopped bus and smack its stop sign. A second vehicle followed directly after. So far this April, more than 2,000 illegal incidents have been caught on camera in the school district. (KTBC-TV FOX 7/Austin Independent School District image)
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2 Charged in Bus Collision
The Summerville Journal Scene (South Carolina), April 11, 2016

South Carolina Highway Patrol has charged two dump truck drivers after a collision with a school bus Monday morning. The southbound bus was stopped to pick up students when the northbound dump trucks passed by. The second dump truck crashed into the first one which stopped after passing the bus. (The Summerville Journal Scene image)

Driver in Fatal Crash Gets 24 Years
Bloomberg.com, April 9, 2016

A man who fled following an accident in Pueblo, Colo., that killed a 16-year-old girl in 2014 pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and was sentenced to prison Friday. Authorities were able to determine the driver of the vehicle from red-light camera photo evidence.

 

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Driver Charged after Hitting Student at Bus Stop
The Examiner (Missouri), April 14, 2016

A Raytown woman faces three felony charges in connection with an incident just before last Christmas in which a child getting off a school bus was hit by a car and injured, according to the Jackson County prosecutor’s office. … It happened when the bus stopped, put out its stop sign and activated its flashing lights. Vehicles backed up in both directions on the road. As the last student got off the bus, a driver three cars back jumped out of line and rushed past. The car struck the boy, sending him into some bushes and breaking his collarbone.

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Alabama Bill Extends School Bus Stop-Arm Camera Usage Statewide
School Transportation News, April 11, 2016

A bill that passed the Alabama Senate and is on to the House would allow county and city school districts across the state to use video cameras to document illegal passers of school buses and issue citations. The Mobile County Public School Systems began its own stop-arm enforcement program in January, authorized by a law passed last June. Now, state Sen. Jimmy Holley’s SB 215 carries with it a $300 fine statewide for any motorists that video proves is guilty of illegally passing a stopped school bus.  (WTVM-TV NBC 13 image)

Chesterfield County Could Revisit School Bus Safety Cameras
The News and Advance (Virginia), April 10, 2016

Legislation passed in the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe last week could reopen discussions on school bus cameras in Chesterfield County. … Elected county and school officials said in December that they would wait to see what happened with the legislation before deciding whether they would take up the issue again. The state law goes into effect July 1.

Police Say Driver Hit Child, Mother at Bus Stop
The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), April 8, 2016

A 53-year-old man from Chester was charged late Thursday, April 7, with failure to stop when meeting or passing a school bus resulting in great bodily injury. A judge set a $10,000 bond for the driver. The incident occurred just outside Chester city limits. The mother was treated for her injuries and later released. The 5-year-old girl suffered broken bones and will likely be hospitalized for a couple of days.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted Families for Safe St #SpeedSafetyCamerasSaveLives! If you are in #Albany on May 10th – check this out!

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It Can Wait @ItCanWait  We ran a poll and the majority of you don’t think laws prevent texting and driving. Our new study might surprise you.

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Early Data on I-580 Toll Road Lanes Promising
The Mercury News (California), April 13, 2016

The first comprehensive report on traffic use along I-580 toll lanes will be out next month. Here’s what we know so far: The average speed in two express lanes eastbound is 22 to 32 mph faster than the average in lanes for solo drivers. Westbound in the morning where there’s just one toll lane, it’s 12 to 21 mph faster. Over 44,000 westbound trips and 81,000 eastbound trips were made in the FasTrak lanes in one week in February. Tolls so far have not exceeded $6 in either direction. The average westbound toll has been $2.40; eastbound $2.47. (East Bay Times image by Doug Duran)

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Maine Shows Interest in Massachusetts’ Old Toll Booth Parts
MassLive.com, April 12, 2016

As Massachusetts is moving to all-electronic tolling and eliminating the toll plazas, the Maine Turnpike Authority is seeking to buy computer components housed within the soon-to-be-defunct toll booths. … Like Massachusetts, Maine is also modernizing its tolling system and is part of the E-ZPass system, but they are on a slower track. The turnpike authority is interested in 12- to 13-year-old computer components that aren’t made any more. (MassLive.com/MSP Media Relations image)

 

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Editorial: Speed Enforcement Trial Yields Interesting Data
Regina Leader-Post (Canada), April 9, 2016

One thing is worryingly clear — speeding remains a big problem in school zones in Regina, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, with a total of 30,508 tickets issued during the year — not far behind the 33,192 tickets handed drivers in “high speed” zones. Better signage in school zones and more public education are among the ideas being pondered to address the issue. Saskatchewan has a speeding problem that needs to be dealt with and — as with impaired driving — it’s clear education isn’t enough.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Stir Debate
The Daily Reflector (North Carolina), April 11, 2016

So the school board has tabled the motion on the installation of red-light cameras because it may cause public outcry? How do you expect the public to respond? Whatever happened to doing the right thing. … It’s simple. The drivers in our city have demonstrated for years that without the proper enforcement of traffic laws they will systematically break those laws without regard to the safety and convenience of other drivers. It is time to do the right thing and show them that their actions can have consequences.

 

ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 6, Issue 17

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Drivers Passing Stopped School Buses Caught in Safety Sting
WBBH-TV NBC 2 (Florida), April 6, 2016

NBC 2 and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office teamed up to crack down on drivers illegally passing stopped school buses. The first two offenses caught on camera happened within minutes of each other. “This is a widespread issue with all the buses,” said Collier schools operation manager Don DeTeso. He says there are 262 bus routes in Collier County — 524 if you count the morning and afternoon shifts. If two drivers pass stopped buses on each route, you’re looking at more than 1,000 violations every day. (WBBH-TV NBC 2 image)

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SUV Strikes Stopped School Bus
WTSP-TV CBS 10 (Florida), April 6, 2016

An SUV crashed into the rear end of a stopped school bus in Dover Wednesday morning, sending the driver and his two passengers to Tampa General Hospital. They are expected to be OK. The Florida Highway Patrol says the Buick Rendezvous was behind the bus on SR 60 when its driver failed to see the bus had stopped and read-ended it. The bus did have all its emergency equipment activated picking up children in front of The Palms at Dover neighborhood. Troopers noted there were about 115 feet of skid marks from the Buick to the back of the bus. (WTSP-TV CBS 10 image)

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Red-Light Runner Leaves Scene of Crash
WEVV-TV CBS 44 (Indiana), April 6, 2016

Authorities are looking for a man who left the scene of a red-light running crash in Evansville. The crash injured the driver of the other vehicle. She was taken to the hospital with a possible broken foot.

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City Enters Camera Enforcement Phase this Month
Daily Voice (New York), April 5, 2016

New Rochelle motorists should exercise a bit more caution when driving in the city as the city ends its probationary phase and begins the enforcement phase of its red-light camera program. (Topix.com image by Mr_Bill)

Red-Light Camera Program Launches May 1
Daily Herald (Illinois), April 5, 2016

Red-light cameras at the intersection of Route 59 and Route 19 in Streamwood will be operational beginning May 1, Streamwood police announced Tuesday. For the next 30 days, warning citations will be issued to violators caught driving through red lights.

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Pedestrian Safety Task Force Recommends Red-Light Cameras
Missourian (Missouri), April 4, 2016

A committee formed after a string of pedestrian crashes in Columbia has recommended that the city implement a zero-tolerance approach toward pedestrian safety and consider other measures, such as lower speed limits and red-light cameras. View report here. (City of Columbia image)

County Commissioners Vote in Favor of Red-Light Safety Cameras
Daily Reflector (North Carolina), April 5, 2016

Pitt County commissioners in a 5-2 vote supported a resolution asking the General Assembly to make changes that will allow the city of Greenville to implement a red-light camera program. Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman told the commission, “I was a little surprised by the number of traffic accidents this community has, 500 a month.”

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Judge Tosses Challenge to Chicago Red-Light Cameras
Courthouse News Service (Illinois), April 4, 2016

A class action challenging the legality of Chicago’s red-light camera system, one of several in recent years, was dismissed with prejudice by a Cook County, IL, judge. The 2012 lawsuit claimed that the cameras were illegal because they violate the Illinois Constitution and because Chicago had no authority to pass an ordinance that regulates the program. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Rita Novak said in her April 1 ruling that the localized rules make sense in this case. See related coverage from WLS-TV ABC 7.

 

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N. Carolina OKs Mailing Tickets for Illegally Passing School Buses
DelRay Patch (Virginia), April 5, 2016

Virginia lawmakers have given the green light to a provision that will help local governments enforce laws designed to keep drivers from illegally passing school buses. The new law, which will go into effect July 1, allows citations to be mailed to anyone who illegally passes a school bus. (Del Ray Patch/Falls Church City Public Schools image)

Police Fault Driver in Car-School Bus Crash
WJAC-TV NBC 6 (Pennsylvania), April 4, 2016

State Police said a car and school bus carrying 28 elementary students were involved in an accident Monday morning. According to police, the car rear-ended the bus as it was stopped with its red lights activated shortly before 9 a.m. Multiple students received minor injuries.

Girl,17, Hurt when Truck Hits School Bus
Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise (Oklahoma), March 31, 2016

A 17-year-old girl was injured in a crash involving a Caney Valley Public Schools bus on March 30. Troopers say the crash happened as the bus was “stopped at a drop-off point with the doors open, warning lights activated and stop sign out” when a 16-year-old driver struck the bus from the rear in his pickup.

 

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NHTSA @NHTSAgov  It’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month! Stay with us all month long to learn more about the dangers of … fb.me/7ZzRH1bAy

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NSC @NSCSafety  Nearly 5k pedestrians die each year. Remember, cars have bumpers people don’t #Lifesavers2016

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Poinciana Parkway Opening Phase I
WFTV-TV ABC 9 (Florida), April 6, 2016

Thousands of Poinciana drivers are anticipating the opening of the new Poinciana Parkway in a few weeks. The toll road will stretch from U.S. 17-92 and Kinny Harmon Road to Cypress Parkway. “This is a long-awaited and desperately needed road,” Atlee Mercer, chairman of the Osceola County Expressway Authority, said. (WFTV-TV ABC 9 image)

1st All-Electronic Tolling Roadway in Illinois Nearly Ready
Daily Herald, April 4, 2016

Tolling equipment installation is nearly finished along Route 390, preparing the roadway to become Illinois Tollway’s first all-electronic roadway in the system, meaning no buckets and no human collectors. For the record, Route 390 is free, but tolls start this summer between Lake Street and I-290.

All-Electronic Tolling on Thruway in Rockland
Hudson Valley News Network (New York), April 1, 2016

According to the NYS Thruway Authority, the new All-Electronic Tolling gantry of the I-87/287 Thruway in Rockland County will go ‘live’ April 23. It will temporarily replace the Tarrytown toll plaza. For customers without an E-ZPass account, there is another option called “Tolls by Mail.”

Toll Trips on Pace to Double in Next 10 Years
ITS International, April 1, 2016

2015 was a record-breaking year for toll road, bridge and tunnel usage according to a new analysis report from the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. The National Toll Facilities Usage Analysis found that drivers’ use of toll roads increased by 7 percent between 2014 and 2015, a record-breaking rate of growth that puts tolling usage on pace to double in less than 10 years.

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Growth in Toll Traffic Outpaces Regular Roads
USA Today, March 31, 2016

With gas prices low, motorists seem keen to drive and to travel on less congested toll roads even if they cost a little more, according to an industry analysis of Transportation Department statistics obtained by USA TODAY.

 

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Commentary: Downtown Sacramento Hosts Daily Demolition Derby
The Sacramento Bee (California), April 2, 2016 

While downtown Sacramento seems sedate with its lovely tree canopy, strolling state workers and low-key retail shops, it is also host to a daily demolition derby. Every single day when I’m driving downtown, I witness numerous moving violations ranging from rolling stops, no-signal turns, running red lights, and stoned, drunken, helmetless cyclists going the wrong way on one-way streets. The general traffic chaos is reminiscent of 1960s films of Rome or Saigon.

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Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Needed in Greenville
Daily Reflector (North Carolina), April 7, 2016

The Pitt County School Board on Monday tabled further action on a resolution approved by the Board of Commissioners for a funding request from the state for a red-light camera system for the city of Greenville until public input is gathered. The system is needed and should be strongly supported.

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Letter to the Editor: Alarming Disregard for Traffic Rules
The Bismarck Tribune (North Dakota), April 4, 2016

I live on Eighth Avenue Southeast and this is directed to all of those living south of 19th Street Southeast and west of Eighth Avenue Southeast in Mandan. It is quite obvious the 25-mph speed limit signs mean absolutely nothing to you.

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“Children can get killed, and none of us want that.”
Terry Smith, Sergeant with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, on vehicles illegally passing stopped school buses
WBBH-TV NBC 2 (Florida), April 6, 2016