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RSI Newsletter, Vol 6, Issue 14

March 17th, 2016

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Police Blame Red-Light Running in Fatal Collision
WJXT-TV CBS 4 (Florida), March 16, 2016

A 21-year-old man is dead due to what police believe is a red-light running collision in the early hours of Wednesday in Jacksonville. The victim served in the Army National Guard and was in the reserves. (WJXT-TV CBS 4 image)

Greenville Pursues Red-Light Camera Program Approval
WNCT-TV CBS 9 (North Carolina), March 14, 2016

Greenville city leaders will begin seeking approval to install red-light cameras at five intersections. Appearing before the City Council on March 14, Police Chief Mark Holtzman said the city will need support from the General Assembly, the Pitt County Board of Education, Pitt County commissioners and the councils before installing the cameras. (WNCT-TV CBS 9 image)


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Police: Car Runs Red Light, Strikes School Bus
PennLive.com (Pennsylvania), March 17, 2016

A car went through a red light and collided with a school bus this morning in York County. The sole child on the bus was not injured, but at least one person had minor injuries, Northern York Regional police said. (Northern York County Regional Police Department image)

Red-Light Camera Fills Safety Need in Commerce City
Commerce City Sentinel Express (Colorado), March 15, 2016

Commerce City has a red light camera at East 60th Avenue and U.S. 85 to handle what many call the worst intersection in town. After years of accidents, violations went down after the red light camera was installed. Seven different roads intersect at this point, which sees an estimated 56,000 vehicles a day. The roadway is so unsafe, that it was dangerous for police to pull offenders over at that location, said Michelle Halstead, director of communications and government affairs. (The Denver Post/YourHub file image by Seth A. McConnell)

Council Hears Proposal for Red-Light Safety Council
Reflector.com (North Carolina), March 15, 2016

Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman presented a proposal for red-light cameras to the City Council this week. He said the program frees up officers that have to be assigned to the intersections and makes it safer for police to issue citations to drivers who run red lights in the city.

Windsor Heights Considers Switch to ATS
The Des Moines Register (Iowa), March 14, 2016

Windsor Heights is considering a change in its traffic camera program to ensure a more consistent rate of citations for drivers caught speeding on its streets. The city wants to switch vendors to American Traffic Solutions. Capt. Derek Meyer said the change would give the city better overall consistency in equipment and service.

12 Chandler Intersections Getting Red-Light Safety Cameras
KPNX-TV NBC 12 (Arizona), March 12, 2016

Chandler police have announced they are adding 12 new red-light safety cameras at intersections. Officials warn the cameras will have to be tested, which will result in drivers getting flashed as they pass through the intersections. The systems will be active starting on April 1.

March is Red-Light Running Awareness Month in Arizona
The Glendale Star, March 10, 2016

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has declared March to be Red-Light Running Awareness Month in the state. The proclamation, which encourages residents to do all they can to stop red light running, was presented to the nonprofit Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance, which is dedicated to significantly reducing red-light running everywhere. Arizona is the fourth-highest state in the nation for red-light running fatalities with 153 lives lost during the five-year period ending in 2014. Frank Hinds of Glendale is a co-founder of the Red Means Stop Coalition.


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Police Cite Driver after Striking Student Approaching Bus
The Intelligencer, Wheeling News-Register (W. Va.), March 17, 2016

West Virginia State Police say a motorist has been cited after her vehicle struck a student who was walking to board a school bus in Logan County. The student experienced minor injuries. The event occurred as the school bus stopped to pick up the 12-year-old student, and the vehicle drove past the school bus.  (Associated Press image)

Big Rig Collides with School Buses; Several Hurt
Dothan Eagle (Alabama), March 16, 2016

Several children received broken bones and/or other serious but non-life-threatening injuries when a tractor-trailer rig struck one Jackson County, Florida, school bus from behind and propelled it into the back of another school bus early Wednesday morning. Seconds before impact, a 17-year-old boy grabbed a young boy by the shirt and pulled him away as the child prepared to step onto the bus, which was stopped to let children board. (Dothan Eagle image courtesy of Nikki Patrick)

Grace Period Ends for Drivers in Fulton County Passing Stopped School Buses
Atlanta Journal Constitution/ajc.com (Georgia), March 15, 2016

In the past month, police departments across north Fulton County have approved and sent 52 warning notices to drivers caught on camera illegally passing a stopped school bus either picking kids up or letting them off. Now authorities say if you pass a stopped school bus picking up or letting off kids, you will face a fine. Roswell Police Officer Lisa Holland said the grace period is over and violators will now face fines.


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Highways Take Deadly Tolls on Troopers
Philly.com (Pennsylvania), March 12, 2016

In or out of their vehicles, New Jersey’s highways have been deadly for its state police force. The department has seen 70 line-of-duty deaths since 1923, the earliest death recorded. Nearly three-quarters of those deaths — 52 — have been in traffic incidents. “If anything bad is going to happen, it’s traffic-related,” said Trooper Lawrence Peele, a State Police spokesman.


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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety This is a huge problem in many communities! It is unacceptable to put our chidren’s lives in danger. #stoparmsafety

Chandler Police @ChandlerPolice New Traffic Cameras at Intersections in Chandler! In the next few weeks we will be installing new photo … fb.me/7Md8LV1nZ


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Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission OKs New 70 MPH Limit
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, March 16, 2016

After studying the issue for more than 18 months, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission voted Tuesday to increase the speed limit on most of the toll road to 70 mph from the current 65. The change is expected to go into effect in the spring. Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo said, “The easy way to look at it is this: Everything that is 55 mph stays 55 mph and everything 65 mph becomes 70 mph. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/Associated Press image by Michael Conroy)

Indiana Toll Road to Undergo $200 Million Rehab Project
WXIX-TV FOX 19, March 16, 2016

An Indiana Toll Road official says the privately operated highway has begun a two-year, $200 million rehabilitation project that will be its largest single project since its construction in 1954. The first lane closures are set for April.

Texas 288 Toll Lane Project Gets Go-Ahead
Houston Chronicle (Texas), March 15, 2016

This time next year, work to build toll lanes to ease congestion along Texas 288 between Pearland and the Texas Medical Center should be well underway. The start of work can’t come soon enough for many Pearland-area commuters and patients who inch along in creeping traffic to and from the medical center.


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Commentary: Stopping for Red Lights Saves Lives
Dayton Daily News (Ohio), March 17, 2016

Still think traffic cameras are just a scam to enrich local bureaucrats? Think again. They save lives, by reminding drivers of a real risk — not only to life, limb, and property, but also to their wallets — and thus significantly deter dangerous behavior. Evidence? Since it was announced that cameras would cease generating tickets, incidence of red-light running has risen. How do we know? First the broadside accident count has gone up. Second, though they no longer issue tickets, the cameras still record violations.

“I’m always going to fight for public safety. I’m not changing my mind. They can time these lights until they’re blue in the face, but it’s not going to change driver behavior. They’re still running red lights and blocking intersections.”
Todd Morgan, St. Mary’s County Commissioner, Maryland
Southern Maryland Online, March 16, 2016

“We would rather save a child’s life than write a ticket.”
Lisa Holland, Roswell police officer, Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AJC.com (Georgia), March 15, 2016

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“When someone runs a red light, an officer has to go through that red light in order to conduct a traffic stop. This (red-light camera) initiative makes it safer and frees up resources.”
Mark Holtzman, Greenville Police Chief, North Carolina
Reflector.com, March 15, 2016