ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 51

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Video Details New Jersey’s Red-Light Safety Camera Program
The Star Ledger (New Jersey), Nov. 16, 2013

One of the two vendors for New Jersey’s controversial red-light cameras has put out a video intended to provide a comprehensive look at the process — and clear up some persistent questions. The video by American Traffic Solutions is scheduled to be advertised on NJ.com and New Jersey 101.5. Click here for video. See related press release.

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Advocates Rally for Pedestrian Safety
The Atlantic Cities (New York), Nov. 14, 2013

Advocates for safer streets recently held a rally in Queens called “Three Children Too Many.” It memorialized three young victims of traffic violence, who died in the Jackson Heights neighborhood over the past year. At the rally, the parents of Allison Liao, a 3-year-old killed by a driver who failed to yield in a crosswalk in Flushing, Queens, gave voice to their grief. Click here for video. (Image by The Atlantic Cities and StreetFilms)

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Crosswalk Safety, Red-Light Running Fine Revenue Combine in Amarillo
KVII-TV ABC 7 (Texas), Nov. 21, 2013

Two city Traffic Commissioners are intending to randomly check a number of crosswalks this weekend to determine their safety. Commissioner Mark Nair says because revenue from the red-light cameras is dedicated to traffic safety, they’d been considering crosswalk safety for some time.

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Task Force Supports Red-Light Cameras in Sugar Land
Sugar Land City Press Release (Texas), Nov. 20, 2013

The Traffic Safety Task Force recommended the continuation of red-light cameras in Sugar Land but asked City Council on Nov. 19 to consider modifications such as increased signage and yellow light timing. The task force acknowledged the cameras are an important public safety tool that contributes to the safe operation of high-volume intersections in Sugar Land by changing the behaviors of drivers. See related coverage from Sugar Land Sun. (Photo by YourFortBendNews.com)

Piscataway Red-Light Safety Cameras to Stay
The Alternative Press (New Jersey), Nov. 19, 2013

The state Department of Transportation said this week it would not require Piscataway to take down its red-light cameras along South Plainfield’s border. Assistant DOT Commissioner Anthony J. Attanasio said that Piscataway’s cameras are part of a five-year pilot program and that data from the intersections is needed so the department can “make sound safety recommendations to the Governor and State Legislature.”

Nassau County Expands Red-Light Camera Program
New Hyde Park Patch (New York), Nov. 19, 2013

Nassau County began installation of two red-light cameras on Friday afternoon along Jericho Turnpike. The county currently has cameras at 76 locations out of the 100 it is allowed under law.

Diboll Council Agrees to More Red-Light Cameras on Highway
Lufkin Daily News (Texas), Nov. 19, 2013

Members of the Diboll City Council elected on Monday to place additional red-light safety cameras along U.S. Highway 59 in the city. The approved resolution authorizes American Traffic Solutions to install cameras at the three selected locations.

Number of Red-Light Safety Cameras Increase in Pueblo
KXRM-TV FOX 21 (Colorado), Nov. 19, 2013

The Pueblo Police Department has partnered with American Traffic Solutions to install a third red-light safety camera to its program. Police said the camera systems are in response to a survey completed last year, which identified intersections with a high number of red-light violations.

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Red-Light Camera Video in Missing Person Case Released
WTSP-TV CBS 10 (Florida), Nov. 18, 2013

Orlando police released red-light camera video showing what they say is the vehicle of Michelle Parker, who vanished two years ago in Central Florida.

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D.C. Metropolitan Police Release Photo Enforcement Statistics
DCStreetSafe.org (District of Columbia), Nov. 18, 2013

Photo Enforcement and Traffic Crash Statistics provided during the DC StreetSafe Automated Traffic Safety Enforcement press event are available. (Graphic by D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and DCStreetSafe.org)

Scottsdale’s New Camera Site in Warning Phase
City of Scottsdale (Arizona), Oct. 31, 2013

During the month of November, Scottsdale’s new fixed site photo enforcement location at Alma School Road and Dynamite Boulevard /Rio Verde Drive will issue warnings only to alert the public of the new device. After the 30-day warning period is over the photo enforcement site will begin issuing citations to drivers who travel 11 miles or more over the speed limit.

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Pedestrian Exiting School Bus Struck by Vehicle
WPVI-TV ABC 6 (Pennsylvania), Nov. 19, 2013

Police say a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle after getting off a school bus in West Philadelphia Tuesday evening. … The victim’s injuries, according to investigators, are non-life threatening.

Police: Vehicle Swerves Away from Children Off School Bus, Hits Teen
WRGA-Radio 1479 AM (Georgia), Nov. 19, 2013

A teenager was injured after she was hit by a vehicle at the intersection of 19th and Flannery streets on Tuesday afternoon. According to Capt. Paul Greene of the Rome Police Department, a group of children had been let off the school bus and were in the roadway. A vehicle swerved to go around the children and struck the teen. Her injuries do not appear to be serious.

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2,700 Tickets Issued in 1st Month of Speed Cameras
CLTV Chicagoland Television (Illinois), Nov. 20, 2013

In one month, authorities issued 2,722 speeding tickets from photo enforcement cameras installed around four parks in Chicago.

Kent to Use Speed Cameras to Stop Lead-Footers Near Schools
KomoNews.com (Washington), Nov. 18, 2013

The city of Kent, which has shunned traffic cameras in the past, has reversed course and is installing its first cameras ever to maintain safety around two elementary schools.

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Updated ePrimer Addresses Electronic Tolling
U.S. Department of Transportation, Nov. 18, 2013

The U.S. Department of Transportation will soon release a new, advanced, web-based textbook on intelligent transportation systems, the ITS ePrimer. This electronic resource will provide transportation professionals, educators, students, and others with a series of up-to-date, web-based modules describing key ITS topics, including electronic tolling, with a multi-modal perspective.

More States Consider Toll Roads to Fund Infrastructure
USA Today/Detroit Free Press, Nov. 11, 2013

Cash-strapped states are scouting for ways to pay for critical road w