ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 9

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Drivers Put Pedal to Metal after Speed Cameras Stop Flashing
KVOA-TV NBC 4 (Arizona), Jan. 28, 2014

For the past few years drivers have learned to slow down at Pima County’s 11 speed camera locations. But earlier this month, when the county decided to put an end to the program, drivers started to forget about the lessons they learned and started speeding up again.

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With Camera Enforcement Suspended, Red-Light Running Increases
KMBC-TV ABC 9 (Missouri), Jan. 27, 2014

A court ruling that led Kansas City to suspend enforcement of its red-light cameras may be leading drivers to run red lights more often. City leaders said that since the tickets stopped being issued late last year, red-light running is up by almost 50 percent.

 

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Violations Up as Red-Light Camera Program Is Put on Hold
St. Joseph News Press (Missouri), Jan. 30, 2014

While the usage of red-light cameras remains temporarily suspended in St. Joseph, the cameras remain on — and have captured a 39 percent increase in potential violations in December. See related News-PressNow video. (St. Joseph News Press photo by Eric Keith)

Ohio Cities Back Toledo in Road Camera Case
Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio), Jan. 28, 2014

After a string of rulings against traffic cameras, cities that use them are urging the Ohio Supreme Court to uphold the automated speeding and red-light enforcement. Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton and East Cleveland all are part of legal briefs filed in recent days supporting Toledo’s cameras.

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Red-Light Running Violations Rise while Camera Operations Suspended
The Kansas City Star (Missouri), Jan. 27, 2014

Kansas City may not be issuing red-light camera tickets while the program faces a legal challenge, but the cameras are still on and flashing whenever a motorist runs a red light. And the latest raw numbers from the red-light camera company, released Monday, show that is happening a lot more since the city stopped enforcing the robotic policing program in November. (The Kansas City Star photo by Keith Myers)

2 Years Later, Lawrence Cameras Show Fewer Citations, Crashes
The Times/NJ.com (New Jersey), Jan. 27, 2014

Fewer traffic citations are resulting from the red-light camera intersection in Lawrence at Route 1 and Franklin Corner Road, but township officials say that’s a sign the system is doing its job — forcing motorists to drive carefully.

Spokane’s Red-Light Cameras Make Streets Safer, Statistics Show
The Spokesman-Review (Washington), Jan. 26, 2014

The numbers are so convincing that even some of the harshest critics have changed their minds: Crashes have declined dramatically in the five years since red-light cameras were introduced in Spokane.

Police, Residents Support Red-Light Cameras for State College
StateCollege.com (Pennsylvania), Jan. 24, 2014

State College Police Chief Thomas King and the College Heights Neighborhood Association would like to see a state law amended to allow the use of enforcement cameras at red lights in the borough.

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Palm Coast Camera Statistics: 263 Violations Issued in 1 Week
Palm Coast Observer (Florida), Jan. 24, 2014

The following are the red light camera statistics for the week of Dec. 30 to Jan. 5, according to numbers provided by American Traffic Solutions. By the numbers: There were a total of 2,743 violation events this week. There were 263 citations issued this week. The camera at the intersection of State Road 100 (west) and Memorial Medical Parkway had the most violation events, with 385. This intersection only gave out two citations.

 

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School Bus Safety Camera Ordinance Passes 1st Reading in Georgetown
Community Impact Newspaper (Texas), Jan. 29, 2014

The Georgetown City Council approved the first reading of a vehicle and traffic ordinance at its Jan. 28 meeting. Council discussed photographic enforcement of vehicles passing school buses which are loading and unloading students. Police Chief Wayne Nero said, “We feel the number of those violations is significant. We think we can impact these numbers.”

Student Struck by Car at School Bus Stop
WXIN-TV FOX 59 (Indiana), Jan. 29, 2014

A teenager is recovering Wednesday morning after a car struck him at his Perry Township school bus stop. … The school bus had its door open and stop sign out when a car coming in the opposite direction failed to stop, striking the 16-year-old, Perry Township police said.

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Stop-Arm Cameras Quell Illicit School Bus Passing
Falls Church News-Press (Virginia), Jan. 28, 2014

In the three months since the City of Falls Church began recording stop-arm camera footage and ticketing motorists seen illegally passing stopped school buses, more than 60 citations have been issued. Falls Church City Public Schools Superintendent Toni Jones  is pleased with the numbers, owing the decrease in violations to “a strong media campaign” to alert drivers to the cameras.

Hit-and-Run Injures Preschooler Leaving Bus
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Texas), Jan. 28, 2014

The crash victim exited a school bus and was crossing the street when a white passenger vehicle with paper tags struck him shortly before 4 p.m. near the intersection of 28th Street and Juniper Avenue. A school spokeswoman said the car was traveling slowly, but did not stop.

Athens-Clarke County Schools Team Up with ATS
School Transportation News, Jan. 27, 2014

Clarke County School District has partnered with Athens-Clarke County and American Traffic Solutions to deploy school bus stop arm safety cameras to help school districts address the growing problem of vehicles illegally passing school buses that are stopped and have lights flashing. Georgia leads the nation in school bus fatalities, with nearly a dozen children killed in the past five years. In response to this alarming trend, last year, the Georgia legislature approved the use of cameras to help enforce school bus stop-arm laws.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that Osceola County, Florida, has signed a three-year agreement for a road safety camera program. ATS welcomes this new client and looks forward to helping the county reduce dangerous red-light running events.

 

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NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Watch today’s reckless red-light runner from Miami on #SafetyStreet  http://buff.ly/1estrPb

KMBC @kmbc Video: Study: Red-light running on the rise in KC http://onkmbc.com/Mn6pmS

 

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Extended Hours Allow More Time to Buy Pass for New Tunnel Toll
WVEC-TV ABC 13 (Virginia), Jan. 27, 2014

It’s the last week of toll-free rides through the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels and the MLK Extension in Portsmouth. Tolling begins February 1. If you haven’t signed up for an E-ZPass, you have more time to do it.

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