ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 3

 

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Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy Holiday Season
Holiday time is travel time, and American Traffic Solutions urges everyone to exercise an extra measure of caution on the road during this hectic season. Drive carefully and enjoy this wonderful time of year. Road Safety Ink will return in the New Year after a two-week break in publication. Happy Holidays.

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Community Mourns Death of Teen Boarding School Bus
KYW-Radio 1060 AM/CBS Philly (Pennsylvania), Dec. 17, 2014

A 16-year-old girl was struck and killed by an SUV while she was walking to her school bus in Buck County Wednesday Morning. According to investigators, the school bus was stopped on the road with its flashing lights on. Police say the driver of a 1984 Ford Bronco ran through the signal and drove past the bus, hitting the teen, who was attempting to get on her school bus.

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Red-Light Runners Caught on Camera in Granite City
Belleville News-Democrat (Illinois), Dec. 16, 2014

Granite City Police Chief Richard E. Miller says the red-light safety camera at 27th Street and Madison Avenue has “virtually eliminated traffic crashes at that intersection, and it works in an unexpected way to slow down traffic on that whole thoroughfare.” The videos posted to the city’s Facebook page still get thousands of views in a matter of days. See related article at Belleville News-Democrat.

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Council’s Vote Moves Denver Toward Photo Enforcement Expansion
KDVR-TV FOX 31 (Colorado), Dec. 15, 2014

The Denver City Council took the first step Monday night to expand the red light and photo radar speed camera program in the city. The council gave initial approval to plans to extend the contract with the vendor by six months so city officials can examine the programs. The final vote on the measure will take place later. See related news from KCNC-TV CBS 4.

Bus Company Takes Steps to ID Driver Suspected of Running Red Light
CBC News (Canada), Dec. 15, 2014

The Toronto Transportation Commission confirms it is investigating a video posted online that appears to show one of its buses running a red light in Scarborough.

 

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Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Red-Light Safety Cameras
ABC News, Dec. 18, 2014

A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday again upheld use of traffic camera enforcement by the state’s municipalities, reversing a lower court after a year of legal setbacks for camera use. The Supreme Court justices ruled 4-3 to stick to its 2008 ruling in a challenge to Akron cameras that cities have “home-rule authority” to use the cameras to catch speeders and red-light runners. See related article from Northeast Ohio Media Group/Cleveland.com. (Photo by The Plain Dealer)

Glassboro Officials Say Red-Light Safety Cameras Increased Safety
South Jersey Times (New Jersey), Dec. 17, 2014

Many towns in New Jersey fought to keep the red-light safety camera program going, arguing the cameras have improved safety. Officials in Glassboro echoed that concern, even if they didn’t publicly lobby state legislators to keep the cameras on. Glassboro administrator Joseph Brigandi said, “Glassboro’s red-light safety camera was responsible for an 83.3 percent decrease in overall incidents at the intersection during the first year of operation alone.”

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Judge Shoots Down Lawsuit Challenging Cameras
New York Telegraph, Dec. 16, 2014

A Manhattan judge has put the brakes on a class-action lawsuit challenging the city’s red-light camera program. “Plaintiffs cannot assert in good faith that it is against equity and good conscience to allow a municipality to levy fines against individuals who drive through red lights and thus pose a danger to society,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Feed wrote in her decision released Monday.

City Re-Signs Contract for Red-Light Safety Cameras
Conroe Courier/YourHoustonNews (Texas), Dec. 16, 2014

The Willis City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday night to renew its current deal to keep the cameras in place at major intersections — pending the outcome of a petition. Council members approved the five-year agreement with American Traffic Solutions by a vote of 2-to-1, with one abstention.

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Red-Light Cameras to Remain at 3 Intersections in Gwinnett
WSB-Radio  750 AM 95.5 FM (Georgia), Dec. 16, 2014

Gwinnett commissioners voted Tuesday to renew the annual contract with American Traffic Solutions. Commission Chair Charlotte Nash, who was not at the Dec. 2 meeting, voted in favor. “It’s the right thing to do,” she said. (Gwinnett Daily Post photo by Kristi Reed)

Somerset County Official Open to Red-Light Cameras
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (New Jersey), Dec. 16, 2014

Although Somerset County towns didn’t participate in the state’s red-light camera pilot program, county principal traffic engineer Joe Fishinger said he wouldn’t discourage municipalities from joining the program if it is continued.

Lost Red-Light Running Revenue Not an Issue in Bergen County
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (New Jersey), Dec. 16, 2014

Officials in the two Bergen County towns with red-light cameras say they’re not worried about the revenue lost with the end of the red-light camera program Tuesday. “It’s a safety issue to me more than a monetary issue,” Englewood Cliffs Police Chief Michael Cioffi said. “I’m not worried about the money.”

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Brick Lost Nearly $1 Million with Early Camera Shut-Down Decision
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (New Jersey), Dec. 15, 2014

The township of Brick lost nearly $1 million in revenue by shutting off its red-light cameras earlier than the controversial program that ended Tuesday. (Daily Record photo by Thomas P. Costello)

Survey: Americans Support Red-Light Safety Cameras
FindLaw.com and PR Newswire, Dec. 15, 2014

Despite the controversy surrounding red-light safety cameras, a majority of Americans favor their use at intersections, according to a new survey from Findlaw.com, the most popular legal information website. The survey found that 56 percent of Americans support the use of red-light cameras, while 44 percent oppose them.

Pinellas County IDs Most Crash-Prone Intersections in Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Dec. 14, 2014

Pinellas County officials recently analyzed nearly 18,000 traffic accidents from 2012. Most of the country’s 106 traffic deaths that year — 58 percent of them — were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.

Crashes Feared as Red-Light Cameras Go
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Dec. 14, 2014

Red-light cameras that have flashed at wayward motorists for years at 38 Columbus intersections soon will come down. What happens after, though, worries the city. Right-angle crashes at city intersections equipped with red-light cameras dropped by about 73 percent through 2012 — the last year for which data were available — and the numbers are expected to return to their pre-camera levels after they’re removed, said George Speaks, director of the city’s Department of Public Safety.

 

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Student Faces Surgery for Multiple Injuries
Eagle-Tribune (Massachusetts), Dec. 17, 2014

A high school sophomore struck early Monday morning by a hit-and-run driver has a ruptured spleen, leg and arm fractures, a head injury and more and will be undergoing surgery this week. “The bottom line is, he is pretty banged up. And he is the oldest of five children, so there are four other kids affected here too,” said the teen’s grandmother. The student was in a Lowell Street crosswalk trying to get aboard a stopped school bus when he was struck by a full-size white pickup. See related coverage from School Transportation News.

3 Injured when SUV Rear-Ends School Bus
KHOU-TV CBS 11 (Texas), Dec. 17, 2014

According to the Santa Fe Police Department, a school bus picking up children was struck from behind by a silver S