ATS Wishes Everyone a Safe and Happy Independence Day
American Traffic Solutions wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable Independence Day weekend with their family and friends. As you take to the road to celebrate the U-S-A, please be cautious of the drivers around you. The Fourth of July is one of the most dangerous times of the summer travel period, according to study results from the National Coalition for Safer Roads.
County Leader Interested in Speed Safety Cameras near Schools
WMBFNews.com (South Carolina), June 28, 2016
Horry County is looking into speed cameras and how effective they could be in alerting drivers to slow down. After seeing the success of the program in other cities, one Horry County councilman proposed the measure. The idea is to have speed cameas mounted within a half-mile of all school zones and in some residential neighborhoods within the county. … A report including the legalities and costs to operate this program is expected at the July 18 meeting. (WMBFNews.com image)
Police Chief: Speeding Surges after Camera Ban in El Mirage
The Arizona Republic, June 28, 2016
Since Arizona banned the use of speed cameras on state highways this spring, speeding incidents have climbed an average of 250 percent on Grand Avenue in El Mirage. … The city has experienced more collisions since the cameras were turned off as well. From March 16 to June 15, there were six collisions (three injury and three non-injury), versus two non-injury collisions for the same time period last year. (The Arizona Republic image by Mark Henle)
Senate Green Lights Red-Light Camera Program
Daily Reflector (North Carolina), June 30, 2016
The North Carolina Senate on Wednesday approved Greenville’s red-light camera legislation with a 31-19 vote, allowing the new law to go in effect on Friday. It will be about six months before the system is operational, Greenville Police Chief Marc Holtzman said. The city wants to install 10 cameras that will capture images of vehicles running red lights. (WNCT-TV CBS 9 image)
Mercer Island OKs Ordinance to Allow School Bus Safety Cameras
Mercer Island Reporter (Washington), June 27, 2016
This fall, people looking to drive around a stopped school bus will have 394 reasons to think twice about doing so. The Mercer Island City Council voted unanimously on June 20 to adopt an ordinance allowing the installation of cameras on school bus stop arms. … In April, the Mercer Island School Board approved the use of cameras on school bus stop arms and voted to enter into a contract wtih American Traffic Solutions to provide the safety camera system. (Mercer Island Reporter image by Katie Metzger)
Plea Deal Means 30 Days in Jail for Driver Who Hit Student
WWMT-TV Channel 3 (Michigan), June 27, 2016
A West Michigan man accused of hitting a 12-year-old boy while crossing the street to get on his school bus in Marshall is expected to be sentenced Monday. Last month, the driver pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of a moving violation in a school bus zone causing injury. The 12-year-old suffered brain injuries. The driver will be sentenced to 30 days in jail and placed on probation, as part of the plea agreement.
Massachusetts Tests Tolling System for October Launch
WCVB-TV ABC 5, June 28, 2016
MassDOT has confirmed the new all-electronic tolling system on the Massachusetts Pike has entered the testing phase. Gantries over the road will scan EZ-Pass transponders and take photos of license plates. The system will be tested throughout the summer, but motorists are not being charged when they pass the gantries. If testing goes well, the new system may launch in October. (WCVB-TV ABC 5)
Port Authority to Vote on Cashless Tolls
The Record (New Jersey), June 25, 2016
Toll collectors could soon become a thing of the past at Port Authority bridges and tunnels as the agency moves one step closer toward all-electronic tolling. Commissioners are expected to approve a $170 million project to replace the agency’s 20-year-old toll collections system at a board meeting on Thursday. See related article at NJ.com. (The Record file image)
Commentary: Drivers Buy Into Camera Program, Official Says
Newsday (New York), June 27, 2016
Money talks. And in the case of Nassau’s red-light camera program, money — or more accurately, the threat of a hefty fine — apparently has been convincing drivers to stop at red lights and before making turns. … Nassau Traffic Safety Board’s recently released report shows the county’s red-light camera program with a decrease in violations; a 34 percent drop in crashes involving injuries, a 39.2 percent decrease in rear-end crashes and a 79 percent fall in head-on crashes.
Commentary: Council Should Approve School Bus Camera Ordinance
San Antonio Express-News (Texas), June 26, 2016
By acting now to enact the local ordinance that will allow for a civil citation to be issued to school bus stop arm violators, the San Antonio City Council can make certain that local school districts have these systems up and running when our kids go back to school this fall. The safety of our children cannot wait. (RSI NOTE: The City Council passed the ordinance unanimously Thursday, June 30.)
Editorial: Slow Down on Streets Near Schools, Parks
The Spokesman Review (Washington), June 26, 2016
The need to slow down around children was driven home in a recent article about speed safety cameras the city of Spokane set up near Longfellow and Finch elementary schools. … Before installing the cameras, the city studied both school zones and found a high rate of speeding. … Other cities installing cameras in school zones have reported a reduction in speeding. That bodes well for the Spokane experiment. If anything, the city should expand the camera program.
Letter to the Editor: Punish Traffic Scofflaws
The Augusta Chronicle (Georgia), June 28, 2016
Why are there never police officers around when I see cars ignoring a yellow light and then actually continuing to drive through a red light? If police are in the vicinity would they take action? … What’s more important than avoiding the kind of accident that took three children’s lives on River Watch Parkway one year ago? Running a red light should be more than a minor infraction; it can mean the difference between life and death.
Letter: Albany Missed Opportunity
Times Ledger (New York), June 25, 2016
We at Transportation Alternatives are outraged that Albany lawmakers have ended the session without taking action on a number of bills related to street safety. … Lawmakers failed to advance the Every School Speed Safety Act, which would have allowed New York City to deploy more cameras in school zones and operate them during after-school hours, when many serious crashes take place.
“The system has been working beautifully to enhance safety in Lynnwood. That’s my professional opinion.”
Bill Franz, Public Works Director for the City of Lynnwood
The Daily Herald (Washington), June 27, 2016
“They know that the number of accidents have dropped, but they call to make sure that the camera stays because they’re concerned that the numbers will go up if it is removed.”
Chris Mistron, Traffic Safety Coordinator for Nassau County
Newsday (New York), June 27