Passer, Beware: Cameras Are Operational

Passer, Beware: School Bus Stop Arm Cameras are Operational in Broome County

WBNG 12 News, New York, May 24, 2021

After two years of preparation, the School Bus Stop Arm Safety program has officially begun in Broome County.

In 2019, New York State passed a law allowing cameras to be placed on the stop arms of school buses; Broome County quickly did the same.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said this is a serious problem, even if people don’t realize it.

“This happens a lot more often than people think; as a parent, most of us can’t believe that someone would pass a stopped school bus and put our kids in danger, but it happens hundreds of times a year, so the state has given us a tool to be able crack down on that and catch people,” Garnar said.

Verra Mobility Welcomes Leading Safety Groups’ Release of Automated Enforcement Checklist

VerraMobility.com, Arizona, May 10, 2021

Verra Mobility, a leading provider of smart mobility technology solutions, applauds the release of a new checklist by AAA, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Safety Council (NSC) that is meant to serve as a roadmap for communities that are establishing or expanding automated enforcement programs.

Death of Phoenix Officer Sparks New Call for Return of Red-Light Cameras

AZ Family, Arizona, June 1, 2021

Not all red-light running crashes are deadly, but the one in north Phoenix Monday night was. Phoenix police officer Ginarro New was killed when someone ran a red light at Greenway Road and Cave Creek Road, smashing into the officer’s vehicle at a high rate of speed.

In an effort to reduce the number of crashes, several cities have installed red light running cameras at dangerous intersections. “Overall, not only are red light running fatalities down, but all other sorts of crashes that occur on these streets are also down,” said Triple A Arizona spokesperson Aldo Vasquez.

A couple of years ago, Phoenix police reported a 57-percent decrease in red light running crashes at the 12 intersections where cameras were up and running.

What Makes a Successful Speed, Red-Light Camera Program?

Silive, New York, May 6, 2021

Despite statistical evidence indicating that the programs effectively reduce speeding, crashes and injuries in the areas in which they’re implemented, the cameras are often viewed as a revenue generator for the city instead of as a life-saving traffic-calming measure.

With that in mind, a group of the nation’s largest traffic safety organizations has released a new checklist designed to help communities that are implementing or expanding automated enforcement programs gain the support of local residents.

 

So Far, Roosevelt Boulevard Speed Cameras are Slowing Drivers Down

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, May 11, 2021

The number of speeding citations on the boulevard has dropped 93%, a sign that enforcement cameras are beginning to slow drivers.

“A lot of people are worried about automated enforcement technology, but it’s been proven to work in other states and around the world,” said Randy LoBosso, policy director for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, which lobbied for the law. “It brings down speeds, and our focus is safer streets.”

NY Pols Push Speed Cameras to Crack Down on Illegal Drag Racing

New York Post, New York, May 27, 2021

Noisy, dangerous, illegal street racing has surged in New York City during the pandemic — and a group of state pols are trying to slam on the brakes with tougher laws.

State Sen. Brad Hoylman is co-sponsoring a bill backed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to turn on city speed cameras 24/7. State law currently requires school zone speed cameras to shut down from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. — neglecting some of the most deadly times and locations.

The city received 191 complaints about illegal street racing in March 2021, compared to just 13 complaints in 13 March 2019, according to city data.

New Red-Light Camera, 7 Speed Cameras Installed in DC

WTOP News, D.C., May 28, 2021

There will be a new red-light camera and seven more speed cameras up and running in D.C. soon.

The District Department of Transportation announced Friday that construction has been completed on a red-light enforcement camera at the Interstate 695 off-ramp at northbound 11th Street Southeast.

The Nassau County Legislature Committees recently passed legislation to implement school bus STOP-arm cameras by September 2021.The fine for each infraction will be $250.
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Nassau Legislature Passes Bill Approving School Bus Stop-Arm Cameras For September

Massapequa Observer, New York, May 28, 2021

The Nassau County Legislature Committees recently passed legislation to implement school bus STOP-arm cameras by September 2021. The legislation passed unanimously though the Public Safety, Finance and Rules committees. This legislation comes after months of advocacy by Majority Caucus legislators and residents and went before the full legislature on May 24, where it was passed.

The legislation allows the county to enter into a contract with Verra Mobility Corporation (formerly American Traffic Solutions) to operate a system and install STOP-arm cameras to school buses for districts that decide to opt into the program.

Parents Concerned as Reckless Drivers Ignore School Bus Safety Rules in Lee County

ABC 7, Florida, June 2, 2021

It’s bus stops like the one at Island Vista Estates, that parents and volunteers said are a problem.

“Children can be anywhere, they can be in a car, they can be waiting at a bus stop, ” said Lt. Greg Bueno for Florida Highway Patrol. “We take this very seriously if someone is recklessly driving by a school bus, that turns criminal.

These volunteers, doing what they can to make sure our kids get to school on time and in one piece but they say they need more help.
Cade said. “We need assistance, we can’t do it anymore, we can’t do it by ourselves and we don’t want our kids hurt.”