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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 42
New Digital Cameras Focus on London’s Speeders
Engineering and Technology Magazine (England), Sept. 18, 2014
New digital cameras will be installed around London to better monitor speeding than outdated wet film technology. The new cameras enable controlling speed compliance along longer road stretches than the wet film cameras. Several hundred wet film cameras will be replaced as part of an extensive upgrade scheduled to be completed by October 2016.
Red-Light Runner Sends Minivan into Restaurant
KGO-TV ABC 7/Bay City News (California), Sept. 12, 2014
A woman who crashed into a van that then crashed into a Subway restaurant in San Francisco’s Financial District early this morning was cited for running a red light, a police spokesman said.
County to See Red-Light Cameras at 5 More Intersections this Month
Around Osceola (Florida), Sept. 12, 2014
Red-light safety cameras will go online at five more intersections in Osceola County over the course of this month.
5 More Long Island School Districts Get Speed Cameras
WABC-TV ABC 7 (New York), Sept. 15, 2014
Speed cameras begin operating Monday outside eight more schools in five Nassau County districts. … Officials expect cameras to be in place at all 56 school districts by the end of the year. (Times Beacon Record photo by Elana Glowatz)
Missouri Teen Struck, Killed while Waiting for School Bus
KTTN-Radio 1600 AM/KGOZ-Radio 92.3 FM (Missouri), Sept. 15, 2014
An eastern Missouri teenager has died after being hit by a car while waiting at the end of his driveway for a school bus.
Child Waiting on Bus Killed in Vehicle Crash
WACH-TV FOX 57 (South Carolina), Sept. 15, 2014
A child was hit by a car early Friday morning in Berkeley County. Highway Patrol officials said the boy later died. … Neighbors say several children wait for the school bus on that street each morning; they’re usually picked up by 6:30 a.m. Residents say speeding is often a problem on Domingo Drive, leading them to call the Department of Transportation several times to have stop lights or speed bumps installed to slow traffic.
Student Boarding Bus Hit by Passing Vehicle
Fort Bend Herald (Texas), Sept. 17, 2014
A 9-year-old Needville Independent School District student was struck by a passing driver as the boy attempted to board a NISD school bus early Wednesday. The boy was transported by ambulance to OakBend Medical Center with minor injuries. (Fort Worth Star Telegram photo by Joyce Marshall)
City Ordinance Lets School Bus Cameras Enhance Safety
CBS Dallas/Fort Worth (Texas), Sept. 17, 2014
Cameras mounted on school buses are intended to keep kids safe by catching drivers who break the law. Many North Texas buses are equipped with them, yet some cities aren’t using them because it’s illegal. Dallas County Schools use the cameras and have caught thousands of videos of drivers speeding past the buses’ stop signs. … The extra safety measure is useless if a city does not have an ordinance because Dallas County Schools can’t use the recordings to cite drivers breaking the law. Dallas, Coppell, Carrollton and Lancaster all have ordinances allowing the school bus cameras within city limits.
Plymouth School Bus Struck by Pickup
WTCA-Radio 1050 AM (Indiana), Sept. 16, 2014
About a dozen children were riding Plymouth School bus number 29 home after school on Tuesday when the bus was rear-ended by a pickup truck. Marshall County Police Officer Jonathan Bryant investigated the accident and learned that the school bus had just dropped off a student and was stopped with its lights on and the stop arm out.
American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the cities of Sunrise, Florida, and Memphis, Tennessee, have both extended the terms of their road safety camera programs. Through recent amendments to their contracts, Sunrise, an ATS customer since 2010, will continue its red-light safety camera program for three additional years, while Memphis, an ATS customer since 2009, will operate its program until 2021 and will add additional camera systems. ATS is honored to continue its road safety camera partnership with both cities and all of its clients.
Work Begins on All-Electronic Tolls in Rockland
LOHUD.com (New York), Sept. 15, 2014
Work is beginning so Tappan Zee Bridge drivers can electronically pay their tolls in Rockland instead of the tollbooths on the Westchester side of the 3-mile bridge. … By late next year or early 2016, the state Thruway Authority will collect the toll either by charging the driver’s E-ZPass account or taking a picture of the vehicle’s license plate and sending a bill to the registered owner. There won’t be any tollbooths in Rockland. (Rendering by Tappan Zee Constructors LLC and New York Thruway)
Public Education Planned as Part of Tolling Proposal
Louisville Business First (Kentucky), Sept. 15, 2014
The public will see a brand develop, a public outreach effort start and an advertising campaign, all to inform them about tolls, according to a presentation at the Ohio River Bridges Project Joint Board meeting Monday.
Editorial: Is There Danger?
The Wenatchee World (Washington), Sept. 15, 2014
Everyone should be troubled by thoughtless motorists speeding through school zones when children are present and warning lights flash.
Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Camera Solution? Stop Running Red Lights
Hernando Today (Florida), Sept. 14, 2014
I am being serious when I say to get rid of the cameras all you have to do is just drive a reasonable speed and stop for the red lights. As a retired police officer, I can tell you that if you just drive 4 or 5 mph over any posted speed limit, you will never be stopped. And, seriously, do you really need to be driving any faster than that anyway?
Letter: Cameras Needed
The Daily News (Washington), Sept. 13, 2014
If the powers that be had at least one brain between any of them, they would take some of these “turned off” red light cameras and point it right at this intersection. It would take some very, very useful pictures.