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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 19

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Dash Cam Captures Red-Light Running Collision
KBTX-TV Channel 3 (Texas), April 9, 2014

A College Station man walked away with his life and video of an accident that could have been much worse. A professor at Texas A&M University was driving his minivan Tuesday afternoon when a cement truck driver coming from the opposite direction ran the red light and lost control, causing his truck to roll over and smash into the van.

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Senator’s Bill Addresses School Bus Passing Violations
WYFF-TV NBC 4 (South Carolina), April 9, 2014

State Sen. Thomas Alexander has introduced a bill that would place cameras next to stop arms on school buses to provide law enforcement with evidence to track violators down and send them a ticket through the mail. “The fact that we’re seeing injuries and deaths from this tells me that we need to address it and use the latest in technology,” Alexander said.

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Fayetteville Moving to Reinstall Red-Light Cameras
WNCN-TV NBC 17 (North Carolina), April 8, 2014

Fayetteville City Council is now taking another approach to put red-light cameras back at intersections. During discussion this week they considered pushing to change the law that forced the city to take down the cameras seven years ago. See related coverage from Fayobserver.com.

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County to Put Safety Cameras on School Buses, School Zones
The Kaufman Herald (Texas), April 10, 2014

The Kaufman County Commissioners Court on Monday voted to install cameras on school buses to catch drivers who fail to stop as children exit the bus and in school zones to cite speeding drivers. In 2011, 7-year-old Nicolas Garza was struck and killed by a vehicle on State Hwy. 34 after he stepped off a school bus.

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Athens School Bus Cameras Capture 17 Violations in 1st Week
Athens Banner-Herald (Georgia), April 9, 2014

Some motorists who recently ignored school bus stop signals in Athens are beginning to receive hefty fines in the mail. In its first full week of operation, a new camera system now used on several Clarke County School District buses captured images of 17 violators. (Athens Banner-Herald photo by AJ Reynolds)

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Tractor-Trailer Hits Stopped School Bus
MyEasternShoreMD (Maryland), April 8, 2014

Four North Caroline High School students were transported to local hospitals with non life-threatening injuries after a school bus was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer Tuesday afternoon, April 8, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office said. Maryland State Police said the bus was stopped to let off a student. (MyEasternShoreMD photo by Abby Andrews)

Stop-Arm Violations Top 200 in Falls Church
Falls Church News-Press (Virginia), April 7, 2014

Falls Church Police Chief Mary Gavin said that since the school bus stop arm safety camera program took effect last Oct. 1, 201 fines have been charged to motorists in the city for failing to stop when school buses are stopped and flashing their lights to take or let off students in the city. At $200 a pop, these fines have cost violators a whopping $40,200 in just six months.

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1 Dead, 1 Injured in Red-Light Running Incident
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), April 9, 2014

A 61-year-old Dade City woman died and another was seriously injured Wednesday when a Pasco County school bus ran a red light and rear-ended a Smart car and broadsided a Malibu, authorities said.

Give Red-Light Cams the Green Light
St. Albert Gazette (Canada), April 9, 2014

Bans are extreme measures best reserved for extreme circumstances. The evidence is clear that red-light cameras make streets safer for motorists and pedestrians, making them a tool too valuable to ban.

Driver Seriously Injured in Red-Light Running Crash
Kings Park Patch (New York), April 8, 2014

A man was seriously injured Tuesday morning after his vehicle crashed into a Suffolk County Transit bus in North Patchogue, police said. Witnesses told authorities the driver of a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt went through a red light before the crash around 9 a.m.

Governor’s Veto Closes Circuit Court to Ticket Appeals
WAVY-TV NBC 10 (Virginia), April 8, 2014

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would have granted people who receive red-light tickets the right to contest citations in circuit court.  The governor said that provision could inundate the judicial system with cases of limited financial impact.

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Pueblo Gains Small Profit from Red-Light Cameras
The Pueblo Chieftain (Colorado), April 8, 2014

A bill to ban red-light cameras was introduced in the state Capitol last week. Opponents say the cameras are more about money than public safety. But the city of Pueblo has had red-light cameras since September 2009. In that time, it’s earned $11,000. The city has a cost-neutral contract with American Traffic Solutions for $21,000 a month, but it only pays ATS what it collects. If the city exceeds $21,000 a month, it keeps the profit.

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Roadway Construction Season Is Here; Drive Cautiously
The Southern (Illinois), April 8, 2014

With a busy road construction season ahead, state police and transportation officials kicked off National Work Zone Awareness Week Monday by reminding drivers to be alert and take it slow in work zones. The safety campaign aims to reduce the number and severity of crashes on Illinois highways, especially in work zones. (The Southern photo by Adam Testa)

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Bill Sending Speed Camera Question to Voters Fails
The Times-Picayune (Louisiana), April 8, 2014

A bill allowing voters to quash electronic speeding ticket programs in their municipalities prompted a heated debate in the Louisiana House Tuesday and split lawmakers nearly in half. It failed, but barely. (NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune photo by Scott Threlkeld)

Spokane Council Considers School Zone Speed Cameras
The Spokesman-Review (Washington), April 6, 2014

Motorists speeding through school zones could be the next target of Spokane’s push into automated traffic enforcement cameras. With statistics suggesting red-light cameras have helped improve safety at intersections, while also hauling in millions of dollars in fines, Spokane now wants to know more about automated speed cameras that state lawmakers have authorized for use in school and road construction zones. Seattle and Tacoma already are using them.

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Merchants, ATS Announce Safety Partnership
Automotive Fleet, April 9, 2014

Merchants Fleet Management has partnered with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to provide customers with excellent traffic safety, mobility and compliance solutions. Merchants’ clients will benefit from multiple ATS programs including Toll Management Plus, Viologics and Toll Guard. Merchants and ATS will begin offering these programs to clients on May 1.

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Fee Hike Transition Eased with Electronic Tolls
Marin Independent Journal (California), April 7, 2014

Golden Gate Bridge drivers began paying another dollar to cross the span Monday, but not a single additional bill was collected at the toll plaza. For the first time in its history, a toll hike was handled all electronically at the span. (Marin Independent Journal photo by Frankie Frost)

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety. INFOGRAPHIC: Top Reasons to Support the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act. #StopOnRed #FL pic.twitter.com/ewFREG1j5t

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Editorial: Cameras Need Green Light
The Pueblo Chieftain (Colorado), April 10, 2014

We agree with Pueblo City Council President Sandy Daff who said it would be a shame if the city no longer had the option to use red-light cameras in the future. If the cameras cut down on crashes and catch offenders, why shouldn’t such tools be available to our law enforcement agencies?

Editorial: Get the Picture?
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), April 8, 2014

A single intersection in Amarillo had more than 2,000 violations issued for running a red light from July through February — that is according to the camera. And for many motorists, that’s the problem — the camera. However, the number of violations paints a not so pretty picture.

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Letter: Beating Red-Light Cameras Is Easy; Obey Traffic Laws
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), April 8, 2014

I find it hard to believe so many people are upset about red-light cameras. Revenue machines, perhaps, but if you don’t blow through red lights, they make no money. If you don’t speed up when you see yellow because you don’t want to sit the minute for it to turn green again, they won’t make money.

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“One of the best deterrents we can have is a financial penalty.”
Thomas Alexander, South Carolina State Senator
WYFF-TV NBC 4, April 9, 2014

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“If we can free up an officer to explore other issues, rather than sitting there monitoring an intersection, sometimes just the presence of an officer in a neighborhood susceptible to crime is a deterrent.”
Marvin Lucas, North Carolina State Representative
FayObserver.com April 9, 2014

“What we’re seeing is a really good change in behavior in the motoring public. Again, that points to the safety benefits of these red-light cameras.”
Chris Noeller, Pueblo Police Department Sergeant
The Pueblo-Chieftain (Colorado), April 8, 2014

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