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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 14
This is the 15th consecutive year that March has been proclaimed “Red-Light Running Awareness Month” in Arizona. American Traffic Solutions would like to remind all drivers that the careless behavior of running a red light destroys lives. In 2012, 680 people were killed and more than 100,000 were injured in red-light running collisions across the country, which makes red-light running a public concern in every state. ATS encourages everyone to drive responsibly this month and every month – and remind others to do the same. To commemorate Red Light Running Awareness Month, ATS created a video for Red Means Stop, a non-profit organization committed to educating the public on the dangers of red-light running. The video may be viewed here and is available for sharing with friends, family and others. For more information please visit ATS’ Facebook page.
Tampa Red-Light Cam Catches Hit-and-Run, SUV Sought
Bay News 9 (Florida), March 5, 2014
Tampa Police are looking to identify a driver they say sideswiped a family of four trying to cross the street on Sunday afternoon. Police say the family was attempting to cross Nebraska Ave E. while standing on the median at Fowler Avenue when a black or dark colored SUV sideswiped them. Go directly to video. See WFTS-TV ABC 28 for additional coverage from one of the pedestrians, who says she and her family are lucky to be alive.
More Red-Light Safety Cameras in Palm Beach County
WBZT-Radio 1230 AM (Florida), March 4, 2014
Brand new red-light cameras are installed, and they’re ready to go online with the flip of a switch in Palm Beach County. New cameras are up at six intersections in the city, including three along Glades Road.
ATS Provides Background on Red-Light Safety Cameras
Palm Coast Observer (Florida), Feb. 28, 2014
American Traffic Solutions, the company used by Palm Coast for its red-light camera program, has released a public service announcement video, which takes viewers on an educational tour of the process at work behind ATS’ red-light safety cameras.
Child Hit by Car Near School Bus Stop
KSLA-TV Channel 12 (Louisiana), March 6, 2014
A 10-year-old boy who may have been headed toward a school bus stop is in the hospital after being hit by a car. Shreveport police say witnesses reported that the child darted out into the street in the 1600 block of David Raines just as a car approached around 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Illegal School Bus Passing Addressed in Douglas County
Douglasville Patch (Georgia), March 5, 2014
The Douglas County School System and Sheriff’s Office have released a public service video explaining the dangers of illegal passing of school buses and how its new bus camera system will work. Go directly to video.
4 Students Hurt when Vehicle Strikes Stopped Bus
York Dispatch/The Associated Press (Pennsylvania), March 5, 2014
Investigators said it appears the crash occurred when a pickup truck hit a car that was stopped behind the bus, forcing the car into the bus. Police said the school bus did have its red flashing lights on at the time of the crash early Wednesday in Bradford County.
Child Hospitalized in Critical Care
Sun Sentinel (Florida), March 5, 2014
A car-pedestrian collision sent a 9-year-old girl to the hospital. Deputies say about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, the girl had just gotten off a school bus near 130th Avenue North and Persimmon Boulevard and she was walking on the edge of 130th Avenue when she was hit by a passing car.
Truck, School Bus Collide in Red-Light Running Incident
Toledo News Now (Ohio), March 3, 2014
A truck ran a red light and hit a school bus with students on board Monday morning in Swanton, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Some students and the bus driver suffered injuries in the crash, but none were seriously hurt.
School Bus Safety Cameras Go Live in April in St. Mary’s
Southern Maryland News, Feb. 28, 2014
In about a month, cameras on the outside of some school buses will go live with the ability to snag vehicles that illegally pass as the buses drop off or pick up students. Those caught on video will face civil citations of $125.
Mesa City Council OKs Red-Light Camera Agreement
The Arizona Republic, March 4, 2014
The Mesa City Council approved a new five-year contract on Feb. 24 after city staffers and ATS spent three months making sure it conformed to several conditions imposed by the council in November. … Removing the vans was one of the conditions. The council also wants staffers to study whether more school-zone cameras are needed and to clarify Mesa’s overall policies and procedures related to the program.
Camera Maker Responds to Red-Light Safety Camera Opponents
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), March 3, 2014
Mess with the bull, the saying goes, and you get the horns. When it comes to doing away with red-light cameras in Florida, the “bull” is American Traffic Solutions, the largest red-light camera provider in the state. In this case, the “horns” are a full-frontal public relations attack against a bill (SB 144) filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes to pull the plug on the cameras statewide.
Authorities Issue 326 Red-Light Running Citations in 1 Week
Palm Coast Observer (Florida), March 1, 2014
Palm Coast’s Red-Light Safety Camera Program captured 2,745 violations during the week of Feb. 10-16. In that time, authorities issued 326 citations. The previous week, there were 2,538 violations and 305 citations reported.
American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that longstanding clients Charles County, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, will continue their road safety camera programs into 2015. Charles County accepted a one-year renewal option to extend its program until January 2015, while the District of Columbia chose to continue its program until February 2015. ATS is honored to remain a part of both clients’ traffic safety efforts.
Work Begins on Open Road Tolling for Tobin Bridge
WBZ-TV CBS 4 (Massachusetts), March 5, 2014
Instead of slowing or stopping, drivers will soon be able to continue over the Tobin Bridge at full speed when the open road tolling system is operational. Tobin Bridge is just the first step. By the summer of 2016, all the tolls in Massachusetts are expected to be electronic.
Electronic Tolling Bill on the Move in West Virginia
Metro News, March 4, 2014
If there are any new toll roads in West Virginia’s future the state Department of Transportation would like to have electronic tolling as a possible option. A bill that would set up a framework for such a system has already passed the House of Delegates this legislative session and is beginning to move through the Senate.
Commentary: Give Green Light Again to Red-Light Cameras
Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), March 4, 2014
As most Charlotte motorists will attest, stoplights are mere suggestions to some drivers. They barrel through red lights thousands of times a year, endangering everyone on the road, while almost never being caught. The City of Charlotte should throw the brakes on this hazard with a simple click – of a red-light camera.
Editorial: Ohio Needs Uniform Road Safety Camera Policy
The Marietta Times, March 4, 2014
It is far past time – nearly a decade – for Ohio to have a statewide policy about the traffic cameras. Either municipalities have the right to tap into a cash cow that results from the robotic unblinking eye, or due process involving the normal court challenges that can occur must be established.
Letter to the Editor: We Need Patience Near School Buses
The Gazette (Maryland), March 5, 2014
I was happy to hear that school buses were having cameras installed to capture images of drivers that failed to slow or stop for buses loading or dropping off children. In my neighborhood, I routinely see people trying to “beat the bus,” accelerating to try and pass a slowing bus before the stop signs come out.