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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 51

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Sparks Fly Before, During and After Red-Light Running Incident
OneNewsPage/AutoEvolution, Nov. 19, 2014

We’ve had our fair share of red-light running sights and yet nothing can prepare one for what happens in this video, which shows a woman making her own green in Newark while driving her car on the rim. (AutoEvolution.com image)

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Red-Light Camera Captures Close Call
WJXT-TV Channel 4 (Florida), Nov. 18, 2014

New video from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office offered evidence of how important it is to “respect the red.” One of the city’s red-light cameras captures a near-hit on the Westside at 103rd Street and Ricker Road, when a driver runs the red-light nearly two seconds after it turned red.

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Crashes Increase after Collier County Ends Camera Program
WBBH-TV NBC 2, Nov. 13, 2014

An exclusive NBC 2 investigation into red-light cameras answers whether roads were safer in Collier County during the program. The cameras were in place for 47 months before being removed and at the time, the majority of commissioners said there was no proof they made streets safer. We found that on average there were 10 more accidents a month after the cameras were removed; than when they were in place.

 

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Illinois Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Red-Light Cameras
Chicago Tribune, Nov. 20, 2014

The state Supreme Court today dismissed a challenge to a Chicago’s red-light camera program after two judges recused themselves and the rest of the court declared it was divided. … The lawsuit contending the Chicago red-light program was illegally enacted had been rejected by a state appeals court previously. (Chicago Tribune photo by Chris Sweda)

Councilor Interested in Camera Program Seeks City Attorney’s Opinion
Tulsa World (Oklahoma), Nov. 19, 2014

City Councilor G. T. Bynum said he plans to ask the city attorney to provide a legal opinion on whether the city has the authority to use cameras to prosecute traffic-light violators. … “If the city attorney says it is not a viable option, then the discussion is over and we move on, but if the city attorney says it is a legal option, then that triggers a whole public discussion process,” Bynum said. The issue is on the city council’s agenda for Thursday.

Killeen Turns Up Enforcement on Red-Light Running Scofflaws
Killeen Daily Herald (Texas), Nov. 19, 2014

With Mayor Scott Cosper’s affirmative vote, the deadlocked Killeen City Council on Tuesday narrowly approved an enforcement measure for drivers who receive citations from red-light cameras throughout the city. Now, a hold will be placed on a violator’s vehicle registration if the violator doesn’t pay a citation from the city’s red-light camera program.

Oldsmar Retains Red-Light Cameras
WTSP-TV CBS 10 (Florida), Nov. 18, 2014

Oldsmar’s City Council decided against making any changes to its red-light camera program, despite a recent court ruling that indicated the ticket-writing process is currently illegal. Four out of five council members decided against following the lead of some South Florida communities that have suspended their programs until the legal challenges are sorted out.

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Murfreesboro Council Approves Red-Light Camera Pact
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), Nov. 14, 2014

Red-light safety cameras will remain in place at six intersections for a least another year, the Murfreesboro City Council decided by a 5-1 vote last week. Police Chief Glenn Chrisman said the program is reducing crashes. (Daily News Journal photo by Jim Davis)

 

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Drivers Not Letting Children Cross for School Bus
KPVI-TV NBC 6 (Idaho), Nov. 20, 2014

School bus drivers with the Pocatello-Chubbuck school district say they’re having issues with people driving past buses with the stop-arm out. It’s the second district to say they’re having problems. (KPVI-TV NBC 6 photo by Deanne Coffin)

Pilot Program Catches 5 Violations Per Bus Per Week
Metro News (Canada), Nov. 19, 2014

The Winnipeg-based inventor of a camera used to catch drivers illegally passing school buses says motorists in his home province are among the country’s worst offenders.

Panel Wants Cameras on School Buses to Curb Illegal Passing
Robesonian.com (North Carolina), Nov. 18, 2014

A panel of lawmakers, safety advocates and health professionals on Monday backed a proposal to attach more cameras to school buses to prevent child injuries and deaths from passing cars. Under the plan, the legislature would give the state’s 115 school districts the option to contract with firms to install cameras that take pictures of the license plates of cars that illegally pass the school bus.

Student Hurt in Pickup-School Bus Collision
The Republic/Associated Press (Indiana), Nov. 18, 2014

A pickup truck has crashed into a school bus injuring one student and the driver of the pickup. Police say the pickup hit the back of the school bus Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Route 7 in Milton, Vermont. Witnesses tell police that the bus was stopped with its red lights flashing at the time of the crash. The driver was preparing to let a few students off.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety FACT: Rear-End Crashes Decrease at NJ RLSC intersections. #StopOnRed  Learn more http://www.atsol.com/newjersey-facts

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Have you seen this vehicle? @FLHSMV looking for man who ran a red light & fled scene. Call 239-938-1800 w/info: http://www.bradenton.com/2014/11/18/5481931_1-hurt-in-hit-and-run-crash-in.html?rh=1

Social N Houston @SocialInHouston HPD: Driver arrested after running red light, leading police on chase: A driver is behind bars after a routine… http://bit.ly/1qsfHk5

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  Must See! Scary Collision Caught by Red-Light Safety Cameras in Laurel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEEAbP… please, #StopOnRed

 

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Toll Operators Find Solutions to Serve Unbanked Customers
Toll Roads News, Nov. 18, 2014

As toll operators around the country shift toward automated electronic tolling or seek to expand the use of toll tags, they are creating new payment pathways for their unbanked customers — those without credit cards or basic bank accounts. Operators have adopted two main approaches to enable unbanked customers to pay their tolls: electronic terminals and prepaid cards. These solutions aren’t mutually exclusive and some operators use a mixture of both.

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U.S. Roads Can’t Match French Highways Paved by Tolls
Bloomberg (New York), Nov. 18, 2014

For seven weeks this fall, asphalt pavers worked nights and weekends to renovate the motorway near Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport. By Oct. 31, they had wrapped up the work on schedule, and traffic now flows along the four mile stretch of highway. A few miles to the north lies the source of funding for the project — and the reason France’s autoroutes are in better shape than most of the U.S. network: a toll booth. Drivers must pay to use 78 percent of major French highways, compared with about 3 percent of the National Highway System in the U.S. (Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP via Getty Images)

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Drivers Still Suspicious about HOT Lanes
The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.), Nov. 18, 2014

Q: We have been told that tolls were adjusted upward as vehicle density on the 495 Express Lanes increased. It appears that the tolls are being increased instead to increase revenue.
A: Gouging doesn’t occur just because the price is high. You can walk away from a high price. Gouging occurs where you have no alternative but to pay the high price because you have no other way to obtain the goods or services. A driver approaching the express lanes sees the price and knows there’s an alternative. It’s not just a lower price alternative. It’s free. (The Washington Post photo by Robert Thomson)

 

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Commentary: A Matter of Public Health
The Herald Sun (North Carolina), Nov. 18, 2014

A proposal before a General Assembly study panel that would attach cameras to school buses to catch drivers who flout the law about not passing stopped buses raises two questions: Why do we need a law to enforce what is common sense, and should be common courtesy? And do we really want more cameras, hidden or otherwise, watching us? The answer to both questions is an unfortunate yes, and reminds us of Benjamin Franklin’s often cited quote about the long-term dangers of sacrificing freedom for security. Drivers who refuse to stop for school buses are causing a major public health problem.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Apply Impartial Enforcement
The Daily Journal (New Jersey), Nov. 18, 2014

Those mounted traffic cameras now perched above Garden State intersections may in the near future be shut off … though well-founded statistics point to a significant reduction of intersection accidents after a short-driver adjustment period, there, nevertheless, are those who seek to return to the old system.

 

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“One of the traffic laws is to stop for school buses while they’re loading and unloading students and if you violate that then you’re creating a very dangerous situation for the students we’re transporting.”
Craig Leiby, Transportation Coordinator for Pocatello-Chubbuck School District, Idaho
KPVI-TV NBC 6 (Idaho), Nov. 20, 2014

“A rule, or law, that is not enforced is most likely not going to be obeyed, especially with time, once people learn it’s not going to be enforced. It gets back to the heart of the issue, which is that if we enforce it, then we’re going to get compliance. If we get compliance, then we’ll get safer streets.”
Jerris Mapes, Assistant City Attorney for the city of Killeen, Texas
Killeen Daily Herald (Texas), Nov. 19, 2014

 

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Florida
After red-light safety cameras were removed in Collier County, traffic crashes increased by an average of 10 a month. In total, 16 of 21 crash and injury categories tracked by the county went up since the cameras were shut off. The cameras were in place for 47 months. The results compare crash reports from the 18 months since the cameras were shut off. Source: WBBH-TV NBC 2, Nov. 13, 2014.

Ohio
Columbus saw a 73 percent reduction in red-light crashes through 2012 at intersections equipped with red-light safety cameras. Source: The Columbus Dispatch, Nov. 19, 2014.

Tennessee
The city of Murfreesboro has seen a 52.8 percent reduction in crashes at all signalized intersections since 2007-08 before starting the red-light safety camera enforcement program, according to Police Chief Glenn Chrisman. Source: Daily News Journal, Nov. 14, 2014.

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