ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 45

October 20th, 2016 Comments off


A small green note stuck to the outside of a mobile speed van in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Wednesday morning expressed a huge sentiment from a concerned resident. The bold hand-printed message reads: “Sir — Thank you very very much for parking the photo van here overnight. The traffic here speeds all the time. Someone will get hurt if it continues. Please make this happen more often. I live on the corner. Again, thank you and do it again!” Signed, a 16 year resident. The city of Scottsdale operates the speed enforcement program in partnership with American Traffic Solutions. ATS thanks this person and all the others who share a similar concern about the danger speeding drivers pose in their communities.




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3 Students Hospitalized from School Bus Stop Crash
WDRB-TV Channel 41 (Kentucky), Oct. 20, 2016

Three children were injured — two of them critically — when they were hit by an SUV while waiting on a sidewalk to board a Jefferson County Public Schools bus early Thursday morning. Louisville Metro Police said the bus was stopped with its lights flashing at the intersection when an approaching SUV did not realize the bus had stopped. “To avoid striking the bus, the driver of the Cadillac Escalade swerved to the right side of the bus and did not see the three children on the sidewalk,” police said. (WDRB-TV Channel 41 image)

Hagerstown Will Implement Red-Light Safety Cameras
WHAG-TV Channel 25 (Maryland), Oct. 19, 2016

Hagerstown Police and the city are finalizing plans to add cameras at busy intersections around town to prevent drivers from running red lights. Four crossroads will have citation issuing cameras by June 2017. Hagerstown Police Public Information Officer Heather Aleshire said the intersections were picked based on “our accident reports and incidences within intersections. City engineering also worked hand-in-hand with us, and state roads had to be involved because it is all a collaborating effort to make sure that these are some of the busiest intersections that are having the most problems.” See related coverage at Herald-Mail. (WHAG-TV Channel 25 image)


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ATS Urges Vigilance During National School Bus Safety Week
News Release, Oct. 17, 2016

As National School Bus Safety Week continues, American Traffic Solutions (ATS) reminds drivers to be alert for students getting on and off school buses. ATS is supporting National School Bus Safety week by partnering with schools and law enforcement nationwide to remind motorists of the laws to obey and safe practices to take when approaching a school bus.

County Ordinance Paves Way for School Bus Safety Cameras
Fauquier Now (Virginia), Oct. 14, 2016

Fauquier County Board of Supervisors has approved a county ordinance giving the school system authority to install cameras on buses and collect fines from vehicles that illegally pass stopped school buses. … The county school district plans to hire a company that would install, operate and maintain the video system. The school would use its share of the fines for transportation safety.

Van Driver Dies in Crash with Stopped School Bus
Brainerd Dispatch (Minnesota), Oct. 14, 2016

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the driver of a cargo van died in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 47 in Kanabec County. The van hit the back end of a school bus that was stopped to let children off. The bus was stopped, with its lights activated and the stop sign out.

An 8-Year-Old Girl Hit by Pickup in New York is OK
KMXK-Radio 98.7 FM (Minnesota), Oct. 14, 2016

An 8-year-old girl who was hit by a pickup in Albany is in stable condition. Witnesses say the driver was not speeding, but he was not able to stop, and the girl was struck with the front bumper. The girl was crossing the street on her way to the school bus, which was down the street.

Vehicle Strikes Girl Beside Stopped School Bus
Chatham Star Tribune (Virginia), Oct. 13, 2016

A 9-year-old Danville girl was hit by a SUV while crossing the street to board a Danville Public Schools school bus, according to a Danville Police Department news release. The investigation showed that the school bus had stopped and its warning markers were visible and lighted, when an SUV failed to stop and struck the girl. The child was taken to Danville Regional Medical Center.


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City Directs Fines to Fund Sidewalk Construction
Houston Chronicle (Texas), Oct. 18, 2016

Sidewalks weren’t initially a major priority for the city of Tomball but they had been identified as something to be addressed, most recently through Tomball’s red-light camera fund. The most recent budget calls for $323,000 from the red-light running fines to be used in sidewalk projects.

New Orleans Mayor Proposes Doubling Red-Light Camera Count
The Times-Picayune (Louisiana), Oct. 17, 2016

There will be nearly twice as many cameras in place to catch drivers speeding or running red lights in New Orleans next year, according to Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s proposed 2017 budget. The mayor said a steady flow of complaints from residents about the safety at dangerous intersections has prompted the city to add another 56 cameras to the 66 already being used.  ( / The Times-Picayune image by Kevin Litten)

Spokane’s School Zone Speeding Fines Could Bring Police Hires
The Spokesman-Review (Washington), Oct. 17, 2016

Spokane City Hall is hoping to use the estimated $1 million to be collected in school zone speeding fines this year to pay for neighborhood resource officers to help battle the city’s property crime problem. That would take about half the school-zone camera revenue, with the rest used for street and sidewalk improvements to make areas around schools safer for students. The council is also considering adding two more cameras to school zones around town. (The Spokesman Review image by Dan Pelle)

San Francisco Speed Camera Proponent Gets Notable Endorsement
KGO-TV (California), Oct. 13, 2016

San Francisco could become one of the first cities in California to use speed enforcement cameras to crack down on speeding. San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Director Ed Reiskin has been working with legislators to craft a bill that would legalize speed cameras in the state. Last week, he got a strong ally — the San Francisco Police Commission. They endorsed the use of speed cameras. (KNTV-TV NBC 11 image)


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Open Tolling on Massachusetts Pike Just Days Away
WCVB-TV ABC 5, Oct. 19, 2016

The days of toll plazas on the Massachusetts Turnpike are quickly coming to an end. The all-electronic tolling system set to go live Oct. 28 will provide a 45-cent discount to drivers traveling the entire length of the Massachusetts Turnpike who have obtained a free EZPassMA transponder. See related coverage at and Boston Herald. (WCVB-TV ABC 5 image)

Oklahoma Turnpike Tests New Plate Billing System
KOKI-TV FOX 23, Oct. 19, 2016

Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is switching to all electronic tolling. PikePass system will remain in effect, but starting in January the authority will test the new PlatePay system at the Peoria and Elm exit in Jenks. The system will take a photo of the vehicle’s license plate and send a bill in the mail to the owner. (KWTV-TV Channel 9 / image)



Mercer Island Police Department Operations Commander Dave Jokinen, addressing a joint meeting of the Mercer Island school board and city council, said the new CrossingGuard School Bus Stop Arm Safety Camera Program resulted in 14 citations being issued in the first 22 days of school. Most were issued for oncoming traffic violations. Five buses have been equipped with the cameras. Source: Mercer Island Reporter, Oct. 19, 2016. (Mercer Island School District image)