ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 7, Issue 19

September 21st, 2017 Comments off


Police: Motorcyclist Runs Red Light, Sustains Head Injury
Appleton Post-Gazette / PostCrescent.com (Wisconsin) Sept. 13, 2017

A motorcyclist critically injured in a crash Tuesday appears to have run a red light, according to police. “Investigators have reviewed video from traffic cameras and interviews of witnesses are ongoing,” Appleton police said in a statement Wednesday. “The preliminary indications show the motorcyclist proceeded through a red light and was struck by the southbound vehicle, which was facing a green light.”

 


Budget Proposal Would Expand Photo Enforcement in Denver
Denvergov.org (Colorado), Sept. 12, 2017

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock submitted his 2018 budget proposal to City Council on Sept. 12. The proposal includes funding to implement the new Vision Zero Action Plan, with a goal of eliminating all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030, including expanded photo enforcement, increased roadside electronic message boards and other safety signage. (Denver Post file image)


Baltimore Expands Speed, Red-Light Camera Systems
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), Sept. 8, 2017

Baltimore plans to expand its new network of speed and red-light cameras late this month. The city Department of Transportation on Friday announced 36 locations where cameras will be installed. The department said the cameras will be activated Sept. 25. (WMAR-TV ABC 2 image)

Red-Light, Speed Cameras to Operate 24/7 in Dayton
WYSO-Radio 91.3 FM (Ohio), Sept. 6, 2017

Dayton officials are moving forward with plans to re-install red-light cameras in the city, after a recent Ohio Supreme Court decision lifted tough state restrictions. The Dayton Police Department announced plans to bring back the camera program this spring, citing increased traffic crashes and fatalities.

 


2 Dead after Car Rams Mt. Pleasant School Bus
Morning Sun News (Michigan), Sept. 8, 2017

A 56-year-old woman and her 19-year-old son were killed when their car slammed into the back of a Mt. Pleasant school bus that stopped to pick up its first child of the morning, according to the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department. (Morning Sun News image by Lisa Yanick Litwiller)


Safety, Caution Urged Around School Buses
North County Outlook (Washington), Sept. 6, 2017

As the school year starts again, motorists are encouraged to keep safety in mind when on the road. Traci Tobler, transportation manager for the Marysville School District, said the biggest safety problems occur when people get impatient around a stopped school bus. … Car drivers ignoring the school bus stop sign is a common occurrence, she said. Working with the Marysville Police Department, the Marysville School District installed cameras onto their buses last year to help catch motorists who do drive through the stop signs. (The Herald image by Ian Terry)

 


More Virginia School Districts Opting for Stop-Arm Cameras
WREG-TV CBS 3 (Tennessee), Sept. 6, 2017

All around the country, vehicles plow through school bus stop arms as children cross the street. This has parents like Eric Pizarro worried. “That’s very scary,” he said. “You wanna make sure that they get to school in one piece and come back in one piece.” In Virginia Beach there were 84 violations last school year. Norfolk had three. That’s why the school district is looking into installing stop-arm cameras on buses. (Del Ray Patch/Falls Church City Public Schools image)

 


ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety National School Bus Safety Week is October 16-20! Are you participating? Use #NSBSW2017 & check back for facts! @NASDPTS



ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety VIDEO of the Week: Red-Light Runner T-bones Vehicles in @scottsdaleazgov#StopOnRed@ScottsdalePD

It’s time to get ready for National School Bus Safety Week. Set to begin Oct. 16, this dedicated week is backed by the National Association for Pupil Transportation and is intended to engage parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties in addressing the importance of school bus safety. Learn more at www.napt.org/nsbsw. This year’s theme is #STOPONRED.

Using hashtag #NSBSW2017, join the conversation on social media and spread the message to keep our kids safe as they head to and from school. American Traffic Solutions is supporting National School Bus Safety week by partnering with schools and law enforcement nationwide to remind motorists of the laws and safe practices to follow when approaching a school bus.

 


Trade Group Wants More Cashless Tolling
WBFO-Radio 88.7 FM (New York), Sept. 13, 2017

High-speed cashless tolling on the New York State Thruway could do more than help the environment. Removing toll barriers could also help boost economic development across the region. Along with reducing smog from idling vehicles waiting in line to pay tolls – Buffalo Niagara International Trade Gateway Organization, Executive Director Craig Turner said, electronic tolling would save truck drivers and others in the logistics industry lots of time. “Time is money in logistics,” he said. (Times Herald-Record file image)


Could Tolling Resolve LA’s Traffic Congestion Problems?
KABC-TV ABC 7 (California), Sept. 12, 2017

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute says Angelinos spend more than 100 hours a year stuck in traffic, and commuters agree. … Transportation experts, however, say congestion issues are not something the city can build its way out of. … “Transportation economists have argued for 60 years that, really, the only systematic solution to congestion is tolling,” said University of Southern California engineering and public policy professor Jim Moore. (NBCLosAngeles.com image)


Kansas Turnpike’s 1st High-Speed Toll Lane Opens
Lawrence-Journal World (Kansas), Sept. 11, 2017

For Kansas highway drivers, this succession of signs seems like an oxymoron: TOLL PLAZA AHEAD … DO NOT STOP. Those are the instructions for a new high-speed toll lane — the first of its kind in the state — that just opened at the Kansas Turnpike’s eastern terminal near Bonner Springs. (Kansas Turnpike Authority image)

 


Letter to Editor: Many Thanks to City Leaders
Reflector.com (North Carolina), Sept. 13, 2017

The city of Greenville is finally getting red-light cameras. Many thanks to our city leaders for going through the arduous process of gaining support from the city council, the county commissioners, the school board and the North Carolina General Assembly. All of the fines paid by violators will go to the public schools. This is an important public safety initiative.

 


“I saw the pain that the family suffered from that (work zone crash). They’re human beings with families and loved ones just like everyone else, and you’re taking a big risk of striking them when you speed and text while driving.”
Calvin Dye, Trooper with the Illinois State Police
Belleville News-Democrat (Illinois), Sept. 13, 2017


“We were very pleased with the implementation and results of the cameras in the first couple of months, and we are looking forward to using them for a whole year.”
Mark Thomas, Commander with the Marysville Police Department
North County Outlook (Washington), Sept. 6, 2017

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