ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 50

December 1st, 2016 Comments off

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New Numbers on Illegal School Bus Passing Staggering
CNYCentral.com (New York), Nov. 30, 2016

There are staggering new numbers available that reveal how often drivers are passing school buses with their stop signs out and red lights flashing. In one day in November, and in 32 districts statewide, school bus drivers reported being passed 883 times. That number includes 32 passes on the right side where students get off the bus. … The Liverpool Central School District Transportation Center director is concerned about the high number of illegal passes of stopped school buses and says the high number needs to be reduced.  (CNYCentral.com image)

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Vision Zero Focuses on Making Streets Safer
83degreesmedia.com (Florida), Nov. 29, 2016

Zero is the number on the tip of every tongue at the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization as the MPO shifts into gear for its biggest project of the fiscal year: launching the Vision Zero campaign. The idea that “one traffic death is too many” is the cornerstone of Vision Zero. … Solutions include stepping up DUI law enforcement, improving community perception of red light cameras, and working with schools to ensure children are getting to school safely. (The Tampa Tribune image by Jay Conner)

 

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Moody’s Projects Positive 2017 Outlook for US Toll Roads Industry
Moody’s Investors Service, Nov. 30, 2016

The outlook for the US toll road industry remains positive, reflecting the expectation of continued strong traffic and revenue growth in the next 12 to 18 months, according to Moody’s Investors Service in its yearly outlook. (San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate.com image)

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Tolling Interstates a ‘Realistic Possibility’ for Indiana’s Future
WFYI-Radio 90.1 FM (Indiana), Nov. 30, 2016

Indiana’s roads task force may recommend the state begin tolling interstate highways. Previous debates over how to pay for Indiana’s infrastructure needs focused on fuel taxes, alternative fuel vehicle levies, and fees based on the number of miles someone drives. The discussion broadened at the second-to-last roads task force meeting. Engineer Steven Davidson recommends Indiana should explore tolling every interstate highway. “Now that would be implemented over a number of years as the interstate is either expanded, upgraded, rehabilitated,” Davidson said. (WFYI-Radio 90.1 FM/IPBS image by Brandon Smith)

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Non-Toll Users Benefit from MoPAC Express Lanes
KXAN-TV NBC 36 (Texas), Nov. 30, 2016

The agency that runs the MoPac Expressway is out with new numbers showing the opening of the northbound express lane in mid-October is speeding up travel times for commuters headed to north Austin. (KXAN-TV NBC 36 graphic)

 

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Runners Imperil Innocent Drivers
The Dallas Morning News/DallasNews.com (Texas), Nov. 30, 2016

Driving is a regulated activity on public roads. Red-light runners are putting innocent drivers in deadly peril every time they fly through an intersection on a red light. The accidents they cause are not fender-benders; they are high-speed collisions. Do I like cameras? No. Don’t like school speed zones, radar guns or school-bus stop signs, either. But do we need them? You betcha.

Letter: Photo Radar Could Fix Dangerous Roads
The Arizona Republic, Nov. 29, 2016

There is an inexpensive, effective way to reduce traffic deaths on Arizona freeways. I witnessed it in a Chinese city where everyone obeyed the speed limit. Why? lots of hidden photo enforcement and stiff fines for speeding. Our state legislators prefer the more expensive, less effective and more sporting alternative of random catch-as-catch-can by patrol cars, a preference paid for by the blood of their constituents.

Letter: Curb Traffic Problems with Cameras
The Journal News (New York), Nov. 29, 2016

Drivers today have formed a habit of going fast, no matter what the weather conditions, and they just don’t consider other drivers on the road for their safety. … Today, technology is all around us: We can place more speed cameras to catch speeding cars and trucks. Drivers that speed could collect a series of tickets and lose their licenses. Money raised from these tickets would be millions of dollars, and in the end our roads would be a lot safer.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Work
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), Nov. 28, 2016

Red-light violations are drastically increasing in the metroplex. It is not unusual to see two or three vehicles racing through red lights. … Cameras clearly document traffic infractions. If we accept the argument that being found guilty by a camera is wrong, should we also disallow video of robberies or murders? … It isn’t fun to be caught running a red light, but the best and safest way to avoid the fine is not to run the light in the first place.