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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 22

October 26th, 2017 Comments off

Commentary: Enforcement Drops, Crashes Rise, Pedestrians Die
Tucson Daily Star (Arizona), Oct. 21, 2017

Talk to anyone around here, especially in central Tucson, and you’ll hear the stories. Or just stand at a busy corner and watch. The stories and experiences paint the picture of a pervasive problem of thoughtless Tucson drivers giving no quarter to unprotected pedestrians. While walkers have certainly been at fault in some of the collisions, it’s clear we Tucson drivers often do not pay enough attention. … The police context in which this wave of pedestrian killings — 24 so far this year — have taken place? Less and less enforcement, more and more collisions. Something bigger is going on.  (Tucson Daily Star image by Kelly Presnell)


Greenville Police Address Red-Light Camera Concerns
WNCT-TV CBS 9 (North Carolina), Oct. 24, 2017

It’s been a week since Greenville police launched its red-light camera program. The program is still in its warning period and is causing confusion for some drivers. “One of the main questions we got is they are either going through a yellow light or a green light and they’ve noticed the cameras flashing,” said Officer Pat O’Callaghan, who heads the red-light camera program. He said there are a lot of factors that cause the lights to go off. (WNCT-TV CBS 9 image)

Police: Light Red for 6.6 Seconds when Vehicle Ran It
WPBF-TV ABC 25 (Florida), Oct. 18, 2017

Boynton Beach Police have released video officers describe as a driver running a red light at Woolbright Road and Southwest 8th Street. The light was red for 6.6 seconds when the SUV in the left through lane drove past it, investigators said. The video shows the driver of a pickup truck managing to avoid a crash. (WPBF-TV ABC 25 and Boynton Beach Police image)

Motorcyclist Speaks Out after Being Run Over by Texting Driver
KATC-TV ABC 3 (Louisiana), Oct. 18, 2017

Blake Comeaux, who was thrown from his motorcycle, is now recovering in Lafayette General from a broken pelvis and an injured spine. … He says the woman behind the wheel was texting and driving when she ran into his motorcycle. He said he feels strongly about texting and driving, and doesn’t want to see anyone suffer the way he has. “You wouldn’t give a legally blind person a license, and for that moment when you’re texting and driving, you’re legally blind,” he said.  (KATC-TV ABC 3 images)


Driver Dies from Injuries in Intersection Collision
The Daily Reflector (North Carolina), Oct. 24, 2017

A Colerain woman died Monday from injuries she sustained in a two-vehicle wreck that also injured her passenger and shut down a Memorial Drive intersection for three hours. … A preliminary investigation revealed the 73-year-old driver failed to stop for a red light at Memorial Drive’s intersection with Regency Boulevard and Thomas Langston Road, according to the Greenville Police Department. (The Daily Reflector image by Juliette Cooke)

Community Leaders Welcome Enforcement Camera Proposal
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service/
OnMilwaukee (Wisconsin), Oct. 22, 2017

Community leaders welcome the idea of installing automated technology throughout the city to help ticket reckless drivers, after a state lawmaker introduced legislation Tuesday to temporarily allow the practice. State Rep. David Crowley announced his new measure, the Safe Roads Save Lives Act, at City Hall with 11 members of the Common Council appearing alongside him. (Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service image)

Citizens’ Panel Supports Additional Red-Light Cameras in Amarillo
KVII-TV ABC 7 (Texas), Oct. 18, 2017

Amarillo drivers beware: More red light cameras could soon come to the city. The citizens’ advisory board for photographic traffic enforcement met this week to look at the intersections with the most crashes in the city and considered putting red-light cameras at 12 of them. Amarillo currently has eight intersections with nine red-light cameras. The city could remove four current red light cameras, keep five existing cameras and add seven more cameras. A decision is expected Oct. 26.


City Leaders Look to Improve Speed Enforcement around Schools
Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent (Arizona), Oct. 22, 2017

City of Apache Junction officials are investigating the use of speed cameras and other traffic enforcement around local charter and public schools. … The school zone speed limit is 25 mph, but Police Chief Kelly said “We have them going 50 mph through them, we have them going 10 miles over the limit.”


Authorities Cite Driver in Crash with Stopped School Bus
KLTV-TV ABC 7 (Texas), Oct. 24, 2017

A Mount Pleasant mother has been cited for a wreck that injured her two children and sent others to the hospital following a wreck involving a school bus. The pickup struck the back end of a Pittsburg ISD school bus. District Superintendent Judy Pollan said the bus was stopped on the side of the road on Highway 271, with its flashing lights on. See related article at ABC 7 viewer image)

N.J. Groups Advocate for School Bus Stop Arm Camera Legislation
School Bus Fleet, Oct. 19, 2017

Nearly 100 advocates across New Jersey are pushing for stop-arm camera legislation. Along with the Traffic Safety Coalition, New Jersey education associations, school systems, municipalities, and police departments are urging Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and other lawmakers to take action on two school bus stop-arm camera bills by immediately bringing them to a full Assembly floor vote. (Press of Atlantic City image by Ben Fogletto)

Stop-Arm Cameras Cutting Back on School Bus Violations
Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia), Oct. 18, 2017

Eight years after 5-year-old Karla Campos was struck and killed by a car after she stepped off a Cobb County school bus, district officials say the video cameras installed on buses to catch violators who pass them illegally are paying off. … Rick Grisham, the district’s transportation director, said bus drivers reported about 1,900 stop-arm violations a day five years ago. This year, he said, that figure is down to about 900 per day. The district partnered with American Traffic Solutions in 2012. ( image)



ATS_RoadSafety retweeted GHSA @GHSAHQ “We’re really just trying to get people to slow down.” PA lawmakers look to install speed cameras in work zones. View article at TribLive (Image by Guy Wathen, Tribune-Review)

ATS_RoadSafety The latest road-safety Daily! Thanks to @BikeWalkLee @gohsgeorgia @DriveSafeNV #speedsafety #drivealert  EXTRA: Pedestrian Deaths Near Record in Clarke County. (Las Vegas Review Journal image by Elizabeth Brumley)

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Tolling Remains Steady on Louisville Bridges
The Lane Report (Kentucky), Oct. 25, 2017

The third quarter of tolling on three bridges connecting Louisville and Southern Indiana saw a steady number of crossings, but no significant growth in the number of drivers using transponders to cross the tolled bridges. On average, 61 percent of weekday drivers used transponders while crossing the tolled bridges. “Tolling has been in place for nearly a year, and it’s important all drivers understand that crossing a tolled bridge with a prepaid account and transponder will save them money, no matter how often they use the bridges,” said Megan McLain with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. “The cost savings are substantial.” (The Lane Report graphic)

Virginia Plans “Mad Push” to Use Transponders on I-66
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM, Oct. 25, 2017

Around half the drivers using Interstate 66 inside the Beltway do not have an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex, even though they’ll need them in less than two months when new toll lanes open, which will require the transponders during an expanded rush-hour period. … “There’s no pay-by-plate … you have to have an E-ZPass transponder to access the Express Lanes … if you don’t have a transponder, then a violation will get created,” Virginia Department of Transportation Tolling Operations Division Administrator David Caudill said.  (WTOP image by Neal Augenstein)


“We have evidence at the four intersections where the cameras are being removed that traffic accidents are down at each of those intersections so that allows us to remove those and relocate them to other places in hopes we’ll reduce traffic accidents at those intersections as well.”
Steve Rogers, City of Amarillo Citizens’ Advisory Board for Photographic Traffic Enforcement
KVII-TV ABC 7 (Texas), Oct. 18, 2017


ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 21

October 12th, 2017 Comments off

National School Bus Safety Week is nearly here. 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. It all begins Oct. 16. Learn more at

Use hashtag #NSBSW2017 and join the conversation on social media. 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.


Video Shows 6th-Grader Nearly Hit Leaving School Bus
Pioneer Press (Minnesota), Oct. 10, 2017

To highlight the need for motorists to obey the state’s stop-arm law, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety on Monday released a video of an 11-year-old Rosemount girl who was nearly struck by a pickup truck after getting off her school bus. (Minnesota State Patrol/Pioneer Press image)

Vehicle in Chain-Reaction Crash Hits Boy Waiting for Bus
Daily Press (Michigan), Oct. 9, 2017

When an 18-year-old driver crested a hill in Escanaba on 18th Road, he struck another vehicle that was stopped waiting for a Hannahville school bus to load a student. The teen driver’s vehicle then ran off the roadway to the right, hitting a 13-year-old boy waiting for the bus. The boy was flown by helicopter to a hospital. (WNMU-Radio FM 90.1 image)

Wake County Commissioners Act to Stop School Bus Passings
WUNC-Radio 91.5 FM (North Carolina), Oct. 4, 2017

Wake County Commissioners unanimously supported a plan to create a civil penalty for drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus. The North Carolina Highway Patrol says 3,100 vehicles pass stopped school buses daily, as students climb on and off. See additional news coverage at The News & Observer.


Reckless Driving Fuels Call for Safer Streets in Milwaukee
WITI-TV FOX 6 (Wisconsin), Oct. 10, 2017

On Monday, a group gathered with signs in their effort to curb reckless driving in Milwaukee. This, as lawmakers plan to propose legislation that would allow red-light cameras to be installed at dangerous intersection. So-called “red light cameras” are something that’s been talked about to help with safety on the roadways, and on Tuesday, October 17th a news conference is scheduled to announce a formal request for the cameras to be installed in Milwaukee.  See additional coverage at WITI-TV FOX 6, WISN-TV ABC 12(WITI-TV FOX 6 image)


Denver’s Vision Zero Plan Aims at No Traffic Deaths by 2030
KCNC-TV CBS 4 (Colorado), Oct. 7, 2017

In response to the alarming number of people who lost their lives on Denver streets last year (61 in 2016), the city is trying to spread a message about safety with its Vision Zero campaign. The goal is to have no traffic deaths or serious injuries on Denver’s roadways by 2030. Funding for the program right now is planned to come in part from revenue generated by photo enforcement tickets.  (KCNC-TV CBS 4 image)

Traffic Engineer: Cameras Are Here to Help Reduce T-Bone Crashes
WCTI-TV ABC 12 (North Carolina), Oct. 5, 2017

Red-light camera equipment is now installed at five selected Greenville locations. Currently, operational tests are being conducted on the equipment until Oct. 15. After that, the cameras will start capturing photos and issuing warnings. The five intersections were chosen for their high rate of T-bone crashes. There were 204 combined at the five locations in the past five years. See news coverage of approaching warning phase at The Daily Reflector.  (WCTI-TV ABC 12 image)



ATS_RoadSafety retweeted Vision Zero Network @Visionzeronet Philly’s #VisionZero Plan gets 20k+ public comments, 72% say they know someone personally who suffered traffic crash.  (Image by Gwen Weustink on Unsplash)


ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Don’t drive distracted! Check out this infographic on the dangers of using a phone while driving. #ItCanWait #PutThePhoneDown  (Gem Motoring Assist image)



Workers Ready to Begin ‘Open Road Tolling’ Project
The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kansas), Oct. 10, 2017

Work begins Wednesday on a construction project to implement an “open road tolling” arrangement enabling motorists to enter or leave the Kansas Turnpike using the middle lanes of its East Topeka toll plaza at mile marker 183 without slowing down to pay their toll or pick up a ticket. The project is expected to be completed by November 2018.  (The Topeka Capital-Journal image by Chris Neal)

2 More Bridges Cease Cash Tolling in New York
Queens Chronicle, Oct. 5, 2017

The Whitestone and Throgs Neck bridges switched over to a cashless tolling system in the early morning hours of last Saturday. Until 3 a.m. on Oct. 1 they were the last remaining bridges operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to drop cash tolls. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the benefits of the technology are already making it easier for New Yorkers to get where they need to go, with improved traffic flow, reduced congestion and decreased commute times. (Queens Chronicle images)

Editorial: Mind State Laws on Passing Buses
Press Republican (New York), Oct. 10, 2017

Sensible people will shudder to learn that Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1174(a), which regulates driving around school buses, is frequently violated. Can you imagine anything more tragic than a student being injured or killed because a driver passed a stopped school bus and ran a child over? Yet, all too often, impatient drivers do try to bypass the buses. … Be patient behind a bus. The kids’ lives are worth much more than the few minutes gained by foolish and illegal maneuvers.


“Open road, cashless tolling is critical to modernizing our roadways, easing congestion, and re-imagining our transportation system for the 21st century economy.”
Andrew Cuomo, New York Governor
Queens Chronicle (New York), Oct. 6, 2017

“We’re trying to change people’s behavior and how they drive. By doing it at select intersections, we’re hoping that this will bleed over into their everyday driving.”
Rik DiCesare, Greenville City Traffic Engineer
WCTI-TV ABC 12 (North Carolina), Oct. 5, 2017

“Nothing infuriates us more than to have a school bus passed needlessly by drivers who are putting our greatest asset at risk.”
Sig Hutchinson, Chairman of Wake County Commissioners
WUNC-Radio 91.5 FM (North Carolina), Oct. 4, 2017

“When you’ve got people being killed because of reckless drivers running red lights, we have to do something to protect the people in this community.”
Tony Zielinski, Milwaukee Alderman
WISN-TV ABC 12 (Wisconsin), Oct. 3, 2017