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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 37

August 14th, 2014

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Red-Light Camera Provides Clue in Burglary, Hit-and-Run Case
KVOA-TV NBC 4 (Arizona), Aug. 12, 2014

After her car was stolen and involved in a hit-and-run collision that sent a motorcyclist to the emergency room, a Tucson college student found a clue to the crimes in her mailbox. She received a red-light running notice of violation with the photograph of a stranger driving her car. Authorities are calling the driver a person of interest in the case.

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Louisiana School Bus Law Presents Challenges for Drivers
MSNBC, Aug. 12, 2014

A new state law for school bus drivers is presenting some challenges as the school year gets started in Louisiana. The law deals with where drivers can pick up and drop off kids along their routes. It was created in response to a fatal wreck on Paris Avenue in February, when 6-year-old Shaud Wilson was hit by a car while trying to cross four lanes of traffic to board his school bus. His sister was injured as well. See related coverage from WDSU-TV Channel 6.

 

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Public Awareness Is Key Piece of Successful Stop-Arm Camera Program
School Bus Fleet, Aug. 13, 2014

Districts that have deployed stop-arm cameras on school buses have seen success in citing violators, but they also focus on educating the public to help reduce the illegal passing problem. Stop-arm camera system suppliers weigh in on how to succeed in violation enforcement and prevention.

School District Advances Plans for Safety Cameras
KTSM-TV NBC 9 (Texas), Aug. 13, 2014

A plan to put cameras on all Socorro ISD school buses is moving forward, according to district officials. SISD just wrapped up a pilot program aimed at catching drivers who go around buses with flashing stop signs. SISD Chief Technology Officer Hector Reyna told NewsChannel 9 the district was troubled by what it saw: vehicle after vehicle on both sides of the road ignoring the stop signs.

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Stop-Arm Survey Tracks 76,000 Illegal Passing Events
School Transportation News, Aug. 12, 2014

The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services released the results of its Fourth Annual National Stop-Arm Violation Count today, and while numbers appear to be down, survey coauthors confirmed they are actually “relatively consistent.”  See report.

Horry County School District Uses Cameras to Enforce Traffic Law
WMBF-TV NBC (South Carolina), Aug. 10, 2014

State lawmakers have passed a law to put a stop to drivers who drive past a stopped school bus. School buses in Horry County will be equipped with exterior cameras, so police will be able to review the video to help find culprits. Horry County Bus Drivers said the violations happen more often than one might think. Drivers saw 80 violations during a two-day period last school year. See related article in The Island Packet.

School Bus Cameras Remain in Place in Clarke County
Athens Banner-Herald (Georgia), Aug. 9, 2014

Children in the Clarke County School District might be a little safer during the new school year that begins this week. Just in the last few months of the previous year, a newly installed camera system helped police to nab 157 motorists ignoring the stop arm and flashing red lights of school buses as they picked up or discharged children. Athens-Clarke County police said each violation represented “157 different times our children could have been fatally injured.”

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Expert: Tickets, Vehicle Collisions Not Necessarily Linked
Tulsa World (Oklahoma), Aug. 11, 2014

Leonard Evans, a Michigan-based guru in the science of traffic safety, said traffic enforcement has a limited impact on public behavior unless used on a large scale. … “The goal of traffic law enforcement is to get no citations,” Evans said. “The goal is to get the people to slow down, not just have them drive like they always have.” Evans is a firm believer in the use of red-light cameras and speed cameras to change motorists’ attitudes regarding traffic safety laws, particularly speed limits. (Tulsa World photo of 2013 collision by Matt Barnard)

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Cameras Inside School Bus Help Police Nab Hit-and-Run Driver
WOIO-TV Channel 19 (Ohio), Aug. 11, 2014

A 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the hit-and-run death of a little boy walking to school last October.  The driver’s vehicle was captured by an interior security camera from a passing school bus. See related article from WOIO-TV(Photos from Cleveland Police)

2 Die in Red-Light Running Crash
The Eagle (Texas), Aug. 9, 2014

Two people have been killed in Central Texas when a pickup drove through a red light and struck another pickup, according to police. The two victims died at the scene Saturday morning on Texas highway 195 in Georgetown.

Authorities’ Report Details Red-Light Running Fatality
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Aug. 9, 2014

A 37-page Florida Highway Patrol Traffic Homicide Investigation report made public Friday said the driver of the vehicle that struck and killed an elderly bicyclist on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard in April was neither distracted nor under the influence of a substance, but claimed to suffer from an attention-deficit disorder and lack of sleep on the day the accident occurred.

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Twins Caught Speeding on Same Day, Same Camera
The Sunday Times (England), Aug. 8, 2014

It’s sometimes said that twins have a psychic connection, and if the experience of two twin brothers is anything to go by, there may be something in the idea. Dave and Paul Dooley (58), both retired army driving instructors, were caught speeding within hours of each other by the same camera on the same stretch of road in Warrington, Cheshire, England. It is the second time in 15 years that the twins were clocked on the same day.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce it has signed a new road safety camera agreement with the city of Bellevue, Wash. The new five-year agreement continues the traffic safety partnership that began in 2009. ATS is honored to remain a part of the city’s efforts to improve intersection safety. ATS is also excited to announce its new contract with Bethel School District, in Washington. Under the terms of the agreement, ATS will install its CrossingGuard School Bus Safety Cameras on the district’s buses to help prevent vehicles from illegally passing stopped school buses and endangering children. ATS looks forward to working with the school district.

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NCSR@SaferRoadsUSA This week’s video of the week from Nassau County, NY reminds us all how important it is to #StopOnRed http://bit.ly/1yrdAej

Healthy_Ohio@HealthyOhio Red-light safety cameras have proven to help cut down on red-light running. Remember to #StopOnRed2014  http://bit.ly/1mVCFrn

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Massachusetts Awards Contract for Electronic Toll Installation
The Boston Globe, Aug. 13, 2014 

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has awarded Raytheon Co. a $130 million contract that calls for Raytheon and its partners to install all-electronic tolling systems for the Massachusetts Turnpike as well as for the Sumner/Callahan and Ted Williams tunnels, Raytheon said Wednesday. (The Boston Globe photo by Jessica Rinaldi)

Electronic Toll Facility a Part of Turnpike Project’s 1st Phase
The Inquirer (Pennsylvania), Aug. 12, 2014

Construction will start late next month or in early October on the long-awaited direct connection between Interstate 95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The first stage will include the two high-speed “flyover” connections, a new mainline turnpike toll plaza, and a new all-electronic toll facility to collect tolls from westbound-only traffic just west of the Delaware River.

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Commentary: Police Chief Uses Ticket Experience to Remind Public
The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), August 11, 2014

Police Chief Harold Medlock on WFNC radio last week said he once got a speeding ticket from a traffic camera, years ago in another state. He said he knew he had been speeding, and he took responsibility for it. He mentioned it to make a point that people in Fayetteville have to take responsibility for their driving as the city installs traffic cameras to catch drivers running red lights.

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Letter: No Rush on Red-Light Camera Removal
The Courier (Texas), Aug. 12, 2014

What’s the hurry on ending red light cameras? A simple phone call to the city of Conroe or an Internet search could explain there is a contract involved that isn’t up until February 2015. It was very well publicized in the media. I got a red-light camera ticket, and it made me be more careful. I’m grateful because I was simply allowing myself to be distracted, and it reminded me I need to be focused when I drive all of the time, not just at intersections with working cameras.

Letter: Triple Fines Suggested for Red-Light Offenders
The Gazette (Iowa), Aug. 8, 2014

We have endured much controversy about the traffic cameras.In the past week on three occasions, I was stopped at a red light when a car in the lane next to me sped past me and through the red light. How long will it be before these people cause an accident? Speed limit signs are posted. A red light means stop. Maybe in place of the cameras we should hire more officers and triple the fines to pay for them.

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According to a Florida Department of Education survey conducted in 2012, more than 21,000 drivers illegally passed school buses in a single day. That represents over 3.7 million possible violations by motorists in Florida during the 180-day school year. Each illegal pass-by could result in a tragic injury or fatality of a student, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said. SOURCE: Bay News 9 TV, Aug. 11, 2014.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 21 children under 19 die each year getting on and off buses. On average, each school bus is illegally passed once every day. SOURCE: The Augusta Chronicle (Georgia), Aug. 8, 2014.

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