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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 22

May 14th, 2015

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Tucson Police Data Point Out Top School Zones for Speed Violators
KVOA-TV NBC 4 (Arizona), May 13, 2015

Tucson Police photo enforcement vans are catching drivers violating the speed limit of 15 mph in school zones. … Howell and Henry Elementary schools are the top spots for speeding violations this year. In the first three months of 2015, police issued 66 violations at Howell, and 41 at Henry. (KVOA-TV NBC 4)

Neighbors’ Concerns Rise after School Bus Runs Red-Light
WSB-TV ABC 2 (Georgia), May 12, 2015

Residents in this DeKalb County neighborhood said the recent report of a school bus running a red-light is the latest example of the constant dangers they see at a problem intersection.

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More Drivers Charged with Illegally Passing School Buses
WRC-TV NBC 4 (Washington, D.C.), May 12, 2015

More than 2,200 drivers have been charged with illegally driving past a stopped school bus in the Washington, D.C., suburbs in the past three years, according to a review by the News 4 I-Team. These violations endanger the well-being of children boarding the buses and people standing nearby. … A review of state court records and motor vehicle agency reports show the violations are widespread and growing in some D.C.-area communities. (Image by WRC-TV NBC 4)

 

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Pickup Rear-Ends School Bus as Children Exit
KTVH.com (Montana), May 12, 2015

A full-sized pickup rear-ended a stopped school bus about three miles east of Polson, sending three students to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Terry Rosenbaum said the pickup was traveling at a “significant speed” when it struck the bus as it was unloading students. See related article at KTVQ.com. (Daily Inter Lake.com/Lake County Leader photo by Trip Burns)

County Sheriff’s Office Issuing 80 School Bus Violations Per Day
The Eatonville Dispatch (Washington), May 11, 2015

Too many drivers in the Bethel School District pass school buses illegally, and the video proves it. In barely three months, cameras mounted on buses have caught nearly 140 apparent violations in which automobiles didn’t stop for buses whose flashing red-lights and paddle-stop sign were activated while picking up students.

 

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Search Is on for Runaways in Deadly Hit and Run Caught on Camera
WTVJ-TV NBC 6 (Miami), May 12, 2015

Police have released red-light camera video of a deadly hit-and-run collision in Miami. Authorities are looking for two men who fled the scene after their pickup truck collided with a vehicle making a left turn. (Image by WTVJ-TV NBC 6)

Judge Continues Hearing over Red-Light Camera Debate
KTIV-TV NBC 4 (Iowa), May 11, 2015

A Woodbury County judge has continued a hearing on whether Sioux City can keep its red light and speed cameras up and operational. The hearing was scheduled for Monday morning, but it has been continued to a later date. … A judge granted an injunction in the case and the cameras have stayed up.

Red-Light Runner Blamed in Tampa Power Outage
WTSP-TV CBS 10 (Florida), May 8, 2015

A red-light runner who crashed into a power pole and fled on foot caused a blackout that affected some 14,000 TECO customers on May 8, police said. See related article in Sun Times.

 

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American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is pleased to announce it will provide a CrossingGuard School Bus Stop Arm system to the Arlington Public School system in Virginia according to the terms of a new multiyear agreement. ATS looks forward to working with the Arlington Schools and with the Arlington Police Department, whose representative will make the final determination of whether a violation has occurred, and a citation issued. ATS recognizes all of its customers as partners in traffic safety and thanks them.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety Fact: In 2013, nearly 700 ppl were killed in red-light running crashes. Help lower that number. RT #StopOnRed

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NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA We are entering the most dangerous time of year for drivers, so slow down, obey traffic laws and buckle up! http://bit.ly/1jH86YZ

 

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Study: Express Lanes Cut Commute Times
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Washington D.C.), May 13, 2015

A new survey from toll lane operator Transurban finds that the Virginia Express Lanes have cut the commute times for everyone, including those in the main lanes. On the 95 Express Lanes, the company compared travel times between last February and this February, and found that people saved an average of between six and 23 minutes, with the average speed at least 11 mph higher. The 95 Express Lanes opened in December 2014. (AP photo by Molly Riley)

Toll Authority Assists in Arrest of Manslaughter Suspect
KPRC-TV NBC 2 (Texas), May 10, 2015

After authorities issued an alert for a Texas mother with two manslaughter warrants, the Harris County Toll Road Authority’s incident management division entered vehicle information in a license plate recognition system and tracked the woman until she was in custody. Her arrest came on the Sam Houston Tollway East.

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Colorado Drivers Encouraged to Get the Pass
KCNC-TV CBS 4, May 9, 2015

Access to express lanes in the Denver metro area are changing this summer and it could save drivers a lot of money. The Colorado Department of Transportation is urging drivers to “Get the Pass,” a $15 transponder that switches between “Toll” and “HOV,” which allows carpools to bypass the toll or drivers to pay a toll without an additional surcharge. (Image by KCNC-TV CBS 4)

Trucker Arrested on Charges of Shortchanging Tolls
New York Daily News, May 9, 2015

No more free rides for this Bronx trucker who owes $13,000 in toll violations. Port Authority police busted a truck driver last week for shortchanging tolls at the George Washington Bridge by using a cheaper passenger car’s E-Z Pass on his Kenworth big rig. See related article at NJ.com about toll dodger owing $30,000.

 

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Are Efficient
The Denver Post (Colorado), May 13, 2015

Red-light cameras are a very cost-efficient way to enforce a basic traffic law. In my mind, they encourage driving safely. And photo radar equipment should be standard in school and construction zones to reduce speeding when children and  workers are present.

 

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“The visibility of the van is a deterrent for speeding. We will see an increase in violations when the van’s not there.”
Paul Tosca, Lieutenant with the Tucson Police Department, Traffic Division
KVOA-TV NBC 4 (Arizona), May 13, 2015

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“It’s much more cost-effective to have a red-light camera at an intersection 24/7 than it is to hire a police officer to stay at that intersection and write red-light violations.”
Craig Gundlauch, Lieutenant with the Modesto Police Department
KCRA-TV NBC 3 (California), May 8, 2015

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According to Tucson police data, the top five school locations with the most speeding violations caught by speed safety cameras for the first three months of 2015 are: Howell elementary with 66 violations; Henry Elementary with 41; St. Ambrose with 39; Prince Elementary with 35, and Oyama Elementary with 32. Source: KVOA-TV NBC 4, May 13, 2015.

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In barely three months in the Bethel School District, cameras mounted on buses have caught nearly 140 apparent violations in which automobiles didn’t stop for buses whose flashing red lights and paddle-stop signs were activated while picking up students. Source: The Eatonville Dispatch, May 11, 2015

 

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