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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol 6, Issue 23

May 19th, 2016



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School Bus Stop Arm Bill Advances in South Carolina
WYFF-TV NBC 4, May 18, 2016

A bill that would make it easier to punish people who drive around a stopped school bus is one step closer to becoming law in South Carolina. It just passed the Senate Transportation Committee today and is now headed to the Senate floor. See related article at WSPA-TV ABC 7.

Driver Nearly Strikes Child Leaving School Bus
WRCL-Radio 93.7 FM (Michigan), May 18, 2016

Video footage was released this week of a driver who ignored a parked school bus and nearly hit a child. In the video you can see the truck drive by the school bus and stop right next to the school bus door after realizing what happened. The child was not injured.

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Road Safety Cameras Back in Scottsdale
KSAZ-TV FOX 10 (Arizona), May 13, 2016

After a legal brief by the Arizona Attorney General prompted cities to suspend photo radar temporarily, it’s now back in action. Scottsdale turned its cameras back on Friday, with drivers getting warnings for a grace period and then the city will resume issuing citations. Chandler will activate its cameras at several intersections on May 16 as part of a week-long test.

Vehicle Hits Student Exiting School Bus
WTVD-TV ABC 11 (North Carolina), May 13, 2016

An eighth-grade girl exiting a Moor County school bus was taken to the hospital after she was struck by an oncoming truck, authorities said. The truck pulling a trailer swerved to avoid a collision and landed in a ditch, while the trailer struck the door of the bus and the girl. The youth was taken to the hospital. Charges are pending against the truck driver for failure to reduce speed and passing a stopped school bus. (WTVD-TV ABC 11 image)


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School Bus Stop Arm Camera Proposal Advances in Mesquite
City of Mesquite Council Minutes (Texas), May 16, 2016

After receiving a briefing regarding a possible inter-local agreement with the Mesquite Independent School District for the operation of a photo enforcement system to enforce violations of illegal passing of vehicles while students are loading or unloading a bus, the city council directed staff to proceed with developing the agreement and placing it on a future meeting agenda for consideration. See related coverage from Mesquite News.

School Bus Cameras Catch Drivers Passing Buses Illegally
WSOC-TV Channel 9 (North Carolina), May 13, 2016

Nearly half of the buses in the Avery County School District are now equipped with cameras on several locations around the bus that can see any car trying to pass a stopped bus. Several drivers have been caught breaking the law including an 18-wheeler. (WSOC-TV image)


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Teen Wins $5,000 for Film against Distracted Driving
The Shippensburg News-Chronicle (Pennsylvania)  May 18, 2016

Americans are mobile-first, but when driving, your number one priority should be safety. While our phones are a source for information and entertainment, there is no reason for anyone to manually text while driving. That’s the message that a 17-year-old high school senior conveyed in her digital short public service announcement that won the CTIA Wireless Foundation 2016 Drive Smartcontest. Her winning video also asked: “You wouldn’t drive blindfolded, why text?”

Red-Light Cameras Back in Valley Cities
KNXV-TV ABC 15 (Arizona), May 17, 2016

In a flash, photo enforcement is back. Speeders and red-light runners … your free ride is over. Phoenix will turn on its photo enforcement cameras after a two-month hiatus beginning Wednesday. Mobile photo enforcement vans will also return to school zones and other special enforcement areas. Scottsdale, Chandler and Star Valley are also restarting their photo enforcement efforts this week.

Highway Speed Cameras Return to Arizona
Payson Roundup, May 17, 2016

The Town of Star Valley will turn on the Highway 260 cameras for its photo enforcement program Friday, May 20 — perhaps curtailing the soaring number of drivers speeding through town since the cameras shut down.

Driver in Work Zone Crash Faces New Charges
WTVD-TV ABC 11 (North Carolina), May 17, 2016

A woman is facing new charges in an accident last month that left two North Carolina Department of Transportation workers seriously injured. One worker lost both legs in the crash. The driver is now also charged with DWI and felony serious injury by vehicle. See earlier coverage from The News and Observer. (NCDOT image)

Residents Sound Off on Safety Issues
Pacific Palisades Patch (California), May 16, 2016

We asked Patch readers what they thought the biggest safety issues were in their town. Here’s a list of the most pressing problems, from break-ins to traffic jams: “People running through the red lights at Palisades Drive, and on Sunset. Put red light cameras up.”

Bill to Expand Use of Speed Radar Advances in Pennsylvania
Land Line Magazine, May 13, 2016

An effort on the move at the Pennsylvania statehouse would provide local police access to speed radar. Pennsylvania is the only state in the country that prohibits municipal police from enforcing speed limits with radar. Since 1961, only state troopers are allowed to use radar. Two bills advanced last week that would change the state’s distinction. (WTVX-TV FOX 29 image)



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ATS Names Rebecca Kozloff Collins New General Counsel
Marketwatch, May 18, 2016

American Traffic Solutions has announced the appointment of Rebecca Kozloff Collins as General Counsel. Rebecca has more than 15 years of experience as in-house counsel for public and private companies, including a strong background in corporate governance, transactions, employment and labor law, and regulatory compliance.

View ATS’ Entry Video from BBB Torch Awards for Ethics
Youtube/Better Business Bureau (Arizona), May 16, 2016

American Traffic Solutions and ATS Processing Services have both been honored and awarded with the Better Business Bureau’s prestigious, Torch Award for Ethics. The BBB’s Torch Awards for Ethics recognize companies that display an outstanding level of ethics and integrity in all of their business dealings and generate a high level of trust among their employees, customers and their communities. (BBB image)


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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety U.S. traffic deaths climb, while New York streets are safer reuters.com/article/us-usa… @Reuters #StopOnRed  (Reuters image by Shannon Stapleton)



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Commentary: More Texas Drivers Choose Toll Roads
Austin American-Statesman, May 18, 2016

Here in Central Texas, the percentage increase in toll-road usage was near the top of the pack in a recent study, increasing by a whopping 23.4 percent between 2014 and 2015. This week marks Infrastructure Week, May 16-23. This week encourages our nation to address our infrastructure crisis. Across the nation we are seeing an increase in traffic volume. (Austin American Statesman image by Rodolfo Gonzalez)

Commentary: It’s Time for Wisconsin to Seriously Consider Tolling
Daily Tribune, May 18, 2016

It is time for Wisconsin to seriously consider tolling. Currently, 35 states have leveraged the power of tolling as a proven and effective option to meet their road funding needs. Neighboring states such as Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio all have tolled facilities. Across the country, toll road usage was up 7 percent in 2015. Toll roads are helping states build stronger economies, move people and goods faster and more efficiently, and create a safer, more sustainable infrastructure.

More Toll Lanes on Horizon in Colorado
The Denver Post, May 13, 2016

Lanes added on two high-traffic corridors began charging tolls in the last year, and state transportation officials promise at least three more metro-area projects in coming years will add express lanes. Plans call for extended toll lanes on north Interstate 25 and new ones on C-470, in the southwest suburbs, and on I-70 through northeast Denver and Aurora.