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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 5, Issue 35

August 13th, 2015

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Caught on Camera: Car Passes Stopped School Bus on Right Side
WFOX-TV FOX 30 (Florida), Aug. 12, 2015

A St. Johns County woman is shocked at what she saw on surveillance video in her neighborhood. A car passed by a stopped school bus at a bus stop on the right where children would be exiting in front of Ocean’s Edge. Parents say this happens all the time at the bus stop.

South Carolina Drivers Risk Kids Lives
WLTX-TV CBS 19, Aug. 12, 2015

Drivers in our state are putting children at risk by passing stopped school buses and News 19 has the video to prove it. “You might lose five minutes going to or from work or wherever you’re going, but it’s five minutes that could save a child’s life,” said Lexington-Richand Five Director of Transportation David Weissman.

West Virginia Law Enforcement Crack Down on Red-Light Runners
WOWK-TV CBS 13 (West Virginia), Aug. 10, 2015

While the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office is always on the lookout for traffic violations, a program called Target Red has them on their toes this month. “It’s funded by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program and there are several agencies that are participating in it. Like I said, the officers go out and do nothing but target intersections with red lights and stop signs,” said Sgt. J.H. Thaxton of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office. (WOWK-TV CBS 13 image)

Bus Cameras Show Drivers Endangering Children on 1st, 2nd Days of School
WAGA-TV FOX 5 (Georgia), Aug. 7, 2015

Newly released video shows drivers in Atlanta whizzing and swerving around school buses at bus stops, despite very clear visual signals telling drivers to stop. The video shows the dangers at bus stops recorded on the first and second days of school.

Tucson Ranked 9th in Nation for Red-Light Running Fatalities
KVOA-TV NBC 4 (Arizona), Aug. 5, 2015

Tucson ranked No. 9 in the National Coalition for Safer Roads report of the highest number of red-light running deaths. The coalition analyzed government statistics between 2004 and 2013 and ranked the top 10 American cities with the highest number of red-light running deaths. Phoenix was ranked No. 2.


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Mom Says ‘Nothing’s the Same’ after Red-Light Crash
The Town Talk (Louisiana), Aug. 10, 2015

Almost every driver knows the fear that comes with slamming on the brakes because another motorist has blown through a red light. … That scenario played out in Alexandria almost two years ago, taking the life of 27-year-old Darrell G. Jones. … “It turned my life upside down,” said Mishelle Armstrong, Jones’ mother. “Nothing’s the same.” (The Town Talk photo by Melissa Gregory)

Houston Leads Nation in Red-Light Wreck Fatalities
Beaumont Enterprise (Texas), Aug. 10, 2015

If you’ve ever come within 6 inches of being T-boned by someone intent on running a red light, here’s some news to further raise the hair on your neck: Houston leads the nation in red-light fatalities. It’s not surprising in a city where police are known to complain that a red light means, “Three more cars.” See related article at Houston Chronicle.

New Red-Light Cameras Coming to Phoenix
KNXV-TV ABC 15 (Arizona), Aug. 7, 2015

New red-light cameras are coming to the city of Phoenix. City police said they used collision data to determine where to put the new cameras.


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Trip to School Most Dangerous for Students at Bus Stops
WBIW-Radio AM 1340 (Indiana), Aug. 12, 2015

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riding a bus to school is 13 times safer than riding in a passenger vehicle and 10 times safer than walking to school. According to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s department, everyone should be aware that most of the children who are injured or killed are outside of the bus and struck by motorists passing a stopped school bus. (Stateline/Pew Charitable Trusts/AP image)

Buffalo Parent Decries School Bus Safety
WIVB-TV Channel 4 (New York), Aug. 11, 2015

Buffalo dad Bryan Young worries for his son’s life every time he takes the bus. That’s because Young said cars repeatedly pass the bus, even when the stop lights are on. Five-year-old Carter has autism, and often has episodes. Young worries he’ll accidentally get too close to the road, and be hit by a driver who’s not paying attention.

Strong Arm of Law Points at School Bus Fly-Bys
Bureau County Republic (Illinois), Aug. 10, 2015

If you run a stop sign without repercussion, you might save a few seconds in your travels, but if you obey the stop arm each time you see a school bus, you just might save a life. Princeton Elementary School Superintendent Tim Smith indicated people disregard school bus stop arms far too frequently, and the action affects everyone involved with the situation.

Atlanta Public Schools Installs Stop Arm Cameras
Atlanta Daily World (Georgia), Aug. 10, 2015

School districts throughout the Atlanta metro area are determined to crack down on drivers who defiantly drive past stopped school buses despite the obvious dangers. Atlanta Public Schools have installed a technology called CrossingGuard, which uses a camera to capture the license plates of vehicles that fail to stop when students are getting on and off the bus. (WSB-TV Channel 2)

Pass a Stopped School Bus and Risk a Ticket or Jail
Reporter Newspapers (Georgia), Aug. 9, 2015

Students return to school this month, which means drivers heading to work must stop when school buses do. If a driver doesn’t stop, he or she risks a ticket — and even a trip to jail.  … Between January 1 and May 5, Sandy Springs police cited 76 drivers with overtaking and passing a school bus. Dunwoody police cited three motorists, while Brookhaven police gave five warnings and cited 20 drivers with passing school buses. Atlanta Public Schools reported no citations through early May, but that could be changing as external cameras were to be added to capture photos of stop-arm violations.


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Pedestrian Fatalities Are on the Rise
WTOP-Radio AM 1500 (Washington, D.C.), Aug. 11, 2015

The number of traffic fatalities involving pedestrians has increased nationwide, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. According to the report, 4,735 pedestrians were killed in 2013, the most recent full year of data available. The number represents a 15 percent jump in pedestrian fatalities since 2009. Or to think of it another way: One pedestrian is killed every two hours. View report here. (WTOP-Radio AM 1500/AP photo by Don Ryan)


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Scott Marshall @SafeDriver Stop signs or red lights; do you stop or slow? There’s a big difference. This explains: bit.ly/bZBBbo #StopOnRed2015

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety ATS appreciates the support we have seen during National Stop On Red Week! Thank you for your participation & continue to #StopOnRed2015


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Contra Costa Driver Tolls on the I-680 Horizon
Contra Costa Times News (California), Aug. 12, 2015

Express lanes — toll roads for solo drivers willing to pay for speedier commutes — are about to bring Contra Costa County drivers into the world of high-tech traffic controls. Work was to begin Wednesday night on the first of three express-lane segments that in time will extend from the Benicia Bridge to the county border at Alcosta Boulevard in San Ramon. (Contra Costa Times News/Bay Area News Group photo by Karen T. Borchers)

Partnership Makes E-ZPass Available at AAA Offices
The Register-Herald (West Virginia), Aug. 11, 2015

AAA offices in Beckley, Bluefield, Charleston and Russell, Ky., now have E-ZPass available thanks to a partnership between the emergency road services agency and the West Virginia Parkways Authority.

ATS Fleet Services to Provide PlatePass All-Inclusive Toll Service to Fox Rent-A-Car
Reuters News Service, Aug. 7, 2015

American Traffic Solutions Fleet Services (ATS) is pleased to announce it has partnered with Fox Rent-A-Car to offer rental customers the convenient PlatePass All-Inclusive toll payment service. Drives may now purchase the toll service at the rental counter for one flat daily rate that includes the costs of all in-network tolls incurred during their rental.


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Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Aid Safety, Schools
The Fayetteville-Observer (North Carolina), Aug. 10, 2015

By the end of their first month of operation, Fayetteville’s four new red-light cameras had nabbed nearly 700 red-light runners who will each contribute $100 for their transgression. The proceeds pay for the cameras and their operations, and what’s left over goes to our school system. Sweet deal.

School’s Back in Session, Watch Out for Students
Hattiesburg American (Mississippi), Aug 8, 2015

It’s time to send our well wishes to our students, but it’s also a time to remind everyone that with the return of school is the return of school buses and a higher concentration of young pedestrians. Advocacy groups in Mississippi continue to push for legislation to enhance school bus safety.

Editorial: Drivers: Our School Children’s Lives Are in Your Hands
Times Daily (Alabama), Aug. 7, 2015

Unless you have a school-age child, you might not have noticed the school year has begun. But this affects you, because chances are you will be driving through a school zone, in traffic with those taking their kids to school, teens driving themselves and their friends to school and school buses that, as they warn on their rear panels, make frequent stops. This means a heightened sense of awareness while traveling our city streets and county roads is an obligation for all of us.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras
The Daily Journal (California), Aug. 11, 2015

The California Vehicle Code says that a stop sign and a red light are “absolutes,” meaning that motorists in California are required to absolutely stop at a stop sign and a red light. It doesn’t matter what time of day or night it is, or whether there are any other vehicles at the same intersections, all motorists are required to stop. …. The author of a recent letter to the editor thinks it’s OK to roll through stop signs and stop lights.

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“A driver needs to stop any time they see the arm out. The reason they don’t is they aren’t paying attention, or they’re being impatient. The kids might not be paying attention either, so it’s everyone’s responsibility to stop for the safety of the children.”
Tom Root, Police Chief of Princeton, Illinois
Bureau County Republican (Illinois), Aug. 10, 2015

“After 30 days, there are no more warnings. We’re dropping the hammer.”
Darryl Tolleson, Atlanta Police Department Deputy Chief, on the 30-day warning period for school bus cameras
WAGA-TV FOX 5 (Georgia) Aug. 7, 2015

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In Prince George’s County, the number of speed camera tickets issued has dropped by one-third since 2013. In fiscal year 2013, police mailed out 360,548 speed camera tickets to drivers. Two years later, the number of tickets dropped to 240,730. SOURCE: WTOP-Radio AM 1500 (Washington, D.C.), Aug. 11, 2015.

Nationwide, drivers running red lights caused wrecks that resulted in 7,799 fatalities, according to the National Coalition for Safer Roads. Houston accounted for 181 of those deaths, the highest total among the country’s 10 largest cities. Dallas ranked No. 7, with 71 fatalities. SOURCE: Beaumont Enterprise, Aug. 10, 2015.