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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 40

September 17th, 2015

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ATS Video Showcases Safety Solutions in Communities
For nearly 30 years American Traffic Solutions has been dedicated to making life safer and easier on the road ahead. We are proud to share our latest video, “Commitment,” which showcases how our road safety camera solutions are making communities safer. While our road safety cameras can’t prevent every tragedy, if they can save just one life, they are worth their weight in gold. View video here.

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80 Children Injured in Alabama School Bus Crashes
WIAT-TV Channel 42 (Alabama), Sept. 14, 2015

The results are in for the number of children hurt in school bus accidents for the 2014-15 school year in Alabama. Sadly, the number of students injured spiked to 80 compared with 14 the previous school year.


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Children Taken to Hospital after Bus Crash
News Journal (Texas), Sept. 16, 2015

Two children and two adults were injured Tuesday afternoon after a furniture truck crashed into the back of a Big Sandy ISD school bus west of Gladewater, said Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Jean Dark. The school bus was stopped, with lights activated, and letting students off when the truck hit the bus.

School Bus Crash Injures Boy
The Union (California), Sept. 16, 2015

A 9-year-old boy sustained minor injuries Wednesday morning after a pickup truck collided with a school bus loading passengers at a stop on La Barr Meadows Road. The school bus was stopped at the bus stop with its red lights flashing and its stop sign extended.  At the time of the collision the student was in the stairwell of the bus.

5th Annual Survey Verifies Drivers Continue to Pass Stopped School Buses
National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, Sept. 14, 2015

The national association representing state directors of pupil transportation released the results of its 5th annual survey on illegal passing of school buses and found more than 14 million violations occurred during the 2014-2015 school year, up from the 13.6 million recorded in the previous year. See related coverage from School Bus Fleet Magazine(The News Tribune Video image by Drew Perine)

4 Children Suffer ‘Minor Injuries’ in School Bus Collision
Times News (Tennessee), Sept. 15, 2015

Four Hawkins County children were hospitalized with “minor, non-life threatening injuries” Monday afternoon after a pickup rear-ended a school bus that was dropping off two children at a driveway on Highway 11-W in the Mooresburg community. … The school bus had its stop sign and stop lights activated when the crash occurred, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. (Times News image)

7 School Bus Stop Arm Violations in 14 Days
The Daily Reporter (Iowa), Sept. 11, 2015

It is the worse start to a school year that Spencer Schools Transportation Director Julie Nemmers can remember in terms of school bus safety. Since school started Aug. 24, seven stop-arm violations have been reported and recorded by Spencer school bus drivers and their bus cameras. “Thank heavens we have the cameras in all of our buses,” Nemmers said.

Drivers Reminded to Yield at School Buses after 6-Year-Old Hurt
Tuscaloosa News (Alabama), Sept. 11, 2015

Police are still searching for the driver of a black Honda Accord with tinted windows that hit a 6-year-old kindergartner Wednesday morning as he was attempting to board a school bus to take him to Arcadia Elementary School. Though the boy sustained only minor injuries, the hit-and-run could have been much worse and serves as a reminder to motorists to not pass a school bus when it stops to pick up or drop off children.


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Commissioner Remains Interested in Red-Light Camera Start-Up
Southern Maryland News, Sept. 16, 2015

St. Mary’s County Commissioner Todd Morgan suggests that the county take another look at installing cameras along Route 235 in California and Lexington Park to enforce speed limits and catch those who run through red lights. Sheriff Tim Cameron proposed red-light cameras in 2014, but the last board of commissioners turned down the idea outright without formally hearing the sheriff’s proposal. See related article by TheBayNet.com.  (Southern Maryland News image by Jesse Yeatman)

Abington Extends Red-Light Camera Program
21st Century Media News Service/Montgomery News (Pennsylvania), Sept. 16, 2015

Abington Township, the first Pennsylvania suburb with red-light safety cameras, will continue to have an additional pair of eyes monitoring the behavior of drivers on its roads. In a 10-5 vote, the board of commissioners decided at its Sept. 10 meeting to extend a two-year contract for the program.

Police: Red-Light Camera Photo Shows Suspected Car Thief
KBAK/KBFX FOX 29 (California), Sept. 16, 2015

A suspected car thief was caught on a red light camera. Police said Wednesday that the car was stolen Aug. 23 on Bernard Street. Five days later, the vehicle was photographed running a red light.

Radar Cameras Make Tucson Safer, Police Chief Says
Arizona Daily Star, Sept. 12, 2015

Police Chief Roberto Villasenor walked a fine line last week when when talking about the much-reviled photo-radar cameras installed at various Tucson intersections. … Addressing the city council he said, collisions at the eight Tucson intersections with traffic cameras are down considerably, from 188 in the 2006 fiscal year to 57 in fiscal 2015. … Duplicating the cameras’ 24-hour, seven-day work week with uniformed officers would take roughly 160 additional officers. (Tucson Police graphic)

Red Light Cameras Will Stick Around in Wilmington
WECT-TV NBC 6, WSFX-TV FOX 30 (North Carolina), Sept. 16, 2015

Wilmington leaders voted Tuesday night to keep red light cameras active throughout the city and renew a contract with American Traffic Solutions. The cameras are located at 13 different intersections in Wilmington. All proceeds from the service go to the New Hanover County School system.

Albany Adds Red-Light Cameras
WRGB-TV CBS 6 (New York), Sept. 11, 2015

Albany introduced eight more red-light safety cameras at four intersections last week. A 10-day warning period is in effect. Beginning on Sept. 22, red-light runners risk receiving a citation for running  a red light.

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Toll Transactions Near 1 Million on New Colorado Express Lanes
KMGH-TV ABC 7, Sept. 16, 2015

Since tolling began on July 22, the new express lanes on U.S. 36 and Interstate 25 have accumulated over 1.2 million transactions. Of those, 947,219 were tolled transactions, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. (CDOT image)

Preferred Plan for I-66 Expansion Unveiled
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Washington, D.C.), Sept. 16, 2015

Some parts of the plan to expand Interstate 66 outside the Capital Beltway will have to wait a few more years, but construction on 22 miles of new lanes and tolls is scheduled to start by 2017. The Virginia Department of Transportation’s preferred design, presented to the Commonwealth Transportation Board Tuesday, will expand the highway to two toll lanes and three regular lanes in each direction between University Boulevard in Gainesville and the Capital Beltway. (WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM image by Max Smith)

Commentary: MoPac Project is 1 of Many Mobility Solutions
Austin American-Statesman (Texas), Sept. 15, 2015

In the Sept. 3 Viewpoints editorial, the American-Statesman argued that traffic congestion will increase in Austin, and that our community needs a tech solution to solve it. I want to thank the Statesman for recognizing this key issue and say that I agree that we need multiple resources to address our traffic woes. In fact, at the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, this is what we do. We’re here to build mobility solutions. Sometimes it’s a road, sometimes not. We built the 183A toll road in Cedar Park and Leander, which has transformed those communities even as they have experienced exponential growth. We built the U.S. 290 toll road between Austin and Manor, which tripled the capacity of the previous road while improving the non-toll lanes that were there before.


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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Increase Walkability, Safety
Times Union (New York), Sept. 17, 2015

I have owned my home in Park South neighborhood in Albany for almost 30 years. One of the realities that one confronts while living here is that many of our major streets are tricky to navigate. The behavior of some motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians challenge the safety of the users of our streets and the well-being of our community. Increased awareness of this issue, proactive outreach by the police, and now the implementation of red-light cameras are all actions that are moving Albany toward increased walkability and safety.


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“We have a responsibility to do what’s necessary for safety, not just for convenience or the issues that some people have out there. In my humble opinion, we don’t need to apologize for trying to keep our community safer, and we don’t need to apologize for using innovative methods to achieve our safety goals.”
Bill Kelly, Police Chief of Abington Township, Pennsylvania
21st Century Media News Service/Montgomery News (Pennsylvania), Sept. 16, 2015

“The main goal for these cameras is to make our intersections safer, the results speak for themselves. They have decreased the amount of violent collisions in these intersections.”
Dylan Lee, Spokesman for the City of Wilmington, North Carolina
WECT-TV NBC 6, WSFX-TV FOX 30 (North Carolina), Sept. 16, 2015

“The law requires that when buses are transporting students and they put out the bus stop sign, the extender arm that goes out to protect the children and the flashing lights, vehicles are to come to a complete stop. These are signals for motorists to pay close attention to what’s going on in the area. There may be children, or even small children, preparing to cross the street.”
Lesley Bruinton, Spokeswoman for Tuscaloosa City Schools
Tuscaloosa News (Alabama), Sept. 11, 2015

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Collisions at eight intersections in Tucson with red-light safety cameras decreased by 70 percent since the cameras were installed in 2007, falling from 188 crashes in fiscal year 2006 to 57 in fiscal year 2015, according to Police Chief Roberto Villasenor. City of Tucson press release, Sept 10, 2015.

In one day earlier this year, one-fifth of the nation’s school bus drivers noted 78,518 school bus stop arm violations, which amounts to more than 14 million illegal passes of buses in a 180-day school year. Officials with survey organizer, National Association School District Pupil Transportation Services said the most alarming finding of the survey is that 1,483 (about 2 percent) of the total illegal passes were on the right side of the bus, where students load and unload. Source: School Bus Fleet magazine, Sept. 14, 2015.