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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 45

October 22nd, 2015

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Be Smart, Be Seen Near School Buses

National School Bus Safety Week seeks to raise awareness of local school bus stop arm laws and urges drivers to be particularly cautious as they approach stopped school buses. More than 102,000 school bus drivers in 26 states reported over 78,000 vehicles illegally drove past their buses as they were stopped for children to board or unload. In some cases, drivers passed the buses on the same side as children were stepping off the bus. These sample results indicate more than 14 million private vehicles are breaking the law and endangering children. This alarming disregard for the safety of others needs to stop. American Traffic Solutions supports National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 19-23, and urges drivers to abide by their local school bus stop arm traffic laws, and to always watch for children around school buses. See the ATS news release here.

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Car Speeds Past School Bus, Almost Hits Child
WTAE-TV ABC 4 (Pennsylvania), Oct. 21, 2015

Authorities in Moon Township are looking for the driver of a car caught on camera speeding past a stopped school bus on the right side and nearly striking a child approaching the school bus door.

Concerned Citizen Captures School Bus Law Violations on Video
Montgomery Community Media (Maryland), Oct. 20, 2015

Montgomery County police officers are releasing cell phone video that they say was recorded by a concerned citizen who observed multiple motorists passing a stopped school bus on River Road in Bethesda on Monday. Police say the school bus in the video was equipped with a camera and those vehicles will be receiving citations in the mail. See related article by Bethesda Magazine.

Troopers Board Buses for Safety Week
WTOV-TV NBC 9 (Ohio), Oct. 20, 2015

If you’ve seen a state patrol cruiser trailing behind a school bus this week, there’s a good reason. The bus driver isn’t doing anything wrong, but they are looking for drivers who are illegally passing buses when they stop for children to board or unload. … In the last two years, more than 4,000 motorists in Ohio were cited for failing to stop for a school bus when it was loading or unloading children.

Speed Camera Photo Is Latest Clue in Stolen Car Case
KMGH-TV ABC 7 (Colorado), Oct. 19, 2015 

A Denver woman just got a photo radar ticket for going 85 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone, and could not be more excited. It’s the latest clue into the whereabouts of her stolen vehicle. (KMGH-TV ABC 7 image)


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Collision Injures Boy on His Way to School Bus
Cache Valley Daily (Utah), Oct. 21, 2015

A 15-year-old boy running toward a school bus was hit by a car Wednesday morning and later hospitalized. Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson said witnesses told deputies the school bus was stopped with its stop sign deployed and red lights flashing at the time of the collision.

Milton City Council Approves Cameras on School Buses
Neighborhood Newspapers (Georgia), Oct. 21, 2015

A school bus safety camera enforcement program may be rolling out in the city of Milton. The program would include the retrofitting of cameras on buses with an increased number of stop arm violations, Chris Lagerbloom, city manager, said at a regular city council meeting Monday night. The Fulton County School Board said Georgia fluctuates between being the second to the most deadly state with school bus stop fatalities.

Metro Atlanta School Bus Cameras Affect Driver Behavior
WGCL-TV CBS 46 (Georgia), Oct. 20, 2015

A spokesperson with the Cobb County School District said the number of people caught on camera illegally blowing past stopped school buses has been cut in half.  (FOX 5 Atlanta image)

Bus Safety a Concern for Area School Districts
WVTM-TV NBC 13 (Alabama), Oct. 19, 2015

A total of 14 students have been injured in Alabama this year. Just last month, a 6-year-old was struck in Tuscaloosa when a driver swerved around a stopped school bus. The child is OK, but the driver was never caught. It’s a cause for concern in Jefferson County too, where a recent two-day accounting found 90 violations of drivers whizzing by school buses stopped for children. (WVTM-TV NBC 13 image)

Stopped School Bus Hit by Oncoming Minivan
WBTU-Radio 93.3 FM (Indiana), Oct. 19, 2015

Officials say a Palliser Regional School bus was pulled over to the side of the highway with lights flashing and stop arm extended while dropping off students, when it was struck from behind by a minivan that was traveling in the same direction. None of the six students on the bus were injured, however, a passenger in the minivan was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.


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Trooper Bob_SCHP @TrooperBob_SCHP National School Bus Safety Week: A child’s life may be flashing before your eyes. STOP ON RED-KIDS AHEAD!

Zero Fatalities_NV @DriveSafeNV Take the pledge. I pledge to never run red lights – I pledge to never run stop signs. #StopOnRedNV zerofatalitiesnv.com/stop-on-red/


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Proposal Eyes Open-Road Tolling in Kansas
Salina Journal (Kansas), Oct. 21, 2015

A proposal to keeping traffic rolling on interstate highways, and not slowing to pay tolls, is cruising through the Kansas Turnpike Authority, said Rep. J.R. Claeys, R-Salina. Claeys, chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Public Safety Budget, said he has asked the authority for a report on an open-road tolling program similar to those in Oklahoma and Illinois. The legislator said he was confident the system would be in place as soon as 2017.

Commentary: Pay-Per-Use Transportation Solutions Are Viable
The Plain Dealer (Ohio), Oct. 18, 2015

The leadership and expertise demonstrated by our colleagues at the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission are two of the many reasons why the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association is bringing industry leaders to Cleveland this week to explore new ways to communicate the complexities of transportation infrastructure funding and the benefits of tolling. … For long-term sustainability, we need a source of revenue that is dependent on miles traveled rather than the fuel we consume. One proven method with a long history of success is the “pay per use” concept of tolling. Thirty-five states now use toll financing to build and operate much-needed infrastructure.