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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 48

November 12th, 2015

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Communities with Most Drivers Passing School Buses Illegally
WPXI-TV Channel 11 (Pennsylvania), Nov. 9, 2015

During a two-year period in one local Pennsylvania community, nearly 1,300 drivers failed to stop for a school bus, either picking up or dropping off students. One parent said the violations have gotten so bad that she started videotaping traffic on Perry Highway in the North Hills after her 8-year-old daughter was nearly hit by a driver last spring. See related article at WPXI-TV Channel 11. (WPXI-TV Channel 11 image)

Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Fatalities on the Decline in New York City
WNBC-TV NBC 4 (New York), Nov. 6, 2015

New York City’s ongoing crack down on drivers who hit pedestrians is making progress, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday. The mayor’s office said the trend points to success: There have been 14 hit-and-run pedestrian fatalities from January through October of this year, down slightly from 22 all of last year and way down from the average 31.7 pedestrian fatalities before Vision Zero was launched with lower speed limits, more red-light cameras and a vow of tougher enforcement. (WNBC-TV NBC 4 image)

Drivers Illegally Passing School Buses Endanger Students
KCRA-TV NBC 3 (California), Nov. 6, 2015

These videos will startle any parent. Drivers breaking the law and putting children at risk. … This past year, school bus drivers across the country counted how many vehicles passed them in one day. They counted more than 78,000 nationwide. More than 21,000 were in California. (KCRA-TV NBC 3 image)


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Grieving Children Find Comfort at Wandall Foundation Camp
YourObserver.com (Florida), Nov. 11, 2015

After Kim Miele’s husband, Mike, died in July 2014, her son Jake stopped participating in childhood activities. As Miele worked through her own stages of grief — “A widow at 43? I couldn’t wrap my head around that” — she saw Jake retreating. He didn’t want to go to Cub Scouts or games anymore, because he was the only one who didn’t have a dad. … His participation in the Comfort Zone Camp held by the Mark Wandall Foundation helped Jake feel better than he had in months. The camp connects kids who have lost a sibling, parent or caregiver. See related article at YourObserver.com. (YourObserver.com image)

Car Thief Suspect Caught on Red-Light Camera
KPHO-TV CBS 5 (Arizona), Nov. 10, 2015

Gilbert police are looking for a car thief who just made their job a lot easier. The suspect had his picture taken by a photo radar camera while driver the missing car.

Fatal Crash Caught Only on Camera
The New York Times, Nov. 10, 2015

The car traveling at high speed down Gerritsen Avenue in Brooklyn early Monday morning smashed through a wood construction fence, through a yard and into thin air. It crashed into the water of Shell Bank Creek, by the Belt Parkway, and sank. For more than a day it remained there, submerged even at low tide. Police discovered the car and a body after neighbors pieced the incident together from the damage and a homeowner’s security video footage of a car flying down the street.

ATS Moves Headquarters to Mesa, Arizona
Phoenix Business Journal (Arizona), Nov. 9, 2015

American Traffic Solutions is moving to a new 500-employee Mesa headquarters. ATS is moving employees from offices in Scottsdale and Tempe to the Waypoint office development next to the Mesa Riverview development and near the Chicago Cubs spring training ballpark.

Red-Light Running Collision Stops School Bus
WAVY-TV Channel 10 (Virginia), Nov. 9, 2015

Virginia State Police say no one was injured after a school bus accident in Gloucester Monday afternoon. According to school officials, a vehicle ran a red light and hit a second vehicle. The second vehicle then hit the front end of the school bus. (WAVY-TV Channel 10/ReportIt image by Cody Brown)

A Reckless Driver Killed My Son
NY Metro Parents (New York), Nov. 6, 2015

A founding member of the newly formed organization Families for Safe Streets, which seeks to end reckless driving and was instrumental last year in having the speed limit lowered from 30 to 25 mph in New York City, says one way people can help is to request a speed camera to be installed at your children’s schools.


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Drop The ‘A’ Word @DroptheAword 30,000 are killed on US roads each year. Plz join #crashnotaccident on 11/15 on World Remembrance Day to remember victims. Tell your story.

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety #TipTuesday Safety is the responsibility of every driver, every day, & every time someone gets behind the wheel of a vehicle #stoponred

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All-Electronic Tolling Set for 3 Ohio River Bridges
The Courier-Journal (Kentucky), Nov. 10, 2015

Kentucky and Indiana transportation officials introduced the new electronic tolling system that will be used on three of the Ohio River bridges starting late 2016. “RiverLink” was introduced as the tolling system logo and brand, similar to “SunPass” used in Florida and Georgia’s “Peach Pass.” Tolling will be all electronic, meaning there will be no toll booths, coin machines, no lines and no stopping on the bridges.

Editorial: Missouri Gets a New Problem-Solver
Joplin Globe (Missouri), Nov. 10, 2015

Meet Patrick McKenna. He’s Missouri’s new hope for a solution to our cash-strapped system of highways and bridges. Don’t be surprised if toll roads aren’t at least discussed as a consideration.

Feds Mandate One Toll Pass for All 50 States
KING-TV NBC 5 (Washington), Nov. 9, 2015

A major change is coming to the tolling industry. Congress wants toll agencies nationwide to adopt a single model that would work in any state so that drivers would not need to purchase multiple passes. As part of a 2012 transportation law known as MAP21, lawmakers required toll agencies to be interoperable nationwide by October 2016. The International Bridge Tunnel and Turnpike Association, a toll industry association, is leading the effort to comply with the law.

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Commentary: Automated Speed Enforcement — Maybe It’s Time
Adirondack Daily Enterprise (New York), Nov. 9, 2015

With the results that speed cameras have on speed reduction, perhaps it’s time to call for it throughout the state. It will only happen, however, if we demand it from our legislators.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Needed
Daily Herald (Illinois), Nov. 8, 2015

I am not a fan of red-light cameras except when they are needed for a safety issue. I truly believe that one is needed at the corner of Route 62 and Route 59. Once again, at an intersection clearly marked “No Turn on Red,” both vehicles in front of me with a red light decided they were above the rules and pulled out into and merged into southbound traffic. Oncoming vehicles had to hit their brakes.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Aren’t Moneymakers, They Are Lifesavers
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Nov. 6, 2015

In a recent commentary, David Leavitt looked at red-light cameras as a tax — a way for the city to make money. I look at them as a way to save lives and make drivers more careful about observing the law. Nobody is forced to pay this “tax.” If you don’t run the red light, you don’t pay. It’s that simple. Yes, I was caught. It was unintentional. I paid the fine because I broke the law, but I cannot blame the incident on a greedy city government.