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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 51

December 3rd, 2015

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Student Struck by Car at School Bus Stop
GoUpstate.com (South Carolina), Dec. 3, 2015

The driver who authorities say struck a girl as she was trying to board a school bus in Cherokee County is facing numerous charges. The collision took place after a school bus stop on Highway 150 near Asbury Road in Cherokee County. As a 12-year-old student from Pacolet walked across a private drive to board the bus, an approaching vehicle drove off the right side of the roadway to get around the bus and struck the girl. The student received minor injuries.

Man Charged with Hit-and-Run Involving School Bus
Times-News (North Carolina), Dec. 2, 2015

A Greensboro man was arrested Wednesday morning on charges related to a hit-and-run of an elementary school bus in Burlington. At the time of the crash, the school bus’ stop arm was out, and the bus was stationary while picking up a student, though the child wasn’t in the process of boarding the bus at the time of the incident, authorities said.

What ‘When Children Are Present’ Means in a School Zone
Daily Herald (Washington), Nov. 29, 2015

Many school zone signs note that the school zone is in effect “when children are present.” But what does that mean? It may seem like splitting hairs. But with police departments offering different rules for when school zones are in force, it’s worth a closer look. … Lynnwood, which uses photo enforcement for some of its school zones, urges drivers to slow down near schools at all times.

Bill Closes Loophole on Passing Stopped School Buses
InsideNOVA (Virginia), Nov. 28, 2015

Legislation has been introduced for the 2016 General Assembly session that will allow Arlington to resume imposing fines on those who improperly pass school buses. … Del. Kaye Kory has introduced a bill that would amend the law providing for school bus stop arm cameras to allow citations to be mailed to the violator. Under existing law, citations must be presented in person to the alleged violator. See related article at WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM.


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Red-Light Camera Cities Seek Clarity from Florida Appellate Courts
Marketwatch, Dec. 2, 2015

American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the nation’s largest road safety camera provider, is awaiting two Florida courts to hear appeals that could significantly impact the statewide implications of the 2014 Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal Arem ruling regarding the role of red-light safety camera vendors in the violation review process. “ATS and our Florida clients have always believed that the Fourth District Court of Appeal would have reached a different conclusion in the city of Hollywood v. Arem case had they had a complete record describing the vendor’s limited role in processing violations,” said George Hittner, General Counsel for ATS. “Now the issue will be considered by two additional courts of appeal.”

Police Chief: Cameras Influence Driver Behavior
Chicago Tribune/Lincolnwood Review (Illinois), Nov. 30, 2015

In the five years since the village of Lincolnwood installed the town’s first red-light camera at eastbound Touhy and Lincoln avenues, more than a half-million dollars in fines have been issued to motorists, village financial records show. … But Lincolnwood police Chief Bob LaManti said safety should take priority above revenue when weighing whether the camera has added value to the community. Crashes at the intersection are down by about 25 percent.

Driver Killed in Red-Light Running Crash
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Nov. 29, 2015

A 33-year-old Delray Beach man died Saturday morning after he ran a red light and struck the rear of a tow truck west of Interstate 95, police said. The tow truck driver was not injured.


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Moody’s Revises U.S. Toll Road Growth Outlook to Positive
Moody’s Press Release, Dec. 2, 2015

Moody’s Investors Service has revised its outlook for the US toll road industry to positive from stable, reflecting stronger-than-expected recovery in 2015 traffic growth, which is expected to continue into next year. Moody’s anticipates a median traffic growth of 3 percent through 2016 among 45 rated toll roads, according to the report, “Toll Roads — US: 2016 Outlook — Jump in Traffic Growth Drives Change to Positive.”

Proposed I-35W Expansion would Lengthen Toll Roads
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas), Nov. 30, 2015

The concrete hasn’t even been poured yet on portions of Interstate 35W, which is being expanded and modernized to the tune of $1.6 billion from I-30 near downtown Fort Worth to the U.S. 287 “Decatur cutoff.” But even as that work continues through 2018, the private developer heading up that project is offering to extend the work an additional 8 miles to the north. The results could be two new toll lanes in each direction, as well as rebuilt main lanes and frontage roads, all the way to Eagle Parkway on the north edge.

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Commentary: Crack Down on Drivers Passing School Buses Illegally
Star-Ledger/nj.com (New Jersey), Nov. 28, 2015

Unlawfully passing a school bus is a serious crime in New Jersey. Callous and reckless drivers who choose to break this law must be held accountable for their actions. … I am proud to sponsor S-503, because I believe we can do more to stop motorists from endangering school children across our state. This legislation would establish a pilot program for municipalities and school districts to use video monitoring systems to help enforce laws against illegally passing a school bus.


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“It’s about impacting behavior, and I think (the cameras) cause people to drive more safely.”
Bob LaMantia, Lincolnwood Police Chief
Chicago Tribune (Illinois), Nov. 30, 2015

“It will take a driver an extra 14 to 22 seconds of drive time to pass through (a school zone at the reduced speed). Please take those few seconds to relax, be mindful of your surroundings and think of the children in your community and children everywhere.”
Lisa Wellington, crime prevention specialist for Lynnwood Police Department
The Herald (Washington), Nov. 29, 2015


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In the five years since the village of Lincolnwood installed the town’s first red-light camera at eastbound Touhy and Lincoln avenues, accidents there have dropped by roughly 25 percent, according to documents from Illinois Department of Transportation. There were 108 total accidents at the intersection between 2005 and 2009, but only 81 since October 2010 when the camera went active. There were 31 crash-related injuries at the location between 2005 and 2009, but just 20 reported between 2010 and 2014. There have been no fatalities at the intersection during the past 10 years. Source: Chicago Tribune/Lincolnwood Review, Dec. 2, 2015.