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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 52

December 10th, 2015

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5 Injuries in Red-Light Running Collision Involving School Bus
Sun Sentinel/SouthFlorida.com (Florida), Dec. 4, 2015

Witnesses told news reporters the collision occurred as the pickup ran a red light and smacked into a school bus with three children aboard. Parents took their children to hospitals, while the bus driver and the pickup driver were sent separately to get medical care. (Sun Sentinel/SouthFlorida.com image.)

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Tampa Council Hopes to Reduce Pedestrian, Bicyclist Deaths to Zero
WFTS-TV ABC 29 (Florida), Dec. 4, 2015

Tampa City Council passed a Vision Zero resolution with the intention to make streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclist by improving infrastructure, adding safety technologies and increasing education.

 

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Car Hits School Bus Dropping Off Children
NWCN.com (Idaho), Dec. 9, 2015

Meridian Police said a car hit a school bus Wednesday afternoon as it was dropping off children on Meridian Road, south of Franklin Road. No one on the bus was injured. The female drive of the car was transported to a hospital.

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More Stop-Arm Cameras Could be On Way to Forsyth County
News & Record/Greensboro.com (North Carolina), Dec. 4, 2015

The North Carolina State Board of Education voted Thursday to change the way funds for school bus stop-arm cameras are allotted to school districts, giving preference to districts that are utilizing the systems and have more buses.  That could be good news for Forsyth County, which has cameras on just 29 of its 358 buses. (WLTX-TV CBS 19 image)

Stop-Arm Cameras among School Board’s Legislative Priorities
Charlottesville Tomorrow (Virginia), Dec. 4, 2015

The Albemarle County School Board wants the General Assembly to amend a state law to better allow cameras on school buses to catch drivers who ignore stop signs on buses.

 

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Philadelphia’s Mayor-Elect Pledges Enforcement for Safer Streets
Plan Philly (Pennsylvania), Dec. 10, 2015

Mayor-elect Jim Kenney publicly committed to the audience at last week’s Vision Zero Conference to “work very arduously and closely with all of the departments involved in bringing Vision Zero to reality, and investing the resources necessary to do that.” When asked for specifics of what he would do, Kenney said he thinks stepped-up enforcement, and specifically monetary fines, are the best way to change the worst driver behavior. See related article at Philly Voice. (Philly.com image by Ryan S. Greenberg)

WWII Vet Collects $1.8 Million after Red-Light Running Collision
Connecticut Law Tribune, Dec. 8, 2015

An 89-year-old World War II veteran has been awarded nearly $1.8 million by a Hartford jury after breaking both hips when another driver allegedly ran a red light and hit his vehicle. … Both the vet and the woman he collided with blamed each other for running a red light at a busy Manchester intersection, though police ticketed plaintiff Herbert Shook. It wasn’t until a couple years later that one of Shook’s lawyers found a pair of witnesses who backed his claim that he did not cause the crash that nearly took his life. … Despite the conflicting accounts of what happened, the Hartford Superior Court jury ultimately sided with Shook.

Suspected Car Thieves Photographed on Red-Light Safety Camera
Santa Cruz Sentinel (California), Dec. 7, 2015

Watsonville police are asking the public to identify two suspected car thieves captured on a traffic camera after the vehicle failed to stop for a red light on Nov. 10.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  WOW! ATS’ FB page reached 100k likes! Thx for the support! Check us out & like us: http://www.facebook.com/ATSolutions.

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NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Dangerous red-light running in Miami Gardens almost leads to dangerous collision. Watch video here: bit.ly/1QaCKLv  #stoponred

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NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Great Falls driver runs red light; hits another driver. bit.ly/1Qb0UWo   #stoponred

 

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Virginia Board OKs I-66 Tolls Inside Beltway
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Virginia), Dec. 9, 2015

Tolls are coming to Interstate 66 east of the Capital Beltway. Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board voted Wednesday morning to approve a plan to charge solo drivers during an expanded rush hour between the Beltway and the D.C. line beginning in 2017. Currently, that stretch of road is restricted during rush hour to carpools of two or more. … Construction of the electronic gantries is expected to begin this summer. See related article at The Washington Post.

U.S. Transportation Infrastructure to Adapt to 2016 Changes
Fitch Ratings News Release (New York), Dec. 7, 2015

Fitch’s 2016 outlook for U.S. toll roads is stable thanks largely to the broadening U.S. economic recovery and still low fuel costs.

Transportation Bill Inks Toll Road Changes
The New York Times, Dec. 3, 2015

Some Interstate highways now free to travelers could soon become toll roads. … the tolling provision in the House and Senate approved transportation bill is an improvised expansion of existing law. Congress created a pilot project in 1998 that allowed Missouri, North Carolina and Virginia to add new tolls to Interstate highways, but toll expansions in those states have run into political opposition. Under the new transportation bill, these states will have one year to move ahead with plans to add tolls or lose their slots to other states ready to add tolls to their highways. The new states then would have three years to complete projects or be removed from the pilot. (President Obama signed the bill on Dec. 4.)

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Letter to the Editor: All for Red Light Cameras
The News Journal (Delaware), Dec. 9, 2015

After reading the News Journal article about red-light cameras, I am unclear what the issue is. If a driver runs a red light and gets a citation, that driver has broken the law. I don’t care if the camera is for safety or revenue — if it generates revenue, that’s great. It might help balance the budget and keep my taxes from increasing. If it makes one driver more aware, that is even more important.

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Commentary: Who’s a Terrible Driver?
The Arizona Republic, Dec. 4, 2015

I received my first photo-radar ticket in 2008 for speeding — 11 miles per hour over the speed limit on a stretch of Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley. But the next two, one in 2010 in Mesa, the other this month in Scottsdale, were for making left turns against the light. Both times, I could have sworn I was already in the intersection, my turn signal on, before the light turned red. Apparently not.

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“All of our public space is shared, and cars should not dominate the public space for any good reason. Pedestrians and people on bikes have a right to the same space as the automobiles. I think we’ve gotten away from that over the years because of our fascination with cars.”
Jim Kenney, Mayor-elect of Philadelphia
Philly Voice (Pennsylvania), Dec. 3, 2015

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