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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 10

February 18th, 2016

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Smile — You May Be on a School Bus Camera
Alpharetta Roswell Herald (Georgia), Feb. 17, 2016

The incidents of deaths or injuries to kids at school bus stops in Georgia is low, and Fulton County School officials want to keep it that way. Beginning Feb. 8, Fulton County school buses became outfitted with the latest technology in combating drivers who pass stopped buses while kids are getting on or off. The school system has partnered with American Traffic Solutions to place cameras on school bus stop arms, which will take videos and photos of cars involved in illegal passing. (Alpharetta Roswell Herald image)

Latest Stop Arm Survey Estimates 35,000 Violations in N.Y.
School Bus Fleet, Feb. 16, 2016

A survey of illegal passing of school buses in New York last week found an increased rate of violations compared to previous counts. The New York Association for Pupil Transportation began conducting monthly stop-arm surveys in October. In the most recent, held on Feb. 10, 618 school bus drivers in 23 school districts reported that they were passed a total of 431 times including seven passes on the passenger side of the bus.


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16 Students Go to Hospital after Red-Light Running Crash
KATC-TV ABC 3 (Louisiana), Feb. 18, 2016

Sixteen students are being taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries after a school bus crash in Scott this morning. Lafayette Parish School System spokeswoman Mona Bernard said another driver ran a red light and caused the crash. (KATC-TV ABC 3 viewer image)

School Zone Cameras Slow Kent Drivers
Kent Reporter (Washington), Feb. 17, 2016

Kent drivers seem to be slowing down more often when they enter school zones with traffic cameras. Despite adding cameras at two more elementary schools for the final three months last year, police issued 244 fewer tickets in 2015 compared with 2014. The number dropped form 8,366 to 8,122. “Maybe the word is getting out and it’s having the intended effect, people are slowing down,” said Assistant Police Chief Rafael Padilla during a report to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee on Feb. 9. (Kent Reporter image)

Calgary Drivers Seem to Be Slowing Down Near Cameras
Calgary Sun (Canada), Feb. 13, 2016

Slowly but surely, there has been a change in driver behavior for the better. Staff Sgt. Paul Stacey with the Calgary Police Service’s traffic section seems to think so, pointing to a significant drop in speed-on-green tickets issued to drivers in 2015 compared to years past, which he says is part of an overall downward trend in traffic infractions in the city.


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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Day 2 of #SpeedKills! THE PROBLEM: 9,613 people were killed in 2013 speeding-related crashes in the U.S!

NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA A good read: #stoponred nbcnews.com/business/autos…  Why are more Americans dying on the highway?


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CBO: Tolls, Mileage Fees Would Better Fund Roads
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), Feb. 16, 2016

The federal government would get more bang for their buck if U.S. drivers were charged directly for their use of highways through tolls or mileage fees, a new study from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says. … Tolling advocates cheered the CBO for concluding that it could be used more often to fund highways. (Newsday image by Uli Seit)

Rhode Island Truck Toll Already Driving Contracts
WJAR-TV NBC 10, Feb. 15, 2016

Rhode Island is moving fast toward putting truck tolls all over the state. Less than 24 hours after the Legislature passed last week and Gov. Gina Raimondo signed it into law, the Department of Transportation put out requests for consultants to move the plan forward. … Between now and September, the state expects to put out about $130 million in construction contracts. (WJAR-TV NBC 10 image)

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Editorial: Don’t Crash Red-Light Cameras
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Feb. 11, 2016

Pinellas Sen. Jeff Brandes, a longtime foe of red-light cameras who is sponsoring legislation this session to ban them, says, “Red-light cameras don’t offer us the human side of law enforcement. It is completely and utterly machine driven.” This is a curious objection by the Legislature’s champion of self-driving cars, who wants to see our highways turned over to machine-controlled vehicles. … The proposed ban makes no sense. After all, no one in the Legislature is proposing cameras and machines not be used to collect toll road fines and parking fees. Or cameras not be used to detect trouble on roads or public areas.

Letter to the Editor: Put Speed Cameras on California’s Highways
Merced Sun-Star (California), Feb. 17, 2016

Presidents Day weekend was a deadly weekend for travelers on Merced County’s state highways. There are not enough California Highway Patrol on the road to enforce speed limits, and there never can be. Self-policing through fear of economic pain is the only viable answer to safer highways.

Letter: Bent Fender Preferable to Death
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Feb. 16, 2016

Regarding red-light cameras: A back-end fender-bender is preferable to a T-bone collision with death.

Letter: Get Tough on 1st Time Violators
Austin American-Statesman (Texas), Feb. 15, 2016

I am glad to hear that the warning period has been abolished for drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus. It’s about time to stop being soft on violators who disregard safety and other lives, especially those of our kids.

Letter: Red Light Cameras Make Streets Safer
Miami Herald (Florida), Feb. 12, 2016

I disagree with lawmakers pushing legislation to outlaw red-light cameras statewide, alleging it has no safety benefits and fills local governments’ pockets. … At only four Aventura intersections with cameras for the prior three years, the result was a dramatic reduction from 1,894 intersection crashes in 2010, to 1,439 in 2011 and 1,102 in 2012. That tells us that when people know the cameras are there, they will modify their behavior.



“I think the important thing to note is it seems to be working as far as getting the word out and we really mean it, you are going to get a ticket. The intent is to slow everybody down with the kids around.”
Jim Berrios, Kent City Councilman, Public Safety Committee Chairman, on the school zone speed safety camera program
Kent Reporter (Washington), Feb. 17, 2016