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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 6, Issue 18

April 14th, 2016

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ATS Receives Prestigious Ethics Award
American Traffic Solutions and ATS Processing Services have both been honored and awarded with the Better Business Bureau’s prestigious, Torch Award for Ethics. The BBB’s Torch Awards for Ethics recognize companies that display an outstanding level of ethics and integrity in all of their business dealings, and generate a high level of trust among their employees, customers and their communities. “This is a proud moment for all of us at ATS,” said David Roberts, President and Chief Operating Officer. See ATS press release here. View BBB announcement here.

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Boynton Beach Camera Catches Red-Light Runner
Palm Beach Post (Florida), April 13, 2016

According to a post on Facebook from the Boynton Beach Police Department, the driver ignored the red light at Congress Avenue and Boynton Beach Boulevard and made an illegal left turn. Watch it here. (Boynton Beach Post/Boynton Beach Police image)

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Drivers Keep School Bus Safety Cameras Busy in Austin
KTBC-TV FOX 7 (Texas), April 11, 2016

Authorities say the school bus stop-arm safety cameras are helping them catch vehicles as they pass stopped school buses in the Austin Independent School District, and one particular incident has them stunned. The camera caught a pickup truck blow past a stopped bus and smack its stop sign. A second vehicle followed directly after. So far this April, more than 2,000 illegal incidents have been caught on camera in the school district. (KTBC-TV FOX 7/Austin Independent School District image)
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2 Charged in Bus Collision
The Summerville Journal Scene (South Carolina), April 11, 2016

South Carolina Highway Patrol has charged two dump truck drivers after a collision with a school bus Monday morning. The southbound bus was stopped to pick up students when the northbound dump trucks passed by. The second dump truck crashed into the first one which stopped after passing the bus. (The Summerville Journal Scene image)

Driver in Fatal Crash Gets 24 Years
Bloomberg.com, April 9, 2016

A man who fled following an accident in Pueblo, Colo., that killed a 16-year-old girl in 2014 pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and was sentenced to prison Friday. Authorities were able to determine the driver of the vehicle from red-light camera photo evidence.

 

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Driver Charged after Hitting Student at Bus Stop
The Examiner (Missouri), April 14, 2016

A Raytown woman faces three felony charges in connection with an incident just before last Christmas in which a child getting off a school bus was hit by a car and injured, according to the Jackson County prosecutor’s office. … It happened when the bus stopped, put out its stop sign and activated its flashing lights. Vehicles backed up in both directions on the road. As the last student got off the bus, a driver three cars back jumped out of line and rushed past. The car struck the boy, sending him into some bushes and breaking his collarbone.

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Alabama Bill Extends School Bus Stop-Arm Camera Usage Statewide
School Transportation News, April 11, 2016

A bill that passed the Alabama Senate and is on to the House would allow county and city school districts across the state to use video cameras to document illegal passers of school buses and issue citations. The Mobile County Public School Systems began its own stop-arm enforcement program in January, authorized by a law passed last June. Now, state Sen. Jimmy Holley’s SB 215 carries with it a $300 fine statewide for any motorists that video proves is guilty of illegally passing a stopped school bus.  (WTVM-TV NBC 13 image)

Chesterfield County Could Revisit School Bus Safety Cameras
The News and Advance (Virginia), April 10, 2016

Legislation passed in the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe last week could reopen discussions on school bus cameras in Chesterfield County. … Elected county and school officials said in December that they would wait to see what happened with the legislation before deciding whether they would take up the issue again. The state law goes into effect July 1.

Police Say Driver Hit Child, Mother at Bus Stop
The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), April 8, 2016

A 53-year-old man from Chester was charged late Thursday, April 7, with failure to stop when meeting or passing a school bus resulting in great bodily injury. A judge set a $10,000 bond for the driver. The incident occurred just outside Chester city limits. The mother was treated for her injuries and later released. The 5-year-old girl suffered broken bones and will likely be hospitalized for a couple of days.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted Families for Safe St #SpeedSafetyCamerasSaveLives! If you are in #Albany on May 10th – check this out!

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It Can Wait @ItCanWait  We ran a poll and the majority of you don’t think laws prevent texting and driving. Our new study might surprise you.

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Early Data on I-580 Toll Road Lanes Promising
The Mercury News (California), April 13, 2016

The first comprehensive report on traffic use along I-580 toll lanes will be out next month. Here’s what we know so far: The average speed in two express lanes eastbound is 22 to 32 mph faster than the average in lanes for solo drivers. Westbound in the morning where there’s just one toll lane, it’s 12 to 21 mph faster. Over 44,000 westbound trips and 81,000 eastbound trips were made in the FasTrak lanes in one week in February. Tolls so far have not exceeded $6 in either direction. The average westbound toll has been $2.40; eastbound $2.47. (East Bay Times image by Doug Duran)

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Maine Shows Interest in Massachusetts’ Old Toll Booth Parts
MassLive.com, April 12, 2016

As Massachusetts is moving to all-electronic tolling and eliminating the toll plazas, the Maine Turnpike Authority is seeking to buy computer components housed within the soon-to-be-defunct toll booths. … Like Massachusetts, Maine is also modernizing its tolling system and is part of the E-ZPass system, but they are on a slower track. The turnpike authority is interested in 12- to 13-year-old computer components that aren’t made any more. (MassLive.com/MSP Media Relations image)

 

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Editorial: Speed Enforcement Trial Yields Interesting Data
Regina Leader-Post (Canada), April 9, 2016

One thing is worryingly clear — speeding remains a big problem in school zones in Regina, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, with a total of 30,508 tickets issued during the year — not far behind the 33,192 tickets handed drivers in “high speed” zones. Better signage in school zones and more public education are among the ideas being pondered to address the issue. Saskatchewan has a speeding problem that needs to be dealt with and — as with impaired driving — it’s clear education isn’t enough.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Stir Debate
The Daily Reflector (North Carolina), April 11, 2016

So the school board has tabled the motion on the installation of red-light cameras because it may cause public outcry? How do you expect the public to respond? Whatever happened to doing the right thing. … It’s simple. The drivers in our city have demonstrated for years that without the proper enforcement of traffic laws they will systematically break those laws without regard to the safety and convenience of other drivers. It is time to do the right thing and show them that their actions can have consequences.

 

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