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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 30

July 7th, 2016


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Why U.S. Still Struggles with Car Crash Fatalities
Newsweek, July 7, 2016

A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday shows that the U.S. is still struggling with auto fatalities — especially compared with other countries. … In its report, the CDC cites the “Vision Zero” approach to traffic safety which involves several safety measures including speed cameras. (CDC, Newsweek image)

Alabama Law Allowing School Bus Stop-Arm Cameras Takes Effect
WJSU-TV ABC 33, July 4, 2016

The Alabama School Bus Safety Act took effect July 1. It allows school systems the option of putting cameras on school buses to enforce the stop sign. Bus drivers and elected officials say there is a need for the technology. (WJSU-TV ABC 33 image)

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Early Estimates See Rise in U.S. Traffic Fatalities in 2015
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, July 2016

A statistical projection of traffic fatalities for 2015 shows an estimated 35,200 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. This represents an increase of about 7.7 percent as compared to the 32,675 fatalities that were reported to have occurred in 2014. See related coverage by The Associated Press(NHTSA image)

Market Report Sees Growth for Traffic Safety Camera Industry
WSFX-TV FOX 26 (North Carolina), July 4, 2016

A new market report published by Credence Research Inc. finds the adoption of traffic enforcement cameras are increasing due to stringent road safety regulations and increasing efforts to reduce road fatalities across the world.


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San Antonio Council OKs School Bus Stop Arm Camera Ordinance
School Bus Fleet (National), July 5, 2016

Last week, the city council here unanimously approved an ordinance that will create a civil penalty for unlawfully passing a stopped school bus while loading and unloading students. This ordinance will authorize local independent school districts to install cameras to capture violators. (School Bus Fleet image by Lois Cordes)

Judge Sets More than Anticipated Jail Time for Driver Who Hit Student
Battle Creek Enquirer (Michigan), July 5, 2016

A West Michigan man was sentenced to six months in jail and 18 months on probation after pleading no contest in May to a misdemeanor charge of a moving violation in a school bus zone causing injury. The 12-year-old boy has suffered lifelong debilitating head injuries. Circuit Judge John Hallacy handed down a sentence that was more severe than the 30-days in jail prosecutors agreed to in exchange for a no-contest plea agreement.

Driver Who Hit Girls Near School Bus Sentenced to 1 Year in Prison
School Bus Fleet (National), July 5, 2016

A motorist who pleaded guilty to striking two girls in May after they exited their school bus, leaving them severely injured, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, the Kitsap Sun reports. The driver pleaded guilty to a count of vehicular assault and felony hit and run, and was sentenced on June 23.


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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety VIDEO of the week: @ClermontPD red-light runner nearly T-bones vehicle.


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First All-Electronic Toll Road Opens on Illinois Tollway System
Chicago Tribune (Illinois), July 5, 2016

The free ride ended Tuesday on the completed western section of Illinois Route 390, formerly known as the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway, which has become the first all-electronic tolling road on the Illinois Tollway system.

Tech Upgrade Adds Transponder to Bridge Crossing Options 
BusinessWire, July 5, 2016

TransCore, a leader in transportation solutions, has upgraded the Bob Sikes Bridge’s tolling system to allow drivers to also use SunPass transponders for more convenient, expeditious access to Pensacola Beach.


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Commentary: Judge Shares Lessons Learned from Speed Ticket
The Glendale Star (Arizona), July 7, 2016

After receiving my first ticket in decades, I arranged to go to driving school. … I must admit, I learned a few things. I learned anyone can attend defensive driving school without a citation anytime they like, just for the education. I would encourage everyone, especially new drivers, to attend this class.

Commentary: Say ‘Cheese’ When You Run a Red Light
Johnson City Press (Tennessee), July 3, 2016

A few weeks ago, the Knoxville News Sentinel published an editorial in which the paper took a state legislator to task for setting fire to a citation he had been issued for running a red light and posting the display on social media. The News Sentinel correctly called state Rep. Andy Holt “irresponsible” for calling on others to do the same. … Given his Facebook post, where he boasts of burning citations, Holt must run a lot of red lights. If so, that makes him both dangerous and irresponsible — not the qualities most Tennesseans are seeking in a public official.

Letter to the Editor: Lost Speed Cameras Is a Mistake
The Arizona Republic, July 1, 2016

Let’s give credit where credit is due. Yes, the Legislature passed the bills removing the cameras on Arizona highways, but our esteemed Sen. Debbie Lesko has led the charge. So, now the cameras are gone from Grand Avenue through El Mirage. Through her efforts, speeding incidents are up (westbound 179 percent and eastbound 319 percent). … I challenge Ms. Lesko to borrow a patrol car from Chief Terry McDonald and park along Grand Avenue. She might learn something.



“I’m pleased to see that the dreaded red-light cameras have reduced accidents at Lake Street … and North Avenue. Contrary to popular belief, that was our goal and I’m happy to see we’ve achieved that goal.”
Mike Gibbs, River Forest Trustee
OakPark.com (Illinois), July 5, 2016


Crashes are decreasing at two intersections in the Village of River Forest since red-light cameras became operational, according to the community’s police department analysis. The data shows total crashes fell 55%, rear-end crashes decreased 53% and crash-related injuries dropped 55% at the eastbound approach of Harlem and North avenues since the cameras began operation in 2013. At the second location, the southbound approach of Harlem and Lake where cameras have been in use since 2014, total crashes have dropped 40%, rear-end crashes decreased 67% and crash related injuries fell 100%. Source: OakPark.com, July 5, 2016.