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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 32

July 21st, 2016



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Survey: Endless Number of Drivers Illegally Passing School Buses
NASDPTS.org (national), July 21, 2016

Today, the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) released the results of its 6th annual survey on illegal passing of school buses. In one day, with almost 20 percent of the nation’s school bus drivers in 33 states and the District of Columbia participating, there were 74,421 vehicles counted making illegal passes around buses. One in 58 violations occurred on the entrance/exit side of the bus. Throughout a 180-day school year, these results point to more than 13 million violations. View ATS press release here. (WHEC-TV NBC 10 image)

Editorial: We Support Stop-Arm Cameras on School Buses
WBRC-TV FOX 6 (Alabama), July 19, 2016

One could only hope that the mere fact that you run the risk of running a child over when you don’t stop for a school bus waiting on children would be enough, but recent statistics show otherwise. Based on a survey administered by the Alabama Department of Education, last year alone there were 1,361 incidents involving illegal passing of school buses. We enthusiastically support all school systems in our viewing area adopting this program to add cameras to as many buses as they can. (WBRC-TV FOX 6 image)

Funding Is Hurdle for Stop-Arm Running Prevention Awareness
School Bus Fleet (National), July 18, 2016

Along with passing stop-arm camera bills, other suggestions to reduce this dangerous behavior include dedicating a chapter in the state driver’s license manuals to school bus safety, and launching a year-round “media blitz,” with television and radio commercials and billboards. Surprisingly, getting funding for these efforts can be a significant obstacle.

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Speed Cameras Could be in Deadly Roadway’s Future
WCAU-TV NBC 10 (Pennsylvania), July 20, 2016

Safety advocates are pushing a new bill to make one of Philadelphia’s most dangerous highways safer. The measure, just introduced in Pennsylvania’s House, would add automated speed cameras to Roosevelt Boulevard. Between 2011 and 2015, more than 60 people were killed and more than 4,700 were injured on the 12-lane highway. See related coverage by WCAU-TV NBC 10 and WPVI-TV ABC 6.  (WCAU-TV NBC 10 image)

Community Wants Action after 6 Pedestrian Fatalities in 6 Months
KHNL/KGMB-TV NBC 13/CBS 5 (Hawaii), July  19, 2016

The Waianae community has had enough. After six pedestrian fatalities in six months, the group has called for wider road shoulders, better sidewalks, traffic calming measures, brighter street lights and cameras to catch speeders and red-light runners. State Sen. Maile Shimabukuro said she will talk to the state about the cameras. “I think it really would create a much higher sense of security. And I think a lot of people would think twice before they speed through these lights and break the law,” she said. (KHNL/KGMB-TV Hawaii News Now image)



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Alpharetta Police Ask City to Bring Back Red-Light Cameras
WSB-Radio 750 AM/95.5 FM (Georgia), July 21, 2016

Alpharetta police ask their city to reactivate red-light cameras at seven key intersections. The cameras have been out of commission for more than a year. Since then, Alpharetta police have noticed a spike in traffic crashes. (WSB-Radio 750AM/95.5FM image by Barbara J. Perenic)

5 Injured in Plainsboro when School Bus Runs Red Light
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (New Jersey), July 19, 2016

A school bus ran a red traffic light Tuesday afternoon, causing five people — including three juveniles — to be hospitalized, police said. The bus collided with a four-door sedan making a left turn, according to Lt. John Bresnen, of the Plainsboro Police Department. (WNYT-TV NBC 13 image)

City of Windsor Heights Partners with ATS
Nixle.com/Windsor Heights (Iowa), July 20, 2016

The city of Windsor Heights welcomes American Traffic Solutions (ATS) as its new vendor in the city’s ongoing efforts to reduce traffic collisions and speeding. ATS emerged from a competitive selection process with the contract to furnish, install, operate and maintain the city’s Speed Enforcement Program, which consists of one mobile speed unit and two additional fixed systems.


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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety By the minute … 29,989 fatal crashes in the United States, one every 17.6 minutes, claiming 32,675 lives. #StopOnRed

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety City of Windsor Heights Partners with American Traffic Solutions local.nixle.com/alert/5686373/ #SpeedKills #SpeedSafety


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Toll Lanes Taking Shape on I-77 North of Charlotte
WFAE-Radio 90.7 FM (North Carolina), July 18, 2016

The debate over optional toll lanes on I-77 from Charlotte to Mooresville has played out in court, in local elections, and at the Statehouse over the past few years. Now, the lanes are taking shape. The median from Huntersville to Cornelius is now a mass of red clay, as contractors lay the groundwork to build 26 miles of toll lanes. Contractors are focused on delivering the project by end of 2018. (WFAE-Radio image by David Boraks)

New Turnpike Interchange Connects with Cashless Tolls
The Inquirer (Pennsylvania), July 16, 2016

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has agreed to provide $66 million over next eight years to help fund one of Montgomery County’s largest transportation projects: expanding highway access through an interchange that could benefit downtown Norristown. The interchange will give drivers access to the cashless tolls on and off both the Valley Forge and Norristown exits, two of the busiest exits in the state.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Encourage Safety
Knoxville News Sentinel (Tennessee), July 18, 2016

On July 1, while turning right, I was hit by a car turning left in front of me. The police reported no fault as both drivers claimed the green signal and there were no witnesses. However, there was a witness — the traffic cameras. … Within days of requesting a video report, I was informed that the camera had captured the accident and I was shown innocent. … As a citizen directly affected by the importance of traffic cameras, I strongly support their retention.



“These red light cameras provide a tremendous benefit to us. They stop the serious T-bone type crashes at intersections.”
George Gordon, Police Officer with Alpharetta Police Department
WSB-Radio 750 AM/95.5 FM (Georgia), July 21, 2016

“What’s more important, your privacy when you break the law or a life that could have been saved if nobody broke the law?”
Chad Taniguchi, Executive Director of the Hawaii Bicycling League
KHNL/KGMB-TV NBC 13/CBS 5 (Hawaii), July  19, 2016