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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 43

October 6th, 2016


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Lawmaker: Study on Cars Passing School Buses ‘Horrific’
News 12 Long Island (New York), Sept. 30, 2016

The Suffolk County School Bus Safety Commission is issuing the results of its year-long study of the number of cars that illegally pass stopped school buses. With stop-arm cameras in use on three buses, the commission noted 1,160 illegal passing in one school year. The commission’s chairwoman supports a change in state law to allow school bus safety cameras. (News 12 Long Island image)


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School Bus Stop Arm Safety Cameras Resume in Falls Church
Falls Church News-Press (Virginia), Oct. 5, 2016

Virginia General Assembly updated a Virginia statute making it legal to mail summons to the owner of a car photographed passing a stopped school bus. As a result, the program will resume on Monday, Oct. 31. (Del Ray Patch/Falls Church City Public Schools image)

Driver Faces Charge for Reckless Injury
Wilson County News (Texas), Oct. 5, 2016

The driver who attempted to pass a school bus Sept. 14 and injured a 10-year-old boy has been charged with injury to a child and reckless bodily injury. According to a report by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the school bus had activated its flashers and stopped when the approaching driver “moved over into the improved shoulder” to pass the traffic stopped behind the bus.

Car Strikes 11-Year-Old on Her Way to School Bus Stop
Time Warner Cable News (North Carolina), Oct. 4, 2016

An 11-year-old girl is in the hospital recovering after being hit by a car. It happened while the girl was walking to her bus stop with her grandmother. A medic says the girl is being treated for serious injuries. “If she wasn’t speeding, my daughter would be here right now,” the grandmother said.

Arlington Restarts Stop-Arm Safety Cameras
Inside Nova (Virginia), Oct. 3, 2016

The on-again, off-again use of cameras on the stop-arms of Arlington school buses is back on again. County officials on Oct. 3 resumed use of the cameras, which are designed to catch those violating state law requiring motorists to stop when a school bus’s red flashing lights are on. (WJLA-TV ABC 7 image)

More People Running School Bus Stop Arms, Survey Finds
DelmarvaNow.com (Maryland), Oct. 3, 2016

Virgil Shockley, a Worcester bus driver for 25 years, can only shake his head every day when vehicles speed up to pass the Worcester County bus that’s slowing down to pick up students. … The county recently released numbers that will likely keep Shockley’s head shaking. Worcester County saw a 50 percent increase in school bus stop-arm violations in 2016 compared with 2015, during a one-day study by the Maryland Department of Education. (Town of Ocean City/WMDT-TV ABC 47 image)

Student Recovering after being Hit by Vehicle
KXII-TV FOX 12 (Texas), Sept. 30, 2016

A Chisum High School student is recovering in the hospital while the man accused of hitting her as she was exiting a school bus Thursday remains in jail. Texas DPS troopers say the driver was distracted when he drove around a stopped school bus and hit the 15-year-old girl. She was flown to a Plano hospital with leg, ankle and foot injuries.


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Florida Court Ruling Favors Red-Light Camera Violations
Marketwatch, Oct. 5, 2016

A Palm Beach County Court has sided with the city of Boynton Beach in a red-light safety camera violation dispute. In its ruling issued on Sept. 30, the 15th Judicial Circuit Court for Palm Beach County rejected the driver’s argument that his ticket should be dismissed because the city inappropriately relinquished police powers to the program’s vendor, American Traffic Solutions (ATS). “The City’s contract with ATS specifically establishes that ATS does not and cannot make any decisions regarding whether a violation occurred,” the Court stated in its ruling. See related article at Palm Beach Post.  Read the court’s ruling with ATS’ news release here(Boynton Beach Police, Palm Beach Post image)

Chandler to Turn On More Photo-Enforcement Cameras
The Arizona Republic, Oct. 1, 2016

Chandler police are turning on two more photo-enforcement cameras Saturday. … Warning will be issued until Oct. 31 when citations will be issued for speeding and red-light violations. With the addition of these two cameras, there will be a total of nine cameras at Chandler intersections for speeding and red-light violations.

Red-Light Running Violations, Crashes Drop in Abington
Montgomery Media (Pennsylvania), Sept. 30, 2016

Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) has been in effect since October 2014 at three intersections in Abington Township. Since then, red-light camera violations, combined, have dropped 48 percent at ARLE intersections, crashes have dropped 30 percent and crashes with injuries have dropped 29 percent overall.


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Automatic Tolls Coming to N.Y. City Bridges, Tunnels
The Journal News (New York), Oct. 5, 2016

Automatic tolling is coming to many of New York City’s bridges and tunnels. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will begin rolling out automated tolling at its crossings beginning in January, with all seven bridges and two tunnels expected to complete the transition by the end of next year. The plan is meant to speed up daily commute for 800,000 vehicles that cross on an average day. See related article at New York Daily News. (New York Daily News image)

Poinciana Parkway Is Off to a Fast Start
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Oct. 4, 2016

The Poinciana Parkway is Osceola’s second toll road. It opened April 30, and so far, ridership numbers more than triple what officials initially projected. More than 5,000 drivers took the parkway per day on average in June and July, well above the expected 1,400 daily drivers.

Arizona Studies Possibility of Toll Road for I-10 Alternative
KPHO-TV CBS 5, Oct. 3, 2016

The Arizona Department of Transportation is looking at the possibility of a toll road in metro Phoenix. It is a common complaint among drivers who commute to or from the West Valley on Interstate 10, that the freeway becomes congested during rush hour.

Moderate Growth to Continue for U.S. Transportation
Fitch Ratings News Release, Oct. 3, 2016

Growth for the remainder of 2016 will remain healthy for all three U.S. major transportation sectors (airports, ports and toll roads) albeit at a slightly lower rate than the first half of the year, according to Fitch Ratings in a new report.


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Letter to Editor: Locals Know Red-Light Cameras Absolutely Work
The Daily Herald (Washington), Oct. 6, 2016

I have driven through the intersection of 196th and 36th twice a day for 22 years. Ever since the cameras were installed, the safety of that intersection has greatly improved. Those of us who use that intersection every day don’t need an annual report to know that the cameras work to reduce collisions. Thank you, city of Lynnwood. Keep up the good work.