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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 44

October 12th, 2016

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‘It’s getting worse and worse’: Motorists blowing through school bus stop signs too often, drivers say
WIRC.com (Virginia), Oct. 5, 2016

Have you ever been in traffic and blown past one a flashing school bus stop sign, thinking you’ve gotten off scot free? Well, you may not have. You’re actually being watched, and the problem has prompted bus drivers in Henrico County to take action. Not only is it against the law to pass a school bus stop sign, it also put kids in danger. To combat the problem, Henrico County Public Schools is asking school bus drivers to keep an eye out.

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School Bus Drivers Fed Up With Cars Passing Bus Stop Signs
Your Basin News (Texas), Oct. 7, 2016

Drivers in Odessa were caught on camera going past school-bus stop signs as children were getting off the vehicle to walk home. It’s a problem many people say must end before a child is hurt, or worse. Lt. Daniels adds between 130 and 140 school buses are out picking up and dropping off kids every day.

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Kindergartner struck by car while getting on school bus
Virginia First.com (Virginia), Sept. 27, 2016

A Roanoke kindergarten student was hit by a car while crossing the street to get on the bus. Police say the kindergartner does not have any life threatening injuries. The driver, 48 year old Matthew Henry, was issued a ticket for passing a stopped school bus while it was loading.

Mercer Island City Council and School Board to hold joint meeting on Oct. 13 | City briefs
MI-Reporter.com (Washington), Oct. 11, 2016

The Mercer Island City Council will hold a special joint meeting with the Mercer Island School District Board from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 13 at City Hall. Topics include school district and city funding constraints, and transportation issues and impacts. Both city and district staff will address safe routes to school and stop-arm cameras on school buses, with city staff sharing information on the number of tickets issued and incidents under review.

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Fatalities in teen crashes spike after steady decline, studies find
USA Today, Oct. 12, 2016

The number of fatalities in crashes involving teen-age drivers spiked nearly 10% last year as teens were often speeding or distracted by cell phones or other passengers, according to a pair of safety studies released Wednesday. Teens are 1.6 times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than adults, according to the report. The crashes involved teen drivers, but the fatalities could have been a passenger, somebody in another car, a bicyclist or pedestrian.

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Sugar Land to install more red light cameras
The Houston Chronicle, Oct. 11, 2016

Sugar Land has used red light cameras since November 2007. They are at four intersections: Texas 6 at Lexington Boulevard, West Airport at Eldridge, Texas 6 at U.S. 59, and U.S. 90A at Dairy Ashford Road. The cameras are intended to cut down on accidents that would have been caused by drivers running red lights and to make Sugar Land’s roads safer by incentivizing people to follow laws at intersections. Brinkley said the program has been successful. Red light cameras reduced accidents at the targeted intersections by 58 percent between 2009 and 2012, he said. Ninety percent of people who get a citation from a red light camera don’t receive a second one, Brinkley added.

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What’s Driving the Rise in Traffic Deaths?
The City Lab, Oct. 7, 2016

It’s too early to attribute this astonishing uptick simply to more drivers on the road. Road fatalities are rising sharply in the U.S. Some 17,775 people died in traffic incidents during the first six months of 2016, up 10.4 percent from 16,100 over the same timespan last year, according to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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The Road To Zero Begins Now
U.S. Department of Transportation, Oct. 7, 2016

Now, we are at a new milestone. We are embarking on a similarly ambitious quest, and we need you to come with us. We call it the “Road To Zero.” This means zero roadway fatalities. Absolutely zero. It’s a goal that will take time to reach, and it will require significant effort from everyone  – including the public – but we are prepared to do whatever it takes to succeed.

New data on highway deaths suggest that Congress needs to revisit speed limits, advocates say
The Washington Post (Washington) Oct. 7, 2016

The number of people dying on the nation’s highways is climbing, and it’s climbing at an alarming rate that can’t be explained entirely by a healthier economy. Although it’s true that more jobs means more people are driving, some safety advocates also say distracted driving has increased now that everyone has a smartphone permanently attached to the palm of their hand.

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Next week kicks off National School Bus Safety Week founded by the National Association for Pupil Transportation. This week, held each year during the third week in October, is an excellent way for parents, students,  motorists, school administration, local law enforcement and others to join forces and promote the importance of school bus safety. ATS is a proud supporter of National School Bus Safety Week and will be sharing stop arm safety tips and info throughout the week. To show your support, join the conversation by using the hashtag, #NSBSW.

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Speed cameras: Find out which roads had the biggest drop in casualties since devices installed
GetSurrey (United Kingdom) Oct. 11, 2016

Data revealed there was a 61% drop in the number of incidents at roads were fixed speed cameras were installed. Furthermore, statistics showed there were no fatalities within the recent three-year period, with 12 fatalities recorded in the other periods.

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Why Valley businesses may see big impact if Arizona uses toll roads
Phoenix Business Journal (Arizona), Oct. 6, 2016

The proposed State Route 30 corridor would stretch from I-17 at the Durango Curve west to State Route 85, a distance of about 30 miles through the southwest Phoenix area. And to entice drivers to forego driving into another traffic headache for a clearer stretch of road, the state would charge a fee or a toll for a smoother, quicker commute. ADOT will be studying the toll road option for the next six months.

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Letter to the Editor: Right-turn scofflaws
Oak Park.com (Illinois), Oct. 11, 2016

As a frequent visitor to the two intersections with River Forest red light cameras (who by the way has never incurred a camera ticket anywhere), I can only say that I’m surprised by the low number of tickets issued. It’s somewhere between amusing and pathetic to watch how many people blow off the Right Turn on Red rules at those intersections. I happen to know a multiple offender. You’d think people would get the message.

Letter: Enough traffic camera coverage already
Oak Park.com (Illinois), Oct. 11, 2016

A simple web search shows approximately 65 articles written by or published in The Herald about red light technology since 2007. A large majority of those focused on Lynnwood. Although far from perfect, red light camera technology seems to be working in Lynnwood. Residents here generally know where the technology is and have changed their behavior.

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