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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 15

March 24th, 2016

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Red-Light Running Crash Injures Drivers, Bus Passenger
KNXV-TV ABC 15 (Arizona), March 23, 2016

Several people have been transported to the hospital after a crash involving a city bus in Tempe. According to police, a vehicle traveling west on Southern Avenue ran a red light and collided with the southbound public bus at Hardy Drive. (KNXV-TV ABC 15/Tempe Police Facebook image)

March is Red-Light Running Awareness Month in Arizona

As the news article above demonstrates, red-light running crashes continue in Arizona even though the month is dedicated to raising awareness about their dangers. Red-light running is preventable. It only requires drivers to abide by the traffic laws already in place for the safety of everyone. For information about local groups working to stop this dangerous behavior, visit the nonprofit Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance. Gov. Doug Ducey presented the Alliance with his proclamation declaring March to be Red-Light Running Awareness Month in Arizona, which is the fourth highest state in the nation for red-light running fatalities. American Traffic Solutions urges drivers to be careful on the roads at all times.

Police: Woman Killed in Speeding Crash Ran a Red Light
Imperial Beach Patch (California), March 21, 2016

A woman was speeding and driving through a red light just before she was killed in a Saturday evening crash in National City, police said. Witnesses told authorities the vehicle had been speeding and blew through the red light on Ring Road. (Imperial Beach Patch image)

Task Force: Bring Back Red-Light, Speed Cameras
KMIZ-TV ABC 17 (Missouri), March 18, 2016

After months of planning, the Mayor’s Task Force on Pedestrian Safety in Columbus has recommended more than a dozen ways to address traffic and pedestrian safety. The first recommendation is the “Vision Zero” policy. Enforcement recommendations include prohibiting cellphone use while driving and bringing back the use of red light and speed cameras. (The Atlantic CityLab/Reuters image)

Police Warn of Traffic Ticket E-mail Scam in Orange County
WESH-TV NBC 2 (Florida), March 18, 2016

Authorities in Orange County want people to know they will not receive a traffic ticket in e-mail and to be wary of a new scheme attempting to do just that. The e-mail directs the victim to open a file to view the supposed violation, but it actually contains a virus giving hackers access to your computer — and your bank account. See related coverage from The Pueblo Chieftain.

5 Injured in Red-Light Running Collision
KEZI-TV 9 (Oregon), March 17, 2016

A driver from California was cited last week after running a red light and hitting a public bus full of 45 people in Eugene. At least five people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. A 7-month-old girl was on the bus in the stroller during the crash. The baby hit her head on a metal bar, but was not hurt. (KEZI-TV ABC 9 image)



School Traffic Study Prompted by Hit-and-Run to be Unveiled
DNAinfo.com (Illinois), March 22, 2016

A study of traffic near a school where two girls were hurt in a hit-and-run crash in February will be released Thursday, Ald. Gilbert Villegas said. A 7-year-old girl and her 14-year-old sister were crossing the street at Chicago Academy, which includes both a high school and an elementary school on its campus, when the crash occurred. Both sisters were injured near the intersection, which has no traffic signals or stop signs, Villegas asked the Chicago Department of Transportation to expedite a traffic study to improve safety.


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Cashless Tolls on Tappan Zee Bridge Start April 23
The Journal News (New York), March 22, 2016

Cashless tolls will start on the Tappan Zee Bridge on April 23 because there will no longer be toll collectors on the 3-mile span between Westchester and Rockland counties. The state Thruway Authority is encouraging driers to get E-ZPass. On the day of the switchover, drivers either will be automatically charged to their E-ZPass account or they’ll get a bill in the mail from the authority. (NewNYBridge image)

Kansas Turnpike to Open More Electronic Toll Lanes
KWCH-TV CBS 12, March 21, 2016

Changes are coming to how you use the Kansas Turnpike, at least in three locations along the interstate. The Kansas Turnpike Authority says the plan to automate more of the turnpike’s tollbooths is designed to make your commute faster and safer. (KWCH-TV CBS 12/Kansas Turnpike Authority image)

Colorado I-70 Toll Lane Aids Traffic Flow
Vail Daily, March 20, 2016 

The 13-mile tolled express lane on eastbound Interstate 70 from Empire to Idaho Springs has been open for a little more than three months, and it’s helping ease traffic during peak travel periods, according to Colorado Department of Transportation.


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Commentary: State Ought to Allow Speed Cameras in Philadelphia
Philly.com/Inquirer, Daily News (Pennsylvania), March 24, 2016

While many factors contribute to traffic crashes, speed is responsible for 30 percent of traffic fatalities. Reducing the number of speed-related crashes is imperative to make progress toward reducing the number of people killed and severely injured in traffic crashes. … Safety cameras are efficient and save lives. They should be one of the tools available to Mayor Kenney as he sets out to implement a Vision Zero strategy to reduce traffic fatalities.