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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 21

October 12th, 2017

National School Bus Safety Week is nearly here. This dedicated week is backed by the National Association for Pupil Transportation and is intended to engage parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties in addressing the importance of school bus safety. It all begins Oct. 16. Learn more at www.napt.org/nsbsw

Use hashtag #NSBSW2017 and join the conversation on social media. Spread the message to keep our kids safe as they head to and from school. American Traffic Solutions is supporting National School Bus Safety week by partnering with schools and law enforcement nationwide to remind motorists of the laws and safe practices to follow when approaching a school bus.


Video Shows 6th-Grader Nearly Hit Leaving School Bus
Pioneer Press (Minnesota), Oct. 10, 2017

To highlight the need for motorists to obey the state’s stop-arm law, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety on Monday released a video of an 11-year-old Rosemount girl who was nearly struck by a pickup truck after getting off her school bus. (Minnesota State Patrol/Pioneer Press image)

Vehicle in Chain-Reaction Crash Hits Boy Waiting for Bus
Daily Press (Michigan), Oct. 9, 2017

When an 18-year-old driver crested a hill in Escanaba on 18th Road, he struck another vehicle that was stopped waiting for a Hannahville school bus to load a student. The teen driver’s vehicle then ran off the roadway to the right, hitting a 13-year-old boy waiting for the bus. The boy was flown by helicopter to a hospital. (WNMU-Radio FM 90.1 image)

Wake County Commissioners Act to Stop School Bus Passings
WUNC-Radio 91.5 FM (North Carolina), Oct. 4, 2017

Wake County Commissioners unanimously supported a plan to create a civil penalty for drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus. The North Carolina Highway Patrol says 3,100 vehicles pass stopped school buses daily, as students climb on and off. See additional news coverage at The News & Observer.


Reckless Driving Fuels Call for Safer Streets in Milwaukee
WITI-TV FOX 6 (Wisconsin), Oct. 10, 2017

On Monday, a group gathered with signs in their effort to curb reckless driving in Milwaukee. This, as lawmakers plan to propose legislation that would allow red-light cameras to be installed at dangerous intersection. So-called “red light cameras” are something that’s been talked about to help with safety on the roadways, and on Tuesday, October 17th a news conference is scheduled to announce a formal request for the cameras to be installed in Milwaukee.  See additional coverage at WITI-TV FOX 6, WISN-TV ABC 12(WITI-TV FOX 6 image)


Denver’s Vision Zero Plan Aims at No Traffic Deaths by 2030
KCNC-TV CBS 4 (Colorado), Oct. 7, 2017

In response to the alarming number of people who lost their lives on Denver streets last year (61 in 2016), the city is trying to spread a message about safety with its Vision Zero campaign. The goal is to have no traffic deaths or serious injuries on Denver’s roadways by 2030. Funding for the program right now is planned to come in part from revenue generated by photo enforcement tickets.  (KCNC-TV CBS 4 image)

Traffic Engineer: Cameras Are Here to Help Reduce T-Bone Crashes
WCTI-TV ABC 12 (North Carolina), Oct. 5, 2017

Red-light camera equipment is now installed at five selected Greenville locations. Currently, operational tests are being conducted on the equipment until Oct. 15. After that, the cameras will start capturing photos and issuing warnings. The five intersections were chosen for their high rate of T-bone crashes. There were 204 combined at the five locations in the past five years. See news coverage of approaching warning phase at The Daily Reflector.  (WCTI-TV ABC 12 image)



ATS_RoadSafety retweeted Vision Zero Network @Visionzeronet Philly’s #VisionZero Plan gets 20k+ public comments, 72% say they know someone personally who suffered traffic crash. nextcity.org  (Image by Gwen Weustink on Unsplash)


ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Don’t drive distracted! Check out this infographic on the dangers of using a phone while driving. #ItCanWait #PutThePhoneDown  (Gem Motoring Assist image)



Workers Ready to Begin ‘Open Road Tolling’ Project
The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kansas), Oct. 10, 2017

Work begins Wednesday on a construction project to implement an “open road tolling” arrangement enabling motorists to enter or leave the Kansas Turnpike using the middle lanes of its East Topeka toll plaza at mile marker 183 without slowing down to pay their toll or pick up a ticket. The project is expected to be completed by November 2018.  (The Topeka Capital-Journal image by Chris Neal)

2 More Bridges Cease Cash Tolling in New York
Queens Chronicle, Oct. 5, 2017

The Whitestone and Throgs Neck bridges switched over to a cashless tolling system in the early morning hours of last Saturday. Until 3 a.m. on Oct. 1 they were the last remaining bridges operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to drop cash tolls. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the benefits of the technology are already making it easier for New Yorkers to get where they need to go, with improved traffic flow, reduced congestion and decreased commute times. (Queens Chronicle images)

Editorial: Mind State Laws on Passing Buses
Press Republican (New York), Oct. 10, 2017

Sensible people will shudder to learn that Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1174(a), which regulates driving around school buses, is frequently violated. Can you imagine anything more tragic than a student being injured or killed because a driver passed a stopped school bus and ran a child over? Yet, all too often, impatient drivers do try to bypass the buses. … Be patient behind a bus. The kids’ lives are worth much more than the few minutes gained by foolish and illegal maneuvers.


“Open road, cashless tolling is critical to modernizing our roadways, easing congestion, and re-imagining our transportation system for the 21st century economy.”
Andrew Cuomo, New York Governor
Queens Chronicle (New York), Oct. 6, 2017

“We’re trying to change people’s behavior and how they drive. By doing it at select intersections, we’re hoping that this will bleed over into their everyday driving.”
Rik DiCesare, Greenville City Traffic Engineer
WCTI-TV ABC 12 (North Carolina), Oct. 5, 2017

“Nothing infuriates us more than to have a school bus passed needlessly by drivers who are putting our greatest asset at risk.”
Sig Hutchinson, Chairman of Wake County Commissioners
WUNC-Radio 91.5 FM (North Carolina), Oct. 4, 2017

“When you’ve got people being killed because of reckless drivers running red lights, we have to do something to protect the people in this community.”
Tony Zielinski, Milwaukee Alderman
WISN-TV ABC 12 (Wisconsin), Oct. 3, 2017