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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 41

September 11th, 2014 Comments off

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Traffic Fatalities Climbing in Bakersfield
BakersfieldNow.com/KBAK/KBFX (California), Sept. 10, 2014

This summer the streets of Bakersfield have been painted with yellow tape, covered in scraps of metal and coated in blood. In just the past three days, the Bakersfield Police Department has had to respond to four fatal collisions.

Police: Car Runs Red-Light, Hits School Bus
Las Vegas Sun (Nevada), Sept. 10, 2014

A school bus with children on board was hit Wednesday morning by a car that ran a red light, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. The bus was carrying 11 children, but nobody was injured.

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40 More Red-Light Safety Cameras under Consideration in Orange
Central Florida News 13, Sept. 10, 2014

Forty additional red-light cameras may be coming to Orange County. Commissioners have not made a decision yet, but will revisit the topic in six weeks.

Red-Light Running Is a Top Cause of Crash Deaths, Injuries
KATC-TV  Channel 3 (Louisiana), Sept. 9, 2014

Running through a red light or other traffic control is the most common cause of urban crashes and is also a leading cause of crashes that result in deaths or injuries. The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission points out that crashes at intersections often involve a vehicle being hit broadside, which is one of the most dangerous types of collisions.

Osceola County Announces Warning Period for Red-Light Cameras
Osceola County (Florida), Sept. 9, 2014

Osceola County’s next round of red-light safety cameras will begin 30-day warning periods this week. Osceola County is one of the first counties to designate how the revenues from the red light cameras are to be used — public safety improvements at those intersections with the safety cameras.

Albany Councilmember Proposes Red-Light Safety Cameras
TimesUnion.com (New York), Sept. 6, 2014

City lawmakers later this month will consider a proposed law that would allow placement of cameras at street intersections to automatically hand out tickets to red-light runners.

 

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School Board Backs School Zone Speed Safety Cameras
Wenatchee World (Washington), Sept. 10, 2014

The Wenatchee School Board unanimously backed the use of an automated speed enforcement system to slow school-time traffic at three elementary schools. (Wenatchee School District photo)

Family Fights to Make “Ryan’s Law” a Reality
Bucks County (Pennsylvania), Sept. 7, 2014

Ryan Viola was just 17 when he lost his life after being struck by a vehicle on his way to a school bus stop in Bensalem. The driver of the car faced traffic citations, but no criminal charges even though her driver’s license was suspended. The family wants to tighten the law with criminal charges.

 

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Student Injured in Yavapai County School Bus Wreck
The Arizona Republic, Sept. 9, 2014

A dump truck collided with a school bus as it slowed down to pick up a child in Yavapai County, injuring one child and damaging both vehicles in northern Arizona. Emergency works extricated the dump-truck driver from his vehicle, according to law-enforcement officials. (The Arizona Republic photo by Dave Hermanson)

Crash with Stopped School Bus Injures 35-year-old
Journal-Sentinel (Wisconsin), Sept. 9, 2014

A 35-year-old Muskego man was injured when his vehicle rear-ended a stopped school bus Tuesday afternoon. The bus’ red lights were flashing and the stop arm was extended at the time of the accident, according to Muskego police. The bus was stopped to let off students when the crash happened at 3:17 p.m.

Macomb County School Buses to Get Exterior Traffic Safety Cameras
Traverse City Record-Eagle (Michigan), Sept. 9, 2014

Macomb County school buses are being outfitted with cameras to record vehicles that pass while buses’ red stop lights are flashing.

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Program to Catch Drivers Illegally Passing School Buses Expands
Herald-Mail Media (Maryland), Sept. 8, 2014

Twelve more video cameras will be added to local school buses soon as the Washington County Sheriff’s Office expands a program to catch — and discourage — drivers from passing school buses when the buses stop to pick up or drop off students, Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said. (Herald-Mail Media photo by Kevin G. Gilbert/chief photographer)

School Bus Drivers Complain Motorists Not Stopping
KOTA-TV Territory News, ABC (South Dakota), Sept. 8, 2014

In the nine days since Rapid City Area Schools started the new year, at least one driver a day ignores traffic laws around stopped school buses. That behavior ignores the lessons of last September, when a SUV struck a school bus on Country Road and injured three bus passengers and the SUV driver.

 

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American Traffic Solutions is excited to announce the recent completion of two road safety camera program agreements with municipalities in Florida. The city of Ocoee, an ATS client since 2008, has renewed its road safety camera program until December 2016. In a separate action, the city of Temple Terrace, entered into a new agreement with ATS for three years, with the option to renew. ATS and Temple Terrace began their partnership in 2010. ATS considers it an honor to continue their road safety partnerships with both cities.

ATS Fleet Services Names David Roberts as Executive Vice President
American Traffic Solutions news release, Sept. 11, 2014

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce the addition of David Roberts as ATS Fleet Services Executive Vice President. In his new position, David will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Fleet Services Business Unit. David comes to ATS from Billing Tree, a multi-channel electronic payment platform where he was President and CEO.

 

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Retweeted by ATS_RoadSafety  NHTSA @NHTSAgov More than 3,390 children were killed in car crashes during a 5 year period. How do you keep your family safe in … http://fb.me/1IR4RX9Cr

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Potential Is High for Public-Private Partnerships in U.S.
Governing Magazine (District of Columbia), Sept. 9, 2014

The United States could soon become the biggest market for public-private partnerships in the world, analysts from Moody’s Investors Service said. Thirty-three states now permit the partnerships for transportation projects, and many of those states adopted those laws within the last five years. The way those partnerships are structured is also shifting. (AP photo by J. Pat Carter)

Highway Fix Could Mean More Tolls
USA Today, Sept. 9, 2014

With a short-term fix papering over a shortfall in the highway trust fund, the Obama administration is looking for more creative ways to build and fix the nation’s roads and bridges. For many drivers, that could mean more tolls.

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Commentary: Cameras Are Best Option for Safety
The Eastern Progress (Kentucky), Sept. 10, 2014

Eastern needs safer intersections on and around campus. Red-light cameras would certainly be the least expensive option and would likely pay for themselves within a year.

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Editorial: Catch and Stop Deadly Bus ‘Drive-Bys’
Casper Star Tribune (Wyoming), Sept. 7, 2014

They’re called “drive-bys.” Others call them “fly-bys.” Whatever you want to call them, they’re flat-out dangerous. Drivers, who can’t wait for students to make their way off a school bus, ignore flashing lights and an outstretched stop sign, and speed past the stopped bus. To do so is illegal, dangerous and, sadly, too frequent. We’re pleased to hear school bus cameras are rolling out statewide, and we urge police and prosecutors to pursue and punish “drive-by” drivers.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Deliver Safety, Justice
MyCentralJersey.com (New Jersey), Sept. 8, 2014

Recent editorials have been critical of the state’s red-light safety camera program. One in particular referred to the program as “obnoxious.” What’s obnoxious is the number of drivers in New Jersey who run red lights with reckless disregard for pedestrians, drivers, cyclists and anyone else who uses the road. Ultimately, this important issue needs to be decided on facts, and not empty rhetoric.

Letter: In Defense of Red-Light Cameras
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), Sept. 5, 2014

Once again, The Star-Ledger editorial board is pushing doing away with red-light cameras. Another safety measure gone by the wayside — and why? Because people don’t want to be punished for their violations.

 

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“A simple red-light violation killed somebody. It’s happening routinely, daily, all day long.”
Joe Grubbs, Bakersfield, Calif., Police Department Sergeant
BakersfieldNow.com (California), Sept. 10, 2014

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“Those cameras are aimed at people who go more than 10 miles over the posted limit. I’ve asked them to enhance the yellow signs that say ‘Photo Enforced.’ There’s a sign telling you there’s going to be a speed camera, telling you what the limit is, you get a cushion over that, and you’re still speeding and you get a ticket? Gee, I don’t feel very sympathetic.”
Mary Cheh, District of Columbia Council Member
WAMU-Radio FM 88.5, Sept. 10, 2014

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“As far as I’m concerned, anybody runs (past) a school bus, that’s a significant problem because it puts our children at risk for serious injury … and death.”
Douglas Mullendore, Washington County Sheriff
Herald-Mail Media (Maryland), Sept. 8, 2014

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Red-light running violations at the first camera to go online in Tuscaloosa resulted in 222 citations issued in September 2013. Twelve months later, 185 motorists were cited for running the red light in August 2014. This trend has not resulted in a spike of rear-end collisions, and it repeated itself at six of the seven remaining approaches once the cameras were turned on. At the location without a decrease, there were 40 citations issued in June, its first month of operation, 47 in July and 42 in August. Source: TuscaloosaNews.com, Sept. 11, 2014.

Florida
Officials in Orange County, where 108 red-light safety cameras are set up, say the cameras have helped reduce traffic crashes by 14 percent and traffic violations by 18 percent. Source: Central Florida News 13, Sept. 10, 2014.

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N.Y City Mayor Announces New Speed Cameras Near Schools
Newsday (New York), Sept. 2, 2014

A total of 140 speed enforcement cameras will be installed near city schools over the next two years, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday, as part of his Vision Zero initiative to end pedestrian deaths. Twenty-three cameras are already in place. Cameras are especially necessary near schools because being struck by a car is the leading cause of “injury-related death” for children under 14, de Blasio said. See related article in New Hyde Park Illustrated(Top photo by Petr Svab of The Epoch Times. Bottom photo by Charles Eckert of Newsday)

Longview’s School Zone Cameras Return with Students
The Daily News (Washington), Sept. 2, 2014

Longview’s school-zone traffic cameras return to active duty Wednesday (Sept. 3) after a summer shutdown. Since the start of school-zone photo enforcement program in 2011, 17,534 tickets have been issued. The location recording the highest number of violations in 2014 was at Mark Morris, where 3,258 tickets were issued.

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Distracted Driving Plagues School Zones
KPLC-TV NBC 7 (Louisiana), Sept. 2, 2014

There’s reason to believe the problem of distracted drivers around school zones and school buses is getting worse. “In 2013, two million more drivers passed school bus stop arms than they did in 2011,” Charles Territo of American Traffic Solutions said. “There is no question that distracted driving plays a role.”

5 More Seattle Schools Get Cameras to Spot Speeders
Seattle Times (Washington), Sept. 1, 2014

As children return to class this week, speed-enforcement cameras will be turned on at five more Seattle schools, increasing the city’s lucrative network to a total of nine locations. … Last year, 47,621 camera-generated citations were issued to motorists outside the first four schools, generating $7.1 million net revenue. City Council policy is to reinvest the money into more speed cameras, crosswalks, sidewalks, signals and traffic-safety education.

Kent School Traffic Cameras Catch Nearly 5,000 in 6 Months
Kent Reporter (Washington), Aug. 28, 2014

Nearly 5,000 drivers were caught speeding in two Kent school zones during the first six months of the city’s new traffic camera program. The cameras go into operation again when Kent schools open Thursday, Aug. 28. Kent only has cameras at two school zones. “That’s about 475 per month on average and we’ve only had it since January,” Councilman Jim Berrios said. “That’s pretty disturbing.”

 

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Girl Hit by Car at School Bus Stop Suffers Minor Injuries
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Sept. 3, 2014

An 11-year-old girl was hit by a car while waiting at a school bus stop Wednesday morning, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office reports. Deputies said it looked like a driver passed a school bus while it flashed its yellow lights to pick the girl up. An investigation remained under way at 8:30 a.m. See related coverage from Bay News 9.

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Study Ranks Georgia No. 1 in School Bus Passing Violations
WGCL-TV CBS 46, Sept. 2, 2014

A new study ranks Georgia No. 1 in school bus passing violations. According to American Traffic Solutions, which installs road safety cameras, 100 children die annually and 25,000 are injured on their way to and from school. Many of those accidents are related to drivers illegally passing school buses.

Media Highlight Dangers Students Face Getting to School
WMAQ TV NBC 5 (Illinois)  

New statistics show drivers are not always paying attention around school buses, which could endanger children all over the country. See related coverage by WPXI-TV Channel 11.

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Car Rear-Ends School Bus
WSVN-TV Channel 7 (Florida), Aug. 29, 2014

A Broward County school bus was rear-ended by a sedan as it was making a stop between Hiatus and Nob Hill Roads, on Sunrise Boulevard in Plantation.

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Red Means Stop Honored for Traffic Safety Work
KPNX-TV NBC 12 (Arizona), Sept. 3, 2014

This month, 12 News’ community spotlight focuses on Red Means Stop, a Arizona-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing motor vehicle crashes. KPNX-TV 12 News honors Red Means Stop with this month’s 12 Who Care Award for its extraordinary work in the community.

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Police Cam Catches Driver Passing School Bus on Sidewalk
WSB-TV Channel 2 (Georgia), Sept. 2, 2014

The Peachtree City Police Department posted video on its Facebook page of a driver passing a school bus — on the sidewalk.

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School Bus Cameras to Catch Drivers Who Endanger Students
KOMO-TV ABC 4 (Washington), Aug. 27, 2014

Two Puget Sound school districts are installing cameras on their school buses to catch drivers who speed around them while students are getting on or off. School officials are hoping the surveillance cameras will catch offenders who illegally pass school buses.

 

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Intersection Collision Injures Driver
The Journal Gazette (Indiana), Sept. 3, 2014

Police said the school bus was traveling south in the far left lane on Clinton Street when a newer Honda Accord apparently ran a red light and hit the side of the bus.. The impact pushed the bus off the road and against a retaining wall. (The Journal Gazette photo by Cathy Rowand)

4 More Speed Cameras Activating Next Week
WLS-Radio 890 AM (Illinois), Aug. 30, 2014

Four new speed cameras will start issuing warnings to drivers next week in the Pilsen, Norwood Park, McKinley Park and North Lawndale neighborhoods of Chicago.

Polling Memo Shows Public Green Light for Red-Light Cameras
PolitickerNJ.com (New Jersey), Aug. 29, 2014

According to a poll conducted by National Research Inc., a solid majority of New Jersey voters — 58 percent — support the use of red-light safety cameras at New Jersey’s busiest intersections.

Study: Drivers More Likely to Run Red Lights in Afternoon
Health Canal (New Zealand), Aug. 29, 2014

Drivers are more likely to run red lights in week day afternoon peak hours then in the mornings, a University of Canterbury engineering research team has confirmed. The research also showed drivers are more inclined to jump red lights in areas of slower lower speed limits.

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Driver of SUV that Crashed into School Bus Dies
WINK-TV CBS (Florida), Aug. 28, 2014

The driver of the SUV that crashed into a bus from Island Coast High School on US 41 has died. Officials say the school bus was stopped at a red light when the SUV slammed into the back of the bus at a high rate of speed.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Not so fast. ATM thieves caught on camera blowing red light via @nypost http://nypost.com/2014/09/02/atm…  #StopOnRed

FDOT_District4 @MyFDOT_SEFL School bus safety is everyone’s responsibility. #StopOnRed Kids Ahead. http://flhsmv.gov/bussafety

 

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Toll Readers Installed on Kennedy Bridge
Louisville Business First (Kentucky), Sept. 3, 2014

Temporary transponder readers similar to the devices that eventually will be used to collect tolls on the two downtown bridges have been installed on the Interstate 65 Kennedy Bridge. The temporary transponder readers will gather information that will help develop an efficient and effective tolling system, according to a news release from the Ohio River Bridges Project. (Ohio River Bridge Project rendering)

Motorists Choose Alternate Routes after Toll Hike
Delaware State News, Aug. 30, 2014

Starting Aug 1, the state increased the weekend rate from $2 to $3 for all vehicle classes, except oversized loads, from 7 p.m. Friday to 11 p.m. Sunday. The weekend after the tolls increased, the combined northbound and southbound motorists through both plazas dropped, with a decrease of 16,737 for Dover and 16,431 for Biddles Corner.

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Commentary: Just the Facts: Red-Light Cameras Aid Safety
The Gazette (Colorado), Sept. 1, 2014

Blowing red lights is not uncommon: In some Colorado intersections it happens about every 10 minutes. It isn’t usually because drivers are intoxicated, but because they’re going too fast to stop, are on the phone, or are in a hurry. You know the feeling — “I can make it.” Yet where photographic ticketing devices are present, drastically fewer such incidents occur per capita – both at the monitored signal and at nearby stoplights.

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Editorial: Speed Cameras Are in School Zones to Save Lives
Staten Island Advance (New York), Sept. 4, 2014

It’s a fact of life and death throughout New York City. Nearly one in three of the people who are killed in traffic in the five boroughs is the victim of a driver who is speeding. Speeders kill more New Yorkers than drunk drivers and drivers distracted by cellphones combined. So expanding the installation of speed cameras near schools across the city just as classes resume is bound to be lifesaving

Editorial: South Carolina’s School Bus Camera Law a Good Move
The State, Sept. 2, 2014

It was good to see the Legislature take action this year to allow police to charge drivers with passing stopped school buses based on video images taken aboard the buses, rather than requiring police to witness the violations.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Would Protect Pedestrians
The Hartfort Courant (Connecticut), Sept. 3. 2014

I agree that cars do not stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and there is a law against that in Connecticut. That’s why we need red-light cameras. At least they will catch the impatient drivers before they kill someone … hopefully.

Letter: To Some Drivers, Red Means Nothing
High Pointe Enterprise (North Carolina), Aug. 31, 2014

This is in response to the letter of Aug. 21 regarding running red lights. The joke about the cab driver running red lights is old, but the running red lights happens every day and is no joke. … Red-light cameras worked, if for no other reason, many people who might have run a red light didn’t because the cameras were there. A great deterrent!

 

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“Speed cameras fundamentally change reckless behavior. Speed cameras are a wake-up call.”
Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor
Newsday (New York), Sept. 2, 2014

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“There are still people complaining they don’t like speed cameras, but that’s pretty much a fixture in the population. When I go to community meetings, I hear positive things.”
Nick Licata, Seattle City Councilmember
Seattle Times (Washington), Sept. 1, 2014

 

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Report Highlights School Bus, School Zone Safety
American Traffic Solutions, Aug. 27, 2014

As the school year begins, American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is highlighting school zone safety in an effort to remind drivers about the urgent need to be cautious, alert and attentive especially around schools and school buses. See video and report overview here.

 

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2 Puget Sound School Districts Get School Bus Safety Cameras
KING-TV NBC 5 (Washington), Aug. 27, 2014

The Bethel School District in south Pierce County and the Highline School District in south King County are launching school bus safety camera pilot programs for the first day of school. The cameras are designed to catch drivers who speed around stopped buses.


9 Children Hurt in Crash with Stopped School Bus
WSAZ-TV Channel 3 (West Virginia), Aug. 26, 2014

A spokesperson with the Department of Transportation tells WSAZ the school bus was stopped to pick up children when the crash happened. A semi was stopped behind the bus when the driver of another semi looked down and then ran into the stopped semi. The impact caused the stopped semi to rear-end the school bus.

Driver Cited after Striking Student Exiting Bus
KATC-TV Channel 3 (Louisiana), Aug. 25, 2014

A 7-year-old girl from Clinton suffered moderate to serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle after getting off the school bus.


Think School Bus Safety
WTNH-TV 8 (Connecticut), Aug. 25, 2014

Thousands of Connecticut school children will be heading back to class, so this is a good time for children and adults to remember the rules of the road in and around school buses. Here is a refresher on the dos and don’ts of school bus safety.

 

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School Zone Safety Camera Times Posted in Renton
Renton Reporter (Washington), Aug. 27, 2014

Renton schools are back in session on Tuesday Sept. 2, and the photo enforcement program is “going back to school” as well. The cameras will be active at the following times and locations. (Renton Patch photo by Dave Nelson)

Keeping Eyes on Speeders
Five Towns Herald (New York), Aug. 27, 2014

Motorists on Peninsula Boulevard, near Woodmere Middle School, will have to limit their speed to 20 mph or be ticketed for speeding through a school zone by a camera that will be installed by Nassau County by Sept. 2, the first day of school for the Hewlett-Woodmere district.

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City of Longview (Washington), Aug. 25, 2014

School is back in session on Sept. 3, and photo enforcement cameras located in the following school zones will be active.

Authorities Launch Campaign to Keep Students Safe
The Times and Democrat (South Carolina), Aug. 24, 2014

Across South Carolina and locally, authorities are launching a two-pronged campaign aimed at education and enforcement when it comes to school crossing zones and school buses. “There will be a heavy enforcement effort in those areas. We take speeding and school zone safety very seriously,” Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Interim Chief Mike Adams said. “We’re trying to ensure the safety of these kids and minimize the risk.”

 

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Daughter Shares Story from Deadly Red-Light Running Crash
KGUN-TV ABC 9 (Arizona), Aug. 26, 2014

It’s the story of one girl’s amazing journey to recovery. Skylar Mason, 17, survived the car crash that killed her father and changed her life forever. The crash happened July 20 at La Cholla and Lambert. A woman driving a Chevy truck ran a red light and smashed into the Mason’s Volkswagon beetle.


13 North Carolina Kids Killed Since 1999 by Drivers Passing School Buses
WNCN.com, Aug. 25, 2014

Every school day in North Carolina, drivers pass stopped school buses, violating state laws requiring drivers to yield when a bus’s stop arm is extended. … Since 1999, 13 children have died simply trying to get to and from school. One of those children was 7-year-old Alyiah Morgan, of Harrells, who in April 2013 was hit by a truck along Highway 421.

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Red-Light Camera Report Shows Drop in Crashes
WROC-TV Channel 8 (New York), Aug. 22, 2014

A recent study conducted by SRF Associates for the City of Rochester shows a reduction in crashes at intersections with red-light cameras.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  Traveling to & from school should be safe for kids — but it is not. Check out our report on School Zone Safety http://tmblr.co/ZC9-Wt1PMBCwc

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  “Don’t squeeze the lemon” means DON’T race through a yellow light! Drive the speed limit & always #StopOnRed.  http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/redlight/brochure/…

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In 1959, Authorities Found It Easy to Catch Toll Cheaters
The Buffalo News (New York), Aug. 26, 2014

Anyone who ever threw coins into the “exact change” basket at the Ogden or Breckenridge tolls wondered: How would it know if I threw in the wrong amount? Motorists were wondering that as soon as the highway opened, and while Thruway officials say cheaters were few and far between, two early cheaters were arrested and fined $50.

EZ-Pass Scam Targets FasTrak Holders
San Jose Mercury News (California), Aug. 25, 2014

There is a phishing e-mail being sent to drivers across the nation claiming they owe money for unpaid E-ZPass tolls. To report a phishing e-mail, forward it to: phishing-report@us-cert.gov.

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Editorial: School Bus Danger Zone
KSLA-TV 12 (Louisiana), Aug. 27, 2014
Schools all over the ArkLaTex are back in session. That means dozens of school buses picking up and dropping off children. And every year we hear about a child hurt, and sometimes killed, by a motorist that fails to stop for a school bus. A video taken from a school bus camera in West Virginia shows a near-miss that should serve as a reminder to us all — never pass a stopped school bus.

Editorial: School Bus Stop Arm Violations Diminishing, but Not Enough
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), Aug. 27, 2014

Like turning a battleship around in the ocean, steering unsafe public behavior in a different direction can seem an agonizingly slow process. When the behavior is intolerable, it is all the more frustrating. This is the case with the frequency of a dangerous traffic violation — drivers blowing past school buses that are stopped to pick up or drop off school children.

Editorial: Failing Grades for School Bus Safety
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), Aug. 25, 2014

The latest survey conducted by the Maryland State Department of Education shows that the students’ fate is being tempted on a regular basis by drivers who seem either unaware of the law or unwilling to follow it. Drivers are forbidden to pass a bus in either direction when its stop arm swings out and its lights are flashing, yet that happens all the time.

Editorial: Cameras Are Rolling; Now Slow Down
The Times/MyWebTimes.com (Illinois), Aug. 22, 2014

You’ve been warned. That’s the prevailing message from Illinois State Police District 17, which this week rolled out a photo enforcement van it plans to use to deter speeding in construction zones. Here are the harsh details:

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Voices: Northwest Dallas County Readers Discuss Cameras on School Buses
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), Aug. 24, 2014

The school bus driver’s job is to get all of his/her kids to school and back safely. Ticketing selfish drivers who ignore flashing red lights and extended warning arms is the best way to help bus drivers do their jobs.

Letter to the Editor: Make Students’ Safety a Priority
The Gazette (Iowa), Aug. 22, 2014

If someone cannot notice a school bus with red flashing lights, how will they notice a small child darting out in front of it? Kadyn could have been your child, grandchild, a niece or nephew. Demand enforcement.

 

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“Success should not be measured by the amount of revenue generated for the county or towns, but whether drivers learn to slow down.”
Dr. Peter Weber, Hewlett-Woodmere’s assistant superintendent for business
Five Towns Herald (New York), Aug. 27, 2014

“We no longer have to be present for a citation to be issued for a stop arm violation. Thanks to technology and video cameras on the school bus, forms will be filled out and information sent to the (state) Department of Public Safety and citations will be issued by way of jurisdiction.”
Mike Adams, Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Interim Chief
The Times and Democrat (South Carolina), Aug. 24, 2014

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South Carolina Busing Students Under New Safety Law
WYFF-TV NBC 4, Aug. 18, 2014

As South Carolina’s schools open their doors for another year, one big change involves a new law. Authorities can now mount cameras onto school buses to make sure drivers are stopping when they need to. Some districts have already made the addition, others will do it throughout the year. See related coverage from WYFF-TV NBC 4.

 

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First-Hand Look at School Bus Traffic Dangers
WFTV-TV Channel 9 (Florida), Aug. 18, 2014

WFTV reporter Steve Barrett rode behind an Orange County school bus Monday morning and caught cars passing a stopped bus picking up children.

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Parents, School Officials Urge Drivers to Stop for Buses
WTVD-TV ABC 11 (North Carolina), Aug. 15, 2014

It’s becoming a growing problem at school bus stops across the state — distracted and defiant drivers refusing to stop for school buses. It’s happening at an alarming rate. Now, state officials are putting out a warning as students prepare to head back to school.

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Truck Driver Faces 2 Charges for Passing School Bus on Right
West Central Tribune (Minnesota), Aug. 14, 2014

The driver of a truck who is alleged to have frightened a 13-year-old girl by passing a school bus on the right, driving between her and the bus, is facing two misdemeanor charges for the incident. See related article from KDUZ Radio 1260 AM.

Schools, Sheriff Out to Stop Dangerous Driving Near Buses
Effingham Herald (Georgia), Aug. 14, 2014

Jimmy Helmly and Brian Mundy have no shortage of stories of local drivers not following the rules for a stopped school bus. There was the log truck that sped past the side of the bus a student was exiting. And the driver who complained about the length of time a disabled student took to board the bus.

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More Red-Light Safety Cameras Could be Miami Bound
WIOD-Radio 610 AM (Florida), Aug. 15, 2014

Miami drivers could be under the scrutiny of additional red-light cameras soon. Officials are looking over proposals to add 150 red-light cameras in three stages. County commissioners will vote on a camera vendor in November.

City Extends Red-Light Safety Camera Program
ITS International, Aug. 15, 2014

The city of Sunrise in Florida has extended its red-light camera program, with systems supplied by American Traffic Solutions (ATS), for a further three years.

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School Zone Speed Safety Cameras to Restart in September
The Daily News (Washington), Aug. 19, 2014

Longview’s school zone traffic cameras will be returning to active duty in September after being deactivated during summer vacation, according to a press release from the city. Since the start of school zone photo enforcement program in 2011, a total of 17,534 tickets have been issued.

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Speeding Driver Detected at 139 mph on 60 mph Road
North Fork View (Scotland), Aug. 17, 2014

New figures obtained by leading road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) have revealed the top 20 recorded speeding offences in Scotland for the past 15 months. The speeds were captured on either fixed or mobile speeding cameras and ranged between 114 mph and 139 mph.

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Speed Cameras Activated in College Park
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Maryland), Aug. 16, 2014

In the weeks since a high-profile press conference to address three pedestrian fatalities near the University of Maryland, several measures to increase safety have been put into place. … As of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, seven speed cameras in the City of College Park that ticketed drivers Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. now operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (UMD Right Now photo)

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, recently extended its road safety camera program for an additional year. The extension is the city’s third consecutive one-year renewal of a program that began in 2007. ATS is honored by the city of New Orleans’ decision and looks forward to helping the city achieve its traffic safety goals.

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety HORRIFYING VIDEO: Car crashes after running red light, gets flipped onto its roof http://tmblr.co/ZC9-Wt1Olmvo #StopOnRed

FDOT District4 @MyFDOT_SEFL Florida ranks second nationally for most illegal school bus passings per day. Red flashing lights and extended arm mean STOP.

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Colorado Talks Toll Lanes along C-470
KUSA-TV NBC 9, Aug. 19, 2014

A public meeting was held Tuesday night to discuss a notoriously busy section of highway in the south metro area: C-470 between Interstate 25 and Wadsworth Boulevard. CDOT officials say their solution to ease congestion is to add a toll lane in both directions along the 12-mile stretch of highway. The two free lanes currently in place would still exist.

Poll: Public Prefers Tolls to Taxes for Highway Repairs
Better Roads, Aug. 18, 2014

Among Americans, 73 percent agree that transportation spending is inefficient and most would rather pay for highway repairs with tolls instead of taxes, according to a Reason-Rupe poll. Out of the 1,000 people surveyed, 58 percent say they would rather pay for transportation projects with tolls. View Reason-Rupe poll.

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Commentary: A Unique Color for a Unique Purpose
Estherville News (Iowa), Aug. 15, 2014

Along with its unique color, the school bus was mechanically designed for an even higher purpose, the safe transport of our children. Unfortunately, a number of students have been injured or killed while getting on and off the bus. Most of these incidents involve other vehicles not obeying the flashing red lights when students are being picked up or dropped off.

Commentary: A Psychological Speed Limit
The New York Times, Aug. 14, 2014

On average, vehicles seriously injure or kill someone in New York every two hours; last year, 173 pedestrians were killed. Last week Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed a bill allowing New York City to enact a citywide default speed limit of 25 miles per hour as part of its “Vision Zero” campaign to reduce traffic deaths to nil. As much political wrangling as the bill took, a sterner challenge to the new limit looms: Getting drivers to obey it.

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Editorial: Who Do Toll Deadbeats Think They Are?
Staten Island Advance (New York), Aug. 19, 2014

The Port Authority recently filed a slew of lawsuits in state Supreme Court seeking payment from eight Staten Island-based registered vehicle-owners who appear to have a habit of not paying tolls on P.A. bridges. All told, these eight defendants managed to avoid paying tolls on authority facilities 3,761 times. That’s an average of over 470 violations apiece, if you can believe that.

Editorial: Let Cameras Help Catch Scofflaws Passing School Buses
The Augusta Chronicle (Georgia), Aug. 17, 2014

Every motorist makes a mistake now and then. However, there are some rules of the road that even the most middling motorists know not to shirk. And illegally passing a stopped school bus is one of them. Those big, yellow vehicles deserve a wide berth and our utmost attention because they carry society’s most precious cargo — our children.

Editorial: Look Out for School Buses
The Commercial News (Illinois), Aug. 16, 2014

With the beginning of school comes the reminder for motorists to watch out for children, and to obey the laws regarding school buses. Some school buses now carry video cameras so that violators can be easily identified, and bus drivers can call local police when they see a violation occur. The cost of such a violation can be as much as $10,000 in Indiana.

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Letter to the Editor: Keep Cameras and Lower Crash Rate
MyCentralJersey.com (New Jersey), Aug. 14, 2014

Just looking at traffic fatalities in New Jersey we unfortunately kill off about 600 people a year, and of that number about one-third are pedestrians. All traffic regulations work together to keep us reasonably safe, and they all need to be observed.

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Bill Rhyne, Corporal with South Carolina Highway Patrol
“These school zones, those signs are there for a reason. It’s the absolute speed. If it says 25 mph, that’s the speed limit, that’s what you need to go. You’ve got kids that are going to be excited to be going back to school, they’re going to be breaking away from mom and dad, running across those crosswalks.”
Bill Rhyne, Corporal with South Carolina Highway Patrol
WYFF-TV NBC 4, Aug. 18, 2014

“After three fatalities, it was felt that by lowering the speed limit and enforcing it more strictly, we would hope to reduce near misses and pedestrian fatalities.”
Bob Ryan, Director of Public Services in College Park
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Maryland), Aug. 16, 2014 

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“The problem is persisting. Three-thousand times a day or more during the school year a motorist illegally passes a stopped school bus in North Carolina.
Derek Graham, North Carolina Department of Instruction Section Chief of Transportation Services
WTVD-TV ABC 11, Aug. 15, 2014

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Indiana
Officials say the number of school bus stop-arm violations continues to grow. Indiana State Police recorded 932 violations in 1999. As of April of this year, they had 2,577 violations listed. SOURCE: The Commercial News (Illinois), Aug. 16, 2014.

Washington
Since the start of Longview’s school zone photo enforcement program in 2011, a total of 17,534 tickets have been issued. The location recording the highest number of violations in 2014 was at Mark Morris, where a total of 3,258 tickets were dispensed. SOURCE: The Daily News, Aug. 19, 2014.

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 37

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Red-Light Camera Provides Clue in Burglary, Hit-and-Run Case
KVOA-TV NBC 4 (Arizona), Aug. 12, 2014

After her car was stolen and involved in a hit-and-run collision that sent a motorcyclist to the emergency room, a Tucson college student found a clue to the crimes in her mailbox. She received a red-light running notice of violation with the photograph of a stranger driving her car. Authorities are calling the driver a person of interest in the case.

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Louisiana School Bus Law Presents Challenges for Drivers
MSNBC, Aug. 12, 2014

A new state law for school bus drivers is presenting some challenges as the school year gets started in Louisiana. The law deals with where drivers can pick up and drop off kids along their routes. It was created in response to a fatal wreck on Paris Avenue in February, when 6-year-old Shaud Wilson was hit by a car while trying to cross four lanes of traffic to board his school bus. His sister was injured as well. See related coverage from WDSU-TV Channel 6.

 

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Public Awareness Is Key Piece of Successful Stop-Arm Camera Program
School Bus Fleet, Aug. 13, 2014

Districts that have deployed stop-arm cameras on school buses have seen success in citing violators, but they also focus on educating the public to help reduce the illegal passing problem. Stop-arm camera system suppliers weigh in on how to succeed in violation enforcement and prevention.

School District Advances Plans for Safety Cameras
KTSM-TV NBC 9 (Texas), Aug. 13, 2014

A plan to put cameras on all Socorro ISD school buses is moving forward, according to district officials. SISD just wrapped up a pilot program aimed at catching drivers who go around buses with flashing stop signs. SISD Chief Technology Officer Hector Reyna told NewsChannel 9 the district was troubled by what it saw: vehicle after vehicle on both sides of the road ignoring the stop signs.

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Stop-Arm Survey Tracks 76,000 Illegal Passing Events
School Transportation News, Aug. 12, 2014

The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services released the results of its Fourth Annual National Stop-Arm Violation Count today, and while numbers appear to be down, survey coauthors confirmed they are actually “relatively consistent.”  See report.

Horry County School District Uses Cameras to Enforce Traffic Law
WMBF-TV NBC (South Carolina), Aug. 10, 2014

State lawmakers have passed a law to put a stop to drivers who drive past a stopped school bus. School buses in Horry County will be equipped with exterior cameras, so police will be able to review the video to help find culprits. Horry County Bus Drivers said the violations happen more often than one might think. Drivers saw 80 violations during a two-day period last school year. See related article in The Island Packet.

School Bus Cameras Remain in Place in Clarke County
Athens Banner-Herald (Georgia), Aug. 9, 2014

Children in the Clarke County School District might be a little safer during the new school year that begins this week. Just in the last few months of the previous year, a newly installed camera system helped police to nab 157 motorists ignoring the stop arm and flashing red lights of school buses as they picked up or discharged children. Athens-Clarke County police said each violation represented “157 different times our children could have been fatally injured.”

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Expert: Tickets, Vehicle Collisions Not Necessarily Linked
Tulsa World (Oklahoma), Aug. 11, 2014

Leonard Evans, a Michigan-based guru in the science of traffic safety, said traffic enforcement has a limited impact on public behavior unless used on a large scale. … “The goal of traffic law enforcement is to get no citations,” Evans said. “The goal is to get the people to slow down, not just have them drive like they always have.” Evans is a firm believer in the use of red-light cameras and speed cameras to change motorists’ attitudes regarding traffic safety laws, particularly speed limits. (Tulsa World photo of 2013 collision by Matt Barnard)

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Cameras Inside School Bus Help Police Nab Hit-and-Run Driver
WOIO-TV Channel 19 (Ohio), Aug. 11, 2014

A 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the hit-and-run death of a little boy walking to school last October.  The driver’s vehicle was captured by an interior security camera from a passing school bus. See related article from WOIO-TV(Photos from Cleveland Police)

2 Die in Red-Light Running Crash
The Eagle (Texas), Aug. 9, 2014

Two people have been killed in Central Texas when a pickup drove through a red light and struck another pickup, according to police. The two victims died at the scene Saturday morning on Texas highway 195 in Georgetown.

Authorities’ Report Details Red-Light Running Fatality
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Aug. 9, 2014

A 37-page Florida Highway Patrol Traffic Homicide Investigation report made public Friday said the driver of the vehicle that struck and killed an elderly bicyclist on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard in April was neither distracted nor under the influence of a substance, but claimed to suffer from an attention-deficit disorder and lack of sleep on the day the accident occurred.

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Twins Caught Speeding on Same Day, Same Camera
The Sunday Times (England), Aug. 8, 2014

It’s sometimes said that twins have a psychic connection, and if the experience of two twin brothers is anything to go by, there may be something in the idea. Dave and Paul Dooley (58), both retired army driving instructors, were caught speeding within hours of each other by the same camera on the same stretch of road in Warrington, Cheshire, England. It is the second time in 15 years that the twins were clocked on the same day.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce it has signed a new road safety camera agreement with the city of Bellevue, Wash. The new five-year agreement continues the traffic safety partnership that began in 2009. ATS is honored to remain a part of the city’s efforts to improve intersection safety. ATS is also excited to announce its new contract with Bethel School District, in Washington. Under the terms of the agreement, ATS will install its CrossingGuard School Bus Safety Cameras on the district’s buses to help prevent vehicles from illegally passing stopped school buses and endangering children. ATS looks forward to working with the school district.

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NCSR@SaferRoadsUSA This week’s video of the week from Nassau County, NY reminds us all how important it is to #StopOnRed http://bit.ly/1yrdAej

Healthy_Ohio@HealthyOhio Red-light safety cameras have proven to help cut down on red-light running. Remember to #StopOnRed2014  http://bit.ly/1mVCFrn

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Massachusetts Awards Contract for Electronic Toll Installation
The Boston Globe, Aug. 13, 2014 

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has awarded Raytheon Co. a $130 million contract that calls for Raytheon and its partners to install all-electronic tolling systems for the Massachusetts Turnpike as well as for the Sumner/Callahan and Ted Williams tunnels, Raytheon said Wednesday. (The Boston Globe photo by Jessica Rinaldi)

Electronic Toll Facility a Part of Turnpike Project’s 1st Phase
The Inquirer (Pennsylvania), Aug. 12, 2014

Construction will start late next month or in early October on the long-awaited direct connection between Interstate 95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The first stage will include the two high-speed “flyover” connections, a new mainline turnpike toll plaza, and a new all-electronic toll facility to collect tolls from westbound-only traffic just west of the Delaware River.

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Commentary: Police Chief Uses Ticket Experience to Remind Public
The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), August 11, 2014

Police Chief Harold Medlock on WFNC radio last week said he once got a speeding ticket from a traffic camera, years ago in another state. He said he knew he had been speeding, and he took responsibility for it. He mentioned it to make a point that people in Fayetteville have to take responsibility for their driving as the city installs traffic cameras to catch drivers running red lights.

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Letter: No Rush on Red-Light Camera Removal
The Courier (Texas), Aug. 12, 2014

What’s the hurry on ending red light cameras? A simple phone call to the city of Conroe or an Internet search could explain there is a contract involved that isn’t up until February 2015. It was very well publicized in the media. I got a red-light camera ticket, and it made me be more careful. I’m grateful because I was simply allowing myself to be distracted, and it reminded me I need to be focused when I drive all of the time, not just at intersections with working cameras.

Letter: Triple Fines Suggested for Red-Light Offenders
The Gazette (Iowa), Aug. 8, 2014

We have endured much controversy about the traffic cameras.In the past week on three occasions, I was stopped at a red light when a car in the lane next to me sped past me and through the red light. How long will it be before these people cause an accident? Speed limit signs are posted. A red light means stop. Maybe in place of the cameras we should hire more officers and triple the fines to pay for them.

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Florida
According to a Florida Department of Education survey conducted in 2012, more than 21,000 drivers illegally passed school buses in a single day. That represents over 3.7 million possible violations by motorists in Florida during the 180-day school year. Each illegal pass-by could result in a tragic injury or fatality of a student, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said. SOURCE: Bay News 9 TV, Aug. 11, 2014.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 21 children under 19 die each year getting on and off buses. On average, each school bus is illegally passed once every day. SOURCE: The Augusta Chronicle (Georgia), Aug. 8, 2014.