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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 21

October 12th, 2017 Comments off

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)

 

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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)

 

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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

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 20

September 28th, 2017 Comments off


Mesa Police Post Videos Reminding Public of Red-Light Danger
KNXV-TV ABC 15 (Arizona), Sept. 26, 2017

Mesa police are posting shocking videos captured on the city’s 24 red-light cameras on their social media pages, hoping it will serve as a wake-up call to drivers. Police say officers are writing, on average, 100 citations and warnings to red-light runners in Mesa every month. (Mesa Police/KNXV-TV ABC 15 image)


More Speed, Red-Light Cameras in Use in Baltimore
WMAR-TV ABC 2 (Maryland), Sept. 25, 2017

The Department of Transportation has added 15 more speed and 21 additional red-light safety cameras around the city of Baltimore. Speed cameras were activated Monday.  (WMAR-TV ABC 2 image)


Police Arrest Driver in Fatal Red-Light Running Collision
KATU-TV Channel 2 (Oregon), Sept. 25, 2017

A blind man was struck and killed by a driver Monday morning while in a crosswalk at a North Portland intersection, police officials said. According to officers, the pedestrian was hit when a 34-year-old driver ran a red light at the intersection. (KATU-TV Channel 2 image)

 


Starting Monday, Seattle School Bus Safety Cameras Go into Action
The Seattle Times (Washington), Sept. 28, 2017

Starting Monday, if you decide to ignore the flashing red paddle telling you to stop for a Seattle school bus that’s picking up or dropping off students, you’ll likely be caught. The school district has installed cameras on 120 of its 379 buses to record what has long been illegal but difficult to enforce. See related articles Seattle Patch and KCPQ-TV FOX 13.  (KCPQ-TV FOX 13 image)


Passing Car Strikes, Injures Student at School Bus Stop
WBRZ-TV ABC 2 (Louisiana), Sept. 21, 2017

An elementary school student was hit by a car while trying to get on a school bus this morning. The 11-year-old boy suffered minor injuries and is expected to recover. Authorities said the bus was stopped with its lights flashing when the driver passed the bus and hit the child. (WBRZ-TV ABC 2 image)


SUV Hits Boy Crossing Street to Board School Bus
CBS New York.com/WLNY-TV CBS 10/55, Sept. 16, 2017

A Long Island boy who was struck by an SUV on his way to his school bus was flown by helicopter to Stony Brook Hospital with serious injuries. Police said the collision occurred as the sixth-grader was walking across the street to board his school bus at about 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 15. The bus had its flashing red lights on and stop sign activated to warn approaching motorists. See related coverage at Newsday and TBRNewsMedia.com. (News 12 Long Island/Newsday image)

 


SeaTac Council Considers ATS as Red-Light Camera Vendor
SeaTac Blog (Washington), Sept. 26, 2017

Chief of Police Lisa Mulligan asked the SeaTac City Council to approve an agreement with American Traffic Solutions to replace the current vendor in operating red-light cameras during a three-year contract with a potential extension of two years. The council set the issue for final debate and decision for the Oct. 10 regular meeting. (wsapt.org image)


Greenville’s Red-Light Camera Program to Issue Warnings Oct. 15
Reflector.com (North Carolina), Sept. 23, 2017

Greenville’s new red-light cameras will enter the 30-day warning period beginning on Oct. 15, when errant drivers will receive a warning. Kristin Hunter, public information officer for the Greenville Police Department, said motorists who violate traffic laws at the five intersections with cameras after Nov. 14 will begin receiving actual violations. The revenue received through the fines will be used to pay for the cameras themselves; extra revenue will go to Pitt County Schools. (WNCT-TV CBS 9 image)

Red Light Cameras Will Stick Around in Wilmington
WECT-TV NBC 6 (North Carolina), Sept. 19, 2017

Wilmington leaders on Sept. 19 voted to keep red-light cameras active throughout the city. The city council members agreed to renew a contract with the camera service provider, American Traffic Solutions.  … Along with being a deterrent for crashes, all of the proceeds from the service, which are about $800,000 each year, go to the New Hanover County School system.

 

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Greenville Police @GreenvillePD Red light camera warning period begins October 15! #RespectTheRed greenvillenc.gov/government/pol…

   
ATS_RoadSafety retweeted Vision Zero Network @Visionzeronet @NTSB #speedstudy urges states to allow for safety cameras to promote #safetyoverspeed.

 

It’s time to get ready for National School Bus Safety Week. Set to begin Oct. 16, 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. Learn more at www.napt.org/nsbsw. This year’s theme is #STOPONRED.

Using 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.

 

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Tolls Progressing for Return Next Year around Jacksonville
The Florida Times Union, Sept. 22, 2017 

As the First Coast Expressway and North Florida Express Lanes get closer to offering faster commutes, they also herald a return to tolls in an area that hasn’t seen them in 28 years. (WJXT-TV Channel 4 image)

Editorial: Time to Finish Spaulding Turnpike Expansion
Fosters.com/SeacoastOnline.com (New Hampshire) Sept. 21, 2017

On Thursday, Sept. 28, at Dover City Hall, the state’s 10-year transportation plan will get a public airing. … As part of the hearing process, state Sen. David Watters, D-Dover, said he will advocate that the state take the further step to eliminate the toll plazas altogether in favor of all-electronic tolling. … We agree with Sen. Watters that the time for all-electronic tolling has come. It has been implemented successfully at Boston’s Tobin Bridge and has recently been instituted along the Massachusetts Turnpike. It works and is cost effective.

 


Letter to the Editor: What Controversy?
Smithtown Matters (New York), Sept. 25, 2017

As a health care professional I cannot understand the “controversy” over red-light cameras. T-bone crashes, where one vehicle broadsides another is now the deadliest type of collision in the U.S. representing about 13 percent of crashes but about 18 percent of fatal crashes resulting in 25 percent to 30 percent of total deaths. These are now more deadly than head-on or rear-end collisions due to airbag technology.

Letter: San Diego Cities Should Keep Cameras
The San Diego Union-Tribune (California), Sept. 24, 2017

At least one city in the county has not lost its way regarding red-light cameras. Instead of bowing to complaints of drivers or out-of-towners, Solano Beach decided in favor of human life and to keep its cameras rolling and cut crashes.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras in Waterloo
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa), Sept. 17, 2017

Regarding Waterloo’s decision to move forward with a three-year plan to use red-light cameras at dangerous intersections …, I and others I’ve spoken with are hopeful these cameras will have the same effect they have had in other towns around the country, reduced collisions and fewer fatalities on our roads without affecting commerce.

Letter: Cameras Result in Accountability
Albany Times-Union (New York), Sept. 16, 2017

A recent letter-writer who spoke against red-light cameras is disingenuous in his thinking. For instance, his emphasis on revenue as an incentive for these cameras is disingenuous in that the fact that they produce revenue is simply a by-product of their intended purpose of discouraging irresponsible and dangerous driving at intersections.

 


“We’re finding that, when the yellow lights are activated by the school bus driver, that vehicles are not yielding. It seems like there is a mad rush to pass the bus, and often we will catch three or four different people going through and passing the bus.”
Mike Johnstone, Des Moines County Sheriff
KBUR-Radio AM 1490/FM 99.3 (Iowa), Sept. 21, 2017

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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 7, Issue 19

September 21st, 2017 Comments off


Police: Motorcyclist Runs Red Light, Sustains Head Injury
Appleton Post-Gazette / PostCrescent.com (Wisconsin) Sept. 13, 2017

A motorcyclist critically injured in a crash Tuesday appears to have run a red light, according to police. “Investigators have reviewed video from traffic cameras and interviews of witnesses are ongoing,” Appleton police said in a statement Wednesday. “The preliminary indications show the motorcyclist proceeded through a red light and was struck by the southbound vehicle, which was facing a green light.”

 


Budget Proposal Would Expand Photo Enforcement in Denver
Denvergov.org (Colorado), Sept. 12, 2017

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock submitted his 2018 budget proposal to City Council on Sept. 12. The proposal includes funding to implement the new Vision Zero Action Plan, with a goal of eliminating all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030, including expanded photo enforcement, increased roadside electronic message boards and other safety signage. (Denver Post file image)


Baltimore Expands Speed, Red-Light Camera Systems
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), Sept. 8, 2017

Baltimore plans to expand its new network of speed and red-light cameras late this month. The city Department of Transportation on Friday announced 36 locations where cameras will be installed. The department said the cameras will be activated Sept. 25. (WMAR-TV ABC 2 image)

Red-Light, Speed Cameras to Operate 24/7 in Dayton
WYSO-Radio 91.3 FM (Ohio), Sept. 6, 2017

Dayton officials are moving forward with plans to re-install red-light cameras in the city, after a recent Ohio Supreme Court decision lifted tough state restrictions. The Dayton Police Department announced plans to bring back the camera program this spring, citing increased traffic crashes and fatalities.

 


2 Dead after Car Rams Mt. Pleasant School Bus
Morning Sun News (Michigan), Sept. 8, 2017

A 56-year-old woman and her 19-year-old son were killed when their car slammed into the back of a Mt. Pleasant school bus that stopped to pick up its first child of the morning, according to the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department. (Morning Sun News image by Lisa Yanick Litwiller)


Safety, Caution Urged Around School Buses
North County Outlook (Washington), Sept. 6, 2017

As the school year starts again, motorists are encouraged to keep safety in mind when on the road. Traci Tobler, transportation manager for the Marysville School District, said the biggest safety problems occur when people get impatient around a stopped school bus. … Car drivers ignoring the school bus stop sign is a common occurrence, she said. Working with the Marysville Police Department, the Marysville School District installed cameras onto their buses last year to help catch motorists who do drive through the stop signs. (The Herald image by Ian Terry)

 


More Virginia School Districts Opting for Stop-Arm Cameras
WREG-TV CBS 3 (Tennessee), Sept. 6, 2017

All around the country, vehicles plow through school bus stop arms as children cross the street. This has parents like Eric Pizarro worried. “That’s very scary,” he said. “You wanna make sure that they get to school in one piece and come back in one piece.” In Virginia Beach there were 84 violations last school year. Norfolk had three. That’s why the school district is looking into installing stop-arm cameras on buses. (Del Ray Patch/Falls Church City Public Schools image)

 


ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety National School Bus Safety Week is October 16-20! Are you participating? Use #NSBSW2017 & check back for facts! @NASDPTS



ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety VIDEO of the Week: Red-Light Runner T-bones Vehicles in @scottsdaleazgov#StopOnRed@ScottsdalePD

It’s time to get ready for National School Bus Safety Week. Set to begin Oct. 16, 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. Learn more at www.napt.org/nsbsw. This year’s theme is #STOPONRED.

Using hashtag #NSBSW2017, join the conversation on social media and 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.

 


Trade Group Wants More Cashless Tolling
WBFO-Radio 88.7 FM (New York), Sept. 13, 2017

High-speed cashless tolling on the New York State Thruway could do more than help the environment. Removing toll barriers could also help boost economic development across the region. Along with reducing smog from idling vehicles waiting in line to pay tolls – Buffalo Niagara International Trade Gateway Organization, Executive Director Craig Turner said, electronic tolling would save truck drivers and others in the logistics industry lots of time. “Time is money in logistics,” he said. (Times Herald-Record file image)


Could Tolling Resolve LA’s Traffic Congestion Problems?
KABC-TV ABC 7 (California), Sept. 12, 2017

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute says Angelinos spend more than 100 hours a year stuck in traffic, and commuters agree. … Transportation experts, however, say congestion issues are not something the city can build its way out of. … “Transportation economists have argued for 60 years that, really, the only systematic solution to congestion is tolling,” said University of Southern California engineering and public policy professor Jim Moore. (NBCLosAngeles.com image)


Kansas Turnpike’s 1st High-Speed Toll Lane Opens
Lawrence-Journal World (Kansas), Sept. 11, 2017

For Kansas highway drivers, this succession of signs seems like an oxymoron: TOLL PLAZA AHEAD … DO NOT STOP. Those are the instructions for a new high-speed toll lane — the first of its kind in the state — that just opened at the Kansas Turnpike’s eastern terminal near Bonner Springs. (Kansas Turnpike Authority image)

 


Letter to Editor: Many Thanks to City Leaders
Reflector.com (North Carolina), Sept. 13, 2017

The city of Greenville is finally getting red-light cameras. Many thanks to our city leaders for going through the arduous process of gaining support from the city council, the county commissioners, the school board and the North Carolina General Assembly. All of the fines paid by violators will go to the public schools. This is an important public safety initiative.

 


“I saw the pain that the family suffered from that (work zone crash). They’re human beings with families and loved ones just like everyone else, and you’re taking a big risk of striking them when you speed and text while driving.”
Calvin Dye, Trooper with the Illinois State Police
Belleville News-Democrat (Illinois), Sept. 13, 2017


“We were very pleased with the implementation and results of the cameras in the first couple of months, and we are looking forward to using them for a whole year.”
Mark Thomas, Commander with the Marysville Police Department
North County Outlook (Washington), Sept. 6, 2017

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 18

August 31st, 2017 Comments off

City of Doral Red-Light Safety Camera Video
City of Doral Facebook page (Florida), Aug. 25, 2017

The City of Doral released a red-light safety camera program video notifying drivers about the upcoming live citation date for their red-light safety cameras on September 1st and to remember to stop on red and save a life!

City of Mesa Police Department Red-Light Running Video
City of Mesa Police Department Facebook page (Arizona), Aug. 23, 2017

It’s Facebook and everyone loves to see themselves on Facebook right? Wrong! Don’t run red lights and you won’t find yourself on our low lights reel. Don’t drive distracted and Don’t run red lights.

This message is brought to you by the men and women of the Mesa Police Department who don’t want to stand in the heat with you while we all suffer through your accident report. Have a Safe Day!


Collision Results from Red-Light Running
The News-Press (Florida), Aug. 21, 2017

A Lee County school bus was involved in a crash in south Fort Myers when a car ran a red light and struck the bus as it made a left turn. One of the two students on the bus suffered a minor injury. (The News-Press image by Amanda Inscore)


School Bus Stop Arm Cameras Catch Thousands in Austin
Austin American-Statesman (Texas), Aug. 17, 2017

Austin area drivers paid $3.6 million in fines over a 17-month period for allegedly passing school buses illegally by not stopping after its flashing lights or stop arm are activated. … Nearly 20,700 tickets have been issued since the Austin district started its school bus stop arm safety program in February 2016. (Austin American-Statesman/Austin ISD image)

 


Capitola Extends Red-Light Safety Camera Program
Santa Cruz Sentinel (California), Aug. 24, 2017

The Capitola City Council has voted to keep the red-light safety cameras up for two more years. Since the cameras were installed in 2005 to catch red-light violations, traffic crashes at the two intersections have decreased by 94 and 74 percent, respectively. “That corridor, the busiest in Capitola, is safer because of this program,” said Capitola Police Chief Terry McManus. (Santa Cruz Sentinel image by Dan Coyro)

2 Injured in Intersection Crash; Red-Light Running Suspected
Austin American Statesman (Texas), Aug. 23, 2017

A pickup truck apparently ran a red light before hitting a school bus carrying two students in Northeast Austin. A spokeswoman for the Austin Independent School District said first reports suggest the pickup driver ran the red light before hitting the bus.


Arkansas Lawmakers Weigh Idea of Red-Light Cameras
KTHV-TV CBS 11 (Arkansas), Aug. 18, 2017

Arkansas lawmakers are considering a proposal to install cameras at traffic signals to catch drivers who run the red light. State Rep. Justin Boyd said that under the current law, municipalities are not allowed to use traffic signal cameras to regulate traffic. Boyd is one of the lawmakers pushing for a study on whether red-light cameras would make Arkansas’ roadways safer. (KUAR News/Radio FM89.1 image by Michael Hibblen)

 

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Parent Watches Cars Speed By As Her Child Gets On School Bus
News5 WKRG.com (Alabama), Aug. 29, 2017

Kelli Singley, a concerned parent, pulled out her cell phone to record drivers rushing past the school bus as it pulled up to let her young son climb on board in Theodore.

In Alabama, the law doesn’t allow drivers to pass a stopped school bus on any road unless it’s a divided highway of at least four lanes and the driver is on the opposite side of the thoroughfare from the bus.

School Bus Stop Arm Program fights to expand in Northern Virginia
localdvm.com (Virginia), Aug. 28, 2017

Hector Girom has been a school bus driver with Arlington County Public Schools for nearly two decades, and for as long as he can recall, people have been passing his bus even when it’s red lights are activated.

It’s an act that has killed over 400 children nationwide in the past 40 years, according to the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at North Carolina State University.

Drivers beware: Police out in force to make sure new school year starts safely
News Observer (North Carolina), Aug. 28, 2017

Police are out in force across Wake County this week to enforce traffic laws and protect traditional-calendar students who are beginning a new school year.

More than 730 Wake County school buses are back on the road transporting more than 70,000 riders now that summer vacation is over. Law enforcement agencies such as the Cary Police Department and Wake County Sheriff’s Office have extra personnel in and around school zones to make sure drivers and students are obeying traffic safety laws.

Students Struck While Getting Off Bus
WJBO-Radio 1150AM/97.7FM (Louisiana), Aug. 18, 2017

Two students are recovering from what are said to be non-serious injuries received when they were hit by a car in Baton Rouge after getting off their school bus. The collision occurred when police say the children darted across the street as the bus pulled away. The driver of the car remained at the scene. See related news at Houston Chronicle.

NHTSA Report Puts School Bus Fatality Data in Perspective
School Bus Fleet Magazine, Aug. 17, 2017

An average of 30 school-age children are killed each year in school-transportation-related crashes — most of them outside of the bus or in other vehicles — according to newly updated federal data.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released an August 2017 edition of its School-Transportation-Related Crashes report, covering the 10-year period from 2006 to 2015. The report shows school bus fatalities accounting for a fraction of a percent of overall vehicle fatalities.

According to NHTSA, from 2006 to 2015, there were 324,710 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,172 (0.4%) were classified as being related to school transportation.

NTSB underscores problem of speeding on local roads
LocalDVM.com (Maryland), Aug. 17, 2017

The National Transportation Safety Board is calling out government officials at all levels, urging them to take speed enforcement more seriously, after new data revealed an average of 10,000 speed-related traffic deaths each year.

Speed Cameras Are a Driver’s Best Friend
Bloomberg.com (New York), Aug. 29, 2017

America needs more of them. A lot more. (speed cameras). One easy, inexpensive and effective way to save thousands of lives every year would be to equip American highways and city streets with speed cameras.

 

@ATS_RoadSafety School Bus Stop Arm Program fights to expand in Northern Virginia http://www.localdvm.com/news/virginia/school-bus-stop-arm-program-fights-to-expand-in-northern-va/800332974 #StopArmSafety

@ATS_RoadSafety  National School Bus Safety Week is quickly approaching! Join our event @ http://www.facebook.com/ATSolutions  Use #NSBSW2017 @NAPTHQ

Backed by the National Association for Pupil Transportation, National School Bus Safety Week is held during the third full week of October each year. According to NAPT, this week is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties – to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Designed to promote school bus safety, school districts throughout the country observe School Bus Safety Week. Learn more at www.napt.org/nsbsw. This year’s theme is #STOPONRED.

Using the hashtag #NSBSW2017, join the conversation on social and spread the message to keep our kids safe as they head to and from school. ATS is supporting National School Bus Safety week by partnering with schools and law enforcement nationwide to remind motorists of the laws to obey and safe practices to take when approaching a school bus.

City of Mesa Police DepartmentThank you American Traffic Solutions for your generosity in sponsoring the last three M.E.S.A. (Making Every Student Accountable) Program classes. We hope this plaque helps convey appreciation from our department, the program participants, and the community.


Commentary: For a Lifetime of Safe Driving, Start Now
Community Newspapers/West Park News (Florida) Aug. 23, 2017

Like most folks, I enjoy driving. It’s traffic that I dislike. Mostly, I’m not a fan of traffic because of its many surprises, some of which can easily wreck anyone’s day. With this week being National Stop on Red Week, I’d like to take a moment to ask drivers to take stock of their behavior behind the wheel, especially at intersections.

“The No. 1 reason we started this program is to start a safety culture and to educate the public. When a school bus has flashing lights on, the purpose is for loading and unloading students.”

Kris Hafezizadeh, Executive Director of Transportation of Austin ISD
My Statesman (Texas), Aug. 17, 2017

 

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 17

August 17th, 2017 Comments off


Driver Caught on Camera Passing School Bus on Shoulder
NorthEscambia.com (Florida), Aug. 17, 2017

A Cantonment driver was caught on camera passing a loading school bus on the grassy shoulder of the road. The incident happened just after 7 Tuesday morning. In the photo, a student can been seen boarding the school bus as the Honda Pilot approached the front of the bus. (NorthEscambia.com image)

 


Cars Speed Through School Zones
WDSU-TV NBC 6 (Louisiana), Aug. 15, 2017

The city of New Orleans recently increased the amount of traffic cameras around the city, including many in school zones. In an effort to show the danger of speeding, the Orleans Parish School Board released video of motorists speeding through school zones. School zone speed limits are 20 mph, but many cars can be seen going more than 40 mph in the video that was released. The lights on the school zone signs are visibly turned on. See related coverage at The Times Picayune.  (WDSU-TV NBC 6 image)


Red-Light Cameras to Address Red-Light Running Epidemic
KENS-TV CBS 5 (Texas), Aug. 8, 2017

It’s easily one of the most frustrating roads that runs through the San Antonio area: Bandera Road, specifically the stretch between Loop 410 and Loop 1604. In fact, the congestion has gotten so bad that the Leon Valley police chief said it has led to an “epidemic” of red light runners. That’s why red-light cameras will be going up soon.  See related coverage at Laredo Morning Times/LMTonline.com  (KENS-TV CBS 5 image)


5 Additional Red-Light Cameras in Use in Fayetteville
WNCN-TV CBS 17 (North Carolina), Aug. 8, 2017

Drivers in Fayetteville need to make sure to keep an eye on the city’s newest red-light cameras. The five new cameras installed around the city became operational last week and police said the grace period they were giving drivers in those areas is now over. (WNCN-TV CBS 17 image)

 


Amarillo City Council Votes to Keep, Expand Camera Program
KFDA-TV CBS 10 (Texas), Aug. 15, 2017

Red-light cameras will be around Amarillo for at least five more years, and there will be more of them. City Council members voted unanimously tonight to renew the city’s contract with American Traffic Solutions and to add cameras. The company currently operates nine cameras in the city at eight intersections.  (KFDA-TV CBS 10 image)

Haines City to Keep Red Light Cameras
News Chief (Florida), Aug. 15, 2017

Red-light cameras in Haines City won’t be going away soon. The City Commission voted 3-2 on Tuesday night to extend an agreement with American Traffic Solutions for three years.

   

Fayetteville’s Facebook Town Hall Addresses Red-Light Cameras
WNCN-TV CBS 17 (North Carolina), Aug. 15, 2017

Fayetteville officials are inviting people to take part in a Facebook town hall meeting about five new red-light cameras installed in the city. … “We hope to convey the rationale behind the implementation of the cameras and the benefits to resident safety,” said Kevin V. Arata, the city’s corporate communications director.

FBI Warns of Traffic Ticket Scam Targeting Teen Drivers
KNXV-TV ABC 15 (Arizona), Aug. 12, 2017

The FBI wants you to know that scammers are now targeting teenagers and using scare tactics to essentially extort money from them. … FBI Special Agent Scott Augenbaum told NewsChannel 5 Investigates, ABC 15’s sister station in Nashville, the caller might say something like this, “The other day, your car went through a red light camera. We tried to contact you. And, as a new driver, you are going to go to jail or your license will be taken away unless you pay the fine of $250.”


Tucson Ranked 9th in Most Red-Light Running Fatalities
KVOA-TV NBC 4 (Arizona), Aug. 9, 2017

Tucson is one of the top 10 cities with the most fatalities linked to drivers running red lights. The National Coalition for Safer Roads analyzed data from 2004-2013 to compile the list. Tucson ranked 9th with 61 red-light running fatalities reported in the 9-year time frame. Houston ranked first. (KVOA-TV NBC 4 image)


Photo Enforcement Funds Tapped for Seattle School Buses
SeattleMet (Washington), Aug. 8, 2017

Seattle council members back in June approved giving Seattle Public Schools $2.3 million to switch to a new two-tier bus system this fall — but the remaining question was where the money would come from. The council on Monday unanimously approved using revenue from the Seattle Department of Transportation’s photo enforcement program, using school zone and red-light cameras to issue citations for traffic safety. (KING-TV NBC 5 image)

Boynton Beach Red-Light Cameras Back in September
Palm Beach Post (Florida), Aug. 8, 2017

Boynton Beach drivers beware: After an eight-month hiatus, the city’s 15 red-light cameras will be turned back on Friday, Sept. 1. There will be a two-week warning period so drivers have time to adjust to the re-institution of the red-light camera program and modify their driving behavior, Boynton Police spokesperson Stephanie Slaver said. See related coverage at Sun Sentinel.


City of Willis Wins Appeal in Red-Light Camera Case
The Courier of Montgomery County (Texas), Aug. 6, 2017

An appeals court has sided with the City of Willis in an ongoing legal battle over the use of red light cameras and the issuance of fines associated with those cameras. … The Ninth Court of Appeals in Beaumont ruled in the city’s favor. The justices concurred with the 14th Court of Appeals ruling in Edwards v. City of Tomball, which held that a city that sets up a red-light enforcement program must establish an exclusive administrative procedure to handle disputes related to the program. The Ninth Court determined that even if the city failed to conduct a traffic engineering study before installing the cameras, “such an irregularity does not allow a party to completely circumvent or ignore the administrative procedure.”


Speeding’s Role in Crashes Bigger than First Thought, Feds Say
Governing, Aug. 14, 2017

Researchers have actually underestimated how often speed is a factor in fatal crashes, according to a new report from the National Transportation Safety Board. The finding is significant, considering that speed is already one of the most widely reported causes of deadly crashes. … The NTSB went further, by urging traffic engineers to rethink how they set speed limits and for states and localities to use speed cameras more often.  Read full study here.  (MyNorthwest.com/AP image)

Speed Camera Plan May Be on Fast Track in Pennsylvania
The Meadville Tribune, Aug. 10, 2017

The Pennsylvania state Senate in July passed legislation that would allow the Department of Transportation to install speed cameras in construction work zones. State Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, said his committee will examine that bill when the House returns to session in the fall. The House may also look to amend the Senate plan by folding into it a separate measure proposed by Taylor to create  pilot program to use speed cameras in parts of Philadelphia, he said. … State data shows that work zone safety is a problem in Pennsylvania. The number of crashes in work zones in 2016 was the highest in the last five years and is 25 percent more than the state saw in 2012.

 

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ATS_RoadSafety retweeted NHTSA @NHTSAgov Speeding killed 9,557 people in 2015. Kill speed — not yourself.

   
ATS_RoadSafety retweeted  IIHS @IIHS_autosafety (1/2) Red-light-running crashes can be catastrophic. Red light cameras reduce crashes and save lives. ow.ly/hJhc30ep8CM

 
ATS_RoadSafety retweeted  IIHS @IIHS_autosafety (2/2) Turning off red-light cameras costs lives. Read more on this recent study: ow.ly/G1WX30ep8XG

 

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Drivers Changing Tune about I-405 Tolling
KING-TV NBC 5 (Washington), Aug. 16, 2017

Nearly two years after the Washington State Department of Transportation installed express lane tolling on I-405, drivers are beginning to change their opinions about their effectiveness, according to a new survey. For instance, 17 months ago, 87 percent of surveyed drivers did not support express lane tolling, but a June 2017 poll shows 60 percent of drivers like having the option of toll lanes. Also, earlier results showed 77 percent of people thought toll lanes on I-405 did not reduce congestion, but now, 64 percent of respondents say the lanes do help reduce congestion. Read survey here. (WDOT image)


FDOT’s 1st Toll Reader Structure Goes Up on I-295
WJXT-TV Channel 4 (Florida), Aug. 11, 2017

The first toll structure in Jacksonville in 28 years went up last weekend without any fanfare. Early Sunday morning, construction crews put up the first toll gantry on I-295. The gantry will be part of a system to electronically collect tolls for the use of express lanes that are due to open early next year, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. (WJXT-TV Channel 4 and FDOT image)

 

Editorial: We Back Traffic Cameras with Some Reservations
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa), Aug. 8, 2017

Waterloo apparently will be joining other cities across the state and nation in employing cameras to ticket traffic offenders — particularly speeders and motorists who are running red lights. At the Aug. 7 City Council meeting, council members voted unanimously to approve the second reading of a proposed ordinance, which would make Waterloo the first Black Hawk County community to employ the cameras. … In the end, we believe safety factors should win out. Let’s face it; running a red light is dangerous. We grudgingly place our support behind the traffic enforcement cameras at the high-crash intersections, as outlined by Waterloo’s police chief.

 


“The children are our top priority, the teachers and the educators and the faculty are our top priority, and we want them to have a very great school year, so we’re asking people to slow down because there will be consequences for those who are speeding in our school zones creating an unsafe environment.”
Michael Harrison, New Orleans Police Department Chief
The Times Picayune (Louisiana), Aug. 15, 2017


“For me, it’s about safety; it isn’t about money. I’m for stopping people from breaking the law.”
Horace West, Haines City Commissioner
News Chief (Florida), Aug. 15, 2017


“We have noticed a decrease though, especially at our major intersections that have the red light cameras. We’ve done a couple of studies and analyzed the data and overall found a decrease in the red light running.”
Jeff Sulewski, Toledo Police Lieutenant
WTOL-TV CBS 11 (Ohio), Aug. 8, 2017

 

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