ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 6, Issue 51

December 15th, 2016 Comments off

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ATS Wishes Families Everywhere a Safe Holiday Season

May the road home be well lit and safely traveled this holiday season for the sake of all motorists and those who are awaiting their arrival. All of us at American Traffic Solutions extend our warmest wishes to all for a healthy and happy holiday season.

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Spokane School Zone Tickets Fund Crime Prevention
KREM-TV CBS 2 (Washington), Dec. 13, 2016

The city of Spokane is cashing in on school zone violations after officials installed speed cameras near Finch Elementary and Longfellow Elementary last year. … The money will help the Spokane Police Department hire four additional neighborhood resource officers. … Other revenue will go to more school zone cameras. … Authorities say incidents in the areas near cameras have dropped 50 percent as drivers focus on their speed and safety. (KREM-TV CBS 2 image)

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School Bus Runs Red Light in Queens
WABC-TV ABC 7 (New York), Dec. 2, 2016

Exclusive video shows a school bus filled with kids about to run a red light and cross a busy street in Queens. The video shows that the driver waits for the right moment with the hazard signals blinking. It slowly inches forward and then drives straight through. (WABC-TV ABC 7 image)

 

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Anchorage Assemblyman Wants Red-Light Cameras
Alaska Dispatch News, Dec. 8, 2016

Anchorage Assembly member Dick Traini said he’s hoping to introduce an ordinance to the Assembly later this month to allow red-light cameras at city intersections. If the Assembly approves, a measure authorizing automatic red-light cameras would appear on the April city ballot. … “A lot of people are asking us, ‘What can you do about red-light runners?'” Traini said. “This is the only real thing we can do.” (Alaska Dispatch News image by Scott Jensen)

Principals See Red-Light Cameras as 1 Solution to Deadly Street
Queens Chronicle (New York), Dec. 8, 2016

Capt. Brian Bohannon and other members of the 106th Precinct were joined by officials from MS 202 and its sister school, the Robert H. Goddard High School, the Department of Transportation, the NYPD’s School Safety Division and representatives from area elected officials on  a site visit to the intersections where Jazmine Marin was hit and killed by a car on Oct. 24. … The principals requested a red-light camera be placed at the intersection to penalize motorists who disobey the traffic light.

 

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Truck Strikes 5-Year-Old Leaving School Bus
Winston-Salem Journal (North Carolina), Dec. 9, 2016

Police say a 5-year-old girl has been severely injured after a motorist drove past a stopped school bus. Sgt. Jake Katzenberger of the North Carolina Highway Patrol said the student was stuck Thursday afternoon on North Carolina Highway 210 as she was getting off the school bus. The bus’s stop arm was extended and the bus’s lights were flashing when the incident occurred.

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National Stop-Arm Campaign Urged at NHTSA Meeting
School Bus Fleet (national), Dec. 5, 2016

Illegal passing of school buses, also known as stop-arm running, was a recurring topic during the Dec. 1 meeting called by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), prompting industry officials to call on NHTSA to launch a national campaign targeting stop-arm running. (NHTSA image)

 

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Unacceptable! 5-year-old NC girl hit by truck after getting off school bus. journalnow.com/news/state_reg… #StopArmSafety

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Retweet by ATS_RoadSafety Vision Zero Network @Visionzeronet  Thoughtful, well-researched piece explaining spike in U.S. traffic deaths, and why the U.S. lags behind Europe. (Vox.com image by Gina Ferazzi)

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Tolling Starts Dec. 30 on 3 Ohio River Bridges
The Courier-Journal (Kentucky), Dec. 13, 2016

It’s time to get those transponders — tolling on the Lincoln, Kennedy and East End bridges will officially start Dec. 30. And officials are encouraging drivers to set up their accounts this week. Read how this bridge project will save commuters billions, see Louisville Business First. (The Courier Journal image)

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It’s not Your Imagination. You Are Getting to Work Faster
The Boston Globe (Massachusetts), Dec. 7, 2016

The move to electronic tolling on the Massachusetts Turnpike has shaved about 12 minutes off morning commutes, state transportation officials said. More than 3 million transponders are now in circulation, a record, officials said. See related coverage at WBUR-Radio 90.9 FM. (WBUR-Radio 90.9 FM image)

 

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Commentary: School Bus Camera Skeptic Turns into Supporter
WKXW-Radio 101.5 FM (New Jersey), Dec. 7, 2016

When bill S-211 came along regarding placing cameras on school buses to catch people illegally passing them in New Jersey, I felt certain this was bad news. Not exactly the red-light camera program, but law enforcement through a lens and tickets in the mail nonetheless. … But after parents and school bus drivers called in and shared their real life stories I have to admit I was wrong. This dangerous behavior clearly is going on, and if S-211 would help stop it then it needs to become law.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Are Just Common Sense
The Courier (Iowa), Dec. 14, 2016

Cedar Falls needs red-light cameras. If you are arguing about this proposal stripping your rights, I challenge you to put down your cell phone and pull over. You will have to stop at the red light with your phone down to make these observations. …. Watch the intersection cycle through one or two changes. That is all it will take for you to see poor light obedience.

 

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“If putting students in danger by passing a stopped bus is not enough alone to make someone stop, then maybe increasing the chances of getting caught will.”
Donna Maycumber, Safety Officer for the Jamesville-DeWitt School District
Eagle News Online (New York), Dec. 13, 2016

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“Many of the children who are killed and injured in school bus-related accidents are struck by drivers who illegally pass a bus while the red lights are flashing and the stop sign is extended. The sad truth is that many drivers choose to break the law in such a dangerous manner because they think they can get away with it. Installing cameras to catch every driver who passes a school bus illegally will be an effective deterrent.”
Jim Holzapfel, New Jersey State Senator, sponsor of bill S-211 authorizing a school bus stop arm safety camera pilot program
Brick Patch, Dec. 6, 2016