ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 7

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Legislative Bill Expands Enforcement of School Bus Stop-Arm Law
WCBD-TV NBC 2 (South Carolina), Jan. 28, 2016

South Carolina Senate Bill 946, currently in committee, would allow police to fine the registered owner of the car caught on a school bus stop-arm camera. If the owner wasn’t driving the car they must prove that to have the $500 fine moved to the driver. State law now allows citations to go to the driver. (WCBD-TV NBC 2 image)

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Austin Police Calling for More Red-Light Cameras
KVUE-TV ABC 24 (Texas), Jan. 27, 2016

Austin police want to add red-light cameras with busy intersections, saying the cameras have helped reduce crashes. Ten red-light cameras were installed in Austin in 2008, and the number remains the same eight years later. “We didn’t have any fatality collisions at any of these intersections that are controlled by red-light cameras in 2014. I would say they’re effective,” Austin Police Sgt. David McDonald said.

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School Zone Speed Cams Start Issuing Tickets
KXLY-TV ABC 4 (Washington), Jan. 26, 2016

School zone cameras have been activated for three weeks in the Spokane School District and already thousands of speeding tickets have been mailed to drivers. The cameras target drivers speeding in the morning and afternoon when kids are most likely to be walking to or from school. The district estimates 23,000 children walk to and from school each day. See related ATS news release.

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New Penalties Proposed for Passing School Buses Illegally
WINK-TV CBS 11, (Florida), Jan. 26, 2016

When it comes to passing school buses legally, Florida drivers are getting a failing grade. A newly released report shows tens of thousands of people blew past school buses in Florida when they were stopped.

 

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Red-Light Running Fines Fund Police Equipment
KSLA-TV Channel 12 (Louisiana), Jan. 27, 2016

The Marshall Police Department in Texas says money from red-light running fines in 2015 were used to purchase several new pieces of equipment including: a new patrol unit, a golf cart for patrol during large community events, a set of training goggles to teach young drivers to not drink and drive, and 12 electronic ticket writers to replace the old pen-and-paper method and improve efficiency. (KSLA-TV Channel 12 image)

Running Red Lights Must Stop
The Daily Reflector (North Carolina), Jan. 23, 2016

In 60 minutes of watching traffic at a major city intersection recently, Greenville police handed out tickets to 22 drivers who ran red lights. “It is a mess with red lights,” Police Chief Mark Holtzman said, while describing the proliferation of wrecks at major intersections, including those involving pedestrians. “It has to be a top priority in 2016 to get some of this fixed.” Department personnel regularly monitor 10 intersections with the most wrecks in the city.

 

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West Virginia Senate Passes School-Bus Stop-Sign Bill
The Herald-Dispatch (West Virginia), Jan. 27, 2016

The West Virginia Senate passed a bill Tuesday that aims to deter people from driving past stopped school buses by making it easier for law enforcement officials to pursue charges against those who don’t heed school-bus stop signs. The bill would allow law enforcement to charge the owner of the offending vehicle with running the stop signs. (The Herald-Dispatch image)

Witnesses Say Crash Occurred as Driver Passed School Bus
Kansas City Sun Times (Missouri), Jan.