ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 24

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Use Caution while Driving on Memorial Day Weekend
American Traffic Solutions wishes everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day holiday, and wants to remind all drivers that Memorial Day marks the start of one of the most dangerous times of the year for reckless driving. Study results from the National Coalition for Safer Roads found more red-light running violations occurred during Memorial Day weekend than during any other major summer travel period. The danger is compounded this year by AAA’s estimate that nearly 34 million people will drive to their destination this weekend, a measurable increase from 2015. Remember, everyone wants to arrive at their destination safely. Please, stop on red.

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Police Department Favors Red-Light Camera Restart in Modesto
KTXL-TV FOX 40 (California), May 25, 2016

The Modesto Police Department may soon make a decision on whether to reactivate four red-light cameras that haven’t been running in the city for the past two years. … During that time, crashes increased 12 percent. Police attribute the increase to camera disuse and a decrease in staff. (KTXL-TV FOX 40 image)

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School Bus Group Pushes for Safety Bill in Albany
WKBW-TV ABC 7 (New York), May 24, 2016

Members of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation are asking legislators to pass a bill that would allow school bus companies and school districts to mount cameras on their buses. The legislation comes as instances of illegal passing of school buses hit an eight-month high. See related article by RochesterFirst.com. (WKBW-TV ABC 7 image)

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Drivers Refuse to Slow Down in Construction Zones
WCIA-TV CBS 3 (Illinois), May 23, 2016

Road construction workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in America. In 2014, there were more than 20 deaths. It’s the second-highest death rate for professions in the nation. … “There is no speed limit. Even though we have signs posted, people are going to run 70, 80 to 95. The only time they slow down is when we have state troopers.” (WCIA-TV CBS 3 image)

 

 

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Charges Filed Against Driver in Crash that Injured 2
Yakima Herald (Washington), May 24, 2016

Charges have been filed against the driver of an SUV accused of hitting and seriously injuring two teenage girls after they got off a school bus in Bremerton. The driver was charged Tuesday in Kitsap District Court with felony vehicular assault, for being under the influence of drugs and hit and run. The two girls, 13 and 14, were taken to a local hospital after the Monday afternoon crash. See related article from KIRO-TV Channel 7. (KIRO-TV Channel 7 image)

Student Hit by Vehicle in West Odessa
Odessa American (Texas), May 24, 2016

An elementary school student who had just been dropped off by a school bus was struck and injured Monday afternoon by a southbound vehicle, the Texas Department of Public Safety reported. Emergency responders did not consider the student’s injuries to be life threatening.

5 Children, 1 Adult Injured in School Bus Collision
MyNews13.com (Florida), May 23, 2016

Five children and a man were injured after an SUV crashed into a school bus in Haines City, according to police. The incident occurred when the school bus stopped to drop off students. The vehicle driver was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

 

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Red-Light Camera Report Shows Decrease in Crashes
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