ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 37

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Shocking Video Serves as School Bus Safety Warning
KCCI-TV CBS 8 (Iowa), Aug. 24, 2016

Southeast Polk School officials hope shocking video of a girl getting hit by a car will serve as a safety reminder for drivers this year. The video, taken last January, shows a 15-year-old student getting out of her grandfather’s car to board a metro school bus. The girl is then hit by an oncoming car. “When I saw the video, my heart dropped,” said Dan Schultz, director of transportation for Southeast Polk Community School District. The impact injured the girl’s shoulder.

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Research Suggests Red-Light Camera Would Have Prevented Crash
Forbes (National), Aug. 19, 2016

Authorities are investigating a recent crash between two commuter buses that left two people dead and 17 others injured to determine if a driver ran a red-light. The incident occurred at a busy intersection in Newark that had its red-light camera system removed in 2014. … Would an active red-light camera at this intersection have saved two lives and prevented so many injuries in this instance? Recent research suggests that the answer is, yes. See related coverage from ABC News and CNN.  (CNN image)

 

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Driver Behavior on Agenda at Upcoming National Safety Meeting
Governors Highway Safety Association, Aug. 25, 2016

The nation’s chief highway safety leaders will hold their annual meeting Aug. 27-31 in downtown Seattle to emphasize the importance of safe driving behavior in an era of rapid technological advancement and recent data projecting that overall traffic deaths are increasing after years of decline. (Smithsonian Magazine/iStock image)

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Tenn. Attorney General Opinion Says Red-Light Camera Contracts OK
Knoxville News Sentinel (Tennessee), Aug. 23, 2016

The Tennessee attorney general has ruled cities that contract with red-light camera companies are in compliance with state law, expanding on an earlier opinion released in July. Attorney General Herbert Slatery, in his opinion Monday, said the state’s statute that requires a certified police officer determine whether laws were broken does not mean that others cannot examine video images first. Read opinion here.

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Motor Vehicle Fatalities Up 9%, No Sign of Decrease in Sight
MarketWatch (National), Aug. 23, 2016

Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate motor vehicle deaths were 9 percent higher through the first six months of 2016 than in 2015, and 18 percent higher than two years ago at the six month mark. … The upward trend began in late 2014 and shows no signs of decreasing. See National Safety Council news release here.

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Fayetteville Expands Red-Light Camera Program by 5
The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), Aug. 22, 2016

More red-light cameras used to fine scofflaws $100 are coming to five busy Fayetteville intersections. When the new cameras go up, either by the end of this year or early next year, they’ll bring the total to 15 cameras at 13 intersections. Since the first batch went up in July 2015, a total of 16,693 citations have been issued. (The Fayetteville Observer image by Johnny Horne)

 

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