ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 4

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Traffic Deaths Claimed 110 Lives a Day in 2016; Set New High
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), Feb. 15, 2017

A jump in traffic fatalities last year pushed deaths on U.S. roads to their highest level in nearly a decade, erasing improvements made during the Great Recession and economic recovery, a leading safety organization said today. Fatalities rose 6 percent in 2016, reaching an estimated 40,200 deaths compared to 37,757 deaths the previous year, according to the National Safety Council. … The last time there were more than 40,000 fatalities in a single year was in 2007, just before the economy tanked. There were 41,000 deaths that year. View National Safety Council report here. See related article by the Chicago Tribune. (National Safety Council graphic)


Police: Collision at 65 mph Kills Grandmom, Grandchild
WFMZ-TV Channel 69 (Pennsylvania), Feb. 15, 2017

An investigator testified Wednesday that the Bucks County woman accused of killing an Allentown woman and her grandchild last month was driving about 65 mph when she slammed into their car at an intersection. … Allentown police Sgt. David McDonald testified that a city traffic camera captured the speeding vehicle pass through a red light and T-boning the passing car. See related coverage at LehighValleyLive.com. (Image by Kurt Bresswein for lehighvalleylive.com)


Police Work with Schools to Crack Down on Drivers Passing Buses
WHEC-TV NBC 10 (New York), Feb. 15, 2017

Parents in Irondequoit say they’re fed up watching drivers illegally pass their kids’ school buses every morning and afternoon. Carol Garofolo is one of them. She says, “If you have a driver’s license and you’re going to work, you’re a grown up, act like it.” It’s an issue that police have recently given more attention to. … As it stands now, police officers can only issue a ticket if they see a driver illegally pass a school bus. Because of limited staffing, that’s not always possible. (WHEC-TV NBC 10 image)


Red-Light Cameras Capture Terrifying Crashes
USAToday, Feb. 13, 2017

The worst red-light running crashes in the U.S. can be seen on this video compiled by American Traffic Solutions for 2016. (USA Today/ATS image)


Seeing Red-Light Runners in Jonesboro
KAIT-TV ABC 8 (Arkansas), Feb. 9, 2017

There are 85 stoplights in the city of Jonesboro. Each one of them designed to make you slow down and eventually stop. Some drivers only consider those stoplights a suggestion. … In 2016, officers with the Jonesboro Police Department ticketed 255 drivers for running a red light. It could have been much more. Police Sgt. George Martin says it’s not always easy to pull over a driver who has run a red light, even if it happens right in front of an officer. “Sometimes you can’t get to that person,” Martin said. “I could put a citizen in danger trying to get to them.” (KAIT-TV ABC 8 image)

 

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Young Millennials Top List of Worst Drivers
Miami Herald (Florida), Feb. 15, 2017

According to a new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the youngest millennials, those 19 to 24 years old, topped the list of the worst-behaved U.S. drivers, with 88 percent of them having engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days. The dangerous behaviors included texting while driving, red-light running and speeding. See the AAA 2016 Traffic Safety Culture Index report here.  (AAA image)


San Francisco Legislator Wants Cameras to Slow Speeders
KPIX-TV CBS 5 (California), Feb. 12, 2017

California assemblyman David Chiu has introduced a bill that would make automatic speed-enforcement cameras and ticketing legal in the state. If passed, Assembly Bill 342 would let San Francisco and San Jose install traffic cameras to capture images of any vehicle traveling 10 mph over the posted speed limit. (KNTV-TV NBC 11 image)


Grace Period Ends for New Orleans’ Mobile Safety Cameras
The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com (Louisiana), Feb. 11, 2017

The grace period for New Orleans’ new battalion of mobile speed safety cameras ended Feb. 9. Drivers caught speeding by one of the 10 new mobile cameras around town are now on the hook for the $105 fine. The city will continue to install 45 new cameras at 32 sites to complement the 66 already in use at 42 locations. After focusing first on school zones, the full roll out will conclude in April. (WWL-TV CBS 4 image)


Tie Vote Gives Green Light to Red-Light Cameras
WJXT-TV Channel 4 (Florida), Feb. 7, 2017

The annual effort to ban red-light cameras in Florida crashed Tuesday when the Senate Transportation Committee rejected the idea in a tie vote. … The key vote came from committee Chairman George Gainer, who said he opposed the bill because he believed it should be left up to the local governments to decide whether to install the devices. (TBO.com image)

 

Fifth-Grader Dies in Collision after Exiting His School Bus
GoErie.com (Pennsylvania), Feb. 11, 2017

A fifth-grade boy at Wattsburg Area Middle School has died of injuries he suffered when he was struck by a vehicle after exiting his school bus in Greenfield Township on Thursday afternoon. … The collision happened on Feb. 9.


Maryland Could Up Penalties for Ignoring Stopped School Buses
WTOP-Radio 1500 AM (Washington, D.C.), Feb. 10, 2017

It’s already Maryland law: drivers must stop when a school bus comes to a halt, extends a stop arm, and turns on red flashing lights to let students on or off the bus. But Maryland lawmakers and police, frustrated with the number of drivers who continue to violate that law, are calling for an increase in civil penalties. (WMDT-TV ABC 47 image)

 

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Cashless Tolls On Their Way to Bayonne Bridge
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), Feb. 13, 2017

Motorists can say goodbye to the Bayonne Bridge toll plaza. The Port Authority announced Monday morning that Bayonne Bridge would be the bi-state agency’s first crossing to use cashless tolling. … One of the biggest benefits for drivers will be that they won’t need to slow down to pass through a plaza, said Allison C. de Cerreno, assistant director of tunnels, bridges and terminals for the Port Authority. … The move to cashless tolls is expected to save the Port Authority money in both the short and long term. (The Jersey Journal image by Reena Rose Sibayan)

Customer Numbers Grow as More Washingtonians Choose Tolls
Covington, Maple Valley, Black Diamond Reporter (Washington), Feb. 12, 2017

During fiscal year 2016, Good To Go!, Washington State’s automatic toll payment system, served more than 673,000 customer accounts and processed approximately 46.6 million toll transactions, a 24 percent increase from the previous year. The I-405 express toll lanes, which were operational for nine months of the fiscal year accounted for much of the growth in transactions.