ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 18

City of Doral Red-Light Safety Camera Video
City of Doral Facebook page (Florida), Aug. 25, 2017

The City of Doral released a red-light safety camera program video notifying drivers about the upcoming live citation date for their red-light safety cameras on September 1st and to remember to stop on red and save a life!

City of Mesa Police Department Red-Light Running Video
City of Mesa Police Department Facebook page (Arizona), Aug. 23, 2017

It’s Facebook and everyone loves to see themselves on Facebook right? Wrong! Don’t run red lights and you won’t find yourself on our low lights reel. Don’t drive distracted and Don’t run red lights.

This message is brought to you by the men and women of the Mesa Police Department who don’t want to stand in the heat with you while we all suffer through your accident report. Have a Safe Day!

Collision Results from Red-Light Running
The News-Press (Florida), Aug. 21, 2017

A Lee County school bus was involved in a crash in south Fort Myers when a car ran a red light and struck the bus as it made a left turn. One of the two students on the bus suffered a minor injury. (The News-Press image by Amanda Inscore)

School Bus Stop Arm Cameras Catch Thousands in Austin
Austin American-Statesman (Texas), Aug. 17, 2017

Austin area drivers paid $3.6 million in fines over a 17-month period for allegedly passing school buses illegally by not stopping after its flashing lights or stop arm are activated. … Nearly 20,700 tickets have been issued since the Austin district started its school bus stop arm safety program in February 2016. (Austin American-Statesman/Austin ISD image)


Capitola Extends Red-Light Safety Camera Program
Santa Cruz Sentinel (California), Aug. 24, 2017

The Capitola City Council has voted to keep the red-light safety cameras up for two more years. Since the cameras were installed in 2005 to catch red-light violations, traffic crashes at the two intersections have decreased by 94 and 74 percent, respectively. “That corridor, the busiest in Capitola, is safer because of this program,” said Capitola Police Chief Terry McManus. (Santa Cruz Sentinel image by Dan Coyro)

2 Injured in Intersection Crash; Red-Light Running Suspected
Austin American Statesman (Texas), Aug. 23, 2017

A pickup truck apparently ran a red light before hitting a school bus carrying two students in Northeast Austin. A spokeswoman for the Austin Independent School District said first reports suggest the pickup driver ran the red light before hitting the bus.

Arkansas Lawmakers Weigh Idea of Red-Light Cameras
KTHV-TV CBS 11 (Arkansas), Aug. 18, 2017

Arkansas lawmakers are considering a proposal to install cameras at traffic signals to catch drivers who run the red light. State Rep. Justin Boyd said that under the current law, municipalities are not allowed to use traffic signal cameras to regulate traffic. Boyd is one of the lawmakers pushing for a study on whether red-light cameras would make Arkansas’ roadways safer. (KUAR News/Radio FM89.1 image by Michael Hibblen)


CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Parent Watches Cars Speed By As Her Child Gets On School Bus
News5 (Alabama), Aug. 29, 2017

Kelli Singley, a concerned parent, pulled out her cell phone to record drivers rushing past the school bus as it pulled up to let her young son climb on board in Theodore.

In Alabama, the law doesn’t allow drivers to pass a stopped school bus on any road unless it’s a divided highway of at least four lanes and the driver is on the opposite side of the thoroughfare from the bus.

School Bus Stop Arm Program fights to expand in Northern Virginia (Virginia), Aug. 28, 2017

Hector Girom has been a school bus driver with Arlington County Public Schools for nearly two decades, and for as long as he can recall, people have been passing his bus even when it’s red lights are activated.

It’s an act that has killed over 400 children nationwide in the past 40 years, according to the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at North Carolina State University.

Drivers beware: Police out in force to make sure new school year starts safely
News Observer (North Carolina), Aug. 28, 2017

Police are out in force across Wake County this week to enforce traffic laws and protect traditional-calendar students who are beginning a new school year.

More than 730 Wake County school buses are back on the road transporting more than 70,000 riders now that summer vacation is over. Law enforcement agencies such as the Cary Police Department and Wake County Sheriff’s Office have extra personnel in and around school zones to make sure drivers and students are obeying traffic safety laws.

Students Struck While Getting Off Bus
WJBO-Radio 1150AM/97.7FM (Louisiana), Aug. 18, 2017

Two students are recovering from what are said to be non-serious injuries received when they were hit by a car in Baton Rouge after getting off their school bus. The collision occurred when police say the children darted across the street as the bus pulled away. The driver of the car remained at the scene. See related news at Houston Chronicle.

NHTSA Report Puts School Bus Fatality Data in Perspective
School Bus Fleet Magazine, Aug. 17, 2017

An average of 30 school-age children are killed each year in school-transportation-related crashes — most of them outside of the bus or in other vehicles — according to newly updated federal data.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released an August 2017 edition of its School-Transportation-Related Crashes report, covering the 10-year period from 2006 to 2015. The report shows school bus fatalities accounting for a fraction of a percent of overall vehicle fatalities.

According to NHTSA, from 2006 to 2015, there were 324,710 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,172 (0.4%) were classified as being related to school transportation.

NTSB underscores problem of speeding on local roads (Maryland), Aug. 17, 2017

The National Transportation Safety Board is calling out government officials at all levels, urging them to take speed enforcement more seriously, after new data revealed an average of 10,000 speed-related traffic deaths each year.

Speed Cameras Are a Driver’s Best Friend (New York), Aug. 29, 2017

America needs more of them. A lot more. (speed cameras). One easy, inexpensive and effective way to save thousands of lives every year would be to equip American highways and city streets with speed cameras.


@ATS_RoadSafety School Bus Stop Arm Program fights to expand in Northern Virginia #StopArmSafety

@ATS_RoadSafety  National School Bus Safety Week is quickly approaching! Join our event @  Use #NSBSW2017 @NAPTHQ

Backed by the National Association for Pupil Transportation, National School Bus Safety Week is held during the third full week of October each year. According to NAPT, this week is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties – to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Designed to promote school bus safety, school districts throughout the country observe School Bus Safety Week. Learn more at This year’s theme is #STOPONRED.

Using the hashtag #NSBSW2017, join the conversation on social and spread the message to keep our kids safe as they head to and from school. ATS is supporting National School Bus Safety week by partnering with schools and law enforcement nationwide to remind motorists of the laws to obey and safe practices to take when approaching a school bus.

City of Mesa Police DepartmentThank you American Traffic Solutions for your generosity in sponsoring the last three M.E.S.A. (Making Every Student Accountable) Program classes. We hope this plaque helps convey appreciation from our department, the program participants, and the community.

Commentary: For a Lifetime of Safe Driving, Start Now
Community Newspapers/West Park News (Florida) Aug. 23, 2017

Like most folks, I enjoy driving. It’s traffic that I dislike. Mostly, I’m not a fan of traffic because of its many surprises, some of which can easily wreck anyone’s day. With this week being National Stop on Red Week, I’d like to take a moment to ask drivers to take stock of their behavior behind the wheel, especially at intersections.

“The No. 1 reason we started this program is to start a safety culture and to educate the public. When a school bus has flashing lights on, the purpose is for loading and unloading students.”

Kris Hafezizadeh, Executive Director of Transportation of Austin ISD
My Statesman (Texas), Aug. 17, 2017