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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 19
North Carolina Senate OKs Option for School Bus Cameras
WLOS-TV ABC 13, April 23, 2015
Local governments and school districts soon could have administrative tools to expand the use of cameras to reduce the number of motorists driving by stopped school buses loading and unloading children. The Senate voted Wednesday to allow counties to initiate ordinances that enforce state law already prohibiting vehicles from unlawfully passing buses when their stop arms swing open and lights flash. (WNCN-TV NBC 17 image)
Vehicle Crashes into Stopped School Bus; 2 Injured
Charlottesville Newsplex/Newsplex.com (Virginia), April 21, 2015
Police say two students suffered minor injuries after a Chesterfield County school bus was hit by a sport utility vehicle. Police tell media outlets that the bus had stopped to pick up students when it was hit in the rear by the SUV. The bus’ lights were flashing at the time. (WWBT-TV NBC 12 image)
Family of Boy Injured at School Bus Stop Files Lawsuit
WNCN-TV (North Carolina), April 21, 2015
The family of an 11-year-old boy in Apex, who was hit by a vehicle while trying to get on his school bus, has filed a civil lawsuit against the driver who hit him. … The Highway Patrol said the bus was picking up three students when the approaching driver failed to yield to the bus’ stop arm and flashing lights. … The driver told troopers that she did not see the bus because of dense fog.
School Buses Adopt Stop-Arm Safety Cameras
The Highline Times (Washington), April 19, 2015
Starting in June, those who ignore school buses with their stop signs out will face a hefty $394 ticket thanks to newly installed cameras on buses throughout Highline. … Currently five buses throughout Highline are equipped with the cameras with more buses expected to follow soon. … For the time being, enforcement officials will only send out warning notices to those caught through May while actual fines will go into effect in June. (Highline School District photo)
SUV Rear-Ends Stopped School Bus, 4 Injured
WTVD-TV ABC 11 (North Carolina), April 17, 2015
Fayetteville police say the driver of an SUV that rear-ended a school bus jumped and ran after the crash. The incident happened last week as the bus was stopped to let a student disembark. Three students and the bus driver were sent to the hospital and later released. (WTVD-TV ABC 11 image)
Tennessee Legislature Shows Support for School Zone Cameras
Reuters News Service, April 23, 2015
American Traffic Solutions, the nation’s leading provider of road safety cameras, applauds the Tennessee Legislature for their support of school zone speed safety cameras. By their action, lawmakers align their state with the latest efforts to improve traffic safety. The legislation permits communities in the state to continue to use lifesaving school zone speed safety cameras and speed cameras along dangerous sharply winding roads across Tennessee. HB 1372 now awaits signing into law by Gov. Bill Haslam. View pdf of press release here.
City, Police Officials in Texas Voice Support for Red-Light Cameras
Plano Star Courier, April 22, 2015
A new report from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis shows 420 people died in Texas in red-light running crashes from 2009-2013, the second highest total in the country. This new data comes at the same time Texas mayors, police chiefs, children’s safety experts, trauma officials and traffic safety advocates are urging state legislators to vote in support of red-light cameras in Texas, claiming the technology is effective in reducing red-light running and avoidable crashes. (The Dallas Morning News photo)
Speed Cameras Poised to Return to Sioux City, Iowa
KMEG-TV CBS 14 (South Dakota), April 20, 2015
A Woodbury County judge says Sioux City police can continue to operate four traffic cameras on state highways until a hearing next month. In that order, the judge prohibited the Iowa DOT from enforcing its order to remove the cameras. The cameras will stay operating until at least May 11th, when the city and DOT will appear in court to argue over the city’s request for a permanent injunction.
Town Board Moves Forward with Red-Light Camera Proposal
Times Herald Record (New York), April 10, 2015
The Wallkill Town Board voted 5-0 in favor of authorizing red-light cameras at two intersections on Route 2111, the region’s retail corridor. The measure moves to the state Legislature for approval. “Whether it goes through this session or next session, we’ve made the decision to move the matter forward,” Town of Wallkill Supervisor Dan Depew said.
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I-405 Deal Moves Forward in California
The Orange County Register, April 20, 2015
An agreement with Caltrans to build a toll lane and regular lane on I-405 is headed to the board of the Orange County Transportation Authority after a transit panel approved the tentative deal Monday. … The deal would see the California Department of Transportation spend $82 million toward construction of a toll lane running in both directions between the 73 toll road and the 22. (The Orange County Register file photo by staff photographer Stuart Paley)
New Hampshire Toll Lanes Get Enforcement Cameras
New Hampshire Union Leader, April 21, 2015
Toll evaders will soon have to face the music as the state rolls out the installation of enforcement cameras on all toll lanes on the N.H. Turnpike. Until now, cameras have existed on all dedicated E-ZPass lanes and open road tolling lanes. As part of the last phase of the state’s plan to cut down on evaders, cameras will be installed on all open toll lanes.
Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Save Lives
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), April 19, 2015
Someone please help me understand why the Texas Legislature would want to ban red-light cameras. Is it because people object when they are not allowed to break the law? … I have been hit twice by people running red lights and am lucky to be alive to talk about it. Whole families have not been as lucky. Why would the Texas Legislature even consider repealing laws that encourage safe driving?