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Thrall ISD interviewing SI candidates


Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 1:00 am


Thrall ISD interviewing SI candidates

Amanda Sena

Taylor Daily Press

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Thrall ISD is moving closer to finding a new
superintendent.

According to Ernie Laurence, interim superintendent for TISD since
April, the school board is currently in the interviewing process
for the position.

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Study: Frontage roads have more crashes

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A study by a University of Texas Engineering professor and his team, suggests accidents are higher at intersections along frontage roads. And accidents are three times more likely at intersections with flashing red and yellow lights.

“I feel like the frontage road intersection with the highway is far more dangerous,” said Austin driver Charlie Chamberlain.

The study , led by Cockrell School of Engineering Professor Chandra Bhat and his graduate students, Marisol Castro and Rajesh Paleti, examines which types of intersections are most dangerous for drivers. Data was collected by the Texas Department of Transportation , and showed that intersections along the frontage roads of major highways pose the greatest risk for accidents.

The accidents are attributed to drivers not slowing down enough from the freeways, and because of quick lane changes on the frontage roads near the intersections.

“I’m more of an aggressive drivers, so I’m trying to focus on where I need to go, so that might be another reason people get hit or car accidents,” said driver Alex Finch.

The research also showed accidents at intersections with flashing red or yellow lights are three times more likely. Bhat suggests drivers may be confused about how to respond to flashing lights, or the results could be linked to the fact that flashing lights are typically installed at intersections that can already be dangerous to begin with.

Bhat’s study will be presented at the annual National Transportation Research Board Meeting in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22-26.

Researchers hope the findings lead to improved guidelines on how to design and construct safer intersections

You can read the rest of this article at: http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/austin/certain-intersections-have-more-crashes

More crime cameras needed, police say

AUSTIN (KXAN) – In 2012, Austin police is hoping to expand the number of digital “eyes” they have access to.

APD is actually considering joining forces with businesses that already have surveillance cameras up and running.

Earlier this year, APD installed more than two dozen cameras in the downtown and Rundberg and I-35 area .

The cameras are monitored by officers in the real time crime center and it gives them an unparalleled view of what is going on and monitor any suspicious activity. 

Now, they’re hoping to expand the spots where they can remotely view what’s happening, by tapping into web-based security cameras that businesses are already using.

Just because a business decides to join forces with APD doesn’t mean it will be an open invitation for APD to look in on those cameras.

“When we’re talking about taking a business camera – especially an interior camera – we would have agreements. It’s not like we’re just going to monitor it at random. It’s not a random monitoring. It’s only going to be if there’s a call at that location,” said Lt. Patrick Cochran.

In the case of a bank robbery for example, if APD had remote access to that particular bank’s camera, they may be able to see the bank robbery as it is happening or be able to follow a criminal leaving the scene.

Police said this is phase three of the Higher Activity Location Observation (HALO) project.

You can read the rest of this article at: http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/austin/apd-wants-to-expand-crime-cameras