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ATS Online Newsletter, Issue 4

December 30th, 2010 Comments off

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Teen Driver Runs Red Light, Learns Valuable Lesson
San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 29, 2010

The honesty in this California teen’s story is palpable. A self-confessed “absent-minded driver,” this young lady regularly took her eyes off the road to change the radio station or adjust her makeup. Then, she ran a red light. In less than half a second, she changed her life. Thankfully, this story isn’t about a tragic injury. Instead, it’s a powerful example of how Intersection Safety Cameras working with traffic laws can change driver behavior.  No longer does she take her eyes off the road. “I feel like I’m driving in a way that keeps me and others safe. And I get that nice little kick of the vague feeling of superiority that comes with following widely ignored rules.”
Her story is a must-read for teens and families because drivers under the age of 25 had the highest rate of involvement in fatal crashes of any age group in 2008 on a per population basis, according to the most recent figures available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Before you think about speeding, watch this Australia Speeding PSA on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfdbeecfiJo&feature=youtu.be

Poll Reflects Strong Support for Intersection Safety Cameras in Florida Counties
St. Petersburg Times, Dec. 29, 2010

Billy Faedo was stopped at a Tampa intersection on Christmas Eve when his light turned green. He prepared to turn left when a scooter flew past the front-end of his car.The helmet-less rider had just run a red light. “I could have just punched it, and this guy would have been on my hood,” said Faedo, 63. “I could have messed up his Christmas, and he could have messed up my Christmas.” That’s why Faedo said he gives the green light to red light cameras.

Motorist Dies in Collision with Red-Light Runner
The Olympian, Dec. 29, 2010

Federal Way police said a 21-year-old man was killed after another driver ran a red light in Federal Way early Wednesday. Witnesses told police the Suburban drove through the red light. A check of the city’s traffic camera installed at the intersection confirmed the Suburban ran through the red light.

1 Year after Installing Cameras, Collisions Fall 10% in Missouri City
KBIA 91.3, Dec. 28, 2010

The city of Columbia has released a summary of its red-light camera program for its first year of operation. Results show collisions at intersections with the cameras are down by a little more than 10 percent, from 157 to 142.

Intersection Safety Cameras Go to Work in Miami
Traffic Technology Today, Dec. 27, 2010

Miami’s red-light cameras are due to be activated on January 1. Unlike other locations, this program goes live without a grace period, which means drivers who are caught running a red light will not be getting any second chances.

More Charges Possible in Fatal Intersection Collision
Daily Herald, Dec. 24, 2010

Officials in Illinois are awaiting further evidence before deciding if additional charges will be filed against a Lisle man accused of killing a woman when he ran a red light in Waukegan.

“I’m glad for the red-light cameras if they succeed in slowing down the traffic on Ocean Beach Highway. I’m tired of being honked at and zoom-zoomed for driving the speed limit.”

— Jean Bruner, Longview, Wash.,
The Daily News, Dec. 26, 2010

 

Red-Light Cameras Are an Important Tool that Saves Lives
Opelika-Auburn News, Dec. 29, 2010

[Editor’s note: Even though this column was first published last year, it remains in circulation and delivers an important message about Intersection Safety Cameras.] My parents offered plenty of instruction, pointers and tips when I was learning to drive. Most valuable, however: “Never be the first car through an intersection.” Have you ever counted the cars that run red lights? I’ve counted as many as six at once. But I never thought much about red-light cameras – never, that is, until Mark Wandall.

Red-light running violations have declined 67 percent at two intersections in Temple Terrace, Fla., since September 2008 when Intersection Safety Cameras were installed. Source: The Tampa Tribune, Dec. 29, 2010.

The warning period for red-light running tickets in Hollywood, Fla., is in effect through Jan. 9, 2011. Currently five approaches use Intersection Safety Cameras. Source: City of Hollywood, Fla.

Millington, Tenn., ends its warning period on Dec. 30, 2010. After that date, the city will issue notices of violation to motorists who run red lights at locations with Intersection Safety Cameras. Source: City of Millington, Tenn.

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ATS’ Online Newsletter, Issue 3

December 22nd, 2010 Comments off

American Traffic Solutions employees Jeff Brown, in bucket, and Rich Hood install red-light cameras and software in Longview, Wash., on Dec. 17. The Daily News Photo by Bill Wagner

Last week WSJ posted this article http://on.wsj.com/f2pqeo about the decrease in car accidents since 2005. What factors do you think helped?

Incoming Cameras a Welcomed Addition to Florida Intersection
WEAR Channel 3, Dec. 20, 2010

Some drivers in Milton say they’re glad red-light cameras are going up at three busy intersections.

Red-Light Runner Caused Fatal Collision
Herald-Tribune, Dec. 22, 2010

A Palmetto man has died after a vehicle ran a red light and slammed into his truck on Honore Avenue, authorities say. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say the sport utility vehicle driver triggered the deadly wreck.

Cameras in Position in Longview, Wash.
The Daily News, Dec. 17, 2010

American Traffic Solutions began installing Intersection Safety Cameras in Longview, Wash., now that the Longview City Council agreed to try out the cameras in a pilot program that expires May 1, 2012.

It’s Become too Easy to Accept Traffic Crashes
The Commercial Appeal, Nov. 24, 2010
(Editor’s note. This article doesn’t fall within the past week’s news coverage, but its valuable message remains relevant for holiday travel and everyday driving.)

Imagine, says Russ Rader of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, if air travel led to 90 or more tragic, violent deaths every day. That would be the equivalent of what the United States has come to accept with its car-dependent culture. According to the IIHS, from 2005 to 2009, there were 3,092 deaths by crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday — 124 per day. … “There is a sense of complacency when it comes to traffic crashes,” said Leticia Messam, a spokeswoman for the AAA Auto Club, which calls the rate of motor-vehicle injuries and deaths in the United States a public health epidemic.

“It is my choice to break the law. If I’m caught, it’s my responsibility and the consequences of that is that I’m fined. The city isn’t making me speed, but it’s their authority to give me a ticket.”

— Karen Bates, interim principal, Einstein Elementary School
Redmond Reporter, Dec. 22, 2010

Warning Period Commences in Virginia City
Falls Church News Press, Dec. 17, 2010

The city of Falls Church is launching a new road safety program to prevent red-light running. The Falls Church Focus on Safety Program aims to protect drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians from injuries or crashes caused by red-light runners.

Take a look at how the city of Redmond, Wash., is reaching out to its residents about its new Road Safety Program.

This extensive report makes a strong case for broader use of Road Safety Programs throughout the United States. 2010 National Academies Report on Achieving Traffic Safety Goals

See what contributions two decades of photo enforcement have brought to the United States
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ATS’ Online Newsletter, Issue 2

December 16th, 2010 Comments off

A message from Jim Tuton, ATS President and CEO

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you to “Road Safety Ink,” the new, online newsletter from American Traffic Solutions.  Each week, Road Safety Ink will bring you the latest press releases, news clips, studies, reports and other important information about ATS, our subsidiaries and the photo enforcement industry.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be working to refine this newsletter.  We hope you’ll find it timely, helpful and informative.  Thanks in advance for being a part of ATS.  We look forward to sharing with you all of the great (and sometimes not so great) things that are happening around the country.

Our thoughts go out to the victim’s family. Red-light runner arrested for manslaughter in deadly crash. http://bit.ly/f4sEXt @Tucson_Police

Drivers learning to be more careful. http://bit.ly/fNQsck #safety #traffic #cameras

Safety Concerns Win Over Revenue Arguments in Los Angeles
KTLA.com, Dec. 14, 2010

The civilian board that ovesees the Los Angeles Police Department has agreed to continue a red-light camera program despite a low-ticket collection rate.

Hits and Misses, Volume I

Here are a few scary reminders for why driving safely is important.

 

Warning Period Begins in Florida City
News Channel 8, Dec. 15, 2010

Drivers who run red lights in Haines City could soon begin receiving warning letters. Red-light cameras are going online today with a one-month grace period, during which violators will receive only warnings.

Road Safety Program Preview Planned in Arizona City
Mohave Daily News, Dec. 13, 2010

A city council workshop to review red light cameras is being scheduled for spring 2011.

More Intersection Safety Cameras on Their Way to New Jersey Township
The Gloucester County Times, Dec. 12, 2010

As Monroe Township moves closer to finishing expansions to Black Horse Pike shopping areas and upgrades to the highway system itself, there will be a new addition that could prove both life-saving and fruitful for the township.

Intersection Cameras Offer a Sound Plan for Safe Streets
The Columbus Dispatch, Dec. 12, 2010

The red-light cameras in Columbus work exactly as they were intended. As much as they make some drivers grumble, the 18 cameras in operation since 2006, many of them Downtown, have proved their effectiveness at deterring red-light running and preventing crashes at intersections. So it makes sense to expand their use.

Stout Automobiles Protect Drivers
Victoria Advocate, Dec. 12, 2010

It is time to clarify what happens when local governments install red light cameras at intersections. Studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration make clear that the installation of cameras reduces the number of deaths and serious injury crashes at intersections.

A Vote for Safety Is a Vote for Cameras
The Missourian, Dec. 10, 2010

The debate will go on forever! Here and elsewhere the advisability of using cameras to catch motorists running red traffic lights is controversial. … However, after hearing the pros and cons for years about the cameras, we’d vote safety — keep them.

“We’re going to have people pretty upset they’re getting tickets, but we’ve done everything we can to get the message that the cameras will be there out to the public. It’s been in the paper. We’ve had notifications posted. It’s not a secret. If local residents get a ticket, it’s not like we’re targeting them. They should be pretty much aware by now.”

— Monroe Township Mayor Michael Gabbianelli
The Gloucester County Times, Dec. 12, 2010.

Drive Safely Work Week Participation Breaks Record
Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, Dec. 14, 2010

This year’s Drive Safely Work Week experienced the greatest level of participation in the campaign’s 14-year history. The expanded reach is attributed to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s continued emphasis on combating the issue of distracted driving and the many associations, publications and partners who helped spread the word.

This extensive report makes a strong case for broader use of Road Safety Programs throughout the United States. 2010 National Academies Report on Achieving Traffic Safety Goals

See what contributions two decades of photo enforcement have brought to the United States
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Welcome to Road Safety Ink – ATS’ Online Newsletter

December 9th, 2010 Comments off

A message from Jim Tuton, ATS President and CEO

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you to “Road Safety Ink,” the new, online newsletter from American Traffic Solutions.  Each week, Road Safety Ink will bring you the latest press releases, news clips, studies, reports and other important information about ATS, our subsidiaries and the photo enforcement industry.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be working to refine this newsletter.  We hope you’ll find it timely, helpful and informative.  Thanks in advance for being a part of ATS.  We look forward to sharing with you all of the great (and sometimes not so great) things that are happening around the country.

ATS_RoadSafety: @breakingPDXnews  camera opponents may be just 1 t-bone away from becoming proponents. http://bit.ly/fJLU4X #redlightcameras #safety

Close Calls on the Streets of Memphis
WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3, Dec. 7, 2010

L.A. Police Want to Continue Intersection Safety Cameras
Santa Maria Times, Dec. 9, 2010

The Police Department wants to continue its red-light camera enforcement program despite costing the city $2.5 million in the last two years due to a high number of uncollected tickets. A report released Thursday … said the cameras have shown to reduce collisions resulting from drivers running red lights at 32 city intersections.

Speed Camera Ticket Leads Police to Suspected Killer
The Arizona Republic, Dec. 9, 2010

Police reported that they have solved two savage and infamous Valley crimes: one a 21-year-old Arizona State University student dragged to death in May, the other a young Phoenix woman kidnapped, beaten, raped, shot and left for dead in the desert in 1999. … A photo-enforcement picture of the suspect driving a golden 2008 Dodge Charger, snapped May 8 in Tempe, was key to the arrest.

Town Touts Benefits of Road Safety Program
LIHerald.com, Dec. 9, 2010

Despite an increase in the number of rear-end crashes when red-light cameras were first installed, officials say that they have proven effective in reducing vehicular accidents in Nassau County.

3-Car Crash Investigation Keys on Red-Light Runner, Authorities Say
Whittier Daily News, Dec. 8, 2010

A three-car crash believed to have been caused by a red light runner sent a woman to the hospital Wednesday, officials said.

Judge Limits Red-Light-Camera Challenge in Orlando
Orlando Sentinal.com, Dec. 6, 2010

A state judge Monday ruled against class-action status for motorists caught on camera running red lights in Orlando, potentially saving the city from having to refund more than $4 million in fines.

Tucson Campaigns for Better Drivers
KOLD News TV-13, Dec. 6, 2010

Trying to change driver habits and save lives, that’s the goal with the Picture a Safer Tucson Campaign. Tucson Police Department is getting some help from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to launch public service announcements throughout Tucson. They will use any and all media available says Dan Judkins, UMC’s trauma educator.

Arnold, Mo., Extends Contract for Intersection Safety Cameras
STLToday.com, Dec. 6, 2010

In 2005, the city was the first in the state to install red light cameras to catch and ticket vehicles running red lights. It has red light cameras at four of its intersections. At its meeting Thursday, the Arnold City Council approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to extend the city’s contract with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) of Arizona to operate the city’s red light camera system. The contract was set to expire Dec. 5.

Injuries Decline with Intersection Safety Cameras
TheLeafChronicle.com, Dec. 9, 2010

Clarksville’s red-light camera program has not ended all wrecks at intersections. But then, no one ever thought it would serves as such a silver bullet. What the program appears to have accomplished, however, is a reduction in the more serious side-impact wrecks. According to police statistics, the number of angle crashes decreased from 72 in 2008 to 64 in 2009, when the cameras first were installed.

“Studies have shown throughout the nation that red light cameras help to reduce accidents. Safety is increased, lives are saved.”

— Memphis, Tenn., Councilman Myron Lowery
News Channel 3, WREG.com, Dec. 7, 2010

See what contributions two decades of photo enforcement have brought to the United States
Read the Institute of Transportation Engineers article

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