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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 8

January 28th, 2011 Comments off

Road signs, press conferences and news stories are all a part of the public awareness campaign in Orange County, Fla., where 10 new intersection safety cameras are in place to issue warning notices to drivers who run red lights. Citations will be issued beginning Feb. 28. Photo by Fox 35 WOFL, Jan. 24, 2011.

Every year, red-light running injures 6,000 people and kills more than 100 in Florida, but intersection safety cameras cut those numbers nearly in half, says this news broadcast announcing the start of 10 new cameras in Orange County. See the video and article. NBC Channel 2, WESH, Jan. 24, 2011.

Orange County, Fla., Mayor Teresa Jacobs reminds the public that the new intersection safety cameras are in place to save lives. See the video and article. Fox 35 WOFL, Jan. 24, 2011

Hillsborough County breaks down how its revenue from red-light running fines is spent on road repairs, sheriff’s office, parks and other services. See the video and article. Fox 13, WTVT, Jan. 24, 2011

Police explain why drivers need to stop on red in Kansas City even when weather is snowy. See the video and article. NBCActionNews.com, Jan. 24, 2011  

Cameras Activated in Midtown Tucson; Warning Phase Begins
Arizona Daily Star, Jan. 27, 2011

Tucson’s next set of red-light enforcement cameras will begin snapping photos of red light runners at noon Friday. The red-light cameras at East Broadway and North Craycroft Road will capture images of motorists who violate two intersection-related violations: failure to stop for a red-light signal and speeding on the approach to the intersection.

Alabama City Considers Intersection Safety Cameras
The Auburn Plainsman, Jan. 27, 2011

The Opelika city administration is in the process of initiating a legislative act that would allow the installation of red-light cameras at dangerous intersections. … “We’ve talked to the Montgomery Police Department who has this system installed at the present time, and they are quite pleased with it,” Opelika police Chief Tommy Mangham said.

Redmond, Wash., Unveils Road Safety Program at Intersections, School Zone
Redmond Reporter, Jan. 26, 2011

The city of Redmond’s new Safety Camera Pilot Program — featuring three red-light cameras and a school-zone speeding camera — gets the green light Feb. 1. Redmond police will issue warning tickets through February and will begin issuing $124 fines in March.

Hundreds of Red-Light Runners Get Warnings in Longview, Wash.
The Daily News, Jan. 26, 2011

Longview police have sent out more than 300 warnings this month to red-light runners caught by the city’s new red-light traffic safety cameras. By the time all pending warnings are issued, police say, more than 400 violators will have been caught by cameras at three intersections during the monthlong “warning period.”

Mayor Addresses Start of Intersection Safety Cameras in Orange County, Fla.
WFTV Channel 9, Jan. 25, 2011

Cameras have recorded devastating proof of how dangerous running a red light can be. Now, Orange County is turning to red-light cameras to avoid dangerous crashes. “This program is not about collecting fines. It’s about preventing injuries. It’s about saving lives,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.

83-year-old Driver Tells Motorists to Mind Red Lights
Gazette.com, Jan. 26, 2011

I am in favor of the red-light camera tickets. Come on people! Obey the laws, drive sanely, and you won’t get a ticket.

Traffic Cameras Do Save Lives
TriCities.com, Jan. 26, 2011

We are writing in response to the recent media coverage of traffic safety cameras in the areas to express our support for this lifesaving technology. Throughout the country, traffic safety cameras deter red-light running, slow traffic on our streets and save lives.

Intersection Safety Cameras Are Worth Keeping
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), Jan. 25, 2011

Red-light cameras are used in 20 cities in Tennessee, including Murfreesboro, and we hope the system is here to stay. … And while some state lawmakers are considering regulation on the operation of the cameras and even an outright ban, we say why not punish those who break the law and put the lives of others in danger? If you don’t like the cameras, don’t run red lights.

Temecula Needs Red Light Cameras
TemeculaPatch.com, Jan. 24, 2011

My car is idling at the red light and I am at the front of the line. The light turns green, and in an orderly, rational universe, my next action should be to put my foot on the accelerator and make my way through the intersection to my destination. If I do the rational thing, however, I will T-bone the handful of cars in front of me that is crowding the intersection waiting to get onto the 15 north. But what’s this? Five more cars turn left on the red light to make their way to the far right lane leading to the freeway. … If there was a ray gun waiting to zap them into vapor if they ran the red, they’d think twice. Sadly, red-light ray-gun blasters don’t exist. But red-light cameras do. When, oh, when is Temecula going to get some of those?

Police Presence Plentiful in Town with Red-Light Cameras
Chattanooga Times Free Press, Jan. 24, 2011

Red Bank has been the brunt of criticism and jokes, but there’s no other place in the Chattanooga area that I feel safer.

@icbc has a road safety #flipbook! An easy and interactive way to educate yourself about road safety! Check it out: bit.ly/fdHyjB

This program is doing exactly what it was intended to do, and that is to save lives.”

— Sgt. Matthew MacWillie, Los Angeles Police Department
Los Angeles Daily News, Dec. 14, 2010

 

Side impact crashes accounted for 27 percent of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in the United States in 2009.
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Side Crash Test Ratings and Occupant Death Risk in Real-World Crashes, January 2011.

Crashes in Montgomery, Ala., fell nearly 82 a month (7,285 to 6,552) from the nine-month period without cameras in 2007 to the same time period with cameras in 2008. Traffic related fatalities also dropped from 36 in 2007 to eight in 2010. Source: The Auburn Plainsman, Jan. 27, 2011. 

Side-angle crashes at six of Murfreesboro Tennessee’s most dangerous intersections fell by a total of 58, or 17 percent, between 2008 and 2009, the first and second years in which the cameras were in operation, according to Murfreesboro Police Department statistics. Less dangerous rear-end crashes went up by a total of 17 wrecks, or 3 percent, to 588 in 2009 compared with 571 in 2008. Total crashes, including rear-end collisions, side-angle collisions and other collisions have fallen by almost 5 percent, from 926 in 2008 to 885 in 2009. Source: Daily News Journal (Tennessee), Jan. 25, 2011.

Tickets for red-light running have fallen 58 percent in Kansas City, Mo., since intersection safety cameras were installed. Source: NBC Action News, Jan. 24, 2011. 

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 7

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Phoenix Driver with 11 Photo Enforcement Citations Arrested
ABC15.com, Jan. 19, 2011

Police arrested a Phoenix woman after she allegedly racked up nearly a dozen photo enforcement citations at various locations around Scottsdale since August 2010.

California City Moves to Renew Contract with ATS
Murrieta Patch, Jan. 19, 2011

Red light cameras will stay in Murrieta and more will be added, says a city council vote on Jan. 18. Four of five councilmembers supported renewing the contract.

Camera Approval Process Begins in New Jersey Township
PressofAtlanticCity.com, Jan. 18, 2011

With Hamilton Township Committee’s recent 3-2 vote, American Traffic Solutions can now work with the state Department of Transportation to determine if intersection safety cameras are needed to improve traffic safety at a selected location in the township.

Massachusetts City Wants Intersection Safety Cameras
The Berkshire Eagle, Jan. 18, 2011

Pittsfield’s City Council President Gerald M. Lee is leading the city’s campaign to crack down on drivers who run red lights. Lee, a former city police chief, wants intersection safety cameras installed to take digital photographs of vehicles running red lights.

Connecticut’s Towns Call for Traffic Cameras
The Hartford Courant, Jan. 17, 2011

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities is once again planning to ask the state legislature to approve the use of traffic cameras that automatically send tickets to people who speed or run through stoplights.

Cameras Go Live in Haines City, Fla.
Lakeland Ledger (theLedger.com) Jan. 14, 2011

After a one-month trial period during which more than 1,300 warnings were mailed to violators, the red light cameras at five Haines City intersections went live at midnight, Jan. 14.

Key Biscayne, Fla., Turns on 1st Intersection Safety Camera
Key Biscayne Times, Jan. 14, 2011

Key Biscayne will activate its first red light camera … but motorists who run through red lights won’t get a ticket – yet. The warning period starts on Jan. 17 and lasts for 30 days.

Orange County, Fla., identifies more than 400 red-light runners a day at 10 intersections, where cameras will soon be used to detect violators for ticketing. As this video shows, the danger is real.  Read article.

With the warning period at an end, Falls Church, Va., is now issuing citations from its intersection safety cameras. Police Sgt. Pilar Uelmen explains her city’s new system to the public and why it’s important now. View video and article.

Double trouble! This red-light runner barely misses a bicyclist and a vehicle crossing an intersection in Surfside, Fla. View video.

Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported in this collision captured by an intersection safety camera in Excelsior Springs, Mo. View video.

Police can’t be at every corner, or at every stoplight. bit.ly/hHuJNS.

 

Hamilton Township in Atlantic County, N.J., has selected American Traffic Solutions to be its road safety camera program provider, and the city of Ferguson, Mo., finalized a contract with ATS this week.

Intersection safety cameras were debated on the nationally syndicated McLaughlin Group television program on Jan. 14. The report began with video footage of Philadelphia’s program, then turned into a broad discussion on their use and their legal standing in the country. This national stage produced several favorable comments, including one from Pat Buchanan. You may watch and listen to the video beginning on minute 21:21, or read the transcript.

I think it’s perfectly legitimate, quite frankly, and I don’t think there’s any constitutional question whatsoever. I think it’s going to stand up. They’re all over D.C.”

— Pat Buchanan, author and commentator 

Intersection safety cameras have “accomplished their mission” at two locations in Murrieta, says police Cpl. Jay Froboese. Over the past five years, violations have fallen from 25 a day at one location and 40 a day at the second intersection to less than one a day at both locations. The Press Enterprise, Jan. 18, 2011.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 6

January 14th, 2011 Comments off

This handwritten note to ATS included in a recent violation payment illustrates how intersection safety cameras are saving lives and changing driver behavior.  Notes like this make all of us feel good about what we do each day to make life safer and easier on the road ahead.   Thanks to our team in Knoxville, TN for sharing it with us.

We also urge you to pay special attention to three personal stories in the Commentaries section of this edition of Road safety Ink.  They are all very personal reminders of the dangers and consequences of red-light running.

In other developments …

In Bellingham, Wash., city officials are moving forward with a program to install red-light cameras at four intersections and speed cameras in two school zones. The Bellingham City Council voted to allow the cameras for at least a year.

The Bellingham Herald/Tacoma News Tribune photo, Jan. 7, 2011

Haddon Heights, N.J., signed the first contract of the new year with American Traffic Solutions. Boulder, Colo., was the second. Also signing this year is the Village of El Portal in Florida.

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Police Officer Injured when Semi Runs Red Light
WFTV.com Channel 9, Jan. 11, 2011

Sgt. Jim Jicha was making his way through a busy intersection in Lake County Florida when a truck driver ran the red light and slammed right into him. He was T-boned by a fully loaded gravel truck, more than 10 times the weight of his cruiser. Jicha survived. Read article.

New York City Wants to Use Speed Cameras to Catch Lead-Foot Drivers
CBS New York, Jan. 10, 2011

The talk of using road safety cameras in the city to discourage speeders brings favorable comments from New York residents. Read article.

Severe Crashes Down at Crossing with Cameras, Study Finds
NewsTribune.com, Jan. 13, 2011

More motorists have been getting into fender-benders but the number of fatalities and serious injuries has fallen significantly since red-light cameras were installed at 88 intersections on Missouri highways. The state’s  Highways and Transportation Commission declared the traffic enforcement experiment a success and unanimously approved a procedure for cities and counties to utilize the cameras.

Red-Light Runners Suspected in 2 Fatal Crashes
Houston Chronicle, Jan. 9, 2011

Two fatal collisions that occurred within hours and a few miles of each other in southwest Houston on Jan. 9 involved drivers who ran red lights, police said.

Florida City Readies Intersection Safety Cameras
First Coast News, Jan. 6, 2011

Next month, Green Cove Springs police will begin citing red-light runners using cameras that catch drivers in the act. … “This is about public safety,” said Police Chief Bobby Musco. “If you go to a T-bone crash at an intersection, somebody is going to be hurt. This is about public safety. ”

System of Red Light Cameras Should be Expanded
The Kansas City Star, Jan. 9, 2011

As we head into the new year, decision makers in Missouri will address the future of intersection safety cameras. There are a few key facts that they need to keep in mind before making any decisions. First, these cameras are reducing crashes, saving lives and preventing serious injuries.

Years after Tragedy, Family Still Wonders What Might Have Been
Columbia Daily Tribune, Jan. 9, 2011

I appreciate the Tribune’s recent editorial support for intersection safety cameras for a deeply personal reason. My 10-year-old daughter, Kayla Tremeear, died after our van was struck by a red-light runner on Dec. 29, 2002, in our former hometown of Arnold. Our family celebrates Kayla’s life. But because the anniversary of her untimely death comes during the year-end holidays, there is sadness in what should be a time of joy.

Survivor Knows Intersection Safety Cameras Save Lives
The Destin Log, Jan. 8, 2011

Nearly seven years ago, my husband was killed by a red-light runner. This tragic accident propelled me into a career of advocacy, and ultimately made me the woman behind the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act.

What’s the Ultimate Selfish Act? Running a Red Light
Oanow.com, Dec. 29, 2010

[Editor’s note: Here’s a strong message to close out one year and open a new one.] In April 2009, I wrote a column supporting the use of cameras to catch red-light runners. It is a continually worsening problem, and we don’t – or just won’t – allocate enough money to enable our policemen and women to stop it. But it is a serious public safety issue.

“Would you prefer an officer patrolling your neighborhood to prevent burglaries and robberies, or do you want an officer sitting on the side of the street watching a red light…? This is technology, this is the future.”

—  Police Chief Bobby Musco, Green Cove Springs, Fla.
First Coast News, Channel 12, Jan. 6, 2011

Crashes dropped roughly 22 percent at the Blackwood-Clementon intersection in Gloucester Township, N.J., from 2009 to 2010, in part due to the cameras. Source: Philly.com (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Jan. 8, 2011

ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 5

January 6th, 2011 Comments off

Sharing the Message through Social Media
American Traffic Solutions and its customers have an important message to share  — Intersection Safety Cameras change driver behavior and save lives. To help spread it, ATS is now on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and FourSquare.  We invite all of our readers to visit us and to share our links with their colleagues, allies, friends and families.

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ATS has been selected to provide Road Safety Programs in three New Jersey locations: Hasbrouck Heights, Union Township and Haddon Heights.

In Millington, Tenn., Intersection Safety Cameras are getting noticed for all the right reasons. (Read the article.)

It’s #2011 and time for resolutions…Driving safely. @CityofMiami installing cameras & saving lives! Read more: http://bit.ly/gISByv #ATS

Stop! In the Name of the Law!
Daily Herald-Tribune (Canada), Jan. 5, 2011

Police will pay closer attention to intersections this month, because motorists are not. It is Intersection Safety Month on the provincial law enforcement calendar. Law enforcment officials will target unsafe behaviors, such as rolling through intersections, running stop signs and lights, speeding and following too closely.

ATS Employee Alerts Police to Suspicious Device
KOLD Channel 13, Jan. 2, 2011

Traffic was open and residents of an east side apartment complex were allowed to go home after a suspicious device was deemed safe Sunday afternoon. The device was found at a bus stop on Golf Links Road near Mann Avenue shortly before Noon by an American Traffic Solutions employee who had just finished doing photo radar traffic enforcement in Tucson Police Department’s van. It appeared to be a pipe wrapped in aluminum foil and duct tape, the ATS employee said. He called 911 to report it.

Pedestrian Deaths Bring Warning to Walkers, Bicyclists, Drivers
The Herald, Jan. 1, 2011

Too many pedestrians have been hit by cars in the past few weeks, and local safety experts want it to stop. Two serious wrecks took place in Marysville, Wash., in December alone.

Driver Runs Red Light, Collides with Police Cruiser
DestinLog.com, Jan. 1, 2011

A woman crashed her vehicle into an officer’s patrol car after running a red light in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., according to the police.

“In regards to the letters complaining about Laurel’s speed cameras, I would like to quote the good advice bestowed upon me by my late father-in-law, William Thayer: There’s a good way to avoid the negative repercussions of being caught in a speed camera; don’t speed.”

— Steven Haversack, Laurel, Maryland
Laurel Leader (ExploreHoward.com), Jan. 5, 2011

 

Driving Habits are Improving
News-Journal.com, Jan. 5, 2011

Since the cameras were installed in Longview, Texas, I can definitely tell the difference in people’s driving habits. When the light changes to yellow, people find the brake pedal instead of the gas pedal.

Safer Streets in Jackson, a Welcomed Change
JacksonSun.com, Jan. 4, 2011

A particular item in a recent memo from Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist to Jackson City Council members got our attention: There as been a significant improvement in traffic safety in the city since 2007. That’s an improvement everyone can live with. The statistics are remarkable.

Let’s Make Red-Light Cameras More Effective
Columbia Daily Tribune, Dec. 30, 2010

The initial report of red-light camera use in Columbia is encouraging: Citations are carefully issued, the resulting revenue covers the cost of the system and violations are diminished. But it could be even better.

The city of Jackson, Tenn., has gone 500 days without a traffic fatality. Furthermore, traffic crashes citywide have fallen 10 percent since Intersection Safety Cameras were installed in 2007. Source: JacksonSun.com.