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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 12

February 24th, 2011 Comments off


The Desert Sun photo by Brian Indrelunas

Authorities say the 47-year-old driver of the white pickup truck died about 15 minutes after this collision in Palm Springs. Witnesses told police the pickup driver ran a red light. The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, California). Feb. 17, 2011. See The Desert Sun’s related commentary below.

 

Florida Public Awareness Campaign Debuts
The Auto Channel.com, Feb. 23, 2011

A public awareness campaign was launched this week  to highlight the lifesaving benefits of intersection safety programs across the state of Florida. The new campaign, known as Stop On Red, includes a compelling new public service announcement that can be viewed at http://stoponred.org/

What people around the region are saying about red light cameras. Washington Post. wapo.st/ghY4RU

Despite pressure to put the brakes on a red-light safety camera plan, the mayor of Sunrise Florida presses ahead with the plan he says will save lives. The attached video shows the dangers drivers face on the road from red-light runners. See video and article. The Sun Sentinel (Florida), Feb. 23, 2011 

The free ride could be over for people challenging tickets they get from unmanned cameras for running red lights in West Palm Beach. Unlike last month, when nearly everyone left court smiling and waving papers that showed their tickets had been dismissed, most who appeared before a traffic hearing officer Tuesday were ordered to pay fines and $106 in court costs. See video and article.  Palm Beach Post (Florida), Feb. 23, 2011

Austin police say red-light running collisions are on the decline at intersections with red light safety cameras, but the message in their recently released video is that the danger remains all too real. See video and article.  KTBC-TV 7 (Texas), Feb. 22, 2011

An 11-year-old girl is dead after a speeding truck ran two red lights and collided with three vehicles outside a mall in Arizona. The girl’s mother and brother were taken to the hospital. See video and article. KTVK Channel 3 (Phoenix), Feb. 21, 2011

Seeing is believing. The Hillsboro County Sheriff’s Office is attracting media attention with its video that shows driver after driver running red lights in the area. See video and article. WTVT Fox 13 News (Florida), Feb. 19, 2011

Drivers and a pedestrian say they’re all for red light safety cameras in Springfield, Mass., where city councilor James Ferrera wants to use the cameras to catch red-light runners. See the video and article. WWLP NBC 22 News, Feb. 19, 2011


Tim Eyman — The Stranger.com photo by Eli Sanders 

Will Tim Eyman Stop at Nothing?
OneStopNewsStand.com, Feb. 24, 2011

Initiative profiteer Tim Eyman [known for dressing up as Darth Vader and other outrageous media stunts] seems determined to rid Washington’s intersections of red light safety cameras, even if it kills him. Or you. Or the 700-or-so Americans who die each year due to red-light running.

After 2 Years Away, Red Light Safety Cameras Return to Frisco, Texas
The Dallas Morning News, Feb. 23, 2011

Three new red light safety cameras will be activated on Friday in Frisco. … This is Frisco’s first return to the cameras in two years. The city had red light safety cameras from 2005 to 2009, but stopped the program when its vendor contract expired.

Iowa Law Officers Defend Red Light Safety Cameras
Sioux City Journal.com, Feb. 22, 2011

Law officers from cities that operate speed and red light safety cameras made a show of force Tuesday at the Statehouse in support of the automated traffic-enforcement systems.

Maine Lawmaker’s Proposal Would Lift Traffic Camera Ban
Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Feb. 22, 2011

Sen. Joseph Brannigan, a Portland Democrat, wants to reverse the state’s 2009 ban on the use of red light safety cameras to catch those who go through an intersection without stopping.

Broward County Commissioners Support Red Light Safety Camera Law
The Miami Herald, Feb. 22, 2011

Broward County commissioners said Tuesday they did not like a proposed state law that would yank the wheels off red light safety camera enforcement programs.

Total Crashes Fall in Los Angeles
KABC-TV Channel 7, Los Angeles, Feb. 22, 2011

This media package delivers video and news articles about Los Angeles’ success with its road safety camera program. Since 2004, when the program began, there has not been a single fatality at intersections with safety cameras.

1st Month Violation Counts High in Haines City
The Ledger (Florida), Feb. 21, 2011

The red light safety cameras installed in Haines City could add hundreds of thousands of dollars to city and state coffers in less than a month. Preliminary figures show 7,066 citations have been mailed out since the cameras were activated Jan. 14 at five intersections, billing violators more than $1.1 million from the $158-per-ticket fines. Two cameras are at each intersection. And more are on the way.

Little Elm Town Council OKs Traffic Safety Fund
Little Elm Journal Star (Texas), Feb. 19, 2011

New uniforms for motorcycle officers, new traffic signs, and new photo radar equipment in Little Elm, Texas, will be paid for from the red light safety camera budget, which is estimated to bring in about $360,000 this coming fiscal year.

Man Killed in Rollover; Witnesses Say He Ran Red Light
The Desert Sun (California), Feb. 17, 2011

Coroner’s officials have identified the man who died Thursday morning as his work truck rolled over after colliding with a car at a Palm Springs intersection.  Witnesses told police the truck driver ran a red light.

Editorial:  Use Common Sense to Regulate Traffic Cameras
The Jackson Sun (Tennessee), Feb. 23, 2011

Most arguments against photo enforcement don’t hold water. Police have used radar to catch speeders for decades. Traffic cameras and so-called “robo cops” parked by the side of the road do the same thing. The only difference is that an expensive law enforcement officer is not spending time sitting in a patrol car to operate the radar or camera system.

Editorial: Don’t Drive Distracted, Drunk or Dumb
The Desert Sun (California), Feb. 20, 2011

The Desert Sun applauds Cathedral City for having the courage and good sense to use red light safety cameras. Other cities should consider them. And drivers, use common sense. No matter where you’re going, the important thing is to make sure your journey is safe for yourself and others.

Letter to Editor: Red-Light Whiners Are Real Culprits
The Dallas Morning News, Feb 19, 2011

After much reading and considering, I have concluded that those complainers are the ones guilty of committing the offenses that the red-light and speed cameras hope to eliminate.

I don’t want to slow down on this [red light safety camera program]. I don’t want to hear from anyone that their daughter was hurt or their friend was killed. … I don’t want to hear that we could have made a difference.”

Mike Ryan, mayor of Sunrise, Florida, responding to pressure to move slowly on a plan to install red light safety cameras.
The Sun Sentinel (Florida), Feb. 23, 2011


“The point of the system is to get people to slow down, not to cite them. We’re not sneaking around, jumping out from behind a billboard and scaring people.”

Greg Graham, Cedar Rapids police chief, speaking to Iowa’s lawmakers about red light safety cameras.
Sioux City Journal.com (Iowa), Feb. 22, 2011


Photo by KABC-TV Channel 7 Los Angeles, Calif.

Rear-end crashes fell 63 percent from 2004-2009 at intersections with red light safety cameras, according to a report to the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners. Source: KABC-TV Channel 7, Los Angeles. Feb. 22, 2011.

East Cleveland’s new road safety program cameras snapped action shots of more than 8,900 red-light runners and speeders during December and January, the initial two months of an expanded photo enforcement program in the community. That equals a potential citation every 10 minutes. Source: The Plain Dealer, Feb. 20, 2011.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 22 percent of all traffic accidents in the U.S. are due to running red lights. Source: WWLP NBC 22 News (Massachusetts), Feb. 19, 2011.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 11

February 18th, 2011 Comments off

This e-mail sent to ATS earlier this month reflects the intensity of support among the general public for safer roads. Personal messages like this one remind us that communities are counting on us to help stop red-light runners and make streets safer. Thanks to the resident in Washington state for sending this in.

In Support of Your Business

There has been a lot of contoversy over putting in cameras to catch speeders in many towns…….and thus so, here in Mukilteo in Washington. Here is a quote in the news recently:

“Once the city gets hooked on the money, they have every incentive to maximize the number of violators,” Tim Eyman told the House Transportation Committee. “Having a profit motive for the government to have lawbreakers incentivizes the government to create lawbreakers.”

What Mr. Eyman fails to see is that there would be no maximizing of “violators” if they followed the law and didn’t go through a red light. It doesn’t matter if the government places the cameras or you sell them. The government and you…would be “out of business” if everybody obeyed the law and didn’t go through a red light. If everybody puts money in the parking meter and the metermaid comes by…..guess what – the city makes no money. Everybody drives exactly 60 mph on the freeway – again, guess what – no tickets are issued. This has nothing to do with your company or government or local law enforcement. So, if Mr. Eyman wants change and thinks it is all unfair with your cameras on every corner…..I say to him “Don’t go through a red light” – it’s against the law anyhow.

What he is really saying is that it is okay to put others at risk and go through a red light. Does it matter if there is a camera there or not if you break the law, go through a red light and kill a child?

Enough said……

Previously under contract with Traffipax, the city of Murfreesboro, Tenn., has selected ATS (which purchased Traffipax in 2010) as its new road safety program vendor. This week, ATS and the city have agreed to extend the current contract that was first signed by Traffipax in 2007. It will remain in effect until March 1, when the new contract is expected to be finalized.

Semi hits car after failing to stop at red light. bit.ly/fPjdeB

In Amarillo, Texas, the average number of monthly citations for running a red light is down to 1,000 from about 1,500, prompting a city official to say “drivers are learning to pay attention to red lights.” See article and video. KCIT Fox 14 News, Feb. 16, 2011.

When an ambulance and a passenger car collided just seconds away from a hospital, it left four people injured and a stroke victim strapped to a gurney in need of another emergency vehicle. In the aftermath, authorities in Austin, Texas, urged people always to drive defensively. See article and video. KVUE.com, Feb. 15, 2011.

Watch this two-part debate over intersection safety cameras in Providence, R.I., then decide for yourself if the cameras are helping the community. Part I covers the drivers’ point of view. Part II shows that cameras are making streets safer. NBC WJAR Channel 10, Feb. 14, 2011.  


Photo by LATimesblogs.com

Fatal Collision Brings Vehicular Manslaughter Charge
DailyNews.com (California), Feb. 11, 2011

The L.A. County District Attorney’s office has filed one felony count of vehicular manslaughter and one infraction count of running a red light in connection with the July 4, 2010 traffic collision that killed a 43-year-old woman and injured several others in Valencia.

St. Pete Beach Officials Back Red-Light Cameras
TampaBay.com (Florida), Feb. 16, 2011

The City Commission is strongly considering installing red-light cameras on three interesections. … The cameras would capture the license plate numbers of cars ignoring red lights and trigger a process that for many would end in an automatic $158 ticket. “I am in total support of this program,” Mayor Mike Finnerty said last week during a commission discussion.

Longview, Wash., Begins Issuing Citations
The Daily News, Feb. 14, 2011

Longview police began issuing $124 tickets Monday for red-light runners captured by the city’s red-light cameras. Eight cameras are posted at three intersections with warning signs to notify approaching drivers.

3 Cameras in Dunnellon, Fla., Capture Attention
The Star-Banner, Ocala.com, Feb. 12, 2011

The city of Dunnellon is one of many Florida communities — and the only one in Marion County — using red-light camera technology to crack down on stoplight runners.

Lawmakers Consider Traffic Cameras Again
NBCConnecticut.com, Feb. 11, 2011

Red-light cameras are already installed in some Connecticut cities and towns and lawmakers will again take on the debate to determine whether they can be used to enforce traffic infractions.

Don’t Reverse on Red
The Gainesville Sun (Florida), Feb. 17, 2011

After literally years of debate, the Florida Legislature, in 2010, finally passed the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act into law. Named for a Floridian who had been killed by a red-light-running motorist, the new law authorized cities and counties to begin using cameras to photograph and ticket red-light violators. Why? In 2008 in Florida alone, 76 people were killed and more than 5,600 injured in accidents regarding traffic signal violations. … Leave this law alone, legislators, and let Gainesville and other local governments get on with the business of saving lives.

Stop on Red
ToledoBlade.com (Ohio), Feb. 17, 2011

Red-light traffic cameras have reduced accidents at busy intersections in Toledo and decreased deaths from such crashes nationally. That makes them a success, regardless of how much revenue they bring in.

Gainesville Is Right on Red
The Gainesville Sun, Feb. 16, 2011

I commend the Gainesville’s city commissioners for their support of a red-light camera program. As the former Florida speaker pro tem and the sponsor of the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act, I have been a long-time proponent of intersection safety cameras. Certainly, the statistics have long borne out my support; however, just last week a new study … trumps any arguments to date against red-light cameras.

Intersection Safety Cameras Are Best Thing for Communities
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Feb. 16, 2011

The best thing to ever happen to a community is red-light cameras. South Florida ranks high in vehicle accidents, deaths and pedestrian fatalities, and state Sen. Rene Garcia of Hialeah is doing a disservice to his constituents and to all Florida residents by trying to ban cameras.

Don’t Like Road Safety Programs? Drive Slower
Clackamas Review (Oregon), Feb. 16, 2011

One online commenter suggested it was unreasonable to track speeders on McLoughlin in the evening, when it is “not a safety issue to travel 50 mph” in a 35 mph zone. Perhaps he’d like to run that opinion past the 7-year-old Oak Grove boy who was knocked out of his shoes last week when he was struck by a car on Oatfield Road.

Of Cameras and Pregnancy Tests
BlogHer, Feb. 15, 2011

The emergence of technology in our lives certainly poses some big brother questions. I often wonder why Gmail is constantly trying to get me to buy pregnancy tests and what I said on Facebook that makes it think I want to join Weight Watchers. … It definitely feels a little too invasive at times. … Having said that, there is no question in my mind when safety trumps privacy. … When technology affects our behavior for the better.

Statistics Say Traffic Cameras Are Working
JournalNews.com (Ohio), Feb. 15, 2011

Those who oppose automated traffic-enforcement cameras — like former Libertarian Party candidate Jim Berns — were probably dismayed by a recent report that indicates the cameras, like the ones used in Middletown and Hamilton, are saving lives.

Fairness at the Light
The Commercial Appeal (Tennessee), Feb. 14, 2011

Whether to install cameras at stop lights to catch more scofflaws is a local decision in which state government should not take an interest. To be fair to motorists, however, some degree of consistency should be legislated, at least on a statewide basis.

Keep Red-Light Cameras Rolling
Orlando-Sentinel (Florida), Feb. 11, 2011

When the Florida Legislature finally passed a law last year authorizing cameras to ticket red-light runners, it looked like advocates of this lifesaving initiative could finally relax. It had taken eight years of effort to persuade lawmakers to come around. But in Tallahassee nothing can be taken for granted, especially not this year. Exhibit A is South Florida state Sen. Rene Garcia’s bill to repeal last year’s law.

Two years ago, I saw a vehicle run a red light at the intersection of Highway 30 and Caroline Drive which broad-sided another car, killing the girl. That’s why I think we need the red-light cameras.”

Bob Sluder, Cedar Hill, Mo.,
addressing the Jefferson County Council
Fenton-HighRidgePatch.com, Feb. 15, 2011

“A red light camera is a force multiplier. It will allow our officers to spend more time patrolling neighborhoods and it reduces officer danger.”

David Romine, St. Pete Beach police chief
TampaBay.com, Feb. 16, 2011

 

Don’t miss this public service video from the city of Redmond, Wash. Using street-level camera angles, this video takes viewers on a tour of the intersections and school zones that are so dangerous to motorists and children that cameras have been installed to improve safety. The message is clear, the cameras are being used to save lives.

Less than two years into its road safety camera program, the city of North Miami reports a 60 percent decline in the number of crashes at dangerous intersections. This week, the city issued a press release announcing how the camera program is making streets safer in the community, and posted several videos on YouTube to remind motorists of the real dangers on the streets in North Miami. View the press release and see the videos.

Intersection safety cameras multiply the reach of law enforcement in any city. In Dunnellon, Fla., where police Cpl. Jacob Gonzalez (photo) helps keep the peace, cameras have been recently activated. Thus far, red-light running violations have fallen from 82 violations a day during the 30-day warning period (ending Nov. 25, 2010) to 36 a day for 75 days after the warning period ended. Source: The Star-Banner, Feb. 12, 2011. The Star-Banner photo by Bruce Ackerman

In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, total crashes have diminished 9 percent from 2009 when 15 intersections in the city had red-light cameras. Correctable crashes such as right-angle and T-bone crashes have dropped 21 percent. Source: The Daily Reveille, Feb. 14, 2011.

At one of Scottsdale, Arizona’s busiest intersections, the collisions have dropped by almost half since red-light and speed cameras were installed in July 2007. Collisions went from 47 in 2006-07 to 25 in 2009-10. Source: The Arizona Republic, Feb. 11, 2011.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 10

February 10th, 2011 Comments off

Four feet of snow and temperatures of -22 degrees Fahrenheit in Edmonton, Canada, did not deter ATS field technician Tim Bellamy from reaching an intersection safety camera cabinet to conduct system tests last month. Photo by ATS program manager Todd Tugwell.

The city of Seattle, Wash., signed a five-year contract renewal with American Traffic Solutions this past week, and a flurry of other contracts soon followed. Additional signed agreements are in from: Union Township, N.J.; Ferguson, Mo.; Davie and Plantation, Fla.


@ATS_roadsafety There have been 0 fatalities at intersections monitored by safety cameras during the 5+ years the LA program has been in operation.

A legislative effort to allow intersection safety cameras in Connecticut gets a public hearing on Feb. 14. Hear the pros and cons of the debate in this newscast. See the video. WFSB Channel 3, Feb. 9, 2011. 

Washington, D.C., police release a video of red-light running crashes as part of its presentation to the public explaining why the department would like more intersection safety cameras. See the video. TBC.com, ABC Channel 7, Feb. 7, 2011. 

Shaken pedestrians asked for intersection safety cameras to be installed in South Pasadena, Fla., and the city delivered. Cameras are now operating in the warning phase at four locations. See article and video. BayNews9.com, Feb. 6, 2011.

A Virginia House committee rejected a bill that would have prevented any camera installations after July 1 in the state. The measure would have put a stop to Norfolk’s plans to install cameras. See article and video. WVEC.com, Feb. 4, 2011

Green Cove Springs (photo) became the first community in Northeast Florida to activate intersection safety cameras, reports The Florida Times Union. Cameras at two locations began issuing photographs for tickets on Feb. 6. Jacksonville.com, Feb. 6, 2011. Times-Union photo by Bruce Lipsky.

Cameras Prove Valuable in Winter Springs, Fla.
SeminoleChronicle.com, Feb. 9, 2011

There’s never a good time to get a traffic ticket, especially when it comes in the mail with photographic evidence. But red-light cameras, despite their ability to ruin a person’s day and break the bank, have proven their effectiveness in the city of Winter Springs.

New Jersey Town Council Gives Green Light to ATS
Morristown Patch, Feb. 9, 2011

The Morristown Town Council voted 6-1 to award American Traffic Solutions with the contract to install red-light traffic cameras.

Alabama City Considers Intersection Safety Cameras
TimesDaily.com, Feb. 9, 2011

The number of motor vehicle crashes in Florence has decreased in recent years thanks to a police unit focused almost exclusively on traffic, but Chief Rick Singleton thinks the department can do better.

Driver Injured in Red-Light Running Collision in Lubbock, Texas
Fox34 News, Feb. 7, 2011

A collision between a passenger vehicle and a sand truck resulted in the car’s driver being flown by helicopter to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Authorities say the automobile driver ran a red light.

AAA Carolinas Speaks Up for Road Safety Cameras
IslandPacket.com, Feb. 7, 2011

AAA Carolinas has endorsed the town of Ridgeland’s controversial use of cameras to cite speeders on Interstate 95. The affiliate of the American Automobile Association lauded the cameras as “a public safety success story,” opposed a bill that would ban the cameras and urged the organization’s members to contact lawmakers.

Washington D.C., to Expand Number of Road Safety Cameras
The Washington Post, Feb. 5, 2011

Speeders, red-light runners and other unlawful motorists beware: D.C. police are expanding the number of traffic cameras and increasing the types of infractions for which the technology can be used, authorities said.

Police Renew Push for Red-Light Cameras
Las Vegas Sun, Feb. 5, 2011

The North Las Vegas Police Department has long felt hamstrung in trying to implement a tool that it is confident would save lives. … Police argue that red-light cameras would prompt motorists to slow down versus speed up when the lights turn yellow, and want legislative permission to conduct a pilot project to learn if that would happen in their city.

Littleton, Colo., Plans for 2 More Intersection Safety Cameras
Littleton Independent, Feb. 4, 2011

Littleton City Council has approved a plan to install red-light cameras at two more locations in the city, bringing the total to 11 approaches at five intersections.

Cities with Red-Light Cameras Save Lives, National Study Finds
Houston Chronicle, Feb. 9, 2011

It comes way too late to influence the rejection of red-light cameras by Houstonians in a municipal referendum in 2010, but a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety makes a strong case that unplugging the devices will result in additional traffic fatalities here. It’s an indication that Houston, bucking a national trend that has over 500 communities using the cameras, has made a costly mistake.

Cameras Emerge as Vital Public Safety Tool
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Feb. 9, 2011

Cameras are now omnipresent everywhere, from cell phones capturing vivid videos of today’s popular uprising in Egypt and quickly being posted on the Internet to a surveillance device recording the suspect in last spring’s failed Times Square bomb plot as he fled the scene. Stores, banks and other businesses employ cameras, though their effectiveness as a crime deterrent remains debatable. But images are valuable to investigators in solving crimes.

Camera Opponents Ought to Rethink Priorities
The Daily News, Feb. 7, 2011

Tim Eyman states that the feeling of community is shattered when individuals who violate traffic laws are required to take responsibility for their actions and pay a fine — he describes this as treating citizens like ATMs. I would argue that he and his supporters have misguided values and priorities.

Evidence on Side of Camera Backers
Arizona Daily Star, Feb. 7, 2011

A new study made waves in the transportation community last week with data showing red-light cameras reduced fatal red-light crashes by 24 percent in 14 of the biggest cities with cameras. The study gave camera proponents an opportunity for an “I told you so,” and sent foes scrambling to dispute the data. … This is one of the times the data support the bureaucratic claim that “the cameras aren’t there for money,” but for safety.

Wounded Parents Support Red-Light Cameras
The Toledo Blade, Feb. 7, 2011

We lost our daughter, Sarah, after a man ran a red light and crashed into her car. He disregarded the most basic traffic safety law: red means stop. … If a law-enforcement tool is proven to prevent tragedies such as Sarah’s, why wouldn’t we use it?

Intersection Safety Cameras Are Worth Another Chance
The Joplin Globe (Missouri), Feb. 6, 2011

A study released last week shows that the controversial red light cameras are actually saving lives. … Given this, perhaps Missouri, and Joplin, should take another look at red-light cameras and their effect on saving lives.

Objections to Cameras Crumple Under Pressure
The Vancouver Columbian/The Bellingham Herald (Washington state), Feb. 6, 2011

The Washington Post published a story on Tuesday that supports what The Columbian has maintained in several editorials in recent years: Red-light cameras save lives.

Red-Light Cameras Get Results
The Washington Post, Feb. 5, 2011

The evidence is incontrovertible that red-light cameras save lives and could save many more if they were in wider use. They do so mainly by deterring and reducing the number of side-impact accidents, known as T-bone crashes. The rancorous, misguided debate over the cameras, which capture images of vehicles as they run through red traffic lights, is now settled. The District and other cities are well justified in expanding the deployment of such lifesaving equipment.

Studies show the use of automated enforcement programs reduce crashes and fatalities. It is no different from doing drunk-driving enforcement. If I can stop the kind of behavior that leads to traffic fatalities, I can save lives. That’s my job.”

– Cathy L. Lanier, Washington, D.C., Police Chief
The Washington Post, Feb. 5, 2011

Visit the IIHS webpage to download the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s much talked about report that says intersection safety cameras saved 159 lives in 14 of America’s largest cities over a five-year period, and could save more lives if they are more broadly used.

Combined collision counts fell from 22 to two at separate intersections in Capitola by the Sea, Calif., from two years before intersection safety cameras were installed to two years after installation. Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel (California), Feb. 7, 2011.

Total red-light running fatal crashes dropped from 26 to 11 from 1992-1996 to 2004-2008 in San Diego. Source:  North County Times (California), Feb. 7, 2011.

Intersection safety cameras at a location in Littleton, Colo., have recorded signification drops in violations counts: eastbound violations have fallen 83 percent and northbound violations have declined 52 percent since August 2009.  Source: Littleton Independent, Feb. 4, 2011. 

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 9

February 4th, 2011 Comments off

Intersection safety cameras in Long Beach, San Diego and 12 other U.S. cities saved 159 lives over a five-year period, according to a new report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. To view the report, scroll down to the resources tab. Photo by latimes.com, Feb. 1, 2011.

Chandler, Arizona, holds the top spot for the largest drop in red-light running fatalities among 12 large cities included in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s study released Feb. 1. The city registered a 79 percent decline over the five-year study period. View the video. Courier-Journal.com, Feb. 2, 2011.

Road safety speed cameras at two elementary schools in Bellevue, Wash., contributed to 6,870 tickets issued at one location and 1,360 at another school in 2010.  See article and video. KING5.com, Feb. 2, 2011.

This news video takes you to the street to see just what the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety means when it says in its new report that intersection safety cameras save lives, and what people think about cameras. See article and video.

Port Lavaca, Texas, resident Gracie Cook believes the red-light cameras in her city make people safer. “I’m very much in favor of them. I just think they need them up there to stop people from going through red lights,” she says. Victoria Advocate, Jan. 31, 2011. See article and video.

Montgomery County, Maryland, has signed a 12-month contract extension with American Traffic Solutions for its intersection safety camera program. Also, New Jersey’s Hasbrouck Heights and Middle Township have executed contracts with American Traffic Solutions to provide intersection safety cameras to their towns.

Red-Light Cameras Could Solve 2 Robberies in Tennessee City
The Wilson Post, Feb. 3, 2010

Mt. Juliet Police plan to utilize red-light traffic cameras to help solve two local pharmacy robberies, by reviewing the 24-hour videos the cameras provide in addition to individual red-light photos, officials said. 

Raleigh Says Cameras Decrease Crashes at Intersections
News&Observer, Feb. 2, 2011

Fatal crash rates involving red-light runners fell after intersection safety cameras were installed in most of the 14 large cities examined in a new study, but the citywide death rates climbed in two – Raleigh and Bakersfield, Calif. … Mike Kennon, Raleigh’s transportation operations manager, said the new study suggests Raleigh could save more lives with cameras at more intersections. … “In every intersection where we’ve put a camera, we’ve seen a substantial decrease in crashes.”

Las Vegas Law Enforcement Considers Another Push for Intersection Safety Cameras
Las Vegas Sun, Feb. 2, 2011

The North Las Vegas Police Department is considering again lobbying the state legislature to conduct a study on red-light cameras following the release Tuesday of the first definitive study on the use of the controversial cameras.

California City Pledges to Give Camera Revenue to Charities
The Press Enterprise, Jan. 31, 2011

In an effort to convince a skeptical public that the city’s red-light camera operation isn’t a money-making venture, Murrieta officials have pledged to donate any revenue generated to local charities.

Teacher Killed in Red-Light Running Collision in Texas
KLTV.com, Jan. 30, 2011

Lufkin police have arrested a man in connection with an alleged drunk driving fatal accident that occured when the man allegedly ran a red light and broadsided a passing car.

Released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) on Feb. 1, this study provides a fresh look at how intersection safety cameras affect red-light running fatalities. Researchers found the cameras saved 159 lives in 14 of America’s largest cities over a five-year period and could have saved an additional 815 lives had the cameras been in place in all 99 large U.S. cities.

Visit the IIHS webpage to download the report, the institute’s magazine article and news release on the study.

Don’t miss this interactive graphic posted by The Los Angeles Times on Feb. 1. It tests viewers’ knowledge of intersection safety cameras and informs them of their application in California. View graphic. 

Install Red-Light Cameras for Safety
Newsday.com, Feb. 2, 2011

Government initiatives that save lives, generate revenue and don’t infringe on anyone’s rights should be seized upon. Such slam dunks are all too rare. But a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit funded by auto insurers, identified one — red-light cameras.

How a Red-Light Runner Changed My Life
Blogher.com, Feb. 2, 2011

“I want to tell you my story so that the next time you’re driving your car, you’ll be extra careful … careful so that you aren’t a victim of a red-light runner and careful that you don’t become a red-light runner and ruin someone else’s life, or snuff it out altogether.”

Take Responsibility, Not Just at Red Lights
NJ.com, Feb. 2, 2011

Concerning a letter writer’s decision not to patronize Glassboro businesses because his daughter had received three summonses there from a red-light camera violation system: It’s about time people, young and old, took responsibility for their actions, instead of placing blame on everything and everyone but themselves.

Commentator Challenges Virginia Delegate’s Stand Against Red-Light Cameras
Blue Virginia, Jan. 31, 2011

Last week, a subcommittee of the Virginia House of Delegates’ Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee approved legislation introduced by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter to halt increased use of red-light cameras across the Commonwealth.  …  The reality is, there are good reasons to support deployment of red light cameras at some intersections, especially when considering their role in improving and maintaining public safety by reducing collisions and changing driver behavior.

Vancouver, Wash., believes red-light cameras save lives. In Our View: Cameras Don’t Lie. bit.ly/hWgrfT

This is truly empirical data. We as police officers know the carnage caused by these left turns (on red) and T-bones…We see it every day and know how dangerous it is.”

– Police Sgt. Tim Bedwell, North Las Vegas Police Department spokesman, from an article about the Feb. 1 IIHS study.
Las Vegas Sun, Feb. 2, 2011

Of the citations issued for red-light running in Magnolia, Texas, in 2010, 63.3 percent have been paid. Source: YourHoustonNews.com, Feb. 2, 2011

  • In 2000, 25 cities used intersection safety cameras. In 2010, there are nearly 500.
  • Red-light running crashes killed 676 people in 2009 and injured an estimated 113,000 in 2009.
  • Intersection safety cameras saved 159 lives from 2004-2008 in 14 large U.S. cities, and could have saved 815 people if all 99 U.S. cities with populations of 200,000 or more used the cameras.
    Source: Download the Feb. 1, 2011 report at Insurance Institute for Highway Safety webpage

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ATS’ Newsletter, Special Edition

February 1st, 2011 Comments off

IIHS releases New Study Highlighting Benefits of Intersection Safety Cameras

This morning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released a new study highlighting the benefits of Intersection Safety Cameras. The study found that during a five-year period, from 2004-2008, ISCs in 14 large U.S. cities saved a total of 159 lives. It also found that had cameras been operating in all large cities in the country an additional 815 deaths would have been prevented. This new research is the most comprehensive yet into the benefits of ISCs. This special edition includes a video of IIHS president Adrian Lund explaining the study and its results, as well as copies of our press release and the IIHS study. Of course, we’ve also included samples of media coverage about this report.

Visit the IIHS webpage to review the report, read the institute’s magazine article about the study and get the highlights of the analysis from the institute’s news release. Or, if you prefer, go directly to the report here.

Insurance Institute of Highway Safety President Adrian Lund explains the findings in today’s report: Effects of Red Light Camera Enforcement on Fatal Crashes in Large U.S. Cities. View video. DailyMotion.com, Feb. 1, 2011.

Red light cameras are helping drivers remember that red means stop and are saving lives, according to a new study out today. View article and video. NBC17.com, Feb. 1, 2011

Red-light cameras  saved 159 lives in Baltimore and 13 other U.S. cities over a five-year period, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. View article and video. The Baltimore Sun, Feb. 1, 2011.

Red Light Cameras Save Lives
U.S. News and World Report, Feb. 1, 2011

Most of us are aware of red light cameras perched atop traffic lights, waiting to take a picture of the next car that breaks the law and zips through a red light. These devices warn drivers to slow down and drive defensively, but according to a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety they also save lives.

Red Light Cameras Save Lives, Study Says
The Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2011

A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that traffic fatalities at those intersections dropped by 26 percent over a five-year period, slightly more than the average decline in 13 other camera-equipped cities.

Red-Light Cameras Lower Traffic Deaths, Agency Claims
The New York Times, Feb. 1, 2011

In a study released on Tuesday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, found that red-light cameras could save lives.

American Traffic Solutions describes the IIHS study as a powerful reminder of the lifesaving benefits of intersection safety cameras. See release. 

The Governors Highway Safety Administration says intersection safety cameras ought to be in every state’s safety toolbox. See release. 

 

Somehow, the people who get tickets because they have broken the law have been cast as the victims. We rarely hear about the real victims — the people who are killed or injured by these lawbreakers.”  Adrian Lund, President IIHS

“We’re in support of them as long as we’re assured they’re being done with safety at the forefront and not as a means of revenue generation.” Ragina Averella, spokeswoman for AAA Mid-Atlantic

“I think there’s no arguing with results. With an automated system, we can do the enforcement without pulling officers out of the neighborhoods where they’re doing crime fighting.” Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier

 “We have known for years that when the public sees a law being enforced, they will respect it and drive more safely. That has been true with drunk driving and seat belt laws, and it is also true with red light cameras. This new IIHS study leaves no doubt that red light cameras are an effective enforcement tool and a key to intersection safety.”  Barbara Harsha, Executive Director, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)

 

 

The findings by the institute, a nonprofit group funded by the insurance industry, found that from 2004-08 the cameras saved 159 lives in 14 of the biggest American cities. Extrapolating from these findings, researchers claimed that had red-light cameras, which capture digital photographs of vehicles that supposedly run a red light, been operating during that same five-year period in all large American cities, 815 lives would have been saved.
Source: The New York Times, Feb. 1, 2011

In the 14 cities where cameras were installed, the combined per capita rate of fatal red-light crashes fell a combined 35 percent, relative to those cities’ 1992-96 data. The fatality rate also fell in the 48 cities in which no cameras were ever installed, but by 14 percent. Source: The New York Times, Feb. 1, 2011

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