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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 17

March 31st, 2011 Comments off

Red-Light, Speed Safety Cameras Share Credit for Drastic Decrease in Traffic Fatalities
The Washington Post, April 1, 2011

Speed cameras and red light safety cameras are effective deterrents to fatal roadway crashes, which fell to their lowest number since 1949, according to Barbara Harsha, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association. Harsha included the camera programs in her list of changes that helped protect lives on the nation’s roads in 2010. The number of people killed in roadway collisions dropped to 32,788 in 2010, the lowest total in more than 60 years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association announced on Friday. ”The big reasons (for the decline) are programs aimed at driver behavior, safer vehicles and safer roads,” Harsha said.  

In a separate statement, David Kelly, executive director of the National Coalition for Safer Roads, expanded on the role road safety camera programs have on changing driver behavior, and making traveling safer in the United States. Read statement.

Red Light Safety Camera Program Wins Court Opinion

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a unanimous opinion validating the legality of service contracts between cities and safety camera companies. Issued on March 31, the ruling confirms what clients and communities have long held, that photo enforcement is a legal, successfully proven method to enhance road safety. Read statement.


Naples News photo by David Albers
ATS field technician Israel Rodriguez goes sky-high earlier this year to install red light safety cameras in Naples, Fla. Collier County is entering the third year of its road safety program.

Hamilton Township in Atlantic County, N.J., has executed a five-year contract for a road safety camera program with American Traffic Solutions. 

Lake in the Hills, Illinois, has signed a one-year contract extension with American Traffic Solutions as its red light safety camera vendor.

Colorado Springs police will put their new mobile speed van to use this month. Speeding drivers will receive warnings as of April 5. Officers will issue tickets starting May 5. School zone violations carry an $80 fine. ColoradoConnection.com, March 30, 2011.

Orlando City Council members voted this week to add five red light safety cameras to some of its busiest intersections. There are 17 cameras installed. WFTV.com, March 29, 2011.

The Borough of Roselle Park, N.J., begins its 30-day warning period on April 1. NJ.com, March 29, 2011.

Frisco, Texas, entered its ticketing phase on March 28. Fines for running a red light are $75. Frisco Enterprise, March 28, 2011.

@kmbc SUV Runs Red Light, Crashes Into School Bus: Kansas City, Mo., police said an SUV ran a red light at Independenc… http://bit.ly/evB6Ml


AP photo
Children board a school bus in Washington State where officials are discussing whether to use cameras to enforce traffic laws for the protection of students around school buses.

Proposal to Put Traffic Cameras on School Buses Makes Progress
The Herald, (Washington), March 30, 2011

A bill motoring through the Legislature would allow school buses to be equipped with automated cameras that snap pictures of the offending vehicle’s license plate and forward them to law enforcement.

Speed Van in Colorado Protects School, Residential Zones
ColoradoConnection.com, March 30, 2011

Colorado Springs police now have a state-of-the-art mobile speed van to photograph license plates of cars speeding through residential areas, construction zones, and the perimeter streets of parks and school zones.

Lawmaker Addresses School Zone Speeding Concerns
Dover Post/Sussexcountian.com (Delaware), March 29, 2011

Legislation introduced on Tuesday would allow Delaware municipalities to install camera systems to catch speeding drivers within a quarter mile of a school or work zone.

Letter to Editor: Frequency of Speeding, Light Running Demands Cameras
Columbia Flier/ExploreHoward.com (Maryland), March 24, 2011

I’m appalled every time I pass through a school zone (or more importantly, pass through my kids’ school zone) and constantly see cars going 10-15 mph over the speed limit.

Traffic Fatalities Reach 35-Year Low in Washington
The News Tribune, March 30, 2011

Transportation officials say the steady decline in traffic fatalities is a  product of the state’s public education campaigns, highway safety projects and strong enforcement of traffic laws.

Motorcyclist Hospitalized in Red-Light Running Crash
The Arizona Republic, March 29, 2011

Police say the motorcycle rider ran a red light and collided with a pickup truck on Tuesday afternoon.

Road Safety Cameras Remain a Possibility in Mukilteo
MSNBC.com (Washington), March 29, 2011

City Council members voted 4-3 last week to delay enacting the traffic camera ordinance sponsored by anti-tax activist Tim Eyman, saying they want to wait for the state Supreme Court’s ruling on traffic safety cameras expected in May and want to know more about using speed compliance cameras in school zones.

Township Forsees Safer Roads with Red Light Cameras
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), March 29, 2011

Ocean Township officials hope to become the first Monmouth County municipality to install red-light cameras, at three intersections along Route 35.


The News Tribune photo

City Steps Up Pedestrian Safety Efforts
The News Tribune (Washington), March 29, 2011

Signs warning “Stop here on red” are popping up at some of Federal Way’s busiest intersections to remind drivers to make complete stops at red-light, right-hand turns so they don’t hit pedestrians.


Orlando Sentinel photo by Red Huber

Editorial: Stop the Red Light Camera Repeal
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), March 30, 2011

This nonsensical repeal drive — fueled by specious concerns over privacy, errant ticketing and the devices doubling as municipal moneymakers — would put Florida back on a deadly road.

Letter to Editor: Traffic Enforcement Is Important for Safe Roads
The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com (Louisiana), March 29, 2011

Every parish expects its chief law enforcement agency to provide proper traffic enforcement. Though it is deemed not catching “the real criminals,” it does act as a deterrent to those traffic lawbreakers who would love to have no enforcement.

Commentary: Like Seat Belts, Red Light Safety Cameras Make Sense
ToledoBlade.com (Ohio), March 28, 2011

Sometimes I wonder whether Ohio’s laws on traffic lights say: “Green means go on through. Yellow means hurry up. Red means floor it.” That’s how it seems when you’re sitting at a Toledo intersection, waiting for the light to change, and somebody in a hurry races through on his red.

Editorial: Lawmakers Need to Stop Dangerous Red Light Bill
Johnson City Press (Tennessee), March 28, 2011

A state legislative panel deferred action last week on a bill to no longer require motorists in Tennessee to come to a complete stop before turning right at a red light. … Send this bill directly to the dust bin.

Letter to Editor: Come on Redmond, Support Red Light Safety Cameras
Redmond Reporter (Washington), March 24, 2011 

No one is looking at the safety problems that the naysayers to red light safety cameras should be aware of. The only things that they are focusing upon is the probability that they will be ticketed for a minor traffic infraction that can and will kill someone. Rolling stops also are extremely serious and illegal.

Orlando Adds 5 Red Light Safety Cameras
WOFL Channel 35 (Florida), March 29, 2011

The city of Orlando is adding five new red light cameras to two major intersections.

50 and Counting: New Orleans Adds to Its Road Safety Camera Program
WWLTV Channel 4, March 23, 2011

Since 2008, the city has used controversial cameras to catch red-light runners and speeders. A recent push to halt the program ultimately failed, and in the time since, the city has added more cameras, stirring mixed emotions across town.

“There is absolutely no downside to moving forward with getting this technology in Ocean. It could only be a benefit in reducing the carnage at those three intersections.”
Antonio V. Amodio Jr., Ocean Township police chief
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), March 29, 2011

“I think it’s a terrible thing to even attempt to repeal the red light camera bill. It’s a public safety thing. It saves life.”
Michael Fewless, Orange County Sheriff’s Office captain
NaplesNews.com (Florida), March 29, 2011

“We always wonder whether this crash could’ve happened if there were red-light cameras.”
Tim Bedwell, North Las Vegas Police spokesman
Las Vegas Sun (Nevada), March 26, 2011

“As a father, it’s frustrating to see it. People are violating the law. People are not getting caught and this is about protecting our kids.”
Steve Hobbs, Washington state senator and sponsor of legislation to use cameras on school buses to detect traffic violators.
The Herald (Washington), March 30, 2011


Asbury Park Press photo by Robert Ward
Ocean Township, N.J., will vote this month on a road safety camera program.

New Jersey
Three Route 35 intersections under consideration for red light safety cameras saw collisions rise 22 percent in 2008 over 2007, from 129 to 157, and 34 percent in 2009 to 210. Ocean Township, N.J., will vote in April on pursuing state approval for a road safety camera program. SOURCE: Asbury Park Press, March 29, 2011.

Illinois
Plainfield Police say car crashes have decreased 37 percent and 31 percent at separate intersections since red-light cameras were installed in December 2009. SOURCE: Chicago Tribune, March 29, 2011.

Florida
Red light safety cameras have reduced collisions by 33 percent in the city of Orlando. SOURCE: WOFL Channel 35, March 29, 2011.

Washington
Between 2002 and 2008, there were 290 accidents in Federal Way involving cars striking pedestrians. Six pedestrians were killed. SOURCE: The News Tribune, March 29, 2011.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 16

March 24th, 2011 Comments off

Red Light Running an Uncontrolled Epidemic
The Glendale Star, March 23, 2011

Frank Hinds, co-founder of Arizona’s Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance, alerts us all to the dangers we face on the road from red light runners and urges communities to do all they can to enhance road safety. 

Red Light Safety Camera Makers See Growth
The Arizona Republic, March 19, 2011

American Traffic Solutions has experienced tremendous growth despite a national recession. …

“It could be your family member who is saved as a result.”–Bradenton bit.ly/gHQ2CA


File photo, The Capital

Washington School Buses Could Get Traffic Ticket Cameras
KPLU 88.5, National Public Radio, March 24, 2011

Automated traffic ticket cameras could soon show up in a new place. They’d be attached to school buses. Opponents of photo traffic enforcement are mounting a late effort to stop the idea in the Washington Legislature.

Annapolis Considers Speed Safety Cameras Near Schools
The Capital (Maryland), March 23, 2011

Annapolis Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson says speed cameras could benefit many neighborhoods where children have to navigate busy roads to get to and from school.

Speed Cameras Near Schools Win City’s Support
DelmarvaNow.com (Maryland), March 21, 2011

The Salisbury City Council unanimously supported a measure authorizing speed cameras in school zones. Police Chief Barbara Duncan said the cameras will allow the police department to multiply its workload and make better use of its resources by conducting radar checks on the secondary and tertiary roads.

Commentary: Traffic Cameras Make School Zones, Children Safer
The Daily Herald (Washington), March 20, 2011

When we transport our children to and from school, we have an important responsibility to do everything we can to keep those children safe. … We need to do more to protect our children, and the time has come to expand the use of traffic safety cameras in school zones and on school buses.


The Tampa Tribune photo by Scott Iskowitz

New Road Safety Program Averages 113 Violations a Day in 2 Weeks
Redmond Reporter/pnwlocalnew.com (Washington), March 24, 2011

Redmond resident John Cherrie believes a controversial pilot program in which the city uses cameras to catch traffic violators and fine them will ultimately improve safety for everyone who uses the roads — pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

Red Light Safety Cameras Go Up in Doral, Fla.
CBS Miami.com, March 23, 2011

The city of Doral will begin taking photos of red light runners next month as part of a new “Save A Life” program.

Sun to Shine on Red Light Safety Cameras in Sunrise, Fla.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, March 22, 2011

Starting in April, there will be red light safety cameras watching drivers at 10 intersections in Sunrise, Fla. ”We have substantial data that red light cameras do in fact reduce traffic fatalities,” Sunrise Police Chief John Brooks said. ”This has been going on in D.C., New York City for 10 years plus.”

Tickets, Crashes Drop in Amarillo
Amarillo Globe-News/Amarillo.com (Texas), March 20, 2011

Those ever-watchful red light safety cameras Amarillo installed several years ago not only are generating money, they’re driving down crashes, city officials said.

Clearwater Shrugs Off Criticism, Prepares to Consider Camera Bids
St. Petersburg Times/TampaBay.com (Florida), March 19, 2011

The city council voted 3-2 on March 17 to seek contractors who could install red light safety cameras at two city intersections. With that vote, Tampa Bay’s three largest cities, including Tampa and St. Petersburg, have now all asked for proposals to install the controversial camera system.

Letter to Editor: Traffic Cameras Increase Safety
Quad-City Times (Iowa), March 23, 2011

Citizens should want such cameras up on all roads and highways everywhere. The roads are public, not private areas. Most red light runners and speeders kill others, so it’s not a nanny law to have enforcement and penalties on them.

Editorial: Numbers Show Cameras Work
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), March 23, 2011

Some interesting data suggest that Amarillo’s experiment with red light safety cameras at selected intersections is doing its job. Accidents are down at the intersections. So are citations. So is the revenue that the city is collecting.

50 and Counting: New Orleans Adds to Its Road Safety Camera Program
WWLTV Channel 4, March 23, 2011

Since 2008, the city has used controversial cameras to catch red-light runners and speeders. A recent push to halt the program ultimately failed, and in the time since, the city has added more cameras, stirring mixed emotions across town.

Red-Light Runner Dies in Houston
KHOU TV, Channel 11, March 23, 2011

A driver was killed late Tuesday after running a red light and being struck by another vehicle in northwest Houston, according to Houston police.

“As you are approaching those intersections, you know (the cameras) are there, so it alerts you. You know if you are going too fast, you will get popped, so you change your behavior. That is the goal, to change behavior to reduce accidents or the severity of accidents.”
Frank Mendoza, Chandler, Arizona, police sergeant
The Arizona Republic, March 19, 2011

“Looking at the number of accidents in school-range, it’s frightening.”
Sheila Finlayson, teacher, alderwoman and chairwoman of Annapolis, Maryland, public safety committee considering speed cameras near schools
The Capital, March 23, 2011

“Police can’t be everywhere at once. If this is one way to save lives, then I’m all for it. It will make drivers pay more attention to what the laws are. (This program) could make a huge difference. It makes sure drivers are more conscious about the laws.”
John Cherrie, Redmond, Wash., resident and bicyclist
Redmond Reporter/pnwlocalnews.com, March 24, 2011

“We’re seeing a reduction in vehicle crashes. We’re seeing a reduction in injuries. We’re seeing a reduction in fatalities.”
Marlon Defillo, New Orleans Police Department deputy superintendent
WWLTV Channel 4, March 23, 2011


Amarillo Globe-News photo by Joe Gamm

Texas
Amarillo traffic engineer Jihad El Eid says there are fewer crashes at intersections with cameras since cameras were installed. Crash counts declined from 69 to 41 for the year ending Sept. 30, 2009 compared with the following year, a 40 percent drop. Citations fell 15 percent from 16,466 to 13,408. SOURCE: Amarillo Globe-News/Amarillo.com (Texas), March 20, 2011.

Maryland
In March 2010, a study conducted at Wicomico Middle School by the Salisbury Police Department showed that within a seven-day period, more than 6,800 vehicles in that area were traveling at 12 mph or more over the speed limit. SOURCE: DelmarvaNow.com, March 21, 2011.

Florida
Clearwater, Florida, which is now soliciting bids for red light safety cameras has had 26 fatal traffic collisions in the past two years. Two of those fatalities are due to red light running, says Police Chief Tony Holloway. SOURCE: St. Petersburg Times/TampaBay.com, March 19, 2011. 

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 15

March 17th, 2011 Comments off

This week, the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) launched a comprehensive educational campaign to highlight the dangers of red light running and the benefits of red light safety cameras. The ads will run on select stations throughout Missouri and provide a stark reminder of how tragic red light running crashes can be. ATS is proud to be a member of NCSR and to be a part of this important initiative. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that Missouri is the 11th most deadly state in the nation for red light running related fatalities. It’s important that Missouri’s leaders recognize that red light safety cameras save lives and help protect communities by making drivers more aware of their behavior.

The first ad, Portraits, shares stories of individuals who were injured or killed in red light running collisions. Each person tells how their lives were forever changed by a red light runner as they talk about their belief that red light safety cameras save lives. Please remember that the real victims are those that are injured or killed in red light running related crashes; not individuals who receive tickets for violating the law.

To learn more about the campaign or to view the ads visit www.redforsafety.org. We urge you to join the thousands of individuals, law enforcement groups and safety advocates including the International Association of Chiefs of PoliceRed Means Stop, the Child Safety Network, the National Safety Council Chapter of the Ozarks and more in lending your support to the National Coalition for Safer Roads by visiting the www.redforsafety.org or texting the word “RED” to 723389 (SAFETY).

To view the ads click on the photo above, or visit saferoadssavelives.org or www.youtube.com/SaferRoadsUSAtarget

Morristown, N.J., and American Traffic Solutions have executed a contract naming ATS as the city’s red light safety camera vendor. 

Like too many Americans, Frank Hinds’ life was tragically changed by a red-light runner. His story: bit.ly/ex6G8b


The Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com, March 15, 2011
American Traffic Solutions was recently featured in The Arizona Republic as one of the companies in Arizona that manufacture products in the state. Jason Ham (above) demonstrates how cameras are secured in their housing. Before shipment, Ham, an ATS inspector, confirms the cabinet is secure, includes all electronic and mechanical parts, and that the entire unit meets ATS’ quality standards.

City Report: Collisions Diminish at Red Light Safety Camera Intersections
The Arizona Republic, March 16, 2011

Mesa police data show collisions are happening less often at intersections with red light safety cameras. Officials say the city’s road safety camera program contributed to a 36 percent reduction in crashes from 2005 to 2009.

Merits of Road Safety Program Debated at City Forum
STLToday.com (Missouri), March 16, 2011

In the six years since Arnold installed red light safety cameras at four intersections, the debate over them has never really stopped. Now that the operation contract for the devices is about to run out, tempers are heating up again.

Aggressive Drivers Flirt with Death on Staten Island
Staten Island Advance, SILive.com (New York), March 13, 2011

Reckless Staten Island motorists by the thousands would rather shave a few seconds off their trip to the mall then come to a stop and avoid getting hit with a $50 ticket.

City Approves New Contract with ATS
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), March 11, 2011

The Murfreesboro City Council approved a new three to five year red-light camera contract Thursday night with American Traffic Solutions Inc. … The city, since July 2008, has had six intersections with the red-light camera enforcement.

 

Letter: Bad Driving in Haines City
The Ledger (Florida), March 17, 2011

If one life is saved or one serious accident avoided by the red-light cameras, then the cost or price is well worth it. And if it takes $158 fines to get the message across that red means stop, then so be it.

Letter: We Agree to Obey the Law When We Get a Driver’s License
Farragut Press (Tennessee), March 17, 2011

The arguments used to eliminate red-light cameras are nonsensical. … Bottom line, we agree to follow the law when we get our driver’s license, and if you insist on not doing so just stop using your car, there are buses and taxis for those that find it too hard to understand what a stop sign means or that a red light means to stop. 

Letter: Speed Compliance Cameras Protect Children
Howard County Times (Maryland), March 17, 2011

Isn’t the investment worth the safety of children? One child needlessly hit by a car speeding in a school zone is one too many. We embrace the use of technology in all other facets of life. Why not here?

Commentary: Red Light Safety Cameras Are on the Job
TBD.com (Washington, D.C.), March 16, 2011

One day’s worth of statistics from one intersection in Washington, D.C., provide a compelling snapshot of why red light safety cameras are needed. For instance, 74 percent of the vehicles captured are in violation of the statute, which states that a vehicle shall not enter the intersection or the crosswalk when facing a steady red signal

Column: The Rational Defense of Red Light Safety Cameras
Staten Island Advance (New York), March 15, 2011

The use of these cameras remains controversial. Some say they’re unfair; others claim they’re an invasion of privacy and still others protest that they’re unconstitutional. All of these objections are without merit, as courts across the nation have repeatedly made clear. The most revealing judicial opinion on the issue was handed down on Jan. 5, 2009, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

Letter: Driving is a Privilege, Not a Right
Sioux City Journal (Iowa), March 15, 2011

You do NOT have the “right” to drive any vehicle – it is a privilege. If you fail to obey the traffic laws, your privilege  may be taken away.

Close Call in New Jersey Caught on Camera
ATS Road Safety Channel, March 16, 2011

This driver runs a red light and narrowly avoids a collision.   

Mesa Sees Traffic Collisions Fall; Shares Credit with Cameras
KNXV-TV, ABC15.com (Arizona), March 17, 2011

The Mesa Police Department reports red light cameras are just one of many factors to reduce accidents, but can’t take sole credit for their latest numbers, showing accidents have dropped 38 percent since 2006 and 4 percent between 2009 and 2010.

Police Say No to Proposal to Ease Right-on-Red Law
TriCities.com (Tennessee), March 16, 2011

If a Tennessee legislator’s push to change state law is successful, drivers may no longer have to stop at red lights when going right on red at traffic camera intersections. … The Johnson City Police Department, which uses red light cameras at several city intersections, wants the current law to remain in place.

Group Backs Red Light Cameras
WDAF-TV Fox Channel 4 (Kansas City, Mo.), March 14, 2011

The battle over banning red light cameras in Missouri is heating up once again. A new coalition is formed. The group is challenging Missouri legislators, who want to get rid of the cameras.

I know people don’t like photo safety, but there’s a reason they don’t. If you really, passionately despise it, it’s probably because you got a ticket. It just works. I don’t love it, but I can tell you it works.”

Frank Milstead, Mesa police chief
The Arizona Republic, March 16, 2011

“The few seconds you save [running a red light] is not going to make a huge difference in the whole scheme of things, because you can ruin your life or someone else’s life.”

Steve Berry, Mesa, Ariz., police detective
KNXV-TV, ABC15.com, March 17, 2011 


WCTV, Tallahassee, Fla., photo

Arizona
Citywide injury crashes in Mesa, Ariz., fell 40 percent from 2,963 crashes in 2006 to 1,758 in 2010, police say. Non-injury collisions dropped 38 percent from 9,363 in 2006 to 5,826 in 2010. Crashes at the city’s 31 intersections with red light safety cameras decreased 36 percent from 92 in 2005 to 59 collisions in 2009. SOURCE: The Arizona Republic, March 16, 2011

Missouri
There have been no fatal collisions in Arnold, Missouri’s four intersections with red light safety cameras since they were installed in 2006. SOURCE: STLToday, March 16, 2011.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 14

March 10th, 2011 Comments off

Study Finds No Benefit to Extra Second of Yellow Time
Winnipeg Free Press (Canada), March 8, 2011

Adding one second to the city’s amber lights will not improve intersection safety, according to a city of Winnipeg report. The study reviewed  a Georgia law that requires amber lights to be timed to U.S. federal engineering standards, plus one additional second. ”After reviewing State of Georgia legislation and City data, we have found that there is no demonstrated benefit to increasing amber light times by one second,” Luis Escobar, the city’s manager of transportation, said in a press release this afternoon. (View the city’s press release.) Winnipeg Free Press photo.

Camera Evidence Helps Convict Driver
Federal Way Mirror.com (Washington), March 10, 2011

Video from a red-light safety camera played a key role in the case against a 35-year-old man who pleaded guilty to a charge of vehicular homicide this week. The motorist was arrested after running a red light and colliding with a passing vehicle in Federal Way on Dec. 29, 2010. A 21-year-old died in the collision. Additional news coverage.

American Traffic Solutions now holds a contract award from the city of Tampa, Fla., for a road safety program, and is also the newly selected vendor for the city of Sarasota, Fla.  ATS will be presented as the  recommended red light safety camera vendor for Ocean Township, N.J., at the March 16 Township Council meeting.  

Missourinet’s Priddy: “When you see a yellow light, prepare to stop. When you see a red light, stop.” MayorSlay


Springfiled News-Leader file photo


Arnold City Attorney Says Constitution Does Not Forbid Red-Light Safety Cameras
Arnold Patch (Missouri), March 10, 2011

City Attorney Bob Sweeney, speaking to about 150 people and four video cameras during City Hall’s public forum on Tuesday night, said red-light camera systems are constitutional.

New Jersey Township Begins Camera Warning Period
Sentinel, March 10, 2011

On March 2, East Brunswick Township began taking still images and videos of cars that fail to stop at red lights. Warning notices will be issued during the first 30 days of the program. Police will begin to issue $85 fine citations in April.

Medley, Florida, Drafts Requests for Red Light Safety Cameras
River Cities Gazette, March 9, 2011

By a 5-0 vote, the town council gave the go-ahead to interim town attorney Michael Pizzi to put out a request for proposals in the next week to any interested red light camera companies to see who has the best offer at next month’s April 4 council meeting. Police Chief Jeanette Said-Jinete had solicited the services of American Traffic Solutions last fall to set up cameras on a trial basis at five different intersections around town.

2 Die in Vehicle That Ran Red Light
The News Tribune (Washington), March 9, 2011

A man and a woman died Monday evening when the pickup truck they were in hit a light pole, the Washington State Patrol said. Witnesses said the truck ran a red light then swerved to avoid a passing car.

Driver Runs Red Light, Collides with School Bus
Minot Daily News (North Dakota), March 9, 2011

A Minot woman was injured Monday morning when the vehicle she was driving entered the intersection on a red light and collided with a school bus. The bus was not carrying children at the time.

Mobile Speed Cameras Proposed in Howard County
Columbia Flier (Maryland), March 8, 2011

Speeding is such a problem in his Ellicott City neighborhood that resident Ed Chaney downloaded a speed gun application on his iPhone to screen the speeds of passing cars. He found that the average speed of vehicles traveling on the road is 45 to 55 miles per hour. The speed limit, however, is 30 miles per hour, and 25 miles per hour in school zones. Read poll data in a related 2010 article. Times Observer, March 7, 2011

Drivers Disregard School Bus Passing Law, Survey Shows
The Baltimore Sun, March 8, 2011

More than 7,000 drivers in Maryland were observed passing stopped school buses illegally — one of the most serious traffic offenses in state law — during a single-day survey conducted by the Maryland Department of Education. The figures, gathered from all 24 of the state’s jurisdictions, are being used to support an effort by state and local educators to win passage of a bill in the General Assembly to allow the use of cameras mounted on the outside of school  buses to  enforce the law against passing when the vehicles have their red lights flashing and stop arm deployed.

Pennsylvania Police Target Aggressive Drivers
Times Observer, March 7, 2011

With the help of state grant money to cover the costs, police departments accross the state will target aggressive driving in their jurisdictions. In a similar effort in 2009, police in and around Warren, Penn., issued 36,136  citations for disobeying traffic control devices and signs, the second most common offense. Speeding was the most common offense, and warranted 73,108 tickets.

Cameras to Nab Red-Light Runners in Jersey City
The Jersey Journal, March 4, 2011

Jersey City has installed security cameras at the intersection of Kennedy Boulevard and Communipaw Avenue to catch drivers who speed through red lights. They are the first red-light safety cameras in the city. Though the cameras went up on March 3, there will be a 30-day “warning period” before $85 fines will be issued.

Editorial: Sic Cameras on Red-Light Scofflaws
Hartford Courant (Connecticut), March 10, 2011

Where red-light cameras are used, streets are safer. And, as Connecticut’s Office of Legislative Research pointed out in a report last year, “the use of red light cameras could help free police officers for other duties without compromising traffic safety.” About 500 American cities now use cameras to catch red-light violators. Connecticut’s communities should join them.

Letter to Editor: What About Yellow Lights?
Daytona Beach News Journal (Florida), March 7, 2011

I have a question about the red-light cameras, and am hoping this paper can find the answer. (I’m in favor of them, as I was twice nearly killed by red-light runners in this town.) My question is: Where is the line to be drawn between a violation and no violation? If you enter the intersection when the light is still yellow, is it a violation?

Editorial: Traffic Cameras Have Green Light for Now
The Arizona Republic, March 5, 2011

Good news for Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and other towns and cities around Arizona: The state Senate narrowly rejected a misguided bill that would have made streets less safe.

Bicyclist Narrowly Avoids Red-Light Running Vehicle
ATS Cameras in Laurel, Maryland, March 9

A bicycle rider takes evasive action to avoid a collision with a motorist who runs through a red light.

Neighborhood Speeding a Top Complaint in Howard County, Maryland
WBAL TV-11, March 8, 2011

Speed safety cameras are expected to be up and running later this year in Howard County, where drivers’ speed in school zones and neighborhoods will be the priority. See related story above.

Broward County Commissioner Talks Traffic Safety over Coffee
Sun Sentinel.com, March 8, 2011

Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter makes the most of YouTube and Website convenience to inform the public about government operations. Speaking casually from a local coffeehouse, she interviews the traffic engineering division’s assistant director about the operation, funding and intergovernmental cooperation involved with red light safety cameras.

The warning period will give residents an opportunity to become familiar with the system. We encourage people to slow down and definitely stop on red before the actual citations begin. This is a public safety program, and our goal is to deter red-light runners and prevent collisions resulting from these violations.”

Russell MacArthur, East Brunswick Police lieutenant
MyCentralJersey.com, March 4, 2011

A year-long police study in Howard County, Maryland, found vehicles were traveling above the speed limit 66 percent of the time within a half-mile radius around 70 public and 30 private schools. SOURCE: WBAL TV-11, March 8, 2011

Howard County, Maryland, announced it will formally consider installing speed cameras this week to curb dangerous driving behavior. On one road, police noted 605 vehicles out of 7,203 traveling more than 12 mph over the speed limit in a single 48-hour period in December 2009. That’s about one speeder for every 12 cars. SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun, March 7, 2011.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 13

March 3rd, 2011 Comments off

 

A message from Jim Tuton, ATS president and CEO

As you may know, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has proclaimed March to be Red Light Running Awareness Month. The governor’s announcement is a clear reminder that red light running causes traumatic crashes that kill and injure people, ruin lives and raise costs for all of us who live, drive, work and play in Arizona and across the country. Red light safety cameras help make roads safer for everyone by increasing voluntary compliance with the traffic law that tells us all to stop on red. From Seattle to Miami and from Washington, D.C., to Phoenix and everywhere in between, more than 500 cities across the country are reporting fewer violations and fewer crashes since the installation of road safety cameras. These results should make us all proud of the work we do to save lives. Let’s continue to work together to share this important message. Thank you. (View proclamation.)

Meet the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR). This champion of road safety improvement brings together policymakers, community leaders and concerned citizens for a common purpose — to advocate for the use of red light safety cameras in communities across the country. Visit the website at saferoadssavelives.org for information from experts, testimonials from hurting families, and how you can become involved in helping to stop this dangerous but preventable behavior.

New Study Shows Steep Decline in Intersection Fatalities
nsc.org, March 3, 2011

After analyzing fatal crash data from all 50 states, the National Safety Council concluded in its recent report that fatal crashes at intersections with traffic lights decreased by 17% and fatal crashes at intersections involving red-light running decreased by 27% from 2005 to 2009. (View study.) The results come on the heels of similar findings by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Four students injured in #KCMO school bus wreck, hit by red-light runner. bit.ly/gSMVTY.

Arizona Senate Rejects Bill Banning Cameras
YumaSun.com, March 2, 2011

The state Senate on Wednesday rejected SB 1352 which would make illegal the use of the automated devices to catch speeders and those who run red lights. The 15-15 vote came despite pleas from backers that the cameras do nothing to improve safety but instead serve as cash cows for sponsoring governments.

Portion of Traffic Fines Will Pay for New Sidewalks
Gazette.net (Maryland), March 2, 2011

The Takoma Park City Council has decided to use some of the money from speed camera citations to pay for new sidewalks to help keep pedestrians safe.

Cameras Ahead of Schedule for Boynton Beach
Palm Beach Post News (Florida), March 1, 2011

City officials had expected to activate the cameras at three intersections on Congress Avenue and one on Federal Highway by April 1. But police Lt. Kelly Harris says installation is moving faster than expected and it’s likely the cameras will be activated on March 28.

Interest in Red Light Safety Cameras Grows in Massachusetts
The Sun Chronicle, Feb. 28, 2011

The Massachusetts Police Chiefs Association and the American Automobile Association both back cameras on the basis of safety. And they may get their way. Gov. Deval Patrick has already publicly supported red light cameras and at least two bills have been filed in the state Legislature that would permit local communities to install them.

Boulder Traffic Tickets Hit Record Levels
The Daily Camera (Colorado), Feb. 28, 2011

The  number of photo radar, photo red light and general traffic tickets reached record levels last year in Boulder. …  The increase is attributed to a full staff of traffic officers for the first time in years, as well as the court taking over tickets for not carrying proof of insurance.

Red Light Camera Supporters Go on Offensive
Michael Mahoney blog, 20poundsofheadlines, (Missouri) Feb. 28, 2011

There is push back today on the move to outlaw red light traffic cameras in Missouri. The group in support of the cameras, Missourians For Safer Roads, cites a letter from the state’s Solicitor General James R. Layton, a top lawyer in the Attorney General’s office. It says in part, “State law is silent on the use of cameras to enforce red light ordinances, so an otherwise valid red light ordinance would not conflict with state law merely because it provides for enforcement by camera.”

Midfield City Council Pursues Red Light Safety Cameras
The Birmingham News/al.com, (Alabama) Feb. 28, 2011

The City Council has passed a resolution asking the state Legislature to approve legislation that would allow the city to install red light cameras to catch careless drivers.

Florida Cities Oppose Ban on Red Light Safety Cameras
News-Press.com, Feb. 27, 2011

Florida cities are opposing bills filed in the House and Senate to end the use of red-light cameras, which some local governments say are needed to address a public safety issue in a cost-effective manner.

Letter to Editor: Happy to See Cameras Arrive
Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), March 2, 2011

If drivers obeyed the traffic laws, stopped the use of cell phones while driving and were defensive drivers, red-light cameras would be unnecessary.

Letter to Editor: Eyman’s Latest Petition Endangers Lives
The Wenatchee World (Washington), Feb. 28, 2011

This latest petition of Mr. Eyman’s is a stamp of approval for drivers to break the law and speed to beat the yellow light before it may turn red.

Letter to Editor: Cameras Protect Bicyclists, Pedestrians
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Texas), Feb. 25, 2011

Here’s a bicyclist who is glad he checked for oncoming traffic before entering the intersection. Otherwise, the red-light runner would have killed or injured him.

Warning Period Ends in Orange County, Fla.
WFTV Channel 9, Feb. 28, 2011

Authorities here began issuing tickets from Orange County’s new red light safety cameras beginning Feb. 28, ending a two-week trial period that saw more than  3,000 motorists run red lights at 10 intersections with the cameras.

See Why Red Light Cameras are Deemed Necessary
Ocala.com, Feb. 28, 2011

A community resident submitted this video link to show people why red light safety cameras are important.

Boerum Hill Residents Take on Traffic Issues
ny1.com, Feb. 28, 2011

Years of pedestrian injuries, fatalities and complaints have prompted a New York community to consider red light safety cameras and other traffic measures to make a dangerous stretch of road in Boerum Hill safer.

North Miami Police Praise Red Light Cameras
nbcmiami.com, Feb. 25, 2011

Traffic collisions are down by 60 percent in North Miami, as are the number of fatalities, says a police department spokesman. With 16 red light safety cameras in operation, police get time to attend to other peacekeeping matters.  

It’s a way to discourage dangerous driving where you have high volumes of traffic. There aren’t enough officers to cover every intersection.”

Ed O’Leary, Foxboro, Mass., police chief, speaking on red light safety cameras
The Sun Chronicle (Massachusetts), Feb. 28, 2011

The city of Orlando began using red-light cameras in 2008. Accidents at those intersections dropped by one-third in the first year, and rear-end collisions went down 20 percent. SOURCE: cfnews13.com, Feb. 28, 2011.

On average, traffic collisions injured 19 pedestrians each year from 2005-2009, with five fatalities from 2005-2010, on a 10-block stretch of Atlantic Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Boerum Hill. A task force is looking at using red light safety cameras and other solutions as a way to make this road safer. SOURCE: ny1.com, Feb. 28, 2011.  

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