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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 30

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Most Drivers Favor Red-Light Safety Cameras, National Poll Shows
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, June 30, 2011

Two-thirds of drivers in 14 big cities with longstanding red light camera programs support their use, a new survey from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates. The findings follow an Institute study demonstrating that cameras have reduced the rate of fatal red light running crashes by 24 percent in these same cities.

Eatontown Approves Red-Light Safety Camera Use
Atlanticville (New Jersey), June 30, 2011

The Borough Council formally adopted an ordinance to bring red-light safety cameras to the community. The decision allows the project to be put out for bid.

City of Melbourne OKs Camera Ordinance
FloridaToday.com, June 29, 2011

Red-light cameras will guard a handful of Melbourne intersections, but not for at least a year while city leaders wait out lawsuits and potential state law changes stemming from the controversial devices.


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Traffic Ticket Revenues Exceed Expectations in Colorado Springs
The Denver Post (Colorado), June 28, 2011

Revenues for Colorado Springs are higher than expected this year, thanks in part to red light cameras and photo radar.

Fatalities Fall, Ticket Revenues Rise in Calgary
Calgary Herald (Canada), June 28, 2011

Police officers and traffic cameras brought in another record amount in 2010, almost reaching the $40-million mark for the first time.


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The city of Milton, Fla., (pictured) will soon follow Doral in ending its red-light safety camera warning phase. Doral police will begin issuing fines based on camera evidence on June 30. See the article in The Miami Herald.

Cameras on Way to Crash-Prone Intersection
The Express-Times (New Jersey), June 24, 2011

A video from a patrolman’s dashboard camera at a routine traffic stop was all Pohatcong Township Council needed to decide if they would install red light cameras at two troubled intersections. The footage showed a truck colliding with a car.

A new and improved Wikipedia article about red-light safety cameras has been posted on this popular free encyclopedia site. The article provides a more up-to-date account of red-light safety camera technology, the issues that surround the program and where and why it is used in the United States and countries around the world. Please take a look.

Des Moines, Wash., and Clayton County, Ga., have signed new contracts with American Traffic Solutions this week. Speed compliance cameras will be installed at selected school zone locations in Des Moines. The agreement in Clayton County provides for Red-Light Safety Cameras to be installed.

Letter to Editor: Liberty Doesn’t Mean Ignoring Law
The Herald (Washington), June 28, 2011

I now see that our constitutionally protected liberties include the liberty to do what we want, when we want to do it, especially if the situation is not dangerous to anyone else as determined by ourselves, like knowing when it’s OK to run a red light.

Letter to Editor: Red-Light Camera Ticket Could Save a Life
The Bellingham Herald (Washington), June 28, 2011

We need more of the proposed red light cameras, and violators need to be fined with $1,000 tickets.

Commentary: 7 Driving Mysteries That Could Save Your Life
YahooHealth.com, June 21, 2011

The most dangerous thing most people do in a typical day is get behind the wheel. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 5 to 34.

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Poll Shows High Opinion of Red-Light Safety Cameras
WJLA TV Channel 7 (Washington, D.C.), June 30, 2011

A new study released Thursday shows just how many people in Washington, D.C., actually like red-light cameras, and the number may be higher than you think.

Media Reports Broadcast How-Cameras-Work Video
WTOP FM 103.5/WTOP.com (Washington, D.C.), June 29, 2011

Ever wonder how red-light safety cameras are programmed to snap a photo if a driver runs the light? The process is more than a flash and an automated ticket. In fact, most of it is far from automation.

Police Spot Red-Light Runners Frame by Frame
Asbury Park Press/APP.com (New Jersey), June 25, 2011

Under a state Department of Transportation pilot program, thousands of New Jersey drivers have been ticketed for running red lights at intersections monitored by cameras.

“I really think it will be a positive, and it will eventually, we hope, change the behavior and have people start stopping at red lights when they’re supposed to rather than seeing the yellow and speeding up.”
Michael Goldfarb, police chief of Eatontown, N.J.
Atlanticville.com (New Jersey), June 30, 2011

“It’s only a matter of time that a more serious accident will occur and someone dies.”
Jim Kern III, councilman and mayor-elect of Pohatcong Township, N.J.
The Express-Times (New Jersey),  June 24, 2011


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Canada
Traffic fatalities have decreased 25 percent in the province of Alberta, Canada, from 2007 to 2010. The province includes the cities of Calgary and Edmonton, two locations using red-light safety cameras. A total of 351 people died on the province’s roads in 2010. SOURCE: Calgary Herald, June 28, 2011.

Florida
Police officers issued 587 tickets and warnings to red-light runners in the past year in Melbourne. Officers reported 67 red light running crashes involving one fatality and 47 injuries for the past year. This week, the city passed an ordinance to allow red-light safety cameras. SOURCE: FloridaToday.com, June 29, 2011

More than 3,000 warning notices were issued to motorists during Doral’s 90-day red light safety camera phase-in period, for an average of 1,000 notices a month. SOURCE:  The Miami Herald, June 27, 2011.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 29

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Los Angeles Daily News photo by Andy Holzman
LAPD Officer Mike Gregg reviews video of red light violators.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Remain on the Job in L.A.
Contra Costa Times (California), June 22, 2011

The Los Angeles City Council decided today to keep the city’s red-light camera program on life support, sending the issue to the Budget and Finance Committee for more discussion about its cost.

Monroe City Council Finds Legal Flaws in Camera Initiative
The Herald (Washington), June 23, 2011

A unanimous Monroe City Council has decided to mount a legal challenge against an initiative that seeks to give voters here a chance to weigh in on traffic-enforcement cameras. The city now will seek a court order to block the measure from appearing on a ballot.

Township Passes Ordinance to Accept Red-Light Safety Cameras
PhillyBurbs.com (New Jersey), June 23, 2011

Cinnaminson Township, which has already approved ATS as its vendor, continued its pursuit of red-light cameras at selected intersections on Route 130 and Route 73 with the adoption of an ordinance to change the municipal code.

Additional Camera Locations Sought in Brick, N.J.
Brick Patch (New Jersey), June 22, 2011

Additional township intersections could be outfitted with red light violation cameras, officials said Tuesday. Traffic safety officers have started the process of researching new, potential locations where cameras could be installed.


Houston Chronicle photo by Michael Paulsen

Judge: Houston Voters Were Too Late to Ban Cameras
Courthouse News Service (Texas), June 21, 2011

A federal judge axed a popular voter initiative that would have banned the use of red-light safety cameras in Houston (above photo), finding that the proposition was actually an untimely referendum.

U.S. Conference of Mayors Endorses Red-Light Safety Cameras
National Coaliton for Safer Roads, June 21, 2011

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) commends the U.S. Conference of Mayors for passing a resolution Sunday strongly supporting the use of red light and speed safety cameras. This important technology helps reduce injuries and fatalities on the nation’s roadways. View resolution.

Motorists Still Accountable for Tickets in Spokane, City Says
The Spokesman-Review (Washington), June 21, 2011

Red-light runners caught on camera in Spokane shouldn’t automatically expect a break from a recent court ruling rejecting the city’s method for issuing tickets.

ATS signed separate agreements this week to bring red-light safety camera programs to the Florida town of Medley and the city of Sarasota.


Pensacola News Journal photo
Motorists caught running red lights in Milton, Florida, (above photo) will receive a warning notice up until July 15, when police officers will begin issuing $158 tickets based on their review of evidence captured by red-light safety cameras.

Editorial: Following Court Ruling, Houston Should Restart Red-Light Safety Cameras
Houston Chronicle (Texas), June 21, 2011

With the invalidation of last year’s red-light camera vote by a federal judge, Houston officials have a rare opportunity to undo a mistake that has cost the city millions of dollars while undermining public safety.

Commentary: 10 Reasons Why L.A. Should Keep Road Safety Camera Program
dBusinessNews (California), June 22, 2011

As the Los Angeles City Council prepares to vote this week on the future of the city’s critical traffic safety camera program, the Traffic Safety Coalition is outlining 10 reasons why the program should stay. No. 1 — zero fatalities.

Letter to Editor: Red-Light Safety Cameras Save Lives Every Year
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), June 22, 2011

We think there ought to be a law that requires every story about red-light cameras to begin with a sentence quoting the most-recent official statistics as to how many people are killed and injured in the United States every year by people who run red lights.

Traffic accidents kill nearly 1.3 million people every year worldwide. That’s 2 people every minute. http://t.co/IzHI8Lo #roadsafety

Humans Get Final Say on What’s a Camera Ticket
WEAR TV-3, Florida, June 21, 2011

They’re becoming more and more commonplace; cameras placed at intersections to catch people running red lights. But, it’s … humans who still have the final say on what’s technically a violation.


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Federal Judge Rules Houston Camera Election Invalid
KRIV Fox TV 26, (Texas), June 17, 2011

A U.S. District Judge has ruled invalid the election to determine if traffic light cameras should have been removed from Houston roadways.

“I don’t understand why there are people quibbling about revenue. This is about saving lives.”
Bernard Parks, L.A. councilman and former L.A. police chief
San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.com (California), June 17, 2011

Texas
The portion of red-light running fines in Houston dedicated to hospital trauma centers has amounted to $9 million since the red-light safety cameras were activated in 2006. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle, June 21, 2011.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 28

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ATS Video Shows Simplicity of Technology, Thoroughness of Process
ATS Website, June 14, 2011

In conjunction with National Safety Month, and to raise awareness about how red-light safety cameras work and the careful steps taken before a violation is determined, American Traffic Solutions released an engaging web-based video this week that takes viewers through every step of the process. See how the Gulfport Patch and The Sacramento Bee covered the announcement. Even better, read CEO James Tuton’s column in the Huffington Post.


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Red-Light Safety Cameras Still a Go
The Tampa Tribune/TBO.com (Florida), June 14, 2011

Many changes in Florida have affected the finances tied to violations issued through red-light safety cameras, but authorities say drivers have stopped their bad behavior, and serious wrecks are on the decline.

Milton Ready to Switch on Cameras
Pensacola News Journal (Florida), Jun 14, 2011

Ross Ritter was sitting at the red light at U.S. 90 and Parkmore Plaza Road in Milton two weeks ago when two cars zoomed by and ran the light. “There is never a cop around when you need one,” Ritter, 67, of Milton thought to himself as the cars whizzed by.

Rhode Island Lawmakers Consider Speed Safety Camera Bill
The Providence Journal, June 14, 2011

Rhode Island lawmakers have a hearing scheduled on legislation that would allow automated cameras to help police catch speeders.

Police Say Cameras in Lake Forest Park Slow Traffic
Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Patch (Washington), June 13, 2011

During the past two years, speed safety cameras have helped reduce the average speed through a school zone in this city from 20.5 mph to 19.5 mph.

New Port Richey Police Chief Outlines Red-Light Violation Specifics
The Suncoast News/TBO Online (Florida), June 11, 2011

Red-light safety cameras go live this week in New Port Richey. To help motorists understand the definition of a violation, Police Chief Jeffrey Harrington says the key element to a violation is that the entire car has to be behind the stop line when the light goes red.

ATS Awaits New Jersey Township’s Contract Decision
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), June 8, 2011

By next month, Middletown Township is expected to consider whether to contract with a provider to bring red-light safety cameras to five intersections. ATS is one of the finalists for the program.

Ocean Township and Pennsauken, both of New Jersey, signed new contracts with American Traffic Solutions this past week. In Ohio, the city of Akron signed a contract renewal through August 2012. While the city of Greenwood Village, Colo., rounded out the week with a contract renewal as well.

ATS Promotes Tools to Keep Teen Drivers Safe
If you are a parent or have a family member who is a teen driver ATS has developed an easy guide to help navigate their first six to 12 months of solo driving. More help is available in this copy of Teen Driver – A Family Guide to Teen Driver Safety, and the National Safety Council’s website offers additional advice.


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In a final check before bringing the red-light safety camera program online for the city of Palisades Park last week, ATS employees Steve Molina (center) and James Miller (right) ensured all final adjustments were made and all systems were functioning properly. Also pictured are electrician Wayne Steudler (far left) of Carr and Duff electrical construction, and Matt Fink (background) of Palisades Park Police Department in New Jersey.

@ATS_RoadSafety “For me, the debate over red-light cameras is a simple one: You do the crime, you pay the fine.” Do you agree? http://bit.ly/jdN8Fg


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Two pickup trucks collided with this Ford Mustang in Peoria, Arizona, sending the occupant to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Three others died in the crash.

Pickup Runs Red Light; 3 Die
KSAZ FOX Channel 10 (Arizona), June 11, 2011

Three people are dead and one is injured following a three-vehicle crash in Peoria on June 11. The collision occurred at about 3 a.m. Saturday when a truck with two passengers inside ran a red light and collided with another pickup truck carrying a driver, police said.

“This is not about the money. This is about safety; about making intersections safe. This is about teaching people to pay closer attention while driving.”
Troy Morgan, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office corporal
The Tampa Tribune/Tampa Bay Online (Florida), June 13, 2011

“We have noticed a decrease in people speeding around the school since the cameras have been up, which means that it’s safer for kids to be walking.”
Aimee Miner, Lake Forest Park Elementary School principal
Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Patch (Washington), June 13, 2011

“Officers have limited time for traffic enforcement and are not in the school zones every day.”
Dennis Peterson, Lake Forest Park police chief
Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Patch (Washington), June 13, 2011

“There very much is a human element to it. Police officers have to review each and every violation, and those officers are going to have to be comfortable that a violation did indeed exist and look at each one on a case-by-case basis.”
Jeffrey Harrington, New Port Richey police chief
Tampa Bay Online (Florida), June 11, 2011

New Jersey
Based on an ATS study, a daily average of 42 red-light running violations are expected at an intersection in Palisades Park, N.J. SOURCE: NewJersey.com, June 10, 2011.

Florida
From January 1 through February, Hillsborough County mailed out 33,966 violations. Three of those were for rolling right turn violations. SOURCE: The Tampa Tribune/Tampa Bay Online, June 11, 2011.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 27

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Exclusive: Accidents way up with red light cameras off
KTRK (Houston), June 8, 2

Back in November, Houstonians voted to turn off red light cameras at dozens of intersections. Now we’re getting a look at new figures on accidents in those areas and they paint a different picture than previous data.

MU professor says red-light cameras are effective
Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri), June 8, 2011

They might generate money for local governments, but the cameras that automatically snap pictures of red-light runners are, indeed, effective traffic tools, a University of Missouri researcher reports

Police caution drivers about red light camera phone apps
KGUN (Tucson), June 8, 2011

Smart phone applications aimed at alerting drivers to speed zones or red light enforcement cameras are causing a bit of a stir. But, it’s not the information found in the phone apps that has police cautioning drivers.

Residents Propose Speed Camera Among Solutions to Traffic Woes
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), June 1, 2011

A state-formed residential task force included the use of speed cameras among its list of solutions to curb aggressive driving along a stretch of roadway near two schools that has recently witnessed a series of crashes.


Suburban Journal photo by Rick Graefe

Boynton Beach and Pembroke Pines, Florida, have ended their warning periods and are now issuing $158 fines for running red lights. Milton, Florida, will begin its warning period on June 15.

@MOattorney: TRAFFIC LAW NEWS: MU Researcher Says Red Light Cameras are Vital for Safety http://bit.ly/llK8eP


The Jersey Journal photo by Reena Rose Sibayan
Improved pedestrian safety is one new shared goal of America Walks and the National Coalition for Safer Roads.

America Walks Joins Forces with National Coalition for Safer Roads
National Coalition for Safer Roads, June 2, 2011

America Walks and the National Coalition for Safer Roads are working together to help solve the epidemic of preventable pedestrian deaths. Between 2000 and 2009, 47,000 people were killed and 688,000 were injured in the United States while walking, according to a new report from Transportation for America.

Letter to the Editor: Would like red light cameras at all intersections
The Californian, June 2, 2011

My family and I moved to Murrieta a few years ago from a city that was not so safe. Murrieta, the second safest city of its size in the U.S. (in 2009), is an absolute pleasure to live in. We can take walks, shop, go to parks, visit neighbors, or play in our front yard without fear of assault of some kind.

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Commentary: Dangerous Plate Tricks
The Oregonian/OregonLive.com, June 2, 2011

Photographs from Florida’s Department of Transportation have captured SunPass tollbooth runners in acts of head-shaking audacity.

Commentary: Red Light-Safety Cameras Don’t Threaten Privacy
The News-Press (Florida), June 1, 2011

It appears that the “chicken little” syndrome is alive and well. I refer to all the opponents of red-light cameras who are running around screaming, “invasion of privacy, invasion of privacy!”

Letter to Editor: Put Red-Light Safety Cameras at All Intersections
North County Times (California), June 2, 2011

The drivers in Murrieta also know that law enforcement is strict in the city, which is good. Law enforcement officers here take a personal interest in this city, as do I. … These cameras aid law enforcement in making Murrieta a safe place to live. I may start a petition to have cameras at all intersections.


Associated Press

Hansen: Stoplight cameras improve safety, ISU finds

Using data from 2001 to 2006, ISU’s Center for Transportation Research and Education found that crashes related to motorists running red lights fell 40 percent in Davenport after cameras were installed. In Council Bluffs, the decline was 90 percent. Crashes of any kind were down 20 percent in Davenport and 40 percent in Council Bluffs.

Florida
Results from an April 2011 Tallahassee survey found that 71 percent of respondents said they are more likely to stop at red lights and 77 percent are confident that others are more likely to stop knowing cameras are operational in the community. SOURCE: City of Tallahassee/talgov.com, June 3, 2011.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 26

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Each year, 60 to 70 accidents occur here where Route 1 intersects with Bakers Basin and Franklin Corner roads. It’s the planned site of the first red-light safety camera in Lawrence Township, N.J. Times of Trenton/NJ.com, May 28, 2011. See article. 

Think Twice before Buying Ticket Protection Devices
Arnold Patch (Missouri), June 1, 2011

As the number of municipalities using red-light cameras has increased, so too have the number of products claiming to protect drivers from getting a ticket.

Online Petition Calls for Crackdown on Traffic Laws
WTOP FM 103.5 (Washington, D.C.), May 30, 2011

Erik Kugler wants more done to make drivers obey traffic laws, including increasing the use of speed and red-light safety cameras. To that end, he’s started a petition.

Police Seek Driver of Stolen Car that Hit 9-Year-Old Girl
The Seattle Times (Washington), May 30, 2011

Seattle police were looking for a hit-and-run driver who jumped the curb in a stolen car late Monday afternoon and struck a 9-year-old girl, breaking both her legs. The driver ran at least one red light in his flight from police.

Motorcyclist Dies in Collision with Red-Light Runner
WFTV Channel 9 (Florida), May 30, 2011

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash where a driver ran a red light right before hitting a motorcyclist, troopers say.

Police Respond to Red-Light Running Complaints
The Battalion (Texas), May 30, 2011

In response to increasing complaints about red light runners, College Station Police Department is innovating new ways to catch offenders. (Editor’s note: A 2009 public vote removed red-light safety cameras in College Station.) 

Cameras Keep Drivers on Best Behavior
The Gazette (Colorado), May 28, 2011

Motorists in Colorado Springs appear to be thinking twice before stepping on the gas to beat a yellow light, as the number of tickets handed out to motorists running red lights at intersections equipped with high-definition cameras dropped nearly 30 percent in the program’s first six months.

Tennessee Governor will Pen Limits on Road Safety Camera Programs
Daily Reporter (Indiana), May 28, 2011

Gov. Bill Haslam says he will sign into law a traffic camera bill that aims to eliminate their use as speed traps and reduce private vendors’ influence over where they are located.


The Palm Beach Post photo by Allen Eyestone
Red-light safety cameras in Boynton Beach are in their first month of the citation phase.

Alpharetta, Georgia, signed a five-year contract renewal with American Traffic Solutions last week. The city began its road safety camera program in 2004, and has continued with the program since.

The city of Scottsdale, Arizona, exercised its contract renewal option for one year. The extension takes effect July 1.

The warning period for red light running in New Port Richey, Florida, will end on June 14. Citations will be issued for $158 beginning on June 15.

ATS and Driving MBA Promote Safe Driving Practices among Teens
ATS Website, May 31, 2011

ATS is working with Driving MBA to enhance materials for high school driver’s education programs to include information about ways to safely approach an intersection and the dangerous consequences of red-light running.

Letter to Editor: No Questions about Photo Enforcement
The Seattle Times (Washington), May 30, 2011

As far as we see it, the safety cameras do nothing but make our roads safer for people inside and outside of the vehicle.

Editorial: New Law Rightsizes Traffic Cam Guidelines
The Daily News Journal/DNJ.com (Tennessee), June 1, 2011

While we know there will still be those who’ll never warm to the concept of traffic cameras, we’re glad that Gov. Bill Haslam has committed to signing into law legislation that puts some restrictions and statewide consistency on these traffic safety tools.

Commentary: Keeping Cameras Will Save Lives
FloridaToday.com, May 27, 2011

Red-light cameras in our county should not be removed. This seems like a very obvious response to the question when we understand the cameras are there to save lives, but as I’ve learned, even the most obvious needs defending.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Called a Success
KXRM FOX Channel 21 (Colorado), June 1, 2011

The numbers are in, and fewer drivers are running red lights, at least at four intersections in Colorado Springs where red-light cameras have been installed.

“Nothing is so important you have to get there two seconds sooner than taking an extra light cycle, it might take two or three minutes out of your day but it might save your life or somebody elses.”
Pat Rigdon, Colorado Springs Police Department lieutenant
KOAA TV Channel 5 (Colorado), May 29, 2011

“I know everybody says it’s a speed trap, but we had 51 or more wrecks at that intersection. We did a lot of things before we went to the camera, and the camera seemed to be our final hope. I know people don’t like them because they get caught. But that thing has probably saved lives.”
Joe Parker, Huntingdon, Tenn., police chief
Daily Reporter (Indiana), May 28, 2011

“I understand some people didn’t like them, but they worked. They made intersections a safer place.”
Bill Haslam, Tennessee governor and former Knoxville mayor
Daily Reporter (Indiana), May 28, 2011

“We put it in for safety. We’ve caught some running over 100 mph through there. … I assume (lawmakers) don’t care if people speed.”
Don Weaver, city manager of Bluff City, Tennessee
Daily Reporter (Indiana), May 28, 2011

“Let’s not forget the focus of the program is to change driving behaviors for the better … and hopefully that behavior will carry over into other intersections — whether there’s photo enforcement or not.”
Steve Noblitt, Colorado Springs Police Department sergeant
The Gazette (Colorado), May 28, 2011
 

Colorado
Over the past six months, photographs of red-light running violators have fallen 30 percent in Colorado Springs. SOURCE: KOAA TV Channel 5 (Colorado), May 29, 2011

In Colorado Springs, 98.5 percent of traffic violators pay their fine that originated from a road safety camera. SOURCE: The Gazette, May 28, 2011.

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