Archive for September, 2011

ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 43

September 29th, 2011 Comments off

Edmonton police are targeting speeding motorists on Stony Plain Road to determine the best method of enforcement — including red light safety cameras — to use to slow down drivers. “Fatality” signs are installed by the city near locations of fatal collisions for six months to raise awareness of the dangers of driving. The shared program between the police and transportation department began in the late 1990s. Requests from neighborhoods and affected families to not place a sign are honored. Read the article. (West Edmonton Local photo by Shaamini Yogaretnam)

Miami Springs Makes Roads, Sidewalks Safer
River Cities Gazette (Florida), Sept. 29, 2011

Since a deadly car-pedestrian collision in 2009 , the city has taken steps to slow cars down and make area roads safer. Red-light safety cameras are expected to be activated early next year. (River Cities Gazette photo by Theo Karantsalis)

Red-Light Safety Camera Myths Debunked in Brick
Brick Patch (New Jersey), Sept. 28, 2011

Does a driver run a red light every time a camera flashes? No. Cameras also flash when they recalibrate themselves. This myth and others were addressed by the Brick Township Council earlier this week. (Daily Record photo by Thomas P. Costello)

Safest and Worst Cities for Drivers Named in Allstate Report, Sept. 27, 2011

In its seventh annual America’s Safest Drivers Reports, the Allstate insurance company has ranked the 200 largest American cities according to collision frequency. Fort Collins, Colorado, is the safest place to drive. ( photo) See Allstate news release.

City Leaders Approve Road Safety Camera Contract
The Birmingham News (Alabama), Sept. 26, 2011

The Midfield City Council on Monday night awarded the professional services contract to American Traffic Solutions to install and operate red light cameras in the city. The mayor said he would like installation to begin soon.

Good News for Lynnwood Cameras after Some New Math
Herald Net (Washington), Sept. 24, 2011

Lynnwood’s road safety camera program got some positive press this week, and that may be justified — once the picture is adjusted for reality.

Palm Beach County Camera Fines Now in Effect
The Palm Beach Post News (Florida), Sept. 23, 2011

Red-light runners now face fines instead of warnings on Palm Beach County roads that have new red-light cameras.

Red-Light Runners Strike 2 Students in Crosswalk
FOX23 (Oklahoma), Sept. 28, 2011

In three days time, two Tulsa School students are hit while crossing in a crosswalk.  Both are OK, but could have been seriously hurt or even killed.

School Chiefs Act on New Law Allowing Bus Cameras
Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Washington), Sept. 28, 2011

If the flashing lights and swinging stop sign on a school bus aren’t enough to make you brake for kids, maybe an automated $394 camera ticket will do it. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer photo by Niki Desautels)

Crossing Guard’s Grieving Family Calls for Stricter Laws
KCCI Channel 8 (Iowa), Sept. 26, 2011

When the family of a 78-year-old crossing guard who died after a collision with a red-light runner learned that the driver would be penalized with a traffic ticket only, they immediately raised a cry to change the law so red-light runners involved in deadly crashes face greater penalities. (Ankeny Patch photo by Megan VerHelst)

Fort Worth Committed to Installing More Cameras
WFAA Channel 8 (Texas), Sept. 27, 2011

There has been a backlash against red-light cameras in Houston, Baytown and College Station, with some calling for the cameras to be removed. Fort Worth, however, is going the other direction — adding 10 new cameras in the coming weeks.

American Traffic Solutions entered a five-year agreement this week with the township of Little Falls, N.J., to install, operate and maintain a road safety camera program. Also this week, San Bernardino, Calif., renewed its program with a three year extension to continue with ATS.

ProjectIgnition RT @ATS_RoadSafety On average, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic crash every 8 minutes:  #StopOnRed

Letter to the Editor: Stopping for School Buses
Daily Republic (California), Sept. 27, 2011

On Thursday I was traveling east on Hilborn Road in Fairfield. I had my 3-year-old twin granddaughters with me. There was a school bus stopped, with its lights flashing, …

Letter to the Editor: It’s Time for Harlan and Eyman to Go Home
Redmond Neighborhood Blog (Washington), Sept. 26, 2011

Mr. Harlan and Mr. Eyman should take their complaint and go home.  They filed their petition with the city seeking a vote on an initiative that had already been ruled invalid by the Sept. 6 Appeals Court ruling. Instead, they want our city to spend its precious funds on a special election.

Editorial: The Case for Red-Light Safety Cameras
Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 28, 2011

Drivers in Chesapeake may not appreciate the prospect of being caught on camera running a red light, but figures from the city’s police department show officials were right to install the technology.

“Mysteriously, the argument comes that we shorten the yellow light (at intersections outfitted with cameras.) We do not do that.”
Dan Toth, Brick Township councilman
Brick Patch (New Jersey), Sept. 28, 2011
“It wasn’t that it was the screeching halters. More people are running over the three seconds as opposed to below it. Three seconds in the signal timing world is quite a lot. It’s more of a willful act.”
Ravi Sheth, Chesapeake police officer specialist in charge of red-light safety camera program
The Virginian Pilot, Sept. 27, 2011
“Every single violation is an opportunity for a very severe crash.”
Gary Walton, Chesapeake city traffic engineer
The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 27, 2011

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 42

September 22nd, 2011 Comments off

Motorists Warned about Telephone Fraud
National Coalition for Safer Roads, Sept. 21, 2011

Identity thieves are making telephone calls to people and claiming they have unpaid red-light camera tickets, according to media reports. These calls are from harmful predators. The National Coalition for Safer Roads offers these following tips to help protect people.

City Will Not Forward Signature Petition Against Cameras
Redmond Patch (Washington), Sept. 21, 2011

The city of Redmond will not forward to King County a petition that was handed in last week calling for a vote on the city’s red-light camera pilot program.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Prevent Crashes, Says Police Chief
Houston Chronicle, Sept. 20, 2011

While the city of Houston has reversed direction several times on its red-light camera program due to legal challenges, in nearby Jersey Village a similar program is seen as effective traffic enforcement by the police chief.

Arrest Made in Red-Light Running Pedestrian Fatality
Baltimore Sun (Maryland), Sept. 20, 2011

A man charged with driving a car that struck and killed two teenagers in June, then speeding away without stopping, turned himself in to police Tuesday and was ordered held without bail. See previous coverage.

Fatal Crash Pushes Town Toward Red-Light Safety Cameras
WLNE-TV Channel 6 (Rhode Island) Sept. 19, 2011

Charlestown’s police chief says state officials are considering the town’s request to install red-light safety cameras along Route 1 in an effort to make the road safer.

Camera Footage Will Help Police Understand Events of Fatality
Montgomery Advertiser (Alabama), Sept. 19, 2011

An Elmore County drive-by shooting that wounded a Holtville man appears to have led to the death of his girlfriend, who died in a collision on her way to the hospi­tal after he’d been shot.

San Bernardino Votes to Keep, Upgrade Cameras
Press Enterprise (California), Sept. 19, 2011

Instead of paying to end its contract, San Bernardino decided to continue its red-light safety camera program by eliminating camera assignments at some intersections, adding new ones and upgrading the technology at other locations.

City Safety Plan Seeks to Save Lives, Prevent Crashes
Edmonton Journal (Canada), Sept. 16, 2011

Traffic safety officials hope a new plan to reduce mayhem on Edmonton streets will save more than a dozen lives and prevent 100 serious crashes over the next five years. (Edmonton Journal photo by Ed Kaiser)

Mesa’s Road Safety Camera Program Renewal Backed
The Arizona Republic, Sept. 16, 2011

Credited at least in part with a dramatic reduction of collisions, Mesa’s road safety camera program appears headed for a two-year contract extension.

Redmond Patch photo by Caitlin Moran

Speed Compliance Cameras Slow School Zone Traffic, Study Shows
Federal Way Mirror (Washington), Sept. 21, 2011

An analysis released by American Traffic Solutions (ATS) says that speed violations decreased 57.9 percent in the Panther Lake Elementary School zone in Federal Way during the first five months that photo enforcement cameras were in place in 2011.

Most Speed Violators at Meadowdale High are Out-of-Towners
Edmonds Patch (Washington), Sept. 21, 2011

Automated traffic safety cameras used to identify speeding vehicles in school zones have dramatically reduced the number of violations at Meadowdale High School during hours when children are present. See related coverage in RentonPatch. (Edmonds Patch photo by Wikipedia)

Speed Violations Fall 20%, 46% and 78% at Schools
Issaquah Reporter (Washington), Sept. 20, 2011

Speed cameras have gotten people to slow down their driving, … according to an analysis released by the company running the cameras.

ATS Receives Arizona Corporate Excellence Awards
American Traffic Solutions, Sept. 21, 2011

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that once again it has been recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as both one of the largest and fastest growing privately held companies in Arizona.

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Commentary: Get a Closer Look at Red-Light Cameras
Poughkeepsie Journal (New York), Sept. 17, 2011

Last month I wrote an article about red-light camera systems used in New York City and on Long Island. Shortly after, I was contacted by American Traffic Solutions, the Arizona firm that manufactures the equipment. Here’s how the conversation went.

Commentary: It’s a Fact. Road Safety Cameras Cut Crashes
Kitsap Sun (Washington), Sept. 15, 2011

If you’ll accept data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute, there’s no question about the efficacy of the cameras to decrease collisions and fatalities. That leaves only one significant issue left, it seems, whether use of the cameras should be decided by the voters.

Letter to the Editor: Save the Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Californian, Sept. 20, 2011

You are stopped at a red light, waiting for the left-turn traffic to come to a halt. However, when your light turns green, one, two, three and maybe four additional vehicles continue to make the left turn through their red light. This is not once in a while, it happens almost at every intersection and every day.

Letter to the Editor: Have We Lost All Sense of Right and Wrong?
The Seattle Times (Washington), Sept. 17, 2011

This ongoing controversy over red-light cameras exemplifies one of the things that is seriously wrong in this country — this mentality that the rules apply to others and not to me.

“It’s a very cost-effective (way to patrol the area) rather than stationing an officer out there at $30 bucks an hour. They never sleep and they never need a break. It’s an important tool because there are some places we can’t position our police vehicles correctly (for proper patrol) without putting someone in danger.”
Eric Foerster, Jersey Village police chief
Houston Chronicle (Texas), Sept. 20, 2011

Collisions decreased 52 percent, from 179 to 86, at major intersections in Jersey Village between Jan. 1, 2007 through June 27, 2008 and July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle, Sept. 20, 2011.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 41

September 15th, 2011 Comments off

Authorities in St. Petersburg have been busy raising public awareness about the city’s new red-light camera program leading up to this week’s activation. By making available brochures, web-based facts, figures and explanations, and other media stamped with the logo above, officials hope drivers practice safety behind the wheel. Red-light runners will be issued warning notices beginning this week. For more information on the education campaign, click here.  

With Crashes Up, Elk Grove Returns to Red-Light Safety Cameras
Chicago Tribune (Illinois), Sept. 15, 2011

Elk Grove Village will reactivate red-light cameras at an intersection where the number of crashes has nearly tripled in the eight months since the photo-enforcement tool was turned off.

Statistics Show Best, Worst Intersections in South Florida
Sun, Sept. 14, 2011

Red-light cameras have been watching us for more than a year now, and drivers in South Florida have gotten 339,000 tickets from them. Here’s when, where and how often motorists are gunning it through the red lights. (Sun Sentinel photo by Lindsay Brown)

Brick Township Adds Red-Light Safety Cameras
Brick Patch (New Jersey), Sept. 14, 2011

Two additional intersections in town have been cleared for the installation of red light cameras. Once completed, there will be four intersections with the safety devices. (Daily photo by Thomas P. Costello)

Delaware Gets Tough on Ticket Scofflaws
Newsworks, Sept. 13, 2011

Starting in October, those who lag in paying up or responding to a red-light running citation may receive written notification or calls from a collection agency. In-state drivers who have not paid the fine will be unable to re-register their vehicle until the fine is paid. Read the state’s announcement.

Woman Killed in DUI, Red-Light Running Crash
Los Angeles Daily News (California), Sept. 13, 2011

A drunk driver ran a red light in the Chesterfield Square area of Los Angeles this week and struck a vehicle, fatally injuring a woman, police said.

Crime-Solving Cameras Protect Privacy, Help Police
KMDT TV Channel 47 (Maryland), Sept. 13, 2011

The latest data shows traffic cameras are not just cracking down on speeders and red-light runners, they’re also helping catch criminals by providing police with photos of vehicles running red lights.

Success, Support Mark Philadelphia Camera Program
The Pennsylvania Record, Sept. 12, 2011

Red-light traffic camera programs employed in various municipalities nationwide have won and lost their share of battles, both legal and those of public opinion. One thing remains certain: Philadelphia’s own red-light camera program doesn’t seem to be on the chopping block anytime soon. ( photo)

Police Investigators Turn to Cameras to Re-create Crash
Toledo Blade (Ohio), Sept. 12, 2011

Police say they can review the tapes from a red-light safety camera to determine which vehicle ran the red light prior to the collision that sent an adult and three children to the hospital.

City Asks for Lower Insurance Rates for Drivers
The Miami Herald (Florida), Sept. 12, 2011

With fewer accidents on the roads thanks to red-light cameras, shouldn’t drivers’ insurance rates go down? That’s what Pembroke Pines city leaders are asking the insurance industry.

T-bone Crash in Tallahassee
WCTV Channel 2 (Florida), Sept. 12, 2011

Vehicle occupants survived a two-car collision caused by one car running a stop light and crashing into the passing vehicle, according to Tallahassee police.

Report Shows Crashes Decline at Intersections with Cameras
Dallas Morning News (Texas), Sept. 11, 2011

A study meant to end the debate over red-light cameras once and for all might be doing just the opposite. Texas Transportation Institute researchers in August published the most comprehensive report to date of the cameras and their performance statewide, showing crashes down virtually across the board in cities ranging from Dallas to Plano to Irving. See pdf of article.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Arrive in Selma
Selma Times-Journal (Alabama), Sept. 10, 2011

Beginning Sept. 16, two new red-light cameras within Selma will begin issuing citations to those drivers who find the red, yellow and green light system a little too difficult to follow.

Few Scofflaws Flout Distracted Driving Law
Calgary Sun (Canada), Sept. 1, 2011

If you are reading this while driving, you are now breaking the law. Such is the new reality under Alberta’s distracted driving legislation that, after months of media blitzing, finally went into effect earlier this month, with heightened vigilance among law enforcement across the province. Learn more about the law here.

Mesa’s Public Safety Committee this week expressed unanimous support for the city council to negotiate and execute a two-year contract extension of its road safety camera program with American Traffic Solutions. The committee’s presentation shows a 53 percent drop in crashes over five years. The city council will consider the proposal in the near future. See minutes of meeting.

@ATS_RoadSafety New Orleans #Police credit crime-fighting traffic cams with helping make an arrest in home burglary  #RoadSafety


Crash Numbers Fall in Fort Worth
KDAF TV Channel 33 (Texas), Sept. 13, 2011

For the past four years, Fort Worth police have been able to spend less time watching traffic lights, thanks to 45 cameras with their eyes on the road. By the end of 2011, the city plans to add 10 more cameras to a program that is helping to reduce traffic collisions.

Letter to Editor: Yes to Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Herald-Tribune (Florida), Sept. 14, 2011

I sincerely appreciate the publishing of the guest column by Melissa Wandall. … Her personal loss and dedicated work to pass legislation to advance installation of cameras at dangerous intersections has earned her the right to authoritatively comment on this important safety issue. Read the column.

Editorial: More Cameras Make Streets Safer
Newsday (New York), Sept. 12, 2011

Red-light cameras are deterring light-jumping well enough in Suffolk that the county is considering moving some of them to other locations. That makes sense, … but what makes more sense is more cameras.

Commentary: L.A.’s Red-Light Ticket Scofflaws Safe — for Now
San Jose Mercury News (California), Sept. 13, 2011

To those gamblers who took a chance and ignored their red-light camera tickets and have since received menacing collections notices: Rest easy, for now.

Commentary: Street Terrorists Need to be Stopped
Manteca Bulletin (California), Sept. 10, 2011

It’s time we did something about urban terrorists. Not the Al Qaeda operatives but the terrorists who are more likely to kill us – drivers who wantonly and routinely ignore traffic laws and signs.

“It’s about changing people’s behaviors. Since we’ve had them here,  we’ve reduced crashes here in Fort Worth 24 percent this year. Previous years have been 33 percent.”
Randy Burkett, Fort Worth traffic engineer
KDAF TV Channel 33 (Texas), Sept. 13, 2011

“When cameras are in place, they cause people to drive more cautiously. The studies have been pretty clear on that.”
Troy Walden, PhD, associate research scientist in crash analysis, Texas Transportation Institute
Dallas Morning News (Texas), Sept. 10, 2011

“The intent of this program is to enhance safety for our residents. Too many drivers choose to ignore traffic signals and risk the dangers of running through a red light. We want to change this behavior and encourage people to slow down and definitely stop on red.”
Bill Foster, St. Petersburg mayor (Florida), Sept. 2, 2011

Red-light running crashes at intersections with cameras in the state have decreased by 42 percent over the past five years. SOURCE: State of Delaware press release, Sept. 13, 2011.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 40

September 8th, 2011 Comments off

Traffic Cameras Have New Prey: Criminals
USA Today, Sept. 6, 2011

Police are putting the evidence from red-light safety cameras to work at solving crimes that occur away from the intersection with great success in communities around the country.

Police Credit Camera Evidence in Armed Robbery Arrest (Missouri), Sept. 7, 2011

Florissant police used images from a red-light safety camera to discover additional information about a dark Pontiac Firebird with a broken taillight that witnesses said was in the area of an earlier shooting and robbery. Evidence from the camera helped police make an arrest. (Video embedded.)

Township Will See Red-Light Safety Camera Program in 2012
East Windsor Patch (New Jersey), Sept. 8, 2011

East Windsor Township is adding an extra eye to its police patrol with the addition of a camera detection system that will spot violators who speed through a red light at the intersection of Route 130 and Dutch Neck Road. The camera is expected to be in place by the beginning of next year.

Cameras Arrive in St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg Times (Florida), Sept. 7, 2011

Named the country’s 12th most dangerous city for driving in a recent MSNBC analysis, St. Petersburg is responding with a road safety camera program. On Wednesday, work crews began installing cameras at four intersections — the first of 11 intersections that make up a red-light ticketing program that is expected to generate nearly $900,000 in fines next year. (MSNBC media photo.)

D.C. Adds 19 Speed Cameras
The Washington Post, Sept. 7, 2011

The District has 19 more speed cameras in its arsenal against lead-footed drivers, expanding its existing program. (Editor’s note: This deployment includes nine new unmanned portable speed cameras and 10 mobile speed van/cars.)

Appeals Court Ruling Favors ATS
The Bellingham Herald (Washington), Sept. 6, 2011

A citizen initiative to block the installation of traffic enforcement cameras can stay on the November ballot, but it will not be legally binding, a three-judge panel of the Washington Court of Appeals has ruled. See reaction in Wenatchee. Read the court ruling.

Red-Light Violations Drop in Burleson
Burleson-Crowley Connection (Texas), Sept. 6, 2011

Red-light camera violations are on a complete turnaround so far this year with Burleson seeing a sharp decline in the number of violations.

Alabama Welcomes Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Birmingham News, Sept. 6, 2011

More Alabama cities are considering installing red light cameras, even as two major U.S. cities recently decided to pull the plug on their own camera systems.

Red-Light Violations Down 60% in Milton
Santa Rosa Press Gazette (Florida), Sept. 6, 2011

The city of Milton feels it has found the ticket when it comes to reducing the number of red-light runners at three of the busiest intersections in the city. (Pensacola News Journal photo)

Police Blame Traffic Collision on Red-Light Running
KCBD TV Channel 11 (Texas), Sept. 6, 2011

Police have cited a car driver with running a red light that led to a collision with a passing motorcycle in Lubbock. The motorcyclist and the car’s passenger were injured in the collision.

Arlington Considers Tougher Measures on Ticket Scofflaws
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas), Sept. 5, 2011

Red-light runners who fail to pay their ticket would not be allowed to renew their vehicle registration until they settle up with the city under a new plan being considered by the city of Arlington.

When Hurricane Irene swept across the East Coast, it affected 42 ATS camera sites in Virginia, Baltimore, New Jersey and Nassau County. All but eight of the sites were back online inside of five days thanks to extraordinary efforts by ATS crews. Widespread power outages or cell tower damage prevented the remaining re-activations until later. Taken less than 48 hours after the hurricane, this photograph of Lawrence Township, N.J., doesn’t show that the water earlier stood several inches above the bottom of the control cabinet, which is about 3 feet off the ground. (Lawrence Township police photo.)

Family Wants Tougher Fines for Passing School Buses
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa), Sept. 6, 2011

The family of a 7-year-old girl who died in a hit-and-run collision as she crossed the road to board a school bus is rallying support for stiffer penalites against drivers who fail to stop and yield the right of way to school buses. They call it Kadyn’s Law. ( photo)

In 1 Day, Police Ticket Nearly 600 for Speeding Through School Zones
KGW TV Channel 8 (Oregon), Sept. 6, 2011

Six Portland police patrols ran a sting in front of Alameda School and pulled over drivers speeding down the hill in front of the school. Officers wrote nearly 600 tickets that day.

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Redmond Counts on School Speed Cameras for Safety TV 5 (Washington), Sept. 6, 2011

With speed cameras in place earlier this year, Redmond police saw speeding violations outside Einstein Elementary School fall from 158 to 79 from February to June. Hopes are high that the safety trend will continue as the new school year begins.

“People take red lights more seriously now.”
Eric Soroka, Aventura city manager
Biscayne Times (Florida), September 2011
“I think it happens more often than folks realize it would. Anytime a vehicle passes a school bus with its arm out, it’s a problem.”
Doug Nefzger, Cedar Falls Schools director of business affairs
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa), Sept. 6, 2011

“As of the end of August we had written 330 tickets and had 246 in the queue to go through. This tells me that violations have gone down roughly 60 percent and that was our intention all along, this was a safety decision.”
Greg Brand, Milton police chief
Santa Rosa Press Gazette (Florida), Sept. 6, 2011

In Montgomery’s busiest intersection with red-light safety cameras, Vaughn Road and Eastern Boulevard, there were 36 crashes two years before the cameras started rolling. Two years after the city started using the devices, there were four. SOURCE: The Birmingham News, Sept. 6, 2011.

Total car collisions in Aventura declined by 15 percent between January 2008 and August 2010. At intersections with red-light cameras, accidents fell by as much as 60 percent during that period, according to statistics provided by the Aventura Police Department. SOURCE: Biscayne Times, September 2011.

At Burleson’s five intersectinos with red-light safety cameras, a Texas-size shift is taking place: Violations are down 37.5 percent this year compared with a 40 percent increase from 2009 to 2010. SOURCE: Burleson-Crowley Connection, Sept. 6, 2011.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 39

September 1st, 2011 Comments off


Raising public awareness so people see our red-light safety camera systems to be “good … well explained and thorough” is one important objective of a road safety camera program, which ultimately seeks to change driver behavior and save lives. This note from Colorado Springs — the second in two weeks — shows the message is getting through, one driver at a time. Good work, everyone.

Pennsylvania Governor’s Panel Advises More Red-Light Safety Cameras
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 29, 2011

A 40-member, volunteer panel appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett has recommended that Pennsylvania cities be allowed to deploy red-light safety cameras to reduce crashes at dangerous intersections, and that speed cameras be put to use in construction zones.

Citations Rise in New Port Richey
The Suncoast News (Florida), August 27, 2011

After two months of the city utilizing red-light safety cameras at intersections along the U.S. 19 corridor in New Port Richey, it appears the message has yet to get across to area drivers as citations rose in the second month by 828.

Temple Terrace Adds 3 More Camera Locations
ABC Action News (Florida), Aug. 26, 2011

The city of Temple Terrace has added three new red-light safety camera locations, for a total of five throughout the city. Warnings without fines will be issued to violators during the month of September. (Tampa Tribune photo by Scott Iskowitz)

Piscataway Township in New Jersey and American Traffic Solutions have executed an agreement for the installation and operation of a red-light safety camera program.

In a Miami-Dade County Court this week, Judge Steven Leifman dismissed a challenge to the constitutionality of tickets for red-light violations issued by police officers. The ticketed driver alleged that red light citations issued by police officers are rendered unconstitutional by a recent state law that authorized the use of cameras to enforce red-light violations. The judge’s ruling acknowledged that a ticket issued by a police officer carries a heavier penalty than a ticket generated from a camera, but found that the differences in its penalties serve a legitimate state interest and does not violate equal protection. Read the ruling here.

Back-to-School Red-Light Safety Tips Go Out to Millions
Hola Arkansas, September 1, 2011

As millions of students nationwide head back to school, the National Coalition for Safer Roads is calling special attention to red-light safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

City Police Plan Extra Enforcement in School Zones
RedmondPatch (Washington), August 31, 2011

The Redmond Police Department will enhance its enforcement at the beginning of this school year to catch speeders and other lawbreakers in school zones.

Gwinnett County Schools Consider Bus Cameras
WSB AM 750 Radio (Georgia), August 30, 2011

A second metro Atlanta school system is considering mounting cameras on its school buses to nab drivers who go around buses. Gwinnett County School System pokesman Jorge Quintana says the district is looking at the possibility, but is still in the early stages. (Associated Press photo)


Commentary: Red-Light Running Getting Public Attention
Tulsa World (Oklahoma), August 28, 2011

Judging from surveys and other evidence, most people believe that red-light running is out of control. … The push to reduce red-light running is approaching the intensity of the campaigns against drunk driving launched 30 years ago. (Tulsa World photo by Stephen Holman)

Letter to the Editor: Lynnwood Likes Increased Safety from Cameras
The Herald (Washington), August 28, 2011

It is a shame that the reporters of The Herald could not write a less biased piece about Lynnwood and the red light cameras. (The Seattle Times photo by Mark Harrison)

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Safety Cameras Are Needed, Appreciated
Redmond Reporter (Washington), Aug. 25, 2011

As a walker of the Redmond streets, I can attest to the need to hold red-light runners accountable.

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Jacksonville’s Drivers Await Red-Light Safety Cameras
WJXX TV Channel 25 (Florida), August 31, 2011

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is currently looking at installing 25 cameras throughout Duval County in the near future.  A city spokeswoman said the goal would be to save lives.  

Tampa Gets Busy with Red-Light Safety Camera Installation
WFLA Channel 8 (Florida), August 30, 2011

Tampa is the latest city to install cameras to crack down on red-light runners at dangerous intersections, and the city’s mayor tells viewers why they are needed.

“It’s using technology to affect behavior, reduce the cost of enforcement and improve enforcement.”
Barry Schoch, Pennsylvania transportation secretary, and chair of governor’s Transportation Funding Advisory Commission
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 29, 2011

“I guarantee you there will be more accidents at those intersections when those cameras are gone. And possibly more deaths.”
Jim Gruwell, Murrieta police sergeant
North County Times (California), August 29, 2011

“You can’t monitor every intersection 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a police officer, but you can with a camera, and if people know cameras are up there, they won’t run the red lights.”
Marc Hamlin, Tampa police assistant chief
The Oracle (Florida), August 28, 2011

Murrieta reports more collisions at intersections without cameras than intersections with cameras. From October 2005 to December 2010, two intersections with cameras witnessed 14 angle collisions while 42 crashes occurred at two different locations without cameras on the same busy street that carries 60,000 vehicles a day. SOURCE: North County Times, August 29, 2011.

As New Port Richey’s red-light safety camera program ended its second month, authorities had issued 828 more red-light running citations than they did in the first month (1,220 compared with 2,048). The city’s five cameras went live on June 15. SOURCE: The Suncoast News, August 27, 2011.

In the first two weeks of school, Gwinnett County police wrote 29 citations involving drivers not yielding to school buses, including 17 for improperly passing a school bus. SOURCE: WSB AM 750 Radio, August 28, 2011.

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