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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 47

October 27th, 2011 Comments off


ATS Announces Advanced School Bus Safety Cameras
Press Release, Oct. 24, 2011

With roughly 26 million children riding school buses each day, American Traffic Solutions’ CrossingGuard School Bus Stop Arm Violation Enforcement System is a valuable tool for school districts, bus drivers and local law enforcement to use to deter motorists from illegally passing a stopped school bus and putting children in danger.


Red-Light Safety Camera Bill Advances in Pennsylvania
The Patriot News, Oct. 26, 2011

A bill that would authorize 19 of Pennsylvania’s most-populated cities — including Harrisburg — to install red-light cameras in an effort to improve traffic safety won approval from the state Senate this week. See related coverage. (Philadelphia Inquirer photo by Laurence Kesterson)

Driver on Phone, Runs Red Light, Collides with Passing Car
Redding Record Searchlight (California), Oct. 26, 2011

A man who drove his vehicle through a stop light while talking on his cell phone has been arrested on suspicion of felony DUI causing injury, according to Redding police. The driver broadsided a vehicle crossing his path.

Traffic Ticket Fines from Red-Light Safety Cameras Help Village’s Finances
The Chicago Tribune (Illinois), Oct. 26, 2011

An increase in red-light camera revenues, an uptick in sales tax collections from new businesses and tough spending cuts helped the village of Willowbrook record an increase in revenue this year and replenish reserve funds.


Missouri Appeals Court Upholds Tickets Based on Red-Light Camera Evidence 
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri), Oct. 25, 2011

A state appeals court upheld an ordinance in a suburb of St. Louis that imposes a $100 fine when still and video cameras record vehicles running red lights. Read the court’s ruling and ATS’ press statement. See additional coverage. (AP photo by Flickr/Joseph_Ma)

Missouri Court Ruling Gets Springfield’s Attention
KSPR Channel 33, Oct. 25, 2011

This week’s appeals court ruling addressed fines that are similar to the ones issued by Springfield until March 2010, when the Missouri Supreme Court said the fines had to be handled by a municipal court judge, not by an administrative judge. The court ruled the fines to be legal. See additional coverage.

2 More Intersections Get Cameras in Littleton
Littleton Independent (Colorado), Oct. 21, 2011

Littleton’s fourth and fifth intersections with red-light cameras will begin testing this week. The two locations accounted for more than 50 collisions in the city in 2010. Authorities will begin issuing tickets from the red-light safety cameras at the new locations on Nov. 24. 

A red-light runner in North Miami Beach collides once and narrowly misses a motorcyclist in this on-site camera footage.

Drivers Expect Safer Streets from Pennsylvania Cameras
WHP-TV Channel 21, Oct. 26, 2011

Xylina Rivera travels with precious cargo, so she sees no reason to put the brakes on legislation that would catch red-light violators on camera in York.  “I was in one major accident, by McDonald’s a few years back, a guy ran a red light and it was really bad,” she said.

Who reviews red-light tickets before you get one?
WTSP TV Channel 10 (Florida), Oct. 20, 2011

Starting in the next two weeks, the cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg will mail out $158 fines to drivers caught on camera running red lights. To answer some drivers’ concerns about the accuracy of the program, Channel 10 went behind the scenes with officers to see how potential violations are reviewed.

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the city of West Park, Florida, and the township of East Windsor, New Jersey, have each signed long-term agreements for road safety camera programs.

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Editorial: Red-Light Safety Cameras Police Mad-Max Roads
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Oct. 22, 2011

Florida’s roads are so rife with aggressive driving that it’s getting tougher to distinguish Sunshine State motorists from the lunatics that Mel Gibson confronted in the “Road Warrior.”

Letter to the Editor: Cameras Make Maryland’s Roads Safer
The Baltimore Sun, Oct. 19, 2011

In recent weeks, communities across the country have worked to make their roads safer through the use of a crucial safety tool. We are writing to express our support for the use of photo enforcement to make Maryland’s roads and intersections safer.

“We believe the cameras are having a positive effect. Overall, crashes are down, and [red-light] citations are down about 90 percent. Drivers’ habits have changed, and traffic has slowed down.”
Vincent J. Fenerty, Philadelphia Parking Authority executive director
The Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania), Oct. 25, 2011

“This is a safety based program. For every person who does not run a red light, that is a potential fatal accident that we don’t have.”
Greg Brand, Milton police chief
Pensacola News Journal (Florida), Oct. 21, 2011

“It’s really no different than a police officer being able to stand out on a corner and watch every single violation that occurs. … There’s three or four people looking at this before anyone ever sends it out as a violation.”
Carl Giguere, Tampa police sergeant
WTSP TV Channel 10 (Florida), Oct. 20, 2011

Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reviewed “reportable” crashes (those involving death, injury, or damage requiring a tow) at 10 intersections in Philadelphia and found those collisions dropped 21 percent, from 157 a year before cameras to 124 a year after cameras. Reportable accidents were down at eight intersections and up at two, PennDot found. Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 25, 2011.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 46

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Lawrence Safety Cameras Ready to Record Red-Light Runners
The Times of Trenton (New Jersey), Oct. 20, 2011

One of the most dangerous intersections in the township may get a little safer with the activation this week of red light cameras, designed to catch people who fail to stop for traffic signals. See related coverage. (The Times photo by Martin Griff)


Staten Island Considers Speed Cameras
WNYW TV Channel 5 (New York), Oct. 18, 2011

Staten Island officials are considering installing speed cameras in the borough’s most dangerous intersections. See related coverage. (Photo by MyFoxNY)

Legislative Panel Gives Nod to Red-Light Safety Cameras
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), Oct. 18, 2011

A bill that would allow Pittsburgh and other larger cities in Pennsylvania to install red-light safety cameras won approval from the state Senate Appropriations Committee on Oct. 17. It now moves to the full Senate. See related article.

Tucson Police Review Camera Footage for Clues in Fatal Collision
KGUN TV Channel 9 (Arizona), Oct. 17, 2011

A red-light camera may be the key to finding a suspected street car racer whom police say was involved in a contest with another car that crashed and killed an innocent man.

Crash Counts Fall at Nassau County Intersections with Cameras
CBS New York, Oct. 17, 2011

Red-light safety cameras in Nassau County have reduced traffic crashes an average of 12 percent to 16 percent at 40 intersections. See related video.


Authorities on Lookout for Inattentive Drivers
The Blade (Ohio), Oct. 19, 2011

Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Brian Foltz stopped his marked cruiser behind school bus No. 9, which was coming to a stop. The bus’s lights flashed red, making it illegal for anyone to pass. A moment later, as a young boy carrying his bookbag boarded the bus, a silver Honda blew by in the opposite direction, heading toward Central Avenue. “Got one on the first stop,” the sergeant said. (The Blade photo of Sgt. Brian Foltz by Amy E. Voigt)

Troopers Target Unsafe Motorists Near School Buses
Sun Journal (North Carolina), Oct. 17, 2011

Operation Stop Arm began statewide Monday and continues through this week. Troopers will be watching school zones, school buses and the motorists near them to issue citations for those who pass stopped school buses or who commit other traffic infractions. See related article.

As these videos show, motorists who make risky decisions put themselves and others in harm’s way. It can happen anywhere, but these shorts are from Medina and Millington, Tennessee.

Study: Red-Light Safety Cameras Reduce Crashes
WABC TV Channel 7 (New York), Oct. 17, 2011

Red light cameras are getting the credit for lower crash rates on Long Island.

Two cities have recently signed agreements with American Traffic Solutions for red-light safety camera programs. Bridgeton, New Jersey, and Midfield, Alabama, both entered into five-year contracts.

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Editorial: The Need for Speed Safety Cameras
Staten Island Advance (New York), Oct. 20, 2011

Although studies say 39 percent of the drivers speed on Staten Island, we think that number is much higher. … Lord knows, we must do something more to halt the proliferation of drivers who refuse to obey safe-speed limits in our borough.

Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Aiding Safety
Newsday (New York), Oct. 17, 2011

The evidence coming out of Nassau and Suffolk counties make it clear that red-light cameras work. … These statistics should go far to silence the unfounded claims that cameras actually cause accidents.

Phone Call to the Editor: Stop Running Red Lights
Tri-County Times (Michigan), Oct. 16, 2011

At least twice a week, I see people running the red light … stop running the light and wait for the arrow.

Letter to the Editor: Cameras Make Maryland’s Roads Safer
The Baltimore Sun, Oct. 19, 2011

In recent weeks, communities across the country have worked to make their roads safer through the use of a crucial safety tool. We are writing to express our support for the use of photo enforcement to make Maryland’s roads and intersections safer.


“That’s the entire reason it was placed there. We’re trying to reduce accidents and reduce injuries. We’ve had several fatal accidents at that intersection.”
Daniel Posluszny, Lawrence Township chief of police
The Times of Trenton, (New Jersey) Oct. 20, 2011


“These cameras have always been about safety … not about money. We are better crimefighters in the city of East Cleveland as a result of having these cameras.”
Gary Norton, East Cleveland mayor
The Plain Dealer (Ohio), Oct. 19, 2011


“We must ensure our children’s safety as they travel to and from school. A child’s life should never be put in danger just to save a minute or two during a daily commute.”
Reuben Young, Department of Crime Control and Public Safety secretary
Kinston Free Press (North Carolina), Oct. 19, 2011

“It’s a matter of safety. We don’t want to deal with a situation where a child has been injured. Put the cell phone down, put the cup of coffee down and pay attention. It’s about making the public aware to be safe around buses.”
John Altman, Ohio Highway Patrol lieutenant
Toledo Blade, Oct. 19, 2011

New York
Nassau County reports an 11 percent drop in head-on collisions, a 30 percent decrease in side-impact crashes and a 6 percent reduction in rear-end collisions on average over a 12-month period at 40 intersections. Countywide, fatalities are down 16 percent. Source: WABC TV Channel 7, Oct. 17, 2011.

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If projections from earlier this year hold true, traffic fatalities for 2010 will number about 32,780, which is about 3 percent lower than 2009. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to release new crash data this fall. (NBC Los Angeles photo.)

King County Judge Tosses Out Eyman’s Camera Petition Lawsuit

Kirkland Patch, October 11, 2011

In giving her ruling, Judge Laura C. Inveen said McGehee overstepped her role as city clerk but also agreed with Redmond’s city attorney James Haney that the Bellingham appeals ruling made the petition a legally “useless act.”

“(The) Bellingham case couldn’t have said it clearer when it held that an initiative almost identical to the proposed Redmond initiative exceeds the lawful scope of local initiative power and is not a valid ballot initiative,” Inveen said. “By state statute, the authority for approving traffic cameras is with the Redmond City Council and the mayor.”

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City satisfied red-light cameras have passed the test

The Gazette, October 10, 2011

A year after putting drivers under surveillance at four Colorado Springs intersections, city officials say red-light cameras have passed the test by making streets safer.  A report issued this month showed violations and accidents are down at three of the four intersections in the past year.

Study: Yonkers red-light violations decline at sites with traffic cameras

The Journal News, October 13, 2011

 After the city installed traffic cameras at key intersections, fewer drivers blazed through red lights at those sites in a 10-month span, a new report says. 

Chief wants more traffic cameras

The Wenatchee World, October 11, 2011

Wenatchee Police Chief Tom Robbins said last week’s budget hearing was probably not the best place to suggest adding more traffic enforcement cameras, but said he does plan to float the idea to city leaders next year.


With three red-light cameras, the intersection of Fletcher Avenue and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard had 7,762 red-light camera citations, the most in Florida’s Hillsborough County in 2010. (St. Petersburg Times photo by Byran Thomas)

Italian Police Use Speed Camera Footage to I.D. Car in Fatal Hit-and-Run
CNS News, Oct. 7, 2011

By analyzing speed camera footage of the road and green paint chips on the guardrail, investigators tracked down the Volvo in a deadly car-pedestrian accident involving an American woman jogging along an Italian roadway.


Society Puts Brakes on Bad Driving
The FAMUAN (Florida), Oct. 7, 2011

“Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” passed on Oct. 10, but it’s message is one for every day. Designated by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the day was first observed in 2001, after statistics from 1995 to 2000 showed an average of 41,500 fatalities occurred annually due to traffic incidents.


Talk Over Cameras Continues in Massachusetts Town
WSHM Channel 3, Oct. 6, 2011

Officials and residents in the city of Springfield are still discussing red-light safety cameras as an option to improve driver safety. The debate began in March.

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Schools Want Stop-Sign Cameras On School Buses

WTVT, Channel 13, October 11, 2011

We share the roads with them, and at one time or another we’ve all been behind one: school buses, flashing their yellow and red lights and extending their stop arms. By law, all cars are supposed to come to a complete stop. But for whatever reason, many drivers still go around the buses: many times on the left side, and often times, even on the right side. 

 Cameras would catch school bus stop arm violators

WOFL, Channel 35, October 10, 2011

Orange County Public Schools is exploring the idea of placing cameras on school buses to catch drivers who blow past the buses with their stop arms extended.
 
WTOP, October 8, 2011
 
Mobile speed cameras in Howard County will start issuing warnings to drivers speeding through school zones soon. Howard County’s mobile speed cameras will operate Monday through Friday between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. The cameras will target drivers going 12 miles per hour or more over the speed limit.


Photo enforcement signs in Renton, Washington, alert motorists to speed safety cameras in use to ensure the safety of students in school zones. (Renton Patch photo by Dave Nelson)

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Speak Out: Red Light Cameras
Santa Rosa Press Gazette (California), Oct. 7, 2011

It amazes me the ignorance of some people around here. The red light cameras don’t cause the traffic problems.

Letter to the Editor: No Whining or Complaining from You Scofflaws
The Des Moines Register (Iowa), Oct. 5, 2011

I am tired of hearing complaining and whining about red-light cameras and speed cameras.


“Texting is a death sentence.”
Mark Van Hala, Co-chairman of National Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day
The FAMUAN (Florida), Oct. 7, 2011

Toronto, Canada
A city conducted review of 10 years of traffic data show rear-end collisions increased 1.7 percent at 37 intersections with red-light safety cameras, compared with a 44.6 percent increase at all other locations in the city of Toronto. SOURCE: CollisionRepairMag.com, Oct. 6, 2011.

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Right-Turning Motorists Ruin Families’ Walk to Park
The Brooklyn Paper (New York), Oct. 5, 2011

Motorists heading to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on-ramp on Atlantic Avenue are blatently ignoring a massive “No turn on red” sign installed earlier this summer by the city — putting families in a deadly game of “Frogger” just to get to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s popular Pier 6 playland. (Community Newspaper Group photo by Kate Briquelet)

Red-Light Safety Cameras Reduce Rear-End Collisions, Statistics Show
Toronto Star (Canada), Oct. 5, 2011

Contrary to the assumption red-light cameras cause drivers to slam on the brakes, photo enforcement actually reduces the likelihood of rear-end collisions, Toronto statistics show.

Authorities Will Soon Issue Tickets from St. Petersburg’s Red-Light Safety Cameras
CBS Tampa.com (Florida), Oct. 5, 2011

Starting October 15th, St. Petersburg drivers at certain stop lights will be able to wave at stop-light cameras while red-light runners will get their pictures taken and a ticket in the mail.

Eatonville OKs Red-Light Safety Cameras
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Oct. 4, 2011

Town Council members voted unanimously this week to bring red-light safety cameras to Eatonville. Four cameras will be installed within the next 120 days.

Miami-Dade May Begin Red-Light Safety Camera Program
NBC Miami (Florida), Oct. 3, 2011

Miami-Dade County commissioners have been studying the usefulness of implementing the red-light safety cameras, and is expected to advertise for a contractor this month.


Philadelphia’s Red Light Safety Cameras Spread
NewsWorks.org (Pennsylvania), Oct. 3, 2011

Philadelphia’s newest red-light camera is online and taking pictures. In other locations, the cameras have cut down how many people drive through the red signals. (NewsWorks photo by Tom MacDonald) See related coverage.


Red-Light Runners Now Caught on Camera
BayNews9 (Florida), Oct. 2, 2011

Tampa isn’t the only city in the area to activate red-light cameras recently: St. Petersburg did the same. The cameras have shown drivers running red lights well after the color has changed. It’s the exact type of offense police are trying to stop. (WTSP Channel 10 photo)

Red-light runners cause havoc in Lakeland, Florida, and in the Tennessee cities of Jackson and Murfreesboro.

The city of San Bernardino, California, has renewed its road safety camera program with American Traffic Solutions for three additional years.

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Editorial: Baltimore County Urged to Try School Bus Safety Cameras
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), Oct. 5, 2011

Baltimore County’s disinterest in school bus safety cameras is particularly notable given that the county racked up the highest number of vehicles illegally passing stopped school buses in a Maryland State Department of Education survey. Bus drivers in the county recorded 1,723 violations in a single day — more than one-third of all the incidents reported statewide.

Editorial: Work to Make Roads Safer Needs to Continue
Daily World (Louisiana), Oct. 2, 2011

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission gave us some good news last week: In 2010, the number of people killed in crashes statewide dropped to their lowest level in the 27 years statistics have been compiled.

Letter to the Editor: Law-Abiders Don’t Understand Fuss
The Herald (Washington), Oct. 5, 2011

Am I just missing something when I read all the opinions on red-light cameras? … Why is it OK for those running red lights and breaking the law to be allowed to have the cameras removed because they don’t like getting tickets?

Letter to the Editor: Disappointed by Red-Light Scofflaws
North County Times (California), Oct. 2, 2011

Those who want to ban red-light cameras are the scofflaws who routinely disregard red lights, and not the law-abiding citizens who prepare to stop when they see a yellow light instead of stomping on the gas, even though they are a block away.

Letter to the Editor: Distracted Red-Light Runner Severely Injured Us
Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), Oct. 1, 2011

My husband and I are victims of a red-light-running, speeding, texting driver. She hit so hard, she slammed our SUV completely around, nearly tipping it over. Her comment to officers …


“The people who complain are the ones who run the red lights. The people who don’t run them, they say it’s a good thing.”
Carl Wolf, Hazelwood police chief
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri), Oct. 5, 2011

“There are very few days when I don’t have someone run my stop arm.”
Liz Abney, School bus driver in Carteret County, N.C.
The Daily News (North Carolina), Oct. 3, 2011

“People are just oblivious to the fact that you know this big yellow bus is sitting there, and it’s got lights on — they’ll just pass it.”
Lenny Millholland, Sheriff of Winchester, Virginia
ABC Channel 3, Oct. 3, 2011

“Each day motorists in North Carolina run through school bus arms more than 2,000 times.”
Derek Graham, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction section chief of transportation
The Daily News, Oct. 3, 2011

“As they’re approaching intersections and they see that light turn yellow — whether there’s a camera there or not — we want in the back of the mind that there’s potential to make sure they stop.”
William Korinek, St. Petersburg police lieutenant
Bay News 9 (Florida), Oct. 2, 2011

Louisiana
The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission reports 720 people died in traffic crashes last year. That’s a decrease from 824 in 2009. Source: Daily World, Oct. 2, 2011

Pennsylvania
For this fiscal year, which ended March 31, the 141,571 citations issued to Philadelphia scofflaws yielded a net income of $7.6 million. Since the program began in 2005, it has brought in about $28.4 million in fines. The revenue is split 50-50 between the city and the state, which distributes it to municipalities statewide for transportation projects. Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 2, 2011

Violations have declined between 70 and 90 percent among Philadelphia’s first three intersections with red-light safety cameras. Source: NewsWorks.org, Oct. 3, 2011.

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