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ATS’ Newsletter Issue 51

November 23rd, 2011 Comments off

Editorial: Cameras Get the Job Done
Miami Herald (Florida), Nov 18, 2011

Many have challenged and protested the infallible lens of the red-light cameras on guard above intersections throughout South Florida, but these cameras, despite criticism from violators and politicians alike, are getting the job done. (Tampa Tribune photo by Jay Conner)

Red-Light Cameras Go Live in Lawrence
Lawrenceville Patch (New Jersey), Nov. 22, 2011

Lawrence Township’s red-light safety camera system went live on November 18, following a month-long testing period for the community. Tickets are now being mailed to the registered owners of vehicles that violate traffic laws by going through red lights at the intersection of Route 1 and Franklin Corner Road/Bakers Basin Road. (Lawrenceville Patch photo by Michael Ratcliffe)

Additional Cameras Await Good-to-Go Call in Woodbridge
WoodbridgePatch (New Jersey), Nov. 22, 2011

With red-light safety cameras working at one intersection for more than a year, Woodbridge is awaiting the final OK from the state to activate cameras already installed at three more intersections. (WoodbridgePatch photo by Deborah Bell)

Townspeople Blame Surge of Crashes on Speeders, Red-Light Runners
WMBF News (South Carolina), Nov. 17, 2011

Numerous accidents within a 4-block radius on Main Street have people who live and work near downtown Conway growing anxious over traffic safety. They blame the recent crashes on drivers disobeying the 25 mph speed limit and running red lights.

Reviewers’ Careful Work Dismisses Nearly Half of Red-Light Running Events
St. Petersburg Times (Florida), Nov. 18, 2011

Motorists who escape tickets can thank reviewers who studied the taped infractions and legal subtleties of traffic laws, especially those regarding right-on red infractions.

Florida Public Safety Campaign Called Too Graphic
WTSP TV 10, Nov. 18, 2011

A video that aims to reduce pedestrian and bicycle fatalities in Florida and especially the Tampa Bay area, which is one of the most dangerous metro areas in the nation for walkers, is attracting criticism for being too graphic.

School Bus Cameras Prompt Tickets in Connecticut City
WTNH TV 8, Nov. 23, 2011

Officials say a Connecticut city that was among the first to use cameras on school buses to record traffic violations issued nine tickets in the first week alone.

Denton Approves Speed Cameras Near Schools
WBOC TV 16 (Delaware), Nov. 22, 2011

The town council approved the use of speed cameras within a half mile of schools, making Denton the latest community on Delmarva to approve the technology in school zones. The next step is to find a company to install the equipment.

Albuquerque Officials to Fight for School Safety Cameras
KOAT TV 7 (New Mexico), Nov. 21, 2011

After the public voted to scrap red-light safety cameras, some Albuquerque City Council members want to keep speed vans operating.

Special Report: School Bus Safety Attention Grows in Iowa
KIMT TV 3 (Iowa), Nov. 17, 2011

Legislators, transportation directors and folks in the Mason City area are putting a renewed emphasis on bus safety. Their community lost a young girl last May when a passing truck hit Kadyn Halverson while she was trying to get on the school bus.

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the Township of Manalapan, N.J., has signed a multiyear contract for a red-light safety camera program.

@ATS_RoadSafety @AAASafety Every day, car crashes end more teen lives than cancer, homicide and suicide combined.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Camera Summons Doesn’t Mean Points
Staten Island Advance (New York), Nov. 22, 2011

When you get a red-light summons from a camera, in no way, shape or form does it add points to your license. Nor would it make your insurance go up.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Enforce the Laws
Knoxville News Sentinel (Tennessee), Nov. 20, 2011

First, let me say I am pleased the city can produce income by enforcement of a legitimate traffic law. Second, the camera companies are obviously in business to make a profit; I have no problem with that.

Editorial: Action is Needed to Stop Red-Light Running
Telegraph Herald (Iowa), Nov. 20, 2011

The installation of traffic cameras to help enforce stoplight violations … is an unfortunate necessity.

Commentary: Cameras in Place Where Needed for Safety
Daily Herald (Illinois), Nov. 18, 2011

I am writing in response to your Oct. 28 article that highlights the report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and implies that municipalities and red-light camera companies are putting profits over safety. While there may be some local government entities who selected less dutiful vendors or poorly negotiated contracts, that is not the case for everyone.

“It’s a great tool for the police since we have limited resources. We’re not looking to make money on it.”
John R. Swierz, Youngstown city councilman
Youngstown Vindicator (Ohio), Nov. 22, 2011

“They (speed vans) focus on construction zones, and school zones — and who is against making things safer in school zones and construction zones.”
Don Harris, Albuquerque City Council president
KOAT Channel 7 (New Mexico), Nov. 21, 2011

“I think people think that it’s just an automatic thing — cameras and computers. But we’re actually looking at these closely and trying to be as fair as possible.”
William Korinek, St. Petersburg police lieutenant
St. Petersburg Times (Florida), Nov. 18, 2011

“I think it’s important to understand that every time that camera flashes there is not a computer spitting out a ticket.”
Troy Morgan, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office corporal
St. Petersburg Times (Florida), Nov. 18, 2011

Red-light safety cameras are now active at two of nine intersections approved for the technology in Jersey City. (The Jersey Journal photo by Reena Rose Sibayan, Nov. 20, 2011)

In St. Petersburg, since the red-light citations began on Oct. 29, nearly 60 percent of the 6,000 cases were closed without a ticket. In Tampa, roughly 6,300 of 14,330 recent cases have been rejected. Source: St. Petersburg Times, Nov. 18, 2011.

New Jersey
According to the Lawrence Township Police Department, there were 53 traffic accidents at the Route 1 and Franklin Corner Road/Bakers Basin Road intersection last year, making it the second most-dangerous intersection in terms of vehicle crashes in the township in 2010. Only the Brunswick Traffic Circle had more accidents (66) that year. Source: LawrencevillePatch, Nov. 22, 2011.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 50

November 17th, 2011 Comments off

Hundreds Captured by Red-Light Safety Cameras
Selma Times-Journal (Alabama), Nov. 15, 2011

More than 1,400 red-light running violations were recorded by cameras at three intersections in Selma for the month of October. See pdf of article here. (Selma Times-Journal photo of Broad Street by Tim Reeves.)

Driver in Fatal Collision Charged with Manslaughter
Tulsa World (Oklahoma), Nov. 15, 2011

A woman involved in a fatal red-light running crash has been charged with two counts of manslaughter. Also charged with DUI, the woman told police she was speeding at the time of the collision.

Red-Light Running Collision Sends Child, 4 Others to Hospital
The Orange County Register (California), Nov. 15, 2011

Police say someone ran a red-light in the collision between a passenger vehicle and a septic truck this week in Santa Ana. Five people, including a 2-month-old baby, suffered injuries in the crash. All are expected to recover. (The Orange County Register photo by Bruce Chambers)

Red-Light Running Citations Fall in Washington Town
The Olympian, Nov. 11, 2011

The number of citations has decreased by two-thirds since 2009, with 1,418 issued this year. Those numbers, coupled with a decrease in collisions, show the cameras are working, says the Lacey city manager. 

Blatant Red Light Runners Caught on Tape
National Coalition for Safer Roads

Increasing the length of the yellow light signal would not have made a difference for these reckless red-light runners. Red-light safety cameras are more than twice as effective at reducing collisions (96 percent to 36 percent) than longer yellow lights.

Cameras May Target Red-Light Runners in More Pennsylvania Cities
PA Independent, Nov. 14, 2011

Drivers in Pennsylvania could face $100 fines if they run a red light, as lawmakers consider bringing red-light cameras to more than a dozen cities. (Video presents House Transportation Committee debates.)

Collision Victim’s Family Implores Drivers to Stop for School Buses
Laurel Leader-Call (Mississippi), Nov. 15, 2011

The recent death of a Rankin County boy and injuries to two Scott County girls as a result of motorists passing stopped school buses have the parents of 5-year-old Nathan Key wondering what will it take to get people to obey the law and “just S-T-O-P!” (Rankin County School District photo)

Sheriff Briefs School Leaders on School Bus Safety Cameras
Herald-Mail (Maryland), Nov. 15, 2011

If Washington county officials decide to put cameras on the outside of some school buses to catch drivers who illegally pass the buses, only the captured images of those violations would be kept, Sheriff Doug Mullendore assured school board officials Tuesday night.

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that Littleton, Colo., and Miami Gardens, Fla., have both extended their current contracts for their road safety camera programs.

@ATS_RoadSafety Your voice matters! Great post on the dangers of RLR RT @MyCarLoves: Stop Running Red Lights – You Are NOT That Special

“One of the things I would really like to see Nathan’s Law do is require every school district in the state of Mississippi to put cameras on the outside of school buses. … If there were cameras on the outside of the bus in Rankin County, it wouldn’t have taken as long to find the man who hit Allen Lutrick.”
Lori Key, mother of 5-year-old boy killed by car passing a stopped school bus
Laurel Leader-Call (Mississippi), Nov. 15, 2011

“If you cross the stop line and come to a complete stop the camera will still take your picture because of crossing the stop line. It will be reviewed by members of American Traffic Solutions and after they see you did come to a complete stop they will delete it out of their system.”
Doug Stewart, Selma police sergeant
Selma Times-Journal (Alabama), Nov. 15, 2011

“It’s very well monitored. There’s no way that anybody in Pennsylvania can make the claim that it’s for revenue enhancement.”
Rick Geist, Pennsylvania State House Transportation Committee chairman
PA  Independent, Nov. 14, 2011

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 49

November 10th, 2011 Comments off

East Cleveland Voters Make History; Keep Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Plain Dealer (Ohio), Nov. 8, 2011

Voters in East Cleveland agreed Tuesday to keep their traffic cameras, becoming the first city in the nation to approve of the devices at the ballot box.

Bill Allowing School Zone Safety Cameras in Chicago Goes to Governor (Illinois), Nov. 10, 2011

Illinois lawmakers have sent Gov. Pat Quinn legislation that would allow Chicago to address school-zone speeding with cameras. (See related coverage.)

Red-Light Safety Cameras Show Their Effectiveness in Florida Cities
ITS International Magazine, Nov. 9, 2011

Recent results from the state of Florida cities of Pembroke Pines and Miami Gardens show considerable decreases in crashes at intersections with red-light safety cameras. (See ATS press release.)

List of 7 Proven Highway Safety Measures Includes Cameras
Fleet Owner, Nov. 8, 2011

In its recent Status Report publication “Low-Hanging Fruit,” the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that seven proven countermeasures could immediately reduce the number of U.S. motor vehicle related fatalities. All but one is behavioral in nature and some would require states to enact and enforce potentially controversial laws.

American Traffic Solutions Posts Strong 3rd Quarter
Wall Street Journal/Marketwatch, Nov. 3, 2011

Strong third-quarter activity by road safety camera market leader American Traffic Solutions was fueled by both the addition of new customers and the retention and expansion of existing customers.

A passing firetruck gets caught in an intersection collision when another driver in North Miami runs a red light.

Red-Light Running Crash Caught on Camera
Temple Terrace Patch (Florida), Nov. 8, 2011

The persons involved in this violent T-bone collision that sent an SUV into a 360-degree roll were fortunate. Police say they survived with only minor injuries.

School Bus Laws Ignored; Drivers Endanger Children
First Coast News (Florida), Nov. 8, 2011

Since the start of the new school year in August, there have been increasing concerns about school buses and the number of drivers who ignore school bus traffic laws. One school bus driver says she sometimes waits 45 seconds for traffic to stop. (First Coast News photo.)

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that Eatontown, N.J., has signed a long-term agreement for a road safety camera program.

@ATS_RoadSafety Don’t text and drive!! Half-written text on teen driver’s phone at fatal crash   #roadsafety

Commentary: Are Red-Light Cameras Making South Florida’s Roads Safer?
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Oct. 29, 2011

As red-light cameras have sprouted throughout South Florida, two camps have taken hold: those who think the cameras are mainly a money grab by cash-starved cities, and those who think the cameras promote safety and better driving habits. After looking at statistics … the cameras seem to be doing their job.

Editorial: Deaths Tell of True Danger to Students
Scott County Times (Mississippi), Nov. 9, 2011

In the name of a 5-year-old boy who was killed by a motorist passing a stopped school bus, Mississippi lawmakers enhanced the penalty for someone charged with passing a stopped school bus when children are loading or leaving the bus. Now, more than a year after his death and a few months since the law took effect, we have another tragic death.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras, Let’s Have More
The Record Searchlight (California), Nov. 9, 2011

I have come close to writing in support of the red-light cameras more than once. I couldn’t resist any longer.

Letter to the Editor: Claim that Red-Light Cameras Are Unconstitutional Lacks Foundation
The Eagle (Texas), Nov. 9, 2011

In response to the letter against red-light cameras, I would like the writer to provide evidence that the cameras are unconstitutional. There is precedent for ticketing a vehicle and not a driver. Any ticketable parking violation is put against the car.

Letter to the Editor: What’s Up with People Running Red Lights?
The Eagle (Texas), Nov. 7, 2011

What is going on in the city of College Station with people running red lights? It has been increasingly worse ever since the “great” residents of this city voted to remove the red light cameras.

Letter to the Editor: Seconds Saved Running Light Are Not Worth Risk
Victoria Advocate (Texas), Nov. 5, 2011

I drive at least 500 miles each week, and I see so many traffic violations that I wish I were a police officer rather than a physical therapist’s assistant.

“People think it’s their God-given right to drive however they want, and they don’t think the cameras give them a sporting chance.”
Jana Ryan, Albuquerque police sergeant
Wall Street Journal, Nov. 7, 2011

“The victims are the children, not those who are speeding.”
Rahm Emanuel, Chicago mayor
NBC Chicago (Illinois), Nov. 7, 2011

At the intersection of Pines Boulevard and Southwest 129th Avenue in Pembroke Pines, there were 25 crashes in the two years before cameras were installed. In the last two years, there have been 13 collisions. That’s nearly a 50 percent drop. Source: Sun Sentinel, Oct. 29, 2011.

Fifty-six percent of Longview voters supported a proposition on Tuesday asking the city to continue to use speed safety cameras in school zones. The Daily News, Nov. 8, 2011.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 48

November 3rd, 2011 Comments off

AAA: Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Costs $6 Million
USA Today, Nov. 3, 2011

The emotional toll for Americans who lose a friend or loved one in a motor vehicle crash has a steep financial counterpart — an average $6 million per fatal accident, according to auto club AAA.

Legal Challenges to Red Light Safety Cameras Failing Around Tampa Bay
St. Petersburg Times (Florida), Nov. 3, 2011

With St. Petersburg and Tampa adding to Tampa Bay’s red-light camera ranks, initial court challenges have so far met with little success.

Tampa’s Red-Light Safety Cameras Help Police Catch Bad Drivers
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Nov. 2, 2011

While most drivers who run red lights do it a split second or two after the signal changes, Tampa police Officer Corey Landrum remembers one glaring exception — a driver who blew through the red light 58 seconds after the light changed. (The Tampa Tribune photo by Jay Conner)

Speeders, Red-Light Runners Endanger Neighborhood
The Buffalo News (New York), Nov. 2, 2011

It often starts with a late-night thwack, loud enough to wake some of the residents along Parkside Avenue. Another car has slammed into small trees, or toppled a fire hydrant and a utility pole, or even knocked a house off its foundation. The “Parkside Curve” has struck again. (The Buffalo News photo by Charles Lewis)

Brick Shows Immunity to Camera-Critical Report
Brick Patch (New Jersey), Nov. 1, 2011

Brick’s expanding number of red-light safety cameras isn’t subject to many of the concerns found in a lobbying group’s report on the popular devices.

Speed, Alcohol Suspected in Red-Light Running Fatality, Police Say
Calgary Herald (Canada), Oct. 31, 2011

Days after Alberta’s premier said she’s contemplating tough new drunk driving laws, Calgary recorded two crashes this weekend police say are linked to alcohol, including a fatal collision in the city’s northwest early Sunday.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Headed for Hamilton Township
Press of Atlantic City (New Jersey), Oct. 30, 2011

Motorists at four intersections in Hamilton and Middle townships soon could face penalties for running a red light even if no police officers are at the scene. The two townships have submitted applications to the state Department of Transportation to install red-light cameras at their heaviest intersections. (Press of Atlantic City photo by Danny Drake)

Bluff City Responds to Ticket Lawsuit (Tennessee), Oct. 28, 2011

Two attorneys representing Bluff City filed an 11-page motion that punched holes in claims made by two men who were caught driving too fast by the city’s speed camera system on U.S. Highway 11E and are now suing in federal court for $6 million.

Camera Report Criticized as ‘Misleading’
Government Technology, Oct. 27, 2011

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) says the U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s report focused on outdated models of contracts and that the organization did a “disservice to the safeguards” that localities have in place to ensure safety for citizens.   

New Alberta Injury Coalition Hopes to Save Lives, Money
Edmonton Journal (Canada), Oct. 27, 2011

A red-light runner changed the life of Dr. Garnet Cummings (pictured), but didn’t stop him from helping others suffering from injuries to their brain and body. The doctor is a partner in Injury Alberta, a new coalition sparked by the University of Alberta school of public health that aims to bring Alberta’s preventable injury rates down. (Edmonton Journal photo by Jason Franson)

Reckless motorists are caught on camera running red lights in St. Louis, MO., and in Wilmington, N.C., where an SUV goes tumbling down the street after it rushes through a red light and collides with a passing vehicle.

Tampa Issues Citations from 24 Red-Light Safety Cameras
WTSP Channel 10 (Florida), Nov. 1, 2011

The warning period is ended in Tampa. Vehicles now caught running red lights by the city’s 24 red-light safety cameras at 14 intersections will prompt fines of $158.

Tucson’s Southside Camera Goes Live
KVOA TV 4 (Arizona), Nov. 1, 2011

If you’re at Ajo Way and Sixth Avenue, the red-light safety cameras are up and running and ready to take pictures of drivers who run red lights.

Cameras Prove to Be Safe, Profitable for San Diego
KGTV Channel 10 (California), Oct. 31, 2011

City officials say red-light safety cameras will remain in San Diego for the foreseeable future after proving to be profitable and useful for road safety. (SignOnSanDiego photo by John R. McCutchen)

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the city of Groveland, Florida, has signed a long-term agreement with ATS, reactivating its suspended road safety camera program.

@ATS_RoadSafety Red-light runners affect everyone. #StopOnRed. Red Light Running Cab Strikes #Cyclist:

Commentary: Red-Light Safety Cameras Give Reason to Pause
New, Oct. 30, 2011

When gripes about red-light cameras clog his voice mail, Patrolman Matt Finck likes to tell the story about the man who insisted the camera must have misfired because his wife “would never” break such a law. “I showed him the video on my laptop.” The video is to traffic cops what DNA is to homicide cops — proof.

“I think the number of violations is going to go down. I think people will be more aware going through the intersections.”
Carl Giguere, Tampa police sergeant
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Nov. 2, 2011

“We get some people that drive by here at 70 miles an hour, and you know that they’re breaking the law and if somebody stepped out on the street they’d get run over.”
Jim Chumblers, Tucson businessman
KVOA TV Channel 4 (Arizona), Nov. 1, 2011

“We’ve done a very aggressive push to get information out to the public. The majority of residents in Middle Township will know the cameras are there.”
Christopher Leusner, Middle Township police chief
Press of Atlantic City (New Jersey), Oct. 30, 2011

“It’s a useful tool. We’ll be able to review running of red lights without putting an officer out there. It’s controversial, no question. We’ll take advantage of the technology to help law enforcement officers.”
Stacy Tappeiner, Hamilton Township police chief
Press of Atlantic City (New Jersey), Oct. 30, 2011

“Every once in awhile, the public needs a wake-up message, and I think this (Injury Alberta) group is going to give a wake-up message on a regular basis.”
Dr. Garnet Cummings, Injury Alberta partner
Edmonton Journal (Canada), Oct. 27, 2011

San Diego reports 50 percent fewer red-light running crashes and 11 percent fewer rear-end collisions. The city, which has 15 locations with red-light safety cameras, is entering the fifth year of its contract. Source: KGTV Channel 10, Oct. 31, 2011.

The city of Tampa issued nearly 4,000 red-light running warning notices to motorists during the October trial period. Source: WTSP TV Channel 10, Nov. 1, 2011.

New Jersey
American Traffic Solutions surveyed intersections for a week in Middle Township and found 70 violations in the Rio Grande intersection in an eight-hour period. Source: Press of Atlantic City, Oct. 30, 2011.

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