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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 12

February 23rd, 2012 Comments off


Interest in Red-Light Safety Cameras Gets Attention in Belmar Borough
Manasquan-Belmar Patch (New Jersey), Feb. 23, 2012

With support from the police chief, Belmar officials are exploring whether their municipality should add its name to the list of localities interested in being a part of New Jersey’s red-light safety camera pilot program.


Colorado Lawmakers Reject Bill to Ban Cameras
KMGH TV 7, Feb. 22, 2012

Right off the bat, the Colorado State Senate Transportation Committee put the brakes on a bill that would ban cameras at red lights. In a two-hour debate … both sides argued it’s all about safety. (The Denver Post file photo)

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities Throws Support Behind Red-Light Safety Cameras
Post Chronicle, Feb. 22, 2012

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, as part of a coalition of advocacy groups and key state legislators, recently called on the Governor and General Assembly to enact legislation to give towns and cities the option to use cameras at certain high-traffic and higher-risk red-light intersections to help improve street safety in communities across the state.


Millington Credits Drop in Citations to Red-Light, Speed Safety Cameras
WPTY TV 24 (Tennessee), Feb. 22, 2012

It has been about a year since the red light and speed cameras went online in Millington, and according to Millington’s police chief, the number of drivers complaining about camera usage has dropped dramatically and citations are decreasing as well, showing the program is working.

Nassau County Puts Parking, Red-Light Scofflaws on Notice
WFFF TV 44 (New York), Feb. 22, 2012

After a twice-extended amnesty period, traffic scofflaws in Long Island’s Nassau County are being told to pay their outstanding tickets or face booting and towing of their vehicles. See related coverage from Newsday.


Crashes Decrease, Violations Drop in Hillsborough County
Carrollwood Patch (Florida), Feb. 21, 2012

Violations fell nearly 8 percent overall at six intersections in Hillsborough County, with a 61.8 percent decrease at one location in a comparison of 2010 and 2011 records. (TBO.com photo by Jay Conner)

Red-Light Anarchy in Albany
The Advocate/TimesUnion.com (New York), Feb. 20, 2012

Green means go. Red means stop. Simple rules, really. But George de Piro sees them ignored with abandon during his walks around Center Square. Traffic lights in Albany, he says, are merely suggestions.  

A Long Island Lesson in Red-Light Cameras: Is Connecticut Next?
Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Feb. 18, 2012

This look at Nassau County’s red-light safety camera program adds to the information available to Connecticut’s residents as their state’s General Assembly considers a red-light camera enforcement bill.

Revenue Up, Violations Down in Gloucester Township
Gloucester Township Patch (New Jersey), Feb. 18, 2012

Gloucester Township has collected more than $2.5 million in fines through tickets issued from 10 red-light cameras positioned at four intersections along Blackwood Clementon Road from July 2010 through December 2011, … even though the monthly average of tickets being issued has decreased.


Connecticut’s Camera Legislation to Include Lower Fine
TheDay.com, Feb. 17, 2012

State lawmakers pushing for red-light enforcement cameras in large and medium-sized Connecticut cities said they are lowering the proposed fines to be less like a speeding ticket and more like a parking ticket. (Hartford Courant photo.)

Red-Light Safety Cameras Find Support in Salem
The Salem News (Massachusetts), Feb. 17, 2012

Salem Police Chief Paul Tucker says the “No. 1 complaint” he receives from residents is over traffic, especially drivers speeding and running red lights or stop signs.

Connecticut Officials Say Call for Cameras is All about Safety
CTNewsJunkie, Feb. 16, 2012

Lawmakers and local officials claim their desire to allow municipalities to install red-light cameras at intersections is all about safety. … The bill, which has yet to be drafted, would allow communities with populations over 48,000 to install red light cameras at a handful of intersections. See related article from Milford-Orange Bulletin. 


Passengers Die, Driver Walks Away from Red-Light Running Crash
KY3/KTVI-FOX2NOW.com (Missouri), Feb. 21, 2012

Video from a red-light safety camera shows a silver car entering an intersection, clipping a passing vehicle then colliding with a passing bus. The collision ended the lives of two backseat passengers, ages 19 and 21. The driver was treated and released from the hospital.


For Your Own Good
KGUN TV-9 (Arizona), Feb. 18, 2012

A TV news investigation of seven intersections in Tucson with red-light safety cameras in place for at least a year found crashes decreased the first year after cameras were installed. At four intersections with cameras in place for two years, crashes rose slightly at three of four locations, but were still less than the number of crashes before cameras were installed.

Appeal for Red-Light Safety Cameras
CTNJ-TV (Connecticut), Feb. 16, 2012

Angel Arch, whose father was paralyzed in a hit-and-run crash, and later died, spoke out in favor of red-light safety cameras at a Connecticut press conference. Camera footage helped authorities identify and catch the driver involved in the car-pedestrian collision.

Red Lights Mean Nothing
Times Union (New York), Feb. 14, 2012

It is not hyperbole to say that if there is traffic near an intersection in Albany, somebody will blow through the light every time.

@ATS_RoadSafety  RT if you will drive safe and always #stoponred this March for Red Light Running Awareness Month in #Arizona

ATS Wins School Bus Safety Camera Contract on Unanimous Vote
Times-Georgian (Georgia), Feb. 17, 2012

Carroll County Board of Education last week unanimously approved a proposal from American Traffic Solutions, in which the company will install video cameras on the arms of school buses with routes most prone to passing violations.

Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Are Worth a Try
Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Feb. 17, 2012

Red-light cameras have their critics, … but on balance the idea is sound and ought at least to be given a try.

Letter to the Editor: People Cause Crashes
Tampa Tribune (Florida), Feb. 19, 2012

I read with interest the article about the researchers and red-light cameras [“Study slams traffic cameras,” front page, Feb. 12]. Their research affirms only that you can prove anything with statistics.

Letter to the Editor: Make Red-Light Violations Far Tougher
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Feb. 18, 2012

You talk about tweaking the red light cameras, what is really needed is more of them and then with some real bite!

Letter to the Editor: News Coverage Missed the Point
Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Feb. 17, 2012

The article “Vendor’s Role Raises Question” [Feb. 17, news] missed the point. Red-light cameras are about preventing injury and promoting traffic safety.

“We said from the beginning it would modify people’s behavior, and that’s what is happening.”
Troy Morgan, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office corporal
Carrollwood Patch (Florida), Feb. 21, 2012


“So far the numbers have shown that there are a decrease in collisions at those intersections. And here in traffic our job is the safe and expeditious flow of traffic across the city, and so far at those seven [intersections] it has certainly proved to be the point.”
Tim Beam, Tucson Police Department sergeant
KGUN TV-9 (Arizona), Feb. 18, 2012


“Anything we can do to encourage people to drive more safely and to obey traffic signals and signs is a positive. If it’s going to get motorists to comply, I’m all for it. I can’t put a police officer at every intersection.”
Paul Tucker, Salem Police Department chief
The Salem News (Massachusetts), Feb. 17, 2012


“Residents from every neighborhood said you’ve got to do something about traffic. [They said,] It’s dangerous to us, it’s dangerous to our families, it’s dangerous to our communities, and it’s dangerous to my business.”
Scott Jackson, Hamden mayor
CTNewsJunkie.com (Connecticut), Feb. 16, 2012


“We need a deterrent. The deterrent is financial and the distraction that this is about making money for a business or making money for our cities is unfortunate. This is about making our neighborhoods safe.”
Justin Elicker, New Haven alderman
CTNewsJunkie.com (Connecticut), Feb. 16, 2012


“This focus on the money is very disrespectful to a lot of the people you heard from. I know it’s easy to focus on that. I know it’s simple — because you know that’s what gets ginned up in opposition — but the reality is you’ve heard from doctors, police chiefs. You’ve heard from people from the brain injury association. You’ve heard from safe streets advocates, you’ve heard from cycling advocacy groups, walking advocacy groups, year after year, after year.”
Roland Lemar, Connecticut state representative of New Haven
Hartford Courant, Feb. 16, 2012


“All of us know and accept that if we go through a toll booth that there’s a camera there to capture our vehicle if we do not pay the toll. … We accept and most of us support the use of cameras to deter instances where something of monetary value is taken. Why would we not support the use of cameras to deter instances where someone’s life could be taken?”
John Fonfara, Connecticut state senator of Hartford
Hartford Courant, Feb. 16, 2012

Florida
In Hillsborough County, red-light running violations are down nearly 8 percent for the total violations issued at six intersections in 2011 compared with 2010. At one intersection, violations are down nearly 62 percent. Total crashes at the six locations have declined each year from 395 crashes in 2008 to 240 in 2011. Source: Carrollwood Patch, Feb. 21, 2012.

New Jersey
The average number of monthly violations has fallen 50 percent in Gloucester Township, N.J., indicating a change in driver behavior. The change compares the monthly average of 3,710 violations for the first four months the cameras were in operation with the per-month average of 1,840 violations over the last 13 months. Source:  Gloucester Township Patch, Feb. 18, 2012.

New York
For an idea of how many more tickets are issued because of the automatic equipment, the annual total of 459,000 camera-initiated red-light tickets in Nassau County is more than twice the 170,000 issued by police for all varieties of traffic violations. Currently, there are 152 cameras at 50 intersections in Nassau County. Source: Hartford Courant, Feb. 18, 2012.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 11

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Connecticut Legislators Speak Up for Red-Light Camera Law
Hartford Courant, Feb. 16, 2012

Some state legislators and advocates are voicing support for legislation allowing red-light safety cameras to photograph drivers who blow through red lights. See related coverage from The Middletown Press and Norwich Bulletin. (Hartford Courant photo)


Police Chief Says Cameras in Connecticut Would Save Lives
CTPost.com (Connecticut), Feb. 16, 2012

Speaking at a news conference in the Connecticut Capitol complex, Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph Gaudett said Thursday that there would be fewer fatalities if state legislation were passed to allow cities to install red-light safety cameras at major intersections. (Connecticut Post photo by Christian Abraham)

Morton Grove Ends Talks, Moves to Install Cameras
Park Ridge Herald Advocate (Illinois), Feb. 14, 2012

After more than two years of discussion, the village of Morton Grove is considering moving ahead with the process of installing photo-enforcement cameras.

Park Ridge Considers Cameras at Railroad Crossings
Niles-Herald Spectator (Illinois), Feb. 14, 2012

In 2010, the city of Park Ridge installed a red-light enforcement camera to catch traffic-signal violators. Is a similar camera a possibility for the city’s busy railroad crossings, as well?

School Bus Spins, Topples over in Red-Light Running Crash
MSNBC (New York), Feb. 14, 2012

Rochester Police have ticketed the driver of the SUV that they say ran a red light and caused a crash with a school bus Tuesday morning. … Three children received minor injuries. (See related coverage from WHAM 1180)

Traffic Fines Near $1 Million in Brick
Brick Patch (New Jersey), Feb. 14, 2012

Red-light safety cameras at two Brick intersections generated $929,701 worth of traffic fines through November 2011. … December’s data hasn’t been calculated yet, but it’s reasonable to expect more than $1 million in total camera fines for 2011.


Boulder Stands Against Bill to Dismantle Cameras
Daily Camera (Colorado), Feb. 13, 2012

Worried about making intersections more dangerous, losing revenue and undoing years of work to change driver behavior, the city of Boulder is preparing to fight a bill at the statehouse that would ban the use of red-light cameras and photo-radar vans.

72% of Florida Residents Support Red-Light Camera Laws
Bradenton Herald, Feb. 13, 2012

Two years after Florida enacted the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act, Floridian support of the safety cameras laws is at 72%, reflecting unprecedented confidence in its road and community safety benefits. (See related coverage  from TMC.com)

Red Light, Gold Mine
Hartford Business Journal (Connecticut), Feb. 13, 2012

As Connecticut legislators consider allowing the state’s larger cities to install cameras to record motorists running red lights and issue traffic fines, the fine points of the would-be law will dictate who gets paid, how they get paid and how much motorists fork over every time they are caught on camera.

Alabama City Awards Contract to ATS
WBRC TV, Feb. 10, 2012

The city council in Opelika has awarded a contract to Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions to install and maintain the city’s red-light camera program.


Are Yellow Lights Shorter at Red-Light Camera Intersections?
NBC 17 (North Carolina), Feb. 15, 2012

It depends on who you ask, but city traffic engineers say the number of variables involved in calculating the yellow light change interval is one of the most difficult decisions a traffic engineer makes.

Red-Light Runners Cause Crashes in Wilmington, N.C.
WilmingtonNC.gov/YouTube, (February 2012)

The city’s webpage warns drivers that red-light running can be fatal. See what they’re talking about, click here.

@ATS_RoadSafety  72 Percent of #Floridians Support Red Light Safety Camera Laws bit.ly/zoHvcP  #StopOnRed

CT Safer Roads Charles Territo of ATS discusses common myths about red-light safety cameras on the Ray Dunaway show – goo.gl/TdlJF

 


American Traffic Solution is pleased to announce the following contract agreements: Prince George’s County, Maryland, has extended its red-light safety camera program with ATS; Clarke County School District in Georgia has entered into a CrossingGuard School Bus Stop Arm Camera System pilot program; and the city of Lynnwood, Washington, agreed to a five-year contract extension for ATS’  road safety camera program. Last week, Opelika, Alabama, signed a five-year contract with ATS.


Carroll County to Vote on School Bus Safety Cameras
Times-Georgian (Georgia), Feb. 13, 2012

The Carroll County Board of Education on Thursday will vote whether to install bus arm cameras on a portion of the system’s school buses as a way of deterring motorists from passing buses illegally while bus stop signs are extended for student crossings. (AP photo)

Commentary: Connecticut State Senator Has Eye on Red-Light Camera Bill
TheDay.com, Feb. 15, 2012

It seems to me that if nothing else, the presence of these cameras would make drivers more cautious near intersections that have them, but I’ll reserve final judgment until the legislation is more refined.

Editorial: The Good and Bad of Red-Light Safety Cameras
NewsChief.com (Florida), Feb. 10, 2012

Big Brother is watching. But is it all bad? Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has said he does not like red light cameras, … but despite his dislike for them, his detectives put a camera’s red-light running image to good use and caught two suspected cattle rustlers.

Letter to the Editor: Many Protest A Bit Too Much
The Daily Herald (Washington), Feb. 16, 2012

There is all this debate about the red-light cameras. Well, stop running lights, stop texting, or whatever has your attention elsewhere. It should be focused on the road and the drivers around you.

Letter to the Editor: Running Red Lights Breaks the Law
Arizona Daily Star, Feb. 16, 2012

Why then is there so much shouting and fist shaking about red-light cameras? They don’t flash unless you did something illegal. Period. You break the law, you pay. Simple. No fussing or explaining.

Letter to the Editor: Driver Appreciates Camera’s Wake-Up Call
Daily Camera (Colorado), Feb.  14, 2012

I, too, have received in the mail a beautiful photo of myself running a red light. … My bad. Since then I have gently put the brakes on my driving at that corner and elsewhere in the city. It was a wake-up call I needed.

Letter to the Editor: Keep Cameras
Sioux City Journal (Iowa), Feb. 14, 2012

If those go, let’s get rid of all the stop lights and stop signs. Then we can really play bumper cars.

Open Line to the Editor
Journal Courier (Florida), Feb. 14, 2012

People who fear red light cameras are the same ones who fear fire eating dragons and pink elephants.


“The victim is a child hit by a car going 10 to 15 miles an hour [over the speed limit] near a school zone. The victim is not a speeder.”
Rahm Emanuel, Chicago mayor
Chicago Public Media WBEZ 91.5 (Illinois), Feb 15, 2012


“We believe that it works. We think that we’ve slowed people down, and we have less severity of red-light accidents.”
David Hayes, Boulder police deputy chief
Daily Camera (Colorado), Feb. 13, 2012


“I think Floridian support of safety cameras is also bolstered by the recognition that safety cameras offer critical assistance to law enforcement in keeping the broader community even safer.”
David Gee, Hillsborough County sheriff
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Feb. 13, 2012

Colorado
In Boulder, crashes at intersections with red-light safety cameras have decreased 50 percent and red-light running violations have declined 65 percent since red-light cameras were installed. Source: Daily Camera, Feb. 13, 2012. 

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 10

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Connecticut Legislative Session Opens; Red-Light Safety Cameras on Table
The Hartford Courant/CTnow.com Feb. 8, 2012

Connecticut’s 2012 legislative session is a short one this year, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy opened the session with an active agenda, including attention to the use of red-light safety cameras. See additional Hartford Courant coverage(Hartford Courant photo by Cloe Poisson)


Illinois Governor Signs Chicago Speed Camera Bill
Claims Journal, Feb. 8, 2012

Chicago will be able to use automatic speed enforcement cameras to monitor drivers around the city’s parks and schools and issue up to $100 tickets to motorists under a law signed Monday by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Gallatin Police Turn to Cameras for Crash Clues
The Tennessean, Feb. 8, 2012

Gallatin authorities will evaluate evidence from a red-light safety camera at an intersection where two vehicles collided and both drivers claimed they had the green light.


Houston, ATS End Red-Light Saga
Houston Chronicle (Texas), Feb. 8, 2012

City council approved a payout of at least $4.8 million Wednesday to settle a lawsuit and take down Houston’s controversial red-light cameras, finally ending a legal battle that began after voters banned the devices in a referendum 15 months ago. (Photo by Transportation Nation)

Opelika Chooses ATS; Awards Multiyear Contract
Opelika-Auburn News (Florida), Feb. 7, 2012

The Opelika City Council voted Tuesday evening to award a contract to American Traffic Solutions to install and maintain the city’s red-light camera project.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Coming to West Park on March 9
Sun-Sentinel (Florida), Feb. 7, 2012

Five West Park intersections will be outfitted with red-light safety cameras starting March 9.

Boulder City Council Opposes Legislation Targeting Cameras
Daily Camera (Colorado), Feb. 7, 2012

The Boulder City Council on Tuesday night took a position against state bills targeting red-light cameras. … A policy memo to the council said the  removal of the cameras in Boulder “could result in accident rates and non-compliance returning to pre-enforcement levels.”

Police: Red-Light Cameras are Working
Old Northeast-Downtown St. Pete Patch (Florida), Feb. 7, 2012

St. Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Harmon told city council members, last week, the red-light safety cameras are working and making St. Pete drivers think before crossing through an intersection after a light has turned red. (Graphic by city of St. Petersburg)

Washington Borough Kicks Tires on Road Safety Camera Program
The Express-Times (New Jersey), Feb. 6, 2012

Washington Borough Council members are kicking the tires on some traffic-enforcement reinforcements.

South Orange Remains Open to Red-Light Safety Cameras
News-Record (New Jersey), Feb. 3, 2012

After receiving propsals from two vendors and conducting a study that showed a traffic safety problem at one intersection, some South Orange officials are pushing for a decision on whether to bring red-light safety cameras to town.

@ATS_RoadSafety  #WestMiami red-light cameras catch a dangerous red-light runner almost T-bone another vehicle youtu.be/ng5yuaNyiQ0  #StopOnRed

Three municipalities signed multiyear agreements with American Traffic Solutions to be their road safety camera provider this past week. Palatka, Florida, and Opelika, Alabama, signed contracts as did Berlin Borough, New Jersey, which agreed to a five-year contract with a five-year automatic renewal. ATS is also pleased to announce that Lakeland, Florida, a client since 2008 has extended its professional services agreement.


Miami Police Department Sgt. Leo Tapanes gets his picture taken with red-light safety camera advocate and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis President Marc A. Buoniconti during last week’s ATS Florida Regional Customer Conferences. Each month, red-light safety cameras in Florida contribute more than $100,000 for spinal cord research with hopes of one day curing paralysis. (Photo by Miami Police Department Officer Michael Vega)


Student’s Death Prompts School District to Change Bus Routes, Consider Cameras
Erie Times-News (Pennsylvania), Feb. 8, 2012

Fort LeBoeuf schools superintendent Debra Spaulding said the district has always taken bus stop safety seriously, and the Route 97 stop met required guidelines — but district administrators have put an added focus on it after 13-year-old Ashley Clark’s death.

Frederick County Ups Fine for Passing Stopped School Bus
Delmarvanow.com (Maryland), Feb. 8, 2012

Frederick County lawmakers have agreed to increase the potential fine for drivers who illegally pass a school bus to a $250 maximum.


School Bus Camera Bill Advances in Florida Senate
WTSP TV Channel 10, Feb. 7, 2012

Soon red lights may not be the only place you’ll see cameras on Florida roads. Under a bill that advanced through a Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday, cameras would be placed on the side of school buses, ticketing drivers who don’t stop. See related coverage from First Coast News. (WTSP TV photo)

School District Talks about Future with School Bus Traffic Safety Cameras
The Palm Beach Post (Florida), Feb. 6, 2012

The Palm Beach County School District to trying stop-arm safety camera systems on two buses in a pilot program that could raise money for transportation and increase safety for children around buses. See related coverage from WPTV Channel 5. (The Palm Beach Post photo by Thomas Cordy)

Editorial: Florida Camera Law — Tweak It and Keep It
Orlando Sentinel, Feb. 9, 2012

Red-light cameras make roads safer. They also make some motorists mad — especially those who think they have been issued tickets unfairly. We remain strong backers of red-light cameras.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Should be Restarted
The Springfield News-Leader (Missouri), Feb. 8, 2012

Once again, we urge Springfield City Council to flip the “on” switch for the city’s red-light cameras.

Letter to the Editor: Cameras Save Us Pedestrians
San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate (California), Feb. 7, 2012

I have no sympathy for Robert Jones and others who are fighting red-light cameras. … As a pedestrian, I must be constantly vigilant when crossing intersections. Right-on-red turners are the most dangerous to pedestrians.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Running Worse Than Drunk Driving
The Springfield News-Leader (Missouri), Feb. 4, 2012

I see in the paper that the red-light safety cameras in Springfield may soon be turned back on. Red-light running has become an epidemic in Springfield! I see it almost every time I get out on the streets.

Letter to the Editor: “Learn from L.A.” Loaded with Baseless Claims
Fairfield Patch (Connecticut), Feb. 4, 2012

Justin Beck’s Feb. 1 letter, “Learn from L.A. — Don’t Install Red-Light Cameras”  is filled with errors, hyperbole and totally baseless claims.  

“I don’t look at it as any financial jackpot whatsoever. You’re basically trying to maintain safety on the roadways and ensure people are following the laws.”
Justin Jewell, Washington Borough Councilman, firefighter and emergency squad member
The Express-Times (New Jersey), Feb. 6, 2012


“Nowhere you’re getting to is so important that you put a child’s life at risk.”
Oscar Braynon, Florida state senator
First Coast News (Florida), Feb. 3, 2012

“We can’t be everywhere. If we were everywhere crime would not be committed. So we ask the public for their assistance and patience.”
Melissa Bujeda, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
First Coast News (Florida), Feb. 3, 2012

“You watch your child almost get hit, two, three, four different times. I need to be heard. Something needs to get done.”
Scharee Faulk, Florida mother of 4-year-old boy riding school bus
First Coast News (Florida), Feb. 3, 2012

Florida
Every day, an estimated 8,900 vehicles illegally pass school buses in Florida, according to the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Source: WPTV Channel 5, Feb. 3, 2012.

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Red-Light Running Photo Helps Authorities Arrest 2 Men in Cattle Rustling Case
WFTS TV 28 (Florida), Feb. 1, 2012

A red-light safety camera, one of the most modern pieces of equipment available to law enforcement, has helped Polk County authorities make an arrest in one of the oldest illegal professions in the world — cattle rustling. See related coverage from BayNews9.com.


Workers Begin Camera Installment in Boca Raton
The Palm Beach Post (Florida), Feb. 1, 2012

Construction crews have started installing Boca Raton’s first red-light safety cameras, but … tickets aren’t expected to be in the mail until later this spring. See related coverage from CBS 12 News.

6 on Springfield Council Favor Camera Restart
The Springfield News-Leader (Missouri), Jan. 31, 2012

Springfield City Council took another step Monday toward rebooting the city’s red-light camera system, despite one councilman’s plea for more study. Six members of council have sponsored a bill to restart the photographic enforcement program, with changes to comply with a 2010 Missouri Supreme Court ruling.

Police: Nearly 90% of Red-Light Runners Don’t Run Red Again
KMOX 1120 AM (Missouri), Jan. 30, 2012

New figures released by the city of St. Louis suggest that people who get caught running red lights learn their lesson.


Concerned Neighbors Want Safer Streets
Perry Hall Patch (Maryland), Jan. 30, 2012

A vigil was held Sunday night for 68-year-old Beverly Moore, who was killed in a hit-and-run incident on Jan. 22. … During the event, neighbors called for traffic calming measures along the busy roadway. A councilman listed speed cameras as an option. (Perry Hall Patch photo by Emily Kimball)

ATS Assists Toledo with New Camera Site Selections
The Toledo Blade (Ohio), Jan. 30, 2012

American Traffic Solutions used a computer program to analyze traffic volumes and patterns across Toledo to help the city determine intersections where red-light violations are most likely to occur. The city has yet to choose a provider for red-light safety cameras.

Parkland Eyes Neighbor’s Red-Light Camera Success
The Sun Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 27, 2012

Parkland has taken note of the success Coral Springs has had with its red-light safety cameras and is likely to take the same route to curb red-light running. Parkland has initiated talks with ATS.


Close-Call Captured on Camera in Boynton Beach
WPEC TV 12 (Florida), Feb. 1, 2012

Video posted to Boyton Beach Police Department’s YouTube account shows an SUV almost colliding with crossing traffic.

Toledo Wants to Add 11 Cameras
WNWO TV  24 (Ohio), Jan. 30, 2012

If the administration of Toledo Mayor Mike Bell has its way, more red-light safety cameras will be coming to Toledo.

Kansas City Considers Expanding Red-Light Camera Program
FOX TV 4 (Missouri), Jan. 28, 2012

Activists are collecting signatures to end cameras in Kansas City, but an ATS spokesman says red-light safety cameras are helping to reduce crashes in the municipality and that city leaders are considering expanding the number of intersection cameras.

Son of Father Killed in Hit-and-Run Joins Red-Light Camera Supporters
WTNH TV-8 (Connecticut), Jan. 26, 2012

The family of a man killed in a hit and run accident that made national news four years ago has joined the effort to bring red light cameras to Connecticut’s intersections. See related coverage in The Hartford Courant.

@ATS_RoadSafety  @cityofaventura  Red-Light Safety Cameras Catch Blatant Red-Light Running: youtu.be/2FFV1VeAzIc   #StopOnRed  #FL  #RoadSafety

 

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that Landover, Maryland, has extended its Road Safety Camera contract through 2013. Also, ATS announces that its CrossingGuard school bus stop arm enforcement system will be installed in Denton, Texas, and Clarke County, Georgia, as pilot programs.


3 Cars Passing Stopped School Bus Underscores Parent’s Concern
Silver Spring Patch (Maryland), Feb. 1, 2012

After months of worrying while walking his kids to the school bus stop … a Silver Spring father of two took matters — and a video camera — into his own hands Tuesday morning. (Video by Andrew Cohen.)

Cameras May Catch Drivers Who Zip Past Stopped School Buses
WTOP 1500 AM (Washington, D.C.), Jan. 31, 2012

There is growing support in Montgomery County to put external cameras on school buses to catch drivers who don’t stop when a school bus does.


Commentary: Cameras are Perfectly Legal
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas), Jan. 31, 2012

There is no violation of privacy. On a public street, the speed cameras are photographing the license plate. The state government owns that plate.

Editorial: Stop Trying to Ban Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Des Moines Register (Iowa), Jan. 29, 2012

Some members of the Iowa Legislature seem to have forgotten that laws should not be written to protect lawbreakers.

Editorial: Red-Light Safety Cameras Are a Useful Option
Tampa Bay Online (Florida), Jan. 28, 2012

Bills have been introduced in the Florida Legislature to take away the right of cities and counties to install cameras at intersections to catch red-light runners. … But the public is divided on whether the electronic crackdown is good or bad. We believe the cameras, when operated responsibly, make roads safer.

Editorial: Crime Stats Show T-Bone Crashes on the Decline
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), Jan. 26, 2012

While some may still malign the system aimed at keeping our intersections safer and holding red-light runners accountable, statistics have also shown that the dangerous T-bone crashes usually associated with running red lights have been on a trend downward.

Letters to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Are Necessary
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Feb. 1, 2012

This is one driver who totally and completely supports the cameras as well as any other device that will slow the drivers down who feel that the traffic laws are nothing more than suggestions.

Letter to the Editor: Lapses Lose Lives
Times of Trenton (New Jersey), Jan. 31, 2012

I drive throughout the state, and I see drivers routinely running red lights at every intersection! And let’s not even begin to discuss stop signs!

Letter to the Editor: Red Lights Protect Pedestrians
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Jan. 30, 2012

As an avid power walker I too many times find drivers who never once look to the right as they roll through red lights.  They simply assume as long as there is not a car coming from their left then there is nothing to stop for; including people legally crossing the street.

Letter to the Editor: Our Civil Liberties Are Not Violated
The Daily Herald (Washington), Jan. 29, 2012

What part of your civil liberties allows you to run red lights in total disregard for the civil liberties of those who have the green light and the legal right to go through the intersection? Try telling someone that after you have “T-boned” them in an intersection.

“If people know they are being filmed, they might be more careful when driving through the intersections.”
Mike Woika, Boca Raton assistant city manager
The Palm Beach Post (Florida), Feb. 1, 2012

“Red light camera systems, photo-enforcement systems, are designed to change behavior. And in ninety-eight percent of the time, it looks like we are changing behavior.”
Sam Dotson, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department captain, director of operations
KMOX 1120 AM (Missouri), Jan. 30, 2012

“This is something I will fight for. There is no reason why we should not be considering this. Let this come up before the commission for a vote. Red-light cameras reduce accidents at intersections.”
Jared Moskowitz, Parkland city commissioner
The Sun Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 27, 2012


“For me red-light camera legislation is not about fining violators — it’s about implementing a measure that could potentially save lives.”
Pedro Segarra, Hartford mayor
Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Jan. 26, 2012

Missouri
A five-year review of red-light running citations issued in St. Louis shows that 88.5 percent of drivers who receive red light tickets in the mail are one-time-only offenders. Add in the other 9.5 percent of drivers who receive two tickets and the outcome changes to 98 percent who quit running red lights after geting two or fewer tickets. Source: KMOX 1120 AM Radio, Jan. 30, 2012. 

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