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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 17

March 29th, 2012 Comments off

Say It Again: Stop on Red. The Life You Save May Be Your Own
The month of March is coming to an end and so is the State of Arizona’s Red-Light Running Awareness Month. To all of you who made a special effort over the past several weeks to spread the message to Stop on Red, ATS thanks you. Of course, this message is too important to be confined to a single month. One organization that diligently works for safer roads every day is Arizona’s Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance. In his recent commentary, Frank Hinds, the executive director for the alliance, urges us all to remain dedicated to improving driver safety every day of every month. You can read Frank’s commentary in the Peoria Times. You can  proudly spread the message to Stop on Red anywhere.


Success with 1 Camera Has East Brunswick Considering a 2nd
Sentinel/Greater Media Newspapers (New Jersey), March 28, 2012 

East Brunswick officials are considering installing a second red-light camera system in their township. Its first red-light camera was installed in March 2011, and its success is what prompted the administration to look into having a second installed, said Business Administrator Jim White.

ATS Presents Program Specifics to Dumont Officials
Twin-Boro News (New Jersey), March 22, 2012

As part of their process to decide whether to install red-light safety cameras at certain borough intersections, Dumont officials recently heard from an American Traffic Solutions representative who explained how the system works.

Charges Stack Up Against Red-Light Running Motorcyclist
HQCowichanValley.com (Canada), March 21, 2012

Ladysmith RCMP said a 49-year-old motorcycle driver who ran a red light and was thrown from his bike is facing several charges.

Bike Crash Survivor Pleads for Awareness on the Roads
Naples News (Florida), March 19, 2012

Elayne Jackson always wore a helmet, which is why after she was hit and dragged underneath a pickup’s trailer Feb. 29, she can sit up in a hospital bed and tell visitors she suffered no brain injuries. She didn’t escape unscathed though, and is urging locals to be mindful of one another on the roads.

West Park Prints Q&A on Red Light Safety Cameras
Community Newspapers (Florida), March 2012

Community Newspapers published the most freqently asked questions and their answers regarding red-light safety cameras in the city of West Park.


School District Gets Tough on Motorists Passing Buses
North Carolina News Network, March 24, 2012

Rowan-Salisbury Schools is cracking down on school bus stop arm violators. They have installed cameras on some buses to catch those who have broken the law. The devices on two buses have led to 10 citations, resulting in five guilty pleas. (Salisbury Post photo by John C. Lakey)

Charles County Proposes School Bus Safety Cameras
The Baynet.com (Maryland), March 22, 2012

Committing a traffic violation around a school bus may soon earn you a citation if a plan to add cameras to school buses passes.  The Charles County Board of Commissioners heard from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday about the violations and the need for the cameras.

Maryland County Sees Safety Solution in Cameras
ConvergeMag.com, March 22, 2012

Montgomery County, where about 1,500 school bus drivers file nearly 750,000 reports per year — or 500 reports each — about drivers who illegally pass the school bus they drive, now has a law in place to use cameras on school buses to deter cars from illegally passing.


10,384 Violations and Counting Reveal Intersection’s Danger
East Brunswick Patch (New Jersey), March 27, 2012

A red-light safety camera at the intersection of Tices Lane and Route 18 has netted 10,384 traffic violations since it went “live” in May 2011. “It has proven to be a real valuable tool,” said East Brunswick Police Sgt. Chris Soke. “Because it’s taking video, we can use it if there’s a hit and run … it’s a valuable tool for law enforcement.”

D.C. Mayor, Police Say Safety Is Reason for More Cameras
NBC Channel 4/First Read DMV (District of Columbia), March 26, 2012

Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposal to use traffic safety cameras to photograph red-light runners and speeders is to enhance public safety.

Q&A Asks if Cameras Make You Feel Safer?
Calgary Herald (Canada), March 25, 2012

Pedestrians and a bicyclist on the streets of Calgary express their opinions on red-light cameras.


Tampa Leads Florida Cities in Red-Light Running Tickets
WTSP TV Channel 10, March 23, 2012

Of 58 cities and towns in Florida with red-light safety cameras, Tampa wrote the most tickets in January with nearly 5,500.

@ATS_RoadSafety  Don’t Text & Drive: Jordin Sparks and Andy Pilgrim Visit Nation’s Capital To Promote ‘Attentive Driving’ http://www.andypilgrimfoundation.org/news/

This week, American Traffic Solutions has signed separate five-year agreements with New Jersey’s Borough of Point Pleasant Beach and Neptune Township to install, maintain and operate red-light safety camera programs in their cities. The week also saw the Newton County School System in Georgia sign a five-year agreement with ATS to implement a school bus safety camera enforcement program. Finally, Clayton County, Ga., and Westminster, Md., renewed their Road Safety Camera Programs with the company. ATS is honored to partner with these five agencies in their road safety efforts.

Editorial: Cameras Are Changing Drivers’ Mentality
The Selma Times-Journal (Alabama), March 28, 2012

Last June, crews began installing the first of three red-light cameras within Selma’s city limits. … What has changed since that time, and what was the intention of city leaders, is the driving habits of drivers in the areas around these cameras. … You have seen the creation of safer driving zones. Read a pdf version of the editorial.

Commentary: Toughen Law Against Red-Light Runners
The Daily Advertiser (Louisiana), March 26, 2012

For the folks who believe that traffic cameras are an intrusion into their lives, then I say what would satisfy you, getting rid of all public cameras? My question is economics: Just how much would it cost to get rid of the Safelight program? I believe the police traffic division would have to invest in some expensive resources.

Commentary: Cameras Have More to Offer New Jersey
Passaic County Pulse, March-April 2012

New Jersey’s early success from its red-light camera pilot program matches nationwide results. This outcome alone justifies its expansion.

Letter: Bring on the Cameras
Mukilteo Beacon (Washington), March 28, 2012

With regard to the Washington State Supreme Court ruling on red-light cameras, I am happy and would love to see them installed in all school zones!

Letter: Try Obeying Traffic Laws
Mukilteo Beacon (Washington), March 28, 2012

I have an airtight solution for the red-light camera debate, and it’s so crazy that it just might work – OBEY THE LAW.

Letter: Cameras Save Lives
WCF Courier.com (Iowa), March 26, 2012

Speed and red-light cameras have quickly become an issue in Iowa. … From 2004-2008, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety discovered cities with traffic cameras saw a 24 percent reduction in red-light accidents in comparison to cities without traffic cameras. They are far from perfect, but they work.

Letter: Let Scofflaws Help Pay Cities’ Bills
The News Tribune (Washington), March 23, 2012

It’s difficult for me to understand why there’s any question whether or not these cameras reduce accidents. Of course they do. That’s why so many citizens are against them; they want to continue to run red lights without any penalty.

“We are actually, it appears, changing people’s driving habits. … We’re very pleased with it from an enforcement standpoint and a safety standpoint.”
Jim White, East Brunswick business administrator
Sentinel/Greater Media Newspapers (New Jersey), March 28, 2012

“Red-light violations are very difficult to enforce for policemen. You have to be able to see a violation occur with your own eyes at the same time that you’re watching the red phase of the light, a vehicle, and the limit line. For a policeman, that’s tough.”
Keith Kauffman, Hawthorne City police captain
Contra Costa Times (California), March 27, 2012


“It’s really to have drivers to be cognizant that these cameras are out there and the ultimate goal is to get folks to slow down. If you’re not speeding, at the end of the day, you’re not going to get a ticket.”
Peter Newsham, District of Columbia assistant police chief
NBC TV 4/First Read – DMV, March 26, 2012

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 16

March 22nd, 2012 Comments off

Stop on Red

Intersections are sometimes called crossroads of conflict for a good reason, it’s where nearly half of all urban crashes occur. It’s also the place where drivers face their greatest risk of injury on account of a red-light runner accelerating to cross instead of slowing down to stop. This March, as Arizona recognizes Red-Light Running Awareness Month, ATS urges everyone to spread the message to Stop On Red! The life you save may be your own. To see how the Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance is proclaiming the message of safety, visit their website. You may also want to listen to their public service video and radio announcement on the dangers of red-light running.

Paramus Borough Officials Interested in Red-Light Cameras
Paramus Patch (New Jersey), March 22, 2012

Drivers here may soon have an electronic eye on them at certain stoplights. The borough is weighing whether to implement a red-light camera program, and is reviewing which intersections would be the best spot for cameras.


Traffic Crashes Decrease 18% in Edmonton
Edmonton Journal (Canada), March 21, 2012

Edmonton officials attribute an 18 percent decline in traffic collisions last year to enforcement, education and engineering. “Any time you’re seeing a drop like that compared to an increase in population (means) the changes that are happening are showing some really good results,” said Gerry Shimko, executive director of the Office of Traffic Safety.

Police Use Cameras in Search for Missing Woman
Sun Sentinel (Florida), March 21, 2012

A 45-year-old Coral Springs woman went missing last week, but the discovery of her abandoned BMW led police to check available video from businesses and red-light cameras in the area as they continue their search for her.


Jersey City to Activate 7th Set of Red-Light Cameras
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), March 21, 2012

Shortly after initiating a 30-day warning period for its sixth set of red-light cameras on March 16, Jersey City announced it will soon activate a seventh set of cameras, this time at Montgomery Street and Kennedy Boulevard. See related article from The Jersey Journal.

Commission’s Vote Advances Red-Light Camera Proposal in Dothan
DothanFirst.com (Alabama), March 20, 2012

By a 5-2 vote, Dothan City Commissioners took the next step in bringing red-light cameras to their city, passing a resolution that asks state lawmakers to authorize a camera program in Dothan.


Red-Light Camera Count Could Rise in Fort Lauderdale
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), March 20, 2012

Fort Lauderdale city officials on Tuesday appeared receptive to a company’s proposal to add as many as 30 additional cameras to the six that were first installed in 2010, but a decision date is yet to be set. Meanwhile, city staffers continue to examine how the initial cameras have affected traffic safety.

Pittsburgh Council Considers Red-Light Cameras
WDUQ 90.5 FM Public Radio (Pennsylvania), March 20, 2012

At a Pittsburgh City Council hearing Tuesday, state Rep. Paul Costa said red-light cameras help prevent “T-bone” crashes at busy intersections, and raise revenue by issuing $100 tickets. “I’m not going to deny that it does make money. … But the bottom line is, it saves lives,” Costa said.


Boot Awaits Ticket Scofflaws in Nassau County
WNYW Fox 5 (New York), March 20, 2012

Drivers with three or more outstanding parking and red-light camera tickets could have their vehicle booted and towed under Nassau County’s new Boot-and-Tow Program that begins March 26. With the county’s amnesty program over, nearly 16,000 vehicles are at risk. See related coverage by Long Island Press. (Long Island Business News photo)

Driver in T-Bone Crash Charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide
MSNBC (Ohio), March 19, 2012

A man accused of crashing into a woman’s vehicle killing her, then fleeing the scene, has been charged in a Cleveland courtroom with aggravated vehicular homicide and felony hit-skip. See related coverage at WOIO Channel 19 and FOX Channel 8.

Creve Coeur’s Red-Light Cameras Win Another Legal Battle
Riverfront Times (Missouri), March 16, 2012

In his ruling, St. Louis County Judge David Vincent dismissed all claims against Creve Coeur’s red-light camera program and noted that the city offers appropriate due process through its municipal court. Read the ruling.

Longview May Add Speed Cameras in 3 Additional School Zones
The Daily News (Washington), March 15, 2012

The Longview City Council is considering putting speed cameras in three more school zones where hundreds of vehicles a day are being driven more than 5 mph above the 20 mph speed limit.


Stop-Arm Cameras on Buses in the Works in Newton County
Covington News (Georgia), March 17, 2012

With Georgia leading the nation in school bus fatalities, and in light of recent legislation allowing stop-arm cameras on school buses, the Newton County School Board is discussing whether to use the cameras to improve traffic safety as students board and depart buses.

Car Injures Teen Exiting School Bus
Cedar Grove/Verona Observers (New Jersey), March 16, 2012

Police say a 15-year-old boy had just gotten off of his school bus, which was stopped with its red lights flashing, and was attempting to cross the street when a 2003 Ford struck him and knocked him to the ground. The boy sustained a non-life threatening injury to his leg.

@ATS_RoadSafety  Paramedic says red-light cameras prevent crashes and improve public safety //bit.lyAjnhwr via lancasteronline #RedMeansStop.


Elected Official’s Red-Light Run Stuns Safety Advocate
KTVK TV Channel 3 (Arizona), March 21, 2012

One of the Arizona legislature’s most vocal critics of photo traffic enforcement has, himself, been caught on camera running a red light. … The head of the Red Means Stop Coalition says the senator’s explanation of the event is not good enough, … and he has a responsibility as a role model for teenagers just learning to drive.


Drivers Talk Red-Light Cameras
WCTV Channel 2 (Florida), March 19, 2012

A red-light running crash this weekend left three people dead at one of Tallahassee’s intersections with red-light safety cameras, according to police. The incident leads drivers to voice their thoughts on how cameras affect behavior.

A newly signed five-year agreement between American Traffic Solutions and the town of Secaucus, New Jersey, will bring red-light safety cameras to the city. ATS welcomes Secaucus.

Commentary: West Park Commissioner Urges Safe Driving
Community Newspapers (Florida), March 2012

A lot is happening in our city. Coming up very soon are the red light cameras that are presently being installed right now at six different intersections in West Park. We hope they will change driving behaviors in our city.

Editorial: Court Ruling Aside, Traffic Camera Foes Still Have Options
The News Tribune (Washington), March 18, 2012

Washington Supreme Court has spoken, and opponents of red-light cameras don’t like what it had to say. … They are disappointed and angry that the citizens have been muscled out of the decision-making process. But they haven’t been really.

Editorial: Traffic Tamer Wanted
The Bristol Press (Connecticut), March 17, 2012

The bill that would allow cities of more than 48,000 people the option of placing traffic cameras at busy intersections has cleared another hurdle. … We continue to support the idea.

Editorial: Expand the Use of Red-Light Cameras in Commonwealth
Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania), March 16, 2012

When it comes to the roadways across the commonwealth, safety should be the primary concern of every member of the Legislature. But that clearly has not been the case.

Letter: Speeders Should Not Lament Speed Cameras
Gazette (Maryland), March 21, 2012

I do not wish to engage in a personal dispute with the writer. … I am cynical, too. But my cynicism is directed at those who repeatedly violate our traffic laws and have the audacity to blame the county when they are caught. The writer doesn’t deny that he unlawfully exceeded the posted speed limits on at least two occasions. Yet he complains about the punishment.

Letter: Crack Down on Drivers
Winnipeg Free Press (Canada), March 19, 2012

Having been a first-hand witness to two incidents at red lights, I must write to counter all of the apologists for Winnipeggers with bad driving habits.

Letter: Police Officer Backs Red-Light Cameras for Safety
Dothan Eagle (Alabama), March 18, 2012

I support the traffic cameras that are being proposed for the city of Dothan. I have been a Dothan police officer for the past 22 years. … In that time, I have come to learn that people are going to drive based not on the law, but on how comfortable they feel.  If a person feels comfortable violating a traffic law, they will. I believe that red-light cameras will make drivers a little uncomfortable so they will pay more attention and slow down.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras for City? Yes!
Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era (Pennsylvania), March 16, 2012

I’ve been a paramedic in the area for 15 years, including a six-year stint in the city. There’s nothing more tragic than the scene of an accident. If there are ways to prevent accidents and improve public safety, then we should explore the opportunity.


“We can’t be at every traffic signal. (The cameras do) change driver behavior. We are confident in that.”
Bryan Jeter, Puyallup deputy police chief
The News Tribune (Washington), March 21, 2012


“I also think there’s a big increase in engineering measures, a big increase in police enforcement, and I believe automated enforcement is also leading to a reduction in speed, and a reduction in speed leads to a reduction in collisions.”
Gerry Shimko, Edmonton Office of Traffic Safety executive director
Edmonton Journal (Canada), March 20, 2012


“Before  a violation is sent out in our program, the Philadelphia Parking Authority has to look at it twice, and the Philadelphia Police Department has to look at it once. The checks and balances, and the levels of the process from when that camera activates to when that violation is sent out is pretty substantial.”
Chris Vogler, Philadelphia Parking Authority
WDUK 90.5 FM Public Radio (Pennsylvania), March 20, 2012

New York
The Nassau County Boot and Tow Program begins March 26 and could affect nearly 16,000 vehicles, half of which have unpaid red-light running tickets, amounting to $2.8 million. Source: Long Island Press, March 20, 2012.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 15

March 15th, 2012 Comments off

Stop Red Light Running

Meet Gladys Hola, an American Traffic Solutions employee who puts her heart into her work for a very personal reason. His name is Penisimani. His family called him “Tauveli.” He was married to Gladys’ cousin until a red-light running crash took his life. The collision left two people dead and changed the life of another forever. Tauveli died some time ago, but the memory of his life lives on. For Gladys, that tragic day is her daily motivation to help others avoid the real-life consequences of red-light running. ATS is proud of Gladys and her courageous spirit, and invites you to read her story, the East Valley Tribune’s account of the crash and her message for parents.

This month, as Arizona gives special recognition to Red-Light Running Awareness, ATS asks you to visit Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance online and to listen to the organization’s public service video and radio announcement on the dangers of red-light running. Help spread the message to Stop on Red! The life you save may be your own or someone you love.


Connecticut Advances Red-Light Camera Bill
Journal Inquirer, March 15, 2012

A proposal that would allow Manchester, East Hartford, and other larger municipalities to use cameras to ticket the owners of vehicles that run red lights has cleared its first legislative hurdle, with a 26-11 vote in the House Transportation Committee. See related coverage in The Journal News. (Photo from WTNH TV 8 video)


Circuit Judge Upholds Red-Light Camera Ordinance
KMOX News Radio (Missouri), March 14, 2012

A would-be class action lawsuit on whether red-light cameras are legal in Creve Coeur was dismissed Tuesday. Circuit Judge David Vincent ruled the ordinance allowing the cameras does not conflict with state law and does not violate due process. See related coverage in Creve Coeur Patch.

Gloucester County Gets Picture of Red-Light Camera Activity
Gloucester County Times (New Jersey), March 13, 2012

ATS report indicates most dangerous time at intersections based on violation numbers.

Cameras Make Roads Safer with a Snap
The London Free Press (England), March 13, 2012

Red-light cameras improve traffic safety even at intersections where the devices aren’t installed, says an American group that recently completed a comprehensive study of the cameras’ effectiveness. Simply put, drivers pay more attention everywhere in cities that have even a few monitoring devices.

Debate Precedes Red-Light Camera Bill Vote
WTNH TV 8 (Connecticut), March 13, 2012

Connecticut’s red-light running bill takes shape and draws debate in the state capitol, where advocates say their research is sound and public safety will benefit from this new law. See related coverage from The Day and Stamford Advocate.


Serious Crashes, Injuries Decrease at Cameras’ Crossroads
Brick Patch (New Jersey), March 12, 2012

The most serious types of car crashes – and the rate at which they caused injuries to parties involved – dropped last year at the two intersections in Brick that are outfitted with red-light violation cameras. (Daily Record.com photo by Thomas P. Costello)

One Ticket is Enough for Vast Majority of Drivers in Woodbridge
Woodbridge Patch (New Jersey), March 12, 2012

Evidence from red-light cameras at four intersections in Woodbridge Township garnered more than 7,000 tickets, with more than 97 percent of them going to people who lived outside the township, and 98 percent of them going to the same driver only once, indicating a high level of compliance with the program.


Arlington County Budgets for Camera Expansion
ARL.now (Virginia), March 12, 2012

Funding for eight additional red-light safety cameras is in the Arlington County Police Department’s proposed FY 2013 budget. The county eyes a planned expansion of the program to six intersections identified as safety concerns.

6th Camera Powers Up in Jersey City
Jersey Journal (New Jersey), March 10, 2012

A sixth red-light camera in Jersey City became operational this morning, but drivers who commit a moving violation at that location over the next month will receive a warning and not a ticket, city officials said. Fines of $85 will be issued beginning April 10.


Pennsylvania Distributes Red-Light-Running-Fine Revenues
The Inquirer, March 9, 2012

As the state divides up Philadelphia’s red-light camera fines this year, $1.5 million is being distributed to 26 Pennsylvania cities and towns, while another $1.5 million is going to Philadelphia for highway-safety projects. (Photo from WPVI TV 6 video)

Court Ruling: Local Voters Cannot Ban Red-Light Cameras
The Seattle Times (Washington), March 8, 2012

The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that a 2010 Mukilteo ballot initiative banning red-light cameras is invalid. The long-awaited ruling means initiative efforts in other cities around the state, including Longview, Bellingham, Monroe, Redmond and Wenatchee, are also invalid. See related coverage in the Redmond PatchBellingham Herald and read the court ruling.


School Bus Tragedy Leads to Stiffer Traffic Penalities in Iowa
Lee Gazette/WCF Courier, March 14, 2012

Teary-eyed, but smiling, Kari Halverson, said Iowa lawmakers have done right by her — and her daughter. Halverson was on hand at the Capitol to witness unanimous House approval of Senate File 2218, which increases penalities for people who disobey traffic laws governing how motorists and school buses share the road.

@ATS_RoadSafety  March in #AZ is red-light running awareness month. Spread the word that #RedMeansStop. Read why: //bit.ly/wrFZxt

@ATS_RoadSafety  Obey the law! #RedMeansStop #AZ woman cause of fatal red-light running crash: //bit.ly/zPNKi7 via @Fox10AZAM


Connecticut Legislators Hear Opinions on Red-Light Cameras
FOX CT News, March 12, 2012

Days before their vote, legislators heard opinions and evidence on the effectiveness of red-light safety cameras in their pursuit to allow cities with populations greater than 48,000 to install the road safety camera programs.

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce the city of Bel Air, Maryland, has agreed to extend its road safety camera program contract.

Editorial: Though There Are Issues, Cameras Can Save Lives
The Hartford-Courant (Connecticut), March 13, 2012

It’s impossible to have a cop on every corner. Technology can help. Though there are conflicting issues in the use of intersection cameras, they can save lives. Officials in New Haven, which has seen some horrific red-light-running collisions in recent years, want to try cameras. Let that be the pilot project.

Editorial: Study Identifies Problem with Driver Safety
The Register-Guard (Oregon), March 10, 2012

A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association says while the number of speed-related crashes and traffic deaths has declined, speed continues to be a key factor in at least a third of all traffic deaths. The association rightly identifies the problem as public indifference.

Letter: More Work Ahead to Curb Speeding
Chicago Tribune (Illinois), March 14, 2012

It it is clear to us that the Governors Highway Safety Association’s recent report shows there is still work to be done in Illinois and across the country to change the public perception that speeding is an acceptable alternative to obeying the law.


“Red light cameras ultimately will change drivers’ behaviors to stop running red lights and I think that’s, for me, as a physician, is the ultimate goal.”
Dr. Kirsten Bechtel, Yale-New Haven Hospital
WTNH TV Channel 8, March 12, 2012


“I am not looking for a penny of revenue and my sincere interest is creating a climate in which people feel safe.”
Pedro Segarra, Hartford mayor
Stamford Advocate (Connecticut), March 12, 2012


“One of the major complaints of residents of my neighborhood, which includes many young and elderly, is that the streets are just not safe. There’s been a lot of talk about whether these (red-light cameras) will work, but we’re big kids in New Haven and we should be able to figure out whether this is good for us or not.”
Justin Elicker, New Haven Alderman
Stamford Advocate (Connecticut), March 12, 2012


“The intent of our road safety program is to get drivers to obey traffic signals. The purpose of this program is to improve public safety and reduce collisions resulting from red-light violations.”
Thomas Comey, Jersey City police chief
Jersey Journal (New Jersey), March 10, 2012

National
A Governors Highway Safety Association report finds that at least 35 states have reduced the number of police officers assigned to speed enforcement. And seven states — Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia — have raised speed limits on some roads. Texas posts the country’s highest speed limit — a ripping 85 mph on stretches of rural highways. Source: The Register-Guard, March 10, 2012.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 14

March 8th, 2012 Comments off

Stop Red Light Running

American Traffic Solutions is proud to stand with the families, police, private organizations, community leaders and many others who diligently work to make driving safer in communities across the country because they know lives are at stake, and they remember too many of those who have died in red-light running crashes. This month in Arizona the message to stop red-light running is getting special attention through Gov. Janice Brewer’s proclamation declaring March as Red-Light Running Awareness Month. ATS urges you to read and share the governor’s proclamation, to visit Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance online and to listen to the organization’s public service video and radio announcement on the dangers of red-light running. Help spread the message to Stop on Red! The life you save may be your own or someone you love.


Drivers Keep Cameras Busy in Brick Township
Brick Patch (New Jersey), March 8, 2012

Brick has bucked the trend. Despite most communities with red-light safety cameras seeing a drop-off in ticket revenue after six months to a year, Brick’s cameras at two intersections are recording just as many violations as ever. (DailyRecord.com photo by Thomas P. Costello)

Red-Light Camera Proposal Gets on Calendar in Salem
Salem Patch (Massachusetts), March 8, 2012

Salem appears to be moving toward installing red-light safety cameras, or as they are officially known — traffic control signal violation monitoring systems. The City Council will hold its first meeting on the proposal to install the cameras on March 21.


California Appeals Court Says Yes to Red-Light Cameras
Redding Record Searchlight, March 7, 2012

Redding’s red-light safety camera system will remain as is after a Southern California appeals court denounced an earlier ruling that put automated ticketing programs in question.

Dumont Shows Interest in Road Safety Camera Program
Twin-Boro News/NorthJersey.com (New Jersey), March 7, 2012

Interest in camera program prompts Borough of Dumont officials to meet with ATS representatives.


Attempt to Ban Cameras Fails Again in Arizona
The Arizona Republic, March 6, 2012

A ballot measure that would outlaw the use of photo radar in the state failed for a second time in Arizona by a vote this week in the state Senate. The bill’s sponsor declared the proposal most likely dead this session. See related article in Arizona Capitol Times.

Township Gives ATS Approval to Study Intersection Dangers
Gloucester County Times (New Jersey), March 6, 2012

Following a long public hearing Monday, the Mantua Township committee unanimously adopted an ordinance establishing an exploratory review of intersections in the township to determine which — if any — might benefit from red-light safety cameras.


New Orleans Adjusts Road Safety Camera Program
Louisiana Weekly, March 5, 2012

Major changes to New Orleans’ road safety camera program are about to be implement to promote fairness and to enhance public safety, particularly as it relates to the safety of school children in our neighborhoods. New Orleans’ program, which began in 2008, includes both red-light safety cameras and speed safety cameras primarily in school zones. See related coverage from WVUE TV FOX Channel 8. (FOX 8 video image)

Florida’s Miami Project Announces Support for Red-Light Safety Cameras
Sun Herald (Mississippi), March 5, 2012

Joining the chorus of red-light safety camera supporters, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the highly respected brain and spinal cord injury research center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, recently announced their support of the National Coalition for Safer Roads. This announcement solidifies The Project’s commitment and support of red-light safety cameras as well as other programs and technologies that help increase road safety.

Poll: Most Connecticut Residents Support Cameras
East Haddam Patch, March 4, 2012

A majority of Connecticut’s registered voters — 68 percent — support the use of red light safety cameras on busy streets. See related article in Montville Patch.

Stats Show Fewer Collisions Since Speed Cameras
660 News (Calgary, Canada), March 2, 2012

Calgary Police say the number of speed on green tickets they’re issuing are up and collisions are down – and they add it’s all because of traffic cams across the city. 

Freeze Frame on Intersection Speeders
Metro News (Edmonton, Canada), March 2, 2012

The average motorist caught speeding by Edmonton’s speed safety cameras is traveling 20 km/h over the speed limit, according to newly released data that pegged the average speed of violators at nearly 80 km/h.

Don’t Ignore Traffic Ticket
Orange County Register (California), March 2, 2012

Q: I just received a notice that I have a red-light camera ticket. … I heard that if you ignore it, that you cannot be compelled to pay it.
A: Don’t blow it off — your fine, with a civil penalty for being late, could double to pushing a grand.

ATS Talks Speed Cameras in Alabama
The Tallassee Tribune, March 1, 2012

With complaints about speeding vehicles in all seven wards of Tallassee, the city is considering speed safety cameras as a solution. ATS was there last week to talk about the benefits of placing speed compliance cameras near school zones, work zones and other high danger areas.


Montgomery County Backs School Bus Safety Cameras with Force of Law
Kensington Patch (Maryland), March 6, 2012

Drivers who don’t stop for children getting off of school buses will soon face a fine of up to $250 under a law passed unanimously by the Montgomery County Council on Tuesday, sending a clear message that the council is serious about children’s safety. See related coverage from WTOP, WMALDaily Reporter and Black&White(The Gazette photo by Dan Gross)

@ATS_RoadSafety  During the month of March use #hashtag #RedMeansStop to show your support for Red Light Running Awareness Month.


Calgary Traffic Cameras Capture Thousands of Speeders
Calgary Herald (Canada), March 2, 2012

Speed-on-green cameras are providing a revealing snapshot of Calgary motorists — and the picture isn’t always pretty, with some drivers raching through intersections at more than double the speed limit. (Calgary Herald video image). See related coverage from Metro News and Calgary Sun.

Commentary: Public Safety Should Outweigh Calls for Privacy
New Haven Register (Connecticut), March 6, 2012

It is a shame that the state legislature has not yet approved the use of cameras in the campaign against drivers running red lights. Happily, this issue is being heard again in Hartford and the necessary legislation has a good chance of passing this year. Red-light runners are a danger to law-abiding drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Commentary: Misguided Editorial Misleads Public on Cameras
The News-Times (Connecticut), March 3, 2012

Your editorial, “Proposal to allow cameras at traffic lights misguided,” is itself misguided on a number of important points. First red-light safety cameras do not invade anyone’s privacy they merely record violations.

Editorial: Give a Green Light to Red-Light Enforcement
Austin American-Statesman (Texas), March 1, 2012

Austin and other cities should do as state Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, has suggested and ask the Legislature for “another tool” in collecting fines from those who are caught on camera running red lights. Clearly, the system is broken because of loopholes that make it nearly impossible for Austin and other Texas cities to enforce payment of fines under red light camera programs. … But the issue is not just about money — it’s about public safety.

Letter: Expand the Use of Red-Light Cameras
Delaware County Daily Times (Pennsylvania), March 4, 2012

I recently learned that Chester is among a handful of cities that would have the option to install red-light safety cameras at dangerous intersections. I hope the legislation passes. I know some people oppose the cameras. But their arguments portray the drivers who break the law as victims. As a retired police detective, I hold a different view.

Letter: Driver Training Will Save Lives
Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tennessee), March 2, 2012

In an editorial (Feb. 21), one of the recommendations was that local agencies must develop new strategies to implement safe teen driving habits. Here in Chattanooga, we have done just that with a driver education program funded by photo enforcement revenue, not tax dollars.


“I can’t think of a more egregious violation, a more dangerous violation, than passing a school bus that is loading or unloading children.”
Thomas Manger, Montgomery County police chief
Kensington Patch (Maryland), March 6, 2012

“It’s a matter of using technology to make [intersections] safer. This is a 100-percent violator-funded program. In recent history, local towns surrounding us have shown a reduction in violations and crashes. Safety is paramount and, if one life is saved, this program has worked. If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.”
Rodney Sawyer, Mantua Township police chief
Gloucester County Times (New Jersey), March 6, 2012

“People run red lights in Stamford every day. They are not compliant. We have a lot of very aggressive drivers.”
Andrew Gallagher, Stamford Police Department sergeant
Stamford Advocate (Connecticut), March 3, 2012


“We’ve had near accidents on Sunday morning, and we actually had a person who was hit by a car one Sunday evening. … We have a school with 400 students plus faculty and their families, and I am  scared to death of them darting out between the cars and trying to get across here.”
The Rev. Henry Hudson, Trinity Episcopal Church Rector
WVUE TV FOX Channel 8 (Louisiana), March 2, 2012

Calgary, Canada
Total collisions in Calgary have decreased since the city installed its speed-on-green safety cameras, from 39,312 in 2009 to 33,478 in 2011. (Source: Calgary Sun, March 2, 2012).

Red-light running violation tallies for the top five intersections in 2011 are: 2,118; 1,653; 1,642, 1,541 and 1,174. (Source: Calgary Herald, March 2, 2012). In total for the year, the city issued 99,258 speeding violations and 17,064 red-light running violations. (Source: Calgary Sun, March 2, 2012).

Connecticut
In 2008, drivers who violated a traffic control device ranked the sixth most-frequent cause of traffic crashes in Connecticut, accounting for 4,600 total crashes including six fatalities and 1,786 injuries, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Motorists making an unsafer right turn on red caused 233 traffic crashes in 2008, including 44 injuries. (Source: The News Times, Connecticut, March 3, 2012) 

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 13

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No More Warnings: Camera Program Goes Live in Midfield
The Birmingham News (Alabama), March 1, 2012

On March 1, the city of Midfield began to issue $100 fines to motorists caught violating a traffic signal on the city’s new red-light safety camera.  The one-month warning period ended Wednesday after snapping 585 violations. (The Birmingham News photo by Joe Songer.)


Police: Violations, Crashes Decline as Camera Watches
Suburban Journals (Illinois), Feb. 29, 2012

Capt. Darin Clements is the guy who watches videos and pictures from the Granite City Police Department’s red-light camera and decides who gets $100 tickets. … The program has achieved its purpose of reducing crashes. (Suburban Journals photo by John Swistak Jr.)


Poll: 68% of Connecticut Voters Say Yes to Cameras
The Ridgefield Press, Feb. 28, 2012

The majority of Connecticut’s registered voters — 68 percent — support the use of red light safety cameras on busy streets, and 67 percent maintain their support knowing state legislators will soon vote on the issue, according to a recent poll by The National Coalition for Safer Roads. See related coverage  from WTNH TV Channel 8 and the Fairfield Patch(New Haven Independent photo of 2011 Red Means Stop demonstration by Uma Ramiah.)


Commissioners Approve Cameras for Next Decade
Naples Daily News (Florida), Feb. 28, 2012

Collier County will continue to hand out red-light running citations to motorists caught on camera for the next decade. Commissioners voted 3-2 on Tuesday to approve a new 10-year contract with American Traffic Solutions. (WINK NOW video)

Red-Light, Speed Camera Bills Advance in Hawaii Legislature
Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Feb. 27, 2012

Bills that would allow red-light and speed-enforcement cameras got the House Finance Committee’s approval late last week.

Questions Get Answered as Connecticut Considers Red-Light Cameras
Greenwich Time (Connecticut), Feb. 25, 2012

As Connecticut lawmakers consider enabling municipalities to use red-light enforcement cameras, a conflicting body of evidence gets debated.


Anxious Townships Await Red-Light Safety Cameras
Press of Atlantic City (New Jersey), Feb. 24, 2012

Both Middle and Hamilton townships have asked permission from the state Department of Transportation to install the cameras at busy intersections. But the DOT has no plans to expand the list of 25 towns included in its five-year pilot program. (Press of Atlantic City photo by Danny Drake.)

Police: 2 Injured in Red-Light Running Crash
Pasadena Star-News (California), Feb. 24, 2012

Lt. Diego Torres of the Pasadena Police Department said last week’s collision at East Union Street and North Marengo Avenue occurred after one of the cars ran a red light. Two people were injured.

In Session’s Final Weeks, More Bills are Dead or Dying
The Current (Florida), Feb. 24, 2012

A straight repeal of red-light cameras appears to have crashed this year. Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, postponed his bill (HB 4177) before the House Economic Affairs Committee, sensing he didn’t have enough votes.

Quincy, Florida, Selects ATS as Program Provider
The Gadsden County Times, Feb. 24, 2012

The Quincy City Commission approved the selection of American Traffic Solutions to complete the installation of the red-light safety camera program. The first four intersections for the cameras have been identified.


Cameras Roll in Arnold
Arnold Patch (Missouri), Feb. 23, 2012

Arnold City Administrator Matt Unrein said today that red-light camera laws in St. Louis City are not relevant to Arnold. (Arnold Patch photo by Doug Miner.)


Red Means Go? Careless Drivers Blow Past Stopped School Buses
WTOP (Maryland), Feb. 29, 2012

Nine videos from the Montgomery County School System show cars passing stopped school buses again and again, sometimes with children crossing the street. See related coverage from NBCWashington.com.

Speed safety cameras will be installed and activated near Einstein Elementary School in Redmond, Washington, as part of a new agreement between the city and American Traffic Solutions. Meanwhile, the Borough of Berlin, N.J., will have red-light safety cameras installed now that it signed a five-year contract with ATS. In other recent business,  the city of Mesa, Arizona, extended its current road safety camera program with ATS until 2014; also, Charles County, Cheverly, Cottage City and Greenbelt, in Maryland, renewed their separate agreements with ATS for another year to 2013. Lastly, the Carroll County Board of Education in Georgia signed an initial five-year contract with ATS for the installation and operation of school bus safety cameras to deter cars from illegally passing stopped school buses.

 

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Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Mean Safer Roads
Gloucester County Times (New Jersey), Feb. 29, 2012

I would like to respond to Deborah Sutton’s Feb. 15 letter, “Stop red-light cameras in Mantua,” concerning the Mantua Township Committee’s consideration of using this traffic control monitoring system. … Proposing that the best way to increase intersection safety is by lengthening yellow light cycles only perpetuates the problem. Adding “a second or two” makes us complicit in accepting that people are just going to break the law.

Letter to the Editor: Connecticut Resident Ready to Install Own Stop Sign Camera
Hartford Courant, Feb. 29, 2012

If you think you’re being observed, your driving skills are more acute. Maybe I’ll just install my own motion camera on my property and split the fees with the state.

Letter to the Editor: All Options Need to be Available to Make Streets Safer
East Penn News (Pennsylvania), Feb. 28, 2012

We need to do all we can to ensure our streets are safe. Among the options are red-light cameras. Right now, our city does not have the authority to implement red-light cameras.

Letter to the Editor: Pedestrians Will Be Safer with Red-Light Cameras
Williamsport Sun-Gazette (Pennsylvania), Feb. 28, 2012

I’ve long been an advocate for enhancing pedestrian safety at some of Williamsport’s busiest intersections. It’s tough enough for an 84-year-old like me to get across Campbell at Fourth Street near my home. It’s another thing altogether to do it from my wheelchair.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Safety Cameras Help Reduce Crashes
Harrisburg Patriot-News (Pennsylvania), Feb. 27, 2012

It’s no secret that driving can be dangerous. In our state, 121,312 traffic crashes occurred in 2010, with 38 percent taking place in intersections. There is a solution in the works in Philadelphia, where red-light safety cameras are in use, and crashes are down 24 percent at intersections with cameras during the last three years.

Letter to the Editor: New Safety Law Can Help Bicyclists
Allentown Morning Call (Pennsylvania), Feb. 24, 2012

Pennsylvania took a major step this month when Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law the Safe Passing Act, which requires a 4-foot berth when motorists pass bicyclists. Although most drivers are courteous of cyclists, not all are. Until now, they didn’t have to be. The next safety measure ought to include red-light cameras.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Will Save Lives
Erie Times-News (Pennsylvania), Feb. 23, 2012

Pennsylvania is struggling to find ways to improve its transportation infrastructure to make our streets safer. It’s a monumental task. But lost in the larger debate are some of the smaller steps we can take right away to protect motorists and pedestrians. That includes red-light cameras.

Editorial: Fewer Traffic Tickets Means Streets Less Safe
Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania), Feb. 24, 2012

Even though red-light cameras at 19 busy intersections had a positive impact on driving habits across the city, reckless drivers in Philadelphia will find the enforcement climate to be tougher this year after the police commissioner ordered officers to take their ticketing duties more seriously.


“Anytime you enforce the law there’s complaints.”
Richard Miller, Granite City police chief
Suburban Journal (Illinois), Feb. 29, 2012


“I am voting for this. I am erring on the side of health, safety and welfare. I have all the confidence in the world that the sheriff will do the right thing.”
Jim Coletta, Collier County commissioner
Naples Daily News (Florida), Feb. 28, 2012


“We’re using technology to offset labor costs. So if we’ve got to hire four to five people to do the same amount of red-light citations as the cameras do, you can see that would cost more than a half-a-million dollars in costs today.”

“When asked if we still need this program, the majority of people still said yes. And I notice when I am on the road that, even at the intersections where there are no cameras, more people are approaching those intersections more cautiously.”
Kevin Rambosk, Collier County Sheriff
Naples Daily News (Florida), Feb. 28, 2012

“This was one of the worst ones we’ve seen. It feels like every few weeks we’re seeing an accident at this spot. If there was anybody up on that sidewalk they would have been killed today.”
Rob Feldman, an employee at a business facing a busy Pasadena intersection
Pasadena Star-News (California), Feb. 24, 2012

“[Red-light cameras have]  made that intersection a lot safer because people are aware.”
Diego Torres, Pasadena Police Department lieutenant
Pasadena Star-News (California), Feb. 24, 2012

Illinois
A decline in the number of tickets in Granite City indicates drivers are getting the message to stop on red. From March 1, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2010, the police department issued 3,374 tickets. In 2011, the department issued 2,237 tickets. (Source: Suburban Journals, Feb. 29, 2012)

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