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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 21

April 26th, 2012 Comments off

School Bus Safety Cameras Roll in Volusia Test
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), April 26, 2012

Think twice about illegally driving past a stopped school bus. The Volusia County School District is one of six in Florida participating in a pilot program aimed at reducing violators and keeping children safe.  See related coverage from Bay News 9. (Top image: News-Journal photo by Jim Tiller. Bottom image: Bay News 9)

Newton County Schools to Add Safety Cameras to Buses
Newton Citizen (Georgia), April 23, 2012

The future probability of getting fined for driving past a stopped school bus just rose in Newton County. The school system recently entered into a five-year agreement with American Traffic Solutions Inc. and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office to implement a safety camera program aimed at catching violators. (Newton Citizen photo by Sue Ann Kuhn Smith)

Carroll County Schools Partner with American Traffic Solutions
School Transportation News, April 23, 2012

Carroll County Public Schools in Bowden, Georgia, located near the Alabama state line, will partner with American Traffic Solutions to mount cameras on school buses to help address the growing problem of motorists who fail to stop for school buses that are loading and unloading students. See related coverage in School Bus Fleet.

Puyallup’s Red Light Cameras May Stay
The News Tribune (Washington), April 26, 2012

It appears Puyallup won’t do away with its red-light cameras, a month after a majority of City Council members had talked of doing so. Most councilmembers now indicate they’re leaning toward continued support of the photo-enforcement program. See related coverage from The News Tribune.

City Stands by Camera Program as State Debates
Star News Online (North Carolina), April 25, 2012

Wilmington’s red-light cameras will likely survive in next year’s city budget, but they still face possible elimination at the state level. (NBC TV 17 image)

Alabama Senate Panel OKs Bill for Cameras in Jefferson County
The Birmingham News, April 25, 2012

State senators representing Jefferson County today gave their approval to a bill that would let any city in the county install and use automated red-light cameras if the city government adopted an ordinance to do so.

30-Day Warning Phase Begins at Jersey City Intersection
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), April 24, 2012

New red-light cameras have been installed at the intersection of Routes 1&9/440 and Communipaw Avenue. The 30-day trial phase is in effect until May 25 when $85 tickets will be issued.

Woman, 86, Killed in Red-Light Running Crash
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), April 23, 2012

An 86-year-old Lake Worth woman was killed when a 57-year-old West Palm Beach woman ran a red light near Boynton Beach on Monday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

Ticket Scofflaws Face Utility Shut-Off in Las Cruces
KRWG National Public Radio (New Mexico), April 23, 2012

Las Cruces residents who have unpaid traffic citations from red-light cameras risk having their utilities shut off unless they pay their fine or make payment arrangements.

More Cameras Destined for Montgomery County
WAMU 88.5 FM (Maryland), April 23, 2012

Over the next two years, 40 additional red-light and 20 speed cameras will be installed throughout Montgomery County.

Red-Light Running Crash Injures 1
Palm Beach Post (Florida), April 23, 2012

A two-vehicle crash in West Palm Beach has sent one person to the hospital with minor injuries.

Red-Light Cameras Capture $86,000 in Summonses
Wayne Patch (New Jersey), April 20, 2012

Officials admit to being surprised at the volume of violations caught on cameras at the intersection of Black Oak Ridge Road and Hamburg Turnpike. Cameras have filmed 2,265 violations since last April.

Expect Additional Cameras Online in June
Brick Patch (New Jersey), April 19, 2012

New cameras at Route 70 and Brick Boulevard are being tested in preparation for future use at the start of May, when warning notices will be issued to people who run red lights. Tickets and fines are expected to be issued at the start of June. 

Red-Light Running Is an Equal Opportunity Killer
The Hartford Courant (Connecticut), April 18, 2012

As more attention is given to Connecticut’s effort to pass a bill allowing red-light cameras, the state’s NAACP chapter spoke out against the bill, prompting American Traffic Solutions’ vice president of communications, Charles Territo, to defend the importance of cameras by saying: “Red-light running is an equal opportunity killer.”

County to Establish Enforcement Corridor with New Cameras
WJLA TV 7 (Maryland), April 24, 2012

Montgomery County is poised to approve a plan that would put 10 new speed cameras and 20 new red-light cameras on the roads.

@ATS_RoadSafety  The Buoniconti Fund. Please take a moment to view this important video. 

Letter: Marysville Needs Red-Light Cameras
Everett Herald (Washington), April 26, 2012

We are sick of red-light runners in Marysville. It is very common to see as many as three drivers run a red light. In two separate incidents, we saw a logging truck and a semi come down the hill from Highway 9 on 64th and blow right through the red light at 67th. They never even slowed down.

Commentary: As Camera Debate Drags On, Lives Are Lost
New Haven Register (Connecticut), April 21, 2012

Since 2005, our state legislators have debated whether cities may be empowered to decide if they want to use red-light cameras at dangerous intersections. As the debate over this legislation lives, people are dying. Collisions at Connecticut intersections have killed more than 365 people since 2005, and at least 29 of these fatalities can be blamed on someone running a red light.

“I would never be in favor of doing away with the red-light program. It’s been a huge success.”
Charlie Rivenbark, Wilmington city councilman
Star News Online (North Carolina), April 25, 2012

“I wanted to study (the program) to find out wherein lies the myth, fact and fiction. … I’m a supporter now.”
Steve Vermillion, Puyallup city councilman
The News Tribune (Washington), April 25, 2012

“We want to announce where it is and let people know when they’re entering the corridor that this is a speed camera corridor. There’s no gotcha in this. The point is we want you to comply with the speed limit the entire stretch of the roadway thus making it safe for everyone.”
Tom Didone, Montgomery County police captain
WJLA TV 7 (Maryland), April 24, 2012

The Hyattsville City Council is considering a five-year capital improvement plan that includes $4.52 million to renovate a building to become the new city police department structure, funded entirely by speed camera revenues. Source: Hyattsville Patch, April 25, 2012

North Carolina
Wilmington’s red-light camera program provided $700,000 to the New Hanover County Schools system in 2011. Star News Online, April 25, 2012

Puyallup city police told council members Tuesday that red-light running violations have decreased 43 percent in the 3 1/2 years the red-light camera program has been operational in the city of 37,000 residents. Source: The News Tribune, April 25, 2012

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 20

April 19th, 2012 Comments off

Researchers Pursue Cure for Paralysis at the Miami Project

A portion of every red-light camera ticket paid in the state of Florida goes to the Miami Project, where four floors of laboratories are dedicated to finding more effective treatments and ultimately a cure for brain and spinal cord injuries. In 18 months, traffic violators provided $2 million to the project. When 10,000 to 12,000 spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. annually, with most of those due to traffic crashes, every dollar counts in the tireless effort to help people walk again. A moving account of the Miami Project is now on the cyber network. See it on YouTube or share it with others on Twitter. For recent news coverage of the most comprehensive spinal cord injury center in the world, visit Tampa Bay Business Journal.

It’s Full Speed Ahead for Chicago’s Speed Camera Plan
Chicago Sun-Times (Illinois), April 18, 2012

It’s full speed ahead for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s controversial plan to use cameras to catch motorists who speed near schools and parks. Despite concerns that the plan is more about raising revenue than keeping children safe, the City Council approved the expansion by a 33-14 vote. See related coverage from NBC Chicago.

Red-Light Running Fines Pay for Pedestrian Safety Project
The Express-Times (Pennsylvania), April 17, 2012

Bethlehem will use a $150,000 state grant to realign a Fahy Bridge lane to make it safer for pedestrians. The money comes from a state fund of fees collected through red-light cameras in other parts of the state.

Warning Period Begins at Jersey City’s 9th Camera Location
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), April 17, 2012

Jersey City initiated the trial phase of its 9th red-light camera on April 14. The camera, part of a state Department of Transportation program, will take video and photos of red-light violators. Starting May 13, violators will receive an $85 ticket.

Judge Gives Red-Light Runner 2 Years in Prison
San Luis Obispo County Tribune (California), April 16, 2012

A Southern California motorist has been sentenced to two years in prison for running a red light and killing the driver of a car.

Connecticut Legislature Keeps Red-Light Camera Bill Moving
CTMirror, April 16, 2012

The state legislature’s tax-writing panel endorsed automated camera-issued motor vehicle tickets Monday, but the details behind the measure likely won’t be ironed out until just before the full General Assembly adjourns next month. The bill now heads to the Planning and Development Committee. See related coverage in and The Hartford Courant. (Image from WTNH TV)

Dayton Police Call Tow Trucks on Ticket Scofflaws
Dayton Daily News (Ohio), April 16, 2012

The Dayton Police Department ordered the towing of 257 vehicles in the first two weeks of its renewed effort to encourage payment of parking, speeding and red-light citations. That decision dramatically increased the number of vehicles towed in the city while creating long lines of citizens paying fines and reclaiming cars.

Miami Adds Red Light Cameras
MSNBC, April 15, 2012

The city of Miami installed 60 new red-light cameras and plans to add 35 more within the next months. Since their installment in January 2011, cameras have issued photos for 77,504 violations in one calendar year. Just over half of each $158 fine goes to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

Boca Raton Starts Fines for Red-Light Runners Caught on Camera
Sun Sentinel (Florida), April 14, 2012

The grace period is over for red-light runners at five city intersections recently equipped with red-light cameras. Authorities invoked the $158 fine on April 15. 

Intersection Crash Injures 4
CTV News (Canada), April 14, 2012

A two-vehicle crash injured both drivers and two pedestrians and sent one vehicle into a storefront building last week. Winnipeg police said the collision occurred when a Cadillac Seville entered the intersection at a red light.

Police: Red-Light Runner Sends Car into Creek
KMGH TV 7 (Colorado), April 17, 2012

A red-light running collision sent an SUV and its 68-year-old driver into the cold waters of a nearby creek where the driver lay trapped, upside down and unconscious. Two men cut the driver free from his seat belt and pulled him to safety.

Bike Group Camera Catches Speeders Near Chicago Park
NBC Chicago TV 5 (Illinois), April 17, 2012

The Active Transportation Alliance shot video of traffic passing within 120 feet of a heavily used soccer field, and clocked several vehicles exceeding the 30 mph speed limit by as much as 16 mph. The video camera captured 10 consecutive minutes of action. The group supports Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s push for speed cameras.

Red-Light Camera Bill Proceeds in Connecticut Legislature
WTIC TV FOX 61, April 16, 2012

A bill that would allow cities and towns with at least 48,000 residents to install red-light cameras cleared the Connecticut General Assembly’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. Gov. Dannell Malloy has said he would sign the bill.

With Cameras Gone, Crashes Rise at Busy Intersection
KOAT TV 7 (New Mexico), April 13, 2012

Albuquerque police say since red-light cameras have come down, crashes at one intersection have risen 45 percent.

Campaign Increases School Bus Safety Enforcement
WSYR TV Channel 9 (New York), April 18, 2012

Central New Yorkers will be seeing a lot of extra police around bus stops, school yards and routes in between as another round of Operation Safe Stop enforcement goes into effect.

With Spring Break Over, Bus-Riding Students at Risk
WIFR TV 23 (Illinois), April 16, 2012

Spring break is over and class is now back in session for kids in the Rockford Public School District, where students who get on and off school buses are being put in harm’s way as many drivers break the law in front of this news camera.

Latest School Bus Safety Measure Rekindles 1935 Tragedy
Picket News (Maryland), April 15, 2012

As the Washington County Board of County Commissioners approved an ordinance allowing school buses to be outfitted with video cameras to record motorists illegally passing a stopped bus, one official remarked how this is the latest addition to safety regulations enacted after a 1935 crash that killed 14 students.

@ATS_RoadSafety  Stop for buses, or else  #NY  #StopOnRed

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


American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the city of Capitol Heights, Maryland, has granted ATS the right to proceed with the design phase for red-light safety cameras at four intersections. Design plans will be submitted to the state for approval. 

Commentary: Numbers Show Red-Light Cameras Save Lives
The Commercial Appeal (Tennessee), April 14, 2012

Typically, no one gets behind the wheel of a car with the intention of causing a crash, but when drivers ignore traffic laws by running red lights, they intentionally put others and themselves at risk.

Letter: Lynnwood Needs More, Not Fewer, Cameras
The Herald (Washington), April 19, 2012

A day doesn’t go by that I don’t see drivers stomping on the gas to get through a yellow or red light or pulling a so-called California stop of just slowing down and turning without stopping at a stop sign.

Letter: Avoid the ‘Tax’ by Stopping at Red Lights
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), April 18, 2012

You want to call it a tax, then so be it. Happy? Now let’s avoid that nasty tax. How? Stop for the light! Pay attention to your driving (stay off the cell phone), watch out for those well-hidden red lights and stop when they turn red. Just like it says under state law.

Letter: Walk and See Why Cameras Are Needed
The Herald (Washington), April 16, 2012

So many letters about the traffic cameras in Lynnwood, and the ongoing controversy, I feel compelled to express my opinion on the subject. … Drive the way you’re supposed to and the cameras may disappear one day.

Letter: Red Light Cameras Are Needed Everywhere
The Florida Times-Union, April 15, 2012

The claim that the installation of traffic light cameras will cause more rear-end crashes is all wrong. … The cause is poor driver behavior.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Are Entirely Justified
The Florida Times-Union, April 14, 2012

Red-light cameras are needed in Jacksonville. It’s a serious danger. Twice this week, I stopped for a red light and the driver behind me whipped around and flagrantly ran the red light.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Will Save Lives
Las Vegas Review-Journal, April 14, 2012

Your editorial on red-light cameras, “Seeing red,” was one-sided and mentioned only revenue. You should have written about saving lives and injuries. … It’s time to change the me-only culture and bad driving habits.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Do the Job
Auburn Reporter (Washington), April 12, 2012

No one has the right to endanger the physical and emotional well-being of our families, friends and the children of Auburn families.

“I’m doing this because it is a proven deterrent. It has worked successfully. And I’m limiting it just to our schools and our parks to protect our children. And it is a complement to everything else we’re doing to protect our children.”
Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago
Chicago Sun Times (Illinois), April 18, 2012

“The intent of our road safety program is to get drivers to obey traffic signals. The purpose of the program is to improve public safety and reduce collisions resulting from red-light violations.”
Thomas Comey, Jersey City Police Chief
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), April 17, 2012

“The program has reduced red light running in the City of Miami, which has improved safety for motorists. Furthermore, we are seeing a reduction in the number of vehicles that block the crosswalks, which makes pedestrian and cyclist crossings safer. Overall, the City of Miami Police Department has reported a 7.3 percent reduction of accidents at treatment intersections.”
Albert Sosa, Director of Miami’s Capital Improvement Program
MSNBC, April 15, 2012

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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 2, Issue 19

April 12th, 2012 Comments off

Florida Traffic Law Goes Beyond Public Safety, Aids Research in Paralysis
Tampa Bay Business Journal, April 12, 2012

Florida is raising the bar in its approach to traffic enforcement and road safety. A powerful traffic safety act uses a portion of traffic light violation fees to fund paralysis research, helping to benefit victims of motor vehicle collisions. View video.

New Haven Gets Its Day at Capitol; Cameras an Expected Topic
New Haven Register (Connecticut), April 11, 2012

When New Haven residents, businesses and organizations gather at the state Capitol for the annual New Haven Day event, Mayor John DeStefano Jr. is expected to talk about red-light cameras.

Chicago Speed Camera Plan Gains Speed
Chicago Sun-Times (Illinois), April 11, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to install speed cameras near Chicago parks and schools is moving forward. A committee vote on Wednesday pushes the proposal to the full council, where 26 votes are needed for passage.

Cameras Help Police Track Motorcyclists at 155 mph
The Republican (Massachusetts), April 11, 2012

State police clocked a pack of motorcyclists at speeds of up to 155 mph as they rode north on Interstate 91 Saturday afternoon. Authorities located two of the speeders with the help of recently installed traffic cameras.

House Committee Rejects Camera Limits
The Times-Picayune/ (Missouri), April 10, 2012

A House committee on Tuesday rejected separate bills that would have set a standard caution light duration and would have prevented traffic cameras from issuing tickets to drivers unless they exceeded the posted speed limits by 10 mph or more. (The Times-Picayune photo by Michael DeMocker)

Highway Agency Urges Safe Driving in Construction Zones
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), April 10, 2012

The State Highway Administration has 15 major projects beginning or under way in the Baltimore area, and each one is a place where traffic crashes can occur. Each year, Maryland averages 2,600 work-zone crashes, resulting in 1,400 people injured and 12 killed. Four out of five fatalities are motorists. (The Washington Post photo by Mark Gail.)

School Bus, Car Collide at Intersection
WXTV Channel 10 (California), April 9, 2012

Police say a Sacramento City Unified School Bus traveling south crashed into a Honda turning left at an intersection, injuring two children and the Honda driver. The children were later sent home. Police are investigating which vehicle had the right of way.

Speed Camera Talk Picks Up in New York City
Capital, April 9, 2012

Upon their arrival in Albany next week, Transportation Alternatives will be talking about Assemblywoman Deborah Glick’s bill to allow New York City to install up to 40 speed limit photo devices.

Cameras Activated at 8th Jersey City Location
The Jersey Journal, April 9, 2012

New red-light cameras have been installed at two intersections in Jersey City, bringing the number of city intersections with the cameras to eight.

Police Chief Speaks to Red-Light Camera Issue
The Des Moines Register (Iowa), April 9, 2012

There’s this surface-level argument where one side says it’s about safety, and the other side says it’s about money. … Communities (using traffic cameras) have a problem to solve.

Red-Light Running Crashes Down 47% in Delaware
WMDT TV 47 (Delaware), April 9, 2012

Crash numbers from Delaware’s statewide red-light safety cameras may quiet critics of the program.

College Student Dies in Red-Light Running Crash
KTNV TV 13 (Nevada), March 30, 2012

A 26-year-old college student, who died in a red-light running crash in Las Vegas, is remembered by his family as a man of faith, who often traveled to provide spiritual guidance to others. The collision killed one other man and injured two others.

Washington County Authorizes School Bus Cameras
Herald-Mail (Maryland), April 10, 2012

Select school buses in the county will soon be equipped with cameras to catch drivers who pass illegally now that the Washington County Board of Commissioners has approved an ordinance authorizing their use.  Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore estimates 250 to 300 vehicles illegally pass school buses in the county each year. (Associated Press photo)

@ATS_RoadSafety  NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Accidents down by 12-16% at 40 intersections with safety cameras in Nassau County.… #StopOnRed #RoadSafety

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the city of Longview, Washington, has extended its current road safety camera contract for up to three years, and that the city of Miami, Florida, has amended its program to add up to 35 more red-light safety cameras. Both municipalities have been ATS customers since 2010.

Commentary: Empirical Data Supports Use of Cameras
Fort Collins Coloradoan (Colorado), April 9, 2012

From a public safety perspective the use of any tool should be judged in two ways: Does it enhance, improve, or promote public safety; and does it result in efficiencies? Camera radar and red-light cameras are two examples. Empirical data supports the use of these technological tools in our community and shows a reduction in serious injury crashes.

Letter: Iowa Needs Its Red-Light Cameras
The Daily Nonpareil, April 10, 2012

It seems once again the members of the Iowa House and Senate are acting on hearsay and complaining but using no common sense. They are ready to ban cameras at intersections and for what? Some idiot who wants the freedom to run red lights or speed complains about a violation of their civil rights. What about the rights of those driving responsibly who don’t want to be run over or into?

Letter: Photo Radar Does Change Behavior
Arizona Daily Star, April 9, 2012

Why are people trying to kill me? I was out running a few errands. I drove about 20 urban miles. I saw no fewer than four drivers blowing through stop signs … I saw at least four people make left turns after the green arrow ended.

Letter: Don’t Like Tickets? Don’t Run Red Lights
Redding Record Searchlight (California), April 9, 2012

There seems to be many red-light runners who think that since no cop was there to see them run the light, then it’s “unfair” that drivers should be held accountable for their actions. Big Brother is picking on the law-abiding citizen, apparently. There should be a cop at every intersection. Cameras lie (except for the instant replays at sporting events).

Letter: Red Light Cameras Improve Driving Safety
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), April 9, 2012

As the former director of emergency services for Washington County, I have more than a passing interest in public safety. Two legislative proposals under consideration in Harrisburg would give more Pennsylvania communities the option to improve road safety by installing red-light cameras at dangerous intersections. Right now, only Philadelphia has that authority, and it’s working.

Letter: Red Lights Are Warranted
Auburn Reporter (Washington), April 4, 2012

How could any rational city council person be opposed to red light cameras? Who does the council represent? Criminals from out of town or the law-abiding, honest citizens who live here?

In its report to the state legislature on the status of Delaware’s Electronic Red Light Safety Program, the Delaware Department of Transportation found that total crashes at intersections with red-light cameras have decreased by 7 percent since the program’s start in 2004 through 2011. Additional findings show right-angle crashes have decreased 57 percent, red-light running crashes are down 41 percent and rear-end crashes have been reduced by 5 percent. See the report here

“This (school bus safety camera) program will be very beneficial in reducing the number of violations and reducing the risk to our children of being struck by a vehicle.”
Douglas Mullendore, Sheriff of Washington County 
Herald-Mail (Maryland) April 10, 2012

United States
The risk of a fatal car crash goes up on tax day, according to a new study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The study looked at traffic fatalities one week before and one week after tax day (or whichever weekday taxes are due) for the past 30 years and found fatalities on tax day were 6 percent higher than the other days in the study. Stress is a likely contributor because it contributes to driver distraction and short-term human error. Source: Time magazine, April 11, 2012  

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 18

April 5th, 2012 Comments off

Pennsylvania Cities Prepare for Cameras as Legislators Debate
WHTM TV 27 (Pennsylvania), April 4, 2012

At least two local municipalities — Lancaster and Harrisburg — are considering installing red light cameras at city intersections as a bill moves through the state legislature to allow other cities to join Philadelphia in using the technology. See related coverage from Lancaster Online and WPMT TV 43.

Vote Lets Fine Collections Proceed as Usual in Louisiana
WVLA TV 33, April 3, 2012

A Senate committee shot down a bill on April 2 that would have stopped collection agencies from picking up fines for tickets that come from red-light cameras. See related coverage in The Times-Picayune.

2 Students Injured when School Bus, Car Collide
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), April 2, 2012

Middle Township police say a car ran a red light and hit a school bus carrying 16 students on Monday, sending two 13-year-old students to the hospital. One student suffered a neck injury, while the other youth hurt his arm. Read the police department’s Facebook post here.

4 Hospitalized from Red-Light Running Collision
NBC (Pennsylvania), April 1, 2012

One person is currently in serious condition with head injuries, and three others are stable with minor injuries from a collision in which investigators say one vehicle ran a red light.

New Cameras Activated on Busy Roads in Spruce Grove
Edmonton Journal (Canada), April 1, 2012

The city of Spruce Grove is set to activate new red light and speed cameras April 3 at three busy intersections. … However, motorists will be let off with a warning during a grace period that will end once the province approves the program.

Another Alabama City Eyes Red-Light Cameras
Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia), March 31, 2012

Red-light runners in many cities are as much a part of the daily commute as coffee to-go and talk radio. In some of the more traveled parts of Phenix City, the question isn’t whether one hurried motorist will disregard a changing traffic signal, but how many will barrel through the intersection after him. (Ledger-Enquirer photo by John Paull captures a likely location for red-light cameras in Phenix City.)

Nassau County Awaits OK for 50 More Cameras
Newsday (New York), March 29, 2012

Nassau County expects to generate $6 million in net revenue annually provided the state Legislature approves 50 more camera sites. … That dollar figure would be a sharp decline from 2011, in which Nassau’s original 50 red-light camera intersections generated nearly $28 million in gross revenue.

School Bus Bill Passes Maryland House (Maryland), April 2, 2012

A bill to make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on people who pass school buses that are loading or unloading students made it through the Maryland House. The bill requires photos of the rear license plate only.

@ATS_RoadSafety  @NSCsafety April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month! Look for tips on staying safe all month.  #drivecellfree

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the city of Surfside, Florida, has extended its current road safety camera contract for one year to 2015. Surfside has been an ATS client since 2010.

Social Advantage
Police departments are finding the social network scene the place to be for communicating with the people they protect, and American Traffic Solutions can help. The Granite City Police Department’s Facebook page is one example of this collaboration. If you’re one of the more than 150 million Facebook members in the U.S., (NHTSA is a member) visit the Granite City site to see how it interacts with the community through traffic safety messages, crime reports, department news and other posts. To contact ATS, just click.

Commentary: You Never Know Who’s Watching the Road
The Virginia-Pilot, March 31, 2012

I was driving to Chesapeake. Dentist appointment. Got off the highway. I’m a few minutes late but not obscenely so. Traffic light. It’s yellow. What do I do? … I stop. Better to be safe than sorry. Also, you know, it’s kind of the law.

Commentary: Puyallup Right to Look Closely at Red-Light Cameras
The Herald (Washington), March 29, 2012

Although the ticket price is steep and hard to swallow for a safe driver like me, I can see how these red-light cameras can do a lot of good in the way of educating the public and discouraging continued behavior.

Letter: Red-Light Camera Ticket Changed My Driving
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), April 4, 2012

I am a red-light runner and have been ticketed by the camera and have paid my fine. And, I might add, without complaining that my rights have been violated and without having to consult an attorney. I now pay more attention to my driving and make sure I come to a complete stop at an intersection before turning.

“It’s not a tax; it’s a penalty. You only have to pay that penality if you break the law.”
Doug Hausladen, New Haven Downtown Alderman
New Haven Independent/ (Connecticut), April 3, 2012

“By no means would we put red-light cameras on every single red light in town — that’s not what it’s designed to do. What it’s designed to do is to look at your most problem intersections like Opelika Road and U.S. 280, intersections that have a lot of crashes in them and a lot of red-light violations on top of that.”
Ray Smith, Police Chief of Phenix City, Ala.
Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia), March 31, 2012

“People will complain about the cameras and I’ll say, ‘When somebody in your family gets hit by a red-light runner, you’re going to be back tomorrow asking me how you get the cameras in your city.'”
Shauna Hallmark, Iowa State University associate professor who studies red-light cameras
Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia), March 31, 2012

“My argument was if we didn’t want to use technology, then we shouldn’t have radios in police cars and we shouldn’t have radar units in police cars. All of these things are advances in technology to help our police officers be more efficient and do a better job.”
Gary Fuller, Mayor of Opelika, Ala.
Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia), March 31, 2012

Edmonton, Alberta, which began its red-light safety camera program in 1999 with six cameras and now has 49 red-light/speed through intersection cameras in addition to mobile vans, continues to show progressive improvements in traffic safety after nearly 13 years of camera operation, a recently released analysis shows. From 2007 through 2011, the city reports: injury collisions are down 36.5% and fatal collision have diminished by 31.3%. Also, collisions per 1,000 people are down 25%. Source: City of Edmonton.

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