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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 26

May 31st, 2012 Comments off


Cameras Catch Nearly 2.3 Million Red-Light Runners in 2011
Deseret News (Utah), May 30, 2012

More than 2.3 million drivers in 18 states ran a red light in 2011, according to the first “Safer Roads Report 2012: Trends in Red-Light Running” from the National Coalition for Safer Roads. See related coverage in Turlock Journal(CFNews TV 13 video image.)

Red-Light Running Fines Raise Funds for Cities
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), May 28, 2012

Drivers caught on camera running red lights at Kennedy Boulevard and Communipaw Avenue in Jersey City over the past year were issued 20,000 traffic tickets and shelled out $1.7 million in fines, county records show.


Violations Plummet in New Orleans
The Times-Picayune (Louisiana), May 28, 2012

The good news is the number of tickets being generated by New Orleans’ dozens of road safety cameras is declining, suggesting that drivers are speeding and running red lights less often than in the past. (The Times-Picayune photo by Michael DeMocker)

Pennsylvania Proposal Expands Red-Light Cameras
The Tribune-Democrat, May 27, 2012

A group of nearly 20 local and state traffic safety organizations, elected officials, health-care workers and some whose lives have been changed by a signal-light crash are pushing an initiative to expand the use of red-light cameras.

Mount Laurel Looks to Cameras to Curb Traffic Violations
Burlington County Times (Pennsylvania), May 27, 2012

Red-light cameras are being proposed for two busy intersections. Based on recommendations from police Chief Dennis Cribben, officials are working to procure signal monitoring systems that will better allow the township to issue traffic tickets.

Red-Light Cameras on Their Way to Orange Park
The Florida Times-Union, May 26, 2012

Red-light cameras could turn on this fall in Orange Park. The town is working out a contract with American Traffic Solutions after its council members signed off May 15 on administrators negotiating with their top choice.

Red-Light Traffic Cameras Increase Safety
The Delaware County Daily Times (Pennsylvania), May 26, 2012

When it comes to compromising traffic safety, traffic expert Richard Retting sees red. But what Retting would like to see more of in Pennsylvania is red-light traffic cameras.

Kansas City’s Red-Light Cameras Contribute to Big Reduction in Intersection Crashes
Traffic Technology Today, May 25, 2012

Analysis of statistics conducted by the Kansas City Police Department in Missouri shows that traffic fatalities in the city are at zero and dangerous collisions are down significantly at the 17 intersections equipped with red-light cameras from American Traffic Solutions (ATS).

Speed Cameras Could Be on the Way to Memphis
WMC-TV 5 (Tennessee), May 24, 2012

Speed cameras could be coming to Memphis. … The request for these cameras passed a council committee and the first two readings. Next, the full Memphis City Council will vote on the cameras.


Red-Light Runners, Close Calls Captured on Video
Brandon Patch (Florida), May 30, 2012

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has released another round of red-light runners that shows a near collision, a pedestrian’s close call, a motorist barreling through an intersection after the light had been red for 98 seconds, and more.


Study Prepares St. Joseph for Red-Light Cameras
StJoeChannel.com (Missouri), May 24, 2012

A year after the city council voted to approve red-light cameras, St. Joseph is gathering traffic data to help determine the best locations for the cameras.

Another Georgia District to Deploy Stop-Arm Safety Solution
SchoolBusFleet.com, May 30, 2012

Newton County Schools has partnered with American Traffic Solutions to deploy CrossingGuard, ATS’ technology to help address illegal passing of stopped school buses.

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that both Puyallup, Wash., and Capitola, Calif., have extended their road safety camera contracts for another five years each.

@ATS_RoadSafety  @HC_Sheriff released a 7th round of video clips of red-light runners youtu.be/HW8kC663ZIw  read here: bit.ly/KcMVy1  #FL  #StopOnRed

Editorial: Say “Maybe” to Red-Light Cameras
Burlington County Times (Pennsylvania), May 31, 2012

Mount Laurel is considering red-light cameras at two of its well-traveled intersections. … It’s not the first Burlington County municipality to consider using red-light cameras, and we believe officials are right to consider them. But we’d like to see them first implemented on a trial basis.

Editorial: A Green Light for More Red-Light Cameras in Kansas City
Kansas City Star (Missouri), May 26, 2012

Kansas City’s red-light cameras are working just as advertised. They reduce dangerous crashes inside intersections. They punish lawbreakers and produce revenue to support city services. They even help the police investigate robberies and homicides. Expanding the number of these cameras makes sense.

Letter: Cameras Save Lives; Money Is a Bonus
Palm Beach Post (Florida), May 30, 2012

Regarding the editorial about red-light cameras (“Safety was never the point”), The Post is wrong to claim that this “scam” is all about money. This program does bring in revenue to local jurisdictions. But I know of very few government programs where the goal is to put the program out of business.


“They [residents] are tired of waiting for a light to turn green and then they have to count to four Mississippi to pull out in the intersection because they know a car is going to run the red light.”
James Boivin, Orange Park Police Chief
First Coast News/WLTV 12 (Florida), May 31, 2012


“The primary purpose of the cameras is to slow up traffic and to ensure that drivers abide by traffic signals enhancing the safety of the driving public. A secondary and incidental benefit of the red-light cameras is certainly the funds they generate for the municipalities in which they are placed, many of which have seen drastic budget cuts and reduced revenues.”
Jerramiah T. Healy, Mayor of Jersey City
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), May 29, 2012


“This increases the productivity of our police department because they can be doing other things rather than standing there in one spot with a radar gun.”

“There’s nothing wrong with receiving new revenue from people who break the law. And if they don’t break the law, then we won’t get the revenue. So everybody, please drive safely and you will not get a ticket.”
Myron Lowery, Memphis City Councilman
WMC-TV 5 (Tennessee), May  24, 2012

National
According to a new report from the National Coalition for a Safer Roads, … 19,388 red-light violations occur on average every weekend. The number is drawn from a study of 1,240 red-light cameras in 18 states. Source: Turlock Journal, May 29, 2012.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 25

May 24th, 2012 Comments off

 


Worst Holiday for Red-Light Running is Upon Us
USA Today, May 23, 2012

Memorial Day weekend is ranked the No. 1 holiday weekend for red-light running — worse than even Super Bowl Sunday or Halloween — based on the National Coalition for Safer Roads report titled “Safer Roads Report 2012: Trends in Red-Light Running.” See related coverage from WTOP RadioTucson Citizen and KWQC TV 6. View the study.

Grand Jury Report Supports Red-Light Cameras
Mill Valley Herald (California), May 23, 2012

In the wake of ongoing controversy involving San Rafael’s red-light cameras, a Marin County Civil Grand Jury has issued a report which says that the cameras “constitute a viable safety option for the reduction of red-light intersection accidents.” See related coverage from PacificSun.com. View report.


Photo Enforcement Citation Numbers Fluctuate in Arizona Cities
The Arizona Republic, May 22, 2012

Four municipalities in metropolitan Phoenix have issued fewer photo-enforcement traffic citations over the past four years …, while other cities in the area that use the technology saw their citation numbers remain fairly steady or go up.

Red-Light Running Violations Bring Fines, Discipline or No Action Against Police Depending upon City
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), May 22, 2012

St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Port Richey waive the tickets for law enforcement and emergency vehicles, often opting for a written or verbal warning instead. Yet other agencies, such as Hillsborough County, South Pasadena, Gulfport, New Port Richey, Temple Terrace and Tampa have policies that require officers to pay the fine.


Red-Light Cameras Working in Kansas City, Report Says
The Kansas City Star (Missouri), May 22, 2012

Kansas City police board members received a final report on red-light cameras this week, which concluded that the cameras “appear to have accomplished their intended purpose by modifying driver behavior.” Camera-generated citations and wrecks caused by red-light running, which usually are the most dangerous have both declined. See related coverage from WDAF TV 4. View the report. See related press release.


Most Intersection Collisions in Montgomery Blamed on Red-Light Runners
WAKA TV 8 (Alabama), May 23, 2012

Montgomery Police have identified certain intersections as the most dangerous in town, … and said most intersection collisions are the direct result of drivers running red lights, putting themselves and other drivers at risk.


Drivers Point Fingers in Collision; Video Settles Dispute
WFTV Channel 9 (Florida), May 23, 2012

A traffic crash in Osceola County left drivers blaming one another as the irresponsible one, but a red-light camera helped police figure out who was at fault in a crash involving several cars. See video.


Public Offers Solutions to Protect Children in Crosswalks
KVBC TV 3 (Nevada), May 21, 2012

This news station’s cameras catch some of the worst offenders of traffic laws near schools, including a motorist who fails to stop on red with a police officer standing on the corner.


Georgia School District to Install School Bus Safety Cameras
School Transportation News, May 23, 2012

Newton County Schools will install stop arm CrossingGuard cameras to help improve the level of traffic safety for children as they board and disembark stopped school buses. (Newton Citizen photo by Sue Ann Kuhn Smith)

@ATS_RoadSafety  Must read report from @SaferRoadsUSA: Report 2012: Trends in Red-Light Running //bit.ly/L7OIIw   #StopOnRed

Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Are a Local Matter
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), May 23, 2012

New Jersey state Sen. Michael Doherty says it has become clear that red-light cameras are more about generating revenue than increasing motorist safety. … But the emphasis on revenue doesn’t by itself mean safety isn’t enhanced as well.

Editorial: Cameras Make Drivers Accountable for Their Actions
Johnson City Press (Tennessee), May 21, 2012

There’s a feeling among some drivers in this state that they should be allowed to break the state’s driving laws with impunity. They erroneously believe if there’s no cop to catch you, how can it be a crime? Red-light cameras thwart this notion.


Letter: Cameras Make Our Roads Safer
CourierPostOnline (New Jersey), May 21, 2012

We support the use of traffic-light cameras for the purpose of reducing automobile accidents and the injuries they inflict.

Letter: Use Speed Cameras, Not Speed Bumps, to Slow Speeders
ExploreHoward.com (Maryland), May 21, 2012

It is with dismay that I read that Howard County is going to resume speed bump construction. … A better solution is expansion of the speed camera system.


Letter: Pedestrian Welcomes Photo Enforcement
Appeal-Democrat (California), May 17, 2012

People complaining about the traffic light cameras are the ones who fear getting caught. As a pedestrian, I try to cross a Marysville intersection where there is a camera and even then, I am never sure that drivers will not zoom through a red light or neglect to stop before entering the intersection.

Letter: Give Every Pennsylvania Community the Option of Cameras
York Dispatch, May 16, 2012

Although many Pennsylvania cities are working to ensure safe cycling conditions, there is more they can do, if only they had all of the tools. Right now, only Philadelphia is allowed to use red-light cameras at dangerous intersections. … Shouldn’t every community have that option?


“We want people to drive the speed limit and stop at red lights. It would be wonderful if we didn’t have to issue one radar ticket.”
John Bennett, Paradise Valley Police Chief
The Arizona Republic, May 23, 2012


“I don’t think there’s much to discuss when it comes to safety. The numbers indicate that it makes this a safer town, makes those intersections safer, we know that accidents are down. Red light violations are down because people are getting the message. But let’s step back for a second and remember the people being ticketed are running red lights.”
Patrick McInerney, President Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners
WDAF TV Fox 4 (Missouri), May 22, 2012

National
More than 2.3 million drivers ran a red light in 2011, according to an analysis of data from 1,240 red-light safety cameras across 142 areas in 18 states, according to a report from the National Coalition for Safer Roads. The study also found red-light running violations on Memorial Day weekend are 27% greater than violations from an average weekend. Source: Sacramento Bee, May 23, 2012.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 24

May 17th, 2012 Comments off


Orange Park Gets Specific about Red-Light Cameras
Clay Today (Florida), May 17, 2012

Town council members have moved closer to installing red-light cameras at strategic intersections, … after voting unanimously for town staff to begin talks with American Traffic Solutions, which already has a contract with the city of Green Cove Springs.


Ruling Upholds Red-Light Cameras
KMOV TV4 (Missouri), May 16, 2012

Red-light camera supporters are celebrating a big legal victory. St. Louis County Circuit Judge Tom DePriest, Jr. on Wednesday threw out a class action lawsuit challenging Florissant’s red-light camera ordinance.

Red-Light Fines Offset Property Taxes in Brick
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), May 16, 2012

Two red-light cameras installed two years ago have added more than $1 million to the municipal coffers in Brick Township, helping to offset property taxes, township officials said.

Pedestrian’s Death Shows Dangers of Distracted Driving
The Advertiser (Connecticut), May 15, 2012

A teenage driver in Connecticut is under arrest after authorities said the distraction of a handheld cellphone caused her to fatally hit a 44-year-old jogger.

Puyallup Council Extends Red-Light Camera Program
The News Tribune (Washington), May 15, 2012

Puyallup will keep its red-light cameras. The City Council on Tuesday approved a five-year extension of the city’s contract with its camera vendor, American Traffic Solutions. The city has used cameras since 2008 and currently have them in place at six intersections.


Study: Car-Pedestrian Crashes Higher in High-Poverty Areas
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), May 15, 2012

The ubiquity of people being hit by cars in Newark is troubling, but it isn’t surprising — data shows that there is a correlation between poverty and car-pedestrian collisions, according to a report by New Jersey Public Radio. (The Star-Ledger photo by Jerry McCrea shows flowers left for a pedestrian killed in a collision.)

D.C. Adds 25 Speed Camera Locations
The Washington Post, May 15, 2012

Drivers in the District of Columbia will encounter more than 25 new locations for speed cameras this month. Until June 6, authorities will issue warning notices. Starting June 6, citations will be issued and fines will be imposed.

City Remodels Annex to House Red-Light Camera Office
The Kingwood Observer (Texas), May 14, 2012

To accommodate the ticket review process and officers assigned to this particular department, the city of Humble will construct a red-light camera office in the annex building beside Charles H. Bender High School.


Delaware Interested in School Zone Speed Cameras
NewsWorks.org, May 14, 2012

Delaware lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow the use of automatic speed enforcement cameras in Dover and Wilmington. Motorists violating the speed limit would be notified of fines up to $75 through the mail.

Newark Enters Fine Phase at Newest Intersection with Camera
Newark Patch (New Jersey), May 11, 2012

The  intersection of Raymond Boulevard and Lockwood Street, which started its 30-day warning period on April 11, began issuing $85 violations on May 11. During the 30-day warning period, 391 warning letters were issued to motorists who ran through red lights at the intersection.


CrossingGuard Enforces School Bus Safety Zone
Officer.com, May 17, 2012

Each school day, roughly 26 million students nationwide will ride a school bus to and from school. Sadly, some of these students will not make it back home because of the disregard thousands of motorists demonstrate daily by illegally passing school buses.


Police Chief: Medina Speed Cameras Reduce Wrecks
WBBJ TV 7 (Tennessee), May 15, 2012

It has been almost a year-and-a-half since the city of Medina installed two traffic cameras, and ever since then police say the cameras have been effective, but some motorists continue to speed.


Traffic Signal Goes Up Where Teen Died 2 Years Ago
WFTX-TV 4 (Florida), May 15, 2012

A grieving mom’s crusade for a traffic signal at a deadly Cape Coral intersection reaches a dramatic conclusion in front of the Lee County Commission.

Police Review Video as Part of Shooting Investigation
KMOV TV 4 (Missouri), May 14, 2012

Police are checking all area surveillance cameras for clues, hoping video from SLU or the red-light cameras might lead to their two suspects in a shooting that left one woman fighting for her life.

Tucson Police Stand by Cameras’ Precision, Officers’ Discretion
KGUN TV 9 (Arizona), May 14, 2012

In response to drivers’ complaints that red-light cameras issue tickets in instances when an officer would not, Tucson Police Sgt. Timothy Beam said a sworn officer is involved with every ticket before it’s issued and each officer tries to be fair while promoting safety. Violations that occur within the first one-tenth of a second when the light turns red are automatically rejected.

@ATS_RoadSafety  #ATS would like to recognize National #Police Week 2012 which honors the commitment of men & women who risk their lives daily to protect us.


Top Communications Award Goes to American Traffic Solutions
IABC.com (Arizona), May 11, 2012

The International Association of Business Communicators congratulates its Best of the Best 2012 Award winner, American Traffic Solutions for the redesign of violationinfo.com to a more user-friendly and cost-saving system. The redesign, completed by the communications, information technology and marketing departments, also won an Award of Excellence. Awards of Merit were presented to ATS for its Road Safety Ink newsletter and its compilation of red-light running collision videos assembled to compel drivers to stop on red. The videos received media attention from USA Today and Good Morning America. (Pictured clockwise from top left: Juan Valenzuela, Charles Territo, event emcee Cory McCloskey of FOX 10, Heather Schlichting, Shelby Novy, John Conway and Daniel McCrobie.)

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce Falls Church, Virginia, along with Howard County and Morningside, Maryland, have all renewed their road safety camera programs for another year. Each community has been a customer since 2009.

Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Are Both Legal and Lifesaving
U.S. News and World Report, May 14, 2012

Simply put, red-light cameras are legal. Running a red light? That’s illegal. Drivers who run red lights selfishly threaten the lives of others on the roadway. These lawbreakers must be held accountable for their careless, risky behavior.

Commentary: Amarillo Stays on Course with Cameras
Amarillo Globe News (Texas), May 12, 2012

WFTV, based in Orlando, Fla., recently pored through traffic data and … affirmed what Amarillo officials have said since installing the cameras at selected intersections: Safety is enhanced when police have the help of cameras.

Editorial: Crack Down on Drivers Who Pass Stopped School Buses
Tampa Bay Times (Florida) May 16, 2012

A Pasco School District survey, conducted by bus drivers on May 7, recorded 590 instances of motorists failing to yield to buses stopped to load or discharge children. It is an alarming number that mirrors poor driving patterns across the state.

Letter: Direct Red-Light Fines to Schools
Knoxville News Sentinel (Tennessee), May 17, 2012

All of the money the city/county receives from red-light running fines should go to fund the $35 million request from the Knox County Schools. Based on historic data of fines collected, divide the balance needed for full funding between a sales tax increase and property tax increase.


“If this was a money grab then we would have a higher ticket fee. If people are running red lights, they deserve to get a ticket. This is a safety issue.”
Stephen Acropolis, Brick Township Mayor
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), May 16, 2012


Speed cameras have cut down on crashes “not only there where the cameras are, but also at the red lights because they’ve slowed down, knowing the cameras are there, so we have fewer accidents at the red light.”
Chad Lowery, Medina Police Chief
WBBJ TV 7 (Tennessee), May 15, 2012


“We use our discretion, just as the officer in the street would be able to use their discretion on whether or not to issue a citation.”
Tim Beam, Tucson Police Department Sergeant
KGUN TV 9 (Alabama), May 14, 2012

New Jersey
The city of Newark is spending $27 million, its highest-ever total, on pedestrian and bicycle safety improvement this year. About 500 people a year are struck by cars in Newark. In addition to this effort, the city traffic manager is working to increase red-light cameras and educate the community on traffic safety. Source: The Star-Ledger, May 15, 2012.

Tennessee
In Medina, 17,000 cars pass along U.S. Highway 45 Bypass each day, triggering a daily average of 33 speeding tickets. The city installed speed cameras nearly 18 months ago, and initially averaged 2,000 citations a month. The city now averages 900 to 1,000 citations each month. Source: WBBJ TV 7, May 15, 2012. 

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 23

May 10th, 2012 Comments off


Fearing More Crashes, Arizona Governor Vetoes Intersection Definition Change
Arizona Daily Star, May 10, 2012

Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed legislation to alter the legal definition of an “intersection” in state law, saying she feared such a change would lead to more collisions. (East Valley Tribune image.)

Police: Man Dies in Red-Light Running Collision with Dump Truck
The Express-Times (New Jersey), May 9, 2012

A 52-year-old man died in a two-vehicle collision in Pohatcong Township at one of the town’s intersections without a red-light camera.


Delaware Bill Would Allow Speed Cameras
Associated Press, May 9, 2012

State lawmakers are considering a bill that authorizes the use of speed enforcement cameras in Dover and Wilmington. (Smithsonian Magazine/istockphoto)

Attention Grows over TV Station’s Camera-Myth-Busting Story
Jacksonville Business Journal (Florida), May 9, 2012

After analyzing traffic records in five Florida cities, a TV station in Orlando, Fla., refuted critics’ claims of red-light cameras causing more rear-end crashes. The station also showed that red-light cameras do help reduce collisions, and that shorter yellow lights are a myth. The National Coalition for Safer Roads commends the station for its work. See related coverage at MSNAuto.com/Exhaust notes and CNET.com.

Ohio City Tows Cars for Multiple Red-Light Tickets
Green Bay Press Gazette, May 8, 2012

Authorities in Dayton have gotten the attention of motorists who weren’t paying tickets generated from traffic cameras by towing multiple violators’ vehicles.

Summer Transportation Work Includes Cameras’ Installation
Opelika-Auburn News (Alabama), May 8, 2012

In Opelika, American Traffic Solutions is working to have a start date so the planned six or seven cameras go live 24-hours a day in August. Warnings will be issued at first to help prepare the public.

Public Hearing Eyes More Red-Light Cameras
Newsday (New York), May 8, 2012

Concerns about the duration of the yellow phase of traffic lights dominated a public hearing Tuesday.  Traffic light intervals are set by the state Department of Transportation in accordance with federal guidelines.


Police: Residents Say Cameras to Catch Speeders a Success
Montgomery Advertiser (Alabama), May 5, 2012

When the city’s speeding enforcement program started Jan. 15, the Montgomery Police Department’s traffic division started placing fully-marked police cars in school zones, neighborhoods and construction zones on a daily basis. Since then, residents say it’s working. (Montgomery Advertiser photo by Mickey Welsh)

3rd Intersection in Brick Gets Outfitted with Red-Light Camera
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), May 5, 2012

New traffic-light enforcement cameras have been installed at a third intersection in Brick. A 30-day warning period began May 7th, to give drivers a chance to get accustomed to the camera. After that time, police will issue tickets.

Cameras Capture Dangerous, Odd Behavior in Tampa Bay Area
WTSP TV 10 (Florida), May 10, 2012

Red-light cameras from around the bay area are catching people running through red lights, driving with doors open and some other weird stuff.


Philadelphia Story Tells a Promising Tale of Red-Light Cameras
WPXI TV 11 (Pennsylvania), May 9, 2012

A bill that would authorize 19 of Pennsylvania’s most populated cities — including Pittsburgh — to install red-light cameras in an effort to improve traffic is still awaiting approval in the state legislature. Pittsburgh’s TV 11 visits Philadelphia to see how the program works.


Police Captain Explains Importance of Speed Cameras
TBN.com/58News Talk PHFL (Maryland), May 8, 2012

Montgomery County Police Capt. Tom Didone gives a 20-minute interview on the county’s new speed corridor program, and explains why there is a speed threshold, how public input influenced the location for cameras and why speed limits are set for stopping safely.

Aurora Police Release Dramatic Video of Collision
KDVR TV 31 (Colorado), May 7, 2012

Aurora police have released dramatic photographs and video of an intersection collision involving an automobile and a motocycle. Police say the car’s driver ran the traffic signal several seconds after it turned red. See related coverage from The Denver Post. Read why the motorcyclist has no hard feelings toward the driver at KCNC-TV 4.

Children Injured as School Bus Driver Evades Red-Light Runner
The Herald-Mail (Maryland), May 7, 2012

Fourteen elementary school students were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after their school bus driver applied the brakes to avoid a collision with a red-light runner, according to Hagerstown Police Department reports.

Campaign Targets Motorists Who Illegally Pass Stopped School Buses
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register (West Virginia), May 5, 2012

Ohio County school bus driver Ivan Myles is responsible for transporting 266 students to and from school five days a week, and some members of the driving public do not make his job easy. Each day, school bus drivers throughout West Virginia report nearly 600 motorists are passing stopped school buses. See related article in The Journal.

@ATS_RoadSafety  Florida TV Station @WFTV Busts Red-Light Camera Myths http://on-msn.com/JVoIdq #FL  #RLSC  #RoadSafety  #StopOnRed

Editorial: False Claims Fog Red-Light Camera Bill
New Haven Register (Connecticut), May 5, 2012

One of the most bogus and most enduring arguments against red-light cameras is that they are really devices for cities to raise money, not to save lives. The argument is bogus because if the cameras are installed, fewer drivers will run red lights because they know they will be caught. Fewer violators means less revenue.

Editorial: Red Light? Just Stop!
New Britain Herald (Connecticut), May 4, 2012

Frankly,  we’re not only hoping that the Connecticut red-light bill will be signed into law but that both New Britain and Bristol will be selected to be among the first cities in the state to be a part of this experiment.


Letter: Red-Light Cameras Decrease Crashes
Times of Trenton (New Jersey), May 9, 2012

We support the use of traffic light cameras for the purpose of reducing automobile accidents and the injuries they inflict. We should keep the red-light safety camera program in place because it is clearly working.

Letter: Disobeying the Law Should Cost You
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (New York), May 6, 2012

I find strange logic in the April 25 letter decrying the red-light cameras as a “money grab.” The fines are punishment for drivers who disobey the law. This is not a ploy “to get taxpayers’ money” as suggested. If the scofflaws fill the city’s coffers, the law-abiding taxpayer will then have less to pay.


Letter: EMS Leader Supports Red-Light Cameras
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), May 4, 2012

MONOC, New Jersey’s single largest EMS and medical transportation service, supports the use of traffic red-light cameras for the purpose of reducing automobile accidents and the injuries they inflict.


“Most people recognize that they can drive a certain speed on a road, but those speed limits are set for people stopping. It’s that reaction time, and two or three seconds can mean the difference of a life-changing event.”
Tom Didone, Montgomery County, Maryland, Police Captain
TBD.com (Virginia), May 8, 2012


“We’re still real early into the (speed camera) program. We’ll judge this as we go along. But so far, from a citizens’ point of view, it’s been working.”
Keith Barnett, Montgomery Police Department Major
Montgomery Advertiser (Alabama), May 5, 2012


“Our first intersections with red-light camera technology have shown that the program is having a positive impact on drivers’ behavior by reducing serious crashes.”
Stephen Acropolis, Mayor of Brick Township
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), May 5, 2012

Alabama
In Montgomery, the police department’s new speed camera program that installs cameras in fully marked but decommissioned police cruisers is winning approval from residents. Since January when 1,671 vehicle owners were issued tickets, the number has declined to 1,061 in February, 592 in March and rose in April to 769. Source: Montgomery Advertiser, May 5, 2012.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2 Issue 22

May 3rd, 2012 Comments off


Red-Light Running Fines Raise Millions for Trauma Victims
YourObserver.com (Florida), May 2, 2012

In its first 18 months, red-light running fines authorized by the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act have generated more than $2 million for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center, and $6.67 million for trauma centers throughout the state of Florida. 

Iowa Senate Champions Red-Light Cameras
KCCI TV 8 (Iowa), May 1, 2012

A move in the Iowa Statehouse to ban automated traffic camera systems is officially dead for this session.


More Red-Light Cameras Destined for Fort Lauderdale
Sun Sentinel (Florida), May 1, 2012

Commissioners have agreed to expand the city’s red-light camera system by adding cameras at 15 intersections throughout the city. The cameras could be installed and operating within 90 days. Currently, six intersections have cameras.

Law Supports Las Cruces’ Tough Measures Against Traffic Scofflaws
KVIA TV 7 (New Mexico), May 1, 2012

People all over the country are questioning the legality of Las Cruces’s decision to shut off the utilities for those drivers who fail to pay their red-light running tickets. City officials say the law permits such action.


Municipal Court Officials Credit ATS for Quality Service
The Daily Camera (Colorado), April 29, 2012

A 20 percent year-over-year decrease in the number of photo enforcment tickets issued in Boulder prompted Municipal Court officials to praise their new vendor, American Traffic Solutions.

Tentative Compromise Reached on Cameras in Louisiana
The Times-Picayune, April 26, 2012

Legislation to rein in the use of ticket-issuing traffic cameras will be put aside after a tentative compromise was reached on how the devices will be used.

Borough Considers Red-Light Cameras
Fair Lawn (New Jersey), April 24, 2012

Fair Lawn Borough will apply for a spot in the state’s Red Light Running Automated Enforcement Program.


Serious Collision Caught on Tape in Sarasota
Herald-Tribune (Florida), May 1, 2012

Sarasota police say an SUV ran a red light and collided with a passing car, injuring the car’s driver.

Palm Coast Crashes on Camera
Central Florida News 13, April 29, 2012

The dangers of red-light running is evident in this video footage taken when drivers run through red lights in Palm Coast.


News Investigation Debunks Camera Myths
WFTV TV 9 (Florida), April 28, 2012

WFTV Channel 9 debunks the myths attached to red-light cameras in this investigative report that shows rear-end crashes decreased after cameras were installed and that yellow light times were not shortened.

Red-Light Runner Jeopardizes Dancer’s Scholarship, Future
WTSP TV 10 (Florida), April 27, 2012

A Sarasota woman whose life passion is dancing has been hospitalized. She is the victim of a red-light runner. … The video is hard to watch — showing just how quickly, a life can be changed.


West Virginia Board of Education Forms Task Force to Review Bus Safety
WOWK TV 13, April  27, 2012

Mother Azza Eraki watched helplessly one afternoon as her son came just inches away from being struck by a vehicle that failed to stop for a school bus. State Board of Education members say it isn’t an isolated incident and they are taking action. (The Herald-Dispatch photo)

Dallas County Schools Want Cameras, Own Police Force
CBS Dallas/Fort Worth (Texas), April 27, 2012

Dallas County Schools, the agency that runs the school buses transporting students to and from class, wants to create its own police force. The goal of the agency? To crack down on drivers running past stopped buses.

@ATS_RoadSafety  Give Red Light Cameras a Chance to Work in CT. cour.at/lwoyaV  #CT  #StopOnRed

American Traffic Solutions gladly introduces the City of Perth Amboy as the latest municipality in New Jersey to sign a multiyear agreement with ATS to install and operate red-light safety cameras in the city. The agreement includes multiple automatic extensions of 24 months.


Editorial: Give Red-Light Cameras a Chance to Work
Hartford Courant (Connecticut), May 1, 2012

Of all the objections to the bill allowing some cities to try red-light enforcement cameras, the hardest to fathom is from the NAACP. It says that concentrating red-light enforcement in cities, as the bill proposes, would unfairly target poor people and members of racial minorities. … A camera is a machine; it is not capable of racial profiling. (WTNH TV 8 photo)

Editorial: Troopers Join Students on Bus to Promote Safety
Cumberland Times-News (West Virginia), April 30, 2012

West Virginia is taking the offensive this week against drivers who illegally pass school buses by having state police troopers ride along with the students.

Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Make Driving Safer
Star News Online (North Carolina), April 29, 2012

Driving in Wilmington can be an adventure, and not in a good way. Still, a state lawmaker wants to outlaw Wilmington’s successful red-light camera program. Problem is, the program isn’t broken, and lawmakers shouldn’t waste their time trying to “fix” it.

Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Fund Medical Research
Naples News (Florida), May 2, 2012

All across Florida, communities are seeing results that underscore the benefits of safety cameras and how they significantly increase overall road safety and protect innocent, law-abiding citizens. As a natural evolution of their importance, these cameras are now extending into the world of cutting-edge science.

Commentary: Legislator Lays Out Reasons for School Bus Safety Cameras
Montgomery Advertiser (Alabama), April 27, 2012

Each day, more than 1,700 motorists commit school bus stop-arm violations. Each one of the violations is a tragedy in the making, putting innocent children in serious danger.

Letter: This Intersection Needs Cameras
Waterbury Republican-American (Connecticut), April 30, 2012

According to The Associated Press, the Connecticut legislature is considering “a bill that would allow cities to place traffic cameras at busy intersections to record drivers who run red lights.” I can’t wait for this bill to pass.


“I believe (the cameras) are showing they are needed. (This data shows) we still have a high incident of people who run red lights, and hopefully they won’t run them a second time and it will lead to less accidents and less injuries. That was always my goal — public safety.”
Ron Reagan, Former Florida Legislator, Speaker Pro Tempore and sponsor of the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act
YourObserver.com, May 2, 2012


“For people to be going 12…15…20 miles an hour over the speed limit through an area where kids travel on a daily basis, to me, you deserve to get a ticket. … We aren’t trying to trap anybody. It’s a big old camera, sitting out on the roadway where everybody can see it, with signs that indicate you’re coming up on it, and if you want to speed through it, you’re gonna get a ticket. ”
Philip O’Donnell, Glenarden (Maryland) Chief of Police
WJLA TV 7, April 27, 2012


“Years ago you weren’t able to show this. No one would know about this crash and they would read it in the paper, but they wouldn’t see the video, and I think the video speaks for itself that it’s extremely important to stop for red lights.”
John Lake, Sarasota Police Officer and department spokesman
WTSP TV 10 (Florida), April 27, 2012

Colorado
In one year, photo enforcement tickets decreased by nearly 7,000 incidents (20 percent) from 35,000 in 2010 to 28,016 in 2011 in Boulder, according to municipal court records. Source: The Daily Camera, April 29, 2012.

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