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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 30

June 28th, 2012 Comments off


Officials Vouch for Red-Light Cameras in New Jersey
The Jersey Journal, June 26th, 2012

New Jersey law enforcement officials and municipal leaders boast about the success of red-light safety cameras in a new YouTube video released on June 25 by American Traffic Solutions. Click here to view the video. See the news release. Read related coverage from the Toms River Family and Community Magazine.


Red-Light Running Tickets Could Affect Taxi License Renewal
Medill Reports Chicago (Illinois), June 26, 2012

The city of Chicago is now looking at red-light camera tickets when it comes to renewing the licenses of taxi drivers.


Speed Cameras Go to Work in Illinois Construction Zones
KSDK TV 5, June 26, 2012

Automated traffic enforcement systems will now be used in construction zones, according to Captain Brad Parsons with the Illinois State Police. Photo speed enforcement vans will be sent to work zones in the Metro-East area to be used throughout the construction season.


More Red-Light Cameras Likely for Palm Coast
The Daytona Beach News-Journal, June 26, 2012

With 10 cameras installed at six intersections in Palm Coast, a new agreement between the city and American Traffic Solutions would increase red-light safety cameras in the city, provided the council approves the contract.

Driver and Child Die in Red-Light Running Crash
MacombPatch (Michigan), June 25, 2012

A 3-year-old passenger and the female driver of a vehicle involved in a crash Monday night on 23 Mile Road have passed away, according to the Shelby Township Police.

Hazelwood Police Chief Recommends Speed Cameras
Hazelwood Patch (Missouri), June 25, 2012

As part of his update to the city council regarding Hazelwood’s comprehensive traffic management plan, Police Chief Carl Wolf recommended council consider bringing speed cameras to the city.

Township’s Mayor Backs Red-Light Camera Program
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), June 22, 2012

The township’s red-light cameras will come shining through a state review that will shut down systems giving motorists too little yellow light time, Mayor Stephen Acropolis predicts.

@ATS_RoadSafety Video From N.J. Law Enforcement, Public Officials Touts Red-Light Safety Camera Success Stories yhoo.com/LzcudH #StopOnRed   #NJ

American Traffic Solutions is greatly honored to announce it has signed a contract with the State of Washington to implement an automated speed enforcement pilot program in selected work zones on Washington state highways for one year.

Commentary: Red-Light Camera Obit May Be Premature
The Record/NorthJersey.com (New Jersey), June 22, 2012

Sorry to spoil the fun, but it might be too early for New Jersey lawmakers to be dancing on the grave of the red-light-running program.

Letter: Philadelphia’s Red-Light Cameras Save Lives
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), June 28, 2012

To those who don’t believe red-light cameras improve road safety, maybe they should take a drive down Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia. This busy stretch of roadway was once known as the ‘kill zone,’ but that all changed in 2005 when the city’s red-light camera program took effect. There hasn’t been a single fatality as a result of a T-bone crash or a pedestrian strike since.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Help Save Lives
The Delaware County Daily Times (Pennsylvania), June 26, 2012

On the day of my graduation from Muhlenberg College, my parents and I packed up our family car and were heading to our home in Lititz. While driving through Berks County, a driver ran a red light causing a three-car crash. Both of my parents were killed in the crash and I suffered a number of life-changing physical injuries which I live with today – all because one driver’s failure to stop on red.

Letter: Linden’s Red-Light Cameras Are Operating Fairly
MyCentralJersey.com (New Jersey), June 21, 2012

The Linden Police Department is fully complying with the New Jersey Department of Transportation and its directives on the red-light-running program. Since Linden began its automated enforcement program in July 2010, the city has taken great strides to ensure the integrity of its program and the officers who administer it.


“Even if you are not a supporter of the speed camera program, lashing out and endangering individual employees is not an appropriate way to express your opinion. We will continue to investigate these incidents and will charge suspects who are engaged in this activity to the fullest extent of the law.”
William McMahon, Chief of Police, Howard County, Maryland
NBCWashington.com, June 27, 2012


“The purpose of the comprehensive traffic management program is when our streets are safe and pleasant, quality of life is enhanced. When traffic problems become a daily occurrence, our sense of community and personal well-being are threatened.”
Carl Wolf, Police Chief of Hazelwood, Missouri
Hazelwood Patch, June 25, 2012

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 29

June 21st, 2012 Comments off

UPDATE: Vehicle located in Murfreesboro Hit-and-Run

News Channel 5, June 21, 2012

Police in Murfreesboro have located the vehicle wanted in connection with a serious hit-and-run incident Saturday morning.

Police need help finding hit-and-run suspect [with video]

The Daily News Journal, June 18, 2012

Murfreesboro Police Department released the video of the hit-and-run to the public Monday in hopes that someone would be able to identify the vehicle and its driver. Video was obtained by investigators via an America Traffic Solutions red-light camera.

Companies Slip Workouts Into Work

The Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2012

Companies have long sought to engage employees in wellness activities, and ATS is one of them. Being recognized as one of the healthiest employers in Phoenix, the Wall Street Journal wanted to highlight our efforts in health and wellness.

Facebook Posts Reveal Red-Light Runners [with video]

Fox 2 Now, St. Louis, June 20, 2012

Police in Granite City are going to social media in an effort to demonstrate the value of having red-light cameras in the community.

Red-light cameras promoted for Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 17, 2012

Efforts to put cameras on poles near traffic lights at busy Pittsburgh intersections have been stuck in a legislative traffic jam for several years. But now a push is revving up for such cameras, which snap a photo of the license plate of a car as it speeds through a red light. Legislators could vote before they adjourn July 1 for summer recess.

Five pedestrians have died in recent car crashes

WWLTV- Eyewitness news, June 18, 2012

State Police are reminding pedestrians when they walk on the roadways at night that they need to be extra cautious and obey the rules. State Police say more than 70 percent of pedestrian fatalities happen at night, which was the case in all of the five recent fatalities.

Edgewater to install red-light cameras

The Record/Herald News, June 15, 2012

The borough hopes to install red-light cameras at more than ten intersections in the near future, following in the footsteps of 25 other municipalities taking part in a state-wide pilot safety program.

More red-light cameras coming to Orange Co.

WFTV Channel 9, June 19, 2012

More red light cameras will be added to busy intersections all over Orange County. Statistics from the county show crashes are down at seven of the 10 intersections where cameras have been installed.

Palm Beach County’s Most Dangerous Intersections

WPTVnews (Florida) June 17, 2012

Palm Beach County releases traffic information on locations subjected to the highest number of crashes.

New Partnership Takes Aim at Stop-Arm Running

School Bus Fleet, June 14, 2012

American Traffic Solutions (ATS) and AngelTrax have formed a strategic alliance that aims to reduce injuries and fatalities from illegal school bus passing.

@ATS_RoadSafety Red-light cameras promoted for Pgh. Advocates say: “They prevent accidents, reduce fatalities.” #RoadSafety #StopOnRed http://ow.ly/bEuyR

@ATS_RoadSafety RT Traffic Deaths Near Historic Low In D.C., MPD credits traffic cameras http://bit.ly/NaP64A #StopOnRed #RoadSafety #DC

Mark your calendars for National Stop on Red week taking place on August 5-11, 2012 . National Stop on Red Week aims to educate drivers about the dangers of red-light running and to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes. Help raise awareness about the dangers of red-light running in your community.

“It’s not about revenue-raising. It’s about public safety. There are an awful lot of people [in Philadelphia] today who are alive and healthy but who would have been statistics if this program hadn’t been installed.”
Rick Geist, Acting Staff Sergeant, Altoona, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 17, 2012

Illinois

In Granite City, Police say the red-light camera at the intersection has helped since it was installed. They tell us 93% of people who pay one of the tickets never get a second one. Source: Fox 2 Now, June 19, 2012.

Florida

WFTV recently studied crash statistics and found out rear-end crashes dropped 57 percent after red-light cameras were installed. There’s also been a big reduction in T-bone crashes. Source: FM96.5, June 19, 2012.

Texas

In Frisco, total crashes at two intersections with red-light cameras have declined by nearly 50 percent when comparing data one year before cameras were installed to the year after installation. Source: Frisco Police Department press release.


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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 28

June 14th, 2012 Comments off


Traffic Deaths Near Historic Low in D.C.; Red-Light, Speed Cameras Credited
NBC Washington, June 13, 2012

The first six months of 2012 have seen six traffic fatalities in 2012, a big drop from the same period last year, when 17 people died in traffic crashes. Between 2002 and 2011, D.C. averaged 44 traffic deaths a year, with extremes ranging from 63 deaths in 2003 to 25 in 2010. In 2011, 32 people died. MPD credits the reduction in traffic fatalities to its somewhat controversial speed and red-light cameras.

Crash Numbers Fall in Frisco Since Cameras’ Arrival
Frisco Enterprise (Texas), June 13, 2012

The Frisco Police Department has seen a dramatic decrease in crashes following the installation of three red-light cameras in March 2011. Data suggests the cameras have been highly beneficial for both the city and the safety of drivers.

State Signs-Off on 2 New Camera Locations
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), June 13, 2012

State officials have given the OK for Jersey City to install two more sets of red-light cameras. The city has 24 cameras at eight intersections already, and plans to install 14 more cameras at six additional locations.


State Circuit Court Upholds Another Missouri Camera Ordinance
Arnold Patch, June 12, 2012

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge J. Dale Youngs decided Kansas City’s red-light safety camera ordinance fits with Missouri state law. The judge also said the red-light camera ordinance has the needed protections under the Missouri and U.S. constitutions. See related coverage in Riverfront Times and The Wall Street Journal. (Arnold Patch photo by Michael de los Reyes)

Driver with Green Light Dies in Red-Light Running Crash
InsideNoVA.com (Virginia), June 10, 2012

Authorities have charged a 52-year-old woman with drunken driving after police say she ran a red light and collided with a passing vehicle. The crash killed a 57-year-old Powhatan woman.

Police: Driver Runs Red Light, Dies in 3-Vehicle Collision
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), June 10, 2012

A 41-year-old man died in a three-vehicle collision set off when he ran a red light and was struck by a vehicle coming off the highway ramp, Tampa police said.

Vice Mayor: Red-Light Cameras Are for Safety, Not Revenue
Bay News 9 (Florida), June 10, 2012

Oldsmar Vice Mayor Jerry Beverland says red-light cameras are coming to four intersections in the city to keep people safe. “We’ve had a couple of serious accidents here in the last four or five months because of somebody running a red light,” he said.

St. Joseph Proceeds with Red-Light Safety Camera Program
St. Joseph News Press (Missouri), June 9, 2012

Results from American Traffic Solutions’ study of five intersections in St. Joseph will help the city determine where to install cameras. Data was gathered in May, and cameras could be installed and operational by late summer.

Grace Period Ends for New Cameras in Brick
Toms River Patch (New Jersey), June 8, 2012

The grace period for the red-light camera at the intersection of Route 70 and Brick Boulevard expired at midnight, June 7. Authorities have since begun issuing summonses to drivers who violate the red-light signal at the busy intersection.


Red-Light Runners Pay Up in Tampa
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), June 7, 2012

The city of Tampa has added $1 million to its budget from the total $3.4 million in fines red-light runners have paid since the city began snapping pictures of them in the act last fall at several major intersections. (The Tampa Tribune photo by Cliff McBride)

Police Say Cameras Are Reducing Crashes in Kansas City
Kansas City Public Media, KCUR.org (Missouri), June 7, 2012

Kansas City police say their most recent analysis shows that red-light cameras are reducing collisions. And based on that data, they plan to add more of the cameras.


Orange County to Add 40 Red-Light Safety Cameras
WKMG TV 6/ClickOrlando.com (Florida), June 9, 2012

There’s a new push in Orange County that community leaders think will keep you safer. They say they’ll install 40 more red-light cameras by late this year at some of the most dangerous intersections.


ATS, AngelTrax Join Forces to Address School Bus Passing Dangers
The Wall Street Journal, June 14, 2012

In an effort to further increase school bus safety by reducing injuries and fatalities that result from illegal school bus stop arm running, American Traffic Solutions (ATS) and AngelTrax have announced the formation of a strategic alliance.


Federal Appeals Court Upholds Red-Light Camera Ordinance
ATS News Release, June 12, 2012

A federal court of appeals has ruled that New Orleans’ automated traffic enforcement system ordinance is constitutional (see Bevis v. City of New Orleans).  In doing so, the Court found the city’s interest in reducing traffic crashes outweighs the private interests of avoiding a fine.

@ATS_RoadSafety Do you think RLR is dangerous? Long Island Crash Seriously Injures Avon Teen bit.ly/MnGOp5 #NY #StopOnRed

Commentary: Red-Light Runners Stand on Exaggerated Sense of Entitlement
The Turlock Journal (California), June 8, 2012

It doesn’t surprise me that in this “me first” generation that drivers will push the limits to squeeze past a yellow light and even blow a red light or a stop sign. But some startling information came to light recently with the release of the report “Safer Roads Report 2012: Trends in Red-Light Running” by the National Coalition for a Safer Roads.

Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Dramatically Reduce Crashes
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), June 7, 2012

Here’s an understatement: Not all Texas drivers are fans of red-light cameras. … But in Frisco, the police remain adamant that the cameras are making the roads safer.


“The  bottom line is that people die because of excessive speeding and reckless disregard for red lights, stop signs, and other traffic laws, so we’re trying to do everything we can to get people to drive more responsibly. Automated traffic enforcement does that, and saves lives.”
Cathy Lanier, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department Chief
NBC Washington, June 13, 2012


“We’ve had a couple of serious accidents here in the last four or five months because of somebody running a red light. … The money from red-light (tickets) is not going into the general fund. This is to save lives. My advice to everybody is, don’t run a red light. That’s all you have to do. Don’t speed in the city of Oldsmar and don’t run red lights.”
Jerry Beverland, Vice Mayor of Oldsmar, Florida
Bay News 9, June 10, 2012

District of Columbia
Traffic fatalities have decreased from 17 in the first six months of 2011 to six in the same time period of this year. Authorities attribute the decrease to the presence of red-light safety cameras. If this trend continues, D.C. could see a historic low in traffic fatalities. Source: NBC Washington, June 13, 2012.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 27

June 7th, 2012 Comments off


Crash Victim Never Thought It Would Happen to Her
The Arizona Republic, June 7, 2012

Ashley Andres was driving to work one morning when she was hit by a red-light runner as she attempted to make a left turn. For the past two years, Andres has watched other collisions occur at the same intersection from the corner restaurant where she works. She never though that one day, she’d be a victim at the same spot. (The Arizona Republic photo by Nick Oza.)


Odds Improve for Extension of Philadelphia’s Red-Light Camera Program
KYW-TV 3 (Pennsylvania), June 7, 2012

Prospects have improved for an extension of Philadelphia’s red-light camera program, currently set to expire June 30th. But lawmakers are now proposing to change the way revenues from the program are handed out. (NBCPhiladelphia.com photo)


Red-Light Cameras Aid in Robbery, Homicide Investigations
KMBZ News Radio (Kansas), June 7, 2012

Kansas City’s public safety committee chairman John Sharp says there’s an added bonus to the city’s red-light cameras. “Over 60 occasions they’ve used videos from the red-light cameras to assist in other serious investigations, such as robberies and homicides,” he said. (Kansas City Star photo by Allison Long)

Maryland Community Officials Say Speed Violations Are Slowing
Gazette.net, June 6, 2012

Officials in Greenbelt, Laurel and other Maryland communities are tempering expectations from speed camera revenues as drivers get the message to slow down.

Collisions Down Nearly 18% in Edmonton
Edmonton Sun (Canada), June 5, 2012

Collisions have dropped nearly 18 percent on city streets says a new report. The city released its annual collision report Tuesday, showing there were 5,438 fewer collisions between 2010 and 2011 in Edmonton.

Violations Down, Fine Revenue Up in Calgary
The Calgary Herald (Canada), June 5, 2012

Traffic fine revenue is climbing higher, but police say compliance for drivers caught speeding through intersections is growing. See 660 News for related coverage.


Worst Intersections for Speeding in Calgary
Open File (Canada), June 4, 2012

Approximately six drivers sped past the intersection of 16th Avenue and 10th Street every hour in 2011. That hourly rate tallies up to 26,107 lead-footed drivers speeding through that spot and earning themselves a ticket from Calgary Police.


Cameras Added to School Buses to Catch Lawbreakers
WESH TV2 (Florida), June 1, 2012

Four Florida school districts are part of a pilot program to keep children safe from drivers who illegally pass school buses when they stop to let children on and off the bus. Data will be reviewed once the program is completed amid hopes from supporters for a new state law allowing cameras.


Cameras Show Drivers Speeding Past Stopped School Buses
WDBO FM 96.5 (Florida), June 5, 2012

Orange, Seminole, Volusia and Brevard counties want to better protect students from dangerous drivers, so they’re testing new cameras on school buses. In the last few weeks, cameras mounted on the sides of school buses across central Florida caught drivers breaking the law and putting countless children in danger. See related news release.

Cameras Document School Bus Passing Problem
The Daytona News-Journal (Florida), June 1, 2012

Drivers just keep illegally rolling by school buses in Volusia and Flagler counties when they’re stopped to pick up or drop off passengers. See related coverage from KSNT-TV 27 and The Sacramento Bee.

@ATS_RoadSafety Red-light cameras fund research hrld.usKMApEn via @MiamiHerald  #StopOnRed #FL #RoadSafety

 @ATS_RoadSafety  NCSR ‏@SaferRoadsUSA Red-light cameras get grand jury nod bit.ly/M43k3q  #RoadSafety #StopOnRed

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that Carrollton City Schools in Georgia has signed a contract to install ATS’ CrossingGuard school bus arm safety system. Also, ATS is honored that Ridgefield, New Jersey, has awarded a red-light safety camera contract to ATS.

  

Remarkable Numbers Show Cameras Make Frisco’s Roads Safer
Frisco Police Department press release, June 7, 2012

Reductions in red-light running violations, total crashes and rear-end collisions are just a few of the remarkable statistics released by the Frisco Police Department as evidence that the city’s red-light safety camera program is meeting the goals of public safety.

Commentary: Calgary Sets Record Camera Fine of $40 Million
The Calgary Sun (Canada), June 3, 2012

For the first time in Calgary Police Service history, fines and penalties surpassed the $40-million mark, with photos of back-bumper license plates helping to push the grand total to $40.2 million.

Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Could Save Children’s Lives
Northern Valley Suburbanite (New Jersey), May 31, 2012

New Jersey has a workable plan under way to make driving safer for everyone who uses our roads, but two collisions this March indicate the hard work is just beginning.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Fund Research
The Miami Herald (Florida), June 4, 2012

Communities across Florida are seeing the results from red-light 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.

Letter: Critics of Red-Light Cameras Often Are Careless Drivers
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), May 31, 2012

Does it seem that plain old common sense and logic are seriously deteriorating?

“People need to stop running red lights and realize they aren’t going to make it.”
Ashley Andres, Victim of red-light running crash in Scottsdale, Arizona
The Arizona Republic, June 7, 2012


“There’s been a definite decrease in speed violations. But what’s happening is once they get past where the speed camera is, they’re speeding up.”
Rich McLaughlin, Police Chief, Laurel, Maryland
Gazette.net, June 6, 2012

“People get the message and your violations drop. That’s what they were intended to do. You can’t depend on this as a steady revenue source.”
Edward Murphy, Town Administrator, Berwyn Heights, Maryland
Gazette.net, June 6, 2012


“I think the message is getting out there that speeding is something people are not going to continue to support.”
Gerry Shimko, Executive Director, Office of Traffic Safety, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Edmonton Sun, June 5, 2012

“Statistically, we’ve seen a reduction in severity of collision rates, and we’ve seen a reduction in the fatality rate. By far and away, the average speed for all vehicles going through these intersections is at or below the posted speed limit. That would suggest to us the intersection safety camera had an impact.”
Doug McIlwraith, Acting Staff Sergeant, Calgary Police Service, Alberta Canada
Calgary Herald, June 5, 2012

California
Since 2000, the year before red-light cameras were installed, collisions at two intersections in San Juan Capistrano with cameras are down 81 percent and 44 percent. This year the city expects to issue 32 percent fewer citations.  Source: The Orange County Register, May 31, 2012.

Canada
Intersection crashes have declined by 42 percent in the first five years of Calgary’s road safety camera program. Source: The Calgary Sun, June 3, 2012.

Texas
In Frisco, total crashes at two intersections with red-light cameras have declined by nearly 50 percent when comparing data one year before cameras were installed to the year after installation. Source: Frisco Police Department press release.

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