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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 34

July 26th, 2012 Comments off

 


Red-Light Camera Violations Get Green Light to Return
Daily Record (New Jersey), July 25, 2012

Gov. Chris Christie announced this week that all intersections where the use of red-light cameras were suspended while the yellow-light timing was checked have been re-certified for operation. Skeptical lawmakers and driver advocates, however, question the data used. See related coverage from Asbury Park PressNJ.com and The Express-Times. (The Jersey Journal photo by Reena Rose Sibayan)

City Ordinance Directs Red-Light Running Fines to Safety Needs
Arnold Patch (Missouri), July 24, 2012

The Arnold City Council voted 8-0 to direct money generated by the city’s red-light camera system toward city safety programs, assuring future councilmembers of the purpose for those funds. About $50,000 is expected to be available this year.

Study: Economic Savings Tied to Red-Light Cameras
Murrieta Patch (California), July 24, 2012

One red-light cameras was projected to save the city of Murrieta and its residents more than $1 million over a five-year period, according to a study released by American Traffic Solutions.

Red-Light Cameras Save Cities Money
Security Info Watch.com, July 23, 2012

While they may draw the ire of drivers across the nation, a new study conducted by John Dunham and Associates on behalf of American Traffic Solutions has found that red-light safety cameras provide substantial cost savings to cities in the long run in terms of reduced number of accidents and the manpower required in responding to them.


School Systems to Install Bus Safety Cameras
Times-Georgian (Georgia), July 21, 2012

Both Carroll County Schools and Carrollton City Schools will install the bus camera system known as CrossingGuard, a new technology from Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions, before school starts in August.


School Board OKs ATS Contract for Bus Safety Cameras, Fine Processing
WXIA TV 11 (Georgia), July 20, 2012

The Cobb County School Board approved a contract with American Traffic Solutions to install school bus safety cameras on all district buses and to send tickets to the owners of those vehicles that illegally pass a stopped school bus. In 2009, a driver who failed to stop struck and killed a 5-year-old girl in the district. See related coverage from the Atlantic Business Chronicle, South Cobb Patch and School Bus Fleet.


Is Broward County Intersection Still Nation’s Worst?
WFOR CBS TV 4 (Florida), July 23, 2012

A decade after being named the most dangerous intersection in the nation, residents and police say the Pines Boulevard and Flamingo Road location is not what it used to be even though traffic volume has increased. Design changes and the addition of red-light safety cameras get credit.

@ATS_RoadSafety  #StopOnRedRT  @ArnoldPatch: City of Arnold to direct #redlightcamera money into city safety programs. http://ow.ly/csJjd  #STL  #JeffersonCounty


The Borough of Ridgefield, New Jersey, recently signed a five-year road safety camera agreement with American Traffic Solutions, making it the latest New Jersey locality to partner with ATS. In other developments, Palm Beach County, Florida, renewed its red-light safety camera program for one year; the city of Millbrae, California, exercised its two-year renewal option, and the city of Fort Worth agreed to renew its contract for three years. ATS is pleased to announce the start and continuation of these four programs designed to make driving safer.


Mark your calendars for National Stop on Red Week starting Aug. 5, 2012. Help raise awareness about the dangers of red-light running in your community by encouraging others to drive safely and stop on red.


Letter: Cameras Can Fix Problem
Standard-Times (Texas), July 25, 2012

I recently moved back to San Angelo after 35 years in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Since my return, I have been appalled by the number of San Angelo drivers who, with blatant disregard for the law and safety, run red lights. Surprisingly, the problem is much worse here than in the D-FW area.

Letter: It’s Elementary — A Red Light Means Stop
Southern Maryland Newspapers/SoMdNews.com, July 25, 2012

When the traffic light turns yellow, motorists face a split-second decision — hit the brake and come to stop, or press a little harder on the accelerator to try to beat the red light. The correct answer, as everyone has been taught in driving school, in most instances is to come to a stop.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Are Saving Lives
The Inquirer/Philly.com (Pennsylvania), July 23, 2012

It’s unfortunate that your editorial (“No need to rush red-light camera decisions,” July 15) questions the benefits of red-light cameras when, plain and simple, cameras are a success at deterring dangerous red-light running, preventing serious accidents and saving lives.


Commentary: Hallandale Beach Mayor Speaks Out for Cameras
Sun-Sentinel (Florida), July 22, 2012

Once a fatal traffic collision occurs, it is irretrievably over. There is only one way to avoid this fate, and that is to prevent the crash from ever taking place. This is why I championed red-light cameras for Hallandale Beach, and why I continue to support cameras in our community.

Commentary: Red Light Cameras Save Lives
The Patriot News/PennLive.com (Pennsylvania), July 20, 2012

The red-light runners think they’ve been wronged. They’re convinced that cameras documenting their violations are nothing more than a scheme to pick the pockets of motorists. The truth is simpler: Red-light running kills and red-light cameras save lives.

“I don’t want to see anyone get a ticket, but I definitely don’t want to see a kid get hurt.”
Jackie Coffee, Carroll County School System’s Director of Transportation
Times-Georgian (Georgia), July 21, 2012


“This is not to generate revenue. The sheriff’s office gets nothing. We’re giving it all to the school. It’s absolutely for the safety of our kids.”
Craig Dodson, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Major
Times-Georgian (Georgia), July 21, 2012

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 33

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Red-Light Camera Video Captures Horrific Crash
ABC News, July 13, 2012

At an intersection where red-light violations have decreased 47 percent, the camera captures the violent nature of a red-light running crash. See related coverage from NBC New YorkCBS New York and MyFoxNewYork .


Red-Light Camera Could Save Town $1.1 Million
Wayne Patch (New Jersey), July 18, 2012

According to a study, the red-light camera at the intersection of Hamburg Turnpike and Black Oak Ridge Road could save the township and taxpayers more than $1.1 million between now and 2015, an average savings of $231,000 annually. (Wayne Patch photo by Daniel Hubbard)


Memphis Takes Long Look at Speed Cameras
The Commercial Appeal (Tennessee), July 18, 2012

The city of Memphis is considering the use of cameras to catch lead-footed drivers. Chief administrative officer George Little said during a Tuesday meeting of the council’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee that installing cameras to catch speeding drivers could reduce the number of traffic accidents inside the city while freeing up police officers for other duties. (The Commercial Appeal photo by Mike Brown)

Cameras Sharply Cut Crashes, Leaders Told
The Pueblo Chieftain (Colorado), July 17, 2012

Having a camera photographing drivers running red lights has significantly lowered the number of serious traffic accidents at two busy Pueblo intersections, city traffic officials told City Council members at its Monday work session. The program could expand in 2013, pending council approval.

Shrewsbury Pursues Red-Light Cameras
RedBank-Shrewsbury Patch (New Jersey), July 17, 2012

Shrewsbury has ordered the timing of its traffic lights in an effort to clear the way for the installation of two red-light cameras, and has reached out to American Traffic Solutions about installing cameras.

Radio Show Takes Close Look at Roselle Park Crash
WKXW 101.5 FM (New Jersey), July 17, 2012

Listen in as Charles Territo, ATS’ vice president of communications, responds to challenges against red-light safety cameras and clears up misunderstandings about the lifesaving devices.

Glassboro, Monroe Officials Say Yellow Light Timing Correct
Gloucester County Times (New Jersey), July 17, 2012

Engineers in Glassboro and Monroe have certified that the timing of the yellow light intervals for their red-light camera programs are in compliance with the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s requirements, paving the way for the municipalities to soon begin issuing tickets at affected intersections again.


ATS Launches Website on Economic Benefits of Red-Light Cameras
Phoenix Business Journal (Arizona), July 17, 2012

American Traffic Solutions Inc. is taking a new approach in defining how its red-light cameras can save money for cities and residents. The Scottsdale-based company has developed a website with information for 25,000 U.S. cities about how much each would save with just one red-light camera. See related coverage in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch, ITS International, Capitola-Soquel Patch and Hazelwood Patch.

Horrific Crash Grabs Attention; Draws Comments
ABC News, July 13, 2012 

A controversy over red-light cameras installed at intersections in towns across New Jersey has been further inflamed after the borough of Roselle Park released a video showing a horrific crash.


School Board to Vote on Fines for Passing School Buses
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), July 18, 2012

The Cobb County school board on July 19 is expected to vote on whether to become one of the first and largest Georgia districts to issue $300 citations to motorists they film driving around stopped school buses. More than 100 cameras from American Traffic Solutions will be installed on school buses to catch the impatient or distracted drivers. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution photo by Phil Skinner)


County Board Considers Stop-Arm Cameras
The Telegraph (Georgia), July 16, 2012

Houston County school board members are considering allowing American Traffic Solutions to add photo-enforcement cameras to about 20 of the system’s 237 buses. See related coverage from WRWR TV38 and WMAZ TV 13. (Photo by WMAZ TV 13)

@ATS_RoadSafety  Analysis Shows Red-Light Cameras Save County Thousands via @BloomdalePatch. See how much it can save your city: bit.ly/NzSYeF

ABC World News ‏@ABCWorldNews VIDEO: Accident Sends Car Airborne: Caught on Tape. @JimAvilaABC reports. abcn.ws./NwSLdf

@ATS_RoadSafety Jim Gearhart Interviews VP of ATS @charleyterrito on red-light safety cameras via @nj1015 http://bit.ly/LWkINM ‪#StopOnRed


Gwinnett County, Georgia, has informed American Traffic Solutions of its intent to renew its road safety camera program contract. Also this week, Ridgefield, New Jersey, has signed an agreement with ATS for a red-light safety camera program.  ATS is proud to be a part of both programs.


Mark your calendars for National Stop on Red Week starting Aug. 5, 2012. Help raise awareness about the dangers of red-light running in your community by encouraging others to drive safely and stop on red.

Commentary: Open Red-Light Cameras to Criminal Investigations
The Bellingham Herald (Washington), July 17, 2012

We find it baffling that images captured by red-light cameras in Washington state cannot be used by law enforcement for anything other than traffic enforcement.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Play a Part in Promoting Safety
The Times-Herald (Pennsylvania), July 18, 2012

Some oppose red-light cameras because they believe the cameras violate privacy laws. I believe it is important for residents to understand that our federal courts have already reviewed this issue and ruled that there is no presumption of privacy on a public road; meaning the cameras have a place in promoting road safety.


“I want people to realize what can happen when someone runs a red light. By showing this video, we hope people will realize running red lights can have tragic consequences.”
Paul Morrison, Police Chief of Roselle Park, New Jersey
NBC New York, July 12, 2012

Colorado
In Pueblo, broadside crashes are down 30 percent at the intersection of Norwood Avenue and the U.S. 50 Bypass since September 2009 when red-light safety cameras were installed. Also, left-turn and broadside crashes are down 26 percent at the city’s second intersection with cameras. Source: The Pueblo Chieftain, July 17, 2012

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 32

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Police Study: Red-Light Cameras Effective in Reducing Wrecks
WDAF FOX TV 4 (Missouri), July 11, 2012

Red-light traffic cameras reduce crashes in intersections, according to an analysis of case reports by the Kansas City Missouri Police Department, the city announced on Wednesday. See report. (Kansas City Star photo by Allison Long)

Spokane’s Red-Light Fines to Pay for Bike Lanes, Sidewalks, more
KXLY ABC 4 (Washington), July 11, 2012

Exactly $285,000 generated by fines from violators caught on Spokane’s 15 red-light cameras will pay for road, sidewalk and other safety improvements in eight neighborhoods of the city.


N.Y. Mayor Announces Slow Zones, Need for Speed Cameras
CBS New York TV2, Channel 2, July 10, 2012

The city is expanding its campaign to stop speeding drivers cruising through the streets of the five boroughs with new slow zones, and a renewed call for 40 speed cameras. Read the press release. (Images from CBS TV2)

Borough Pursues Red-Light Cameras
Chatam Patch (New Jersey), July 10, 2012

Traffic Safety Officer Robert Sweetin told the Chatham Borough Council Monday that he will see to it that the borough is added to the state’s list of cities waiting for red-light camera use approval. The Traffic Safety Committee requested Sweetin to look into red-light cameras for downtown.


Experts Talk Red-Light Cameras on Radio Show in Nation’s Capitol
WAMU.org (Washington, D.C.), July 10, 2012

American Traffic Solutions vice president of communications Charles Territo was among the guests on the Kojo Nnamdi Show who discussed how red-light cameras work and how they affect our behavior behind the wheel. See transcript from the show.

Red-Light Cameras Profitable in Philadelphia
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 8, 2012

Ten years ago, State Farm Insurance gave Philadelphia a dubious distinction. It ranked two busy intersections along U.S. 1 in Philadelphia — a heavily trafficked, 12-lane thoroughfare that goes past houses, shopping malls, big-box retail and restaurants –as among the nation’s most dangerous.

Pedestrians Beware, Especially in Low-Income Areas
24-7 PressRelease.com, July 8, 2012

The federal government has designated Newark as a pedestrian safety focus city, one of two dozen in the country with the dubious distinction of having an unfortunately high level of pedestrians struck by vehicles annually. With the help of federal funding, the city has committed $27 million to improving bicyclist and pedestrian safety this year.

Vehicle Runs Red Light, Strikes Pedestrian
WTNH TV 8 (Connecticut), July 6, 2012

Police said a 50-year-old man was in the crosswalk when a vehicle ran a red light and made an illegal left turn in New Haven. The vehicle fled the scene. The pedestrian was conscious and alert and taken to the hospital.

Jersey City Adds Cameras; Addresses State Suspension
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), July 6, 2012

Despite state officials suspending most of New Jersey’s red-light cameras, Jersey City is forging ahead with the controversial program by adding cameras to a ninth city intersection.

Morton Grove Completes Warning Period for Cameras
Chicago Tribune (Illinois), July 5, 2012

The warning period expired July 1 for the new red-light cameras at the intersection of Waukegan Road and Dempster Street in Morton Grove. Citations will now be issued to the vehicle’s registered owner for all violations, as determined by the Morton Grove Police Department.

American Traffic Solutions Assigned Patent
NewsEdge (Virginia), July 5, 2012

American Traffic Solutions has been assigned a patent developed by ATS’ chief scientist Jigang Wang for a “video speed detection system.”


Red-Light Cameras Lower Crashes, Raise Safety Funds, but Dangers Remain
KXLY TV4 (Washington), July 11, 2012

City of Spokane releases video to remind residents why the red-light camera program was started.


Intersection Collision Sends Car Flying into Air
Right This Minute.com, July 11, 2012

A driver in Roselle Park, New Jersey, might want to keep a closer eye on the road next time. The car runs right through the red light, hits another car and goes flying off the median. This person is lucky to be alive. See related news release. (Image from ATS video aired on RightThisMinute.com)


Crashes Drop in Amarillo; City Considers More Cameras
KAMR TV 4, July 9, 2012

Traffic crashes decreased by 40 percent from 2010 to 2011 at five intersections with red-light safety cameras in Amarillo, a city that is on the verge of adding more of the devices.


Nation’s Mayors Support Stop-Arm Camera Use
School Bus Fleet, July 10, 2012

The nation’s leading mayors recently united behind a resolution that addresses the problem of illegal passing of school buses that are stopped while students are boarding or disembarking. See related coverage in School Transportation News. See resolution. (School Transportation News photo.)

@ATS_RoadSafety #StopOnRed‬! Red Light Camera Video of the Week posted by St. Petersburg PD via @YouTube bit.ly/OYdw25


The city of St. Joseph, Missouri, has authorized American Traffic Solutions to begin the design phase for its road safety camera program, which involves submitting plans and permits to the state department of transportation for approval. ATS is honored to be a part of St. Joseph’s road safety camera project.


Mark your calendars for National Stop on Red Week starting Aug. 5, 2012. Help raise awareness about the dangers of red-light running in your community by encouraging others to drive safely and stop on red.

Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Deserve OK in Amarillo
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), July 7, 2012

Ellen Robertson Green is becoming my favorite Amarillo city commissioner. Why? Green offered a snappy retort recently to fellow city commissioner Brian Eades, who noted that the city is home to “a few detractors” who dislike the city’s controversial red-light camera enforcement program. “Well, stop running red lights then,” Green said during a city commission work session. Green speaks my language.


“In the first three intersections that we implemented, that started in 2008, we cut T-bone collisions in half, by 52 percent, so that’s a huge safety benefit in those intersections for the city.”
Teresa Fuller, Police Officer with the Spokane Police Department
KXLY TV 4 (Washington), July 11, 2012


“When I witness some of the video of people running the lights at 70, 80, 90 miles per hour — those are really pretty egregious actions that could kill somebody — we just decided, ‘Look. We’ve got to give this a chance.’ And it’s proven out to be the right decision.”
Paul Harpole, Mayor of Amarillo, Texas
KAMR TV 4, July 9, 2012


“Red-light cameras are a good idea because they save lives. It’s just that simple.”
Dominic Pileggi, Pennsylvania State Senator
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 8, 2012


“Red-light cameras punish lawbreakers, serve as a warning to drive safer and let police officers spend time patrolling for other serious crimes.”
Mark Erickson, Chief of Police of Morton Grove, Illinois
Chicago Tribune, July 5, 2012

New York
In New York City, the number of crashes with any injury has declined severely, from 79,518 in 2001 to approximately 53,870 in 2010, a difference of 25,648 fewer injury crashes per year. Source: New York City Mayor’s Office press release, July 10, 2012

Washington
T-bone collisions decreased by 52 percent in the first three intersections with red-light cameras in Spokane. Source: KXLY TV 4, July 11, 2012.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 31

July 5th, 2012 Comments off

ATS to Unveil New ATSOL Design
Get ready for American Traffic Solutions’ new-look website to be unveiled later this week at www.atsol.com. The stylish redesign simplifies navigation and includes new features that maximize the benefits of digital delivery systems. The video gallery, media center and live social media feeds are just a part of the changes incorporated into the site that tells visitors about ATS, its clients and their partnership to help make driving safer in communities across the United States and Canada.


Police: Drunk Red-Light Runner Injures Officer
FOX 21 News.com (Colorado), July 5, 2012

A Colorado Springs officer is recovering from minor injuries Thursday morning after a drunk driver ran a red light and slammed into a squad car.

Mission Accomplished for Red-Light Safety Cameras in Roswell
Neighbor Newspapers (Georgia), July 3, 2012

The red-light safety cameras at two of Roswell’s busiest intersections have accomplished their mission and are likely to be moved elsewhere in the city.

Additional Cameras Up for Consideration in Amarillo
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), July 3, 2012

The Amarillo City Commission indicated Tuesday it would consider increasing the number of intersections across the city where red-light cameras are installed to nab red-light runners.


Maryland No. 3 for Holiday Red-Light Runners
WMAR TV 2, July 3, 2012

A new report has been released that shows Maryland is No. 3 when it comes to drivers running red lights during the holidays. According to the National Coalition for Safer Roads, the Fourth of July came in a close second behind Memorial Day as the worst holiday for road safety. See related coverage from The Wall Street Journal and Gulfport Patch. (Photo by Sunde Farquhar of Palm Harbor Patch)


Governor’s Signature Expands Red-Light Camera Use in Pennsylvania
WHTM TV 27, July 3, 2012

Gov. Tom Corbett has signed legislation to expand the use of red light cameras to catch traffic violators in Pennsylvania. The new law allows cameras to be used in Pittsburgh and suburban Philadelphia municipalities with at least 20,000 residents and accredited police departments. See related coverage from The Pittsburgh ChannelKYW TV 3TribLive.com and Bensalem Patch. (WPVI TV 6 image)

Red-Light Safety Cameras Now in Use in Morton Grove
Niles-Morton Grove Patch (Illinois), July 2, 2012

Morton Grove authorities began  issuing $100 fines for drivers caught by its red-light camera this week. For the past month, authorities have issued warnings, but will now issue tickets and fines. See related coverage in Chicago Tribune.

Police Use Camera Video to Reconstruct Deadly Collision
WCBY TV 5 (Virginia), July 2, 2012

A man is now facing homicide charges after police say he caused a crash that killed a motorcycle rider back in May.


Legislature Called Upon to Reconsider Red-Light Camera Restrictions
The Seattle Times (Washington), June 30, 2012

Across the nation footage from red-light traffic cameras has been used by police to solve crimes, but the footage is banned from such use by police in Washington state. The King County prosecutor wants the Legislature to reconsider this restriction in the 2005 law. (The Seattle Times photo by Mark Harrison)

Pohatcong Township’s Red-Light Cameras Down but Not Out
The Express Times/LehighValleyLive.com (New Jersey), June 29, 2012

Last week’s suspension of the Pohatcong Township red-light camera program doesn’t mean motorists will be given a free pass for violations. “The cameras haven’t been shut off, they’ve been running,” Pohatcong Township attorney Kevin Benbrook said. “If people run them right now, they’re going to get a ticket in the mail.”

Township Officials Confident Red-Light Cameras Will Get Green Light
Brick Patch (New Jersey), June 29, 2012

Brick Township officials are confident the township’s three red-light cameras will meet the state’s requirements for yellow light timing.


Man, 2 Children in Stroller Injured in Red-Light Running Crash
WFLA TV 8/TBO.com (Florida), June 29, 2012

A man and his two young grandchildren were hospitalized after being hit by a car as he pushed the children in a stroller across 66th Avenue North, police said.

Hazelwood among North County Cities Interested in Speed Safety Cameras
KMOV TV 4 (Missouri), June 29, 2012

There is growing support for using cameras instead of cops to catch speeders, and Calverton Park and Hazelwood are the latest to say they want to use cameras.

@ATS_RoadSafety There’s no excuse for anyone to run a red light. #RedMeansStop! Do you agree? Family hit by red-light runner. bit.lyN4qjhZ.

Editorial: Use Red-Light Cameras to Solve Other Crimes
The Spokesman-Review (Washington), July 5, 2012

The Legislature might as well allow the police to use the cameras to solve other crimes. This wouldn’t be a dramatic change because of the limited field of view. But those cameras have helped police in other states without harming innocent people.

Letter: Let’s Stop the Tragedies from Those Who Run Red Lights
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), June 29, 2012

The purpose of red-light cameras is to deter people who are otherwise heedless of the danger of running red lights.


“In my mind, they’re all about safety. It’s not about how much money you pay for a ticket, it’s about all the money you shouldn’t have to pay in medical costs, insurance hikes and repairs if running the light causes an accident.”
Dwayne Orrick, Police Chief of Roswell, Georgia
Neighbor Newspapers.com, July 3, 2012


“You can fix bumpers. You can’t fix lives. I’ve argued all along that this saves lives. The year before we implemented the program (in Philadelphia), there were 17 fatalities on Roosevelt Boulevard. The year after we implemented, there was only one.”
Paul Costa, Pennsylvania State Representative
The Pittsburgh Channel.com/MSNBC, July 2, 2012


“It’s like having an automated police patrolman in the area that’s enforcing the speed.”
Vince Delia, Police Chief of Calverton, Missouri
KMOV TV 4, June 29, 2012


“The purpose of the cameras is to change the behavior of drivers, and have them heed the time provided by the amber warning light to stop at the intersection or slow down.”
John Rein, Captain with the Brick Township Police Department
Brick Patch (New Jersey), June 29, 2012

Georgia
In Roswell, the number of citations issued for running red lights at the city’s two intersections with cameras has decreased 74 percent since 2008. There were 21,524 citations issued in the first year with cameras, and 5,537 in 2011. Source: Neighbor Newspapers, July 3, 2012.

New Jersey
In Brick Township, where three intersections have red-light safety cameras, 95 percent of the people who have been issued a red-light violation have not received another one, and 70 percent of the people who have been issued violations are not from Brick Township. Source: Brick Patch, June 29, 2012.

Texas
Crashes decreased 40 percent at intersections with red-light safety cameras in Amarillo, from 69 in the year ending Sept. 30, 2009 to 41 the following year.
Source: Amarillo Globe-News, July 3, 2012.

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