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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 39

August 30th, 2012 Comments off

Stop Sign Cameras In D.C.’s Future?
WRC TV 4 (Washington, D.C.), Aug. 29, 2012

D.C. already snaps photos of drivers going over the speed limit and running red lights. Now, the city could become one of the first places in the country using cameras at stop signs.

Amarillo Considers Cameras at 8 Additional Intersections
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), Aug. 29, 2012

After renewing its contract with American Traffic Solutions, the city of Amarillo is reviewing eight additional intersections where cameras might be installed to catch red-light runners.

Seattle Steps Up Speed Enforcement
KPLU Radio FM 88.5 (Washington), Aug. 29, 2012

To make the streets safer, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is planning to step up the number of speed zones monitored automatically by radar and photo enforcement – while urging everyone to slow down and show some “empathy.” See related coverage from The Seattle Times.

Sugar Land Sticks with Red-Light Cameras
Houston Chronicle/ (Texas), Aug. 28, 2012

A Fort Bend County activist wants to pull the plug on Sugar Land’s red-light cameras, but city officials aren’t about to budge on their plans to ticket motorists caught on camera running red lights.

California’s Red-Light Camera Bill Goes to Governor
San Jose Mercury News, Aug. 28, 2012

A bill that purports to protect the rights of California drivers by regulating red-light cameras received a green light from the Legislature earlier this week. See related coverage from Palo Alto Online News. (San Jose Mercury News photo by Dan Honda)

Wilmington City Council Renews Road Safety Program Agreement
Island News (North Carolina), Aug. 23, 2012

The Wilmington City Council renewed its contract with American Traffic Solutions for an additional year of automated red-light enforcement services.

Drivers Who Pass Stopped School Buses to Face Fines
WXIA TV 11 (Georgia), Aug. 28, 2012

Drivers who don’t stop for school buses in some parts of the metro area are about to get hit with stiff fines. Carroll and Newton Counties and the city of Carrollton have become the first systems to actually go after the drivers where it hurts — in the wallet.

School Bus Cameras Capture More Than 100 Images in First Week
Times-Georgian (Georgia), Aug. 28, 2012

Carroll County Schools is leading the state, and the nation, in an initiative to raise awareness of school bus safety and — hopefully — change behavior.

School Bus Cameras Capture Risky Drivers
WSB TV2 (Georgia), Aug. 27, 2012

Just ask any school bus driver and you’ll hear this is the norm. The stop sign goes out and car after car goes by anyway, putting children getting on or off the bus in danger.

Cameras Roll, Catch Motorists Who Pass School Buses
Newton Citizen (Georgia), Aug. 23, 2012

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has been looking over film and photos taken during Newton County School System’s bus stops since the first of the week and has already identified six offenders who ran through the stop signs the bus exhibits during stops.

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce the Township of East Windsor, New Jersey, has agreed to expand its road safety camera system to another intersection, and the City of St. Joseph, Missouri, has authorized ATS to conduct the camera placement design phase, which is the next step for installing red-light safety cameras at a designed location. ATS will conduct the design work and submit plans for approval and permits to Missouri Department of Transportation.

ATS_RoadSafety  ‏@ATS_RoadSafety ATS is proud to partner with @carrollschools to enforce the School Bus Stop Arm Enforcement Program! #SchoolSafety

Editorial: Cameras Catch Traffic Violators in a Flash
The Aegis/ (Maryland), Aug. 28, 2012

The negative incentive of the red-light cameras does appear to be having a limited positive effect on the safety of the affected intersections, and that’s a good thing in the big picture.

Editorial: Commission Looks for Advice on Red-Light Cameras
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), Aug. 25, 2012

An  interesting dynamic could be unfolding at Amarillo City Hall involving the future of the city’s red-light camera initiative designed to catch those who violate traffic laws.

Letter: There’s No Good Reason to Oppose Cameras
The Tribune-Review (Pennsylvania), Aug. 25, 2012

There’s absolutely no reason to protest the laws regarding red-light cameras or voter ID — which you get for free, unless you want to break the law.

“People blow through crosswalks all the time, and it’s very, very dangerous. These rolling stops are dangerous. We’re an urban jurisdiction. There are a lot of things going on at intersections you need to stop. Red-light running, I don’t care where you’re from, we don’t want anybody running red lights in the District of Columbia.”
Mary Cheh, District of Columbia Councilwoman
WRC TV 4 (Washington, D.C.), Aug. 29, 2012

“I really believe red-light cameras are an important safety feature that we should use diligently.”
Frank Nelson, Member of Amarillo City Commmittee Considering New Locations for Red-Light Safety Cameras
Amarillo Globe News (Texas), Aug. 29, 2012

“The red-light cameras are an enforcement tool used to promote driver compliance with red-light signals.”
Doug Adolph, Sugar Land city spokesman
Houston Chronicle/ (Texas), Aug. 28, 2012

“We are trying to make the community aware of these safety concerns in order to change drivers’ behavior for student safety. We just want parents to be comfortable when they put their kids on the bus in the morning.”
Scott Cowart, Superintendent of Carroll County Schools
Times-Georgian (Georgia), Aug. 28, 2012

“While I’m pleased we are seeing fewer incidences of stop-arm violations, it’s frightening to think we have this many drivers breaking the law and endangering our children. Student safety should be a priority for everyone in the community, not just parents and schools.”
John Barge, Georgia State School Superintendent
Times-Georgian (Georgia), Aug. 28, 2012

District of Columbia
In a city with red light and speed safety cameras, traffic fatalities have plummeted, according to police who explain that speed was not a factor in any of the 11 fatalities this year. Source: WJLA TV 7 (Virginia), Aug. 28, 2012.

About 26 people die each year in traffic crashes in Seattle. Typically, 11 of those are pedestrians and two are bicyclists. Last year, four bicyclists were killed. Ten times as many people are seriously injured in crashes. Source: The Seattle Times, Aug. 29, 2012.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 38

August 23rd, 2012 Comments off

Judge Upholds Red-Light Cameras, Contract
News Chief (Florida), Aug. 23, 2012

Polk County Court Judge Timothy Coon has ruled the state law allowing red-light cameras is constitutional and the contract Haines City has with American Traffic Systems is legal. That  leaves 47 people with traffic citations who challenged their tickets either having to pay their $158 fines or appeal the ruling.

Wilmington City Council Extends Agreement with ATS
Lumina News (North Carolina), Aug. 22, 2012

Lauding the red-light camera program’s success in reducing traffic crashes and contributing funds to the school system, the Wilmington City Council approved extending the contract with American Traffic Solutions to maintain the various red-light cameras around the city.

Palm Coast OKs 15 More Red-Light Safety Cameras
Central Florida News TV 13, Aug. 21, 2012

Fifteen more red-light cameras are going up in Palm Coast by the end of the year, bringing the total number of cameras in the city to 36. See related coverage from The Daytona Beach News-Journal. (BayNews9 photo)

Motorcyclist Dies in Red-Light Running Collision
Bay City News/SF Appeal (California), Aug. 20, 2012

A 65-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash involving a vehicle that ran a red light on San Francisco’s Van Ness Avenue, according to police and medical examiner officials.

Arizona Red-Light Cameras: Opinions Still Colliding
The Arizona Republic, Aug. 20, 2012

The debate over red-light cameras and whether they make intersections safer or more dangerous is intensifying in Arizona.

Red-Light Cameras in Boynton Beach: Lifesaver or Cash Grab?
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Aug. 20, 2012

Every month, the city of Boynton Beach pays $52,250 for the 11 red-light cameras installed at four crash-prone intersections. … “It’s worth it because we’re saving people’s lives,” said Stephanie Slater, a spokeswoman for the Boyton Beach Police.

West Seattle School Zones to Get Enforcement Help
West Seattle Herald (Washington), Aug. 18, 2012

Speeders beware: The Seattle Police Department plans to bring speed safety cameras to  Gatewood Elementary and Our Lady of Guadalupe schools.

Drop in Speed-Camera Revenue Expected (Tennessee), Aug. 18, 2012

Bluff City has experienced a significant decline in revenue generated through speed camera tickets over the last two years, but a spokesman for the company that manages the cameras says that’s common because the goal is not to collect money but to reduce accidents.

City OKs Red-Light Camera Contract
Frederick News Post (Maryland), Aug. 17, 2012

More red-light cameras could be popping up in Frederick — the mayor and Board of Aldermen have approved a new contract with additional cameras for city intersections on the drawing board. (News Post photo by Travis Pratt)

Georgia Works to Improve Bus Safety for School Children
The Telegraph, Aug. 16, 2012

In recent years, Georgia has been among the nation’s leaders in one category where it would rather not set the pace: The highest number of school bus-related deaths. With school back in session in Bibb County and across the midstate, authorities are trying to raise awareness about school bus safety. (Operation Stop Arm graphic)

This week, American Traffic Solutions is pleased to make the following announcements: the city of Tucson, Arizona, renewed its road safety camera contract through August 2013; New Jersey’s East Windsor Township approved a notice to proceed with traffic data collection at two possible future camera sites; and Georgia’s Cobb County Board of Education signed a five-year contract with ATS for the installation and operation of CrossingGuard School Bus Safety Cameras to safeguard children as they board or depart the bus.

ATS_RoadSafety  ‏@SafetyDOTorg Make sure children always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them #BackToSchoolSafety

Commentary: Extra Precautions Necessary to Stop School Bus Passers
Stafford County Sun (Virginia), Aug. 22, 2012

It seems to me … we need to use extra vigilance and careful driving habits when school buses are on the road. This is not just a nice thought, it is an absolute necessity based on national statistics of school bus passing violations.

Commentary: Consider Me Deterred
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), Aug. 19, 2012

When did stopping at a red light become a personal choice? Isn’t that the one law that’s a no-brainer? Green means go, red means stop … ring any bells?

Editorial: Red-Light Revenue Stopper
Herald-Tribune (Florida), Aug. 23, 2012

Want to get back at the city of Sarasota for installing red-light cameras and, as a result, collecting more than $1 million in fines in six months? It’s easy: Just stop at every red light in the city, and tell everyone you know to do the same. That’ll show ’em.

Editorial: Red-Light Camera System Is Working
Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri), Aug. 21, 2012

Some critics fixate on the revenue from red-light running violations, but this is the wrong way to evaluate. The perfect outcome from the program would be a complete disappearance of citations and no revenue at all.

Editorial: Let There Be Light
Northeast Times Star (Pennsylvania), Aug. 15, 2012

What  do you call a program that was established by the government, is run by the government, was created to save lives, and is, in fact, saving lives? A success.

Letter: Driven to Despair
The Scranton Times-Tribune (Pennsylvania), Aug. 21, 2012

I’ve heard many people complain about the possibility of the red-light cameras, claiming that they would cause accidents.  Do you know what causes accidents?  People running red lights.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Funded by Scofflaws
The Tribune-Democrat (Pennsylvania), Aug. 17, 2012

Contrary to a recent editorial, “Flashing yellow on red-light cameras,” published Aug. 13, there is no financial risk to municipalities seeking ways to protect law-abiding citizens from reckless drivers. Red-light camera programs are driven by safety, not money.

“This is the most responsible approach to a problem. No one is saying ‘Gee you don’t have a problem with red-light runners. You don’t have a problem with speeders and people driving irresponsibly.’ We have a big problem in Palm Coast with irresponsible driving and I see this as the responsible government’s approach to dealing with the problem, to solve the problem.”
Bill McGuire, Palm Coast City Councilman
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Aug. 22, 2012

North Carolina
Since red-light cameras were installed in Wilmington, traffic crashes have decreased 50 to 60 percent at intersections with cameras. Ninety percent of funds from citation fees go to the New Hanover County School Board for distribution. Last year’s amount totaled $790,000. Source: Lumina News (North Carolina), Aug. 22, 2012.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 37

August 16th, 2012 Comments off

Traffic Crashes Decrease in Boynton Beach
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Aug. 15, 2012

Despite some initial grumblings over its decision to install red-light cameras, Boynton Beach can say it’s been vindicated by police statistics that show traffic crashes are down an average of 55 percent at those intersections with cameras.

Township Confident of Issuing Tickets from Recertification Period
The Lawrence Ledger (New Jersey), Aug. 15, 2012

Now that the state Department of Transportation has re-certified Lawrence Township’s red-light camera program and told the township it may resume issuing tickets, authorities say they are diligently reviewing violations and the issuance process in preparation to issue tickets. (The Times of Trenton photo by Martin Griff)

TV Station Posts Gallery of Red-Light Runners
WTSP TV10 (Florida), Aug. 15, 2012

For a look at red-light running incidents in the Bay area, visit WTSP’s website where 56 examples are posted.

Red-Light Fines Could Fund Traffic Solution
Limerick-Royersford-Spring City Patch (Pennsylvania), Aug. 15, 2012

Royersford Borough has applied for a $250,000 grant from the state to complete roadwork at an intersection considered a safety hazard. The funds come from the red-light camera program in Philadelphia.

Dumont Wants to Join Red-Light Camera Communities
The Record/ (New Jersey), Aug. 13, 2012

Dumont could soon join the growing number of New Jersey communities seeking to install red-light cameras at select intersections. … A study this spring at three intersections … saw 105 moving violations in 12 hours.

Vote Puts Teeth in Cobb County School Bus Safety Camera Program
WSB (Georgia), Aug. 15, 2012

An agreement between the Cobb School District and American Traffic Solutions to install stop-arm cameras to record drivers who pass stopped school buses won approval from the county commissioners this week, setting prosecution processes in place.  See same day and earlier coverage from The Marietta Daily Journal. (MDJ staff photo by Laura Moon)

Motorists Advised to Abide by School Bus Passing Laws
School Transportation News, Aug. 15, 2012

Motorists in Carroll County, Georgia, about an hour west of Atlanta are being advised that ignoring stopped school buses during the first week of school could result in costly consequences.

Cameras Catch Drivers Passing Stopped School Buses
KTAR 92.3 FM (Arizona), Aug. 14, 2012

It happens all of the time. Drivers break the law by passing a school bus that is stopped, has its flashing red lights on and its stop sign is displayed. “Every day in Arizona, more than 1,400 drivers run school bus stop arms,” said Charles Territo of American Traffic Solutions.

Despite Warnings, Drivers Still Pass School Buses
The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia), Aug. 14, 2012

Numerous public announcements, news stories and warnings emphasizing that it is illegal to drive around a school bus while the stop arm is extended apparently were not enough to keep drivers from breaking the law on the first day Cobb school students returned to class.

Carroll County School System Adds Cameras to Buses (Georgia), Aug. 13, 2012

A west Georgia school system is the latest to add school bus cameras aimed at nabbing motorists who break traffic laws, officials said. See related coverage from and Virtual Strategy Magazine.

ATS_RoadSafety ‏@ATS_RoadSafety Thank you to those who participated in #StopOnRedWeek2012! Together we made a difference! Today & every day, #StopOnRed. 

Commentary: Cost of Red-Light Cameras Minor Compared to Lives
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Aug. 8, 2012

As the father of young daughters whose lives were wrecked — one killed, one desperately brain-injured — by a driver found guilty, among other things, of having blown a red light, I concede being emotionally compromised on the issue of traffic-signal cameras.

Editorial: A Sign of the Times — School Bus Cameras for Illegal Passing
The Telegraph (Georgia), Aug. 15, 2012

It’s a shame that the idea even has to be considered — that a county school system would have to think about entering into an agreement with American Traffic Solutions to place cameras on school buses — not to record student behavior, but to monitor compliance with a law every driver should blindly obey. Yes, these cameras would be placed to detect and fine those drivers who pass school buses.

Editorial: Hey Lawmakers, Leave Cities Alone
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), Aug. 11, 2012

Now we learn that the Legislature requires Amarillo to seek residents’ views on the merits of its red-light camera program before deciding whether to keep, modify or nullify its contract with the vendor who provides the surveillance equipment. This is a nonsensical policy.

“These statistics show how cameras are helping us make our streets safer by changing driver behavior.”
Matt Immler, Boynton Beach Police Chief
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Aug. 15, 2012

“It’s not about trying to catch somebody doing something wrong as much as it is making the public aware of the importance of stopping for school bus stop arms and what it does to provide a safe opportunity for our students.”
Scott Cowart, Carroll County School District Superintendent
WABE FM 90.1 radio (Georgia), Aug. 14, 2012

“When we initially got into this, we had problems at those intersections. I think people think the cameras came in so everybody could just make a whole a lot of money off it, and that’s not the case.”
Ken Schick, Pohatcong Township Councilman
The Express-Times (New Jersey), Aug. 13, 2012

In Boynton Beach, traffic crashes are down an average of 55 percent at intersections with red-light safety cameras. Source: Sun Sentinel, Aug. 15, 2012.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 36

August 9th, 2012 Comments off

National Stop on Red Week directs everyone’s attention to the dangers of red-light running. Tom and Lauren Hanley’s lives changed forever on their wedding day in June 2010 when a shuttle bus driver transporting their entire wedding party ran a red light. Their best friend and wedding officiant, Jim, was killed in the tragic crash. Hear their story and share their vow to do all you can to promote stopping on red.  To get involved, visit  ATS on Facebook and the National Coalition for Safer Roads’ stop-on-red-week website.

Palm Coast OKs More Red-Light Cameras
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Aug. 9, 2012

The Palm Coast City Council has given the green light to eight more red-light camera locations, and motorists can expect even more. (The Palm Beach Post photo by Allen Eyestone)

Red-Light Cameras Busier in Hillsborough
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Aug. 9, 2012

North of Tampa drivers appear to have amnesia when it comes to stopping at red lights — at least at one popular intersection, where red-light running citations have increased by 52 percent over the first six months of this year, according to a report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Traffic Fatality Rate Drops in Texas; Red-Light Cameras Share Credit
Austin-American Statesman, Aug. 8, 2012

Traffic fatalities in Texas, reflecting a nationwide trend, have decreased almost 15 percent since 2006, according to a state audit of the Texas Department of Transportation released Wednesday. Stricker enforcement through red-light cameras and sobriety checkpoints are among the measures contributing to the decline.

Intersection Crashes Fall 55% in Boynton Beach
WFLX TV 29 (Florida), Aug. 8, 2012

For more than a year, red-light safety cameras at intersections throughout the Boynton Beach area have been catching drivers who decide to run red lights. Now, police say, those cameras have also been preventing traffic crashes.

Police Searching for Good Samaritan Who Helped Crash Victims (Washington), Aug. 8, 2012

Spokane police released footage of a July 1 crash involving a truck slamming into another vehicle at Third and Freya as part of their efforts to locate the Good Samaritan who stopped to help the victims. Authorities believe the person could have information that would help police identify the driver who fled the scene.

Tucson Renews Red-Light Camera Contract; Police Chief Cites Safety Improvement
Arizona Daily Star, Aug. 8, 2012

On the same night the Tucson City Council voted 6-1 to renew its red-light camera contract with American Traffic Solutions, police Chief Roberto Villaseñor said the program has reduced accidents at the eight intersections with cameras and said they are an important tool in traffic enforcement.

Father and Son Help Police Solve Car-Pedestrian Collision
WTVF TV-5 (Tennessee), Aug. 7, 2012

Police credit two Good Samaritans for helping put a hit-and-run driving suspect behind bars. The tale begins at the intersection of Tennessee Boulevard and Church Street where a driver struck an 18-year-old who was crossing the street.

Red-Light Cameras Boost Budgets, Improve Safety in Florida
The Tampa Tribune/, Aug. 6, 2012

The city of Tampa has almost 2.3 million reasons to like red-light cameras. The photo-based system of ticketing traffic violators still generates plenty of controversy, and a bevy of mixed court decisions, but while the public debate simmers, the cameras are flashing at a dizzying pace. The automated system racks up traffic scofflaws at rates far higher than police ever could.

Interest in Red-Light Cameras Swirls as Green Brook Township Debates
Watchung Green Brook Patch (New Jersey), Aug. 6, 2012

Since the announcement that Green Brook Township was talking about placing red-light cameras at two intersections on state Route 22, the concept has been getting lots of attention.

Frederick Officials Restart Cameras
Frederick News Post (Maryland), Aug. 4, 2012

Without a new contract, red-light cameras in Frederick went dark on July 26, but didn’t stay that way for long. Expressing concerns that drivers would revert to their dangerous ways of running red lights, Alderwoman Kelly Russell called a special meeting on Aug. 3 that produced a unanimous vote in favor of a 90-day contract with American Traffic Solutions to get the cameras back in operation.

Buses Roll with Exterior Cameras to Safeguard Students (Georgia), Aug. 8, 2012

To combat drivers passing stopped school buses, Carrollton City and Carroll County school systems will implement the CrossingGuard bus camera system this year. The cameras detect any driver who passes a stopped bus and take the vehicle’s picture, including its license plate number.

Valley Firm Puts Cameras on School Buses
KPHO TV 5 (Arizona), Aug. 7, 2012

It looks like Tempe-based American Traffic Solutions isn’t just in the business of red-light cameras anymore. They’re now in the business of cameras on school buses.

Photo Enforcement Available on School Buses
KVOA TV 4 (Arizona), Aug. 5, 2012

Photo enforcement may work its way onto Southern Arizona school buses. American Traffic Solutions, the same company that operates red-light and speed cameras in Tucson and Pima County, has technology they can mount on school buses to discourage drivers from illegally passing stopped buses. Red-light runners are more than 3x as likely as other drivers to have multiple speeding convictions on their driver records #StopOnRed2012

Stop On Red ‏@StopOnRedFL In 18 states, more than 2.3 mil. red light violations occurred last year. That’s >6,000 violations per day! #StopOnRed

Amarillo’s Camera Count Could Rise
KFDA TV 10 (Texas), Aug. 7, 2012

There are red-light cameras set up at five intersections in Amarillo and the city commission says they have made a positive impact so far. That track record could lead to more cameras in the future. See related coverage from KIXZ 940 AM radio.

Red-Light Runners Pay the Fine in Sarasota
SNN News Channel 6/Herald-Tribune (Florida), Aug. 6, 2012

Since the red-light camera program began in December 2011, the city of Sarasota has issued more than 11,000 citations from its seven red-light cameras.

Commentary: A Different Take on Red-Light Cameras
Daily Local News (Pennsylvania), Aug. 7, 2012

Ronald W. Kosh’s column, “Red Light Cameras … Hey, Not So Fast!”, is largely misleading for the West Chester community. … Facts are funny things and the fact remains that red-light cameras save lives.

Commentary: Who Cares If Red-Light Cameras Pay for Themselves?
Keystone Politics (Pennsylvania), Aug. 7, 2012

Nobody asks if a human police officer pays for himself, in terms of the revenue he brings in from speeding tickets. That’s not the point. So why is AAA trying to impose this standard on red-light cameras?

“These cameras are used to improve public safety. We would love nothing more than to make the cameras go away. But it’s the violators who keep them. If they don’t run red lights, we don’t have cameras.”
Troy Morgan,  Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Corporal
The Tampa Tribune/ (Florida), Aug. 6, 2012

“I’ve also been told the Tampa Police Department has seen a reduction in crashes at intersections with red-light cameras. Yes, we are making a little bit of revenue, but if people aren’t running red lights with impunity, that’s a good thing; that’s what we wanted.”
Mike Suarez, Tampa City Councilman
The Tampa Tribune/ (Florida), Aug. 6, 2012

“Initially there’s a lot of violations. Then people become educated and they start stopping at red lights and the violations drop. Those are the results we were looking for and expecting.”
Paul Sutton, Sarasota Police Department Captain
SNN News Channel/Herald-Tribune (Florida), Aug. 6, 2012

In Hillsborough County, the number of crashes at intersections with red-light cameras has declined consistently from 395 in 2008 to 240 in 2011. Source: The Tampa Tribune/, Aug. 6, 2012.

The city of Frederick issued about 7,300 tickets in 2008, but with 2,600 tickets issued so far this year, the city is on pace to write about 5,350 red-light running tickets. In 2006, there were 44 crashes at intersections with cameras. The number dropped to 18 in 2011 — a 59 percent decrease. Source: Frederick News Post, Aug. 4, 2012.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 35

August 2nd, 2012 Comments off


Stop on Red Week is your opportunity to make a difference. Start the discussion in your community about safe driving and the lifesaving need to stop on red. The most recent statistics show red-light runners cause nearly two fatalities and 330 injuries every day on average in the United States. To get involved, visit  ATS on Facebook and the National Coalition for Safer Roads

Crashes Decrease at Intersections with Red-Light Cameras in Delaware
WRDX 92.9 FM, Aug. 2, 2012

They may be controversial, but they’re apparently cutting down on traffic accidents. Delaware’s Department of Transportation says there are fewer crashes and red-light runners at many of the 64 intersections in the state that have red-light cameras.

Red-Light Cameras Score Legal Win
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Aug. 1, 2012

Score one in the courts for red-light cameras. Attorneys challenging the constitutionality of the devices have lost the first of four cases pending in the state’s Fourth District Court of Appeal, which includes Broward and Palm Beach counties. See press release.

More Red-Light Cameras Coming to St. Louis
KTRS 550 AM (Missouri), Aug. 1, 2012

St. Louis city officials are defying rulings from two circuit court judges, and going ahead with plans to install 10 new red-light cameras. Both judges had ruled that the cameras violated Missouri’s due process protection because the tickets issued failed to spell out that they could be contested. That language has been added to the tickets since.

Palm Coast Considers More Red-Light Cameras (Florida), July 31, 2012

Palm Coast city council members met Tuesday with firefighters and Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies to go over a list of at least seven intersections where the city is considering putting new red light cameras. The city has had 10 cameras at six intersections since 2008.

It’s Lockdown Mode for Drivers Who Fail to Pay Tickets
New York Daily News, July 31, 2012

Southern Queens has rolled out the smartboot program, which keeps ticket scofflaws’ cars in place until the driver pays up. Under the program … a bright yellow wheel clamp is attached to the cars of drivers who owe more than $350 in unpaid parking, red-light camera and bus-lane violations. (Photo by Jeanne Noonan for New York Daily News)

Oldsmar Enters Penalty Phase of Red-Light Camera Program
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), July 29, 2012

After a month of warnings, it’s time for red-light runners to start paying up. Starting this week, drivers in Clearwater and Oldsmar will get $158 traffic tickets if they blow through red lights at six intersections where cameras are watching.

Fort Lee to ‘Revisit’ Idea of Adding Red-Light Cameras
Fort Lee Patch (New Jersey), July 27, 2012

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich said Friday that although it might not prove to be a popular move, he plans to “revisit” the idea of red-light cameras, and that the governing body is likely to move forward on it.

Chicago Map Shows Highest Possible Number of Speed Cameras
The Beacon-News (Illinois), July 27, 2012

The city of Chicago is sending out a map with its “request for proposals” that shows just how extensive the speed camera coverage around parks and schools could be if the city exercises all its options to use the technology to catch speeders. Not to worry, city officials say: Aldermen mandated that cameras go up in only 50 to 300 locations for now.

Red-Light Camera Ticketing Reinstated
Summit Patch (New Jersey), July 26, 2012

The days of blowing through red lights without consequence are soon coming to a close. The red-light cameras suspended last month throughout New Jersey, including Springfield, have been re-authorized. See related news in Wayne Patch.

@ATS_RoadSafety  #NJ Governor Christie talks red-light cameras on @nj1015’s Ask the Governor:   #StopOnRed  #RoadSafety

The Muscogee County Board of Education in Georgia this week unanimously accepted ATS as its school bus safety camera provider. ATS will install CrossingGuard cameras on school buses to help the district reduce the number of vehicles that illegally pass stopped school buses. Also this week, Nassau County, New York, extended its contract with ATS for another three years and plans to install red-light safety cameras at additional intersections. ATS is honored to be a part of both road safety efforts.

Orlando Plants 5 New Red-Light Cameras
WFTV Channel 9 (Florida), Aug. 1, 2012

The city of Orlando added five new red-light cameras at select intersections this week courtesy of red-light runners whose fines paid for the new additions.

Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Are Working in Our Community
Sioux City Journal (Iowa), July 29, 2012

From the beginning of this local discussion several years ago, we have supported installation of red-light cameras in our community in the name of public safety. Simply put, we believe these cameras contribute to safer city streets. Statistics shared by the Sioux City Police Department support this view.

“I think it is best to have the folks responsible for the problem paying to help with the solution.”
Mike Rhodes, city of Orlando Code Enforcment
WFTV TV9 (Florida), Aug. 1, 2012

“If you go through a red light you’ve broken the law. What are you complaining about? You should be able to go through a red light when there’s not a cop there, and that’s a freebie?”
Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor
WKXW 101.5 FM Radio (New Jersey), July 24, 2012

The Transporatatin Department says overall crashes have decreased by 7 percent, while red-light violations at camera locations are down 13 percent since 2010. Source: WRDX 92.9 FM, Aug. 2, 2012. 

In Orlando, angle crashes or T-bone crashes have decreased 40 percent and rear-end crashes are down 20 percent at intersections with red-light cameras. Source: WFTV Channel 9, Aug. 1, 2012.

Total traffic crashes decreased 15 percent in all of Sioux City from June 2009 to June 2012, but at the city’s nine intersections with red-light safety cameras, traffic collisions declined 50 percent in the same time period, according to a recent police report. Source: Sioux City Journal, July 29, 2012.

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