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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 43

September 27th, 2012 Comments off

Red-Light Runners’ Fines Pay for $25,000 Pedestrian Crossing
The Spokesman-Review (Washington), Sept. 27, 2012

Fines paid by red-light runners will fund a $25,000 crosswalk featuring pedestrian-activated lights in the Manito/Cannon Hill Neighborhood. The traffic calming measure meets neighbors’ requests for a safety feature to accommodate walkers and joggers. To see a complete list of Spokane’s 21 projects funded with proceeds from red-light camera infractions this year, click here.

Crash Counts Move Officials to Consider Red-Light Safety Cameras
West Cobb Patch (Georgia), Sept. 27, 2012

Those zipping through intersections to beat red lights in Powder Springs could be paying a price for their lead feet. A high number of accidents at intersections along the city’s biggest thoroughfares has officials considering red-light cameras.

Palm Coast Stands Firm on Red-Light Camera Location
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Sept. 25, 2012

Palm Coast has rejected a request from Flagler County to keep red-light cameras off State Road 100. … Mayor Jon Netts, with the concurrence of the rest of the City Council during a workshop Tuesday, said the red-light cameras would go on State Road 100 as planned.

Debunking the Myths of Red-Light Safety Cameras
Limerick-Royersford-SpringCity Patch (Pennsylvania), Sept. 25, 2012

Pennsylvania law now allows several communities to join Philadelpia in using red-light safety cameras at dangerous intersections. Yet, many residents and public officials still have questions about the technology. This article dispels the myths. See related article in Horsham Patch.

Crash Investigators Suspect Red-Light Running in Fatality
Philadelphia Daily News (Pennsylvania), Sept. 24, 2012

A deadly intersection collision in north Philadelphia remains under investigation. Authorities believe one driver ran a red light, but they have yet to determine which motorist did so.

Stop Sign Runners Pose a Problem in Edmonton
CTV News (Canada), Sept. 22, 2102

Rolling through stop signs is one of the top causes for injury collisions in Edmonton, but implementing technology that’s currently being used in the U.S. may help curb the problem — though the city says the process of getting the cameras installed would be difficult.

Crashes, Violations Decrease in Hillsborough County
WTVT-TV MyFOX Tampa (Florida), Sept. 21, 2012

From 2010 to 2011, violations and crashes have decreased at intersections with red-light safety cameras in Hillsborough County.

Video Released to Raise Awareness of Red-Light Running Dangers
Sarasota Patch (Florida), Sept. 21, 2012

Video of a scary crash that shows a car traveling into the intersection at a safe speed only to be T-boned by a passing SUV is being released to raise awareness of the dangerous consequences inherent in red-light running.

Downward Trend in Tickets Indicates Drivers Are Getting Message
SanDiego TV6 (California), Sept. 20, 2012

Tickets issued from red-light cameras are on pace to drop roughly 10 percent this year, a reduction that city transportation officials hail as a sign of the program’s success.

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce the City of Frederick, Maryland, will continue its partnership with ATS under a newly signed, multiyear agreement. Frederick first became an ATS client in 2009. ATS is honored to be a part of the city’s ongoing efforts to improve traffic safety in its community.

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Letter: Red-Light Cameras Make Streets Safer (Ohio), Sept. 21, 2012

I don’t know what Canton’s excuse is for not having red-light cameras … but my husband and I just moved back to Canton from Ocoee, Florida. Orlando, Ocoee and many other cities in Florida have installed red-light cameras. When you have irresponsible drivers running red lights and not enough police force, you have to do something.

Letter: Anarchy at Stoplights
Herald Tribune (Florida), Sept. 21, 2012

I found columnist Tom Lyons’ comments about red-light cameras to be personally offensive, and empowering to drivers who routinely pick and choose the traffic laws they want to obey. I’ve been in two bad accidents caused by red-light runners. One put me in the hospital.

“I would expect everybody to drive safely no matter where they shop. If you drive safely and properly and obey the speed limits and keep appropriate distances, the fact that there is a red-light camera shouldn’t influence or affect you at all. Drive carefully, that’s the message.”
Jon Netts, Palm Coast Mayor
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Sept. 25, 2012

“Automated enforcement plays no favorites. There is no opportunity to talk yourself out of a ticket. It either is a violation or it isn’t.”
Barry Maron, Edmonton Police Office Staff Sergeant
CTV News, (Edmonton, Canada), Sept. 22, 2012

“Our goal is to stop red-light violators and prevent collisions and injuries that result from running a red light. Drivers often make dangerous decisions at intersections and the results of red-light running can be tragic.”
John Lake, Sarasota Police Department Officer
Sarasota Patch (Florida), Sept. 21, 2012

“You can see from the number of dollars coming down that the program is having an impact on traffic patterns.”
Bill Harris, City of San Diego Spokesman
San Diego TV 6 (California), Sept. 20, 2012

New York
A plan to protect pedestrians crossing the street in New York includes “Look!” signs at 110 of the most dangerous intersections in the city’s five boroughs. More than 9,000 New York pedestrians were injured and 41 killed in 2010. (AP photo by Seth Wenig). Source: The Miami Herald, Sept. 21, 2012.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 42

September 20th, 2012 Comments off

Drop in Crashes Outweighs Rise in Violations
Osprey Observer (Florida), Sept. 19, 2012

Responding to a rising number of violations, a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office corporal holds to the necessity of the cameras, emphasizing that while the number of red-light violations may show an increase, the number of crashes have decreased from 395 in 2008 to 240 in 2011. “To us, it’s all about safety,” he says. ( photo by Jay Conner)

Red-Light Safety Cameras Coming to Orange Park
WJXT TV 4 (Florida), Sept. 19, 2012

Town leaders voted 3-2 Tuesday night to move forward with installing red-light cameras. For the last three years, Orange Park has been planning to put red-light cameras up because of the trend in traffic crashes. Cameras are expected to be online in May 2013.

Speed Cameras Get Green Light in Calverton Park
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri), Sept. 15, 2012

The north St. Louis County village of Calverton Park last week became the first Missouri municipality to receive MoDOT’s blessing to place a speed camera on a state highway. It will be located near Walnut Grove Elementary School where drivers are clocked traveling 36 mph to 52 mph in the school zone.

Motorists Who Ignore School Bus Stop Arm Put Children at Risk
The Telegraph (Georgia), Sept. 15, 2012

Houston County school bus driver Debra Masa estimates that a motorist ignores the extended stop arm of her bus about one to three times a day on average. … A proposal before the school board invites American Traffic Solutions to equip 20 of the district’s 180 buses with cameras that are designed to capture footage and still images of vehicles that fail to stop. 

Red-Light Running Crash Caught on Camera, Sept. 19, 2012

A red-light safety camera in Sarasota, Florida, caught a red-light runner in the act.

More Than 2,600 Red-Light Runners Caught on Camera in Single Month
WFTS-TV/ABCActionNews (Florida), Sept. 18, 2012

Jeanine Petkov thought she was a safe driver. Until she was caught running  a red light by a camera. Now, she’s a big supporter of red-light cameras. “The cameras don’t lie and it make people safer,” she said.

American Traffic Solutions is honored to announce the Town of Orange Park, Florida, has signed a multiyear agreement with ATS for a road safety camera program, and the City of Wilmington, North Carolina, has extended its current road safety camera program agreement for one year. ATS is greatly pleased to begin working with Orange Park and to continue to be a part of Wilmington’s efforts to make its streets safer for all road users.

ATS_RoadSafety  ‏@ATS_RoadSafety  Red Light Runner Crashes Into Cars  via @RightThisMinute  #Sarasota #FL #StopOnRed  #RoadSafety

Commentary: Police Chief Says Photo Enforcement Makes for Safer School Zones
Federal Way Mirror (Washington), Sept. 19, 2012

Beginning in December 2009, the city selected three of the city’s 23 schools to receive traffic safety school zone cameras. The goal is to use the technology to increase the safety of children at these high-volume, high-violation school zones. … The technology is precise and unbiased in its ability to identify red-light violations and speeding vehicles through school zones.

Editorial: School Bus Safety Cameras Are a Good Idea
Norwich Bulletin (Connecticut), Sept. 18, 2012

Six Connecticut municipalities are taking advantage of legislation enacted in 2011 to install cameras on school buses to catch drivers illegally passing when the buses have stopped and their red lights are flashing. Maybe more communities might consider doing the same.

Letter: The Drivers Are the Problem
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Sept. 19, 2012

I read your article concerning Flagler County officials not wanting Palm Coast to put traffic cameras on state Road 100, and my reaction was, “Really?” I have lived in Palm Coast about seven months now, and from what I observe Palm Coast drivers need something to slow them down.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Used to Enforce Law, Reduce Crashes
Tri-City Voice (California), Sept. 18, 2012

In response to a recent letter to the editor. …  We use red-light cameras in Fremont to enforce the law and reduce crashes. In our city and across the country, the law is clear: Red means stop.

“From my standpoint, it’s a safety (issue). We work five to 600 crashes a year.”
Gary Goble, Orange Park Chief of Police
WJXT TV 4 (Florida), Sept. 19, 2012

“We didn’t really have any expectations except to make things safer. We said, ‘Let’s take our worst intersections and make them better.’ The majority of our violations are from non-Oldsmar residents. A lot of them come from Tampa. These are definitely commuter-related infractions.”
Ann Stephan, Oldsmar spokeswoman
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Sept. 16, 2012

In two one-day surveys conducted by the Houston County School System during two school years, 122 motorists failed to stop as required when students were boarding or exiting buses. A similar national snapshot found 164,710 motorists failed to stop for an extended arm of a school bus. Source: The Telegraph, Sept. 15, 2012


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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 2, Issue 41

September 13th, 2012 Comments off

Springfield Takes Initial Step Toward Red-Light Cameras
Daily Times (Pennsylvania), Sept. 12, 2012

Commissioners took the initial step toward the installation and use of “automated red light enforcement systems.” The board approved the first reading of an ordinance that moves forward the concept. … The township is the only Delaware County municipality meeting the criteria put forth by the state Legislature in Title 75.

Speed Cameras Get 1st Endorsement in Missouri
St. Louis Public Radio, Sept. 11, 2012

For the first time, the Missouri Department of Transportation is giving its blessing to a speed camera. The Village of Calverton Park is installing the camera in front of Walnut Grove Elementary School where drivers are routinely pulled over for traveling 50 mph in a 25 mph zone.  See related coverage from KMOX News Radio 1120. (CBS St. Louis/KMOX Radio photo)

Speeders Beware: Photo Enforcement Coming to I-90 Work Zone (Washington), Sept. 10, 2012

The Washington State Department of Transportation will use a sport-utility vehicle equipped with a speed-enforcement camera (shown) to improve driver safety along a 5-mile construction zone on Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass. See related press release from Washington State Department of Transportation. (Washington State DOT photos)

Judge Dismisses Red-Light Camera Lawsuit
Arnold Patch (Missouri), Sept. 7, 2012

A lawsuit claiming the use of red-light cameras in Arnold is unconstitutional was dismissed in Jefferson County court last week. Circuit Court Judge Mark Stoll ruled in favor of a request from the City of Arnold and its red-light camera operator, American Traffic Solutions, to reject plaintiff Jeff Brunner’s claim that the red-light ordinance conflicts with state law. (Arnold Patch photo by Michael de los Reyes)

Driver Uses Sidewalk to Avoid Stopping for School Bus
WKYC TV 3 (Ohio), Sept. 12, 2012

A Cleveland woman has been cited by police after being caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to avoid stopping for a Cleveland school bus. … Witnesses notified police after watching the woman drive onto the sidewalk on more than one occasion to avoid the bus which was stopped with its stop sign and flashing lights activated. (Video images from TV3

Stop-Arm Cameras Take Drivers to School, Sept. 10, 2012

New automated cameras attached to the sides of buses are making it easier for school systems and police departments to crack down on violators while allowing bus drivers to better focus on the task at hand.

Drivers Endanger Children by Routinely Ignoring Stopped School Buses
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Sept. 1, 2012

On any school day in Florida, thousands of cars and trucks blow past stopped school buses, ignoring flashing lights and extended “STOP” arms intended to help keep kids safe while they get on and off buses. Violations are epidemic.

2 Scary Crashes Caught on Camera in New Jersey, Sept. 10, 2012

Red-light safety cameras on a busy intersection in Linden, N.J., catch two deadly crashes as these drivers blow through red lights. Police say officers use the cameras to identify violators who are ignoring these important signals. 

ATS_RoadSafety  ‏@ATS_RoadSafety  Watch: Driver uses sidewalk to avoid stopping for school bus   via @wkyc  #Cleveland  #SchoolBusSafety

Letter: Glad to See Stand Against Traffic-Law Breakers
The Arizona Republic, Sept. 9, 2012

I was very encouraged to learn that several cities and towns have decided to ignore the noise made by the people who want to break the traffic laws with impunity by making arrangements with the state, allowing them to place speed or red-light cameras on roadways within their boundaries.

“The car is a weapon. You need to be very careful when you’re operating it.”
Mike Babulski, Police Officer with Linden Police Department, New Jersey, Sept. 10, 2012

“A successful program for us isn’t about the number of citations, it’s about lowering speeds. We want drivers to slow down for their safety and construction crews. Drivers speeding in work zones are putting contractor and Washington State Department of Transportation crews, themselves and other travelers at risk.”
John Nisbet, Washington State Department of Transportation traffic operations director
Washington State Department of Transportation press release, Sept. 10, 2012

“It proves what we’ve been saying the whole time, that it was written properly. It’s been defended three times now.”
Robert Shockey, Arnold City Administrator, commenting on court ruling in favor of city’s red-light camera ordinance
Arnold Patch (Missouri), Sept. 7, 2012

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 40

September 6th, 2012 Comments off

Judge Tosses Red-Light Camera Lawsuit
KMOX Radio 1120AM (Missouri), Sept. 5, 2012

A lawsuit claiming the city Arnold’s red-light camera program conflicts with state and federal laws has been tossed out by a Missouri circuit court judge.

Wilmington Lights Way for Road Safety
Lumina News (North Carolina), Sept. 5, 2012

Wilmington is now one in four cities in North Carolina with operating red-light cameras after Cary’s 17 red-light cameras were disabled on Aug. 18. The city renewed a one-year contract with American Traffic Solutions, at the Aug. 21 city council meeting. (Lumina News photo by Allison Potter)

Red-Light Cameras Improve Safety at Intersections, Police Chief Says
Gwinnett Daily Post (Georgia), Sept. 4, 2012

On the day Gwinnett County Commissioners approved another year of using red-light cameras to enforce traffic violations, Police Chief Charles Walters told commissioners the cameras at one location have reduced T-bone crashes so effectively that the cameras will be moved to a different location where crashes are frequent.

Ticketing Begins at New Speed Camera Sites in D.C.
WTOP FM 103.5 (District of Columbia), Sept. 4, 2012

Drivers in D.C. might want to slow down a tad as ticketing at new speed camera locations is now in effect.

Driver Education Classes Funded by Red-Light Running Fines
WRCB-TV3 (Tennessee), Sept. 4, 2012

Two driver education classes … will give young Chattanoogans, ages 15 to 22, the chance to learn lifesaving skills at a huge savings.

Federal Judge Rejects Challenge to Speed Cameras (Tennessee), Sept. 4, 2012

A  federal judge has dismissed a $6 million class action lawsuit filed against Bluff City, its mayor and American Traffic Solutions regarding tickets issued from two speed-enforcement cameras on Highway 11-E.

Police Urge Drivers to Be Careful in School Zones
Bellevue Reporter (Washington), Sept. 4, 2012

Children are back in school, and police are reminding motorists to pay attention to limits on driving. (Bellevue Police Department photo)

Some Arizona Cities Still Snap Speeders on Highways
The Arizona Republic, Sept. 3, 2012

Two years after Gov. Jan Brewer moved to end Arizona’s much-debated photo-enforcement program in the face of vehement opposition, cameras are still flashing on some state highways.

More Red-Light Cameras Coming to Davie
Sun-Sentinel (Florida), Sept. 3, 2012

Red-light cameras will soon be snapping photos of red-light runners at three more intersections in Davie.

5 Killed in Red-Light Running Crash
KABC TV 7 (California), Sept. 2, 2012

Five people died when the car they were in blew through a red-light and crashed into a wall in Ontario, police report.

County Officials Pursue Camera at Frequently Run Red Light
Athens Banner-Herald/OnlineAthens (Georgia), Sept. 1. 2012

In  an effort to curb traffic-signal violations at a frequently run red light located near an elementary school and a middle school, Athens-Clarke County commissioners are slated on Tuesday to begin the process of getting state approval for installation of an enforcement camera at the troubled intersection. (Athens Banner-Herald photo by Richard Hamm)

Arlington Police Ride School Bus to Enforce Traffic Laws
Star-Telegram (Texas), Sept. 4, 2012

Arlington police Sgt. Craig Leondike crouched in his seat behind school bus driver Shirley Allen on Tuesday morning, furtively alerting motorcycle officers of the steady stream of drivers along Cooper Street who passed the stopped bus despite its blinkers and stop sign. (Star-Telegram photo by Joyce Marshall)

North Thurston Schools Initiate Bus Safety Camera Pilot Program
The Bellingham Herald (Washington), Sept. 2, 2012

In North Thurston Public Schools, officials are taking part in a pilot bus-safety program in partnership with Lacey police. The program placed cameras on 10 bus routes throughout the district and will record drivers who illegally pass a school bus that has a stop sign extended.

Drivers Endanger Children by Routinely Ignoring Stopped School Buses
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Sept. 1, 2012

On any school day in Florida, thousands of cars and trucks blow past stopped school buses, ignoring flashing lights and extended “STOP” arms intended to help keep kids safe while they get on and off buses. Violations are epidemic.

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce the following contract updates from the past week: University Park, Maryland, extended its road safety camera program for two years; the city of Knoxville, Tennessee, granted ATS the authority to proceed with the road safety camera design phase for eight traffic approaches at four intersections; the village of Calverton Park, Missouri, amended its road safety camera contract with ATS to include speed cameras and awarded ATS with a notice to proceed with installing speed safety cameras at a selected intersection; and the city of Palm Coast, Florida, revised its contract to include a new expiration date of 2015. ATS is honored to be a part of these cities’ safety efforts.

ATS_RoadSafety  ‏@ATS_RoadSafety  Drivers put kids in danger by routinely ignoring stopped school buses via @OrlandoSentinel  #StopOnRed  #OrangeCounty

Editorial: Schools Should Get on the Bus for Safety Cameras
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Sept. 5, 2012

Given the safety results of red-light cameras … we recommend expanding the school bus safety camera pilot program. And we urge legislators to authorize the cameras to be used to issue tickets to curb risky drivers who apparently value getting to work a few ticks earlier more than they value kids’ lives.

Editorial: Legislature, Butt Out
The Arizona Republic, Sept. 5, 2012

Cities and towns are discovering what Gov. Jan Brewer should have recognized: Photo traffic enforcement makes sense on state highways. It’s efficient, it brings in revenue and — most importantly — it saves lives.

Letter: Cameras to Catch Bus Scofflaws, Not Red-Light Runners
The Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Sept. 4, 2012

As a longtime supporter of red-light cameras, I was astonished when I read that a bill has been passed allowing cameras on school buses to catch drivers who ignore the flashing stop lights. … So, in six Connecticut communities so far, drivers will be charged with a moving violation for passing a school bus, but can continue to run red lights without penalty. What hypocrisy.

Letter: Consider ‘Rights’ of Pedestrians, Other Drivers
Dubuque Telegraph Herald/ (Iowa), Sept. 4, 2012

As long as Dubuque’s traffic lights are checked to confirm the green lights are long enough to comply with federal safety guidelines, I support red-light cameras at dangerous intersections in our community.

Letter: Red-Light Crashes Can Be Serious
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Sept. 2, 2012

We  have lived in Spring Hill over 16 years and I have commuted to Tampa the whole time. I have seen the results of many serious accidents and the most serious type of accident is the red-light incident.

“The machinery does not sit on the side of the road and spit out tickets. It just collects the data, and then a chain of about four individuals has to review that data and make sure that everything is correct.”
Don Bennett, City of Wilmington Traffic Engineer
Lumina News (North Carolina), Sept. 5, 2012

“It’s not just the money; I personally feel that it does make a difference from a safety point-of-view. There are some that would argue that. My personal view is that I think it’s a safety factor, and I think that outweighs the money.”
Donald Hayes, Chairman New Hanover County Board of Education
Lumina News (North Carolina), Sept. 5, 2012

“The purpose behind these cameras is truly public safety.”
Charles Walters, Gwinnett County Police Chief
Gwinnett Daily Post (Georgia), Sept. 4, 2012

“Motorists blatantly shoot by our stop arms while we are picking up and dropping off students. We have been very fortunate that there have been no accidents.”
Ken Lewis, Seminole Schools Transportation Director
Orlando-Sentinel (Florida), Sept. 1, 2012

In one morning this month, Arlington police issued 10 traffic citations to drivers who illegally passed a stopped school bus during nine stops to pick up children. Source: Star-Telegram, Sept. 4, 2012.

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