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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 47

October 25th, 2012 Comments off

Red-Light Running Violations Decrease in New Jersey
Independent Press/, Oct. 25, 2012

New Jersey’s red-light camera program seems to be having a mostly positive impact on traffic safety. Red-light running violations decreased 33 percent in Rahway at U.S. 1 and East Milton Avenue, and 46 percent in Roselle Park at Route 28 and Locust Street, according to a study of New Jersey roadways and intersections by American Traffic Solutions. See related coverage from Independent Press. (The Jersey Journal photo by Reena Rose Sibayan)

Data Shows Drivers’ Habits Are Changing for the Better (New Jersey), Oct. 23, 2012

More drivers are avoiding the dreaded red-light camera tickets at intersections where cameras are present, sending the rate of violations down as much as 95 percent at one, said officials of American Traffic Solutions.

Collision Count Drops in Pohatcong
The Warren Reporter/ (New Jersey), Oct. 23, 2012

A year after eight red-light safety cameras were installed here, data from American Traffic Solutions and the Pohatcong Township Police Department suggests the cameras are having a positive impact on public safety. See related video and additional coverage in The Express Times.

Camera Installation Begins in Palatka
Palatka Daily News (Florida), Oct. 23, 2012

Next month, Palatka drivers who run red lights will not only risk a collision, but may also take a hit to their wallets. Installation of red-light violator cameras began last week and should be installed at four intersections, snapping photos by Nov. 16.

Point Counterpoint over New Jersey Red-Light Cameras
WKXW 101.5 FM (New Jersey), Oct. 19, 2012

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlan is challenging red-light camera companies to allow their cameras be taken down without penalty by any municipality where traffic data proves a legitimate safety concern. Charles Territo, vice president of communications with American Traffic Solutions, says it’s far too early for the case to be closed on the impact of red-light cameras.

West Long Branch Looks to Use Cameras
Long Branch-Eatonton Patch (New Jersey), Oct. 19, 2012

The West Long Branch Council is taking the necessary to steps to install red-light cameras throughout the borough. The council introduced an ordinance on Wednesday that would allow it to put the project out for bid while other specifics, including the location of the cameras, will be determined later.

Red-Light Camera Advocates Speak Out for Cameras in Murrieta
Murrieta Patch (California), Oct. 24, 2012

In a news conference held Tuesday, elected officials in Murrieta urged a no vote on Measure N, the red-light camera initiative.

Right-On-Red Turn Narrowly Avoids Collision with Bicyclist
YouTube, Oct. 23, 2012

A vehicle nearly collides with a bicyclist crossing the street in Miami Springs, FL.

Philadelphia Activates 3 New Red-Light Cameras
WCAU TV 10 (Pennsylvania), Oct. 19, 2012

The Philadelphia Parking Authority is activating new red-light cameras today in an effort to make intersections safer for pedestrians and drivers alike. See related coverage by KYW-TV 3.

Get Involved in Saving a Life: Sharing a Tweet is a convenient way to inform others about the dangers of red-light running. Another way is to direct drivers to the ATS YouTube page, where visitors can watch informative videos about road safety camera programs and see the dangerous crashes hundreds of communities are trying to avoid by installing red-light safety cameras. Seeing is believing, which is why ATS invites you to visit our links at the end of this page and share the message to stop on red.

ATS_RoadSafety  ‏@ATS_RoadSafety #St.Louis Red-Light Safety Cameras Changing Driver Behavior. Program sees avg. 55% reduction! Read more:  #StopOnRed  #MO

Cobb School Bus Stop Arm Initiative
Marietta Patch (Georgia), Oct. 22, 2012

Take a closer look at the School Bus Stop Law, the penalties for violating it, statistics on drivers illegally passing school buses and how the CrossingGuard school bus stop arm safety solutions work.

ATS Announces School Bus Safety Campaign
The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 22, 2012

In recognition of National School Bus Safety Week and to underscore the importance of safe driver behavior around school buses, ATS has developed the Flashing Red, Kids Ahead public awareness campaign to inform motorists about the laws and safe practices to follow when approaching a school bus. See related coverage in School Transportation News.

American Traffic Solutions has reached agreements for road safety camera programs in three separate states this past week. The agreements provide for the city of Ferguson, MO., to extend its program for another year; for the city of Sarasota, FL., to add red-light safety cameras at 10 new intersection approaches; and for the city of Colmar Manor, MD, to continue its program for at least three more years. ATS is honored that these current clients chose to continue their partnership with ATS in this important public safety program.

St. Louis Red-Light Safety Cameras Change Driver Behavior
Globe Newswire, Oct. 24, 2012

A new analysis of the City of St. Louis’ violator-funded red-light safety camera program shows drivers are adopting safer driving habits by pressing on the brake at red lights instead of stomping on the gas. As drivers comply with the law, the risk of dangerous red-light running collisions is reduced, and streets become safer for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Letter: In Support of Red-Light Cameras
The Record/ (New Jersey), Oct. 24, 2012

I’ve always thought that red-light cameras were decreasing accidents and saving lives. Now I know it’s true because Palisades Park police Lieutenant Matthew Finck and Englewood Cliffs Police Chief Michael Cioffi stated that accidents have decreased at intersections with cameras. This is clearly not a coincidence.

Letter: Victim of T-Bone Crash Says Keep Cameras
San Diego Union-Tribune (California), Oct. 24, 2012

I have spent nearly half my life in pain as a result of being T-boned by a red-light runner, 33 years for a selfish act, and my mother lost her husband, my Dad. When we read about someone being hurt in an accident we have no idea how it impacts their life, just because someone was in a hurry or not paying attention.

Letter: When It Comes to Saving Lives, Photo Enforcement Works
Delaware County Daily Times (Pennsylvania), Oct. 23, 2012

We are pleased Springfield is moving forward with a plan to install lifesaving traffic safety cameras (“Springfield OKs ordinances related to red light cameras,” Oct. 12). … Red-light cameras have been successful in reducing fatal crashes in Philadelphia and countless other cities throughout the country.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Save Lives
Main Line Times (Pennsylvania), Oct. 19, 2012

Give credit to Lower Merion Township’s board of commissioners for their work to protect law-abiding citizens from reckless drivers by considering the use of red-light cameras at dangerous intersections.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Do Improve Safety
Daily Record (New Jersey), Oct. 17, 2012

I’ve been driving for 50 years and consider myself a good driver, figuring I have encountered 350,000 traffic lights and received only one red-light ticket in 1971 which I deserved. I see lots of drivers go through red lights, they deserve tickets whether from a policeman or a camera. I feel it is those drivers who complain the loudest.

“I think that the cameras, in my opinion, in Pohatcong Township are working. Just being out there every day and seeing the traffic, the people are stopping.”
Jeffrey Greenemeir, Police Chief of Pohatcong, N.J.
The Express Times/ (New Jersey), Oct. 20, 2012

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 46

October 18th, 2012 Comments off

More Red-Light Safety Cameras Coming to City’s Northeast (Pennsylvania), Oct. 16, 2012

Three more intersections in Northeast Philadelphia will get red-light cameras Friday, bringing to 24 the number of city intersections with the devices. (WPVI TV6 image.)

Police Defend Use of Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Record/ (New Jersey), Oct. 15, 2012

Andrew Schwartz isn’t alone in complaining about New Jersey’s red-light camera pilot program, but law enforcement agencies continue to maintain that the devices make roads safer by changing bad driving habits.

Enabling Ordinances Position City for Decision on Cameras
Delaware County Daily Times (Pennsylvania), Oct. 11, 2012

Commissioners in Springfield approved the second reading of two enabling ordinances related to the installation and operation of red-light safety cameras, thereby positioning the city to move forward with a camera program. That decision, however, is still being made.

Do Red-Light Cameras Work? Study Says Yes
Mayors Office of Transportation and Utilities (Pennsylvania), Oct. 11, 2012

Recent research in Virginia shows that when the red-light cameras were turned off, 12% of the last cars to enter the intersection did so by running the red light, but when the cameras were on, only 3% did. This suggests that drivers are less willing to run a red light if they know they will receive a ticket, which in turn means that red-light cameras reduce unsafe driving behavior.

Dumont Council OKs ATS Camera Contract (New Jersey), Oct. 11, 2012

By a 4-0 vote, the Dumont Borough Council this week passed a resolution to approve a contract with American Traffic Solutions for possible future installation of red-light safety cameras.

Red-Light Cameras to Be Installed in Palatka
First Coast News (Florida), Oct. 17, 2012

State Road 20 and Palm Avenue is one of the four intersections in Palatka where red-light cameras will be installed this week in order to catch people who run red lights.

ATS_RoadSafety  ‏@ATS_RoadSafety Miami Gardens Red-Light Safety Cameras catch scary t-bone collision! Spread the word:  #StopOnRed  #FL  #NotWorthIt

Cobb County Releases Public Service Safety Video
The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 18, 2012

The Cobb County School District, one of the first in the nation to add stop arm cameras to their school buses, the Cobb County Police Department and American Traffic Solutions have released a public service announcement video to educate the community about their latest student safety initiative. See video.

Georgia School District to Install School Bus Safety Cameras
The Telegraph, Oct. 16, 2012

The Houston County School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved equipping school buses with cameras that will take video images and photographs of people who illegally pass buses when the stop arm is in use. Cameras will be aboard some buses within the coming month. See related coverage from WMGT TV 41.

Elderly Driver Fails to Stop at School Bus, Strikes Teen
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Oct. 15, 2012

Troopers say an 86-year-old man who failed to stop for a school bus early Monday in Osceola County struck and critically injured a teenager as he crossed the street. See related coverage from the Orlando Sentinel.

Program Targets Illegal School Bus Passers in Washington
School Transportation News, Oct. 10, 2012

American Traffic Solutions’ contract with the King County Directors Association provides stop-arm cameras in Washington State, where every day more than than 1,600 drivers illegally pass an extended school bus stop arm.

Commentary: The Smart Way to Use Road Safety Cameras
The Washington Post (District of Columbia), Oct. 12, 2012

The D.C. government has set a clear priority: It doesn’t want anyone to die in a traffic accident on its streets. Who would disagree with that? What if the price of achieving that goal were just a tiny bit less thrill behind the wheel?

Letter: Safety Trumps Other Concerns in Camera Debate
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), Oct. 12, 2012

As parents of a newly licensed 17-year-old son, we are worried about his safety on the road. While he has received repeated traffic safety and distracted-driving lessons from us, it’s other drivers that make us nervous. We have no control over their actions, and we have to depend solely on law enforcement safety measures to keep our child out of harm’s way.

“We have statistics that show most of our car crashes at intersections are the result of red-light runners.”
Tobby Williams, Palatka Police Sergeant
First Coast News (Florida), Oct. 17, 2012

“We’ve had so many instances of motorists driving around parked school buses. What we’re trying to do is educate motorists.”
Stephen Thublin, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Business Operations in the Houston County School District
The Telegraph (Georgia), Oct. 16, 2012

“Constant reinforcement changes people’s habits. People say, ‘I’ve been driving this way forever.’ I say, ‘You’re right, but you shouldn’t.'”
Matthew Finck, Palisades Park Police Lieutenant
The Record/ (New Jersey), Oct. 15, 2012

New Jersey
Traffic collisions have decreased at the two intersections with red-light safety cameras in Palisades Park. Collisions dropped from 31 in 2010 to 18 so far this year at one of the intersections and from 21 to 8 at the other during the same time span. In August 2011, the first month the cameras were in use, 3,160 motorists were ticketed for running the lights. A year later, only 996 motorists got tickets for running red lights. Source: The Record/ (New Jersey), Oct. 15, 2012.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 45

October 11th, 2012 Comments off

New Jersey Red Light Facts

National Coalition for Safer Roads launches a New Jersey specific campaign, Oct. 9, 2012

NCSR is working to educate the public about the effectiveness of red-light safety cameras in New Jersey in reducing accidents and saving lives.

Project Red Light Data Released by the City of Newark
The City of Newark, New Jersey, Oct. 10, 2012

New data released by the City of Newark shows right angle traffic crashes are down 43 percent and rear-end crashes are down 25 percent at 10 city intersections where traffic safety red-light cameras have been in use for two years.

New York City’s Red-Light Camera Program: Myths vs Realities
New York City DOT, Oct. 10, 2012

Commissioner Jannette Sadik-Khan gives a statement regarding red-light cameras. NYDOT releases Myths vs Realities regarding red-light camera program.

Police Remind Drivers of Traffic Safety Measures
Calgary Herald (Canada), Oct. 4, 2012

Police are reminding drivers that mobile photo radar and intersection safety cameras have been set up around the city to nab speeders. Drivers caught going more than 50 km/h (30 mph) over the speed limit earn a court appearance. (Calgary Herald photo by Mikael Kjellstrom)

Some Town Contracts Go Beyond Pilot Program’s End
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), Oct. 4, 2012

In response to a state legislator’s inquiry into why some New Jersey towns with red-light cameras have contracts beyond the expiration date for the five-year pilot program, ATS spokesman Charles Territo said, “In the event the pilot sunsets, contracts would remain in place until their expiration date — however, no violations would be issued.”

Township Officials Want to Learn More about Camera Programs
Main Line Times (Pennsylvania), Oct. 4, 2012

Lower Merion Township is taking a flashing-yellow-light approach to Pennsylvania’s new red light camera law. It is proceeding with caution. The board of commissioners heard enough to like in a Police Committee meeting Wednesday night, however, to ask Superintendent Michael McGrath to find out more.

Ottawa Official Wants to Broaden Red-Light Running Penalty
CBC News (Canada), Oct. 4, 2012

An Ottawa MPP is trying to close a loophole that allows out-of-province vehicles caught running red lights to avoid fines in Ontario. Yasir Naqvi has introduced a private member’s bill that would allow municipalities to ticket out-of-province vehicles caught on red-light cameras.

St. Pete Evaluates Red-Light Cameras, Adds New Ones
My Fox Tampa Bay, Oct. 3, 2012

The City of St. Petersburg is adding more red light cameras — some at intersections that already have cameras ,and some at new intersections. The three new crossroads are U.S. 19 at 5th and 22 Avenues North, and 66th Street at 13th Avenue North.

City of Linden Connects on Social Sites
My Central Jersey, Oct. 2, 2012

Department officials hope the videos and social-media postings will serve as a reminder for residents to pay attention, watch the traffic signals, slow down and obey the law

Palm Coast’s Red-Light Cameras Catch Smart Car Collision, Oct. 8, 2012

A red-light camera captured a former Palm Coast City Councilman slam into a Flagler County deputy’s patrol car, while driving a Smart Car.

University Park Red-Light Cameras Capture Alarming Collision, Oct. 5, 2012

The video shows a driver make a left-hand turn from the middle lane, causing a serious front-end crash with a police cruiser.

Red-Light Running Captured in Ocoee, Oct. 9, 2012

This video shows you both views of the collision caught by red-light cameras.

@ATS_RoadSafety RT @SaferRoadsUSA In #NJ total crashes are down 57% at intersections where red-light safety cameras have operated for 2 years #StopOnRed

@ATS_RoadSafetyA must read! @NYSDOT‘s Red-Light Camera Program: Myths vs Realities #NY #StopOnRed #RoadSafety

Latest Georgia School District Adopts School Bus Illegal Passing Video Camera

School Transportation News, Oct. 8, 2012

The Muscogee County School District in Columbus, Ga., is working with the local Sheriff’s Department and American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to implement new school bus surveillance video to capture motorists who illegally run school bus stop arms and red lights deployed during student loading and unloading.

School Bus Cameras to Nab Impatient Drivers

My Northwest (Maryland), Oct. 6, 2012

Drivers captured on film going around a school bus with its crossing arm out would be fined $394 to be split by the school and the state.

Pass a Stopped School Bus, Face a Fine
Puget Sound Business Journal (Washington), Oct. 4, 2012

Drivers in Washington state who pass a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing may have their license plates photographed and may face a fine, according to a new deal signed with American Traffic Solutions.

Opinion: Lowering Traffic Fines Is a Deadly Idea
NBC Washington, Oct. 4, 2012

Studies have shown that red light and speed cameras reduce accidents and save lives. It really is quite simple: If our elected leaders lower fines and subsequently traffic fatalities increase, that blood is on their hands.

” This ‘study’ is bogus and the real victims here are the New Yorkers who have lost their lives in red-light running crashes. Red-light cameras save lives and deter dangerous driving”

Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner Department of Transportation for New York City
NYDOT, Oct. 10, 2012

“These videos not only help us educate the public about how devastating red-light running can be, but will also hopefully aid in our police work by allowing us to post images and videos of individuals wanted in connection with crimes,”

Sgt. Michael Babulski, Linden Police Department in New Jersey
My Central Jersey, Oct 2, 2012

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 44

October 4th, 2012 Comments off

Study Finds Roads Safer with Red-Light Cameras (Washington, D.C.), Oct. 3, 2012

A new study finds drivers quickly revert to their old red-light running form once red-light safety cameras go dark. In the immediately aftermath of cameras’ removal, the risk of someone running a red light at an intersection was three times higher than it had been when cameras were on. A year later it was four times higher, with all risk reductions having been erased. (The Seattle Times photo by Mark Harrison)

Red-Light Camera Plans Advancing in Philadelphia Suburb
Narberth-BalaCynwyd Patch (Pennsylvania), Oct. 4, 2012

Lower Merion’s police superintendent on Wednesday described a potential red-light camera system that would largely pay for itself, part of the reason several Board of Commissioners members favored the idea.

ATS Launches Database for Legal Questions
Phoenix Business Journal (Arizona), Oct. 1, 2012

Speed and red-light enforcement traffic cameras face a seemingly endless barrage of legal questions aimed at the practice of issuing tickets based on a picture. Scottsdale-based American Traffic Solutions has built a website to let people know it’s perfectly legal. See the news release.

1st Citations Mailed from New Speed Safety Cameras (Washington), Oct. 1, 2012

A small SUV parked near the highway is catching speeders through a work zone on Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass. … Owners of vehicles that sped through the work zone between Sept. 17 and Sept. 21 will soon find tickets in their mailboxes. (Washington State Department of Transportation photo)

Fatalities Rise As Motorists Log More Miles
Los Angeles Times (California), Oct. 1, 2012

U.S. traffic deaths rose a projected 9 percent in the first half of this year, compared with the same period a year ago, for the largest increase since 1975, as an improved economy led motorists to drive more. (NBC Los Angeles photo)

Sarasota to Increase Red-Light Safety Cameras
Sarasota Patch (Florida), Oct. 1, 2012

City Commissioners agreed Monday to add 10 additional road safety cameras operated by American Traffic Solutions.

Red-Light Running Collision Injures 3
The Batavian (New York), Oct. 1, 2012

Three people were sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries following a two-vehicle collision that authorities say was caused by a red-light runner.

Low Ticket Count Does Not Cost City, County
Palm Beach Post (Florida), Sept. 30, 2012

Even though ticket revenue in Palm Beach County and West Palm Beach falls short of vendor fees, officials say they do not have  to pay the difference in what is owed the vendor if the cameras continue to lose money.

Camera Revenue Boosts D.C.’s Surplus Budget
The Washington Examiner (Maryland), Sept. 30, 2012

The District of Columbia ended up making a lot more than it anticipated from speed and red-light camera fines, and the extra cash helped D.C. rack up a surplus that chief financial officer Natwar Gandhi estimated on Friday would be at least $140 million.

California Tightens Regulations on Red-Light, Speed Cameras
KXTV Channel 10, Sept 28, 2012

A new law, most of which takes effect Jan. 1, 2013, will require state oversight and regulation of red-light camera installation and operation in California.

Red-Light Running in Laurel Maryland, Oct. 2, 2012

Two T-bone collisions are caught on camera at the intersection of Route 198 and US 1 in Maryland, where drivers fail to stop on red.

Dangerous Drivers Are Caught on Camera, Oct. 1, 2012

The frightening reality of red-light running is recounted in this video compilation of collisions from Miami, Florida.

ATS_RoadSafety ‏@ATS_RoadSafety American Traffic Solutions preps database for legal questions  via @phxbizjournal #StopOnRed  #RoadSafety

ATS Wins Contract in Washington State
The Wall Street Journal (New York), Oct. 4, 2012

American Traffic Solutions (ATS) today announced that it has been awarded a five-year contract with King County Directors’ Association (KCDA) to provide CrossingGuard, ATS’ school bus stop arm photo enforcement solution to KCDA members. (AP/KPLU photo)

Commentary: Gripe If You Want, but Red Light Cameras Save Lives
Bucks County Courier Times (Pennsylvania), Oct. 1, 2012

There’s nothing more tragic than the scene of an accident. Unfortunately, our team of paramedics has seen their share of crashes. But, just like seatbelts and airbags protect motorists and texting bans help drivers stay alert, red-light cameras at dangerous intersections reduce serious collisions and save lives.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Keep People Safe
El Paso Times (Texas), Oct. 2, 2012

Traffic safety laws are put in place to keep people safe on our roads. We want to express support for photo enforcement in El Paso.

Letter: Keep Red Bank’s Red-Light Cameras, Just Use Them Sensibly
The (Tennessee), Oct. 1, 2012

Because of defensive driving yesterday afternoon, my car was not broadsided by a vehicle blatantly running a red light at one of the Red Bank intersections with traffic cameras.  As the offending vehicle sped through the intersection, I saw the flash of the traffic camera and was glad to know that driver would soon have to deal with the consequences of their dangerous behavior.

“We don’t balance our budget on speed cameras, and this just proves that point. It’s part of a surplus. We didn’t anticipate it. What it shows us is that there are a lot of people breaking the law.”
Pedro Ribeiro, Spokesman for D.C. Mayor’s Office
Washington Examiner (Maryland), Sept. 30, 2012

“I’d like to see a red light camera at every intersection.”
Mary Cheh, D.C. Ward 3 Councilwoman
Washington Examiner (Maryland), Sept. 30, 2012

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