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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 52

November 29th, 2012 Comments off

Red-Light Safety Camera Plans Advance in Orange Park
Clay Today (Florida), Nov. 29, 2012

Backed by three months of study data, the Town of Orange Park is taking the final steps to install three red light cameras within town limits as a means of adding approximately a quarter million dollars to the town budget and improving local safety. 


Cameras Catch 6,000 Speeders Near 4 Seattle Schools
The Seattle Times (Washington), Nov. 29, 2012

With 6,000 speeders counted in less than a month at four school zones, the warning period that was to end this week has been extended through Dec. 9, in Seattle. See related coverage in the West Seattle Herald. (The Seattle Times photo by Ellen M. Banner)


Study Finds Red-Light Cameras Helpful in N.J.
The Trentonian, Nov. 27, 2012
A state study has found intersections with red-light cameras in New Jersey are seeing fewer serious right-angle crashes, but more drivers rear-ending other cars. The Transportation Department study also shows that with time, drivers get used to cameras and the number of tickets drops significantly. See related coverage from The Star-Ledger. Read the news release. Click here to read the state’s full report. (WNYW-TV 5 image)

ATS Briefs Council on Red-Light Camera Program
Town News/NorthJersey.com (New Jersey), Nov. 27, 2012

With  the Department of Transportation (DOT) potentially expanding the red-light camera program to new municipalities in the near future, the River Edge Mayor and Council heard a presentation on why they should consider applying if the opportunity arises.

Fine Revenue Tops Expectations in Calgary
The Calgary Sun (Canada), Nov. 22, 2012

Intersection cameras, and income accrued from photo radar, has garnered a revenue surplus for city police. From January to May 2012, there was an additional $3.2 million — over what was anticipated to be gleaned — from speed-on-green and red-light cameras as well as photo radar, police said. 


District May Add Cameras to School Bus Stop Arms
KING TV 5/NWCN.com (Washington), Nov. 27, 2012

The Bethel School District in Spanaway may be the first to install three tiny cameras on the stop-arm mounted on school buses. The school board approved the idea and the district hopes to install the cameras by the end of the school year.

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.

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Bad Drivers: Red Light Video of the Week
WTOG TV CBS (Florida), Nov. 28, 2012

Courtesy of the St. Petersburg Police Department, here’s a highlight reel of bad driving. In this week’s collection are a series of near misses, red-light runners and a vehicle that shouldn’t be on a public road.

Commentary: Red-Light Cameras. Cost Effective or Not?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), Nov. 27, 2012

Roswell recently decided to ditch its red-light cameras. Other towns have grappled with their cost-effectiveness, as expenses can run tens of thousands of dollars. Today, a traffic expert says the cameras’ worth outweighs operating costs. Alpharetta’s public safety director explains how their program costs are kept low.

Commentary: Keep Red-Light Cameras
The Advertiser (Louisiana), Nov. 19, 2012

I honestly don’t have any hard facts or figures or documented proof to recognize the effectiveness of the red-light cameras and speed vans. I can only speak for myself, but I’ve noticed a demonstrable drop in the number of people running red lights and in those areas where the vans seem to be a fixture there has also been a noticeable drop in speeding. What this means to me is that the traffic control system is working and should be expanded.


“The issue here is that people shouldn’t go through red lights, and the issue behind this legislation is modification of driver behavior. We want drivers to stop at red lights and we want drivers to drive more cautiously. It’s not a justification for people to say they were driving too fast and couldn’t slow down in time. Drive slower.”
John Wisniewski, New Jersey Assemblyman (D-Middlesex)
MyCentralJersey.com, Nov. 28, 2012


“This is about safety for kids and their parents in school zones. Motorists need to slow down and obey the posted speed limits. This technology will encourage safer driving habits and prevent collisions.”
John Diaz, Seattle Police Department Chief
West Seattle Herald (Washington), Nov. 28, 2012


“People are starting to get the message to change driving behavior. It’s statistically proven to change driver behavior.”
Kevin Brookwell, Calgary Police Service spokesman
The Calgary Sun (Canada), Nov. 22, 2012

Canada
In Calgary, from 2000 to 2011, collisions at intersections with photo enforcment cameras have decreased 17 percent and injury collisions have fallen nearly 50 percent. Source: The Calgary Sun, Nov. 22, 2012.

New Jersey
One year of data gathered at 24 red-light-safety-camera-enforced intersections show a decline in right-angle or “T-bone” crashes. Two years of data collected at two camera-equipped Newark intersections show total crashes were down 45 percent, right-angle crashes dropped 57 percent and same-direction crashes were down 50 percent. Source: MyCentralJersey.com, Nov. 28, 2012.

At 24 intersections with red-light safety cameras in operation for one year, there has been a 50 percent drop in citations over a year, from 35,644 issued the first month to 17,934 issued in the last month, and a 15 percent decrease in the more severe types crashes, the right-angle collision. Source: The Star Ledger, Nov. 27, 2012.

 

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 51

November 21st, 2012 Comments off


Holiday Wishes from ATS
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to spend with family and friends, and American Traffic Solutions wishes everyone a healthy and happy holiday. Keep in mind that 90 percent of traveling Americans will drive to their holiday destination, making roads more crowded than normal and increasing the need to be alert for the inattentive driver. Please, everyone, be careful, drive safely and enjoy your Thanksgiving. (DOT.gov photo)


Lakeland Commissioners Sign New Red-Light Camera Contract
Tampa Bay Business Journal (Florida), Nov. 21, 2012

City commissioners approved a contract with its red-light camera provider that could bring 10 to 30 additional cameras to Lakeland. Lakeland now has nine cameras at five intersections. See related coverage in The Ledger and the updated report on the 4-3 vote.

ATS Expects PlatePass Use to Increase over Thanksgiving Holiday
The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 20, 2012

From vehicle renters to fleet customers, PlatePass, American Traffic Solutions’ Toll Management Solution, expects to manage more than 150,000 toll payments, more than double what it paid only three years ago, over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday travel period.

Tamarac Is Latest to Add Red-Light Cameras
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Florida), Nov. 18, 2012

There’s just no stopping those red-light cameras. After two years of talking about the issue, Tamarac city commissioners have authorized the installation of cameras at 20 intersections. 

Judge Upholds Ellisville’s Red-Light Camera Ordinance
Chesterfield Patch (Missouri), Nov. 16, 2012

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Ellisville’s red-light cameras has been struck down by St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge Thea Sherry.

Fredericton Continues Fight for Red-Light Cameras
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (New Brunswick, Canada), Nov. 15, 2012

Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside says he’s hopeful the provincial government will speed up its review of red-light cameras so he can slow down drivers in the capital city.


Cleveland Considers Tougher Penalty for Passing Stopped School Bus
WJW-TV8 (Ohio), Nov. 19, 2012

A woman caught on camera driving on the sidewalk to avoid a stopped school bus is speaking out for the first time about her conviction, just as local lawmakers take a step toward stronger penalities against this traffic violation.

Child Waiting for School Bus Hit by Car
WJHL TV 11 (Tennessee), Nov. 19, 2012

A collision between a car and a student at a school bus stop ended with minor injuries to the 12-year-old child.

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.

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Red-Light Running Violator of the Week
Clearwater Patch (Florida), Nov. 20, 2012

A  sports car heading eastbound on Chestnut Avenue runs a light four seconds after it turns red, making Clearwater Police’s Red Light Camera Violator of the Week.


Red-Light Safety Cameras Catch Violators in Palatka
WJXT TV 4 (Florida), Nov. 17, 2012

Drivers who cross the line are preparing to pay a fine. This weekend in Palatka, red-light safety cameras are up and on at four main intersections. See related coverage from WTLV TV12.

Editorial: Slow Down Drivers, You’re in a School Zone
The Seattle Times (Washington), Nov. 20, 2012

Starting Monday, drivers speeding past cameras in four Seattle school zones will automatically receive $189 speeding tickets in the mail. Harsh? Yes. But if the point of driving safely around schools is driven home, consider this pilot project a success.

Letter: The More Red-Light Cameras the Better
The Ledger (Florida), Nov. 21, 2012

I recently read that 10 to 30 more red-light cameras may be approved by city commissioners in Lakeland. I say the more the better. Two or three times a week I see cars and trucks speed through red lights.

Letter: Don’t End Red-Light Camera Program
Voice of San Diego (California), Nov. 20, 2012

As studies by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Texas Transportation Institute and Old Dominion University demonstrate, red-light cameras make roads and intersections safer, preventing injuries and saving lives. It would be a mistake to end the red-light camera program in San Diego.

Maryland
Of the 686,455 speeding citations Baltimore City issued in the year ending June 30, more than half (57%) were issued to motorists who lived outside the city. Source:  WBAL.com, Nov. 17, 2012.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 50

November 15th, 2012 Comments off


Red-Light Safety Camera Message Reaches Drivers in Tucson
KGUN TV 9 (Arizona), Nov. 14, 2012

Are drivers getting the message from Tucson’s red-light cameras? Drivers interviewed in this TV news report say yes.


New Cameras to Snap Speeders Near Schools
The Seattle Times (Washington), Nov. 12, 2012

Starting Nov. 26, registered owners of vehicles caught speeding past new traffic cameras in four school zones will be sent $189 tickets. Seattle police say the cameras will nail drivers only when a school-zone beacon is flashing. (The Seattle Times photo by Ellen M. Banner)

Montgomery Police Say Cameras Make a Difference
WSFA TV 12 (Alabama), Nov. 12, 2012

What intersection in Montgomery is the safest in town? Believe it or not, it’s also the busiest. Four years ago, there were 25 serious accidents in the intersection of Vaughn Road and the Eastern Boulevard. Last year, there was only one serious accident. Police give the cameras the credit. “We’re actually able to change driving behavior,” police Lt. Cliff Clark said.

Next Generation of Red-Light Cameras Arrive in Palm Coast
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Nov. 11, 2012

Unlike their predecessors, the new red-light cameras in Palm Coast do not require vehicle detection devices to be embedded into the pavement, which makes installation quicker and less intrusive. Still, the equipment’s new look raises questions among the public.


School Officials: Cameras Have Improved Safety
Douglas County Sentinel (Georgia), Nov. 14, 2012

Both school systems in Carroll County are seeing gains made in bus safety since the implementation of CrossingGuard cameras on the sides of school buses. (Times-Georgian photo by Cliff Williams)


Judge Says Public Punishment Leaves Lasting Impression
WKYC TV 3 (Ohio), Nov. 13, 2012

The woman sentenced for repeatedly driving on a sidewalk to avoid stopping for a school bus served the first half of a public sentence Tuesday morning. Shena Hardin must hold a sign reading “Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus” for one hour at the corner of E. 38th Street and Superior Avenue, Tuesday and Wednesday. Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Pinkey Carr handed out the unique, public punishment to make an impression.

Cobb School District Releases School Bus Safety Video
Atlanta Journal Constitution (Georgia), Nov. 8, 2012

The Cobb County School District, the Cobb County Police Department and American Traffic Solutions have released a public service announcement on YouTube to educate the community on how the CrossingGuard school bus stop arm safety solution works. View video here.

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.

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Missouri Judge Upholds Constitutionality of Red-Light Cameras

St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Thea Sherry is the latest Missouri magistrate to rule in favor of the constitutionality of red-light cameras.

Responsible Drivers Don’t Fear Red-Light Cameras
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Nov. 14, 2012

We probably wouldn’t need cameras in the first place if people would keep their minds on driving instead of playing with their cell phones or whatever else they do and not drive responsibly.


“If  you do the math, if every single light cycle, between one and five cars violate the red light, in a matter of two hours, you’re looking at potentially hundreds of crashes that could have been caused by that red-light violation.”
Matt Devine, Lafayette Police Traffic Investigator
WLFI TV 18 (Indiana), Nov. 14, 2012

“People are getting the word out. That word of mouth helps us — nobody wants these citations, so they tell their friends and family members to be more careful. It’s making a difference.”
Jackie Coffee, Carroll County School System Transportation Director
Douglas County Sentinel (Georgia), Nov. 14, 2012


“[Public safety officers] can put up all the posters they want to warn people about stopping for school buses. But are you going to remember a poster, or what Judge Pinkey Carr did to that woman who passed a school bus?”
Mike Cicconetti, Painesville Municipal Court Judge
WKYC TV 3 (Ohio), Nov. 13, 2012


“If they prove to be effective in reducing speed and accidents, we should seriously consider adding cameras to other schools. We think it can be one tool to help improve safety patrolling in school zones, so we’ve been eager to have it employed.”
Tom Rasmussen, Seattle City Council Transportation Committee Chairman
The Seattle Times (Washington), Nov. 12, 2012

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 49

November 8th, 2012 Comments off


Voters Say Yes to Red-Light Cameras
The Express Times (New Jersey), Nov. 7, 2012

Voters  have decided in Pohatcong Township that the municipality’s controversial red-light cameras should remain. Data shows collisions have decreased at intersections since cameras went live. (The Express-Times photo by Tim Wynkoop)

Speed Cameras Win Strong Approval in Longview
The Daily News (Washington), Nov. 7, 2012

Longview voters on Tuesday gave a thumbs up to keeping speed cameras in school zones. Speed cameras already are in place at three schools and the City Council is considering putting speed cameras in three more locations where police say hundreds of vehicles a day are being driven more than 5 mph above the 20 mph speed limit.


D.C. Reduces Fines for Speed Cameras
WTOP FM 103.5, Nov. 5, 2012

The penalty for being a lead foot gets a little lighter, starting Monday. Many speeding tickets issued by cameras in the District of Columbia will be $25 cheaper. The biggest offenders, however, will actually see more expensive tickets. The fine for blowing past a camera at 25 mph or more goes from $250 to $300.

ATS Presents Camera Program to O’Fallon Officials
St. Charles County Suburban Journal (Missouri), Nov. 5, 2012

The City Council heard a brief presentation from representatives of American Traffic Solutions during an Oct. 25 work session, but took no action. ATS representative Dan Reeb said portable cameras can be mounted in police vehicles and used to enforce speed limits near schools and in work and travel zones. The idea is to curb dangerous driving behavior.

City Expands School Zone Speed Safety Camera Program
Kent Reporter (Washington), Nov. 2, 2012

Des Moines will expand its School Zone Safety Program, which aims to protect students, drivers, and passengers from injuries or collisions caused by speeding vehicles in school zones. Already, the city has seen an 82 percent reduction in the number of motorists speeding through the Woodmont Elementary school zone where cameras are installed. See related article in The Waterland Blog.

Safety Investments Paying Off
ITS International Magazine (England), September/October

Justification of enforcement efforts on economic grounds has been reinforced this year, by a study of the costs and benefits of red light enforcement in the United States. The results aren’t limited to the U.S., however. Take a look at how red-light cameras are reducing crashes and improving traffic safety north of the border, in the city of Edmonton.


Councilman Acts to Tighten Right-Light Camera Law
WDAF TV-4 (Missouri), Nov. 6, 2012

Every year, thousands of drivers are caught on camera running red lights in Kansas City, Missouri – but one councilman says that because of a loophole in the law, many of those drivers will never face a ticket. 

American Traffic Solution is Arlington County’s chosen vendor to install, maintain and operate a red-light camera system. ATS received the  county’s notice of award of contract recently and looks forward to helping to improve driver safety in this Virginia community.


Austin Seeks Stronger Penalties for Drivers Who Pass School Buses
KXAN News (Texas), Nov. 8, 2012

Some Austin City Council members say too many drivers are illegally passing stopped school buses, putting kids in danger. … On Thursday, council members will ask the city manager to consider a new civil penalty ordinance that would help track down drivers passing a stopped school bus and breaking the law.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Keep Intersections Safer
The Express-Times (Pennsylvania), Nov. 6, 2012

The $85 that violators pay for illegal red light running needs to be put into perspective. Consider the cost to drivers when an accident occurs. According to the Federal Highway Administration, the average cost of a collision with injuries is $126,000; the average cost of a traffic-related fatality is $6 million.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Are Not an Intrusion
San Diego Union Tribune (California), Nov. 5, 2012

What kind of convoluted thinking went into the column by Mathew T. Hall? … What Mr. Hall and those that bewail the use of red-light cameras would be better advised to do is to encourage people to adhere to traffic laws and thereby increase the safety of all of us.

Sound Off: Be Smart, Say Yes to Red-Light Cameras
Delaware County Times (Pennsylvania), Nov. 6, 2012

The only people who get angry about the red light cameras are ones who do not obey the laws of the road and then get mad when they get ticketed. Well, guess what? You’re supposed to stop at a stop sign. You’re supposed to slow down, not speed up, at a yellow light, and you’re supposed to stop at a red light, not go through it.


“We want all drivers to be safe, including company drivers, and I assume that once the companies get a few of these letters in the mail with the photo of their company vehicle out in an intersection and a $100 bill that they’ll probably chat with these drivers.”
John Sharp, Kansas City 6th District Councilman
WDAF-TV 6 (Missouri), Nov. 6, 2012


“This is not an approach to raise money. It’s an approach to be able to get people to slow down.”
Vince Gray, District of Columbia Mayor
WTOP FM 103.5, Nov. 5, 2012

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 48

November 1st, 2012 Comments off


Deadly Crash Caught on Camera Ends in Arrest
Miami Herald (Florida), Oct. 30, 2012

Authorities arrested a man with a long rap sheet — and no valid drivers license — in connection with the horrific Miami Gardens car wreck that killed an elderly woman and injured four others as they waited for a bus. According to the arrest warrant, cars were stopped at the intersection for a red light, and the driver made no attempt to slow down.

Red-Light Runners Soon to Be on Camera in Palatka
Florida Times Union, Oct. 28, 2012

Palatka is now among a list of Northeast Florida cities installing red-light cameras to freeze-frame traffic law violators. The city joins Jacksonville, Green Cove Springs and Orange Park in adopting the system their police departments deploy at their most dangerous intersections.


Committee Recommends Additional Red-Light Camera Locations
ConnectAmarillo.com/KVII TV7 (Texas), Nov. 1, 2012

Amarillo’s Red-Light Advisory Committee agreed on Wednesday that city commissioners should consider placing red-light safety cameras at six additional intersections. Currently, cameras are in operation at four locations, and city officials say traffic collisions have decreased at those intersections. See related coverage from KFDA TV 10.


Public Service Announcement Addresses Intersection Law
City of Tucson (Arizona), Oct. 31, 2012

Tucson Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Division has partnered with Channel 12 to produce a public service announcement to help drivers to know exactly what legally constitutes an intersection, in relation to the Traffic Safety Camera Program and routine patrol enforcement. Click here to go directly to video.

Violator of the Week in Clearwater
Clearwater Patch (Florida), Oct. 30, 2012

A white Jeep heading eastbound on State Road 60 near Belcher Road careens through a red light, making Clearwater Police’s Red Light Violator of the week.


Red-Light Camera Catches Rape Suspect
Right This Minute, Oct. 29, 2012

A red-light camera in Surfside, Florida, caught something it normally doesn’t catch. It didn’t catch a red-light running, but rather a rape suspect.

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.

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Editorial: Expand Camera Enforcement for School Buses, Students
The Herald Dispatch (West Virginia), Oct. 30, 2012

About 26 million elementary and secondary school children across the nation ride school buses each day. So, safety is a top priority. … To help with enforcement, some buses are equipped with side cameras that can provide video of infractions and even license plate information that can be used to round up careless motorists. That practice should be expanded.

Letter: Alabama Needs Road Safety Cameras
Birmingham News/AL.com, Oct. 29, 2012

The use of these cameras sends a clear message: There is no excuse for disregarding traffic safety laws.  If you do, you will be held accountable for putting yourself and others at risk.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Are Huge Success
The Des Moines Register (Iowa), Oct. 29, 2012

We are writing to express our support for the use of photo enforcement in Des Moines to make roads and intersections safer. Though it may be too early to see results in Des Moines, safety cameras have been enormously successful in neighboring Iowa communities.

Letter: Place Speed Cameras in More Places
The Washington Post (District of Columbia), Oct. 28, 2012

I frequently ride on Beach Drive at midday, and cars often pass me at dangerous speeds. The speed limit is 25 mph and, as a competitive cyclist, I am not riding much below that. It is unfortunate that Washington and surrounding areas have placed speed cameras in many heavily driven areas but have not done so in a place with heavy pedestrian and cycling traffic, such as Beach Drive, where they have the potential to save lives.


“Accident rates have gone down and compliancy of not running red lights has increased.”
Craig Gualtiere, Amarillo Red Light Advisory Committee Member
ConnectAmarillo.com/KVII TV7 (Texas), Nov. 1, 2012


“Often it takes years to change driving behavior. It’s going to take years to achieve the level of compliance we want. We intend them on staying there for the foreseeable future.”
Brian Budds, Deputy Police Chief of Western Springs, Ill., on the plans for his city’s red-light camera program.
Chicago Tribune/WGN TV.com (Illinois), Oct. 29, 2012

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