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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 4

December 27th, 2012 Comments off


Start 2013 with a Safe End to 2012
American Traffic Solutions wishes all of its customers, their families and drivers everywhere a safe and festive New Year. See you in 2013.


ATS Surpasses Social Media Milestone
GlobeNewswire, Dec. 26, 2012

One recent click is all it took for the ATSRoadSafety YouTube page to pass the notable social media milestone of 1 million views. Launched in November 2010, the webpage is a valuable resource for law enforcement to help raise public awareness about the dangers of speeding, red-light running and school-bus-stop-arm passing.

Red-Light Running Crashes Down Since Cameras Installed
Naples News (Florida), Dec. 24, 2012

Mixed reviews met last week’s decision by Collier County commissioners to remove red-light cameras from local intersections. But behind the rhetoric is a fact that camera supporters herald and opponents dismiss: Crashes caused by red-light runners have gone down locally since the cameras were installed.

Crashes Decrease as Violations Rise in Humble
The Tribune (Texas), Dec. 23, 2012

For the first time since the program began five years ago, the number of red-light camera violations in Humble increased in 2012. … However, officials say the number of crashes at intersections with red-light cameras decreased in 2012.

Red-Light Running Fines Could Fund 24/7 Patrols
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), Dec. 22, 2012

Hudson County Freeholder Bill O’Dea of Jersey City has apparently found a way to make the most of those red-light cameras that are popping up in the city by demanding that the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office change its table of organization to dedicate a 24/7 patrol on the perimeter of Lincoln County Park.


Boynton Beach to Add 5 More Red-Light Cameras
Palm Beach Post (Florida), Dec. 21, 2012

Commissioners this week approved the purchase of five new red-light cameras, bringing the total in the city to 16.

No. 8 Story of 2012: Palatka Red-Light Safety Cameras Catch Violators
Palatka Daily News (Florida), Dec. 21, 2012

Palatka Daily News staff picked the installation of red-light cameras at four city intersections as the eighth most important story of 2012. Installation of the system began in October; it became fully operational on Nov. 16 and began catching violators.


St. Petersburg’s Camera Program to Continue, Expand
St. Pete Patch (Florida), Dec. 21, 2012

After a three-hour discussion, the St. Petersburg City Council allowed the continuation and growth of the red-light camera program. The number of cameras will expand from 22 to 31.

Speeding Tickets on the Decrease in Germantown
WMC TV 5 (Tennessee), Dec. 21, 2012

The Germantown Police Department confirmed that the percentage of its issued traffic tickets has dropped by about 50 percent since 2009. … Police say a number of variables could be contributing to the slowdown in citations, including red-light cameras at major intersections.


Police Chief Plans to Ask for More Cameras
Wenatchee World (Washington), Dec. 21, 2012

More red-light cameras may be in Wenatchee’s future. Police Chief Tom Robbins plans to ask the City Council, at its annual retreat on Jan. 19, to consider cameras at two more intersections.

Knoxville Will Get 4 More Red-Light Safety Cameras
WBIR TV 10 (Tennessee), Dec. 21, 2012

Knoxville is getting more red-light cameras at four new intersections. Police say the public will be alerted before the cameras go active. A grace period will follow.


Red-Light Running Video Could Make You Cringe
KPHO TV5 (Arizona), Dec. 21, 2012

How many times have you been there, caught between the yellow and red light when you just try to make it anyway? … Well, be warned. A new video shows just how bad it can be if you run a red light.

Video of Red-Light Running Crashes, Close Calls Assembled as Warning
WMC TV5 (Tennessee), Dec. 20, 2012

Thousands of people in the city of Memphis run red lights each year. Shocking new video shows just how dangerous the decision to run on red can be.


Tucson’s Most Dangerous Intersections
KGUN TV9 (Arizona), Dec. 20, 2012

Traffic crashes are decreasing at the intersection of Grant and Swan in Tucson where red-light safety cameras are in use, but it still made AAA’s list of dangerous crossroads.

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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Commentary: Red-Light Safety Cameras Save Lives
Times of Trenton (New Jersey), Dec. 21, 2012

I support red-light safety cameras as much as I support speed limits, seat belts and every other traffic law and safety device available to drivers today. Red-light safety cameras save lives, and keeping them in place will continue to benefit all of us in New Jersey.

Commentary: Statistics Show Cameras Make Intersections Safer
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), Dec. 20, 2012

A recent report on red-light safety cameras from the New Jersey Department of Transportation has the attention of vocal camera-program opponents who are not taking into consideration the bigger picture. Important statistics — that any traffic safety expert would see as positive progress — aren’t getting the attention they deserve. The bottom line is that citations are down, the often fatal right-angle “T-bone” crashes have decreased.


Letter: Rules of Road Simple Yet Often Broken
Brandenton Herald (Florida), Dec. 26, 2012

This is a letter to all the drivers in Manatee County. Your driving habits are atrocious. Let me explain.

Letter: We’re Glad to See School Bus Safety Cameras
The Telegraph (Georgia), Dec. 24, 2012

We’re pleased safety cameras will be used to improve school bus safety in Houston County. The issue of stop-arm violations is a growing problem that has drawn national attention and affects school districts, bus drivers, parents and most importantly, children everywhere.

Letter: A Question of Injuries
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Dec. 20, 2012

There are more rear-end collisions because it has been a culture in this area to expect the car in front of you to accelerate, not stop, when the light turns yellow. That will eventually change.

Letter: Tradeoff on Crashes
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Dec. 20, 2012

If red-light cameras cause a spike in rear-end crashes but reduce T-bone crashes in intersections, and the result is fewer serious injuries, I’d say that’s a major benefit.


“The amount of injury crashes at these locations has declined, and I believe that is the result we were attempting to achieve and maintain.”
Ken Theis, Humble Police Department Sergeant and traffic unit supervisor
The Tribune (Texas), Dec. 23, 2012


“The reduction of the devastating T-bone accidents is the main reason I am supporting this.”
Jim Kennedy, St. Petersburg City Councilman
St. Pete Patch (Florida), Dec. 21, 2012

Florida
In St. Petersburg, data show a 25 percent decrease in crashes caused by running red lights and injuries falling by 39 percent at intersections with red-light safety cameras. Source: St. Pete Patch, Dec. 21, 2012.

Texas
Traffic crashes have decreased this year from 11 crashes in 2011 to six in 2012 at the camera controlled intersections in Humble. At the other 24 intersections with traffic signals, a total of 118 crashes occurred. Source: The Tribune (Texas), Dec. 23, 2012.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 3

December 20th, 2012 Comments off


Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season

American Traffic Solutions wishes all of its customers, their families and drivers everywhere a safe and happy holiday season.  On behalf of all of us at ATS, we hope everyone has a safe and festive New Year. See you in 2013.


Grace Period Ends at 3 Philadelphia Locations with Red-Light Cameras
WCAU TV 10 (Pennsylvania), Dec. 19, 2012

Thinking about ignoring that red light when you don’t see any cars around? Think again. Starting today, any driver caught running a red light at the following locations in Philadelphia will face a $100 fine. See related coverage from WTXF TV29.

Speeding Tickets in Maryland Work Zones Down Significantly
WTTG-TV 5, Dec. 17, 2012

Speeding tickets issued to motorists in work zones in Maryland appear to be down significantly in 2012 compared wtih last year.

Driver Gets Life Sentence in Dragging Death
East Valley Tribune (Arizona), Dec. 16, 2012

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Edward Bassett sentenced a 22-year-old man to life with the possibility of parole in 25 years on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of a young woman in Arizona. The college student was dragged to her death by a driver who drove up on the sidewalk, grabbed the woman’s purse and sped off as its straps became entangled on the woman’s arm. Photo enforcement camera images helped police in their investigation. See earlier report from The Arizona Republic.


Houston Commissioners OK School Bus Camera Agreement
The Telegraph (Georgia), Dec. 18, 2012

The Houston County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved an agreement that paves the way for the installation of school bus cameras to catch drivers who ignore bus stop signals. (The Telegraph photo by Jason Vorhees)


Prince George’s Officials Hope to Unveil School Bus Cameras
WTOP 103.5 FM (Maryland), Dec. 17, 2012

In August, Montgomery and Frederick counties unveiled school bus cameras, designed to catch dangerous drivers illegally passing buses while children are present. Prince George’s County officials hope to unveil a similar program in August 2013.

Mom: Drivers Need to Take Care Around School Buses
Muscatine Journal (Iowa), Dec. 15, 2012

When it comes to people ignoring rules of the road regarding school buses, one Muscatine mom has had enough. … Kristina Olson said she has witnessed area residents driving as though they have no regard for the fact that children are walking to school and boarding buses.

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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This week, three local governments have announced they will continue their road safety camera programs with American Traffic Solutions. Lakeland, Florida, an ATS customer since 2008, signed  a new five-year agreement, and Maryland’s Howard County and Anne Arundel, two other established customers with ATS, both announced the renewal of their current agreeements. ATS welcomes the opportunity to continue to assist these communities with their traffic safety needs.

Letter: Montgomery County Should Embrace Red-Light Cameras
The Times Herald (Pennsylvania), Dec. 19, 2012

Norristown is among the municipalities now permitted to consider the use of red-light cameras at dangerous intersections, under new state legislation signed into law in July. It’s an option local leaders should embrace, just as the community does.

Letter: Pay Attention When a School Bus Stops
The Daily News (North Carolina), Dec. 14, 2012

It is illegal and dangerous for drivers to pass a stopped school bus with an arm extended. Despite this, drivers across the state continue to ignore school bus stop arms and drive through, putting children at risk.


“There have been some very close calls where injury was narrowly missed. … The thing is, we don’t want to lose a child.”
Billy Jerles, Houston County School Board Attorney
The Telegraph (Georgia), Dec. 18, 2012

“We’ve seen a decrease in accidents where we’ve had them installed.”
Trent Cooper, Littleton Police Commander, referring to red-light cameras at four intersections
Daily Camera (Colorado), Dec. 15, 2012

“Eighty percent of school-bus related deaths occur when kids are hit by cars that don’t stop for a bus. And buses are carrying the most precious cargo.”
Donald Krings, Muscatine Community School District Transportation Supervisor
Muscatine  Journal (Iowa), Dec. 15, 2012

Florida
Since 2010, when red-light cameras were first installed in Maitland, red-light running has decreased nearly 25 percent and crashes are down 16 percent. Source: WFTV 9, Dec. 17, 2012.

Pennsylvania
In 2011, Philadelphia’s top ticketed intersection for red-light runners was at South Broad Street and Penn Square with 33, 627 violations in its first full year of operation. This past year, tickets dropped to 12,488. The city’s busiest red-light camera location is Roosevelt Boulevard and Levick Street, which racked up 15,049 tickets in the 2012 fiscal year.  Source: WCAU TV 10, Dec. 19, 2012.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 2

December 13th, 2012 Comments off


Clermont Red-Light Runners Could Be Caught on Camera
WFTV Channel 9 (Florida), Dec. 12, 2012

Drivers who run a red light in Clermont could soon be caught on camera at one of the busiest intersections in town. (Flickr photo of Clermont’s landmark Citrus Tower.)

Intersection Crashes Diminish in Linden
GlobeNewsWire, Dec. 12, 2012

Red-light safety cameras are not only reducing dangerous T-bone collisions, but are also reducing other types of collisions at several Linden intersections.

Camera Captures Truth behind Crash with Officer
WFOR TV 4 (Florida), Dec. 11, 2012

A driver of a pickup truck who struck a motorcycle officer on Monday reportedly told investigators he was forced to swerve to avoid hitting another vehicle. The explanation sounded plausible until investigators reviewed footage from a red-light camera near the scene of the collision.

Prince George’s County to Install More Red-Light Cameras
Riverdale Park-University Park Patch (Maryland), Dec. 10, 2012

Prince George’s County police are planning to install dozens of additional red-light cameras in 2013, WTOP reports. Police will replace 25 existing cameras first before bringing the total up to 72 by the end of 2014.

More Red-Light Cameras in Scottsdale Part of 5-year Contract
The Arizona Republic, Dec. 7, 2012

More red-light cameras, new portable units and additional electronic-feedback boards are among traffic-enforcement changes in store for Scottsdale motorists under a new five-year contract the City Council approved recently. Cameras will be added to eight intersections under the contract.

Red-Light Cameras in the Works in Saskatoon
The StarPhoenix (Canada), Dec. 7, 2012

The city council is set to approve a contract that would see new red-light cameras installed at the intersections of 33rd Street and Idylwyld Drive, as well as bring upgrades to the city’s three other red-light camera locations. See additional coverage from The StarPhoenix.


Red-Light Runners Serve as a Reminder
National Coalition for Safer Roads (Washington, D.C.), Dec. 12, 2012

We take precautions every time we get in a car. We put our children in specially designed seats. We latch our seat belts. We keep our eyes on the road. But, we can’t control the driving behavior of others.


Speed Cameras Return in Scottsdale
KSAZ TV 10 (Arizona), Dec. 11, 2012

You might want to start paying closer attention to your car’s speedometer. … The city of Scottsdale is cracking down on red-light runners and speeders and the cameras will be added to several highly traveled roads.

Cameras on Cobb School Buses to Soon Double
WSB Radio (Georgia), Dec. 11. 2012

The number of Cobb County School buses equipped with camera systems that record stop arm violators will soon double. Officials said it is confirmation that the experimental program is helping to make a remarkable dent in the number of drivers who fail to stop when school kids are crossing the street.


School Bus Cameras Catch Hundreds of Violators
WXIA TV 11 (Georgia), Dec. 7, 2012

All those new cameras on Cobb County school buses are catching a lot of people who are breaking the law.

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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The city of Saskatoon, Canada, has selected American Traffic Solutions as its new road safety camera provider. In other recent developments, Clermont, Florida, and Scottsdale, Arizona, awarded ATS with new road safety camera program contracts. ATS is honored to be a part of the traffic safety efforts in these cities.

Commentary: Safety First with Red-Light Cameras
MyCentralJersey.com (New Jersey), Dec. 10, 2012

As someone who has stood in the middle of an intersection directing traffic and who has been the first to arrive at the scene of a senseless traffic crash, I will tell you that I support red-light safety cameras as much as I support speed limits, seat belts and every other traffic law and safety device available to drivers today. Red-light safety cameras save lives, and keeping them in place will continue to benefit all of us in New Jersey.

Letter: Seeing Red
Philadelphia Weekly (Pennsylvania), Dec. 11, 2012

Red-light cameras are making roads safer and saving lives in Philadelphia. These devices are an important part of our city’s traffic safety program, so it’s important for people to have the full facts so they can understand the positive impact of the red-light camera program.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Make Progress in New Jersey
East Windsor Patch, Dec. 11, 2012

A recent report on red-light safety cameras from the New Jersey Department of Transportation has surfaced vocal camera program opponents who are not taking into consideration the bigger picture. Important statistics — that any traffic safety expert would see as positive progress — aren’t getting the attention they deserve. The bottom line is citations are down, the often fatal right-angle “t-bone” crashes have decreased and these trends continue to rise at intersections where red-light safety cameras have been operational for two years.

Letter: Law-Abiding Drivers Should Support Plan for Cameras
CantonRep.com (Ohio), Dec. 11, 2012

The red-light cameras are in the news yet again. Just install them already. Yes, they will bring in revenue, but more than that, they will promote safety.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Don’t Cause Rear-End Crashes
The Express-Times (New Jersey), Dec. 7, 2012

Rear-end collisions are caused by careless speedy drivers, not by red-light cameras.


“Now this camera is like having me standing here protecting the children as they cross the road.”
Hawk Hagebak, Cobb County Police Lieutenant
WXIA TV 11 (Georgia), Dec. 7, 2012

“The program has been successful in getting drivers to slow down and drive safer. The purpose is to change driver behavior to get them to voluntarily comply with the law.”
Bill Moloney, Scottsdale’s photo-enforcement program manager
The Arizona Republic, Dec. 7, 2012

Arizona
Collisions decreased 24 percent over the most recent five years in locations with fixed cameras in Scottsdale. Source: The Arizona Republic, Dec. 7, 2012.

Georgia
Since September 1, the CrossingGuard school bus safety cameras installed on 102 Cobb County school buses have caught 412 people failing to stop for the flashing stop signs. Source: WXIA TV 11, Dec. 7, 2012.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 1

December 6th, 2012 Comments off


Video Dispels Red-Light Camera Myths
Warren Reporter (New Jersey), Dec. 5, 2012

Video of “same direction” or “rear-end” crashes captured by red-light safety cameras, gives a sobering look at the real cause of rear-end collisions. Inattentive and speeding drivers inflict serious damage on innocent motorists who are clearly stopped at red lights. See the video here.

It’s Amazing What a Red-Light Camera Reveals
Darian Patch (Connecticut), Dec. 5, 2012

Each week, the St. Petersburg Police Department releases a red-light camera video of the week. here’s the most recent one. You’ll be glad these drivers are in far-off Florida.


Tractor Trailer Makes Red-Light Runner of Week in Clearwater
Clearwater Patch (Florida), Dec. 4, 2012

A truck runs a red light at Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road making Clearwater Police’s Red-Light Camera Violator of the Week.


Yellow Lights Pass Media Test in City
WBNS TV 10 (Ohio), Dec. 4, 2012

More and more intersections around Columbus are equipped with red-light cameras that track drivers. … But some drivers wonder if the yellow lights at the intersections are long enough. … Three intersections tested by 10 Investigates passed the three-second test.


Abington Closer to Red-Light Safety Camera Program
Abington Patch (Pennsylvania), Dec. 6, 2012

Abington took a step closer this week to developing a red-light camera ordinance when the public safety committee passed a motion approving, in concept, the red-light camera program. The motion directs the township’s administration and its solicitor to develop the specific wording of such an ordinance.


Tamarac to Install Red-Light Safety Cameras at 20 Intersections
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Dec. 5, 2012

Red-light cameras are coming to Tamarac, more than two years after city officials approved them. Within four months, the cameras will be installed at 20 intersections throughout the city, with the program set to commence after a 30-day public awareness campaign. (WFTS TV28 image)

River Edge Considers Red-Light Cameras
Riverdell Patch (New Jersey), Dec. 5, 2012

River Edge borough officials previously listened to a presentation by American Traffic Solutions (ATS) about installing red-light cameras along Kinderkamack Road, and expect to continue discussing the benefits and disadvantages of installing red-light cameras at a later date.

Pennsylvania Lays Out Transportation Agenda for 2013
Patriot News, Dec. 4, 2012

Details of the transportation plan will come out early next year, said Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch. It has to be fair and it has to be user-fee based. We want this to be fair to all users. … If you just increase registration and licensing fees, only Pennsylvanians pay those. You also mentioned tolls. We have a public-private partnership law now that allows that, and I expect we will get proposals for tolls. But we want to manage that.

Seattle Launches School Zone Speed Camera Program
Campus Safety Magazine (California), Dec. 3, 2012

To enforce school zone speed limits here, the Seattle Police Department will begin using speed safety cameras at four school locations beginning Dec. 10. Registered owners of any vehicle captured on camera exceeding the 20 mph speed limit while the yellow beacons are flashing will receive a fine of  $189.

Township Reports Positive Red-Light Camera Results
The Express-Times (New Jersey), Dec. 2, 2012

Pohatcong Township police Chief Jeffrey Greenemeir said last week that both of the municipality’s red-light camera intersections, Route 22 and 519 and Routes 22 and 122, saw decreases in rear-end collisions since ticketing began in September 2011.


Drop in Citations Proves School Bus Cameras Are Making a Difference
The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia), Dec. 5, 2012

School bus drivers and police say American Traffic Solutions’ cameras on school buses are making a difference. In the past month, 258 citations have been issued to drivers who have been caught on camera driving around Cobb school buses when the stop arm is out.

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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Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Make Intersections Safer
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), Nov. 30, 2012

In our analysis of 12 intersections, we found that right-angle crashes decreased 23.3 percent. This is significant because this type of crash is typically caused by motorists running red lights and often results in injury or fatality. The increase in same-direction crashes isn’t unexpected, but research shows that it does diminish over time.


Letter: No Excuse for Those Who Run Red Lights
Florida Today, Nov. 29, 2012

Let’s face it, the only reason red-light cameras are opposed is because the opponents think their time is more valuable than yours and mine.

“I can tell you that our enforcement has gone way up with the use of this system. In the past … that person has to be foolish enough to run the stop arm in front of a marked police officer, so we only wrote the tickets to the bad, bad drivers.”
Hawk Hagebak, Cobb County Police Lieutenant
The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia), Dec. 5, 2012

New Jersey
The DOT’s findings for Newark, which has two full years of data, are significant. Right-angle crashes are down 86 percent, rear-end crashes are down 42 percent and crashes overall are down 57 percent. Plus, severity costs have been reduced by $268,900 and citations are down year-to-year. Source: The Star-Ledger, Nov. 30, 2012

 

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