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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 3, Issue 9

January 31st, 2013 Comments off


Police Demonstrate Red-Light Videos
St. Joseph News-Press (Missouri), Jan. 31, 2013

St. Joseph police demonstrated Wednesday how they review and approve red-light violations before a $100 ticket is sent to the driver. (St. Joseph News-Press photo by Matt Reid)


Driver Surrenders to Police in Fatal Car-Pedestrian Collision
Star-Telegram (Texas), Jan. 29, 2013

A Grand Prairie middle school teacher abruptly resigned and walked into a Grand Prairie police station to turn herself in to police Tuesday morning, telling officers that she is the driver they were searching for in the hit-and-run death of a 6-year-old boy last week. Police said the traffic signal was red for 14 seconds when a vehicle ran it and hit the boy. (WKNI.net graphic)


Stop, Go, Floor It: The Dilemma Zone
FoxBusiness.com/CarInsurance.com, Jan. 29, 2013

It sounds like a reality TV show, but it’s actually something most drivers encounter every day: The moment when, approaching a yellow traffic light, you must decide to continue through the intersection at the same speed, hit the gas or apply the brakes. Each of these decisions carries risks.

Police Say Red-Light Running Involved in Early Morning Crash
KVOA TV 4 (Arizona), Jan. 28, 2013

According to Tucson Police Department officials, an early morning crash that sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries was caused by a red-light running violation.

Gotcha! Red-Light Cameras Slow Rate of Red-Light Violations
Fleet Owner Magazine, Jan. 28, 2013

A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reviewing the use of red-light cameras at four major intersections in Arlington County, Virginia, determined that cameras significantly reduced the number of red-light violations – proving, in the eyes of the group’s researchers, that such technology can successfully “modify” driver behavior. See related news coverage in autos.sympatico.caautonet.ca and fenderbender.com.

Study Declares Red-Light Cameras Effective at Improving Safety
WTOP 103.5 FM Radio (District of Columbia), Jan. 28, 2013

A  new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that cameras in Arlington County, Virginia, are effective at reducing the number of drivers committing red-light violations, along with reducing violations that could cause a crash.  See related news coverage in Virtual Strategy Magazine, The Car Connection and ARLnow. Read related statement from National Coalition for Safer Roads in the Sacramento Bee.


Red-Light Cameras Bringing Results
St. Joseph News-Press (Missouri), Jan. 30, 2013

During the 12 days since St. Joseph’s red-light safety camera program began at two intersections, authorities have approved 91 violations. (St. Joseph News-Press photo by Eric Keith)


More Red-Light Cameras at New Intersections in Sarasota
SNN Local News 6 (Florida), Jan. 29, 2013

If they’re not up already, construction is soon to begin on 11 more red-light cameras in Sarasota. The new additions will be going up at six different intersections.

Sheriff’s Deputies on Lookout for School Bus Scofflaws
The Palm Beach Post (Florida), Jan. 30, 2013

Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies hit the streets to educate motorists about the legal requirement to stop for school buses.


Council Passes Ordinance to Equip School Buses with Cameras
Falls Church Patch (Virginia), Jan. 29, 2013

City of Falls Church school buses will be equipped with video cameras designed to catch motorists who blow past stop signs that appear when buses stop to pick up or drop off children. See related news in The Washington Post. (Photo by John Wesley Brett – Falls Church City Schools.)


Program Reveals Motorists Passing Stopped School Buses
WESH TV2 (Georgia), Jan. 28, 2013

A six-week pilot program in Seminole County revealed that motorists are continuing to pass stopped school buses. The program that started Oct. 3 is with American Traffic Solutions.

Cars Zip Past School Bus and Camera’s Eye
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 25, 2013

A high-tech experiment in Seminole County is proving what police have known for a long time: Motorists are endangering the lives of students by passing stopped school 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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Commentary: Making the Case for Red-Light Cameras
Turlock Journal (California), Jan. 29, 2013

If I was a politician, I might be labeled a flip-flopper because I have recently reversed my previous opinion on a local governance issue. The matter in question: red light traffic cameras.


Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Can Be Crime-Busters
The News Tribune (Washington), Jan. 30, 2013

Seattle police think a red-light camera might have helped catch whoever killed 21-year-old Nicole Westbrook in a drive-by shooting last spring. They figured someone who has that much disregard for human life might also disregard traffic lights, and the camera might have captured a license plate number.


Letter: Keep the Cameras
Naples Daily News (Florida), Jan. 29, 2013

County commissioners, please reconsider your actions and keep the cameras. You will save lives by your actions, but if you continue to move forward with doing away with the cameras, people will suffer and people will die because of you and your heavy-handed actions that placate a small minority — those who will, no doubt, run red lights!

Letter: Keep the Protection
Naples Daily News (Florida), Jan. 29, 2013

I totally agree that red-light cameras are an important investment for our community. … It makes sense to continue the program; not only does it help in research for brain injuries and spinal injuries it does not cost the county or state any money to administer the program.

Letter: Film Drivers Who Ignore School Bus Law
The Express-Times (Pennsylvania), Jan. 28, 2013

It’s time to arm school bus drivers — not with firearms, but with the tools they need to nail all the thoughtless or just plain stupid drivers who ignore the flashing lights and the students walking in the intersection.


“The goal in the program is to get people who are driving to change their habits. There’s no motor vehicle statute whose goal is punishment. The statutes are there to be a deterrent.”
John S. Wisniewski, New Jersey State Assemblyman
Independent (New Jersey), Jan. 31, 2013


“Everywhere the program is in place, violations drop.”
Paul Sutton, Captain with Sarasota Police Department
SNN Local News 6 (Florida), Jan. 29, 2013


“People can paint it anyway they want to, whether it’s a money generator. My perspective (is) it’s all about safety. It’s all about safety of kids.”
Kenneth Lewis, Seminole County Public Schools Transportation Director
WESH TV 2 (Georgia), Jan. 28, 2013

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 8

January 24th, 2013 Comments off


Paralysis Program, Trauma Centers Are Losers as Collier Stops Red-Light Cameras
M.MarcoNews.com (Florida), Jan. 20, 2013

Within two years after red-light camera tickets in 73 Florida communities began amassing fines, nearly $15 million went to trauma centers statewide and to a Miami-based program to help those who are paralyzed. … Paralyzed patients who benefit are baffled by Collier County commissioners’ 3-2 vote last month to remove the red-light cameras as of Feb. 28. See related article from University of Miami.

Red-Light Cameras Prove Effective in Arlington County
The Washington Post (District of Columbia), Jan. 24, 2013


If you are destined to die in a car crash around here, the odds are almost one in four that you’ll get killed at an intersection, but your chance of avoiding a crash is improving if you live in Arlington County. Four red-light cameras installed there have proven to do what proponents of the cameras have long said they would: save lives. … A year after cameras began issuing tickets at the intersections, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety researchers determined that running lights that were red for 0.5 seconds was down by 39 percent, running lights red for 1 second had dropped by 48 percent and running lights red for 1.5 seconds or more was down by 86 percent. “What these numbers show is that those violations most likely to lead to a crash are reduced the most,” said Anne McCartt, who wrote the institute’s report. “Automated enforcement can get drivers to modify their behavior.” See IIHS news release and report. (IIHS graphic)

Red-Light, Speed Cameras Bring Safety, Fine Revenue to Frederick
Gazette.net (Maryland), Jan. 24, 2013

After seven years of red-light cameras and nearly two with speed cameras, Frederick police say the sometimes criticized programs have noticeably improved traffic safety in the city. The city currently has seven red-light cameras and eight speed cameras, but the red-light program will more than double to 17 cameras in the coming months.

Fort Lauderdale to Add More Red-Light Safety Cameras
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 23, 2013

Commissioners on Tuesday approved expanding red-light cameras to six additional city intersections. … When activated, the new cameras will bring to 23 the number of city intersections patrolled by cameras. The additional red-light cameras were approved as part of a new contract with American Traffic Solutions that will last until May 2016.


West Palm Beach to Add Cameras at 25 Intersections
The Palm Beach Post (Florida), Jan. 22, 2013

The city will significantly expand its red-light camera program this year after commissioners voted Tuesday to place cameras in 25 new intersections, bringing the number of intersections equipped to catch drivers who illegally run red lights to 32. (The Palm Beach Post photo by Allen Eyestone)

Bill Permits Traffic Camera Images in Criminal Cases
The Seattle Times (Washington), Jan. 22, 2013

A proposed state law that would allow law enforcement access to images and videos from traffic cameras in crime cases will be introduced in a House hearing this week before the Public Safety Committee.


Camera Images Used to Solve Hit-and-Run
Flagler Live (Florida), Jan. 22, 2013

The arrest is the latest indication of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office stepped-up use of Palm Coast’s red-light safety cameras, which are increasing from 10 to more than 50, and blanketing all the city’s major and medium intersections.


Police: Don’t Add Time at Red-Light Camera Intersections
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), Jan. 18, 2013

Adding one second more to yellow lights at intersections with red-light cameras drew 7,200 seconds — more than two hours — of testimony, mainly from supporters of the state’s camera experiment who told legislators to let the five-year test play out before making changes. (The Jersey Journal photo by Reena Rose Sibayan)

City: Red-Light Camera Data Shows Accidents Down Citywide
The Wenatchee World (Washington), Jan. 18, 2013

Vehicle collisions at three red-light camera intersections are down 37 percent since cameras were installed in 2010. The number of collisions for all intersections in the city was down by 15 percent since 2010, from 1,627 to 1,391.

Red-Light Camera Changes Considered
WKXW 101.5 FM (New Jersey), Jan. 18, 2013

If  you’ve been expecting an end to New Jersey’s red-light camera program, don’t get your hopes up. Even state lawmakers opposed to the program understand that isn’t an option at this point. Instead, they are proposing changes to the controversial pilot program, slated to end next year.

Technology, Police Work Build Case in Deadly Shooting
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 18, 2013

Finding Alex Zaldivar’s killers required a combination of sophisticated technology and strong police work.

Officials, Experts Oppose Bills to Temper Red-Light Camera Program
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), Jan. 17, 2013

Traffic experts and local officials said they oppose a bill that would give drivers an extra two seconds to get through the dozens of intersections equipped with cameras, suggesting it would make roads more dangerous.


Drivers Caught on Camera Running School Bus Stop Arms
ClickOrlando.com (Florida), Jan. 18, 2013

A pilot video program in Seminole County caught 67 drivers running through stop arms on the side of school buses. Seminole County Public Schools teamed up with American Traffic Solutions of Scottsdale, Arizona, to conduct surveillance on areas where a Department of Education survey showed heavy amounts of school bus stop arm violations.


Cameras on School Buses Could Lead to Change in Law
WFTV Channel 9 (Florida), Jan. 17, 2013

A school district hopes that a test of cameras on the outside of school buses will lead to a change in state law. School bus drivers have complained for a long time about cars driving past their buses when the stop signs are extended.

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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Recently, five communities in California, Illinois and Missouri have taken action to renew or extend their current road safety camera contracts with American Traffic Solutions. They are: Cathedral City, California; the Village of Bel-Nor, Missouri; Granite City and the villages of Plainfield and Hoffman Estates in Illinois. ATS is honored to remain the vendor of choice for these communities and looks forward to working with them to protect their residents from dangerous intersection crashes.


“Now that we’ve had this program established and running since 2005, the general public is already aware of it. It’s not brand new — you’re already seeing compliance. That’s why you see our camera citations decrease each year.”
Jason Keckler, Frederick Police Lieutenant and Commander of Patrol Operations
Gazette.net (Maryland), Jan. 24, 2013


“The No. 1 cause for spinal injury is still motor vehicular accidents. To make a decision here to expand the program will do nothing but great things.”
Marc Buoniconti, President of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
The Palm Beach Post (Florida), Jan. 22, 2013

“It’s not the intent of the yellow light to see how many cars can get through before it turns red.”
Robert Christie, Union Police Department Sergeant
Asbury Park-Press (New Jersey), Jan. 18, 2013

Maryland
Traffic crashes are on the decrease in Frederick, where red-light cameras have been in use for seven years. In fiscal 2011, there were 18 crashes at monitored intersections, down from 19 in fiscal 2010 and 42 in fiscal 2009. Source: Gazette.net, Jan. 24, 2013. Virginia

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 7

January 17th, 2013 Comments off

   
Hillsborough County Red-Light-Running Video Shows Best of Worst
WTSP TV 10 (Florida), Jan. 16, 2013

A red-light runner nearly strikes a pedestrian in this compilation of red-light running events released by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The footage includes images from the cameras at Bell Shoals and Bloomingdale, along with video from Brandon Town Center and Brandon Boulevard.


Missouri Red-Light Runners Caught on Camera
KFVS TV 12, Jan. 11, 2013

See this eye-opening video of drivers running red-lights in Grandview, Kansas City, St. Louis, Richmond Heights, Florissant, Arnold and Excelsior Springs, Missouri.


Boulder Shows Dangers of Red-Light Running
BoulderColorado.gov

The city of Boulder, Colorado, answers a number of questions about red-light cameras on its website, and has added a video to further explain why red-light safety camera enforcement is being used.


Panel Rejects Limits on Red-Light Cameras
PilotOnline/The Virginian-Pilot, Jan. 17, 2013

Drivers would be well-advised to stay vigilant: A legislative assault on red-light cameras has been turned back. (The Virginian-Pilot photo by L. Todd Spencer)

Ocoee Adds 3 More Red-Light Cameras
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 16, 2013

Ocoee police got the green light to add three more red-light cameras at busy intersections this week after officers showed city commissioners that the devices have helped solve other city crimes, including a recent homicide.

Police Circulate Red-Light Camera Photo in Vehicle Theft Inquiry
Daily Camera (Colorado), Jan. 16, 2013

Boulder police are seeking public assistance in identifying a man who was photographed by a red-light camera last month behind the wheel of a stolen work truck. See related coverage from KUSA TV 9.


Red-Light Camera ‘Grace Period’ Approaches
KQTV St. Joe Channel (Missouri), Jan. 15, 2013

The grace period for drivers in St. Joseph is just days away. After that, running a red light at certain intersections could automatically result in a ticket.

Report Finds Commonalities among Cities with Cameras
Clearwater Patch (Florida), Jan. 15, 2013

More than 400 intersections in Florida have red-light cameras, including a couple in Clearwater. According to a new report by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 56 percent of communities surveyed noticed a total reduction in crashes at intersections with red-light cameras.

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 Nearly 4,000 roadway fatalities last year involved #distracteddrivers according to @NHTSAgov  #StopOnRed   #putthephonedown


Commentary: Red-Light Safety Cameras Reduce Crashes, Save Lives
Naples Daily News (Florida), Jan. 16, 2013

Recently, the Collier County Commission suddenly and without community discussion voted to discontinue its red-light safety camera program. Now, important new data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has become available showing that red-light cameras do work. They do measurably reduce crashes. And they do save lives.

Commentary: Simple Truth — Red-Light Running Kills, Cameras Save Lives
Times of Trenton (New Jersey), Jan. 12, 2013

Misleading headlines aren’t unusual, especially with quickly moving news on the web, but a recent one about red-light cameras in New Jersey stood out. … Ignored by the headline was the fact that the number of crashes are going down for intersections where two full years of data are in. This is the direction we would expect, based on study after study that demonstrate the effectiveness of red-light cameras.


Editorial: Survey Shows Gains in Safety
The Ledger (Florida), Jan. 17, 2013

Proponents of red-light cameras in Florida recently gained more evidence to support their cause. … The most relevant and compelling finding, located in the department’s summary is “With regard to crash data, the most common outcome was a decrease in rear-end and side-impact crashes.”

Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Are Saving Lives
Tampa Bay Online (Florida), Jan. 14, 2013

Remember all the whining that occurred when Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn pushed for the use of red-light cameras? … Buckhorn and Tampa City Council, fortunately, ignored such nonsense and approved a plan that is, as the mayor promised, “saving lives.”

Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Are Necessary
Pensacola News Journal (Florida), Jan. 14, 2013

We oppose a bill in Tallahassee that would repeal the law that allows cities to install cameras that catch drivers running a red light. The cameras have been successful in reducing the number of serious wrecks as drivers race to beat the light. With cameras in place, drivers know a hefty fine could be in the mail.

Editorial: End the Debate — Study Validates Cameras’ Safety Impact
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Jan. 11, 2013

The city of Bradenton is one of the municipalities and counties discovering that high-tech cameras designed to catch motorists running red lights at major intersections are reducing crashes — “considerably” here, Bradenton Sgt. William Weldon stated this week.


Letter: Why the Rush?
Naples Daily News (Florida), Jan. 15, 2013

Red-light cameras are in place, and from my point of view are working just fine.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Justified
The Miami Herald (Florida), Jan. 14, 2013

Regarding the Jan. 7 editorial, “Red-light cameras are producing safer streets:” My introduction to red-light cameras in Aventura had nothing to do with revenue as several years ago my wife was nearly killed in an intersection accident caused by a red-light runner.


“You can see people are getting the message.”
Brad Dreasher, Lieutenant with Ocoee Police Department, explaining the drop in red-light running tickets.
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 16, 2013


“The goal is to make roadways safer. To have less injuries, deaths, and property damage simply because people are not paying enough attention to stop for the red signal.”
Richard Ketchem, Sergeant with the St. Joseph Police Department
KQTV St. Joe Channel (Missouri), Jan. 15, 2013

Florida
Ocoee operated red-light safety cameras at five intersections in 2010 when more than 14,000 red-light violators were nabbed. Last year, about 8,300 violators were caught. Source: Orlando Sentinel, Jan. 16, 2013.

Maryland
At the start of Maryland’s speed camera program for state highways, seven out of every 100 motorists were getting tickets for going 12 mph or more over the speed limit. Now only two out of 100 are getting tickets. Crashes, injuries and fatalities in work zones around the state are at a 10-year low. Source: WBAL TV 11,  Jan. 15, 2013.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 6

January 10th, 2013 Comments off


Red-Light Cameras Reduce Crashes in Florida
Gulfport Patch, Jan. 9, 2013

According to a new report by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 56 percent of communities surveyed noticed a total reduction in crashes at intersections with red-light cameras. The Tampa Tribune photo by Jay Conner.


3,000 Caught Speeding Past Schools in 2 Weeks
KCPQ TV 13 (Washington), Jan. 9, 2013

In the past two weeks, more than 3,000 people in Seattle were busted for going too fast in school zones. According to the mayor’s office, a total of 3,263 drivers were cited for speeding in four elementary school traffic camera safety zones.

New Red-Light Cameras Installed in Davie
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 9, 2013

Motorists still have time for warnings before fines are issued to red-light runners at a new intersection in Davie, police said. … At the conclusion of the 30-day warning period that began on Jan. 5, authorities will begin issuing $158 fines.

Police Chief Wants to Reinstate Photo Enforcement
Global Toronto (Canada), Jan. 9, 2013

Police Chief Bill Blair wants to reinstate photo radar as a more efficient use of resources.


Red-Light Camera Plan Advances in Springfield
Delaware County Daily Times (Pennsylvania), Jan. 8, 2013

Red-light cameras could be coming to the township in the next few months, but the program is likely to be different from public perception. Daily Times photo by Julia Wilkinson.

Pennsylvania City Says Yes to Red-Light Cameras
Norristown Patch, Jan. 8, 2013

By a 6-1 vote, the council adopted an ordinance to authorize the use of automated red-light enforcement systems in Norristown at its Jan. 7 meeting. The eventual location of the red-light cameras will be determined by the council with recommendations from the police department. See related news from Ardmore-Merion_Wynnewood Patch.

Police Chief Says Cameras Reduce Crashes
Federal Way Mirror (Washington), Jan. 7, 2013

Federal Way Police Chief Brian Wilson said the city’s traffic camera enforcement program is having its intended effect of increasing safety at various intersections and school zones throughout the city.

With Red-Light Cameras, Crashes Wane in Bradenton
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Jan. 7, 2013

State and local officials say crashes caused by red-light runners are declining due to the use of high-tech cameras designed to catch violators.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Reduce Crashes in Florida
Insurance Technology, Jan. 7, 2013

To uncover the benefits of red-light safety cameras, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles carried out a survey among 73 Florida communities and found the cameras contributed to a considerable reduction in traffic crashes.

Florida League of Cities Endorses Red-Light Cameras
St. Pete Patch, Jan. 7, 2013

In light of a recent report from the Florida Department of Transportation on the success of red-light cameras, the Florida League of Cities has come out in support of red-light camera programs.

New Red-Light Safety Cameras Go Up in Knoxville
Knoxville News Sentinel (Tennessee), Jan. 7, 2013

Knoxville police have authorized the installation of red-light traffic cameras at four more intersections. … Meanwhile, authorities will turn off cameras at two crossroads where crashes have been reduced. See related news from WATE TV6.

Study Says Red-Light Cameras Reduce Crashes
BayNews9 (Florida), Jan. 6, 2013

Red-light cameras – love them or hate them, a new study shows they are making intersections safer.


Right-Turn Safety Cameras Approved in San Francisco
San Francisco Examiner (California), Jan. 6, 2013

After years of failed legislative attempts, governor vetoes and lengthy legal reviews, the path has finally been cleared for the installation of a red-light traffic camera at one of the city’s most dangerous intersections. Photo by Cindy Chew/Special to S.F. Examiner.

Red-Light Cameras Get Praise from Florida Agency
News-Press, Jan. 6, 2013

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is one of 41 law enforcement agencies that say red-light cameras improve driving behavior and reduce crashes, according to a new state report.

Report: Cameras Help Reduce Crash Rate
Hernando Today (Florida), Jan. 6, 2013

When Peter Schaefer was sent a $158 citation a few weeks back saying a red-light camera taped him turning 17 mph through a red traffic signal … he was certain it was a set-up. … Then he logged on to the Brooksville Police Department red-light camera page.

Crashes Drop at Tampa’s Intersections with Cameras
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Jan. 5, 2013

Crashes at intersections with red-light cameras fell by nearly one-third the year after Tampa officials installed the technology, police records show.

Lakeland Officials Ask for 15 More Cameras
BayNews9 (Florida), Jan. 5, 2013

Citing safety as the biggest advantage, Lakeland city officials want to add more than a dozen new red-light cameras, increasing the number from nine to 24.


Agreement Brings More Red-Light Cameras to Amarillo
KVII TV7 (Texas), Jan. 8, 2013

Amarillo City Commissions this week approved a contract with American Traffic Solutions that will bring more red-light cameras to the city.


Crash Video Serves as Safety Reminder
BayNews9 (Florida), Jan. 6, 2013

What happens when a driver runs a red light? These videos from Florida’s intersections in 2012 shows the trouble these reckless drivers cause. Stop on red. Lives depend on it.


Iowa Study Probes Stop-Arm Safety Measures
School Bus Fleet, Jan. 4, 2013 

A new Iowa report found that the school bus stop arm cameras do aid in the enforcement of motor vehicle laws and enhance safety if there is an effective and sustainable process to turn a camera image into a traffic citation and ultimately a court conviction. See report.

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.

Pronews 7 – KVII @KVII City approves more red-light cameras at dangerous intersections. #Amarillo Traffic connectamarillo.com/news/story.asp…

ATS_RoadSafety ‏@ATS_RoadSafety Our Take: Picture Perfect red-light cameras via @orlandosentinel orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/o … #StopOnRed #Florida

American Traffic Solutions welcomes the city of Clermont, Florida, as a new client, and is honored to announce that Arizona’s Pima County and the city of Scottsdale will continue their partnership with ATS. Both Clermont and Scottsdale recently signed new multiyear contracts with ATS, while Pima County renewed its current agreement for one year.

NCSR Applauds Florida Report
PR-USA, Jan. 6, 2013

Communities across Florida are seeing a decrease in traffic collisions at red-light safety camera intersections, according to a new report issued by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Reduce Crashes in Florida, Report Shows
Jan. 4, 2013

A decrease in traffic crashes is the most common outcome among 73 Florida communities with red-light safety cameras, according to a new survey by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.


Editorial: Red-Light Safety
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 9, 2013

Two years ago, state lawmakers said yes to the statewide use of red-light cameras. Still, ever since, the controversial cams we’ve long championed have been on trial.

Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Could Work Here
Highlands Today (Florida), Jan. 9, 2013

Traffic accidents are down substantially at Tampa’s intersections with red-light cameras. …. We hope Highlands county and city officials consider red-light cameras as a way to make our intersections safer and to save on manpower monitoring them.

Editorial: Safety in the Driver’s Seat
The Miami Herald (Florida), Jan. 7, 2013

No one likes getting that $158 ticket in the mail for a red-light running violation, but a new report sent to the Florida Legislature indicates that, in general, the controversial red-light cameras seem to work, discouraging drivers from making a last-second dash through an intersection and causing a crash.


Letter: Opponents of Cameras Don’t Want Enforcement
Des Moines Register (Iowa), Jan. 8, 2013

I get tired of hearing opponents of traffic cameras spew out their old excuse of preferring to have an enforcement person deal directly with the driver. It is as archaic as a farmer saying, “I prefer having a person picking corn in the fields, rather than having a machine do that job.”

Letter: Seeing Red
Hernando Today (Florida), Jan. 2, 2013

A driver’s license is a privilege, not a right. I drive a lot and have never gotten a red-light camera ticket. I have never caused an accident, and if the people who want to get rid of the cameras spent their time promoting responsible driving we’d all be better off.


“It does far exceed what I anticipated. I think it tells us that this program is necessary.”
Wyeth Jessee, Principal of Broadview Thompson Elementary School, where authorities issued  881 speeding tickets from speed safety cameras in two weeks.
KCPQ TV 13 (Washington), Jan. 9, 2013


“The intention of the program is to reduce accidents. Philadelphia has found a 34 percent reduction as well as a decrease of fatalities at some key locations. We are approaching this from the public safety aspect.”
Joseph Daly, Springfield Police Chief
Delaware County Daily Times (Pennsylvania), Jan. 8, 2013


“If a few people getting tickets for doing an unlawful thing can slow people down… and prevent more accidents, I’m all for it.”
Dr. Mary DeSouza, Norristown Councilwoman
Norristown Patch (Pennsylvania), Jan. 8, 2013

“Crashes are down at intersections with cameras, they’re considerably down. Since we’ve had the cameras in, every year, we’ve had decreases.”
William Weldon, Sergeant with Bradenton Police Department
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Jan. 7, 2013


“We have found no perceptible negative impacts to traffic flow. There’s been 60,340 red-light violation events reviewed with no resulting rear-end collisions.”
Brian Wilson, Police Chief of Federal Way
Federal Way Mirror (Washington), Jan. 7, 2013


“These cameras save lives.”
Bob Buckhorn, Mayor of Tampa
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Jan. 5, 2013

“This technology has been proven to help authorities punish lawbreakers, reduce dangerous T-bone crashes and change the behavior of those drivers who selfishly choose to run red lights.”
Florida League of Cities
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Jan. 5, 2013

Florida
In November 2011, the first month the city of Tampa started levying fines, police issued 8,174 violations to drivers photographed running red lights. A year later, in November 2012, that number dropped to 4,729. Source: Tampa Bay Times, Jan. 5, 2013.

Tennessee
At Knoxville’s 15 intersections with red-light safety cameras, the latest crash statistics show a 40 percent reduction in crashes for the first three quarters of 2012 in contrast with the same period in 2011. The change includes a 27 percent reduction in T-bone crashes and a 43 percent decrease in rear-end collisions. Source: Knoxville News Sentinel, Jan. 7, 2013.

In Gallatin, traffic crashes throughout the city have decreased 31 percent since the four red-light safety cameras were installed in 2006. Source: The Tennessean, Jan. 9, 2013.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 5

January 3rd, 2013 Comments off


Wrecks Decrease at Red-Light Camera Locations
Arizona Daily Star, Jan. 2, 2013

Collisions at intersections monitored by red-light cameras have steadily dropped over the years with the lowest numbers reported in fiscal year 2012. See related article by KGUN TV9. (Top photo by A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star)

Installation Date Nears for 2 Cameras in St. Joseph
News Press Now (Missouri), Jan. 2, 2013

Drivers have about a month left before their movements at two intersections could be caught on camera. American Traffic Solutions, the company contracted by the city to install red-light cameras, expects installation to be completed by week’s end. See related news coverage by KQTV Channel 2.


Photo Assists Authorities in Deadly Shooting Case
WFTV Channel 9 (Florida), Jan. 2, 2013

Hundreds of pages of documents collected in a police investigation, including a red-light camera photo of the vehicle believed to be the suspects, were released in the case of an alleged plot to kill three people the day before they were to testify in a home invasion case.

High-Tech Cameras Are New Norm in Arlington
KXAS TV 5 (Texas), Jan. 1, 2013

Arlington is installing red-light cameras with improved technology. The city is beginning to install new cameras that produce high-resolution pictures and 12-second video clips that further illustrate a possible violation, offer 24-hour video surveillance and can monitor up to 20 vehicles at once for more than 300 feet.

New York City Issues Fewer Red-Light Running Citations
New York Post, Jan. 1, 2013

Red-light cameras snagged 615,726 motorists blowing through intersections between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30 of 2012, down from 880,922 in all of 2011, according to data obtained by The Post. If altered to reflect a projected 12-month total, the number of red-light violations doled out last year would show an eye-popping drop of 23.7 percent from the previous year.

Prince George Preps for New Red-Light Safety Cameras
Gazette.net (Maryland), Dec. 28, 2012

Police in Prince George’s County are shifting the focus to red lights when it comes to traffic enforcement, something officials say will continue to drive down traffic crashes and fatalities that have for years plagued the county.


Mountain Town Rewards Safe Drivers
CBC News (Canada), Dec. 28, 2012

An Alberta mountain town located west of Calgary is using photo radar not just to ticket speeders, but to capture good driving behavior and reward it with a $250 gift certificate.


Red-Light Runners Raise Holiday Crash Numbers
WWL TV4 (Louisiana), Dec. 28, 2012

When you’re driving to a New Year’s Eve party getting into an accident is probably the last thing on your mind. But statistics show the holiday season is the time when road safety needs to be a priority.

  
Red-Light Running in Arizona
Arizona Daily Star, Jan. 1, 2013

Red-light safety cameras in Scottsdale and Tucson caught a fair share of red-light runners in the act this past year. See how their behavior endangered innocent passers-by on the streets.

Crash Video Serves as Safety Reminder
Brandon Patch (Florida), Dec. 29, 2012

A public-service announcement showcasing a video of accidents involving red-light runners in Florida aims to “serve as a reminder for all drivers about the need to obey the law and stop on red.”

Teen Hit after Getting Off School Bus
KXAS TV5 (Texas), Dec. 21, 2012

A 16-year-old boy was hit by a car after getting off of a school bus Friday afternoon, officials say. The student, a freshman at Shepton High School, was transported to the hospital but is expected to recover.

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.

NCSR ‏@SaferRoadsUSA Put safety first in 2013! Take our pledge to #StopOnRed http://bit.ly/UrdAtG #RoadSafety #Resolutions.


Editorial: Smile for the Red-Light Cameras
Times Herald-Record (New York), Jan. 2, 2013

Anybody who has driven on the congested part of Route 211 in the town of Wallkill by all of the shopping areas will understand why local officials are asking permission to install red-light cameras.

Editorial: School Bus Stop Arms Keep Children Safe
Daily Journal (Indiana), Jan. 1, 2013

Passing a stopped school bus is a violation of state traffic laws, but issuing tickets is a near impossibility. To help, state Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, is drafting legislation that would allow school corporations to hire firms to install cameras on school bus stop-arms.


“In our books, as far as the Police Department is concerned, the program has been a great success, and we certainly want to continue with it.”
Elise Souter, Tucson Police Department Lieutenant in the Traffic Enforcement Division, which oversees the road safety camera program.
Arizona Daily Star, Jan. 2, 2013


“As a result of people running red lights we see a lot more crashes and they are a lot more dangerous.”
Anthony Micheu, New Orleans Police Lieutenant
WWL TV 4 (Louisiana), Dec. 28, 2012

Arizona
At Tucson’s eight locations with red-light safety cameras, collisions have decreased to 74 through fiscal year 2012. The first camera was installed in January 2007, and nearly 200 collisions occurred at the eight locations that year. Source: Arizona Daily Star, Jan. 2, 2013.

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