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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 17

March 28th, 2013 Comments off

Opelika Launches Red-Light Cameras at 4 Intersections
WTVM-TV 9 (Alabama), March 26, 2013

Red-light safety cameras will be turned on at four of Opelika’s busiest intersections on April 1 with the goal of saving lives. During the first 30 days of operation, red-light runners will receive warnings without fines.

Car Disrupts Cross Traffic, Picked as Red-Light Runner of the Week
Clearwater Patch (Florida), March 26, 2013

A vehicle weaves through cross traffic at the Chestnut Street and Fort Harrison Avenue intersection making Clearwater Police’s latest selection for red-light camera violator of the week.

Red-Light Camera Data Helpful in Hit-and-Run, Other Crimes
WCYB-TV NBC 5 (Virginia), March 22, 2013

Cameras are watching drivers at key intersections in the Tri-Cities and if you’re caught breaking the law by running a red light or by speeding, you’ll end up paying. But what you might not know is those cameras also provide cold, hard facts. We checked with police and learned cameras are helping in more ways than one.

Montgomery Police Start Up New Speed-Detection Vehicles
Montgomery Advertiser (Alabama), March 21, 2013

Montgomery police are beefing up enforcement of speed limits in school zones, construction areas and neighborhoods with four new speed-detection vehicles. The regularly marked police cars remain stationary in specified locations and are equipped with radar detectors and cameras that take photos of license plates.

Daring Rescue Attempt Caught on Camera
KTVI-TV FOX 2 (Missouri), March 21, 2013

A red-light safety camera caught several Good Samaritans in action helping a woman having a seizure gain control of her car. See related coverage in the Arnold Patch.

Speed Cameras in New York; An Idea Whose Time Has Yet to Come, Somehow
Capital New York, March 27, 2013

In recent months, advocates and city officials have pointed to two fatal speeding crashes that claimed children’s lives as Exhibits A and B in the case for cameras that enforce traffic rules by snapping photos of scofflaws and penalizing them accordingly. (The New York Times photo by Todd Heisler)

Henderson Police Ticket Nearly 400 for Running Red Lights
KVVU-TV FOX 5 (Nevada), March 27, 2013

Police kept a close eye on intersections in Henderson over the last month, and it resulted in nearly 400 tickets for red-light runners.

City Considers Pushing Traffic to Toll Roads to Ease Congestion
KXAN-TV (Texas), March 27, 2013

Austin City Council will vote Thursday on a measure that will set up an agreement between Austin Police Department and state traffic agencies like TxDOT. The agreement instructs police officers to divert traffic from non-toll roads to toll roads “for unexpected, unforeseen major traffic incidents.”

Historic Neighborhood Wants More Traffic Enforcement
WTOP 103.5FM (Maryland), March 26, 2013

The residents of a historical part of Frederick, Maryland, are tired of traffic speeding down their street, so they are working to recruit more police enforcement to the neighborhood.

Unexpected Benefits of Red-Light Safety Cameras
ITS International (Kent, England), March 25, 2013

According to the U.S. National Coalition for Safer Roads, red-light cameras don’t only make roads safer for drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike, they also keep communities safe in other ways.

More Speed Cameras En Route to School Zones
The Daily News (Washington), March 23, 2013

The Longview City Council plans to install school zone speed cameras at five more schools, which would bring the city’s total number of camera-monitored school zones to seven. (The Daily News photo by Roger Werth)

Car Runs Stop Sign, Hits Child Who Just Left School Bus
WTVR-TV CBS 6 (Virginia), March 25, 2013

The search continues for the driver who hit a 9-year-old child in Richmond and drove away. Police said investigators are still looking for clues and trying to locate people who witnessed the hit and run.

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 newsletter and share the message to stop on red.

ATS_RoadSafety ‏@ATS_RoadSafety @FLCities Urges Support for CS/SB 1342. Red-Light Safety Cameras save lives: @OcoeePD @HCSOSheriff @BBPD @Dunnellon_PD

William E. Cleary Sr ‏@CNBNEWSNET Philadelphia Parking Authority: Red Light Cameras Make Philadelphia Safer

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the City of Littleton, Colorado, has extended its road safety camera program contract for two years. ATS, which became the city’s vendor of choice in 2009, is honored to continue to be a part of Littleton’s traffic safety efforts.

Commentary: Join the Fight, Red Means Stop
Peoria Times (Arizona), March 22, 2013

Drivers, passengers and pedestrians are still being injured and killed on our roads because of red light runners. … The 2013 goal of the Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance is to educate a new generation of safe, responsible drivers, breaking the cycle of continuing to put ill-prepared teenagers behind the wheel. If we expect our children to grow into safe drivers when they reach adulthood, neglecting the basics as teens is a huge mistake.

Editorial: Camera Footage Is a Fair Tool for Detectives
Kitsap Sun (Washington), March 27, 2013

Sara Burke’s murder was a high-profile situation in the city for which citizens were demanding the most from police, and the judge’s actions hint more toward leaving no stone unturned than an unwarranted invasion of privacy. That’s why we support Substitute House Bill 1047, which would allow law enforcement to obtain warrants for footage from red-light cameras or toll booth cameras, to be used in criminal investigations.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Working
The Ledger (Florida), March 28, 2013

Keep the red-light cameras, Rep. Neil Combee. They’re working and making us all better drivers.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Help Us Slow Down
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), March 25, 2013

America is a society where we are always in a hurry for everything. … We must keep the red-light cameras on our streets. They are deterrents for people who think it’s OK to break the law, just because they are in a hurry.

Letter: Cameras Mean Safety
The Miami Herald (Florida), March 24, 2013

Red-light cameras are needed in Miami. They’re important and help people drive better. Miami drivers are crazy, pushy and rude. They always want to cut you off, and you have to drive defensively. Having the red-light cameras makes it easier to punish people who don’t follow the rules.

Letter: Teens Slow for Cameras
The Herald-Tribune (Florida), March 24, 2013

As the mother of a 19-year-old son, I can attest to the fact that red-light cameras do deter bad driving behavior, not just in adults but our teenagers as well. I am glad that Sarasota County has installed cameras at dangerous intersections and I would encourage the Florida Legislature to let local communities decide how they are going to enforce traffic laws.

Letter: How to Beat Red-Light Cameras? Obey Traffic Rules
St. Augustine Record (Florida), March 24, 2013

I have read much ado from opponents of red-light cameras. There is a simple solution: Obey the traffic laws!

Letter: Deputies Know Cameras Save Lives
The Palm Beach Post (Florida), March 24, 2013

My husband is a deputy sheriff who constantly responds to vehicle crashes. He has had to call parents of young children and let them know their angel wouldn’t be coming home tonight. Red-light cameras save lives.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Are Good for All
St. Augustine Record (Florida), March 24, 2013

After living in Palm Coast since 2007 and seeing the number of drivers who ran red lights every day, I am extremely grateful for the red-light camera program. I definitely see an improvement in the traffic patterns approaching yellow or red lights.

Letter: Time to Stop
Naples Daily News (Florida), March 23, 2013

During a recent drive home we must have seen a dozen people running red lights. They do not even slow down, let alone stop. Many times cars ran red lights as many as three in a row, clearly after the light turned. Let’s return the red-light cameras.

Letter: A Welcome Crackdown on D.C. Red-Light Runners
The Washington Post, March 22, 2013

We should never lose sight of the fact that running red lights, speeding, rolling through stop signs, failing to stop for pedestrians and other bad driver behaviors are dangerous.

“Some folks say it’s like Big Brother, but it’s today’s technology and it extends our police department.”
Gary Fuller, Mayor of Opelika, Alabama
WTVM-TV 9 (Alabama), March 26, 2013

“Citations have actually gone down in numbers, and that’s what our goal has been all along — safety. The revenue is not our focus here.”
Kevin Murphy, Montgomery Police Chief
Montgomery Advertiser (Alabama), March 22, 2013

“If you get a citation with one of these, you’ve earned it, because you’ve had to drive past a police car, a marked police car, speeding.”
Keith Barnett, Montgomery Police Major and Traffic Division Commander
Montgomery Advertiser (Alabama), March 22, 2013

Montgomery police used speed safety cameras to issue 6,941 speeding citations in 2012, more than 80 percent of which involved school zone violations. When comparing the first half of 2012 with the last six months, total speed citations decreased 64 percent and school zone violations decreased 54 percent. SOURCE: Montgomery Advertiser, March 22, 2013.

Drivers are slowing down at Columbia Valley Gardens and Mint Valley elementary schools, where speed safety cameras became operational on March 1, 2011. At Columbia Valley Gardens School, tickets decreased 32 percent from 1,250 in 2011 to 852 in 2012.  At Mint Valley School, speeding tickets diminished 23 percent from 1,231 in 2011 to 953 in 2012.  A backing-up hit and run is the only reported collision in the two school zones since the installation of cameras. SOURCE: The Daily News, March 23, 2013.

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 16

March 21st, 2013 Comments off

Police Extract Crucial Clues from Red-Light Cameras in 1,000s of Cases 
WTXF-TV FOX 29 (Pennsylvania), March 21, 2013

Red-light safety cameras are keeping communities safe beyond improving driver behavior and reducing collisions. Footage from these safety cameras is being used to help solve crimes throughout the United States, a recent study from National Coalition for Safer Roads shows. See related coverage from KPTV Fox 9. and NCSR.

Speeders Near Schools Could Face Cameras in N.Y. City
WABC-TV 7, March 19, 2013

Speeding in New York City is the major factor in the many traffic deaths here last year. Now there is a campaign to slow down drivers.

Cameras Capture Red-Light Runners in the Act
St. Pete Patch (Florida), March 18, 2013

Each week, the St. Petersburg Police releases videotape of several red-light running events in their city to inform the public about the dangers involved in this unlawful behavior.  

Orange Park Enters Red-Light Camera Warning Phase
WJXT-TV CBS 4 (Florida), March 15, 2013

Orange Park is one of the latest communities in Florida now to use technology to address a big problem on our roadways — red-light runners.

New Red-Light Safety Cameras Installed in Sugar Land
KTRK TV ABC 13 (Texas), March 20, 2013

New red-light safety cameras are being installed at U.S. Highway 90A and Dairy Ashford, and are expected to be operational in April. Warning citations will be issued for 30 days as motorists become accustomed to the new cameras. See related coverage from Your Fort Bend News.

As Ticket Count Rises, D.C. Red-Light Cameras Capture Revenue
The Washington Post, March 19, 2013

There were 91,550 tickets issued by red-light cameras in the year that ended Oct. 1, 2012, an increase of almost 14,000 over the previous year. That translates to the District receiving almost $13 million from red-light runners caught on camera last year, a $1.8 million increase over fiscal 2011.

Police Utilize Red-Light Camera Video in Missing Person Search
The Times Picayune (Louisiana), March 18, 2013

After reviewing footage from three red-light cameras as well as the surveillance systems of businesses and private residences, New Orleans police believe missing teacher Terrilyn Monette was alone when she drove away from a parking lot adjacent to the Lakeview bar where she was last seen early March 2.

Red-Light Running Fines Pay for New Traffic Light
The Reporter (Pennsylvania), March 18, 2013

Hatfield Township has taken ownership of a new traffic signal light paid for with a $180,000 grant from Pennsylvania’s Automated Red Light Enforcement program, which funds all types of safety and mobility projects. Fines collected from traffic violators captured on red-light safety cameras in Philadelphia fund the program. (The Reporter photo by Geoff Patton)

New York City Seeks Help from Speed Cameras
The Wall Street Journal/Metropolis, March 18, 2013

New York City saw an uptick in traffic deaths during 2012, evidence city transit officials used Monday to renew calls for cameras that would catch speeding  drivers. See related article in Transportation Nation.

Police Cite Red-Light Runner in 4-Car Collision
WXIX-TV FOX 19 (Ohio), March 18, 2013

Police were called to a four-car accident in Clifton on Monday evening. Authorities say a car was headed northbound on Auburn Avenue and ran a red light, hitting a pickup truck and flipping it onto its top.

Photo Enforcement Fines Fund Drivers’ Education
American City and County (Tennessee), March 18, 2013

To restart a long dormant public driver-education program, the city of Chattanooga turned to revenue generated by the Photo Enforcement Program. The response to the renewed driver education program has been overwhelming with every course filled to capacity. Begun in November 2009, the program has graduated more than 1,400 students.

As Red-Light Citations Drop, Speeders May Be Next Target
The Kansas City Star (Missouri), March 17, 2013

Fresh numbers show red-light camera citations in Kansas City tumbled more than 20 percent from 2011 to 2012, and fell 35 percent from 2010, when the program was still in its infancy. Now, the city is thinking about moving some of its robotic photographers, adding even more and possibly even deploying other cameras to catch you speeding. (The Kansas City Star photo by David Eulitt)

Every Camera Flash Does Not Produce a Ticket
WCAU-TV NBC 10 (Pennsylvania), March 15, 2013

Drivers are not getting a ticket every time the red-light cameras flash in Philadelphia. Around 50 percent of the photos taken by Philadelphia’s 108 red-light cameras are tossed out, according to data provided by consultants for the Philadelphia Parking Authority. … The high-forgiveness rate isn’t unique to Philadelphia.

Contract Stands in Clermont; 24 Red-Light Cameras Scheduled
The Daily Commercial (Florida), March  15, 2013

Clermont City Council members this week decided not to reduce the number of red-light cameras now expected to be installed next month. … Moving forward, the contract with American Traffic Solutions stands and the 24 cameras will be installed where police believe they will do the most good.

Red-Light Runner Collides with School Bus
Hauppauge Patch (New York), March 15, 2013

A school bus carrying special needs children was involved in a crash that sent two children to the hospital with minor injuries. According to police, the driver of the taxi was ticketed for running a red light.

School-Bus Cameras Give Passing Drivers a Bad Mark
The Today, March 19, 2013

School buses around the nation are becoming a key tool in automated traffic enforcement.  School systems from Georgia to Connecticut are equipping school buses with digital video cameras that automatically snap photographs of motorists who disregard the swing-out stop sign, or stop arm. A citation is then sent to the alleged violator for illegally passing a school bus. Getting caught isn’t cheap. (WXIA-TV image by Jon Shirek)

Stop-Arm Citations Surpass 2,000 Mark
East Cobb Patch (Georgia), March 15, 2013 

More than 2,000 citations have been issued to Cobb motorists who ignore stop-arm warnings around school buses, Cobb Board of Education members were told this week.

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 2h @ArlingtonVA red-light cameras are important to the PD’s award winning traffic campaign:  #StopOnRed

American Traffic Solutions is honored to announce that its role as road safety camera vendor for the city of Ellisville, Missouri, will continue for another four years based on a recently signed contract amendment. ATS became the city’s vendor in 2008.

Letter: The Argument for Red-Light Cameras
The Patriot-News (Pennsylvania), March 21, 2013

Tom McCarey doesn’t believe red-light cameras make our road safer. Well, as executive director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which manages our city’s red-light camera program, I disagree. Let’s look at the facts.

Letter: Thanks for Cameras
Herald Tribune (Florida), March 16, 2013

I am writing today because I believe the No. 1 function of government is public safety. I’m proud that I live in a community where our political leaders have shown the resolve to implement a program that some would say is politically unpopular, installing red-light cameras.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Spur Good Driving Habits
Florida Today, March 15, 2013

On a recent trip to Sacramento, Calif., I was blown away by the newfound courtesy of the drivers there. As a one-time resident, my memories are of wanton disregard of any traffic or common-sense laws. Through strict enforcement of traffic regulations, that has been replaced by a pleasurable drive.

“People doing 50-60 miles an hour on side streets bordering schools and senior centers belong at the Daytona 500 and off our city streets. They are posing a public danger to our people.”
James Vacca, New York City Councilman and Transportation Committee Chairman New York Neighborhood News, March 19, 2013

“Motorists who do not stop and look all ways prior to turning on a red light are endangering themselves and their passengers in addition to any pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists who have the right of way at that time.”
Gwendolyn Crump, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Spokeswoman
Washington Post, March 19, 2013

“They have the ability to take it to court. If they don’t feel like they ran the red light, they have the ability to fight that citation.”
Gary Goble, Orange Park Police Chief
WJXT-TV CBS 4 (Florida), March 15, 2013

“We want a safe city and we believe this is something that will help achieve that. And if someone gets a ticket, then maybe they will be more careful next time. It’s all about changing driving habits.”
Ray Goodgame, Clermont City Councilman
The Daily Commercial (Florida), March 15, 2013

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Road Safety Ink Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 15

March 14th, 2013 Comments off

Philadelphia Parking Authority Debuts Video Demonstrating the Benefits of Red Light Cameras
Philadelphia Business Journal, March 12, 2013

The Philadelphia Parking Authority released an instructional video that explains how the cameras work, and how the cameras are changing driver behavior and saving lives. The video features city commissioners, elected officials and a traffic safety expert.

Red Light Runner Awareness Month: 2 fathers share heartbreaking stories
CBS 5 (Phoenix), March 13, 2013

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has declared March as Red Light Running Awareness Month in Arizona for the 15th year in a row. CBS 5 News spoke with two men Tuesday night with powerful stories.

Is a Longer Yellow Really the Key or Merely an Excuse?
The Wall Street Journal, March 13, 2013

President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Adrian Lund addresses the issue of longer yellow lights.

Ohio Court Rulings Strongly Support Road Safety Camera Programs
ATSOL website, March 11, 2013

Despite a recent Hamilton County Common Pleas Court ruling, red-light and speed safety cameras in Ohio remain on strong legal ground.

Camera catches Bastrop drivers running red lights
The Statesman (Texas), March 11, 2013

Assistant Police Chief Matt Wagner gave an update on the number of motorists who were issued tickets for running red lights at the intersections of Texas 71 and Texas 95 and Texas 71 and Tahitian Drive during 2012 at a recent Bastrop City Council meeting.

Video From Red-Light Camera Leads to Arrest in Fatal Hit and Run Crash
Rochester Your News Now, March 8, 2013

Police in Rochester say a red-light camera just down the street where that fatal hit and run happened helped lead them to a suspect. The camera caught the driver’s license plate which took them straight to his house.

The ticket to stopping city traffic deaths
Speed cameras on our streets will catch reckless drivers
My Daily News (New York), March 8, 2013

There is a bill in the state Legislature that, if passed, will allow New York City to test a version of the speed camera program that has proven successful in other cities.

Red-Light Camera Report Convinces Oldsmar Council of Benefits
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), March 8, 2013

The Oldsmar City Council received an update Tuesday on the city’s four red-light cameras, which have been catching people running red lights since August. … City officials say the red-light cameras promote safety.

Deadly Crash Raises Call for Speed Safety Cameras
Transportation Alternatives (New York), March 7, 2013

On Sunday, a man driving double the speed limit struck and instantly killed two expectant parents, Raizel and Nachman Glauber. Their child, delivered by emergency cesarean section, died the next day. … It’s too late to prevent the crash that killed the Glauber family — but stand up for speed cameras.

Police say the cameras make roadways safer
Your Observer (Florida), March 7, 2013

Sarasota Sgt. Bryan Graham points to a 15.38% overall reduction in accidents/citations at the intersections that have had the cameras in place for at least a year.

Cobb PD reminding drivers to stop for school buses
The Atlantic Journal Constitution (Georgia), March 13, 2013

Cobb County’s police department will be placing electronic signs in several neighborhoods over the next few weeks to remind drivers not to pass stopped school buses. The district recently placed cameras on buses to film and ticket violators.

Prince George’s County looks to add school bus cameras
The Examiner (Maryland), March 11, 2013

The Prince George’s County Police Department is pushing a bill that would add cameras to the outside of school buses to nab drivers who disregard the buses’ flashing red stop signs.

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.

March is red-light running awareness month! Please share this graphic on your website and social media pages to show your support for road safety and promote the message to always stop on red! Use the hashtag #StopOnRed. Together we can make a difference.

“Speeding is the number one cause of fatal crashes in New York City and we must do everything we can to prevent future fatalities.”
Council Speaker Christine Quinn

Speaking in support of installing more speed cameras at New York City intersections
Capital New York, March 12, 2013

“The fact is, we know how to prevent more accidents like the one that killed the Glauber family. Albany must vote to allow New York City to test a speed camera program now. Politics cannot trump safety.”
Paul White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives and Veronica Vanterpool, executive director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign

New York Daily News, March 8, 2013

POLL: Speed camera plan pitched — a good idea, Staten Island? Vote here.
City Council members and transportation advocates rallied in support of proposed state legislation that would put cameras at some high-speed intersections throughout the city.
Staten Island Live, March 12, 2013

“Looking at the camera footage, we were able to see a vehicle that had damage on it. We were able to get the license plate and follow up on that information. Once we were there and looked at the vehicle, it was pretty obvious that it had been involved in a very serious accident. Would we have found this vehicle or found this individual absent the technology? I can’t say specifically or for sure, but I don’t believe so, and many times we have been unable to close these cases successfully.”
Rochester Chief Jim Sheppard
Rochester Your News Now, March 8, 2013

“Speeding is the No. 1 cause of fatal crashes in New York City, and we must do everything we can to prevent future fatalities. Speed cameras are a smart detriment that will reduce speeding and help save lives.”
Council speaker Christine C. Quinn
Staten Island Live, March 12, 2013

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 14

March 7th, 2013 Comments off

Editorial: More Cameras for New York City Streets
The New York Times, March 1, 2013

The Bloomberg administration has been working to combat a deadly problem in New York City: drivers who speed or run through red lights. What the city needs is what many other cities have: street cameras to catch drivers breaking the traffic laws. (New York City DOT image)

Editorial: Give Cameras a Shot
Hartford Courant (Connecticut), March 4, 2013

We don’t buy the argument that cameras are just another government revenue program; they are primarily concerned with public safety. … If red-light cameras reduce serious accidents, as several studies indicate, it seems a shame to dismiss the idea without at least trying it.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Essential for Safety
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), March 5, 2013

One of the many predicaments we face with the sprawling growth of Central Florida is the increasingly difficult challenge of safely navigating the hectic highways. I believe that using red-light cameras at notoriously dangerous Orlando-area intersections increases safety on our roads and helps to prevent accidents.

Letter: More Time Needed to Study Effects of Red-Light Cameras
Lawrenceville Patch (New Jersey), March 4, 2013

Recent press coverage about Lawrence Township’s experience with red-light camera installations at the Brunswick Pike/Franklin Corners/Baker’s Basin Roads intersection, in our view, fails to accentuate two significant positive first-year results – reductions over time in violations and total crashes at the intersection.

Court Ruling May Mean Cameras Are Here to Stay
Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch (Florida), March 7, 2013

The state of Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a challenge to the constitutionality of red-light safety cameras in the case of Salvatore Altimari vs. the State of Florida and the City of West Palm Beach. See related coverage from GlobeNewswire/

Citywide Enforcement Ramps Up with Camera Increase (Florida), March 7, 2013

In January, the city added three additional red-light cameras to busy Sarasota intersections, increasing the total number of the high-resolution, high-speed cameras to 10 citywide. Police say the cameras make roadways safer. (Herald Tribune photo by Mike Lang)

Car-Child Collision Near School Gets Neighbors Talking Safety
Bethesda Patch (Maryland), March 7, 2013

A collision between a car and a stroller carrying a 3-month-old baby on Arlington Road near Bethesda Elementary School has sparked a debate about pedestrian safety along the busy road. Both the child and mother were uninjured in the collision.

5 New Red-Light Cameras to Be Installed
Star-Telegraph (Texas), March 5, 2013

Five new red-light cameras will be installed next month, bringing the city’s total to 26, the Arlington City Council was told. According to a 2011 audit, the number of collisions has declined at monitored intersections. Violators pay a $75 fine. Since starting six years ago, the red-light camera program has generated about $8.4 million in revenue.

Red-Light Cameras Could Return to Fairfax County
Tysons Corner Patch (Virginia), March 5, 2013

Supervisors directed staff Tuesday to examine costs and benefits of launching another red-light camera program, which reduced violations by 45 percent during its first run a decade ago. The renewed interest follows the release of an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report on red-light camera successes in Arlington.

Traffic Crashes Fall at Red-Light Camera Locations
WHO 1040 AM Radio (Iowa), March 4, 2013

The Des Moines Police Department says a review of vehicle collision data taken from areas where automated traffic cameras have been placed, shows a reduction in crashes from the eight to 16 range a few years ago to the four to five range. See related coverage from KCCI TV 8.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Go Up at 4 Intersections
Opelika-Auburn News (Alabama), March 2, 2013

Contractors with American Traffic Solutions Inc. have been busy the past couple of weeks installing red-light cameras at some of Opelika’s busiest intersections.

Processing a Benicia-Martinez Bridge FasTrak Ticket
Martinez Patch (California), March 4, 2013

A lot happens from the time when a bridge’s license-plate camera flashes and when a citation appears in that driver’s mailbox. American Traffic Solutions, which contracts to provide toll-enforcement cameras on the Benicia-Martinez Bridge, Bay Bridge and elsewhere, has released a video of the behind-the-scenes review process each citation faces before being sent out. (California Metropolitan Transportation Commission image)

Red-Light Camera Captures Train Collision with 18-Wheeler
KHOU TV 11 (Texas), March 4, 2013

Police investigating a crash between a train and an 18-wheeler carrying multimillion dollar drilling equipment and a train in Magnolia say a red-light camera captured the mishap that ended without injury.

First Cameras Installed on Houston School Buses
The Telegraph (Georgia), March 6, 2013

Houston County school buses are one step closer to photographing stop-arm violators now that camera systems are installed on five buses. Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions is testing the cameras, and violators are expected to be officially recorded and punished at the end of this month. (The Telegraph/ photo by Woody Marshall)

Sheriff’s Office Stresses Safety Around School Buses
The Palm Beach Post (Florida), March 6, 2013

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has released a Youtube video explaining the rules motorists are to follow around school buses that are dropping off or picking up children. The video was made while deputies were out in suburban Lake Worth warning motorists who they caught not stopping for school buses with their stop arms extended

School Bus Camera Bill to Be Reintroduced in 2013 Session
WLTV 12/WJXX TV 25 (Florida), March 2, 2013

A bill will once again go before Florida House and Senate committees to install cameras on school buses and ticket illegal passers.

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.

Palm Coast Observer ‏@PCObserver There are a total of 43 red light cameras monitoring #PalmCoast intersections. Here are the latest numbers:

“Our goal is to educate and alert drivers to the dangers of illegally passing school buses. Keeping our children safe is our number one priority.”
Marianne Melnick, Houston County School Board Chairwoman
The Telegraph (Georgia), March 6, 2013

“We haven’t had any fatal accidents (on Illinois Route 83) since these cameras were put up.”
Mark Shelton, Police Chief of Willowbrook, Illinois
Chicago Tribune, March 4, 2013

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