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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 26

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St. Louis Car Crashes Caught On Red-Light Cameras
River Front Times, May 29, 2013

American Traffic Solutions has released video of some of the crashes caught on tape in St. Louis. ATS is urging motorists to drive safely this summer. They hope that drivers who view this video will slow down.

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Spokane Police Department Releases Radio Ad about Intersection Safety

City of Spokane Police Department wants you to stop on red! When it comes to intersection safety play it safe–don’t risk running a red.

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Melissa Wandall, President of NCSR talks about yellow lights and the benefits of red-light safety cameras 
WTSP, May 29, 2013

The real victims are the people on the other side of that red light,” she says. “We don’t need longer lights to tell us what to do out there. (Drivers) are trying to find any way they can to make excuses. Lives have been saved. And lives will continue to be saved,” she says.

 

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Man arrested for DWI while having sex
KRMG.com, May 30, 2013

Albuquerque Police say Luis Briones was having sex with a woman while attempting to drive when he ran a red light and hit another car while drunk.

Bill would let Michigan install red-light cameras
The Oakland Press, May 24, 2013

Michigan’s local governments would have the option to put cameras at intersections to spot drivers running red lights under proposed legislation in the state House. Under the bill, communities would have to put up a sign within 500 feet of the intersection to warn motorists about the camera. Drivers wouldn’t be penalized for citations that result from the camera on their driving record or toward their insurance.

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KC is set to renew red-light cameras for five years
The Kansas City Star, May 22, 2013

Five years after Kansas City approved a contract to install red-light cameras, both red-light running and crashes are down at most of those intersections, police said Wednesday.

Montgomery sees decrease in collisions at intersections with red light camera
AL.com, May 23, 2013

The city of Montgomery has seen a decrease in collisions at intersections monitored by red-light safety cameras since 2008, a trend Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange characterized as a sign of changing driving habits.

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Stop-arm pilot catches nearly 50 violations in 2 months
School Bus Fleet, May 24, 2013

American Traffic Solutions (ATS) provided Mansfield ISD with its CrossingGuard school bus stop-arm camera solution to help monitor the extent of the illegal-passing problem. Two buses were equipped with the camera system. The pilot program captured nearly 50 bus-passing violations in two months.

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American Traffic Solutions is honored to announce that a couple long-standing clients have chosen to extend or renew their road safety camera programs with ATS. Kansas City, Missouri, whose program began in June 2008, will continue its system under a new five-year contract. Also, Littleton, Colorado renewed their program and will continue for two years.

 

Lead letter: Orange Park mayor defends red-light cameras
Jacksonville.com, May 23, 2013

“The cameras are helping to make our communities safer than we ever thought possible. Also the cameras take both still shots and videos and have been used throughout the country to aid in police investigations that result in taking criminals off our streets. When communities embrace new technology and recognize the benefits, all citizens benefit.”

Letter: Red-light cameras save lives
The Daily Times, May 27, 2013

A retired police detective talks about the benefits of red-light safety cameras.

“For me, it’s never about the money. If these cameras are the cause of lower crashes at these problem intersections, then that’s always been the goal.”
Chief Kim Bogart, Interim Police
Tampa Bay Times, May 24, 2013

After reviewing statistics on (Kansas City’s) red-light camera locations. “They do change behavior.”
John Sharp, committee chairman
The Kansas City Star, May 22, 2013

 

 

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Cameras Catch Dangerous Red-Light Runners in Boulder
YouTube, May 21, 2013

About half of the deaths in red-light running crashes are pedestrians and occupants in other vehicles who are hit by red-light runners. Safety is the responsibility of every driver, every day, and every time someone gets behind the wheel of a vehicle.

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Car Runs Red Light at 100 MPH
WDAF-TV FOX 4 (Missouri), May 17, 2013

Kansas City is pushing the value of red-light cameras after releasing a video Friday of a dangerous red-light runner. Watch for the vehicle on the right, running a red light at an estimated 100 mph. See related coverage from KMBC-TV 9.

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Pay Toll at 65 MPH in New Hampshire
New Hampshire Union Leader, May 23, 2013

Motorists using E-ZPass can now travel at 65 mph as they go through the tolls on Interstate 93 with the debut of Open Road Tolling (ORT) lanes. The new lanes are expected to alleviate delays and traffic back-ups, and save motorists a collective total of 268,000 hours a year waiting in line to pay. (Image from WCVB-TV ABC 5)

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Public Safety Committee Endorses Red-Light Safety Camera Extension
The Kansas City Star (Missouri), May 22, 2013

Five years after Kansas City approved a contract to install red-light cameras, both red-light running and crashes are down at most of those intersections, police said Wednesday. And with that evidence, the city council’s Public Safety Committee endorsed a five-year renewal of the contract with American Traffic Solutions.  See related article from KMBZ-Radio 98.1 FM. (The Kansas City Star photo by Allison Long)

Murfreesboro Police Say Cameras Improve Safety
WLAC 1510 AM (Tennessee), May 20, 2013

A group in Murfreesboro has started a petition to end the use of red-light cameras, but police say the traffic enforcement measure has improved safety.

Red-Light Runners at 10 Intersections Studied in Odessa 
KOSA-TV CBS 7 (Texas), May 16, 2013

Traffic continues to be a major issue in the booming Midland-Odessa area. Now, the city of Odessa is looking into installing red-light cameras at busy intersections.

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N.Y. City Councilman Backs School Bus Safety Cameras
New York Daily News, May 22, 2013

A New York City councilman has a plan to nab reckless drivers who illegally swerve around buses that are dropping off kids: Catch them on film. See related article from Westfield Republican. (New York Daily News photo by Anthony DelMundo)

School Bus Safety Camera Reveals Traffic Danger
KRGV-TV ABC 5 (Texas), May 22, 2013

Video from a Mansfield Independent School District (ISD) School Bus Stop Arm Pilot Program illustrates the problem of illegal stop-arm running. The videos are just a few examples from the nearly 50 stop-arm running violations captured during the district’s two-month pilot program. See video.

Illegal School Bus Passing Violations Fall 60% in Carroll County
Carroll County School System (Georgia), May 21, 2013

The success of the CrossingGuard solution in Carroll County can be measured by the number of violations reported.  Each year the school bus drivers in Georgia and across the nation do a survey and report data on violations.  Carroll County Schools has shown a 60% decrease in violations in one year.

Driver Charged in Car-Pedestrian Collision
WOOD-TV NBC 8 (Michigan), May 20, 2013

A 79-year-old woman has been charged with a misdemeanor moving violation after she allegedly hit a 15-year-old boy at a school bus stop in Wright Township, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

Lawmakers Consider Cameras as Deterrent to School Bus Traffic Violations
State House News Service/Wicked Local (Massachusetts), May 17, 2013

The red stop sign that swings out of a school bus when it makes a stop could pack some more enforcement capabilities under legislation before the Joint Committee on Transportation.

@ATS_RoadSafety VIDEO: Car blowing through KC stoplight at 100 mph http://bit.ly/16ERPiu  @kcpolice #StopOnRed #MO

@ATS_RoadSafety Boulder Red-Light Safety Cameras Catching Dangerous RLRs: http://bit.ly/14OoAVJ #StopOnRed @DenverChannel

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American Traffic Solutions is honored to announce that several long-standing clients have chosen to extend or renew their road safety camera programs with ATS. The five communities are: Willowbrook, Illinois, whose program began in 2008, will continue its system under a new five-year contract. Also, programs in Pueblo, Colorado, will continue through December 2017, and remain in operation in North Miami Beach, Florida, for three more years. Both cities selected ATS as their vendor of choice in 2008. Falls Church, Virginia, an ATS customer since 2009, will continue its program for another year. The city of Longview, Washington, an ATS client since 2010, will keep its program running through December 2016.  American Traffic Solutions is proud to be a part of the safety programs in these communities.

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Additionally, ATS is pleased to announce that the Atlanta Independent School System in Georgia has issued a letter of intent to enter into a contract with ATS for use of the CrossingGuard school bus stop arm safety camera system, which discourages drivers from illegally passing school buses when they are stopped to let children on or off the bus. Also, Washington County, Maryland, will initiate a 30-day pilot program of the CrossingGuard system. ATS welcomes both new clients and looks forward to working with them to improve safety in their communities.

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Commentary: School Bus Cameras. An Idea Whose Time Has Come
South Coast Today (Massachusetts), May 22, 2013

Some people are saying it’s about time that someone filed legislation to put cameras on the outside of school buses to get the license plate and automatically mail a ticket to motorists who pass buses illegally. Now state Rep. William Straus, D-Mattapoisett, who is House chairman of the Transportation Committee, has done just that. There’s already been a hearing and this thing could be on a fast track.


Editorial: Speed Camera’s Value Is Measured in Safety
Arizona Daily Star, May 22, 2013 PHOTO

No one likes having their picture taken from one of the 11 speed cameras on Pima County roads. But the cameras are doing their job – improving safety and saving lives.


Letter: Legislator Urges Action to Stop Speeding Near School
Plainview Old Bethpage Herald (New York), May 23, 2013

I implore you to please do something in this area. … There is a traffic light at the school but speeding is constant.

Letter: Without Cams, It’s Back to the Usual Speeding
Arizona Daily Star, May 22, 2013

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry’s reason for wanting to eliminate the 11 speed cameras on county roads is somewhat admirable … but totally unrealistic.

Letter: Speed Cams Have Done Their Job Effectively
Arizona Daily Star, May 22, 2013

What is wrong with our officials? The traffic cameras have succeeded in slowing traffic at specific intersections so that fewer citations have been issued. The cameras have been doing the job they were installed to do. So the county wants to get rid of them.

“The work load has decreased and the reason for that is just the most obvious reason, fewer people are running those lights at those locations. So overall I think that we’d have to count it as a success.”
Bill Mahoney, Kansas City Police Sergeant and accident investigation section supervisor
KMBZ-Radio 98.1 FM (Missouri), May 23, 2013

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“If you’re willing to cut off a school bus while a school bus is picking up a child, you’re literally one of the worst drivers in New York City.”
David Greenfield, New York City Councilman
New York Daily News, May 21, 2013

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School Bus Driver Speaks Out about Motorists Ignoring Law
NBC New York, May 16, 2013

A Bronx school bus driver fed up with motorists ignoring the law and breezing by his flip-out stop sign decided to capture the drivers on video, and so he spent much of this school year recording them, one after another, speeding around his yellow bus.


School Bus Violators Put Children in Danger
WXMI-TV FOX 17 (Michigan), May 14, 2013

Drivers blowing past or going around school buses is a growing problem in West Michigan. It’s a violation that’s not always easy to report or enforce.

Deadly School Bus Missteps Added to Crime Victim Fund
NBC News (Mississippi), May 13, 2013

The family of a student killed or injured while boarding or exiting a school bus can now qualify to receive money from the state Crime Victim Compensation Fund. House Bill 710 expands the eligibility for the fund. It has been signed by Gov. Phil Bryant and takes effect July 1. See related article from WAPT-TV ABC 16.


City Conducting Tests for Red-Light Safety Cameras
Odessa-American (Texas), May 15, 2013

The city of Odessa is working with American Traffic Solutions to conduct a study indicating if Odessa could benefit from installing red-light cameras at several intersections. (WFTS TV-28 image)

Safety Rises at All-Electronic Toll Locations
TollRoads News, May 15, 2013

Even though traffic counts are increasing at four toll points in Miami, crashes are down 37% in the past year at locations with all-electronic tolling.


Yellow Light Timing Myths Debunked in Florida
Orlando Business Journal (Florida), May 15, 2013

Recent media attention surrounding yellow light timing in Florida has prompted the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) to address common red-light safety camera myths. Fallacies regarding shortened yellow light duration and rear-end crash increases are often cited in reference to red-light safety cameras without proper investigation of their validity. (Florida Today image)

Fatal Crash Reignites Red-Light Camera Debate
KGTV-TV ABC 10 (California), May 14, 2013

A fatal crash in El Cajon has reignited the debate over red-light cameras at intersections. Michelle Hay, 36, was killed last Friday at an intersection that used to have a red-light camera.

Legislation Gives Ticketed Red-Light Runners More Time for Appeal
Tampa Bay Business Journal (Florida), May 13, 2013

Beginning July 1, drivers who receive a ticket from a red-light camera in Florida will have more time to appeal the fine. See related article from Bay News 9.


Probe into Deadly Crash Hinges on Who Ran Red Light
Chino Champion (California), May 11, 2013

Ontario police said they are trying to determine which driver ran a red light before the two-car fatal collision on April 30. A Rhodes Elementary School student was killed and three other children and a 52-year-old woman injured.

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.

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Editorial: An Appealing Red-Light Camera Fix
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), May 13, 2013

Love them or hate them, the cameras that capture red-light offenders in the act are becoming a fixture at busy intersections. But there are some kinks in the system that need ironing out. A measure by Sen. Jeff Brandes, a Republican from St. Petersburg, addresses the most troublesome of those kinks and in the process makes the system fairer for those caught in the camera’s eye.


Letter: Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Ledger (Florida), May 13, 2013

If people are paying attention to your driving and stopping at red lights, I don’t see why anyone would object to red-light cameras. Besides, they bring in money for Florida. That is good.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Are OK with Driver
The Advocate (Louisiana), May 12, 2013

There’s so much controversy about whether or not we should keep the traffic cameras in Baton Rouge. I would venture to guess that those who want them removed have had to pay a fine.


“We’re trying to change people’s behavior, trying to make them stop running red lights. We have to do something. I’m in favor of it as long as it will make our community safer.”
David Turner, Odessa Mayor
Odessa American (Texas), May 15, 2013


“The goal of the program is to catch and convict drivers who illegally drive around school buses with their stop arm extended. These drivers are responsible for creating an unsafe and potentially deadly situation for children who cannot see around the bus when crossing the street.”
Daniel Ray, Greenville City Attorney
Herald Banner (Texas), May 11, 2013

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Park Patrol Benefits from Red-Light Running Fines
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), May 9, 2013

Money generated by red-light cameras on county roads is being used to pay for two off-duty Jersey City police officers to augment patrols around Lincoln Park. (Hudson County photo of Lincoln Park)

Red-Light Safety Cameras Go Live in Opelika
Opelika-Auburn News (Alabama), May 9, 2013 

Red-light cameras officially began monitoring traffic at four of Opelika’s busiest intersections on Wednesday. “It’s now for real,” Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller said.

Montgomery Adds 10 Red-Light Cameras
WSFA-TV NBC 12 (Alabama), May 9, 2013

Ten new red-light cameras will become operational on Friday in Montgomery. Authorities say these additional cameras are part of the city’s automated traffic enforcement program that targets specific intersections to increase safety and prevent crashes. See related coverage from WAKA-TV CBS 8.

City Considers Road Safety Camera Expansion at Schools, Intersections
Renton Reporter (Washington), May 8, 2013

The city of Renton is preparing to make some changes to its photo enforcement program, including setting cameras at three additional elementary schools and at the intersection of Benson and Petrovitsky, for red-light emphasis.


Open-Road Tolling to Replace Booths in Massachusetts by 2015
WBZ-TV CBS 4, May 7, 2013

Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Richard Davey hopes to have open-road electronic toll collection fully up and running across the state by mid-2015. See related coverage by BostInno. (Photo by WWLP TV-22)

Police Chief Wants Speed Cameras in Delaware
WBOC-TV Channel 16, May 6, 2013

Dover’s police chief wants Delaware state lawmakers to try again to pass a law that would allow cities to use cameras to catch speeders in school zones and street construction zones.


Louisiana House Panel Rejects Red-Light Camera Public Vote Bill
The Advocate, May 6, 2013

A bill that would ban traffic cameras unless they are approved by local voters failed in a Louisiana House committee after some heated exchanges that ended with a 10-5 vote. (WVLA-TV 33 image.)

Global Road Safety Week Focuses on Pedestrian Safety
Centers for Disease Control, May 3, 2013

The United Nations General Assembly has declared the week of May 6–12, 2013, as Global Road Safety Week. This year the week is dedicated to pedestrian safety. More than 5,000 pedestrians are killed on the world’s roads each week.


Red-Light Fines Pay for Traffic Upgrades in Lansdale
The Reporter (Pennsylvania), May 2, 2013

Lansdale Borough received one of largest grant awards from PennDOT’s Automated Red Light Enforcement Transportation Grant Program, and has directed the $216,000 to make the borough’s traffic system one of the most state-of-the-art in Pennsylvania. (The Reporter photo by Geoff Patton.)

Police, Officials Push Surveillance Post-Boston
New Jersey Herald, May 2, 2013

Police and politicians across the U.S. are pointing to the example of surveillance video that was used to help identify the Boston Marathon bombing suspects as a reason to get more electronic eyes on their streets.


Teen Improves from School Bus Boarding Collision
WZZM-TV Channel 13 (Michigan), May 8, 2013

There is encouraging news about a teenager who was critically injured last month trying to board his school bus.

Drivers Will Not Face Charges in 8-Year-Old’s Death at Bus Stop
Richmond Palladium-Item (Indiana), May 7, 2013

Criminal charges will not be filed against the drivers involved in an incident that killed a Union County third-grader in February.

Senate Bill Would Prosecute School Bus Passings
LegislativeGazette.com (New York), May 7, 2013

The New York Association for Pupil Transportation voiced its support for legislation (S. 5028) that would allow the installation and use of stop arm cameras on school buses. See related coverage from TimesUnion.com and WNYW-TV FOX 5.

Police Post Red-Light Runner of Week
Clearwater Patch (Florida), May 7, 2013

This week’s selection by Clearwater police of the most dangerous red-light runner shows a vehicle run the stop light in broad daylight and disrupt crossing traffic in two directions.

Caught on Tape: Pedestrian’s Close Call
Sun Sentinel (Florida), May 5, 2013

When a pedestrian cheated death in Fort Lauderdale, his close call with a horrific two-car crash was captured by a red-light camera for all to see.

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.

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Commentary: Caught on Camera? Then Stop Speeding
The Herald-Mail (Maryland), May 5, 2013

How sad is it (and I’m trying my best not to be judgmental here) that anyone would suggest that we must wait for the injury of a child before we take action to utilize the best in technology to potentially forgo that injury. I think that is what the commenter inferred. Even if the robot with the radar was operating at 3 a.m. and caught you speeding, you were still speeding — whether there was a child present or not.


Letter: Return Red-Light Cameras
The Press-Enterprise (California), May 7, 2013

Why did the city take down the red-light cameras around the city? Isn’t a motorist running a red light and thereby risking the lives of innocent people also worth watching.


“We have seen a steady decrease in red-light running where the cameras are in place, and we believe there is a clear deterrent effect that makes our roads safer throughout Montgomery.”
Kevin Murphy,Montgomery Police Chief
WSFA-TV NBC 12 (Alabama), May 9, 2013


“Overall, every intersection in Murfreesboro is safer because of these cameras.”
Kyle Evans, Murfreesboro Police spokesman
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), May 6, 2013


“We get a lot of community complaints about speeding especially near schools. Work zone safety is a big deal, because of the fact that accidents in work zones typically are significant injury accidents.”
Scott Koenig, Dover City Manager
WBOC-TV CBS 16 (Delaware), May 6, 2013


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For the week ending April 21, the number of red-light running violations dipped slightly from 4,172 to 4,064 in Palm Coast, where 43 red-light safety cameras are installed at intersections. One camera captured 710 violations, the most by a single camera in the city. Source: Palm Coast Observer, May 7, 2013. 2013.

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Township Reports Zero Crash Injuries, Rise in Tickets
Brick Patch (New Jersey), May 1, 2013

Summonses may be up, but injuries from accidents are down at Brick’s intersections equipped with red-light violation cameras. (DailyRecord.com photo by Thomas P. Costello)

Red-Light Cameras Catch More Than Bad Drivers
KVOA-TV NBC 4 (Arizona), May 1, 2013

Supporters of traffic photo enforcement cameras say they catch more than just bad drivers. They reduce collisions, change driver behavior across town and also help in other investigations.

91% of Red-Light Runners Do Not Repeat Offense
The Lufkin News (Texas), May 1, 2013

About nine of 10 motorists who received a ticket for running a red light at one of Lufkin’s intersections where cameras are located and pay it do not get another violation, a recent analysis showed.


Survey: Pedestrians Say Red-Light, Speed Cameras Improve Safety
ITS International, May 1, 2013

Eye-opening study finds pedestrians in Washington D.C. support road safety cameras. Findings show 90 percent of those surveyed favor speed cameras, and 88 percent favor red-light cameras. See related article in AutoBlog.com and Torque News. (Image by Adam Tuss, WRC-TV NBC 4 Washington)


Road Safety Cameras Help Solve Crimes
Marketwire/Fidelity.com, May 1, 2013

Road Safety Cameras are growing in number and in usefulness as police turn to video and digital images to identify not only traffic scofflaws, but also to solve hit-and-run collisions, assaults and homicides. Now in use in more than 650 communities across the country, authorities are using the technology as another way to supplement their investigations, just as they used the surveillance cameras in chasing down the Boston Marathon bombers.

Crashes Diminish with Red-Light Cameras; Montgomery to Add More
WNCF-TV ABC 8 (Alabama), April 30, 2013

More cameras will be put up at Montgomery intersections to stop you from running red lights. The number will rise from 14 to 21 intersections in the city.

Mayor Agrees with Bad Driver Survey
KELO-FM 92.5 (South Dakota), April 30, 2013

Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether says a recently released survey of a thousand residents shows a high perception of bad drivers.


Court Strikes Down Challenge to $85 Red-Light Ticket
Hunterdon County Democrat (New Jersey), April 26, 2013

A Clinton Township police lieutenant, who is also an attorney, lost his latest appeal to dismiss an $85 traffic ticket issued after a red-light camera in Pohatcong in Warren County detected a violation.


21,000 Vehicles Pass School Buses in Single Day
WJXT-TV CBS 4 (Florida), April 29, 2013

Is there a higher priority than protecting our children? Most people would say they value children’s safety, but many of those same people may be putting children at risk.


Police Cite Drivers who Ignore School Bus Stop Laws
WFMY-TV CBS 2 (North Carolina), April 27, 2013

High Point police invite television station to see the dangers drivers pose to students near school bus stops.   

Red-Light Runner of the Week
Clearwater Patch (Florida), April 30, 2013

The traffic light is red for some time before a driver runs it in Clearwater. Thankfully, cross traffic waited long enough to avoid a disturbing crash.

Red-Light Runners in St. Petersburg
St. Pete Patch (Florida), April 29, 2013

These red-light running videos from different intersections in St. Petersburg show the dangerous situations drivers are causing.


Young Bicyclist Mourned; Police Review Video for Hit-and-Run Driver
WFAA-TV ABC 8 (Texas), April 29, 2013

Hundreds of people gathered for a candlelight memorial Monday evening to remember Deston Bibbs, the 14-year-old who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Fort Worth last week. Investigators are still checking surveillance video and footage from the red light cameras at the intersection to see if they offer any clues.

Delaware’s Red-Light Cameras Reduce Crashes
WBOC-TV 16, April 29, 2013

Officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation say red-light cameras are significantly reducing the amount of car crashes at dangerous intersections.


Caught on Tape: St. Louis Red-Light Runners
KMOV-TV Channel 4 (Missouri), April 27, 2013

In Missouri, someone somewhere is injured in a vehicle accident every 10 minutes.  In 2011, the last year that statewide statistics are available, 786 men, women and children died in vehicle crashes in the Show Me State. A look at the following videos from red-light cameras positioned around the St. Louis area makes it easy to see how so many people get hurt by careless driving.

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  VIDEO: Consequences of red-light running in #Florida: http://bit.ly/1608TP3  via @YouTube #StopOnRed #DriveSafe

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  Boulder’s red-light safety cameras captured two red-light running near misses: http://www.youtu.be/lvGddzbkKII  #StopOnRed

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that its CrossingGuard school bus safety camera system will be installed in the Highline School District in Washington under a five-year agreement, and will be tested in Polk County, Florida, according to an agreement signed by the school board that sets up a 60-day pilot program. ATS is equally pleased to announce that the cities of Coral Gables, Florida, and Maywood, Illinois, signed new agreements to extend their road safety camera programs for five years. American Traffic Solutions is honored to be a part of the safety programs in these communities.


Editorial: Stop Before Turning Right on Red
The Sierra Vista Herald (Arizona), May 2, 2013

When drivers casually roll into the intersection intending to turn right, it can endanger pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists. It’s important that the rules governing right turns on red are understood and abided.

Editorial: Safety Suggestions Can Protect Students
Hattiesburg American (Mississippi), April 26, 2013

School buses in Mississippi are passed illegally somewhere between 3,000 to 5,000 times each day. That’s 3,000 to 5,000 chances every day for school children to be injured because someone was in too much of a hurry to stop.


Letter: Cameras Helped in Boston Probe
Intelligencer Journal-Lancaster New Era (Pennsylvania), April 29, 2013

Many here have complained about the number of cameras in the city. They say they are an invasion of privacy and feel the cameras should be removed. I wonder if the people in Boston wish all their cameras had been removed. Without cameras, they may not ever have found the two suspects in the bombing.


“The number of total reported accidents is at the lowest it’s been in 20 years.”
Keith Barnett, Montgomery Police Major and Traffic Division Commander
WNCF-TV ABC 8 (Alabama), April 30, 2013

“There’s a child that’s getting ready to cross the road. That’s a guarantee if the bus is stopped. Somebody is getting on or off.”
Peter Abernathy, High Point Police Officer
WFMY-TV CBS 2 (North Carolina), April 27, 2013

Alabama
In Montgomery, where red-light safety cameras are in place at 14 intersections, red-light running events are dramatically diminished, some by 50 percent, according Police Major Keith Barnett. Total crashes in the city are at a 20 year low. Source: WNCF-TV ABC 8, April 30, 2013.

Delaware
Angle crashes at intersections with red-light safety cameras are down 47 percent in the state of Delaware, according to the state department of transportation. Additionally, red-light running crashes are diminished by 29 percent. As of 2012, there were approximately 30 intersections in the state with the cameras. Source: WBOC-TV 16, April 29, 2013.

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