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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 3, Issue 30

June 27th, 2013 Comments off


New-Look Speed Cameras Fit in More Scottsdale School Zones
KTVK-TV Channel 3 (Arizona), June 25, 2013

The Scottsdale Police Department is deploying a new kind of photo-enforcement tool called a portable school tower. Designed specifically to increase safety in school zones, the devices are about the size of a phone booth and can be moved easily to different locations as needed. See related coverage from KTVK.

Lawmakers Say Yes to Speed Cameras Near N.Y. Schools
CBS New York, June 25, 2013

State lawmakers have voted to allow New York City to install 20 speed cameras, all of which will go up near schools. …  The first round of cameras will be installed near schools where it’s been documented that at least 75 percent of drivers broke the speed limit. See related coverage from The New York Times, City and State and Home Reporter News. Read Mayor Bloomberg’s statement.

Memphis OKs First Speed Cameras
SecurityInfoWatch/The Commercial Appeal (Tennessee), June 20, 2013

School-zone speeders could soon end up with citations in their mailboxes, thanks to the Memphis City Council’s decision to install the city’s first-ever speed cameras near local schools. The city already has 25 red-light cameras in use to nab red-light runners, but the 150 cameras to be installed this summer will be the first to target speeding.


Murfreesboro Police Video Serves as Public Safety Warning
WTVF-TV CBS 5 (Tennessee), June 25, 2013

The Murfreesboro Police Department released two recent videos recorded by red-light cameras at busy intersections in the city because they are good examples of drivers simply not obeying the rules of the road. The first showed the compact car getting T-boned and flipping. 

Trouble with a Turn
Clearwater Patch (Florida), June 24, 2013

This driver slices through traffic and avoids two collisions to run a red light. Police selected this event as the red-light runner of the week, and will issue the driver a $158 fine.

Traffic Fines Help Fund Police Burglary Detail
WHO-TV NBC 13 (Iowa), June 25, 2013

The Des Moines Police Department is using fines from red-light and speed violations caught on camera to help fund a special “burglary detail” to fight an increase in burglaries. After making 125 arrests and recovering 27 stolen vehicles among other items in five months, the department has decided the keep the squad intact indefinitely. See related coverage in Des Moines Register.

Capital Beltway Toll Lanes Carrying More Traffic Faster
TollRoadsNews, June 24, 2013

A definite rise in vehicle numbers is noted in the past month along Transurban’s 495 Express Lanes, where the posted speed limit is now 65 mph, up from 55 mph just this week. Experts say the higher speed is likely to attract more users and improves a great travel option. The adjoining untolled or general purpose lanes remain at 55 mph. (Photo by Andrew Mollenbeck, WTOP News.)

Chicago’s Speed Camera Tickets Coming in September
Chicago Sun Times (Illinois), June 22, 2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s speed cameras will be installed in August near 50 Chicago schools and parks — and start churning out $35 and $100 tickets in September, City Hall said Friday after finalizing a contract with an Arizona operator. “We should have a signed contract any day, and then we’ll be off to the races,” said Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein.

St. Petersburg Implements New Red-Light Camera Laws
Bay News 9 (Florida), June 21, 2013

The St. Petersburg City Council voted Thursday night to keep the city’s red light cameras and follow new state laws regulating them. (St. Petersburg Police Department photo)

Multiple Red-Light Violations on Video Gets Serious Response
Main Line Media News (Pennsylvania), June 20, 2013

In a short sampling of 48 hours’ worth of video at three intersections on Lancaster Avenue, Police Committee board members saw multiple vehicles zipping through an intersection after the signal had turned red. Many took right turns, barely slowing down. Some hooked lefts, in front of opposing traffic. … As the behavior repeated, and repeated, and repeated, the realization sank in: “Guys, this really isn’t funny.”

@transalt The @NYSenate has PASSED the #SpeedCamera bill! A major victory for #NYC’s children, who will now be protected from speeding in school zones.

@ATS_RoadSafety  @azfamily: Portable speed-camera towers to monitor Scottsdale school zones.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that Clayton County, Georgia, an ATS client since 2011, has renewed its red-light safety camera agreement for another year, through June 2014. ATS is honored to remain a part of Clayton County’s traffic safety program.

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ATS Thanks Fans as Its Social Madness Run Ends; Continues ‘What Drives You’ Contest

American Traffic Solutions wants to thank everyone who voted for ATS in the Phoenix Business Journal’s Social Madness Challenge. Your support moved us into the second round of competition, and helped us spread the word about traffic safety. Unfortunately, we don’t get to advance to the next round, but our own national competition continues. ATS wants to know What Drives You. Simply visit our ATS Linked In, Facebook or Twitter sites to share your story. Three judges will pick the most compelling story and award a Kindle Fire to the grand prize winner once the contest closes on July 3. ATS is committed to making life safer and easier on the road ahead. That’s what drives us! Tell us today what drives you!


Coalition Applauds Report on Teen Driving; Supports Automated Enforcement to Save Lives
National Coalition for Safer Roads/Reuters, June 26, 2013

The National Coalition for Safer Roads commends the Governors Highway Safety Association’s release of a report highlighting the dangers of speeding among teen drivers, and agrees with the report’s recommendation for the use of automated traffic enforcement to reduce teen speeding. View GHSA report here.

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Commentary: Red-Light Safety Cameras Save Lives
The Lansdale Reporter (Pennsylvania), June 17, 2013

The Pennsylvania General Assembly’s decision to authorize the use of red-light safety cameras in 13 communities throughout the state … can be a positive thing for drivers in Montgomery County because red-light safety camera programs bring significant benefits to the communities where they are deployed.

Letter to the Editor: Follow the Law and You’ll Be OK
The Advocate (Louisiana), June 27, 2013

As everyone knows, the radar detector is a device that allows drivers to break the law. My question is, why haven’t Louisiana lawmakers passed a law to outlaw these things that encourage a lot of drivers to drive faster than the posted speed limit.

Letter: Lights Policy is a Menace
Santa Maria Times (California), June 26, 2013

Red-light runners have become commonplace within the city, and the decision to remove red-light cameras has only aggravated the issue.

“I think people are going to think twice before they speed [near] a school, before they hit that accelerator when they know they’re going to get caught by a speeding camera.”
Jeff Klein, New York Senate Majority Co-leader
City and State, June 26, 2013

“Decreasing the number of drivers who speed is a proven lifesaving measure, and this legislation, which will place speed cameras at 20 key locations throughout our city, will ensure that we continue to protect some of our most vulnerable New Yorkers.”
Michael Bloomberg, New York City Mayor
New York Daily News, June 22, 2013


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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 29

June 20th, 2013 Comments off

Dicey Intersections Safer with Cameras, City Review Finds
Port City Daily (North Carolina), June 20, 2013

The city of Wilmington’s red-light traffic cameras have “significantly” reduced the number of crashes at dicey intersections in town, according to an in-house review of data from before and after the cameras’ installation. (Port City Daily photo by Ben Brown)

With Speed-Camera Bill, More Writing of Tickets May Be Hands Free
The New York Times, June 19, 2013

Under a proposal now gaining traction in Albany, New Yorkers may soon be answering to an authority more suited to the city’s topography: cameras that record the speed of a passing car and issue violations automatically. (The New York Times photo by Todd Heisler.)

6 Injured in Intersection Crash, 2 Pedestrians Critical
WAMU-Radio FM 88.5 (District of Columbia), June 19, 2013

A traffic collision sent six people to area hospitals, including two pedestrians who were seriously injured after being hit by a car Wednesday morning. The crash happened at the height of rush hour, when hundreds of vehicles and even more pedestrians compete for the intersection near Union Station. (WAMU photo by Armando Trull)

Memphis to Add Red-Light, Speed Safety Cameras
WMC-TV Channel 5 (Tennessee), June 19, 2013

Council members made several decisions during a marathon budget session that started at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, including the decision to add red-light and speed cameras to the city.

Tragic Intersection to Get Red-Light Camera (Florida), June 19, 2013

Two Manatee County intersections already feature the technology, but the red-light cameras activated on Tuesday, at State Road 70 and Tara Boulevard, hold special significance for East County residents. The intersection is where Melissa Wandall’s husband was killed by a red-light runner, just miles from their home and about a week before the birth of their child. See related coverage in the Herald-Tribune and Bradenton Herald.

Red-Light Running, Distracted Driving Form Deadly Combination
Times-Herald (California), June 19, 2013

If motorists are noticing a lot more vehicles running red lights, it could be due to another driving hazard — texting or talking on cell phones while behind the wheel, according to a new study on distracted driving

Palm Coast OKs Red-Light Camera Ordinance Change
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), June 18, 2013

The Palm Coast City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to amend the city’s ordinance related to red-light camera citations. Last week, Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill allowing municipalities to select a hearing officer to handle red-light camera cases and extend the time period for paying citations from 30 days to 60 days. The City Council made the required changes to its own ordinance to reflect the new law.

Study: 88% of Cars Speeding in Brooklyn
WNYC New York Public Radio, June 17, 2013

Speeding is rampant in Brooklyn, according to a new study from the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. When surveyors clocked the speed of passing cars on Brooklyn neighborhood streets, they found 88 percent were breaking the posted limit. (Google Share image by Thomas Hawk)

City Moves Forward with Red-Light Camera Study
Odessa American (Texas), June 14, 2013

The city of Odessa is moving forward with a red-light camera study with Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions to determine which intersections would benefit from cameras.

Traffic Picks Up 32% to 34% on Maryland’s New Toll Road
TollRoads News, June 13, 2013

New traffic data for the Washington area Inter County Connector MD200 tollroad, Maryland’s first all-electronic toll road, shows traffic running about a third higher than a year ago. April traffic at 35,500 vehicles per segment workdays was up 34% over 26,400 of the same month last year. And the first four months of this year were up 32% over the same four months last year.

Marietta Agrees to Let ATS Install School Bus Stop Arm Cameras
The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia), June 19, 2013

The Marietta Board of Education approved an agreement with American Traffic Solutions to install the CrossingGuard School Bus Safety Cameras on 10 school buses. 

Student Struck by Car While Waiting for School Bus Remains Hospitalized
The Reflector (Washington), June 18, 2013

Justin Carey, a 16-year-old Battle Ground High School student, is still in the hospital being treated for injuries he sustained after being struck by a car while waiting for the school bus the morning of June 10.

N.J. Committee Passes School Bus Camera Bill
School Transportation News, June 17, 2013

New legislation that aims to protect students around the school bus won approval from the Assembly Education Committee in New Jersey. The bill permits municipalities and school districts to install video monitoring systems on buses’ stop arms to more easily prosecute motorists who unlawfully pass buses that are stopped during loading and unloading.

Chatham Interested in School Bus Safety Cameras
WRSP/WCCU-TV FOX 55/27 (Illinois), June 13, 2013

Chatham School District is watching if Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs legislation into law that would allow school districts the option of installing cameras on school buses to protect children from dangerous motorists as the students get on and off their buses. District Transportation Director Jim Lovelace says Chatham has already talked to some vendors about the equipment. 


Red-Light Cameras Could be Coming to Pittsburgh
WXPI-TV Channel 11 (Pennsylvania), June  18, 2013

A bill has been introduced to City Council that would bring red light cameras to Pittsburgh. … Pittsburgh’s City Council is expected to discuss the issue next week. Officials said the public will have a chance to weigh in on the debate coming up at a hearing later on.


Police Respond to Separate Red-Light Running Fatalities
WKYT-TV CBS 27 (Kentucky), June 17, 2013

Drivers travelling along the bypass in Georgetown can expect to see many more patrol cars cracking down on folks running red lights, the cause of two fatalities in two days.

@ATS_RoadSafety  Worstthingintheworld is knowing you lost someone due to a red-light runner when all they had to do was

@SaferRoads USA  Great column on our new campaign about distracted driving and intersection safety with @FocusDrivenorg. Take a look:

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ATS Advances to 2nd Round of Social Madness Challenge

Thanks to everyone who cast a ballot for American Traffic Solutions. Your votes advanced ATS into the next stage of competition. Keep those votes coming! Please, take a moment to visit the Phoenix Business Journal’s Social Madness Challenge site and under the Large Company category VOTE for American Traffic Solutions. You can vote every day, and every vote helps raise awareness about ATS and why stopping on red saves lives. National winners compete for cash prizes for the charity of their choice.

ATS is also hosting a national competition to find out What Drives You. Simply visit our ATS Linked In, Facebook or Twitter sites to share your story. Three judges will pick the most compelling story and award a Kindle Fire to the grand prize winner once the contest closes on July 3. ATS is committed to making life safer and easier on the road ahead. That’s what drives us! Tell us today what drives you!

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Commentary: Cities Are Watching Us from Nearest Light Pole
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), June 20, 2013

Cities should go ahead and install as many cameras as they like: I hope this reduces the number of motorists who speed or commit other dangerous traffic infractions while raising revenue from fines.

Commentary: Road Safety Experts Focus on Distracted Driving
The Free Lance Star (Virginia), June 16, 2013

It’s looking more and more like distracted driving is the new drunken driving. … A recent study indicates that distracted drivers were involved in 12 percent of the crashes caused by red-light runners.

Commentary: Everyone’s Safety is Reason for School Speed Cameras
Kent Reporter (Washington), June 12, 2013

There is no question that the city shares the letter writer’s concern for the safety of all children no matter where they live, play or attend school. For him to suggest otherwise is irresponsible. The city is not showing special treatment to children who attend Sunrise and Neely O’Brien schools; instead, the city is aligning its new safety program with the findings in a traffic analysis that determined photo enforcement systems would have the most impact on safety at these two schools.

Editorial: Red Means Stop
Grand Haven Tribune (Michigan), June 19, 2013

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, would give local governments the authority to install cameras at intersections, allowing them to identify drivers running red lights. In a community such as Grand Haven, … we feel this would be a great device to ensure the safety of those traveling through our community.

“We’re looking to put these cameras in places that have documented speeding problems.”
Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City Transportation Commissioner
The New York Times, June 19, 2013

“It’s not because somebody is trying to catch somebody doing something wrong. I want people to understand when they see those cameras, somebody had to die in order for a safety message to be sent.”
Melissa Wandall, President of National Coalition for Safer Roads and nationally recognized traffic safety advocate
Herald-Tribune (Florida), June 13, 2013


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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 28

June 13th, 2013 Comments off


Mineola to See Cameras by Summer’s End
Mineola American (New York), June 13, 2013

Be on the lookout Mineola, because red-light cameras will be watching village motorists by the end of the summer. Nassau County will install cameras at the intersection of Mineola Boulevard and Jericho Turnpike as well as Willis Avenue and the turnpike.

Appeals Court Upholds St. Louis’ Red-Light Camera Law
St. Louis Business Journal (Missouri), June 12, 2013

If you’ve ignored a red-light camera citation from the city of St. Louis, you’d better plan on paying it or requesting a court hearing to contest the ticket. On Tuesday, a Missouri Appeals Court upheld the city’s red-light camera law, reversing an earlier ruling by a circuit court judge that the city lacked authority to enact the ordinance. See related coverage from KMOX-Radio CBS 1120, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Wall Street Journal.

Governor’s Signature Changes Florida Traffic Law
Naples News, June 12, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott late Wednesday signed four bills, including a measure that would make it tougher for local governments to issue tickets to drivers turning right on red. See related coverage in the Sun Sentinel. (Sun Sentinel photo by Mark Randall)

New York Lawmaker Backs Speed Camera Pilot Program (New York), June 12, 2013 

New York State Senate Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeff Klein says his bill authorizing New York City to begin a pilot program for speed cameras near schools is a priority for him as the legislature enters the session’s home stretch.

Seattle Says School Speed Cameras Are Effective, Plans Expansion
West Seattle Herald (Washington), June 11, 2013

Mayor Mike McGinn announced June 11 that five new locations for future school zone speed cameras have been selected for school zones around the city. See related coverage from The Seattle Times and news release from the mayor’s office. (The Seattle Times photo by Ellen M. Banner)

Proposal Readied for Tampa-Hillsboro Area Bus/Toll Lanes, June 11, 2013

Tampa’s toll and transit authorities will be jointly proposing a first bus/toll lanes project this fall.  Joe Waggoner chief executive of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority said this at a recent meeting of the local metro planning organization.

Sarasota’s Red-Light Camera Program Upheld in Court Ruling
WTSP-TV Channel 10 (Florida), June 10, 2013

For the second time, a cited individual has challenged the constitutionality of the red-light camera system used by the city of Sarasota. For the second time, the system was upheld.

Distractive Impact at the Traffic Light
Fleet Owner, June 10, 2013

Distractions while driving is the leading cause for some 12 percent of red-light intersection infractions, according to data analyzed by the National Coalition for Safer Roads and FocusDriven. See related coverage by The Dallas Morning News and Washington Examiner. See report. (Image from TechnoBuffalo)

Philadelphia’s 25th Intersection Gets Red-Light Cameras
Philadelphia Inquirer/ (Pennsylvania), June 9, 2013

Red-light cameras became active Monday morning at Byberry and Worthington Roads in Northeast Philadelphia, bringing to 111 the number of the controversial cameras in the city, at 25 intersections. See related coverage at and Newsworks/ (WPVI-TV Channel 6 image.)

Lawmaker Targets Drivers Who Illegally Pass Stopped School Buses
WOBM-Radio 92.7 FM (New Jersey), June 11, 2013

When a school bus pulls off to the side of the road, flashes its lights and a stop sign pops out, most New Jersey drivers obey the law and come to a complete stop, but a small number of motorists ignore the warning, swerve around the bus and continue down the road. One state lawmaker is pushing a plan to crack down on these individuals. See related coverage from Burlington County Times. (Burlington County Times photo by Nancy Rokos.)


Court Ruling Keeps Cameras at Work in St. Louis
KTVI-TV FOX-2 (Missouri), June 11, 2013

The city of St. Louis calls Tuesday’s ruling from the Missouri Court of Appeals of Eastern Missouri a win. The court ruled Tuesday the city of St. Louis’ red-light safety camera program is constitutional. This ruling overturns Judge Mark Neil’s decision last year. See related coverage from KPLR-TV Channel 11.

@ATS_RoadSafety Report:  Texas could be among nation’s worst in red-light violations caused by #distracteddriving  #StopOnRed

@ATS_RoadSafety Red light motion upheld in court for 2nd time in @CityofSarasota via @WTSP10News  #StopOnRed


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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education has chosen ATS as its contractor of choice to install a CrossingGuard school bus safety camera system. The cameras are designed to deter drivers from illegally passing school buses once they stop to let children on or off the bus. ATS is honored to receive the contract award.

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Join ATS in the Social Madness Challenge

Are you into social media? So are we. Please take a moment to visit the Phoenix Business Journal’s Social Madness Challenge site and under the Large Company category VOTE for American Traffic Solutions. You can vote every day, and every vote helps raise awareness about ATS and why stopping on red saves lives. National winners compete for cash prizes for the charity of their choice.

ATS is also hosting a national competition to find out What Drives You. Simply visit our ATS Linked In, Facebook or Twitter sites to share your story. Three judges will pick the most compelling story and award a Kindle Fire to the grand prize winner once the contest closes on July 3. ATS is committed to making life safer and easier on the road ahead. That’s what drives us! Tell us today what drives you!


Study Finds Collisions Decrease near Speed Cameras
Traffic Technology Today (United Kingdom), June 7, 2013

A new study, commissioned by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) Foundation, suggests that speed cameras cut the number of serious injuries in road accidents in the areas where they are placed by an average of more than a quarter. See report.

Editorial: Let’s Focus on Danger of Driving While Distracted
The Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania), June 10, 2013

The recent death of a Hatfield teenager allegedly run down by a texting motorist along Route 309 can only sharpen the debate over Pennsylvania’s lax rules on cellphone use behind the wheel.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Improve Travel Safety
Gig Harbor Peninsula Gateway (Washington), June 12, 2013

Currently, more than 650 communities in the United States have installed red-light and speed cameras, and as a result, both traffic infractions and accidents have gone down considerably. They appear to be a very cost-effective way for us to make our roads safer.

Letter: Cameras and Higher Fines Are the Ticket
Odessa American (Texas), June 9, 2013

I have written you before concerning the cameras used in conjunction with traffic light operations. … Unless you hit them in their pocketbook, you will never get their attention!

Letter: Use Cameras to Catch Speeders
The Intelligencer (Pennsylvania), June 7, 2013

Richland Township police do a great job, but with camera technology the police could be freed up to do their other duties rather than sitting waiting for a speeder. … Will someone in our state government sponsor a bill to allow for speed cameras in the state of Pennsylvania? They save lives.


“If you talk to any bus driver, literally every day, every day somebody passes a school bus when kids get on and off.”
Patrick Diegnan, N.J. Assemblyman and Education Committee Chairman
Burlington County Times (New Jersey), June 12, 2013

“In Brusly you don’t consider a green light, a green light. You consider it a caution light. It’s almost ingrained in the culture when you cross highway one you look both ways even if you have a green light. You look both ways because it can be a bad situation.”
Joey Normand, Mayor of Brusly, Louisiana
WVLA-TV NBC 33, June 12, 2013

“Speed enforcement cameras are an effective way to reduce speeding and further safeguard our children, especially in and around schools.”
Jim Pugel, Interim Chief of Police, Seattle
Central District News (Washington), June 11, 2013

“The public has been clear that we need to do more to protect children as they travel to and from school. The data shows that the existing cameras are helping improve safety near schools by reducing travel speed and cameras should be installed at additional schools.”
Mike McGinn, Mayor of Seattle
West Seattle Herald (Washington), June 11, 2013

“Safety cameras are contentious; people dispute whether they work. But in fact the general public as a whole like them, because they want these roads to be made safer. If cameras were turned off overnight there would be something like 80 people killed extra a year and 800 people killed or seriously injured. So the evidence is very good that on average they do work; they are effective.”
Stephen Glaister, RAC Foundation Director, London, England
Traffic Technology Today (United Kingdom), June 7, 2013

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Analysis of data for 551 fixed speed cameras in nine areas shows that on average the number of fatal and serious collisions in their vicinity fell by more than a quarter (27 percent) after their installation. There was also an average reduction of 15 percent in personal injury collisions in the vicinity of the 551 cameras. Source: Traffic Technology Today, June 7, 2013

Speed safety cameras at four Seattle schools have led to a combined 16 percent reduction in citations for speeding. Source: West Seattle Herald (Washington), June 11, 2013

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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 27

June 6th, 2013 Comments off

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Join ATS in the Social Madness Challenge

Are you into social media? So are we. Please take a moment to visit the Phoenix Business Journal’s Social Madness Challenge site and under the Large Company category VOTE for American Traffic Solutions. You can vote every day, and every vote helps raise awareness about ATS and why stopping on red saves lives. National winners compete for cash prizes for the charity of their choice.

ATS is also hosting a national competition to find out What Drives You. Simply visit our ATS Linked In, Facebook or Twitter sites to share your story. Three judges will pick the most compelling story and award a Kindle Fire to the grand prize winner once the contest closes on July 3. ATS is committed to making life safer and easier on the road ahead. That’s what drives us! Tell us today what drives you!


Police: Red-Light Camera Video Helped Determine Fault in Crash
Sarasota Patch (Florida), June 4, 2013

Sarasota Police are crediting a red-light camera video with helping them determine who was at fault in a two-car crash last week. See related coverage from WWSB-TV ABC 7.

13 States Put Speed Cameras to Work
NBC Nightly News, June 4, 2013

There are now 150 communities in 13 states that use speed cameras to catch motorists violating the speed limit. In the District of Columbia, where both speed and red-light cameras are used, police say the enforcement equipment helps reduce fatal crashes.

Red-Light Runner of Week Couldn’t Wait for Green
Clearwater Patch (Florida), June 4, 2013

A car turns left moments before the light turns green at Chestnut Street and Fort Harrison Avenue, making the latest Red Light Camera Violator of the Week.

Osceola County Explores Red-Light Camera Program
Around Osceola (Florida), June 5, 2013

The Osceola Board of County Commissioners Monday voted 3-2 in favor of continuing the exploratory phase of including red-light enforcement cameras at intersections. The decision permits county staff to pursue a deal with American Traffic Solutions, which presented its program on Monday. 

Red-Light Cameras Enforce Laws, Improve Safety, Police Say
St. Joseph News-Press (Missouri), June 4, 2013

St. Joseph police say the city’s nearly 4-month-old red-light camera program is doing more than enforcing traffic laws, they’re also raising the profile of safe driving. (St. Joseph News-Press photo by Eric Keith.)

Michigan Lawmakers Consider Red-Light Cameras
WZZM-TV Channel 3, June 4, 2013

A bill moving through the state legislature would allow communities to install red-light safety cameras at intersections and use images from them to crack down on dangerous driving infractions.

Cleveland Mayor Stands Behind Camera Expansion
WTAM-Radio 106.5 FM (Ohio), June 2, 2013

Even though three state legislators are fighting photo enforcement cameras, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says his city is increasing the number of red-light safety cameras, and contends the devices reduce traffic crashes and make motorists drive more safely.

Port Richey Prepares for Red-Light Camera Law Revision
Suncoast News (Florida), May 31, 2013

State lawmakers passed legislation last month shifting appeals for red-light running tickets to local hearing officers to decrease the backlog of court cases. Although Gov. Rick Scott has yet to sign the legislation into law, Port Richey City Council, at their recent meeting, discussed hiring a special magistrate to hear the challenges. See related coverage in The Palm Beach Post.

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New Florida Law Bans Texting While Driving, May 31, 2013

It’s official. No more texting and driving in the state of Florida. The Sunshine State now joins a large majority of states in prohibiting texting while driving.

Photo Enforcement Cameras Assigned to School-Zone Duty
Kent Reporter (Washington), May 31, 2013

In response to complaints from students, school staff and parents about speeding vehicles, traffic cameras to catch speeders in school zones are coming this fall to Kent. (Kent Reporter photo by Steve Hunter.)

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New Penalties for Toll Violators Await Governor’s Signature (Texas), May 28, 2013

Thousands of North Texas drivers could have their vehicles impounded or their registration blocked under Senate Bill 1792, legislation Governor Perry is expected to sign.

Marietta Schools, City Consider Partnership for School Bus Cameras
The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia), June 5, 2013

The city is considering mounting cameras to the sides of Marietta City School buses to capture drivers who illegally pass the buses, ignoring stop arms and flashing lights. The automated systems from American Traffic Solutions will help enforce existing laws designed to protect children as they get on or off the bus.

Wyoming Lawmakers Consider Tougher School Bus Safety Penalties
Casper Star-Tribune, June 4, 2013 

A Wind River Elementary School girl killed after exiting her school bus in December 2011 has inspired a push for tougher bus safety laws, which lawmakers initiated Monday. See related coverage at WFTV-TV 9. (Wyoming City Schools photo)

Police Charge Driver Who Hit School Bus Stopped for Children
WLTX-TV Columbia 19 (South Carolina), June 1, 2013

A Bamberg man is facing a traffic charge after his pickup truck rear-ended a school bus, sending several children and the bus driver to the hospital with minor injuries. Authorities said the school bus had stopped to let children disembark.

@ATS_RoadSafety  @sarasotapd: Red Light Camera Video helped Solve #Sarasota Crash via @SarasotaPatch

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American Traffic Solutions is honored to announce that the city of Knoxville, Tennessee, whose road safety camera program began in 2009, will continue its partnership with ATS through a newly signed two-year contract extension. Furthermore, ATS is pleased to welcome the city of  Kent, Washington, as a new client. Kent will receive a fixed speed camera system as part of its newly signed five-year agreement. Finally, ATS is honored to announce that it will begin contract negotiations with Paulding County Schools in Georgia to install the CrossingGuard school bus safety camera system. The cameras discourage drivers from illegally passing stopped school buses and endangering children. American Traffic Solutions is proud to work with these communities to improve safety on their roads.

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Commentary: Do We Want to Save Lives on Our Roads?
The Washington Post (District of Columbia), May 31, 2013

As long as our leaders and other influential citizens think the biggest problem with speeding is that they might get caught and have to pay, we’ll be stuck in the “Mad Men” era. And people will die.

Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Are Two-Way Street of Accountability
The Courier of Montgomery County (Texas), June 5, 2013

The debate over red-light cameras probably will continue as long as there is video traffic recording at intersections. Whether they are worth the expense depends on the data recorded by governmental entities that operate them. That is the difference between the city of Conroe, whose contract is the American Traffic Solutions, and Montgomery County.

Letter to Editor: Precious Children Deserve Cameras on Buses
New Bedford Standard-Times/South Coast Times (Massachusetts), June 5, 2013 

I was pleased to read Curt Brown’s article regarding proposed legislation to install cameras on school buses to increase compliance with laws that make it illegal for motorists to ignore stop arms and flashing lights on school buses.

Letter: Bring Back Red-Light Cameras in Murrieta
The Press-Enterprise (California), June 4, 2013

Pick just about any intersection in this area and watch drivers blow through stop signs or run red lights. I’ve watched up to five cars clear the intersection after the left-turn arrow has turned red. Without cameras, Murrieta is giving people another reason to disregard the law. 

Letter: Just Follow the Speed Limit
The Arizona Republic, June 4, 2013

You say the signage for the photo enforcement is difficult to read at night. This may be true, but the speed limit signs are very visible both day and night.

Letter: Opinion Shows Too Much Faith in Drivers
Arizona Daily Star, May 31, 2013

What a decrease in the number of citations means to me is not that the speed camera program should end, but that more cameras should be installed at other dangerous intersections.

Letter: Return Murrieta Red-Light Cameras
Riverside Press Enterprise (California), May 30, 2013

Possible red-light violations soared when Murrieta’s cameras were shut down. This proves that red-light cameras do control red-light runners’ behavior. Instead of using this information in the best interest of the city, the council ignored its duty to all of Murrieta, not just the 57 percent that voted to remove the cameras.

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“Having a system in place that’s automated, that’s running 24-7, where no one has to be pulled over into traffic or nobody has to cross through the intersection when traffic is moving to try to find the violator … Not only is it safer, but it’s a whole lot more effective.”
Richard Ketchem, St. Joseph Police Department Sergeant
St. Joseph News-Press (Missouri), June 4, 2013

“Due to the red-light camera video, it’s clear the truck violated the red light. Without this video, the case would not have been solved or cleared.”
Genevieve Judge, Sarasota, Florida, Police Department Spokesperson
Sarasota Patch, June 4, 2013

“There’s not enough police staff to cover all of the school zones. When the speed is over 30 mph and a pedestrian is involved, the fatality rate goes up dramatically. Other cities with cameras have reported dramatic reduction in school zone speeding. This program is aimed at reducing speeds in school zones.”
Pat Fitzpatrick, Deputy City Attorney in Kent, Washington
Kent Reporter, May 31, 2013


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Traffic deaths in the nation’s capital have dropped from 70, 10 years ago, to 19 in 2012. Source: NBC Nightly News, June 4, 2013.

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