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Right-on-Red Turns Endanger Pedestrians, Bicyclists
Central Florida News Channel 13, July 24, 2013

New video released from the company that provides red-light cameras shows the dangers for pedestrians and bicyclists when drivers violate those signals while turning right. See related press release on Morningstar.

Red-Light Runner of the Week: Caddy Coming Through Seconds Late
Clearwater Patch (Florida), July 23, 2013

A driver in a Cadillac goes through the stop light at Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road several seconds after it turns red, making Clearwater Police’s latest Red Light Camera Violator of the Week.

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Speed Cameras Have New Look in Scottsdale School Zones
KSAZ-TV FOX 10 (Arizona), July 22, 2013

Scottsdale Police have a new traffic tool to increase safety in school zones. Two portable photo-enforcement towers will be rotated among Scottsdale’s 31 schools. After a month of issuing warnings, authorities are now using the cameras to issue citations.

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Miami to Resume Issuing Tickets from Red-Light Camera Program
Miami Herald (Florida), July 25, 2013

The city of Miami will resume issuing tickets Friday to drivers caught running certain red lights after commissioners narrowly decided Thursday to create a special board to hear citation appeals. (Miami Herald photo by Alex Kolyer)

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In Wake of Pedestrian Deaths, Cameras Proposed for Boulevard
The Inquirer (Pennsylvania), July 25, 2013

One week after a mother and three of her sons were fatally struck by apparent drag racers on Roosevelt Boulevard, a state senator has proposed lining the busy roadway with speed-enforcement cameras, the first technology of its kind in the area. See related article in the Daily News. (Associated Press photo by Matt Rourke)

Close Call Revives Discussion about Speeders, Red-Light Runners
Danville Patch (California), July 24, 2013

A  Patch editor’s close call Monday night revives an ongoing conversation in Danville: Speeding drivers and red light runners. … The story begins just a couple of blocks away from a 2011 double fatality. 

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N.J. Turnpike Challenges National Title
NJ.com, July 23, 2013

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority collected $992 million in tolls last year, making it the most profitable toll road in the nation. … Turnpike authority spokesman Thomas Fenney told NJ.com the Turnpike cannot be characterized as profitable. “The Turnpike and Parkway both rank among the top 5 busiest toll roads in North America. High volume means high revenue.”

Ocoee Activates New Red-Light Camera
Central Florida News TV-13, July 22, 2013

The Ocoee Police Department activated its newest red-light camera Monday. The new camera is at the intersection of Silver Star and Clarke roads. Ocoee city officials said they are adding the camera in hopes of saving lives.

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Short Signature Count Means There Will Be No Vote on Tucson’s Cameras
Arizona Daily Star, July 22, 2013

It looks like Tucson’s red-light cameras are here to stay. There were not enough valid signatures to certify placing a measure banning traffic cameras within city limits on the ballot this November, the Pima County Recorder’s Office has found.

As for Camera Program’s Future, Township Puts Safety before Revenue
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), July 21, 2013

With the clock running down on the state’s Red Light Camera Program, the township could see its revenue drop more than half a million dollars if the state pulls the plug on the program at the end of next year. … The township is not concerned about the potential loss of revenue if the program is discontinued, said Mayor Stephen Acropolis. … “These cameras are about changing people’s view on driving, not about the making money.”

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New Florida Red-Light Camera Law Could Bump Revenue for Cities
Miami Herald (Florida), July 20, 2013

When South Florida cities began installing red-light cameras several years ago, most expected a revenue bump along with increased intersection safety. But while most studies show few crashes at intersections with red-light cameras, many cities haven’t seen the money they expected. (Miami Herald photo by Andrew Bosch)

Red-Light Runner Collides with Vehicle Carrying Miami-Dade Mayor’s Son
Miami Herald Blog (Florida), July 19, 2013

One of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s adult sons, Carlos J. Gimenez, was traveling in a car in the wee hours Thursday morning that was hit by a driver who ran a red light.

Pinecrest May Give Green Light for Red-Light Cameras
Miami Herald (Florida), July 19, 2013

Pinecrest council members voted Tuesday to move ahead with red-light cameras at four intersections on U.S. 1. The program will move forward only if the Village Council gives final approval at a second meeting, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11. If passed, the council will begin negotiations with American Traffic Solutions, the company that operates the cameras for more than 20 municipalities in Miami-Dade County.

Majority Support Red-Light Safety Cameras in Pittsburgh
KeystonePolitics.com (Pennsylvania), July 18, 2013

Pittsburgh has been considering installing red-light cameras at some of its more dangerous intersections, and now Public Policy Polling is out with some fascinating survey results on political attitudes in Pittsburgh toward this policy. A solid majority of residents (59 percent to 35 percent), support installing the cameras, and this is driven by lopsided support among women.

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N.C. Passes Tougher Penalties for School Bus Passers
SchoolBusFleet.com, July 24, 2013

Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law legislation that enacts stiffer penalties for motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.

National Board Looks at Bus Safety Standards
Gainesville Times (Georgia), July 23, 2013

Federal regulators are considering new safety standards and technologies for school buses, while locally all motorists are being urged to practice caution on the roads throughout the upcoming school year. … Gainesville’s transportation director Jerry Castleberry said that the biggest safety issues happen outside of a school bus. He said that once a year, the system does a count of people not obeying the stop sign on the school bus.

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@ScottWTHR IFD photo: Crash at NY & Rural. Witnesses say silver van rolled 4 times. Other driver ran red light. 1 minor injury. pic.twitter.com/dqBiOEm1kh

@ATS_RoadSafety VIDEO: Dangerous right-hand turns show close calls with #pedestrians & #bicyclists:  http://bit.ly/12gxP4c  #StopOnRed #FL

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Editorial: Pittsburgh Has Chance to Improve Traffic Safety
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), July 24, 2013

What’s missing when a driver cuts someone off, speeds or, worse, runs a red light? Oftentimes a police officer. But what would happen if there was a little electronic “officer” at every high-risk, accident-prone intersection in Pittsburgh? Last year, the state Legislature authorized Pittsburgh to become the second city in Pennsylvania, after Philadelphia, to install red-light cameras, which may help to discourage poor driving decisions.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Would Spur Safer Driving
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), July 23, 2013

Finally, the city is considering red-light cameras! Why this took so long I have no idea, but all I can say is hallelujah.

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“A family has been decimated because reckless hooligans thought they could play Speed Racer in Northeast Philly. It’s outrageous and we need speed-enforcement cameras to help us stop this senselessness.”
Michael Stack, Pennsylvania State Senator
The Inquirer, July 25, 2013

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“When you are talking about $500,000 on a $95 million budget, it’s not a huge amount of money. These cameras are about changing people’s view on driving, not about the making money.”
Stephen Acropolis, Mayor of Brick Township
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), July 21, 2013

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Chicago Finalizes 5-Year Speed Safety Camera Agreement with ATS
The Chicago Tribune (Illinois), July 18, 2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration finalized a $67 million, five-year contract to install up to 300 cameras to catch speeders around city schools and parks. This year, 50 locations are expected to become operational. (WGN TV 9 image)

Sarasota Stands Behind Red-Light Safety Cameras
Your Observer (Florida), July 18, 2013

Sarasota Police officer John Lake has a simple metric for determining the effectiveness of the city’s red-light cameras. “If you went out there, and you happened to do a study, and you asked 10 people if they happened to pay more attention to red lights in the city of Sarasota because of the cameras, all of them would say yes,” Lake said.

Police: 95-Year-Old Man Dies in Red-Light Running Crash
KNXV-TV ABC 15 (Arizona), July 17, 2013

An elderly man was killed Wednesday morning after an apparent red-light crash in Scottsdale. According to Scottsdale police spokesman Mark Clark, an early investigation shows a Lexus sedan was traveling westbound on Camelback Road when it ran a red light at 64th Street.

Texas City Extends Red-Light Camera Program
The Hutto News (Texas), July 17, 2013

The Hutto City Council took action to keep red-light cameras in Hutto for five more years, extending its original 2007 contract with American Traffic Solutions.

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Changes to Red-Light Camera Law Now in Effect
Sun Sentinel (Florida), July 17, 2013

The 2010 Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act creates uniform standards for the use of red-light cameras for the purposes of traffic enforcement. … Recent changes to the law include new provisions for right-turn-on-red violations, updates to notice of violations, new associated challenge procedures and modifications to requirements for issuing uniform traffic citations. (Sun Sentinel photo by Mark Randall)

Law Enforcement Warns about Scam
WSAV-TV NBC 3 (Georgia), July 16, 2013

Local law enforcement authorities are warning people about calls some are receiving telling them they’ve received a ticket from a red-light camera. … The caller tells the person they can get out of going to court by providing $273 either on a pre-paid card or a debit or credit card. “It’s a scam,” says Col. John Wilcher of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.”First of all, the courts do not call anybody and tell them this.”

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Red-Light Cameras to Stay in Palm Beach County
The Palm Beach Post (Florida), July 16, 2013

A vote by the Palm Beach County Commissioners on Tuesday allows the county’s network of red-light traffic cameras to operate for at least another year. (The Palm Beach Post photo by Allen Eyestone)

Red-Light Running Fines Pay for Traffic Signal Upgrades
Bucks County Courier Times (Pennsylvania), July 16, 2013

Traffic signals along Street Road in Bensalem will be upgraded to attach to generators as a secondary power source. The change will keep the signals operating when future storms knock out electricity, and free emergency crews to respond to other situations instead of being diverted to direct traffic at intersections with dark signals. Fines paid by drivers running red lights in Philadelphia will pay for the upgrades. See related article in The Intelligencer.

Speed Cameras Credited for Decrease in Overseas Traffic Fatalities
ITS International, July 15, 2013

Figures released by France’s National Council for Road Safety indicate that the number of people killed on French roads dropped by 15 percent in the first half of 2013 compared with the same period last year. Interior Minister Manuel Valls says speed cameras are the reason for the reduction.

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Pittsburgh City Council Considers Red-Light Safety Camera Program
KDKA-TV CBS 2 (Pennsylvania), July 17, 2013

In Philadelphia or Washington, D.C., if you run a red light and nobody sees it, you might think you got away with it. But you didn’t. Red light cameras are installed there and you could face a $100 ticket sent in the mail with a picture of your car in the intersection, having gone through the light. Pittsburgh City Council is considering it here. 

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Scottsdale Unveils Portable School Zone Speed Safety Cameras
TV Eyes Media Monitoring/KNXV-TV ABC 15 (Arizona), July 16, 2013

Check out what Scottsdale Police rolled out. They call them portable school towers. Think of them as smaller versions of photo radar vans. Starting Sunday they will be used to issue speeding tickets. Police will rotate the speed cameras among 31 schools.

Red-Light Runner of the Week in Clearwater
Clearwater Patch (Florida), July 15, 2013

A car waiting to turn nearly gets into an accident with a truck going through a red light at Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road making the latest Red Light Camera Violator of the Week.

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Delaware’s Dangerous Intersections
Delaware News Journal/Delaware Online, July 14, 2013

More than half of all vehicle crashes in Delaware occur at intersections, and one in five caused at least one injury, according to an analysis by The News Journal that examined available safety solutions, including red-light cameras. Delaware has red-light cameras at 30 intersections in the state and reports a 3 percent decrease in crashes after camera installation, and a 47 percent drop in angle crashes.

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Car-Pedestrian Crash Near School Bus Ends with $100,000 Settlement
Mlive.com (Michigan), July 16, 2013

A 15-year-old boy who was severely injured in April after being hit by an elderly driver near Marne has received a $100,000 settlement. The boy was injured April 25 as he tried to cross Eighth Avenue, near Arthur Street, to board a school bus waiting near the end of his driveway.

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@ATS_RoadSafety VIDEO: Kenneth City PD’s red-light cameras caught dangerous red-light running t-bone crash: http://bit.ly/11XmCFs  #StopOnRed #FL

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Commentary: Use Red-Light Cameras for Safer Roads
The Detroit News (Michigan), July 15, 2013

Every year in Michigan, thousands of drivers, pedestrians, passengers, motorcyclists and bicyclists are involved in automobile collisions caused when a motorist illegally runs a red light. …  And while many of these collisions ended with little more than a police report and an insurance claim, hundreds of crash victims weren’t that lucky.

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Editorial: Bad Drivers Leave School District Little Choice
The Herald-Mail (Maryland), July 15, 2013

Motorists who skirt traffic laws will probably be the first to complain about the Washington County Board of Commissioners’ plan to install cameras on school buses. They might reflect that it is because of their own behavior that there is a need.

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Letter to the Editor: Use Cameras to Deter Irresponsible Driving
Hudson Hub Times (Ohio), July 17, 2013

In the case of traffic safety, red-light cameras efficiently, effectively and impartially monitor intersections and pinpoint careless drivers who ignore red lights while speed cameras detect drivers who ignore speed limits. Fines impress upon these drivers the importance of obeying red-light signals and driving at appropriate speeds.

Letter: Time for Red-Light Cameras
Henderson Times-News/BlueRidgeNow.com (North Carolina), July 16, 2013

I think it is time for Hendersonville to install traffic cameras at busy intersections to catch some of the violators of these rules. A few tickets received in the mail may stop some of this activity and make our streets safer.

“The law provides law enforcement with an effective tool to enforce red-light violators, and encourages responsible driving. My family and I have been personally affected by a red-light running crash and this law creates awareness and can change reckless behavior on our roadway.”
Tara Kirschner, Executive Director of The Dori Slosberg Foundation, who lost a sister to a red-light runner
Sun Sentinel (Florida), July 17, 2013

“Over the years, we have seen a decrease in crashes at intersections where there are red-light cameras. This shows that the presence of these cameras is changing driver behavior.”
Stephanie Slater, Spokeswoman for the Boynton Beach Police Department
Sun Sentinel (Florida), July 17, 2013

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“Yeah, $189 is a pretty big ticket, but we are trying to save life. We can’t just give them a slap on the wrist if they are, saying, going 40 miles an hour in a school zone.”
Tom Rasmussen, Seattle City Councilman, and Public Safety and Transportation Committee Chairman.
Seattle Weekly (Washington), July 11, 2013

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Video cameras target red-light runners at 30 intersections statewide. A new report says crashes fell by 3 percent overall after automated enforcement began. The incidence of angle crashes dropped by 47 percent, illustrating the program’s effectiveness, according to Delaware Department of Transportation. Source: Wilmington News Journal, July 14, 2013.

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Speeding drivers in school zones have been reduced 16 percent in Seattle, where mobile speed cameras are used to enforce school speed zones. Source: Seattle Weekly, July 11, 2013.

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Buoniconti Speaks Out for Red-Light Safety Cameras
Miami Herald (Florida), July 9, 2013

Marc Buoniconti and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis are speaking out to persuade Miami politicians to keep red-light cameras at various city intersections. Melissa Wandall is joining the effort. She was nine months pregnant when her husband Mark was killed in a car accident in October 2003. Mark and his brother-in-law were struck by another vehicle that ran a red light. (Miami Herald video image by C.W. Griffin) 

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Crashes Decrease at Miami’s Intersections with Cameras
WTVJ-TV NBC 6 (Florida), July 9, 2013

Authorities say traffic collisions are down at the intersections across South Florida that have red-light cameras, and in Miami even more so when compared to intersections without cameras.

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Celebrities Team-Up for Traffic Safety
WSVN-TV Channel 7 (Florida), July 9, 2013

Former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula joined music mogul Emilio Estefan and Marc Buoniconti, son of NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, at University of Miami Hospital as the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis launched a public campaign supporting the use of red-light safety cameras. The high-profile spokesmen said the cameras are proven tools in reducing life-threatening accidents. View the public service announcement.

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Mayor Recommends More Speed Cameras at Seattle’s Schools
KIRO-TV CBS 7 (Washington), July 9, 2013

Seattle’s speed zone cameras are working so well that drivers can expect to see more of them. … With all four cameras around Seattle school zones, there was a 16 percent reduction in tickets. See related KIRO-TV news coverage.

Red-Light Runners and More Caught on Camera
Clearwater Patch (Florida), July 9, 2013

In addition to a few red-light runners near Fort Harrison Avenue and Chestnut Street, this video also recorded a lightning strike June 26, according to Clearwater Police.

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ATS Will Outfit 20 Buses in School District with Stop-Arm Cameras
Hagerstown Herald-Mail (Maryland), July 9, 2013

A new Washington County Public Schools program to install cameras on some school buses to help reduce the number of motorists who illegally pass the stopped vehicles as they pick up or unload students will take effect when the new school year begins Aug. 21. (Hagerstown Herald-Mail photo by Joe Crocetta)

School Bus Safety Law Named for Student
Winston-Salem Journal (North Carolina), July 8, 2013

The death of a sixth-grade Forsyth County student late last year has inspired a new law that will impose stiffer penalties on drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. A passing car fatally struck the boy as he crossed the street to board his school bus.

Fairfax OKs Red-Light Camera Program Expansion
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Virginia), July 10, 2013

The City of Fairfax has approved a plan to increase the number of red-light camera locations from three intersections to six. The move expands the number of cameras from four to seven. American Traffic Solutions is bidding on the contract.

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Bridgeport Wants to Put Brakes on Unsafe Driving
The Bridgeport News (Connecticut), July 9, 2013

The evidence of the harm that a vehicle can do in a car-pedestrian collision is clearly seen in the young face of Diamond Battle.  Evidence that could lead to the prosecution of the hit-and-run driver who did it to her would be available if the state would allow red light cameras, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch said. (The Bridgeport News photo by John Kovach)

Capital Beltway Usage, Toll Revenue Rise in 2nd Quarter
TollRoadsNews, July 9, 2013

The high-profile toll lanes project on the DC Capital Beltway saw a major leap in traffic and revenue in the June quarter. Toll revenue increased 82 percent on the March quarter with an increase of 38 percent in average weekday traffic and a 32 percent higher in the average toll.

Amarillo’s Red-Light Running Citations Lag 2012 Pace
MyHighPlains.com (Texas), July 8, 2013

Thus far, Amarillo has issued 257 red-light violations, which puts it on track to issue fewer citations in 2013 than last year when police issued 617, according to Amarillo Municipal Court Clerk Victoria Medley says.

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Court Decision Invites St. Louis to Pursue Scofflaws
KMOX-Radio, AM 1120 (Missouri), July 8, 2013

Following a Missouri Appeals Court ruling last month, residents are expected to begin paying their outstanding red-light camera tickets in St. Louis. The ruling means that anyone issued a ticket for running a red light since the inception of the law five years ago will either have to pay up or get a court hearing to contest their ticket.

Caught Running a Red Light? Now What?
Temple Terrace Patch (Florida), July 8, 2013

Have you opened your mailbox recently only to discover a shiny new traffic ticket in the mail courtesy of one of Hillsborough County’s red light cameras? If so, you’ll find some of the rules of the road have changed on how you should navigate paying that fine.

Crash Hospitalizes 5 Children in Casa Linda
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), July 8, 2013

Early Monday morning, police say a man heading eastbound on Garland Road in a blue Chevrolet pickup ran a red light and plowed into a red Lincoln Navigator carrying six children and three adults. See related coverage on the crash at WNBC-TV.

After Warning Period, Red-Light Running Citations Fall in Opelika
The Moulton Advertiser (Alabama), July 8, 2013

Two months into the program, the numbers show a decrease in red-light running in Opelika. Authorities issued 794 warning notices in April, 553 citations in May and estimate June will show 300 citations issued. See related coverage from Opelika-Auburn News.

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Data Support School Speed Cameras’ Effectiveness
Seattle Post Intelligencer (Washington), July 8, 2013

Love ’em or hate ’em, early data suggests school zone speed cameras are effective – so you might be seeing more of them around Seattle.

Video Details Violation Review Process
Village of Key Biscayne (Florida), July 7, 2013

The Village of Key Biscayne’s Website features a video detailing the careful review process every red-light running event captured by red-light safety cameras passes through before a violation is issued.

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Under a newly signed two-year agreement, American Traffic Solutions will work with the Houston-Galveston Area Council as the representative agent for its member agencies interested in the purchase and use of road-safety camera programs, including the CrossingGuard school bus safety enforcement system that encourages safer driving around school buses. ATS is also pleased to announce that the Marietta Board of Education in Georgia approved an agreement with ATS to install and monitor CrossingGuard school bus safety cameras on 10 school buses. ATS is honored to be working with Marietta schools as well as the Houston-Galveston Area Council and its more than 100 member cities.

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Editorial: Don’t Ditch Speed Cameras, Mesa
The Arizona Republic, July 8, 2013

The most important aspect of local public officials’ duties is to keep their community safe for their residents. That’s why a recent Mesa City Council committee’s action regarding photo enforcement is so puzzling.

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Letter to the Editor: Keep Ohio’s Road Safety Cameras
Akron Beacon Journal, July 9, 2013

I was hit broadside by a driver who ignored a red light 31 years ago. My car was totaled. I spent two months off work while my fractured skull healed. My wife suffered a broken jaw, broken ribs and hip. She was seven months pregnant and our unborn son was killed. Our other two children were injured and traumatized. The price we paid was much greater than any fine.

Letter: Put Cameras to Work Enforcing No-Texting-While-Driving Laws
Albany Democrat-Herald (Oregon), July 7, 2013

It’s a well-known fact that texting and phone calls (even hands-free!) result in a driver that is effectively drunk. Why has this behavior not been pursued with extreme vigor by law enforcement? It would also be very easy to use existing red-light cameras to enforce the same statutes.

Letter: City Commended for Giving Red-Light Cameras Consideration
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), July 6, 2013

I commend the Pittsburgh City Council for starting the process to consider red-light cameras at dangerous intersections. Nearly 600 cities in the United States use these devices to reduce serious crashes and save lives.

Letter: Cameras Might Inhibit Speeders
The Columbian (Washington), July 5, 2013

Follow the speed limit. What a concept. A June 30 story, “New traffic cameras quickly bring tiny Ohio village to a stop,” reported on a town that put in cameras to stop speeders. People were complaining because they were getting ticketed for speeding. I say they should put cameras up around here, too.

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“You don’t have a right to privacy in a public right of way.”
Bill Finch, Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut
The Bridgeport News, July 9, 2013

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“The whole community needs to realize that we aren’t talking about parking tickets. People running red lights is an extremely dangerous offense. People die.”
Marc Buoniconti, President of the Marc Buoniconti Fund, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Miami Herald (Florida), July 9, 2013

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“Overall … I would say the red light cameras have brought down dangerous activity and that is our main objective with all of this.”
Eddie Roth, Director of Operations, City of St. Louis
KMOX Radio, AM 1120 (Louisiana), July 8, 2013
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Alabama
In Opelika, where red-light cameras are installed at four intersections, police issued 794 warning notices to vehicle owners caught running red lights in April. The next month, when fines were issued, there were 553 citations issued. The estimated number of citations for June is 300. Source: Opelika Auburn News, July 3, 2013.

Arizona
Serious injury collisions at intersections with red-light safety cameras declined 35.5 percent between 2007 and 2011 in Mesa. School-hour speeds at the five schools with speed safety cameras have dropped by an average of more than 8 mph since the cameras were deployed. Source: The Arizona Republic, July 8, 2013.

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Concerns Rise Over Dangerous Mid-South Intersections
WMC-TV Channel 5 (Tennessee), July 3, 2013

As an Action News 5 investigation uncovers some of the most dangerous, and even deadliest, intersections and roadways in the Mid-South, it asks if red-light safety cameras could make a difference.

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Red-Light Running Crashes, Violations Drop in Baton Rouge
WAFB-TV CBS 9 (Louisiana), July 1, 2013

Red-light violations and accidents in the intersections with photo enforcement cameras show a decrease in occurrence over the past five years, according to data compiled by the Baton Rouge Traffic Engineering Department.

Speed Cameras on City’s Radar
KMBC-TV Channel 9 (Missouri), July 1, 2013

With red-light cameras in place for the next half-decade, speed cameras are now in the works in Kansas City, where a pilot program using speed cameras in school zones caught thousands of drivers speeding. No tickets were issued. A city spokesman says the City Council will be discussing speed cameras.

New Red-Light Running Laws Take Effect in Florida
WTSP-TV CBS 10 (Florida), July 1, 2013

Although drivers have a new, less expensive option to fight red-light camera tickets, there is reason to not celebrate too soon. Existing laws are also getting tougher on some drivers. See ATS’ news release at CBS Moneywatch.

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Report: Crash Numbers Fall at Wilmington’s Crossroads with Cameras
Star News (North Carolina), July 2, 2013

Red-light cameras at 13 intersections around Wilmington were put in place to change driver behavior, and officials say they’re working. (Lumina News photo by Allison Potter.)

Study: Red-Light Cameras Decrease Crashes in Baton Rouge
The Advocate (Louisiana), July 1, 2013

It’s been five years since Baton Rouge launched a traffic light camera program, and data released last week shows drops in both traffic crashes and violations at the selected intersections. See related coverage in ITS International.

July 4 Ranks as 2nd Riskiest Summer Holiday for Red-Light Running
Sacramento Bee (California), June 28, 2013

This Independence Day, thousands of cars will hit the road as Americans celebrate summer with family and friends. According to the National Coalition for Safer Roads, July 4th is the second riskiest summer holiday for drivers when it comes to red-light running – with more than 6,500 violations issued on the holiday alone in 2012.

Study Finds Toll Road Greatly Improves Mobility
TollRoadNews, June 27, 2013

Maryland officials are in full voice citing the success of Maryland’s MD200 Inter County Connector (ICC) tollroad following release this week of before-&-after travel times studies.

@ATS_RoadSafety Word to the wise: July 4th Ranks as 2nd Riskiest Summer Holiday for Red-Light Running bit.ly/1cNQtQg  #StopOnRed via @SaferRoads USA

@ATS_RoadSafety Changes to Florida’s Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act Now in Effect: bit.ly/12h82Dj  #StopOnRed

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American Traffic Solutions’ road safety camera programs will expand into two new communities and continue in two others  under the terms of recently signed agreements with cities in the United States and Canada. ATS is particularly pleased with these recent developments and is proud to introduce its new clients: Saskatoon, Canada, where a red-light safety camera system will be installed to deter red-light running and the City of Decatur, Georgia, where a school bus safety camera enforcement system will be implemented to deter motorists from illegally passing school buses that stop to let children on and off. Five-year agreements are in effect for both new clients. In other developments, the City of Seattle, Washington, an ATS client since 2006, will continue its road safety camera agreement for five additional years, and Orange County, Florida, is exercising  its first one-year renewal option. Elsewhere, after completing its review of submitted proposals, the City of Atlanta, Georgia, has named ATS as its vendor of choice to contract for a new red-light camera program. ATS is honored to work with all of its clients to make driving safer.

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Editorial: Against Sound Advice, State House Votes Against Cameras 
Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio), June 29, 2013

In Akron and 14 other communities across Ohio, red-light and speed cameras act as a powerful incentive for motorists to follow traffic laws, dramatically reducing accidents and fatalities. But against the sound advice of municipal officials, police officers and safety experts, the Ohio House last week voted for a sweeping ban on the devices.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Are Doing a Fine Job
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), July 1, 2013

The Wednesday Dispatch article “Red-light camera ban moves ahead” reported that state Rep. Dale Mallory, D-Cincinnati, is spending taxpayers’ time and money trying to pass legislation to abolish the use of red-light cameras. I find this to be an unusual waste of our elected officials’ time, particularly when you consider that there can only be positive benefits from these cameras.

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“We had 72 fatalities last year. We need to do a better job of using the tools available to us to reduce that number.
James Pruetting, Major with the Kansas City Police Department
KMBC-TV Channel 9 (Missouri), July 1, 2013

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“This is a program that penalizes the people who are running red lights. If you’re not one of those subset, then you don’t have to worry about it. You should be happy that it’s out there to protect you and your loved ones.”
John Price, Baton Route Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
The Advocate (Louisiana), July 1, 2013

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