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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 39

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ATS Video Challenges Yellow-Light Critic’s Claim
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), Aug. 28, 2013

Call it the battle of the bulbs. A vendor for New Jersey’s controversial red-light traffic cameras and a team headed by Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon are accusing each other of putting out misleading videos regarding the timing of yellow lights at some intersections. See additional coverage in Brick Patch, The Consumerist and related press release.

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St. Louis Adds Red-Light Safety Cameras
KMOV-TV Channel 4 (Missouri), Aug. 27, 2013

In the past few months, 11 new cameras have gone up at a dozen intersections in St. Louis in hopes of reducing traffic crashes.

Red-Light Cameras Get Public Hearing in Odessa
NewsWest9 (Texas), Aug. 27, 2013

Red-light cameras were the topic of discussion on Tuesday night. The Odessa City Council held a public hearing and called individuals over for comment.

Red-Light Runner of the Week in St. Pete
St. Pete Patch (Florida), Aug. 26, 2013

Each week, the St. Petersburg Police Department releases a “highlight” reel of red-light runners in St. Petersburg. This week’s showing displays the danger drivers face at several intersections.

Red-Light Runner of the Week Times 3
Clearwater Patch (Florida), Aug. 26, 2013

Three vehicles run a red light at Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road making the latest Clearwater Police Red Light Camera Violator of the Week.

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Gov. Christie Won’t Pull Plug on Red-Light Cameras
101.5 FM (New Jersey), Aug. 28, 2013

Don’t expect New Jersey’s controversial red-light camera program to be scrapped any time soon. Last night, on Townsquare Media’s monthly ‘Ask the Governor’ program, Gov. Chris Christie said he hasn’t seen enough evidence that the cameras are ripping off drivers or that they cause accidents.

Warning Phase Begins Sunday at New Camera Locations in Lakeland
Bay News 9 (Florida), Aug. 28, 2013

The city of Lakeland will have more red-light cameras when the first of the month arrives Sunday. Nine additional cameras are going in at six intersections. They’re in addition to the nine the city already has in place. Tickets won’t be given until after a 30-day warning period ends.

Odessa Council Hears from ATS, Public on Camera Proposal
KOSA-TV CBS 7 (Texas), Aug. 27, 2013

After a presentation Tuesday night, given by Arizona-based company American Traffic Solutions (ATS) the floor was opened to the public. Not everyone agreed with the product. Ben Upton a former trauma ER specialist was one of them. He says red light cameras are not the best use of the city’s money. … David Jackson with ATS says taxpayers pay nothing.

Creve Coeur Extends ATS Agreement
Creve Coeur Patch (Missouri), Aug. 27, 2013

Creve Coeur City Administrator Mark Perkins confirmed to Patch that the City Council has signed off on an extension of Creve Coeur’s existing contract with American Traffic Solutions through 2013, while the city considers five bidders for the project in the future. ATS is among the bidders.

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City Launches Speed Camera Program Outside Schools
CBS New York, Aug. 26, 2013

Speed demons are about to get schooled. The city is launching a new speed-camera system outside schools in crash-prone areas on Sept. 9 — the day that summer break ends for more than 1 million public school kids. See related coverage in Staten Island Advance. Read press release from mayor’s office.

Odessa Police Say Cameras Will Not Invade Privacy
KOSA-TV CBS 7 (Texas), Aug. 26, 2013

The Odessa Police Department says red-light cameras will make intersections safer and they won’t invade people’s privacy. “What’s being considered in the city of Odessa are images of the vehicle only,” said Police Chief Timothy Burton. All pictures and videos of infractions will be reviewed by the police department and not issued automatically as tickets.
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Georgia State Patrol Urges Drivers to be Alert around School Buses
Georgia Department of Public Safety, Aug. 26, 2013

The new school year has already started for thousands of students across the state and Georgia State Troopers are reminding motorists to be alert of school buses on the roadways. (The Telegraph photo by Jason Vorhees)

@ATS_RoadSafety  The City of #StLouis adds more red-light safety cameras to make their streets safer! Find out where: http://bit.ly/17hgtpp  #StoponRed

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Editorial: Failing Grade in Passing
NorthJersey.com (New Jersey), Aug. 29, 2013

All drivers should know one of the basic motor vehicle rules, drummed into their heads when they first got their licenses: It’s illegal to pass a stopped school bus driving in either direction. It’s a simple law and one that make perfectly good sense. But the number of people ignoring that basic safety rule is staggeringly high.

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Letter to the Editor: Don’t Abolish Red-Light Cameras
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), Aug. 29, 2013

I have observed numerous drivers running red lights. At times, I have nearly been hit. I have never observed any of these lawbreakers being pulled over by the police; there are not enough police to solve this problem. My only hope is that some of these red-light runners are caught on camera. 

Drive Safely and You Won’t Fear Cameras
MyCentralJersey.com (New Jersey), Aug. 27, 2013

The recent article and editorial about red-light cameras miss the point. Is technology fallible? Yes. Is tampering with it to make money wrong? Yes. The real issue is that red lights are now optional and yellow, which were optional, now no longer pertain.

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Red-Light Safety Cameras Catch Close Calls
WTVT-TV FOX 13 (Florida), Aug. 21, 2013

Each week, St. Petersburg police release videos of the worst of the red-light camera runners. Their hope? To get people to pay attention.

Clearwater Posts Violator of the Week
Clearwater Patch (Florida), Aug. 19, 2013

A red car speeds through a red light at Chestnut Street and Fort Harrison Avenue well into the red-light cycle making Clearwater Police’s latest Red Light Camera Violator of the Week.

Speed Camera Testing Begins in Chicago
WFLD-TV FOX 32 (Illinois), Aug. 17, 2013

It’s time to slow down Chicago. A portion of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s speed camera system is in place and ready to go. It’s just a test right now, but the warning notices will end in a month. Fine revenue will be invested in safety initiatives including after-school programs, anti-violence and jobs programs.

Parents Asked Who Respects School Bus Stop Sign
Middleton Patch (Connecticut), Aug. 17, 2013

For most drivers, the flashing stop sign that extends from a school bus during pick-ups and drop-offs is more sacred than any other traffic signal. Still, some motorists don’t obey.

Akron Police Issue Warning about Scam
WOIO-TV Channel 19 (Ohio), Aug. 20, 2013

The Akron Police Department is urging residents to be aware of a phone scam involving callers pretending to be from “Ohio State Recovery Company.” This phone scam attempts to obtain credit card information over unpaid speed camera tickets through the Akron Municipal Court. … Anyone with questions about a speed camera ticket may call 1-866-684-8383. Any outstanding tickets or fines can be verified through this number.

SUV, School Bus Collide in Intersection
KGUN-TV ABC 9 (Arizona), Aug. 20, 2013

Three children were taken to a hospital as a precaution after a small school bus and an SUV collided at an intersection in Goodyear. Authorities say it appears the driver of the SUV ran a red light and crashed into the school bus.

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School Buses Caught Running Red Lights
WSB-TV Channel 2 (Georgia), Aug. 19, 2013

Channel 2 Action News filed open records requests for red-light citations, and found school bus drivers in four metro-area districts racked up nearly two dozen tickets in the past three years.

Legislator Wants Speed Cameras on Deadly Philadelphia Street
Newsworks/WHYY News, Aug. 19, 2013

Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia already has red-light cameras. Now a state senator wants to add speed cameras in hopes of making the deadly road safer. Pennsylvania Sen. Mike Stack, D-Philadelphia, says adding cameras to enforce speed limits on Roosevelt Boulevard will save lives.

Lawrence Issues Fewer Red-Light Running Tickets
The Times of Trenton (New Jersey), Aug. 18, 2013

The controversial red-light camera system posted at one of the township’s worst intersections churned out 37 percent fewer tickets with a corresponding drop in revenue during the first half of this year, according to township data. … A development the city manager says could indicate a safer environment. 

Boynton Beach Adds Red-Light Camera
WPTV-TV NBC 5 (Florida), Aug. 17, 2013

The Boynton Beach Police Department is giving a 30-day warning to drivers who run red lights.  A new red-light camera is operational and soon tickets will be handed out.

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Pickup Collides with Teen Near School Bus
KOTV-TV CBS 6 (Oklahoma), Aug. 21, 2013

A teenager is hit by a truck while crossing the street in front of a school bus. Police say the driver of a black pickup, didn’t stop for the stop sign on a Putnam City school bus, which was stopped to let kids off the bus. The teen was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. His condition is now stable, but guarded. The pickup driver was also hurt. No word on the extent of his injuries.

Drivers in Florida Illegally Pass Buses Thousands of Times a Day
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Aug. 20, 2013

In a single day this past spring, drivers in Orange County illegally passed school buses loading or unloading children 1,851 times. Statewide, 11,684 violations were noted by school bus drivers that day. With the start of fall classes in one of the most dangerous areas of the country for pedestrians, school and law-enforcement officials are asking drivers to be more careful.

Study: Drivers Endanger School Bus Pupils in Staggering Numbers
Kennesaw Patch (Georgia), Aug. 20, 2013

A newly released study — conducted over just one day — found that tens of thousands of drivers fail to stop for school buses. See related article in Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch.

Stop-Arm Cameras Going on Douglas County School Buses
Douglas County Sentinel (Georgia), Aug. 15, 2013

Drivers illegally passing school buses when a stop-arm is down is a big problem. Douglas County Schools Superintendent Gordon Pritz said it’s not unusual for every bus running in the county to experience at least one violation a day, which amounts to over 200 violations a day. To address the problem, the Douglas County Board of Education recently approved installing stop-arm cameras on about 10 percent of buses, or about 20-25 buses.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce its new five-year agreement with the Board of County Commissioners of Washington County, Maryland, to install and maintain CrossingGuard school bus stop arm safety cameras on school buses in the Washington County Public Schools. The cameras are used to deter motorists from illegally passing school buses when they stop to let children on and off. ATS is honored to be a part of the county and schools’ efforts to improve traffic safety for students.

 

@ATS_RoadSafety VIDEO: Close call caught by Red-Light Safety Cameras in #Sweetwater http://bit.ly/16MVQ4e  #StoponRed

@ATS_RoadSafety VIDEO: Red-light running is 100% preventable. http://bit.ly/1d2iKYN  Just #StoponRed #Wilmington

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“If they do this type of driving and they get away with it time after time after time there is not a tendency for them to improve their driving. … Sooner or later, that can result in a very serious accident.”
Mike Puetz, St. Petersburg Police spokesman
WTVT-TV FOX 13 (Florida), Aug. 21, 2013

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“We have found it to be a great tool in allowing us to promote traffic safety, not only for the motoring public but for pedestrians as well. By having intersections monitored by these systems, it keeps people honest. It keeps them from flirting with the possibility of getting a ticket, which inevitably makes everyone safer.”
Jason Godwin, Police Chief of Knightdale
WTVD-TV ABC 11 (North Carolina), Aug. 21, 2013

“Obviously it’s clear from the reduction in tickets that there’s a change in behavior. If it’s less drivers violating, it’s an indicator that it could be a safer environment.”
Richard Krawczun, Lawrence Township Manager
The Times of Trenton (New Jersey), Aug. 18, 2013

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Lawrence Township issued 37 percent fewer red-light running tickets from photo enforcement cameras during the first six months of 2013 compared with the previous year. Source: The Times of Trenton (New Jersey), Aug. 18, 2013.

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Speed Camera Tests Begin in Chicago
WGN-TV Channel 9 (Illinois), Aug. 12, 2013

Fifty new speeding cameras are being installed and tested near schools and parks throughout Chicago and will go live in a few weeks. The zones are designated as within one-eighth of a mile from Chicago parks or schools. (WGN-TV 9 image shows ATS field services technician II James Stephenson.)

Independence Considers Road Safety Cameras
KCTV-TV Channel 5 (Missouri), Aug. 12, 2013

Sugar Creek and Kansas City have had red-light cameras, and Independence is considering adding them. In addition to cameras that catch red-light runners, Independence is also looking at photo cameras like what Sugar Creek has to get drivers to slow down.

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National Red Light Week Aims to Save Lives
KOMO-TV ABC 4 (Washington), Aug. 8, 2013

Red-light cameras are designed to catch violators, but they also capture the horror of accidents. In one instance it’s clear to see others are stopping for the light, then one guy blows through and bam — he’s hit. … In Seattle, there are a number of problem intersections. Pedestrians in West Seattle say people regularly run lights along the route to and from the Fauntleroy ferry terminal.

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More School Speed Safety Cameras Go Live Sept. 4
The Daily News (Washington), Aug. 15, 2013

When school starts Sept. 4, drivers will need to hit the brakes in five Longview school zones or risk a minimum $124 ticket. The city of Longview is expanding its photo-enforced school speed camera program to include the St. Helens, Kessler and Olympic elementary school zones. (The Daily News photo by Roger Werth)

Red-Light Camera Discussions Continue in Odessa
KMID-TV Channel 2 (Texas), Aug. 14, 2013

The city of Odessa is discussing the idea of installing red-light cameras at certain intersections. “A lot of folks are unfortunately disregarding our traffic laws,” said Richard Morton, Odessa city manager. See related coverage from the Odessa American.

Commission Outlines Dangers of Red-Light Running
KATC-TV Channel 3 (Louisiana), Aug. 14, 2013

Red-light running is a top cause of traffic crash deaths. While highway safety advocates focus much of our attention on convincing motorists to wear seat belts and remain sober while behind the wheel, there are many other driving behaviors that result in high numbers of fatalities and injuries. One of these is red-light running.

Speeders Were Plentiful in Camera Test Run
Chicago Tribune (Illinois), Aug. 12, 2013

As the city of Chicago announced the camera work would begin, it released figures that provide the only real insight so far into the magnitude of a program that will hit motorists in their wallets for at least the next five years. During a December trial, the two companies vying for the contract clocked more than 93,000 speeders at four locations.

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State Law Changes Red-Light Process in Miami Springs
Miami Herald/River Cities Gazette (Florida), Aug. 10, 2013

A Florida law which went into effect on July 1 mandated changes in the way Miami Springs handles people captured by cameras running red lights on Northwest 36th Street. … The new legislation created another option for ticketed drivers, allowing for a hearing at the local level.

Chicago Chooses First 12 Speed Safety Camera Locations
Chicago Sun-Times (Illinois), Aug. 9, 2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has chosen the first 12 locations for speed cameras near schools and parks and disclosed that up to 18 percent of motorists clocked were caught speeding during a two-month pilot program. See related article in the Chicago Tribune.

Pennsylvania Rate Hike Lower for Electronic Toll Pass Users
Lebanon Daily News, July 30, 2013

Motorists using the Pennsylvania Turnpike will pay higher fees next year. The Turnpike Commission approved a toll-rate increase of 2 percent for E-ZPass customers and 12 percent for cash customers, beginning Jan. 5. … The Turnpike charges E-ZPass customers less because of the lower costs of collecting tolls electronically. On average, E-ZPass costs about five to 10 times less per transaction than processing a cash toll. See related Turnpike Commission news release.

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Video Enforcement Reduces Illegal School Bus Passes
School Transportation News, Aug. 14, 2013

American Traffic Solutions said the newly released 2013 Stop Arm Survey from NASDPTS shows that video surveillance enforcement programs implemented by school districts are slowly but surely working. For example, ATS said the number of vehicles that illegally pass stopped school buses is down by 50 percent in the Cobb County (Ga.) School District, from about 1,800 last year to 900 this year.

Survey Points to 15 Million Vehicles Passing Stopped School Buses
National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (Iowa), Aug. 12, 2013

In 29 states throughout the country, more than 108,000 school bus drivers in a single day recorded  85,279 vehicles passed their buses illegally on a single day. Throughout a 180-day school year, these sample results alone point to over 15 million violations by private motorists. See related ATS press release.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the city of Tucson, Arizona, has accepted a new two-year contract with renewals for their red-light and speed camera systems and, as part of the agreement, ATS has become a partner with the National IPA, a cooperative purchasing agent. Also, both Falls Church City Public Schools in Virginia and the Paulding County School District in Georgia have finalized agreements to utilize the CrossingGuard School Bus Stop-Arm Safety Camera systems. Falls Church City Public Schools signed a three-year agreement with renewals, while the Paulding County School District agreed to a five-year contract with renewals. ATS is excited to continue its relationship with the city of Tucson, and is honored to be accepted as a new partner in traffic safety with the Falls Church City and Paulding County school districts. 

 

@ATS_RoadSafety Check it out: 10 things you didn’t know about red-light running: http://1.usa.gov/1a2TNKC  #StopOnRed2013

@ATS_RoadSafety ATTN: Governor Cuomo announces statewide initiative to crack down on #Speeders http://bit.ly/144iv5W  #NYC

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Commentary: Melissa Wandall: Stop on Red, This Week and Always
The Herald Tribune (Florida), Aug. 10, 2013

Established in 2001, National Stop on Red Week occurs the first week of August to promote safe driving and raise awareness about the dangers of red-light running. The simple fact of the matter is that red-light running kills, permanently affecting families and communities. … This year as we recognize Stop on Red Week, we must promote an approach to reducing red-light running year round — one that combines the proven technology available to us, increased driver awareness programs, and elevating the red-light running issue in communities across the country.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Deter Irresponsible Driving
Gateway News (Ohio), Aug. 14, 2013

The Ohio House has already voted in favor of banning traffic enforcement cameras to save reckless drivers the inconvenience of paying fines so it’s up to the Senate to put a stop to this bill. Senators need to listen to the victims who have paid a much higher price than a $100 fine when red lights or speed limits are ignored — people whose vehicles have been damaged or destroyed, who have ended up hospitalized with injuries, or whose loved ones have been killed.

Letter: Paramedics Association Supports Cameras in Pittsburgh
The Tribune-Review (Pennsylvania), Aug. 12, 2013

The Fraternal Association of Professional Paramedics Local 1 wishes to express its support for installing red-light cameras in the city of Pittsburgh.

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Support for National Stop on Red Week can be seen in cities and towns in Michigan, Georgia, Florida and many other states across the country, where police and community leaders are reminding motorists to drive safely especially at intersections. The national public awareness campaign will end at midnight Saturday, but the need to stop on red at intersections will continue if we are to mitigate the irresponsible driving behavior that killed more than 700 people and injured an estimated 118,000 in 2011. For information to help your community raise awareness of this danger, visit ATS on Facebook, the National Coalition for Safer Roads or the Federal Highway Administration. Then go to the ATS Twitter page, use #StopOnRed2013 and spread the message!

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Red Means Stop Awareness Week Holds Lesson for Students
KPNX-TV NBC 12 (Arizona), Aug. 8, 2013

As students return to school, traffic safety advocates are reminding them of the importance to stop on red at intersections. Frank Hinds, founder of the Red Means Stop Coalition in Arizona, urges drivers to obey traffic laws and avoid risky behavior. A red-light runner killed his 17-year-old daughter, Jennifer, outside her high school.

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ATS Video Reminds Drivers to Stop on Red

National Stop on Red Week has an important message for drivers everywhere. Don’t run red lights. To help spread the message to stop on red and avoid the often tragic results, American Traffic Solutions presents a video of red-light running crashes, captured on red-light safety cameras. See the video

Ann Arbor Is 8th in Region for Red-Light Crashes
Ann Arbor Journal (Michigan), Aug. 8, 2013

According to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, Ann Arbor is in the top 10 communities with the most vehicle crashes caused by running red lights. The council is drawing attention to those numbers and urging caution. It’s a timely reminder that comes during the 16th annual National Stop on Red Week.

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New Pohatcong Cameras Will Go Live Soon
The Express-Times (New Jersey), Aug. 6, 2013

A new pair of red-light cameras at the intersection of Routes 22 and 519 in Pohatcong Township will start capturing red-light runners on schedule, despite a brief hiccup in the plans. American Traffic Solutions representatives assured township officials Thursday they could keep data collected by the new cameras separate from data collected by the existing cameras at the intersection.

Changes to State’s Red-Light Camera Laws Now In Effect
South Miami News (Florida), Aug. 6, 2013

American Traffic Solutions, the leading red-light safety camera provider in Florida, reminds Florida drivers that several important red-light safety camera changes are now in effect. These changes include new provisions for right-turn-on-red violations, updates to notice of violations and new associated challenge procedures, and slight modifications to requirements for issuing Uniform Traffic Citations.

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Delaware Takes Public Comment on Cameras; Major Changes ‘Unlikely’
WMDT-TV ABC 47, Aug. 6, 2013

Currently, Delaware officials are taking public comment on proposed revisions to the red-light camera program. … Although some drivers may be upset and concerned, Delaware Department of Transportation safety programs manager Adam Weiser says the state likely won’t make any major changes to the red-light program. See related coverage from NBC 10.

Scofflaws Told to Pay Up in St. John
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri), Aug. 5, 2013

If you have a red-light running ticket from the city of St. John’s red-light camera program that you haven’t paid, you can expect to hear about it. Officials decided Monday to sign up for a new free service from American Traffic Solutions, which runs the two cameras in the municipality, to send dunning letters to the recipients of the city’s 6,781 unpaid red-light running tickets.

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National Stop on Red Week Promotes Safe Driving in Detroit
WWJ-TV CBS 62 (Michigan), Aug. 5, 2013

Last year, there were more than 3,400 accidents resulting in 21 deaths across Metro Detroit where drivers blew through red lights or stop signs. Carmen Polumbo of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments says that’s the reason for Stop on Red Week.

Sarasota Police Recognize National Stop on Red Week
WTSP-TV Channel 10 (Florida), Aug. 5, 2013

The Sarasota Police Department will observe National Stop on Red Week, which runs from August 4 to 10. Initiated by the Federal Highway Administration, National Stop on Red Week is dedicated to educating Americans about the dangers of running red lights and to reducing the number and severity of traffic citations and crashes.

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School Speed Cameras Part of Scottsdale’s Increased Safety Measures
The Arizona Republic, Aug. 5, 2013

Parents and students will notice increased safety and security measures in the Scottsdale Unified School District when school resumes this week, and some of the changes will affect parents before they even get to the school buildings. Scottsdale has become the first municipality in the region to launch portable school towers, new devices that look like phone booths but conceal cameras, police said. (ATS photo)

Put on the Brakes! It’s Stop on Red Week
WTOP Radio 103.5 FM (Washington, D.C.), Aug. 5, 2013

You’re running late and you hit another traffic light. Be warned: This is national Stop on Red Week and police are on the lookout for red-light runners all week. See related article from Laurel Patch.

Governor Signs Legislation for New York City Speed Program
Traffic Technology International, Aug. 5, 2013

Gov. Andrew M Cuomo has signed legislation that permits New York City to establish a five-year demonstration program to monitor school speed zones with speed cameras and to allow evidence captured on camera to be used to impose liability for speeding. 

Sawgrass Expressway Going Cashless in 2014
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Aug. 3, 2013

Get ready to say goodbye to toll takers on the Sawgrass Expressway and hello to new tolls if you head south after stopping off at Sawgrass Mills. Sometime early next year, the 23-mile toll road that rings Broward’s northwest suburbs will stop accepting cash at toll plazas. The $40.6 million switch to electronic tolling is expected to speed up the commutee and improve safety by removing the bottleneck-causing toll booths. See related article in TollRoadsNews.

Lakeland Adding 10 Red-Light Cameras
The Ledger (Florida), Aug. 3, 2013

Ten new red-light camera locations in Lakeland will be up and running in a couple of weeks. … Drivers will get a break for the first 30 days with a warning letter from Lakeland police and American Traffic Solutions, the company that operates the system, said Kevin Cook, a spokesman with the city.

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Cameras on Cobb County School Buses Reduce Traffic Offenders
FOX 5 Atlanta (Georgia), Aug. 5, 2013

A few years back, the Cobb County School District added cameras to their school buses in an effort to catch drivers breaking the law – for example, by illegally passing school buses. Previously, Cobb County was reporting about 1,800 stop-arm violators a day. By the end of 2012, that number was cut in half because of the cameras. See related news coverage from Smyrna Patch.

Marietta City Schools Partners with ATS for Bus Safety
Marietta Patch (Georgia), Aug. 5, 2013

Marietta City Schools and American Traffic Solutions (ATS) are collaborating to deploy CrossingGuard, ATS’ new technology to help school districts address the growing problem of vehicles illegally passing school buses that are stopped to allow children to board or disembark. See related article in SchoolBusFleet.

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New Additions to School Buses Cut Violations in Half
WRBL-TV CBS 3 (Georgia), Aug. 5, 2013

Georgia is No. 1 in the nation in school bus fatalities. There haven’t been any in Muscogee County, but bus drivers have reported over 300 violations the past two years. One recent change to school buses, is bringing down this number. The Muscogee County School District installed 50 stop-arm cameras on school buses last year. So far, they’ve seen a decrease in violations. See related news coverage from WTVM-TV Channel 9.

School Bus Traffic Laws Carry Hefty Fines
Cumming Patch (Georgia), Aug. 4, 2013

With school beginning in Forsyth County on Aug. 8, law enforcement officials are reminding motorists to be mindful of school buses that will be on the roadways again.

@ATS_RoadSafety Analysis by @SaferRoadsUSA & @FocusDrivenorg found 7.3 million red-light violations in 2012 involved distracted behavior. #StopOnRed2013

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Commentary: Safe Driving Saves Lives, Money
The Detroit News (Michigan), Aug. 8, 2013

You don’t have to spend much time driving in Southeast Michigan to realize that intersections in our region can be a dangerous place to drive. But new numbers from SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, prove it.

Stop the Killing on the City’s Deadly Roads
New York Post, Aug. 5, 2013

Sixteen-year-old Renee Thompson lived in one of New York’s most crime-plagued precincts — The Bronx’ Morris Heights, with five murders this year. But she died a gruesome death in one of the city’s safest neighborhoods — Manhattan’s Upper East Side — under the wheels of a big rig.

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Editorial: Yielding to Sense
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Aug. 8, 2013

Traffic-safety cameras reduce accidents and save lives. The fact that they might be misused by some municipalities as an easy revenue-generator should not be grounds for a complete ban on them, such as the Ohio House approved in June.

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Letter to the Editor: Camera Settles Accident Dispute
Quad-City Times (Iowa), Aug. 4, 2013

The red-light cameras in Davenport have caused much controversy for residents, out-of-towners and Iowa state legislators. This is not the view of my daughter, who was involved in a minor fender-bender in one of those red-light camera zones.

Letter: Slow Down
The Sacramento Bee (California), Aug. 1, 2013

When are California’s irresponsible drivers going to quit whining about red-light photo enforcement cameras? As the driver of a vehicle, you are required to follow certain rules when operating a motor vehicle. Driving through an intersection and making a right turn without stopping, always has been a red-light violation.

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Few events focus the broad level of public support into a nationwide call to stop red-light running than National Stop on Red Week. Beginning Aug. 4, numerous communities will highlight the dangers associated with red-light running, raising public awareness to the national level to stop this irresponsible behavior that killed more than 700 people and injured an estimated 118,000 in 2011. For activity suggestions or to see what other communities are doing, visit ATS on Facebook. Next, go to the National Coalition for Safer Roads or the Federal Highway Administration for press releases, videos and other promotional ideas. Finally, go to the ATS Twitter page, use #StopOnRed2013 and spread the message!

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Gov. Cuomo Signs Law Placing Speed Cameras in N.Y. City School Zones
Ditmas Park Patch (New York), Aug. 1, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday that he had signed legislation to start a new pilot program to protect the city’s school children from speeding cars. Read the governor’s office press release.

ATS Highlights Notable Contracts
Traffic Technology Today, Aug. 1, 2013

American Traffic Solutions announced its half-yearly results for 2013, which highlights notable contract awards from Atlanta, Chicago, and Florida’s Orange County that total more than 680 potential red-light, speed and school bus safety cameras. See news release available on Cision Wire.

Pohatcong Township Adds Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Express-Times (New Jersey), July 31, 2013

Two new red-light cameras at a Pohatcong Township intersection could be active in two weeks. A red-light runner triggered a three-vehicle collision at this location on July 22. The cameras, considered add-on devices, will help improve the police department’s watch on a left-turn lane.

Red-Light Running Violation Hearing Fees Vary Widely
Sun Sentinel (Florida), July 31, 2013

To live in Boca, you have to pay a premium. And now, to fight a red-light camera ticket in the city, it will cost you more than most places in South Florida. On the other hand, get a ticket in Fort Lauderdale, Margate or even Palm Beach County and you’ll pay far less. Most cities in South Florida with red-light camera programs are operating, but some are still grappling with what fees to charge for a hearing after a driver receives a red-light ticket.

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Red-Light Runners Pay $300,000 to Miami Springs
Miami Herald (Florida), July 30, 2013

Miami Springs’ red-light cameras have generated just over $908,000 during the first nine months of the current fiscal year. After expenses, the city is netting about $305,000. (River Cities Gazette photo by Theo Karantsalis)

Fugitive in Fatal 1977 Winnipeg Crash Faces U.S. Deportation
CBC (Canada), July 30, 2013

After more than 30 years on the run, a fugitive may be heading back to Manitoba. On April 10, 1977 Robert Fotti ran a red light in Winnipeg. He collided with the motorcycle of 42-year-old Gordon Hochman and his 17-year-old son, Stewart, killing them both. … In 1980, Fotti was sentenced to nine months in jail but never showed up to his hearing. It was 10 years before Fotti would surface again.

Photo Enforcement Success Helps City Win Traffic Awards, Grants
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), July 30, 2013

Kenneth City’s Police Department will receive tens of thousands of dollars in free equipment after winning three statewide traffic awards … for dedication to traffic safety enforcement for 2012. The department developed a comprehensive traffic safety program along with a photo enforcement program, which made a significant impact in reducing the risk of traffic-related crashes, injuries and fatalities as well as other traffic-related crimes.

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Bicycle, Pedestrian Councils Push D.C. for More Cameras
WAMU-Radio FM 88.5, July 29, 2013

In their letter to D.C. legislators, the D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council and the Pedestrian Advisory Council say red-light and speed safety cameras are making D.C. streets safer — and that more cameras should be used. The groups credit the cameras with encouraging drivers to slow down and stop at red lights, sparing pedestrians and cyclists on increasingly busy city streets.

Iowa Gubernatorial Candidate Says He Would Veto Ban on Cameras
The Des Moines Register (Iowa), July 29, 2013

Bob Krause, a former state legislator who is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor in the June 2014 primary, says he opposes a legislative ban on red-light traffic enforcement cameras and would veto such legislation if elected as the state’s chief executive.

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Senator Wants More Red-Light Cameras on Deadly Philadelphia Street
The Philadelphia Tribune (Pennsylvania) July 29, 2013

When a speeding driver caused the death of a mother and her three sons on Roosevelt Boulevard earlier this month, it was enough to move state Sen. Mike Stack to introduce legislation extending the use of red-light and photo speed enforcement cameras along the road routinely referred to as one of the deadliest in the nation.

Tamarac to Install Red-Light Cameras
Sun Sentinel (Florida), July 28, 2013

The city of Tamarac will put up its first red-light cameras in about two weeks, but drivers will get a one-month grace period before being ticketed.

Speed Cameras Get Warm Welcome at Foster Avenue Safety Meeting
DNAinfo.com Chicago (Illinois), July 26, 2013

If speed cameras have met with cynicism and criticism in other parts of Chicago, they’ve found more than a few fans among residents of the Mayfair community. 

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Red-Light Runners Endanger Drivers in St. Petersburg
St. Pete Patch (Florida), July 27, 2013

Video documents drivers in St. Petersburg committing the dangerous straight-through and right-turn-on-red violations that put others and themselves in danger.

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Legislation Proposes Red-Light Cameras in Michigan
WJBK-TV FOX 2, July 26, 2013

Two bills introduced in the state legislature would allow cities to install red-light cameras at intersections where drivers are prone to running red lights. Under the proposals, should you run a red light, the camera would snap a picture of your license plate. An officer would then review the photo and send a ticket in the mail. See related coverage from WMYD-TV Channel 20.

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Paulding to Start School Bus Stop Arm Camera Program
Dallas-Hiram Patch (Georgia), July 30, 2013

A program intended to cut down on the number of motorists who zip by school buses without stopping is coming to Paulding County. (The Marietta Daily Journal photo by Laura Moon)

Stop-Arm Campaign Gains Momentum in South Carolina
School Bus Fleet, July 29, 2013

At the South Carolina Association for Pupil Transportation annual conference last week, David Poag, operations and routing supervisor for Anderson (S.C.) School District Five, discussed the S.A.V.E. (Stop-Arm Violation Education Enforcement) campaign, which raises awareness of the dangers of motorists illegally passing stopped school buses.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce the renewal of its road safety camera agreement with Palm Beach County, Fla. The contract will continue to July 2014. ATS is honored to remain a part of the county’s road safety camera program, which began in 2009.

 @ATS_RoadSafety ATS’ Strong 1st half of 2013 Driven by Contract Awards in #Chicago, #Atlanta, #OrangeCountyFL, #SaskatoonSK http://tmblr.co/ZC9-Wtq_okQP

@SaferRoadsUSA This week’s video comes to you from Scottsdale, AZ. Please remember to #StopOnRed to avoid close calls like these http://bit.ly/16upmra

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Commentary: Debunking the Myths of Highway Tolling
Huffington Post, July 30, 2013

American drivers recognize that our iconic highways, from Los Angeles’ 110 Freeway to the Capital Beltway around Washington, D.C., are in immediate need of major overhaul or reconstruction. … Highway tolling is a proven, reliable funding method that is already delivering results in 34 states and Puerto Rico, but unfortunately, federal law prohibits states from using tolls to rebuild existing lanes of interstate highways. 

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Letter to the Editor: Reinstall Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Express-Times (New Jersey), Aug. 1, 2013

Kudos to Pohatcong Township and American Traffic Solutions for proposing to install additional red-light cameras at Routes 22 and 519 to catch violators. … But what is the state doing to apprehend violators at the intersection at Route 22 and New Brunswick Avenue, where the cameras were shut down last year? There has been an increase of people running red lights and illegal left turns being made at this intersection.

Letter: Red-Light Shame
Ocala Star Banner (Florida), July 30, 2013

As the parent of a child who narrowly escaped death after being hit by a driver who ran a red light, I disagree with your editorial endorsing Dunnellon’s removal of red-light cameras on a number of levels — emotionally, logically, ethically and simple common sense.

Letter: Red-Light Safety Cameras Save Lives
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), July 28, 2013

A little more than a year ago a member of our extended family was broadsided by a red-light runner in Michigan. Nothing strikes closer to home than when someone you know, someone with a lot of life to live, is seriously injured or killed by the thoughtless action of an irresponsible person.

Letter: A Lot of People Run Red Lights
Des Moines Register (Iowa), July 27, 2013

There have been many comments and much talk about Clive’s decision to turn the red-light cameras off. Everyone is talking about the “money grab” and the fact that Clive took in around $600,000 last year. … My question is this: With Clive making that much money, doesn’t anyone understand that equals a lot of people running red lights? And shouldn’t that be a concern?

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“These cameras have prevented a lot of crashes.”
Jimmy Deal, Miami Springs Police Sergeant, who heads the city’s red-light enforcement program
Miami Herald (Florida), July 30, 2013

“We’re taking technology and we’re using it in a smart way to enforce traffic regulations and to make the streets safer. The people that are arguing against a well-run program like ours are really arguing for less safe streets.”
Mark Hoffman, Major with the Hamilton Police Department
Hamilton Journal News (Ohio), July 28, 2013

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“Having the cameras promotes public safety. It changes people’s behavior, and it reduces the number of crashes.”
Harry Dressler, Vice Mayor of Tamarac
Sun Sentinel (Florida), July 28, 2013

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“They’re gone now, but I still believe red-light cameras save lives, and I don’t think voters recognized their utility.”
Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston
Houston Chronicle (Texas), July 26, 2013
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Earlier this year, Delaware Department of Transportation reported an average 29 percent reduction in red-light-running crashes since monitoring began and a 47 percent drop on average in the most severe type of crashes in which impact occurs at an angle, such as a T-bone collision. The state department oversees red-light cameras at 30 intersections. Source: The News Journal, July 28, 2013

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