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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 48

October 31st, 2013 Comments off

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Wandall Foundation Continues Lifesaving Work 10 Years Later
YourObserver.com Newspapers (Florida), Oct. 30, 2013

Ten years have passed since Melissa Wandall’s love was stolen from her. Nearly 10 years have passed since she gave birth to her daughter, Madisyn, alone, after her husband, Mark, died in a car accident caused by a red-light runner, less than two miles from their Whisper Bend home.

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Virginia Supreme Court Ruling Allows Tunnel Tolls
The Virginian-Pilot, Oct. 31, 2013

The Supreme Court of Virginia has reversed a lower court’s ruling that tolls planned for the Midtown and Downtown tunnels are unconstitutional, signaling that the fees can proceed as planned this winter. The all-electronic tolls are scheduled to begin Feb. 1 on the tunnels. (The Virginian-Pilot photo by David B. Hollingsworth)

Warning Period to End for Red-Light Cameras
City of Amarillo (Texas), Oct. 30, 2013

The grace period is about to end at locations with new red-light cameras. Starting November 1, warnings will no longer be issued. Instead, notices of violation, which carry a $75 civil penalty, will be issued.

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Police Chief: Cameras Can Solve Gridlock
National Post (Toronto, Canada), Oct. 28, 2013

Torontonians list gridlock as a bigger problem than crime in Toronto, and we can solve gridlock with more traffic cameras at intersections, Police Chief Bill Blair told a lunch meeting Monday of the Canadian Club in Toronto. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/The Canadian Press)

Ticket Scofflaws Face Vehicle Registration Delays
Plano Star Courier (Texas), Oct. 29, 2013

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, working in conjunction with the Grand Prairie and Plano police departments, will begin flagging all motor vehicle registration renewals for those who have unpaid red-light camera notices. However, the Grand Prairie and Plano police departments will offer an amnesty period from Oct. 29 to Dec. 1. Persons with delinquent red-light camera notices are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity and resolve these notices before their vehicle’s registration is flagged.

Crashes Diminish at Edison Intersections
NJ.com (New Jersey), Oct. 25, 2013

New data released today by the Township of Edison shows a 71 percent reduction in right-angle crashes at three of the township’s most problematic intersections since the inception of an automated photo enforcement program designed to detect and deter drivers who run red lights. See related coverage in the Sentinel.

Speed Cameras Go Live Near Garfield Park
WLS-TV ABC 7 (Illinois), Oct. 25, 2013

Tickets will be issued in the speed zones in Garfield Park in the 3600 blocks of West Madison and West Jackson. Warnings have previously been issued at those speed camera zones, but tickets and fines will now be enforced. The cameras will operate during times when parks are open.

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Washington County Launches School Bus Stop-Arm Enforcement Program
TMCNet.com, Oct. 30, 2013

Starting today, motorists who travel some of Washington County’s roads should be extra careful not to pass a stopped school bus when the red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, or they could receive a violation notice as part of the school system’s efforts to use technology to make the streets safer for school children. See video and Herald Mail article.

School Bus Safety Cameras Expected in Montgomery in January
The Gazette (Maryland), Oct. 30, 2013

Montgomery County Police say new cameras on some county school buses will be installed and ready for action by early January to catch drivers who illegally pass the buses. The cameras will automatically record vehicles that pass a stopped bus while its stop arm is extended with flashing red lights.

County Considers Automated Ticketing for School Bus Passing Violations
Fairfax Times (Virginia), Oct. 30, 2013

Fairfax County officials are considering adding cameras to school buses that will catch drivers illegally passing buses that have their lights on and stop sign out. The City of Falls Church and Montgomery County, Md., have recently approved installing such systems on their school bus fleets. See related WJLA-TV ABC 7 report.

Bill Adds Safety Cameras to Wyoming’s School Buses
KOTA-TV ABC 3, Oct. 29, 2013

Some Wyoming lawmakers say a new bill will make school transportation safer for children. The Joint Interim Education Committee voted last week to support legislation requiring all public school buses to have cameras installed on the inside and outside. Those in support say the cameras send a message to drivers who might drive by a bus unloading kids.

Rapid City Relocates Bus Stop after Crash
Claims Journal, Oct. 28, 2013

A crash last month that seriously injured two Rapid City, S.D., students boarding a school bus has prompted officials to change the location of the bus stop. The children were injured when a sport utility vehicle collided with the bus on a county road and then hit them.

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Philadelphia’s Busiest Cameras Found Downtown
WPVI-TV ABC 6 (Pennsylvania), Oct. 28, 2013

New findings from AAA show that Philadelphia’s intersections near City Hall are again the busiest red-light camera intersections. The top-ticketed location is South Broad Street and Penn Square on the south side of City Hall, according to the Philadelphia Parking Authority, with 22,611 violations in 2012. See related coverage from KYW-TV CBS 3 and The Inquirer.

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@ATS_RoadSafety  @WashingtonCoMD launches School Bus Stop-Arm Enforcement Program bit.ly/Htvysz #StopArmSafety #MD

@SaferRoadsUSA WATCH: the video of the week teaches us to make sure to #StopOnRed! bit.ly/1di1QCd

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Letter to the Editor: Speed Ticket Revenue Helps Children
Hagerstown Herald-Mail (Maryland), Oct. 27, 2013

Children’s Village thanks the city of Hagerstown for supporting the child safety education program that has been synonymous with the name Children’s Village for more than 20 years. City funding in the amount of $2,000, generated from speed-camera revenue, will help to provide safety education for city students.

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“I think this is the right thing to do, and I think it is horrible that we have people violating the passing of stopped school buses.”
Sharon Bulova, Chairwoman of Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
WJLA-TV ABC 7 (Virginia), Oct. 30, 2013

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“If I send a cop up there, and we pull a car over for making an illegal turn, it would block the lane. There is a better way. Photo enforcement works in most cities in the world. Most people will not make the turn.”
Bill Blair, Toronto Police Chief
National Post (Toronto, Canada), Oct. 28, 2013

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“The red-light cameras are one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal to deter dangerous driving behaviors at intersections. In the future, we hope to see an even greater reduction in crashes as community awareness increases.”
Antonia Ricigliano, Mayor of Edison, New Jersey
NJ.com, Oct. 25, 2013
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After one year with red-light cameras in place at three intersections, the township of Edison reports a 32% reduction in total crashes, 71% reduction in right-angle crashes, and a 17% reduction in rear-end crashes. Source: NJ.com. Oct. 25, 2013.

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National School Bus Safety Week
Today’s Road Safety Ink newsletter features a few of the many schools, law enforcement agencies, cities and towns across the country that are making a special effort this week to remind drivers of National School Bus Safety Week. American Traffic Solutions wholeheartedly supports this public awareness campaign that reminds drivers to stop for school buses as children board and disembark these large, yellow and black vehicles. Survey results indicate 15 million vehicles illegally pass school buses in our country every school year. Keep our children safe and Stand Back from the Yellow and Black.
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Car Strikes Teen Leaving School Bus
WEWS-TV IBS 5 (Ohio), Oct. 24, 2013

A 15-year-old boy had to be taken by LifeFlight after he was struck and injured by a car, having just gotten off his school bus in Perry Township. Witnesses told Lake County Sheriff’s deputies that the boy started walking across the street when they saw a car driving southbound ignored the bus’s stop sign and drove around the bus. See related coverage from NBC News.

Driver Hits, Injures 3 Students Getting on School Bus
WPEC-TV CBS 12 (Florida), Oct. 24, 2013

A driver who didn’t realize a school bus had stopped to pick up students swerved onto the shoulder of State Road 62 and hit three children. See related coverage from WWSB-TV ABC 7.

Bill Would Allow Cameras to Catch Stopped-Bus Violators
Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania), Oct. 23, 2013

It can be difficult for authorities to convict motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses without detailed information about the violation. Collecting those details, however, can be tough for bus drivers while they’re also trying to get kids on or off a bus safely. … There’s nothing stopping districts in Pennsylvania from using cameras to catch images of violating vehicles, but a bill in the state House’s transportation committee would seek to make it easier.

Newton County Schools Launch Bus Safety Program
Newton Citizen (Georgia), Oct. 23, 2013

With nearly 20,000 students attending 23 schools, the roads in Newton County can be pretty busy in the morning and again in the afternoon. To help keep parents, students and others mindful of the extra traffic on the road, Newton County schools are recognizing School Bus Safety Week this week.

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Marietta Utilizes School Bus Safety Cameras
City of Marietta (Georgia), Oct. 23, 2013

The city of Marietta remains determined to provide safe surroundings for the community’s children.  Marietta has entered into an intergovernmental agreement with Marietta City Schools and contracted with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to deploy CrossingGuard, ATS’ new technology to help address the growing problem of illegal passing of stopped school buses that are loading or unloading children.

Law Enforcement Cracks Down on School Bus Passers
The Gainesville Sun (Florida), Oct. 21, 2013

In case you forgot it’s illegal to pass a stopped school bus, law enforcement officers will be handing out reminders this week in the form of $259 to $359 tickets. Law enforcement officers across the country will be strictly enforcing traffic laws regarding school buses this week, deemed National School Bus Safety Week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. See related coverage from AL.com.

Fatal School Bus Boarding Crash Precedes Safety Week in Charlotte
WCNC-TV NBC 6 (North Carolina), Oct. 21, 2013

State Highway Patrol Troopers will be on the roads enforcing rules around school buses and school zones as part of Operation Stop Arm this week. The annual campaign is designed to protect students and reduce school bus collisions. This year’s campaign comes on the heels of a horrific accident in Rowan County last week, when a 17-year-old approaching his school bus was hit and killed by a driver who blew through the bus’s stop arm and flashing lights.

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School Bus Safety Cameras Roll in Falls Church
WJLA-TV ABC 7 (District of Columbia), Oct. 21, 2013

An extra set of eyes will be on you if you drive near school buses in Falls Church. School buses in Falls Church are now equipped with cameras on the stop arms of school buses citywide, primed to capture images of people who blow by orders to stop for disembarking children. See related coverage from WUSA-TV 9.

ATS Develops Safety Campaign in Support of School Bus Safety Week
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American Traffic Solutions (ATS) recognizes National School Bus Safety Week on Oct. 21-25, 2013, reminding motorists to exercise caution when school buses are stopped and boarding or disembarking children. ATS is supporting this year’s theme — Stand Back From the Yellow and Black — by partnering with schools and law enforcement nationwide on a safety campaign to remind motorists of the laws and safe practices to take when approaching a school bus.

Texas Drivers Urged to Use Care Near School Buses
The Eagle (Texas), Oct. 21, 2013

Some Texas troopers will be trailing school buses or on board to make sure other drivers use care near the vehicles hauling children to and from classes. The Texas Department of Public Safety operation began Monday as part of National School Bus Safety Week. Texas troopers during 2012 issued 449 tickets for passing a stopped school bus.

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Brentwood Mayor Wants Red-Light Safety Cameras Back
KMOX Radio 1120 AM (Missouri), Oct. 24, 2013

They were there, then were removed, but now red-light cameras could be about to return to Brentwood. Mayor Pat Kelly said nothing is set in stone, but he is having the city staff investigate what needs to be done to get a new contract to replace the expired one with American Traffic Solutions.

Bucks County Teens Start Annual Seat Belt Challenge
Warminster Patch (Pennsylvania), Oct. 22, 2013

The 7th Annual Bucks County High School Seat Belt Safety Challenge is officially underway as TMA Bucks announced during National Teen Driver Safety Week it is once again challenging Bucks County high school student drivers to increase their seat belt usage. American Traffic Solutions is a sponsor of the challenge.

Report: Red-Light Cameras Changing Behavior of Florida Drivers
JDSupra Law News (California), Oct. 18, 2013

As lawmakers prepare to consider whether to prohibit the use of controversial red-light cameras in Florida, new evidence continues to emerge regarding their effectiveness. The latest report, prepared by American Traffic Solutions, shows that the cameras are changing driver behavior.

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Tickets Now Issued from Speed Cameras Near Marquette Park
WLS-TV ABC 7 (Illinois), Oct. 21, 2013

Three speed safety cameras in the Marquette Park area went live this week. City officials say the intent of the cameras is to change a culture that suggests speeding is tolerated. Speed cameras have been put into place in school and park zones where high accident rates have been reported.

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@ATS_RoadSafety #SchoolBusSafetyRT @NSCsafety: Wait for the bus to stop completely before you move toward it to get on, or before you stand up to get off.

@THanleyIV Why #StopOnRed is important to me. Learn and share, thanks @SaferRoadsUSA and @ATS_RoadSafety http://ncsrsafety.org/safetystreet/safety-street-qa-series-tom-hanley-red-light-running-collision-victim/

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Letter to the Editor: Too Many Drivers Running Traffic Lights
Tuscaloosa News (Alabama), Oct. 22, 2013

Don’t know about anyone else, but I am concern about the number of motorists who run red lights, particularly in areas where schoolchildren are crossing the road. This concern comes on the heels of the city of Tuscaloosa’s red-light camera that resulted in 306 citations in its first 30 days of operation.

Letter to the Editor: Require Driver Refresher Course
Daily Freeman (New York), Oct. 20, 2013

I have been driving for over 45 years. As I drive, more and more it seems that too many people are distracted by their daily lives and forgetting they are not the only car on the road.

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“It really did reduce the number of red-light violations that we had and in doing so we actually issued very few tickets.”
Pat Kelly, Mayor of Brentwood, Missouri
KMOX Radio 1120 AM (Missouri), Oct. 24, 2013

“People are not thinking about the consequences of what might happen when they pass that school bus. It’s frustrating to see that people do pass these stopped school buses. They’re negligent. They don’t stop and just take a few seconds to make sure these children get on and off the school bus safely.”
Mitchell Gordy, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper
WFMY-TV CBS 2, Oct. 23, 2013

“The goal of the program isn’t to fine motorists, it’s to reduce the number of violations.”
Michael Barr, Director of Support Services for Newton County School System
Newton Citizen (Georgia), Oct. 23, 2013

“I would guess most drivers don’t realize that in four out of five work zone related crashes, it’s actually the driver or the passenger that’s injured. Work zones present hazardous areas with little margin for error.”
Lora Rakowski, Maryland State Highway Administration
WTOP-Radio FM 103.5, Oct. 21, 2013

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Speeders Get Final Warning in Chicago
WFLD-TV FOX 32 (Illinois), Oct. 16, 2013

New speed-enforcement cameras installed near Gompers Park on the Northwest Side will issue their last warnings Wednesday before churning out fines starting at $35. See related coverage from WBBM-TV CBS 2 and WGN-TV Channel 9.

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Dayton Police to Testify for Red-Light, Speed Cameras
WRGT-TV FOX 45 (Ohio), Oct. 15, 2013

The Ohio Senate is considering a measure that would ban using cameras to determine whether drivers run red lights or violate speed limits. Dayton officers plan to testify against the ban. “If they are taken away I think we’re going to have more crashes and injuries at these intersections,” police department crash reconstructionist Jason Ward said.

12-Year-Old Boy Speaks Out after Red-Light Running Collision
KYW-TV CBS 3 (Pennsylvania), Oct. 15, 2013

A 12-year-old boy, the victim of a hit-and-run in Upper Darby, speaks out. He’s recovering from his injuries after getting hit by a driver who police say ran a red light without the vehicle’s headlights on.

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Summons Goes to Driver in Red-Light Running Collision with Bus
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), Oct. 17, 2013

A Jersey City man was given a summons for running a red light in an accident involving a bus at the intersection of Baldwin Avenue and Route 139 Upper, police reports state.

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High Noon Arrives for Toll Scofflaws
Houston Chronicle (Texas), Oct. 15, 2013

If the 28,000 violators statewide don’t remedy their toll infractions by noon on Wednesday, they will be named on the Texas Department of Transportation and TxTag websites, officials said. The names will be uploaded for public review on Thursday morning.

Police Say Red-Light Cameras Reduce Crashes
The Doings Western Springs (Illinois), Oct. 15, 2013

Western Springs police said this week that red-light cameras at two intersections have led to a decrease in the number of car accidents, leading to safer intersections and a change in driving habits of motorists.

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Falls Church Approves School Bus Safety Cameras
Falls Church Patch (Virginia), Oct. 17, 2013

Drivers who ignore school bus stop signs, beware. Falls Church school bus drivers and student riders are about to get some backup help. Beginning Monday, just in time for National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 21-25, school bus stop arm cameras will be activated to monitor motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses on some of Falls Church City roads. See related coverage from Digital Journal

Survey: 128 Drivers Illegally Pass Charles County School Buses in 1 Day
Southern Maryland News, Oct. 11, 2013

American Traffic Solutions is looking to help Charles County curb the amount of people who fail to stop for school buses. Jim Doolan of American Traffic Solutions, a company that installs and services road safety cameras, spoke Tuesday to the Charles County Board of Education about a growing problem with people violating traffic laws when it comes to school buses.

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@ATS_RoadSafety VIDEO: Red-light runner in #Florissant nearly misses #pedestrians crossing legally. http://bit.ly/10bAubU #StopOnRed #PedSafety

@ATS_RoadSafety @FCCPS Introduces School Bus Stop Arm Program During National School Bus Safety Week – October 21-25 http://bit.ly/1fDUsEB

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Letter to the Editor: All County School Buses Should Install Cameras
Southern Maryland News, Oct. 16, 2013

Will it take the death of a child getting on or off the school bus to make our county commissioners take action to have the cameras installed on all county school buses? … This camera system desperately needs to be installed in all county school buses now. It will keep our children safe, and it is the right thing to do.

Letter: Nightmare on Elm Street
Mail Tribune (Oregon), Oct. 16, 2013

I take issue with the “cute” headline for a serious story treating issues of public safety and private responsibility. …  On our street, drivers obey the posted 25 mph limit only when the occasional photo enforcement van appears, advertising its presence with signs and cones.

Letter: Red-Light Running Problem Is Obvious
The Ledger (Florida), Oct. 10, 2013

When my granddaughter turned 16 this year and began driving, I became keenly aware of the problem we have with people running red lights.

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“This idea that speeding is not breaking the law is silly.”
Gabe Klein, Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner
WBBM-TV CBS 2 (Illinois), Oct. 16, 2013

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“The goal of the Red Light Photo Enforcement Program has always been to reduce accidents and injuries, and we are happy that we are seeing that.”
Brian Budds, Western Springs Deputy Police Chief
The Doings Western Springs (Illinois), Oct. 15, 2013

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“Ensuring that chronic toll scofflaws pay their share on Texas toll facilities is the right thing to do.  It is unfair to ask lawful toll road users to offset the revenue lost to those who abuse the system.”
Larry Phillips, chairman of the Texas House Transportation Committee
Houston Chronicle (Texas), Oct. 15, 2013

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In Chicago, more than 200 vehicles were clocked traveling 60 mph in a 30 mph zone, and one driver was clocked at 90 mph, during the city’s 30 day warning period for its new speed camera program. Source: WGN-TV Channel 9, Oct. 16, 2013.

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The Granite City Police Department releases a string of red-light running videos each week on their Facebook page reminding drivers to always stop on red and to drive safe.

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Cities installing traffic control cameras at fast pace, says industry official (with related video)
American City and County, Oct. 10, 2013

GPN talks red-light and speed cameras with Charles Territo, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Marketing Communications at American Traffic Solutions (ATS).

 

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Baton Rouge’s red-light camera program will be extended, more enforcement planned

Nola.com (Louisiana), Oct. 9, 2013

Baton Rouge’s red-light cameras will stay and drivers who don’t pay their tickets could be in line for harsher penalties, following a vote by the Metro Council on Wednesday. The council voted 8-4 to renew the city-parish’s contract with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) the company that provides the red light cameras, for five years.

 

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New red-light cameras in Amarillo set to be activated this week
News Channel 10 (Texas), Oct. 8, 2013

Drivers in Amarillo may notice new red-light cameras at four of the city’s intersections. City data shows that accidents have decreased at all five original locations, after the cameras were installed between 2007 and 2008.

 

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Tampa will add red-light cameras to five new intersections
10 News (Tampa), Oct. 6, 2013

Fifteen new red light cameras are coming to Tampa intersections, bringing the city’s total to nearly 60. With Tampa seeing a dramatic drop in red-light running and tickets produced at its current camera intersections, the city hopes expanding the program will compel more drivers to stop before the light turns red.

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Marietta City Schools Honor School Bus Safety
Marrieta Patch (Georgia), Oct. 9, 2013

Marietta City Schools (MCS) honors National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 21-25, 2013. Georgia School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day is Oct. 21. The 2013 National School Bus Safety Week theme is “At my Stop – You Stop!”

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@ATS_RoadSafety Letter: The fact remains, the cameras cut down on accidents, and thus save lives. bit.ly/1bWHDBe via @SSEditorial #StopOnRed

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ATS will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society for every new page like received during the month of October. Please share this infographic with friends and family and help us fight breast cancer! Like American Traffic Solutions on Facebook!

 

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October 7-11 is Drive Safely Work Week! Safety is the responsibility of the driver every time you get into a motor vehicle. Pay attention, put those distractions down and always remember to STOP on red! For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/DriveSafelyWorkWeek

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Letter: Positives of adopting red-light cameras in Lower Merion
Main Line Media News (Philadelphia), Oct. 3, 2013

I believe the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissions acted too quickly to dismiss the idea of a red-light camera program here. Traffic enforcement makes for safer streets and red-light cameras are an effective traffic enforcement tool. For proof that traffic enforcement makes driving safer by reducing traffic crashes, the commissioners need to look no further than the 2012 Lower Merion Police Department’s Annual Report.

Editorial: Should the state dump red-light cameras?
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Oct. 7, 2013

Florida’s lawmakers obviously don’t get out on Florida’s roads very often. If they did, and they saw the screwball drivers who love to run red lights, they wouldn’t be talking now about possibly dumping red-light cameras, just three years after they were allowed statewide. But the fact remains, the cameras cut down on accidents, and thus save lives. The moaning about red-light cameras from the public is ridiculous. You don’t want a ticket, don’t run a red light. It really is that simple.

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“About 95 percent of people who get a ticket don’t get another so recidivism is low, meaning the red-light cameras are working.”
Jerry Bird, City Traffic Engineer for the City of Amarillo
Amarillo Globe-News, Oct. 6, 2013

 

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“I have felt, based on the information that we’ve seen, that the cameras have fulfilled their intended purpose, which is to change driver behavior.”
Harry Cohen, Tampa City Council Member
Tampa Bay Times, Oct. 9, 2013

 

 

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Red-Light Runner Nearly Collides with Turning Truck
Clearwater Patch (Florida), Oct. 1, 2013

A car speeds through a red light as a truck towing a canoe turns north onto Belcher Road from Gulf to Bay Boulevard, earning the red-light runner the dubious distinction of Red Light Camera Violator of the Week.

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New Video Explains Delaware’s Red-Light Camera Program
State of Delaware, Oct. 1, 2013

Delaware Department of Transportation has posted a link to a new video on its web site (www.deldot.gov) explaining how the state’s red-light safety camera program works and why it is effective in changing driver behavior and reducing crashes. The video also explains how intersections are selected for red-light cameras. See video here.

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Missouri Appeals Court Upholds Creve-Coeur Red-Light Cameras
KMOV-TV Channel 4 (Missouri), Oct. 1, 2013

In a ruling released Tuesday morning, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District once again found the use of red-light safety cameras to be legally sound. See related coverage from Sys-Con Media.

Red-Light Cameras Making a Difference
Commerce City Sentinel Express (Colorado), Oct. 1, 2013

Fewer accidents have been reported and fewer red-light citations have been issued following another year of red-light camera enforcement at the busiest intersection in Commerce City, according to a police department presentation to the city council on Sept. 23.

North Miami Beach Issues Red-Light Running Warnings
City of North Miami Beach (Florida), Oct. 1, 2013

The city of North Miami Beach is announcing that its red-light safety camera system will begin taking photos of red-light runners at designated intersections beginning October 1st.

PlatePass Helps Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Sys-Con Media, Oct. 1, 2013

Designed to help rental car customers and fleet drivers use high-speed, cashless toll lanes without incurring costly violations, PlatePass also can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by enabling drivers to bypass slower stop-and-go traffic on non-toll roads as well as backups at cash toll lanes, eliminating extended idling.

Spokane Extends Red-Light Camera Program
MSNBC, Sept. 30, 2013

After being in use in Spokane for five years, Council members vote 6-0 to extend the red-light camera program for another five years.

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Red-Light Camera Fines Total Nearly $4 Million
WHTM-TV ABC 27 (Maryland), Sept. 28, 2013

Frederick police say nearly $4 million in fines have been issued through the city’s red-light camera system. Police say the cameras catch an average of 17 red-light violations every day. (Frederick News Post photo by Travis Pratt)

School Zone Speed Camera Program Nears Close of Warning Phase
The Daily News Online (Washington), Sept. 28, 2013

The warning period is expiring soon on the new photo enforcement cameras that were installed at three school zones this fall. Longview police gave drivers a 30-day grace period to become accustomed to the cameras before authorities mailed any tickets.

SUV, School Bus Collide in Red-Light Running Collision; 6 Injured
WUSA-TV CBS 9 (District of Columbia), Sept. 27, 2013

Six people were injured when a school bus and an SUV collided in the early hours of Friday, Sept. 27, according to Prince George’s County Police. The SUV driver was going eastbound on Annapolis Road and ran a red light, causing the collision with the school bus in the intersection, officials said.

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Tampa Cameras Producing Fewer Tickets, Fines
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Sept. 26, 2013

Red-light cameras have been criticized as little more than a way for cities to make money. In Tampa, at least, the cameras have produced less revenue this year than they did last year. … The number of tickets issued to red-light runners also has fallen, from nearly 69,700 in 2012 to 55,355 in the current budget year. Councilman Harry Cohen said those numbers suggest the cameras are getting people to change their driving behavior at some of the city’s busiest intersections. (Tampa Tribune photo by Cliff McBride)

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Paulding County Schools Adopt Stop-Arm Safety Cameras
School Transportation News, Oct. 1, 2013

Since 2011, when Georgia law began permitting counties to equip school buses with video cameras to aid in enforcement of school bus stop laws, a dozen school districts there have turned to this technology. Now, Paulding County School District in Dallas, Ga., is among them.

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School System Releases Stop-Arm Video Announcement
Dallas-Hiram Patch (Georgia), Sept. 27, 2013

The Paulding County School District partners with American Traffic Solutions and the Pauldng Sheriff’s Office to make this public service announcement about the new school bus stop arm safety initiative.

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@stltoday Missouri appeals court upholds red-light cameras in Creve Coeur http://bit.ly/1br7G3x

@ATS_RoadSafety Check out this great editorial: Red-light cameras make our streets safer http://bit.ly/1c10wpq via @SunSentinel  #StopOnRed

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American Traffic Solutions (ATS) announces that its role as road safety camera vendor for the city of Sugar Creek, Missouri, will continue under a new four-year contract. ATS became the city’s vendor in 2006. In other recent developments, ATS and Orange County, Florida, finalized a four-year contract for the installation, operation and maintenance of up to 80 red-light safety cameras. ATS is honored to be a part of the road safety efforts in Sugar Creek and Orange County. 

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Commentary: There’s a Need for Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Southeast Sun (Alabama), Oct. 1, 2013

Running red lights is just about the most careless, selfish, reckless thing a driver can do, and it happens in Enterprise all the time! … Red-light running has become habit and is expected now, and the more people see others doing it, the more they feel they can get away with it, too. I think Enterprise could really benefit from a few well-placed red-light cameras.

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Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Make Our Streets Safer
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Sept. 30, 2013

For those Florida lawmakers eager to dump red-light cameras, we’ll make you a deal. You come up with a good alternative way to discourage drivers from running red lights, and we’ll support you. We haven’t heard one yet. … All the numbers and all the millions collected can’t obscure the fact that the cameras work. They are deterring people from running red lights. They are reducing crashes. And they are improving public safety.

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Letter to the Editor: Add More Red-Light Cameras in Florida
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Oct. 1, 2013

On Sunday, while pausing briefly before entering an intersection, a foolish driver raced through at a very high rate of speed so fast that had our driver not hesitated for that moment, we would have surely all been killed. I am thankful for still being among the living. I am pleading with our illustrious legislators to avoid the removal of these cameras. There are none at that intersection, and there have been fatalities there.

Letter: Use of Cameras Not a ‘Money Grab’ Issue
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Oct. 1, 2013

Running red lights is against the law and dangerous. While many claim red-light cameras are a money grab, the real benefit is they are a teaching tool. Statistics already point to fewer accidents and fewer tickets being issued. The ‘money grab’ claim will disappear as more drivers obey the law.

Letter: Follow Laws, Save Fines
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Oct. 1, 2013

The Sentinel’s Sept. 18 editorial “Renovate, don’t repeal the red-light camera law” is spot on. … The editorial concluded that the law is good and that the Legislature could correct the abuses. The first abuse, running a red light or making an illegal turn on red, is the most egregious. Those abuses can cost loss of life or hospitalization.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Deserve to be Supported
Fort Dodge Messenger (Iowa), Oct. 1, 2013

Regarding red-light cameras, a lot of people don’t think they should be used, that police should pull those who run the red lights over, and issue the tickets on the spot. If you think about it, the cameras are a better idea because the city just can’t afford to keep enough police on duty all at the same time to do all of the job duties they’re required to do.

Letter: Put More Red-Light Cameras on Route 18
MyCentralJersey.com (New Jersey), Sept. 26, 2013

I’ve been reading all the opinions about the traffic light cameras. A lot of people are whining. The truth is the people running the amber and red lights shouldn’t be doing it. And they know they shouldn’t be doing it. And they cry and whine about getting caught doing it. Not very adult-like, I’m thinking.

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“The data has shown that the red-light cameras have helped us reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries at our intersections.”
Shailen Bhatt, Cabinet Secretary for Delaware Department of Transportation
State of Delaware news release, Oct. 1, 2013

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“In Tampa, they’ve been more of a success as a public safety tool than as a money maker.”
Harry Cohen, Tampa City Councilman
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Sept. 26, 2013