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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 9

January 30th, 2014 Comments off

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Drivers Put Pedal to Metal after Speed Cameras Stop Flashing
KVOA-TV NBC 4 (Arizona), Jan. 28, 2014

For the past few years drivers have learned to slow down at Pima County’s 11 speed camera locations. But earlier this month, when the county decided to put an end to the program, drivers started to forget about the lessons they learned and started speeding up again.

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With Camera Enforcement Suspended, Red-Light Running Increases
KMBC-TV ABC 9 (Missouri), Jan. 27, 2014

A court ruling that led Kansas City to suspend enforcement of its red-light cameras may be leading drivers to run red lights more often. City leaders said that since the tickets stopped being issued late last year, red-light running is up by almost 50 percent.

 

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Violations Up as Red-Light Camera Program Is Put on Hold
St. Joseph News Press (Missouri), Jan. 30, 2014

While the usage of red-light cameras remains temporarily suspended in St. Joseph, the cameras remain on — and have captured a 39 percent increase in potential violations in December. See related News-PressNow video. (St. Joseph News Press photo by Eric Keith)

Ohio Cities Back Toledo in Road Camera Case
Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio), Jan. 28, 2014

After a string of rulings against traffic cameras, cities that use them are urging the Ohio Supreme Court to uphold the automated speeding and red-light enforcement. Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton and East Cleveland all are part of legal briefs filed in recent days supporting Toledo’s cameras.

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Red-Light Running Violations Rise while Camera Operations Suspended
The Kansas City Star (Missouri), Jan. 27, 2014

Kansas City may not be issuing red-light camera tickets while the program faces a legal challenge, but the cameras are still on and flashing whenever a motorist runs a red light. And the latest raw numbers from the red-light camera company, released Monday, show that is happening a lot more since the city stopped enforcing the robotic policing program in November. (The Kansas City Star photo by Keith Myers)

2 Years Later, Lawrence Cameras Show Fewer Citations, Crashes
The Times/NJ.com (New Jersey), Jan. 27, 2014

Fewer traffic citations are resulting from the red-light camera intersection in Lawrence at Route 1 and Franklin Corner Road, but township officials say that’s a sign the system is doing its job — forcing motorists to drive carefully.

Spokane’s Red-Light Cameras Make Streets Safer, Statistics Show
The Spokesman-Review (Washington), Jan. 26, 2014

The numbers are so convincing that even some of the harshest critics have changed their minds: Crashes have declined dramatically in the five years since red-light cameras were introduced in Spokane.

Police, Residents Support Red-Light Cameras for State College
StateCollege.com (Pennsylvania), Jan. 24, 2014

State College Police Chief Thomas King and the College Heights Neighborhood Association would like to see a state law amended to allow the use of enforcement cameras at red lights in the borough.

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Palm Coast Camera Statistics: 263 Violations Issued in 1 Week
Palm Coast Observer (Florida), Jan. 24, 2014

The following are the red light camera statistics for the week of Dec. 30 to Jan. 5, according to numbers provided by American Traffic Solutions. By the numbers: There were a total of 2,743 violation events this week. There were 263 citations issued this week. The camera at the intersection of State Road 100 (west) and Memorial Medical Parkway had the most violation events, with 385. This intersection only gave out two citations.

 

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School Bus Safety Camera Ordinance Passes 1st Reading in Georgetown
Community Impact Newspaper (Texas), Jan. 29, 2014

The Georgetown City Council approved the first reading of a vehicle and traffic ordinance at its Jan. 28 meeting. Council discussed photographic enforcement of vehicles passing school buses which are loading and unloading students. Police Chief Wayne Nero said, “We feel the number of those violations is significant. We think we can impact these numbers.”

Student Struck by Car at School Bus Stop
WXIN-TV FOX 59 (Indiana), Jan. 29, 2014

A teenager is recovering Wednesday morning after a car struck him at his Perry Township school bus stop. … The school bus had its door open and stop sign out when a car coming in the opposite direction failed to stop, striking the 16-year-old, Perry Township police said.

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Stop-Arm Cameras Quell Illicit School Bus Passing
Falls Church News-Press (Virginia), Jan. 28, 2014

In the three months since the City of Falls Church began recording stop-arm camera footage and ticketing motorists seen illegally passing stopped school buses, more than 60 citations have been issued. Falls Church City Public Schools Superintendent Toni Jones  is pleased with the numbers, owing the decrease in violations to “a strong media campaign” to alert drivers to the cameras.

Hit-and-Run Injures Preschooler Leaving Bus
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Texas), Jan. 28, 2014

The crash victim exited a school bus and was crossing the street when a white passenger vehicle with paper tags struck him shortly before 4 p.m. near the intersection of 28th Street and Juniper Avenue. A school spokeswoman said the car was traveling slowly, but did not stop.

Athens-Clarke County Schools Team Up with ATS
School Transportation News, Jan. 27, 2014

Clarke County School District has partnered with Athens-Clarke County and American Traffic Solutions to deploy school bus stop arm safety cameras to help school districts address the growing problem of vehicles illegally passing school buses that are stopped and have lights flashing. Georgia leads the nation in school bus fatalities, with nearly a dozen children killed in the past five years. In response to this alarming trend, last year, the Georgia legislature approved the use of cameras to help enforce school bus stop-arm laws.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that Osceola County, Florida, has signed a three-year agreement for a road safety camera program. ATS welcomes this new client and looks forward to helping the county reduce dangerous red-light running events.

 

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NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Watch today’s reckless red-light runner from Miami on #SafetyStreet  http://buff.ly/1estrPb

KMBC @kmbc Video: Study: Red-light running on the rise in KC http://onkmbc.com/Mn6pmS

 

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Extended Hours Allow More Time to Buy Pass for New Tunnel Toll
WVEC-TV ABC 13 (Virginia), Jan. 27, 2014

It’s the last week of toll-free rides through the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels and the MLK Extension in Portsmouth. Tolling begins February 1. If you haven’t signed up for an E-ZPass, you have more time to do it.

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“We still engage in enforcement activity on the street, but the problem with the intersections is finding a safe and effective way to make your case. Officers have to see the light themselves, plus, they have to stop the violator on the other side of an active intersection. From a safety standpoint, it’s a lot better to do it with the cameras.”
Richard Ketchem, St. Joseph Police Sergeant
St. Joseph News-Press (Missouri), Jan. 30, 2014

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“The general observation is, because people know (the cameras) are not active, that they are being less cautious than they would have been with the threat of a ticket.”
Jim Pruetting, Kansas City Police Major, who supervises the traffic division
The Kansas City Star (Missouri), Jan. 27, 2014

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“If revenue’s decreasing, that means the camera’s working. In my viewpoint, that means it’s a success. At the beginning of these programs, you’re going to see a spike because it’s the first time you’re catching those offenders. If it works, revenues should go down. People are getting the message.”
Cathleen Lewis, Mayor of the Township of Lawrence
The Times/NJ.com (New Jersey), Jan. 27, 2014

“There are a lot of data out there indicating that the red-light cameras do change people’s behavior. We are not looking so much for enforcement, it’s for prevention of people running through red lights. When people see the sign saying there is a red-light camera they tend not to run a red light. It changes people’s behaviors and we want to change people’s behaviors.”
Donna Queeney, College Heights Neighborhood Association president
State College.com (Pennsylvania), Jan. 24, 2014

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Commentary: Drivers — Don’t Blame Cameras for Your Poor Decisions
The Virginian-Pilot (Virginia), Jan. 28, 2014

Well, fancy that: A local judge believes drivers who turn right on red, without stopping, break the law. The court case was the latest of several challenges to the cameras in the Beach. None has been successful. Attempts to shut down the state program also have failed in the General Assembly. Good!

Commentary: Turn Kansas City’s Red-Light Cameras Back On
The Kansas City Star (Missouri), Jan. 27, 2014

Last month, the number of red-light runners at intersections with red-light safety cameras suddenly jumped by almost 50 percent over December of 2012. Why?  Because motorists know the cameras are not being used to hand out tickets right now. The Missouri Supreme Court needs to uphold the city’s ordinance so the safety cameras once more can be put to good use.

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Editorial: Red-Light Cameras, Driving Habits Intersect
The Spokesman-Review (Washington), Jan. 28, 2014

When red-light cameras were first introduced to Spokane, resistance was strong. … Fortunately, the Spokane City Council had the foresight to establish a longer timeline for evaluation, because the figures at the five-year mark show the cameras are improving driving habits. Council members Mike Allen and Mike Fagan, who were once opponents, voted to renew the contract for American Traffic Solutions, an Arizona-based company that runs the red-light program. Fagan’s change of heart is particularly interesting, because his ballot initiative partner, Tim Eyman, has run campaigns to remove the cameras in other cities.

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Letter to the Editor: Step Up and Take Responsibility
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 30, 2014

Again, we are arguing about red-light cameras. This time, the cry is to reduce the fine. Everyone is ignoring the fact that the person running the red light has just broken the law. In a civilized society we have rules. One is to stop for a red light whether or not a police officer is present. When a person chooses to ignore this rule and gets caught by an electronic device, he gets all irate and blames it on everything except himself. Man-up, take responsibility, you violated the rule — now step up and pay the fine.

Letter to the Editor: Complaints Come from Red-Light Runners
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 30, 2014

I can’t believe that some cities want to get rid of their red-light cameras — and that some state lawmakers agree. Some of these city leaders say they hear complaints from motorists who receive these citations. When are they going to realize that the ones who are complaining are those who are actually running the red lights and getting these tickets? Wake up, politicians. These cameras save lives. Don’t listen to the lawbreakers.

Letter to the Editor: Nothing Wrong with Red-Light Camera Law
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 27, 2014

To perpetuate the ongoing issue in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties on enforcing traffic camera citations is counterproductive and should cease. To see legislators still debating the logic of the procedure and questioning the issuance of citations — long after the cameras have been tested, installed and are in operation — is clearly a sign of confusion and waste. Let the legislators make the laws and leave the responsibility for enforcing the rules up to the police

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Since red-light safety cameras became operational at the intersection of Dutch Neck Road and Route 130 in East Mercer County in November 2011, automobile crashes have gradually decreased from 83 in 2011 to 61 in 2013. SOURCE: The Times/NJ.com, Jan. 27, 2014.

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Total crashes have declined at three Spokane intersections where cameras were installed in 2008:

  • Browne Street and Sprague Avenue had an average of 20 crashes a year in the four years previous to 2008. In the four years after, there was an average of 11.
  • At Francis Avenue and Division Street, there was an average of 21 crashes a year in the four years before red-light cameras; in the four years after, there was an average of 14.
  • At Mission Avenue and Hamilton Street, there was an average of 19 crashes a year before cameras and an average of 17 after they were installed.

At the same intersections, crashes caused by “following too closely” – the likely cause of rear-end crashes from drivers slamming on brakes to avoid running a light – have declined at two of the three intersections. They were steady at the other intersection. SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review, Jan. 26, 2014.

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Speed Enforcement Cameras Proposed for Roosevelt Boulevard
Philly.com (Pennsylvania), Jan. 20, 2014

In hopes of deterring excessive speeding and drag racing, State Sen. Michael Stack III (D., Phila.) wants to take photo traffic enforcement one step further and conduct a pilot program using photo speed enforcement cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard. Stack began pushing for legislation to conduct a pilot last summer after a particularly horrific drag racing accident. (Associated Press photo by Matt Rourke)

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Disabled Speed Cams Send County Drivers Flying
Arizona Daily Star, Jan. 20, 2014

The week before Pima County’s 11 speed cameras were turned off, 634 people were caught speeding. The first week without the cameras in operation, sensors recognized 1,970 vehicles going 11 mph over the posted speed limit. (Arizona Daily Star photo by Mike Christy)

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Northwest Philly Gets New Red-Light Safety Camera
CBS-TV Channel 3 (Pennsylvania), Jan. 19, 2014

A new red-light camera is being activated at the busy intersection of Ogontz and Stenton Avenues, which is where the neighborhoods of West Oak Lane, Mount Airy and Germantown meet.

For Crash Victim, Evidence is Upside of Red-Light Cameras
WTVT-TV FOX 13 (Florida), Jan. 17, 2014

To 22-year-old Mark McClendon of Clearwater, the video proves the crash that landed him in the hospital came out of nowhere. “I started doubting myself when I was in the hospital, of whether or not I ran the red light,” he said. Though Clearwater Police can’t say yet why the other driver didn’t stop, they say the cameras give them opportunities to highlight the need to be careful around intersections.

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Clarke County Outfits School Buses with Stop-Arm Safety Cameras
Online Athens/The Athens Banner-Herald (Georgia), Jan. 23, 2014

Days are numbered for motorists in Athens who blatantly disregard the flashing red lights and stop arms of school buses as they load and unload children. Several Clarke County School Districts buses this week were fitted with camera systems that will provide visual evidence of violations. (Online Athens/The Athens Banner-Herald photo by AJ Reynolds)

Teen Hit by Car on Way to School Bus
Courier-Post (New Jersey), Jan. 21, 2014

A teenager was hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday morning after being hit by a car while crossing a Voorhees street to get to his school bus. The vehicle carried the teen about 50 feet before coming to a stop. Police said the bus had its lights and stop arm activated at the time of the accident.

Indiana Lawmakers Consider School Bus Safety Camera Bill
Northwest Indiana Times, Jan. 20, 2014
The House Roads and Transportation Committee is set to vote Thursday on House Bill 1042, authorizing public and private schools that operate bus fleets to contract with camera-enforcement companies to install cameras on school bus stop arms and photograph drivers failing to stop.

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Worst St. Louis Traffic Crashes Caught on Camera
KTVI-TV FOX 2 (Missouri), Jan. 22, 2014

American Traffic Solutions, the company behind St. Louis’ red-light cameras, has released a video compilation of the worst crashes in 2013.

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SarasotaPD ATS_RoadSafety statistic Red-light runners caused 4,803 traffic injuries in #Florida in ’12 costing more than $646m pic.twitter.com/yLBrQozz9J

NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA This CO red-light runner nearly caused a major collision. Watch & share our video Remember: always #StopOnRed  http://bit.ly/1jofd6C

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“Student safety is our top priority, and we believe this will help drivers join us in ensuring the safety of all of our community’s children.”
Philip Lanoue, Clarke County Schools Superintendent
Athens Banner-Herald (Georgia), Jan. 23, 2014

“This new technology will, no doubt, enhance the safety of our highways by protecting all of us, most importantly our … children.”
Jack Lumpkin, Athens-Clarke County Police Chief
Athens Banner-Herald (Georgia), Jan. 23, 2014

“While nothing can replace the jobs our police officers do … one thing we could do to complement the efforts of Philadelphia Police is to put photo speed enforcement cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard.”
Matt Franchak, Chief of Staff for state Sen. Michael Stack
PlanPhilly/Philly.com (Pennsylvania), Jan. 20, 2014
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Commentary: Red-Light Camera Statistics Count Saved Lives
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 22, 2014

Red-light cameras seem to generate a significant amount of negative feelings from some people. This seems strange to me, as video evidence is used in court cases regularly without this type of negative reaction. Toll-booth violators have been ticketed by cameras for years; shoplifters are caught by video surveillance in stores; and our nightly news is full of video surveillance of the crime of the day. Yet there is no outrage. Is running a toll booth or shoplifting really more important than running a red light? People don’t die as a result of toll-booth running and shoplifting. People die every day in crashes caused by red-light running. Yet, the critics are fixated on red-light cameras.

Commentary: Initiative Sparks Hope for Safer City Streets
The Greenpoint Gazette (New York), Jan. 20, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” rollout this week is welcomed news. Having represented a district with one of the city’s deadliest stretches of road for more than a decade, the reality that McGuinness Boulevard may finally get the attention it deserves, has yet to sink in.

Commentary: Gulf Breeze Sees Red-Light Cameras as Lifesavers
Pensacola News Journal (Florida), Jan. 20, 2014

The City of Gulf Breeze plans to adopt a resolution today formally opposing this latest barrage aimed at chipping away at a tool the city claims is saving lives. Gulf Breeze, a pioneer in the use of red-light cameras, argues the technology installed in 2006 is a key component in a comprehensive program it adopted in 2003 that has reduced traffic crashes by 21 percent.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Runners a Concern
The Daily Progress (Virginia), Jan. 20, 2014

My wife and I moved to the area about seven years ago. We love it here. But when we moved in, one of our neighbors, who had moved in about a year before us, told us something that has proven to be exceedingly true and helpful. He told us that if we are waiting at a traffic light for the red light to turn green, be careful. When the light turns green, wait a second or two before entering the intersection. Because all too often there will be a car racing to beat the green light turning red — basically running the red light.

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 7

January 16th, 2014 Comments off

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New York City Determined to Reduce Speeding Dangers
WABC-TV ABC 7 (New York), Jan. 16, 2014

As  part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to reduce pedestrian deaths, New York City will start issuing speeding tickets to drivers clocked by traffic cameras. Previously, only warnings were given out. That changes Thursday. The mayor calls his plan Vision Zero, with the goal of reducing traffic fatalities to zero within the next decade. He made the announcement at a public school in Queens, across the street from where an 8-year-old was struck and killed last month. See related coverage from Gotham Gazette. (Photo by Gotham Gazette.)

Police Chief Says Speed Cameras Save Lives
WJHL-TV CBS 11 (Tennessee), Jan. 13, 2014

State Rep. Timothy Hill plans to revive a bill against the use of speed cameras even though the police chief in Bluff City, where cameras are in use, says the cameras are literally saving lives.

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St. Louis Police Chief: Red-Light Cameras Make Streets Safer
St. Louis Post Dispatch (Missouri), Jan. 14, 2014

Police Chief Sam Dotson testified Monday that red-light cameras have helped reduce crashes at the city’s photo-enforced intersections and that the program has been a success. Dotson was the lead defense witness in a lawsuit filed by two St. Louis car owners who received red-light camera tickets in 2012 and 2013. (Photo by CBS St. Louis, KMOX News Radio 1120)

Florida Report Shows Decrease in Red-Light Running Crashes
Traffic Technology Today, Jan. 13, 2014

According to a new study released by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, for the second consecutive year, red-light cameras have reduced the number of intersection crashes in a majority of the cities and towns operating them in Florida.

Police Chief Supports Red-Light Safety Cameras in Hometown
Mid-Hudson News (New York), Jan. 13, 2014

A proposal that was made late last year to allow small cities to install red-light cameras would greatly help cities like Newburgh, Police Chief Michael Ferrara said. … The Newburgh City Council has conveyed its sentiment to the state assembly urging such a change in the law.

Police Warn of Imposters Calling about Red-Light Running Fines
Milton Herald/NorthFulton.com (Georgia), Jan. 13, 2014

Scammers pretending to be officers with the Alpharetta Police Department are calling North Fulton residents to say they face contempt of court charges unless they pay their red-light running citation. Police are not making these telephone calls. Typically, red-light running fines are delivered in the mail. At no time will an Alpharetta police officer or any other public safety employee contact a person by telephone or go to their residence requesting money.

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Proposal Allows City Police to Use Radar Guns
Timesonline (Pennsylvania), Jan. 9, 2014

Pennsylvania is the only state in the U.S. that does not allow city police officers to use radar for speed enforcement. Pennsylvania state troopers have been using radar since 1962. The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, along with several other groups representing municipalities, has been pushing unsuccessfully for at least two decades to change state law so local officers can use radar guns. They’ll get another go at it this year. See related article by Observer-Reporter. (WTXV-TV FOX 29 image)

Report: Crashes Fall at Red-Light Safety Camera Intersections
City of Miami (Florida), Jan. 8, 2014

For the second consecutive year, the city of Miami and the majority of other cities and towns in Florida have reduced dangerous intersection crashes using red-light safety cameras, according to a new study released by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

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American Traffic Solutions (ATS) enters 2014 as the road safety camera proposal award winner in Osceola County, Florida, and as the vendor for Commerce City, Colorado, whose five-year agreement includes an initial one-year term and four successive one-year renewals. ATS looks forward to working with both clients to achieve their traffic safety goals.

Additionally, ATS is honored to announce that three clients in Texas, North Carolina and Maryland have recently renewed/extended their existing road safety camera program agreements. Along with the city of Irving, Texas, which signed a three-year contract amendment, the city of Wilmington, N.C., and Howard County, MD., extended their programs for another year.

ATS is pleased to welcome its new customers and is proud to continue working with its existing clients as they improve traffic safety in their cities and neighborhoods.

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ATS_RoadSafety  FL is the 3rd most deadly state in the nation for red-light running fatalities! Find out more: http://www.atsol.com/florida-facts/ #StopOnRed

@StopOnRedFL A New Port Richey resident flies through an intersection, crashing headfirst into this car. #StopOnRed youtube.com/watch?v=OMDvHAFYtUA

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“I think it would be great for smaller cities too and the cities in Orange County where you have a traffic camera that works seven days a week, 24 hours a day, monitoring those who go through red lights and cause accidents. That’s a huge effort.”
Michael Ferrara, Police Chief of Newburgh, New York
Mid-Hudson News (New York), Jan. 13, 2014

“No one should pay for a mistake with their life. When we drive, we share the road with others, so the speed we choose to travel at needs to leave room for any potential error.”
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The Huffington Post, Jan. 6, 2014

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Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Protect Drivers
The Daily Progress (Virginia), Jan. 7, 2014

When lives are at stake, it’s critical that policymakers make decisions based on sound science. The Daily Progress story “Study throws safety of red light cameras into question” (Dec. 29, 2013) lacks crucial facts. Well-controlled studies from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and other researchers provide consistent results that show red-light cameras make intersections safer.

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Letter to the Editor: No Need to Slam on the Brakes
The Ledger (Florida), Jan. 16, 2014

If more people paid attention to their driving, obeyed the speed limits and maintained a safe distance from the car ahead of them, there would be no need “to slam on the brakes.” The problem is not red-light cameras, but people who are unwilling to change their bad driving behaviors.

Letter: Cities Need Red-Light Cameras
Sun-Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 15, 2014

Please don’t hinder our cities’ rights to utilize red-light cameras. Argue all you want that some cities use them only for financial gain — they save lives. Once you’ve nearly been slaughtered by someone running a red light at 40 miles per hour, you’ll appreciate them. And once you’ve been hit and maimed, you’ll advocate for more cameras — if you’re able to.

Letter: Running Red Lights
Kansas City Star (Missouri), Jan. 15, 2014

In 1984, I entered an intersection on a yellow light and was cited by the Kansas City Police Department. The ticket was for running a red light. I said that the light was yellow. The officer informed me that the light changed to red after I entered the intersection and that a yellow light means that the light is about to change to red and it should be treated as a red light. Red light cameras are not the problem. How drivers choose to drive is.

Letter: Illogical Rational for Removing Cameras
The Gazette (Colorado), Jan. 14, 2014

So let me understand the rationale for removing the red light monitors. They were removed because of the increased amount of rear-end collisions caused by drivers who would have run the red light had not a vehicle been in front of them. Allowing the possibility of causing a major accident because of a minor one? Both caused by the same type of irresponsible driver. The logic escapes me.

Letter: A Welcome and Viable Tool
The Gazette (Colorado), Jan. 14, 2014

In my hometown, back East, red-light cameras are a welcome and viable tool of law enforcement.

Letter: Red-Light Video Shows All
Herald-Tribune (Florida), Jan. 13, 2014

A few days ago I received a notice in the mail that I’d gone through a red light and got “caught” by a camera. … I looked up the video and I could clearly see that I “rolled” slowly through the right turn at the intersection, never completely stopping. A complete stop is required. … I’ll be much more aware in the future, and I hope that any drivers who read this will look at his or her own habits at red lights and make sure they stop completely. If not to save the $158, then for everybody’s safety.

 

 

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 6

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Commentary: Traffic Fatalities, The Good and Bad
National Coalition for Road Safety, Jan. 8, 2013

As a member of the traffic safety community, NCSR’s ultimate goal is to reduce the number of traffic-related injuries and fatalities that affect American families each year. Sadly, for the first time in six years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that motor vehicle collisions and fatalities increased on U.S. roadways in 2012. … The one shining beacon in this unfortunate news comes in the Federal Highway Administration’s data that shows fatalities related to red-light running fell nearly 5 percent from 2011 to 2012, thanks in part to red-light safety cameras.

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Crashes Tumble 52% Since Red-Light Safety Cameras’ Arrival
WINZ-Radio AM 940 (Florida), Jan. 9, 2013

For years red-light camera opponents have argued the threat of getting a ticket actually increases car crashes, but that’s apparently not the case in the city of Miami. Senior Executive Assistant to the Chief of Miami Police Armando Aguilar says there have been 52 percent fewer accidents in the city since the cameras have been installed at dangerous intersections; rear-end crashes are down 46 percent. (Alex Kolyer photo for Miami Herald)

Red-Light Running Citations in Opelika Top 4,500 in 8 Months
Opelika-Auburn News (Alabama), Jan. 7, 2014

During the first city council meeting of the New Year, Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller announced that the city’s police department reviewed 5,680 red-light running violations in 2013, and issued traffic citations in more than 4,500 cases. The cameras became operational on May 8, 2013.

Osceola County Joins Red-Light Camera Brigade
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 6, 2014

Red-light cameras will soon be keeping an eye on drivers at the most dangerous intersections in Osceola County. Commissioners on Monday approved a deal with American Traffic Solutions to install the devices at 10 intersections in unincorporated parts of the county.

Red-Light Camera Image May Identify Hit-Run Driver
WCAU-TV NBC 10 (Pennsylvania), Jan. 6, 2014

Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run crash in Southwest Philadelphia. Investigators say they may have captured the striking vehicle on a red-light camera.

Florida Report Finds Red-Light Running Crashes Decrease
WWSB-TV ABC 7, Jan. 3, 2014

For the second consecutive year, red-light cameras are reducing dangerous intersection crashes in a majority of cities and towns in Florida using red-light safety cameras, according to a new study by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Nearly 59% of the agencies responding to the department’s survey reported a decrease in total crashes. Similarly, 61% of the 44 agencies that tracked side-impact crashes reported a decrease in collisions while 43% reported a decrease in rear-end crashes. 

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Clermont Now Citing Red-Light Violators
South Lake Press (Florida), Jan. 3, 2014

Last week, the warnings ended for people running red lights in Clermont. Police have started mailing $158 tickets to drivers either racing through red lights or not coming to a complete stop before turning right on red. About 3,430 warnings were issued during the test period from Dec. 1 through the morning of Dec. 31.

N.Y. Assemblyman Wants Red-Light, Speed Cameras
Brooklyn Daily Eagle (New York), Jan. 3, 2014

In the wake of an accident that killed a 32-year-old woman on McGuinness Boulevard, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol is demanding that the city immediately install speed safety cameras, red-light cameras and other traffic calming measures on the heavily trafficked Greenpoint street.

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ATS Delivers CrossingGuard Presentation in Shreveport
KTBS-TV Channel 3 (Louisiana), Jan. 7, 2014

Traffic enforcement cameras took top spot on the agenda at an intergovernmental meeting at Independence Stadium in Shreveport on Tuesday. “Children are getting hurt.” Which is the main reason District G City Councilman Sam Jenkins says he organized a presentation from American Traffic Solutions. “The idea now is to come up with a manner that would deter that type of conduct, that type of behavior,” Jenkins says.

Agreement Promotes School Bus Rider Safety
Clayton  News Daily (Georgia), Jan. 3, 2014

Clayton County Public Schools is partnering with American Traffic Solutions to deploy CrossingGuard photo enforcement school bus safety cameras. CrossingGuard is ATS’ newest technology to help school districts address the growing problem of motorists who illegally pass school buses that are stopped for children to board or disembark.

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Kent Activates School Zone Cameras
KOMO-TV ABC 4 (Washington), Jan. 6, 2014

Traffic cameras near Neely O’Brien and Sunrise elementary schools in Kent are mailing tickets to drivers who speed during school crossing hours. “When the speed limit was 20 miles-per-hour, we had a car at least a few cars going over 50 miles-per-hour and one 58,” said Chief Ken Thomas of the Kent Police Department.

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Speed Camera Captures Motorist Driving without Hands in England
Capital Bay News, Jan. 6, 2014

A motorist who drove at more than 60 mph without using his hands has been spared jail after telling a court he was “having a stretch.” The 36-year-old accepted yesterday it was “not the way you pass your driving test” but denied road users were in any danger.

School Zone Photo Enforcement Begins at High School
City of Longview (Washington), Jan. 6, 2014

Photo enforcement in the Mark Morris High School zone is scheduled to begin Jan. 6, 2014. Camera testing for the system began Dec. 23 and will be intermittent until the official start date of Jan. 6.

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ATS_RoadSafety @AAAFTS‘s survey found red-light running is unacceptable! Do you agree? Let us know! http://tmblr.co/ZC9-Wt13h-3vV

ATS_RoadSafety Have Q’s about red-light & speed safety cameras? Find out answers here: http://bit.ly/17cHFVb #StopOnRed

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“We’re here to practice public safety, not gotcha law enforcement.”
Bob Hansell, Osceola County Sheriff
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 6, 2014

“We will not be changing the number of officers in the traffic division. The cameras do give us extra eyes on the road, however, and allow us to re-deploy officers to other areas, basically expanding our capabilities.”
Charles Broadway, Clermont Police Chief
South Lake Press (Florida), Jan. 3, 2014

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“This program is designed to teach drivers the school bus stop arm laws and change their behaviors in a positive way to protect the lives of the children who ride a school bus to and from school every day.”
Harold Walker, Clayton County Public Schools Transportation Director
Clayton News Daily (Georgia), Jan. 3, 2014

“Another heartbreaking accident at this deadly intersection calls for swift action in the New Year under the new mayoral administration to install red-light cameras, speed cameras, and new traffic calming measures.”
Joseph Lentol, N.Y. Assemblyman
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Jan. 3, 2014

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Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Pay Dividends
Denton Record-Chronicle (Florida), Jan. 9, 2014

Denton will soon have 15 operating red-light cameras — an addition of six — and local police tell us there’s a good reason for the increase — the cameras help reduce violations. In fact, the city had a 13.3 percent reduction in violations at its nine camera approaches this past year. In our view, that’s a pretty good argument for keeping existing cameras and installing more at dangerous intersections.

Editorial: Red-Light Cams Might Deserve a Pass After All
Bakersfield Californian, Jan. 6, 2014

In August 2010, The Californian’s editorial board declared, “Until we see solid proof that intersection cameras are dramatically making us safer on the road, we’re leaning toward the cynical view that the devices are just cash-extraction machines disguised as great protectors. Let’s continue to evaluate traffic safety data relative to red-light cameras.” Well, new data are in and the evidence is strong: Red-light cameras are doing their job.

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Letter to the Editor: Don’t Blame the Cameras
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), Jan. 7, 2014

Motorists who oppose New Jersey’s red-light cameras oppose them for one reason only: They want to be able to run red lights. … Red-light cameras are a proven safety device that saves lives. There are a number of studies to back this up. If anything, their use should be expanded.

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Red-Light Running Fatalities Decrease in Florida
WEAR-TV ABC 3 (Florida), Jan. 1, 2014

They may be annoying and no one likes getting one of those surprise traffic tickets in the mail, but a new study finds that red-light cameras are saving lives. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports fatalities are down 27% in Florida. The numbers of red-light running fatalities dropped from 83 in 2011 to 61 in 2012. (Sun Sentinel photo by Mark Randall)

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Police Release Red-Light Safety Camera Video of Shooting, Crash
KTRS-Radio 550 AM (Missouri), Dec. 30, 2013

The St. Louis Police Department is hoping video from a red-light camera can help ID a man seen leaving the scene of a shooting and car accident. See related coverage from KTVI-TV FOX 2.

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Video Intended to Warn about Red-Light Runners
KPHO-TV CBS 5 (Arizona), Dec. 27, 2013

Red-light runners are a dangerous problem just about everywhere in Arizona, especially in the Phoenix metro area. And the proof is in the pictures.

Worst Red-Light Runners of 2013 in Arizona
KNXV-TV ABC 15 (Arizona), Dec. 27, 2013

When was the last time you saw a red light runner? American Traffic Solutions, which has red-light cameras in many intersections across Arizona have released a video of the worst red-light runners of 2013.

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New Tampa Red-Light Safety Cameras
WFTS-TV ABC 28 (Florida), Jan. 1, 2014

The Tampa Police Department will begin issuing tickets on Wednesday for drivers who are caught on new cameras violating red lights. The new cameras are located at the intersection of Fowler Avenue and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and at the intersection of Howard Avenue & Kennedy Boulevard. (Tampa Tribune photo by Cliff McBride)

Authorites Warn Drivers of Telephone Scam
WJAX-TV Channel 4 (Florida), Dec. 31, 2013

Multiple agencies are looking into reports of people receiving telephone calls from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office demanding payment for running a red-light. No such calls are made by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. Red-light running notices are delivered by mail. See related coverage from city of Green Cove Springs.

Red-Light Camera Company Touts Drop in Intersection Deaths
WTSP-TV CBS 10 (Florida), Dec. 30, 2013

Recent traffic statistics show fewer Floridians are dying because of red light-running, but opposite sides of the red-light camera debate are fighting over how to interpret the stats. American Traffic Solutions, the leading provider of red-light cameras in the state, distributed a press release Monday touting a 27 percent drop in fatalities caused by red light-runners from 2011 to 2012, according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis.

13-Plus Years Since Day with No Texas Road Deaths
The Eagle (Texas), Dec. 30, 2013

Lonny Haschel remembers delivering the news to a man that his family had been wiped out in a traffic wreck. “The most difficult job is to go knock on someone’s door and say a loved one is not coming back anymore,” the Texas Department of Public Safety sergeant said.

Study Recommends Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Sentinel (Pennsylvania), Dec. 28, 2013

Tri-County study finds crashes at intersections accounted for 35 percent of the total fatalities. Running a red light was identified in the plan as a growing cause of those crashes. The plan recommended “proper traffic law enforcement,” and suggested the use of red-light camera technology as a means of combating that problem.

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Mayorslay.com @Mayorslay Police are investigating this weekend’s rash of shootings. Redlight camera videos will help. So will your information. #fgs

ABC News @ABC 700+ die every year in the US as a result of people failing to stop at red lights: http://abcn.ws/1bxPtyp   – @ABCWorldNews

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Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Are for Our Safety
Springfield Patch (New Jersey), Dec. 30, 2013

Regarding a recent front page story in a local daily newspaper on red-light cameras. If we follow the “logic” of that daily newspaper of publishing the intersections with the most red light camera violations, then why not publish a complete list of banks in the state with the most security? That way robbers will know which banks they should target next. Why not publish a list of roads where drivers have been cited most often for reckless driving or hitting pedestrians? This way those who drive recklessly or hit pedestrians will know which roads to target and which ones to avoid? … Why didn’t the paper quote drivers, like me, who support this enforcement?