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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 7

March 30th, 2017 Comments off


At the start of this month, Gov. Doug Ducey issued a special proclamation declaring March to be Red-Light-Running Awareness Month. He urged everyone to “do all they can to stop red-light running on our roadways.” Although the month is about to end, the need to share the message goes on. Arizona ranks fourth in the nation for red-light running fatalities. These tragedies can be avoided. ATS encourages everyone to slow down on yellow and stop on red. For more information on driving safely at intersections, visit visit Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance and National Coalition for Safer Roads.

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130 School Zones Get Photo Enforcement Warning Signs
WVUE-TV FOX 8 (Louisiana), March 28, 2017

New Orleans’ mobile speed enforcement program caught more than 17,000 violations during the one-month pilot period earlier this year, and 11,000 of those happened in school zones. “That’s alarming for most citizens, and that why we have those cameras in those areas,” city communications director Tyronne Walker said. (WVUE-TV FOX 8 image)

School District Looks to Buy Cameras to Enhance Bus Safety Spectrum News (New York), March 22, 2017

Nova Disotell is a bus driver for South Lewis Central Schools and interacts with her kids daily, making sure they get to and from school safely — which is why she’s passionate about ending a problem on her route. Drivers are passing right by her stopped bus and its flashing lights. (, Spectrum News image)

Montgomery Police Release Red-Light Camera Video, WAKA-TV CBS 8 (Alabama), March 21, 2017

Recently, the Montgomery Police Department released some shocking video captured on their red-light cameras. The city has cameras installed at around 20 intersections and they hope the video sends a message to drivers. “What we’re showing you is what happens when you run a red light or what could potentially happened when you run that red light,” explained Lt. Stanley Rucker. (WAKA-TV CBS 8 image)

Leon Valley Pursues Red-Light Camera Safety Program
KENS-TV Channel 5 (Texas), March 21, 2017

Leon Valley is moving ahead with plans to install red-light safety cameras at intersections along Bandera Road in an effort to calm traffic and reduce crashes. Last year, police saw 1,111 crashes on at at Bandera Road. Authorities issued 4,584 citations to motorists along the roadway, of which 317 went to Leon Valley residents. (KENS-TV CBS 5 image)



Red-Light Camera, Friend or Foe?
WTOL-TV CBS 11 (Ohio), March 29, 2017

According to Toledo Police, nine people in the city have died due to traffic accidents in 2017 alone, and for that reason they believe red-light cameras are becoming ever more important in keeping drivers safe. (Cleveland Plain Dealer image)

Arizona Bans License Plate Covers
KTVK-TV Channel 3, March 29, 2017

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation that bans license plate covers typically used to prevent photo enforcement cameras from capturing an image of the plate. Bill sponsor Sen. Steve Farley, who sponsored the bill, said the measure is about more than photo enforcement. He says it makes no sense to require a license plate and then allow covers that can make them difficult if not impossible to read.

Tennessee Official Has 10 Unpaid Speeding Tickets
Nashville Scene (Tennessee), March 23, 2017

In today’s living proof that privilege is real and all encompassing, we present to you state Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden), whose never-ending quest to eliminate traffic cameras is, in fact, a quest to benefit himself. As NewsChannel 5 found out, Holt has at least 10 unpaid traffic camera speeding tickets — yes, 10 — and that’s just in one town alone.

Red-Light Camera Program Gets Green Light (North Carolina), March 22, 2017

A red-light camera program for Greenville has the green light to go forward. The Greenville City Council , by a 3-2 vote on March 20, approved an interlocal agreement with Pitt County schools for the operation of cameras that will issue tickets to suspected red-light runners at five problem intersections. The council approved an agreement with American Traffic Solutions to install, operate and maintain the system. Police will be responsible for reviewing and approving each citation and will handle any appeals by drivers who are issued a citation.  (WNCT-TV CBS 9 image)

Iowa Senate Rejects Ban on Traffic Enforcement Cameras
The Des Moines Register, March 22, 2017

The Iowa Senate rejected a statewide ban on automated traffic enforcement cameras used to issue tickets to motorists for speeding and running red lights. Senate File 220 was approved on a 31-18 vote, sending the legislation to the Iowa House for consideration. The key vote came earlier when lawmakers passed an amendment to keep traffic enforcement cameras while imposing a new set of regulations to govern the devices.

Study: Red-Light Cameras Make Chicago Streets Safer
WLS-TV ABC 7 (Illinois), March 20, 2017

Chicago’s red light cameras help make driving safer in Chicago, according to a study by the Northwestern University Transportation Center. The report was authorized by the Chicago City Council and paid for by the Chicago Department of Transportation. It found “significant safety benefits” and recommended the continuation of the program. Read the report here. (Northwestern University Transportation Center image)


Senate Again Agrees to School Bus Cameras to Catch Motorists Spectrum News (North Carolina), March 22, 2017

The idea of catching drivers passing school buses unlawfully with cameras and issuing monetary penalties based on photos or video is advancing again at the North Carolina General Assembly. The Senate voted in favor of letting counties pass ordinances imposing penalties and letting school districts install and operate bus stop-arm cameras. Supporters say the measure could save school children from death and injury.  (Salisbury Post image by John C. Lakey)

School Bus Safety Bills Pass 1st Committee
WUSF-TV (Florida), March 21, 2017

Last year, 16-year-old Cameron Mayhew was walking to his school bus in Fort Myers when a car hit him. He died a day later from his injuries. “The stop sign was out, the lights were on,” said Rep. Dane Eagle. “And, he was unfortunately stuck and killed.” … On behalf of Cameron’s parents, Eagle has filed a bill to raise the minimum penalty for someone who strikes and kills or injures someone at a school bus stop.



NYC Mayor Wants More Speed Cameras
Staten Island Live (New York), March 22, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants more speed cameras to deter dangerous drivers across the five boroughs. Expanding use of the cameras is part of de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan to completely eliminate traffic fatalities. “The speed cameras have worked,” he said. (Staten Island Advance image)



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ATS_RoadSafety Retweeted Mitch Landrieu @MayorLandrieu Today we answered a lot of questions about the mobile traffic safety units. This note highlights the need. @wdsu @WWLTV @FOX8NOLA @WGNOtv



Top State Lawmaker Sees Tolls in Connecticut’s Future, March 27, 2017

In a sit-down with the Hartford Courant editorial board, Connecticut House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz called the return of tolls “inevitable” and decried out-of-state drivers speeding through the state without paying. “Tolls are coming,” he told the board. “They’re not going to be border tolls. They will be all over the place.” See related article at FOX 61. (FOX 61 image)


Dulles Toll Road Windfall Likely Due to Mild Winter
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Washington D.C.), March 23, 2017

More people are using the Dulles Toll Road this year compared with 2016, and a lack of snow could be playing a role. Drivers paid about $12 million in tolls in January and more than $11 million in February. The $23 million total is more than what was paid during the same months in 2015 or 2016. (WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM image)

Commentary: Cashless Tolling Offers Safe, Efficient Travel
The Times (Pennsylvania), March 20, 2017

Cashless tolling allows motorists to experience the convenience of nonstop travel. Other agencies that have pursued cashless tolling have found it to be safer for motorists because there are fewer accidents at toll plazas. We have committed to a staged process to introduce cashless tolling so that we can assess the technology and gauge the impact on customers under different circumstances.



Commentary: It’s Time to Bring Back Red-Light Cameras
Road & Driver (National), March 23, 2017

Here’s the problem that accompanies the good news that camera companies are getting kicked out of town after town. For better or worse, red-light cameras were the only enforcement mechanism that we really had to prevent people from running red lights. … The solution to all of this is right in front of us: Bring the cameras back. But this time, do it right. Make it a moving violation.



“Those traffic cameras have changed people’s habits.”
Dan Zumbach, Iowa State Senator
The Des Moines Register, March 22, 2017

“The speed cameras have worked. There is no question the speed cameras have worked. They are a crucial part of our arsenal and we need much more freedom to put them in so we can save lives. It is as simple as that.”
Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor
Staten Island Live, March 22, 2017


ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, Issue 6

March 16th, 2017 Comments off


ATS invites you to visit our Twitter page to see a video compilation of the worst red-light runners in Arizona in 2016. This dangerous behavior is the topic Gov. Doug Ducey addresses in his special proclamation declaring March to be Red-Light-Running Awareness Month. In the proclamation, the governor calls on all Arizonans to “do all they can to stop red-light running on our roadways.” This is especially important in Arizona, which ranks fourth in the nation for red-light running fatalities. Get involved today by choosing to slow down on yellow and stop on red. For more information on driving safely at intersections, visit visit Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance and National Coalition for Safer Roads.

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Marysville Outfits 15 School Buses with Stop-Arm Safety Cameras (Washington), March 15, 2017

Cameras began rolling on 15 Marysville School District buses Wednesday in an attempt to catch reckless drivers who illegally pass the stopped bus when the stop paddle is out. The technology comes from American Traffic Solutions, and enables each bus to record different angles to capture a passing violation in its entirety. See related articles at The Herald and North County Outlook.  (The Herald image by Ian Terry)

Safety Improves at Montgomery’s Red-Light Camera Intersections
WSFA-TV NBC 12 (Alabama), March 14, 2017

New data indicates red-light traffic cameras have decreased traffic citations and the number of collisions at intersections in Montgomery, according to Lt. Stanley Rucker of the police department. (WSFA-TV NBC 12 image)

Legislative Bill Opens Door to Red-Light Safety Cameras
WNCN-TV CBS 17 (North Carolina), March 13, 2017

Red-light cameras could be coming to Hope Mills and Spring Lake. Cumberland County lawmakers submitted a bill to the general assembly proposing cameras last week. “I think it would be a good idea, for as much traffic that goes through here,” said Avery Brawley, who lives in Charlotte but often drives through Spring Lake to visit family and friends. (WNCN-TV CBS 17 image)

Passing Car Hits Brothers at School Bus Stop
WCCB-TV FOX 18 (North Carolina), March 10, 2017

A driver passed a stopped school bus and hit two little boys in Charlotte Friday morning. … The crash report says the driver stopped at a stop sign on Dion Avenue at City View Drive but ignored the school bus caution arm and stop sign and hit two boys as they crossed the street. The father says the car hit the 7-year-old in the book bag. He was OK. The 5-year-old went to the hospital and checked out OK. (WCCB-TV FOX 18 image)



5-Vehicle Collision Inflicts Minor Injuries
Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri), March 15, 2017

A speeding motorist attempting to pass cars that were stopped for a traffic light triggered a five-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Columbia. Three people with minor injuries were taken to area hospitals for treatment. … Early accounts of the crash said the mishap occurred when a red Ford Mustang ran through the red light. (Columbia Daily Tribune image by Matthew Cavanah)

Police Chief Speaks Up for Red-Light Cameras
Community Impact Newspaper (Texas), March 13, 2017

Sugar Land Police Chief Doug Brinkley urged state lawmakers in Austin last week to vote down legislation that, if passed, would prohibit red-light cameras like those used at six Sugar Land intersections. Brinkley testified during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Transportation on Wednesday.

Camera Snaps Hit-and-Run Vehicle
WOWT-TV NBC 6 (Iowa), March 13, 2017

Council Bluffs Police are looking for a driver that hit a city street sweeper and then sped away. The driver of the street sweeper was not injured. … A red-light camera got pictures of the silver Jeep Liberty that hit the city vehicle.


SUV Strikes Child Exiting School Bus (Alabama) March 16, 2017

Alabama State Troopers are on the scene of a crash involving a child being struck by a vehicle while getting off the bus. Troopers say a child was hit by a Chevy Tahoe while getting off the school bus. The child was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries.

States Deciding on Stop-Arm School-Bus Safety Cameras
WPLG-TV ABC 10 (North Carolina), March 14, 2017

Another state is considering adding cameras on school buses to identify vehicles that ignore stop signals and endanger the lives of students. WRAL reports the North Carolina state Legislature may soon vote on a bill that would allow counties to adopt penalties for violators identified by bus cameras.



Bill Addressing Safety in Speed Zones Gains Support
Times Ledger (New York), March 14, 2017

A bill introduced by state Sen. Jose Peralta last April, which would allow the city to install more speed cameras in school zones and allow them to operate 24 hours a day, is gaining support in the five boroughs. According to a Penn Shoen Berland poll commissioned by Transportation Alternatives, 64 percent of nearly 900 likely voters said they strongly support the increase in speed cameras currently capped at 140 by state law. (Times Ledger image by Michael Shain)



ATS_RoadSafety Arizonans: Have you seen these signs on the highway? It’s Red-Light Running Awareness Month in Arizona, make sure you #StopOnRedAZ!


ATS_RoadSafety Retweet ZeroFatalitiesNV @DriveSafeNV Did you know? 1 in 3 people personally know someone who has been injured or killed in a crash due to a driver running a red light #StopOnRed



Express Toll Lane Suggested to Address I-70 Congestion
KDVR-TV FOX 31 (Colorado), March 14, 2017

Major changes are in the works for the Interstate 70 mountain corridor near Idaho Springs. The 14-mile stretch of highway is one of Colorado’s most congested with traffic delays up to two hours or longer. According to Colorado Department of Transportation, the most plausible idea is to install an express toll lane, similar to the one it completed in the eastbound lanes in 2015.  (KDVR-TV FOX 31 image)

Expect More Tolls in Charlotte Area, Past DOT Chair Says
The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), March 13, 2017

In a question-and-answer interview with The Charlotte Observer, Ned Curren, former North Carolina Department of Transportation board chairman, commented on a number of transit topics including tolls. Q: Do you envision toll lanes being added to other highways like I-85 or U.S. 16? A: I do. The more you see vehicles being fuel efficient (and paying less in gas tax) and until we can implement alternative funding, tolling will have to be part of the solution. That’s been identified in studies in N.C. for two decades.

Cashless Tolling Tested on I-376 on Pennsylvania Turnpike
WKBN-TV Channel 27 (Ohio), March 13, 2017

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will introduce cashless tolling in April on the I-376 Beaver Valley Expressway in Beaver and Lawrence counties. This is the second location selected to test a cashless tolling system.



Commentary: A Flawed Culture of Driving Safety
The News Journal/DelawareOnline (Delaware), March 13, 2017

A recent front-page story in the News Journal about the focus by state police and the Department of Highway Safety on distracted driving clearly outlined the serious safety issue of distracted driving on Delaware roads. The tragic part about these crashes is the simple fact that they are easily preventable. Human error is responsible for 94 percent of all crashes. But as AAA research continues to show, driver behavior is difficult to change.

Letter to the Editor: Drivers Need to Slow Down
The Valdosta Daily Times (Georgia), March 15, 2017

I have witnessed drivers running red lights twice in two days, as well as a service truck exceeding the speed limit and not using their turn signal in front of Valdosta State University. City police need to watch the intersections for violators. I appreciate the difficulty, but let’s use the traffic cameras as evidence to prosecute these dangerous drivers before there is a death.

Letter: It’s Not Red-Light Cameras that Cause Crashes
The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), March 13, 2017

In response to “We are surveilled enough these days.” Drivers who have to slam on their brakes to avoid a ticket should have been braking when the light first turned yellow. We should not be speeding up to beat the yellow. That is what causes the rear-end crashes.

Letter: Put Red-Light Cameras at All School Crossings
The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), March 9, 2017

In response to “Cameras may get green light again.” Instead of bringing back red-light cameras for running red lights, why not use them at school crossings? My kids were once again almost run down Wednesday trying to cross the street to their school.

Letter: Anti-Speed Camera Logic Makes No Sense
The Arizona Republic, March 8, 2017

Rep. Travis Grantham’s bill to outlaw photo enforcement on all local roads, which passed the House, is based upon his belief that photo enforcement violates the Sixth Amendment that gives the accused the right to confront and examine a witness. … Has he and his supporters considered that using his logic these officers could not use radar or even their speedometer as they too are machines?



“The survey is proof of the overwhelming support the installation of more speed cameras in school zones has. We are not just talking about the safety of our children, but also protecting pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.”
Jose Peralta, New York State Senator
Times Ledger (New York), March 14, 2017

“We saw a 58 percent reduction in accidents at the locations where we have the cameras. It is not a money generator.”
Doug Brinkley, Sugar Land Chief of Police
Community Impact Newspapers (Texas), March 13, 2017


In a pair of studies for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, David Strayer, a University of Utah psychology professor, found it takes up to 27 seconds for a driver to regain full attention after using a device, even a hands-free device for a phone call or for texting. This means that if a driver is only going 25 mph, they could cover the length of three football fields after hanging up before they regain full attention and practice safe driving. SOURCE: The News Journal/DelawareOnline (Delaware), March 13, 2017.



ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 7 Issue 5

March 2nd, 2017 Comments off


There is no upside to running a red light. Just read some of the personal accounts at Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance, or read the commentary below from The Arizona Republic. Drivers who thought otherwise in 2015 took the lives of 38 people in Arizona alone, making our state the fourth highest in the nation for red-light running fatalities. Nationwide, red-light runners caused more than two fatalities a day on average, and caused hundreds of injuries each day. To help prevent this dangerous behavior, Gov. Doug Ducey has issued a special proclamation declaring March to be Red-Light-Running Awareness Month, which calls all Arizonans to “do all they can to stop red light running on our roadways.” Start today by making a pledge to yourself to stop on red, then encourage the drivers in your family to do the same. Your participation could very well save a life. For more information visit Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance and National Coalition for Safer Roads.

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Baby Critically Hurt when Car Collides with School Bus
WKXW-Radio FM 101.5 (New Jersey), March 1. 2017

A 6-month-old infant is recovering from a head injury following a collision between an empty school bus and a car in North Brunswick. … The crash remains under investigation to determine which vehicle ran the traffic signal, but North Brunswick Police Capt. Brian Hoiberg said, “the only way a collision like that could happen is if someone enters the intersection improperly.” (WKXW-Radio FM 101.5/WABC-TV ABC 7 image)

Red-Light Camera Image Helps Convict Suspect in Deadly Shooting
The Bradenton Herald (Florida), Feb. 25, 2017

Red-light camera footage played an unexpected role in court — helping convict a man who gunned down a motorist after a botched drug deal and car chase through the streets of Miami Gardens. This week, the killer was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the fatal shooting on July 20, 2011. (Miami Herald image.)


Passing School Buses Remains an Issue
Dunkirk Observer (New York), Feb. 27, 2017

According to the New York Association for Pupil Transportation, an alarming number of drivers fail to stop when a school bus comes to a stop and extends its stop sign. Recently, 878 bus drivers from 35 school districts reported 727 illegal passes on Jan. 19, including 88 passes on the passenger side of the bus. When applied to more than 50,000 school buses statewide, the total estimated illegal passing rate would be 41,401 for that day, with 5,011 passes on the passenger side. (Dunkirk Observer image)

State Panel OKs Strict School Bus Passing Enforcement
School Transportation News, Feb. 27, 2017

South Carolina Senate subcommittee recently passed a bill to help enforce the state’s law against illegal passing of a stopped school bus. Passed in February, House bill 3581 opens the registered owner of a vehicle who overtakes a school bus to stricter civil penalties if they are caught on camera. … The bill is scheduled for a hearing with the Senate Transportation Committee on March 2.

Red-Light Camera Measure Advances in Hawaii
Honolulu Star Advertiser, Feb. 25, 2017

Hawaii state lawmakers are cautiously moving ahead with a plan to deploy high-tech cameras for traffic enforcement by photographing the license plates of motorists who run red lights. The Senate Ways and Means Committee on Friday tentatively approved Senate Bill 221 to authorize the red-light enforcement program, but Chairwoman Jill Tokuda said she was amending the bill to delay launch until Jan. 1, 2019. (Honolulu Star Advertiser image)



ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety March in AZ is #RedLightRunning month! #Phoenix & #Tucson among the deadliest cities for RLR. #StopOnRedAZ

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Wake up call for motorists in this community: #SlowDown! Hairdryers used to strike blow against speeders in Hopeman



Virginia Accepts Plan to Extend Express Lanes
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM (Washington, D.C.), March 1, 2017

Virginia has accepted a proposal to extend the express lanes on Interstate 395, and construction on the project is expected to begin later this year, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday. The project will extend the toll lanes 8 miles from Edsall Road in Alexandria to the D.C. line. (WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM image by Dave Dildine)

Toll Roads in Oregon? ODOT Is Checking FAST
KOIN-TV Channel 6 (Oregon), Feb. 28, 2017

There could be an Oregon toll road in your future. Oregon transportation officials intend to seek federal approval for interstate tolls. Travis Brouwer, the assistant director at the Oregon Department of Transportation, told KOIN 6 News the agency is serious about landing one of two open spots in the federal program — Fix America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) — that allows states to put tolls on their interstate. See related article at  ( image by Sean Meagher // KOIN-TV Channel 6 image)

Official: Cashless Tolling, Other Travel Assets Help Grow Economy (Massachusetts), Feb. 28, 2017

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Tuesday announced that JetBlue would be expanding its service from Worcester Regional Airport to New York with daily flights to JFK International Airport. She said this connection and other transportation assets including the switch to electronic tolling, which for some commuters has reduced their travel time by 30 minutes, are really helping the economy grow in this area of the state. ( image)

Cashless Tolls on N.Y. Thruway? Leaders Say Change is Coming
Democrat & Chronicle (New York), Feb. 24, 2017

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York’s top transportation officials agree: The days of classic highway toll booths are numbered. Cuomo and the state Thruway Authority have signaled they plan to move ahead with a cashless form of tolling for the entire 570-mile superhighway system, which remains served by human-staffed toll booths except on the Tappan Zee Bridge.



Commentary: Will Arizona’s Leaders Really Ban Red Light Cameras?
The Arizona Republic, Feb. 27, 2017

I pass through the intersection every day, the one where a young man in a speeding SUV ran a red light and slammed into my son. And I often wonder. Might things have been different had there been a camera there recording red light runners.

Editorial: How to Stop Soaring Roadway Fatalities
The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.), Feb. 26, 2017

U.S. roadways in 2016 yielded another bumper crop of carnage as vehicle fatalities soared 6 percent, following a 7 percent jump in 2015 — the biggest two-year spike since the 1960s. The cost of deaths, injuries and property damage resulting from crashes also leaped by 12 percent in just a year, to some $432 billion, an amount on par with the entire annual economic output of a mid-size European country, such as Norway. … Progress is possible through muscular laws and enforcement, including more speed cameras and tougher rules for seat belts, drunken driving and smartphone use.

Letter to the Editor: Hate Photo Radar? Then Don’t Speed
The Arizona Republic, March 2, 2017

I have a tip for everyone. There are signs placed strategically throughout our roads. They have a number on them typically ending in 5. If you match that number to the numbers on your speedometer or cruise control, those ole cameras won’t bother you a bit.

Letter: Ban Bill Is a Bad Idea
Illinois Daily Herald, Feb. 26, 2017

State Rep. David McSweeney says the cameras are only there as a revenue source for municipalities and serve no useful purpose. He says intersections are no safer with the cameras in place. I say they are because the cameras make the reckless driver think twice about running a red light. … If the cameras force a driver to actually stop, instead of slamming into a car in the middle of the intersection, then the cameras have done their job.

Letter: Don’t Let Aggressive Drivers Define City
Colorado Springs Gazette, Feb. 24, 2017

Yes, bring back the red-light cameras. Traffic enforcement has taken a back seat to other priorities. This is not the fault of our heroes in blue. … We won’t staff our Police Department to adequate levels, but we continue to deny them the tools to do their jobs by other means. The paranoia by some that these cameras are just another example of “big brother watching” is nothing more than fear mongering. In this age of cellphones, YouTube, and Facebook … everyone is watching!