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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 8

January 23rd, 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)

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.

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.