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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 11

February 18th, 2011

This e-mail sent to ATS earlier this month reflects the intensity of support among the general public for safer roads. Personal messages like this one remind us that communities are counting on us to help stop red-light runners and make streets safer. Thanks to the resident in Washington state for sending this in.

In Support of Your Business

There has been a lot of contoversy over putting in cameras to catch speeders in many towns…….and thus so, here in Mukilteo in Washington. Here is a quote in the news recently:

“Once the city gets hooked on the money, they have every incentive to maximize the number of violators,” Tim Eyman told the House Transportation Committee. “Having a profit motive for the government to have lawbreakers incentivizes the government to create lawbreakers.”

What Mr. Eyman fails to see is that there would be no maximizing of “violators” if they followed the law and didn’t go through a red light. It doesn’t matter if the government places the cameras or you sell them. The government and you…would be “out of business” if everybody obeyed the law and didn’t go through a red light. If everybody puts money in the parking meter and the metermaid comes by…..guess what – the city makes no money. Everybody drives exactly 60 mph on the freeway – again, guess what – no tickets are issued. This has nothing to do with your company or government or local law enforcement. So, if Mr. Eyman wants change and thinks it is all unfair with your cameras on every corner…..I say to him “Don’t go through a red light” – it’s against the law anyhow.

What he is really saying is that it is okay to put others at risk and go through a red light. Does it matter if there is a camera there or not if you break the law, go through a red light and kill a child?

Enough said……

Previously under contract with Traffipax, the city of Murfreesboro, Tenn., has selected ATS (which purchased Traffipax in 2010) as its new road safety program vendor. This week, ATS and the city have agreed to extend the current contract that was first signed by Traffipax in 2007. It will remain in effect until March 1, when the new contract is expected to be finalized.

Semi hits car after failing to stop at red light. bit.ly/fPjdeB

In Amarillo, Texas, the average number of monthly citations for running a red light is down to 1,000 from about 1,500, prompting a city official to say “drivers are learning to pay attention to red lights.” See article and video. KCIT Fox 14 News, Feb. 16, 2011.

When an ambulance and a passenger car collided just seconds away from a hospital, it left four people injured and a stroke victim strapped to a gurney in need of another emergency vehicle. In the aftermath, authorities in Austin, Texas, urged people always to drive defensively. See article and video. KVUE.com, Feb. 15, 2011.

Watch this two-part debate over intersection safety cameras in Providence, R.I., then decide for yourself if the cameras are helping the community. Part I covers the drivers’ point of view. Part II shows that cameras are making streets safer. NBC WJAR Channel 10, Feb. 14, 2011.  


Photo by LATimesblogs.com

Fatal Collision Brings Vehicular Manslaughter Charge
DailyNews.com (California), Feb. 11, 2011

The L.A. County District Attorney’s office has filed one felony count of vehicular manslaughter and one infraction count of running a red light in connection with the July 4, 2010 traffic collision that killed a 43-year-old woman and injured several others in Valencia.

St. Pete Beach Officials Back Red-Light Cameras
TampaBay.com (Florida), Feb. 16, 2011

The City Commission is strongly considering installing red-light cameras on three interesections. … The cameras would capture the license plate numbers of cars ignoring red lights and trigger a process that for many would end in an automatic $158 ticket. “I am in total support of this program,” Mayor Mike Finnerty said last week during a commission discussion.

Longview, Wash., Begins Issuing Citations
The Daily News, Feb. 14, 2011

Longview police began issuing $124 tickets Monday for red-light runners captured by the city’s red-light cameras. Eight cameras are posted at three intersections with warning signs to notify approaching drivers.

3 Cameras in Dunnellon, Fla., Capture Attention
The Star-Banner, Ocala.com, Feb. 12, 2011

The city of Dunnellon is one of many Florida communities — and the only one in Marion County — using red-light camera technology to crack down on stoplight runners.

Lawmakers Consider Traffic Cameras Again
NBCConnecticut.com, Feb. 11, 2011

Red-light cameras are already installed in some Connecticut cities and towns and lawmakers will again take on the debate to determine whether they can be used to enforce traffic infractions.

Don’t Reverse on Red
The Gainesville Sun (Florida), Feb. 17, 2011

After literally years of debate, the Florida Legislature, in 2010, finally passed the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act into law. Named for a Floridian who had been killed by a red-light-running motorist, the new law authorized cities and counties to begin using cameras to photograph and ticket red-light violators. Why? In 2008 in Florida alone, 76 people were killed and more than 5,600 injured in accidents regarding traffic signal violations. … Leave this law alone, legislators, and let Gainesville and other local governments get on with the business of saving lives.

Stop on Red
ToledoBlade.com (Ohio), Feb. 17, 2011

Red-light traffic cameras have reduced accidents at busy intersections in Toledo and decreased deaths from such crashes nationally. That makes them a success, regardless of how much revenue they bring in.

Gainesville Is Right on Red
The Gainesville Sun, Feb. 16, 2011

I commend the Gainesville’s city commissioners for their support of a red-light camera program. As the former Florida speaker pro tem and the sponsor of the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act, I have been a long-time proponent of intersection safety cameras. Certainly, the statistics have long borne out my support; however, just last week a new study … trumps any arguments to date against red-light cameras.

Intersection Safety Cameras Are Best Thing for Communities
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Feb. 16, 2011

The best thing to ever happen to a community is red-light cameras. South Florida ranks high in vehicle accidents, deaths and pedestrian fatalities, and state Sen. Rene Garcia of Hialeah is doing a disservice to his constituents and to all Florida residents by trying to ban cameras.

Don’t Like Road Safety Programs? Drive Slower
Clackamas Review (Oregon), Feb. 16, 2011

One online commenter suggested it was unreasonable to track speeders on McLoughlin in the evening, when it is “not a safety issue to travel 50 mph” in a 35 mph zone. Perhaps he’d like to run that opinion past the 7-year-old Oak Grove boy who was knocked out of his shoes last week when he was struck by a car on Oatfield Road.

Of Cameras and Pregnancy Tests
BlogHer, Feb. 15, 2011

The emergence of technology in our lives certainly poses some big brother questions. I often wonder why Gmail is constantly trying to get me to buy pregnancy tests and what I said on Facebook that makes it think I want to join Weight Watchers. … It definitely feels a little too invasive at times. … Having said that, there is no question in my mind when safety trumps privacy. … When technology affects our behavior for the better.

Statistics Say Traffic Cameras Are Working
JournalNews.com (Ohio), Feb. 15, 2011

Those who oppose automated traffic-enforcement cameras — like former Libertarian Party candidate Jim Berns — were probably dismayed by a recent report that indicates the cameras, like the ones used in Middletown and Hamilton, are saving lives.

Fairness at the Light
The Commercial Appeal (Tennessee), Feb. 14, 2011

Whether to install cameras at stop lights to catch more scofflaws is a local decision in which state government should not take an interest. To be fair to motorists, however, some degree of consistency should be legislated, at least on a statewide basis.

Keep Red-Light Cameras Rolling
Orlando-Sentinel (Florida), Feb. 11, 2011

When the Florida Legislature finally passed a law last year authorizing cameras to ticket red-light runners, it looked like advocates of this lifesaving initiative could finally relax. It had taken eight years of effort to persuade lawmakers to come around. But in Tallahassee nothing can be taken for granted, especially not this year. Exhibit A is South Florida state Sen. Rene Garcia’s bill to repeal last year’s law.

Two years ago, I saw a vehicle run a red light at the intersection of Highway 30 and Caroline Drive which broad-sided another car, killing the girl. That’s why I think we need the red-light cameras.”

Bob Sluder, Cedar Hill, Mo.,
addressing the Jefferson County Council
Fenton-HighRidgePatch.com, Feb. 15, 2011

“A red light camera is a force multiplier. It will allow our officers to spend more time patrolling neighborhoods and it reduces officer danger.”

David Romine, St. Pete Beach police chief
TampaBay.com, Feb. 16, 2011

 

Don’t miss this public service video from the city of Redmond, Wash. Using street-level camera angles, this video takes viewers on a tour of the intersections and school zones that are so dangerous to motorists and children that cameras have been installed to improve safety. The message is clear, the cameras are being used to save lives.

Less than two years into its road safety camera program, the city of North Miami reports a 60 percent decline in the number of crashes at dangerous intersections. This week, the city issued a press release announcing how the camera program is making streets safer in the community, and posted several videos on YouTube to remind motorists of the real dangers on the streets in North Miami. View the press release and see the videos.

Intersection safety cameras multiply the reach of law enforcement in any city. In Dunnellon, Fla., where police Cpl. Jacob Gonzalez (photo) helps keep the peace, cameras have been recently activated. Thus far, red-light running violations have fallen from 82 violations a day during the 30-day warning period (ending Nov. 25, 2010) to 36 a day for 75 days after the warning period ended. Source: The Star-Banner, Feb. 12, 2011. The Star-Banner photo by Bruce Ackerman

In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, total crashes have diminished 9 percent from 2009 when 15 intersections in the city had red-light cameras. Correctable crashes such as right-angle and T-bone crashes have dropped 21 percent. Source: The Daily Reveille, Feb. 14, 2011.

At one of Scottsdale, Arizona’s busiest intersections, the collisions have dropped by almost half since red-light and speed cameras were installed in July 2007. Collisions went from 47 in 2006-07 to 25 in 2009-10. Source: The Arizona Republic, Feb. 11, 2011.

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