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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 14

March 10th, 2011

Study Finds No Benefit to Extra Second of Yellow Time
Winnipeg Free Press (Canada), March 8, 2011

Adding one second to the city’s amber lights will not improve intersection safety, according to a city of Winnipeg report. The study reviewed  a Georgia law that requires amber lights to be timed to U.S. federal engineering standards, plus one additional second. “After reviewing State of Georgia legislation and City data, we have found that there is no demonstrated benefit to increasing amber light times by one second,” Luis Escobar, the city’s manager of transportation, said in a press release this afternoon. (View the city’s press release.) Winnipeg Free Press photo.

Camera Evidence Helps Convict Driver
Federal Way Mirror.com (Washington), March 10, 2011

Video from a red-light safety camera played a key role in the case against a 35-year-old man who pleaded guilty to a charge of vehicular homicide this week. The motorist was arrested after running a red light and colliding with a passing vehicle in Federal Way on Dec. 29, 2010. A 21-year-old died in the collision. Additional news coverage.

American Traffic Solutions now holds a contract award from the city of Tampa, Fla., for a road safety program, and is also the newly selected vendor for the city of Sarasota, Fla.  ATS will be presented as the  recommended red light safety camera vendor for Ocean Township, N.J., at the March 16 Township Council meeting.  

Missourinet’s Priddy: “When you see a yellow light, prepare to stop. When you see a red light, stop.” MayorSlay

Springfiled News-Leader file photo

Arnold City Attorney Says Constitution Does Not Forbid Red-Light Safety Cameras
Arnold Patch (Missouri), March 10, 2011

City Attorney Bob Sweeney, speaking to about 150 people and four video cameras during City Hall’s public forum on Tuesday night, said red-light camera systems are constitutional.

New Jersey Township Begins Camera Warning Period
Sentinel, March 10, 2011

On March 2, East Brunswick Township began taking still images and videos of cars that fail to stop at red lights. Warning notices will be issued during the first 30 days of the program. Police will begin to issue $85 fine citations in April.

Medley, Florida, Drafts Requests for Red Light Safety Cameras
River Cities Gazette, March 9, 2011

By a 5-0 vote, the town council gave the go-ahead to interim town attorney Michael Pizzi to put out a request for proposals in the next week to any interested red light camera companies to see who has the best offer at next month’s April 4 council meeting. Police Chief Jeanette Said-Jinete had solicited the services of American Traffic Solutions last fall to set up cameras on a trial basis at five different intersections around town.

2 Die in Vehicle That Ran Red Light
The News Tribune (Washington), March 9, 2011

A man and a woman died Monday evening when the pickup truck they were in hit a light pole, the Washington State Patrol said. Witnesses said the truck ran a red light then swerved to avoid a passing car.

Driver Runs Red Light, Collides with School Bus
Minot Daily News (North Dakota), March 9, 2011

A Minot woman was injured Monday morning when the vehicle she was driving entered the intersection on a red light and collided with a school bus. The bus was not carrying children at the time.

Mobile Speed Cameras Proposed in Howard County
Columbia Flier (Maryland), March 8, 2011

Speeding is such a problem in his Ellicott City neighborhood that resident Ed Chaney downloaded a speed gun application on his iPhone to screen the speeds of passing cars. He found that the average speed of vehicles traveling on the road is 45 to 55 miles per hour. The speed limit, however, is 30 miles per hour, and 25 miles per hour in school zones. Read poll data in a related 2010 article. Times Observer, March 7, 2011

Drivers Disregard School Bus Passing Law, Survey Shows
The Baltimore Sun, March 8, 2011

More than 7,000 drivers in Maryland were observed passing stopped school buses illegally — one of the most serious traffic offenses in state law — during a single-day survey conducted by the Maryland Department of Education. The figures, gathered from all 24 of the state’s jurisdictions, are being used to support an effort by state and local educators to win passage of a bill in the General Assembly to allow the use of cameras mounted on the outside of school  buses to  enforce the law against passing when the vehicles have their red lights flashing and stop arm deployed.

Pennsylvania Police Target Aggressive Drivers
Times Observer, March 7, 2011

With the help of state grant money to cover the costs, police departments accross the state will target aggressive driving in their jurisdictions. In a similar effort in 2009, police in and around Warren, Penn., issued 36,136  citations for disobeying traffic control devices and signs, the second most common offense. Speeding was the most common offense, and warranted 73,108 tickets.

Cameras to Nab Red-Light Runners in Jersey City
The Jersey Journal, March 4, 2011

Jersey City has installed security cameras at the intersection of Kennedy Boulevard and Communipaw Avenue to catch drivers who speed through red lights. They are the first red-light safety cameras in the city. Though the cameras went up on March 3, there will be a 30-day “warning period” before $85 fines will be issued.

Editorial: Sic Cameras on Red-Light Scofflaws
Hartford Courant (Connecticut), March 10, 2011

Where red-light cameras are used, streets are safer. And, as Connecticut’s Office of Legislative Research pointed out in a report last year, “the use of red light cameras could help free police officers for other duties without compromising traffic safety.” About 500 American cities now use cameras to catch red-light violators. Connecticut’s communities should join them.

Letter to Editor: What About Yellow Lights?
Daytona Beach News Journal (Florida), March 7, 2011

I have a question about the red-light cameras, and am hoping this paper can find the answer. (I’m in favor of them, as I was twice nearly killed by red-light runners in this town.) My question is: Where is the line to be drawn between a violation and no violation? If you enter the intersection when the light is still yellow, is it a violation?

Editorial: Traffic Cameras Have Green Light for Now
The Arizona Republic, March 5, 2011

Good news for Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and other towns and cities around Arizona: The state Senate narrowly rejected a misguided bill that would have made streets less safe.

Bicyclist Narrowly Avoids Red-Light Running Vehicle
ATS Cameras in Laurel, Maryland, March 9

A bicycle rider takes evasive action to avoid a collision with a motorist who runs through a red light.

Neighborhood Speeding a Top Complaint in Howard County, Maryland
WBAL TV-11, March 8, 2011

Speed safety cameras are expected to be up and running later this year in Howard County, where drivers’ speed in school zones and neighborhoods will be the priority. See related story above.

Broward County Commissioner Talks Traffic Safety over Coffee
Sun Sentinel.com, March 8, 2011

Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter makes the most of YouTube and Website convenience to inform the public about government operations. Speaking casually from a local coffeehouse, she interviews the traffic engineering division’s assistant director about the operation, funding and intergovernmental cooperation involved with red light safety cameras.

The warning period will give residents an opportunity to become familiar with the system. We encourage people to slow down and definitely stop on red before the actual citations begin. This is a public safety program, and our goal is to deter red-light runners and prevent collisions resulting from these violations.”

Russell MacArthur, East Brunswick Police lieutenant
MyCentralJersey.com, March 4, 2011

A year-long police study in Howard County, Maryland, found vehicles were traveling above the speed limit 66 percent of the time within a half-mile radius around 70 public and 30 private schools. SOURCE: WBAL TV-11, March 8, 2011

Howard County, Maryland, announced it will formally consider installing speed cameras this week to curb dangerous driving behavior. On one road, police noted 605 vehicles out of 7,203 traveling more than 12 mph over the speed limit in a single 48-hour period in December 2009. That’s about one speeder for every 12 cars. SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun, March 7, 2011.

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