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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 15

March 17th, 2011

This week, the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) launched a comprehensive educational campaign to highlight the dangers of red light running and the benefits of red light safety cameras. The ads will run on select stations throughout Missouri and provide a stark reminder of how tragic red light running crashes can be. ATS is proud to be a member of NCSR and to be a part of this important initiative. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that Missouri is the 11th most deadly state in the nation for red light running related fatalities. It’s important that Missouri’s leaders recognize that red light safety cameras save lives and help protect communities by making drivers more aware of their behavior.

The first ad, Portraits, shares stories of individuals who were injured or killed in red light running collisions. Each person tells how their lives were forever changed by a red light runner as they talk about their belief that red light safety cameras save lives. Please remember that the real victims are those that are injured or killed in red light running related crashes; not individuals who receive tickets for violating the law.

To learn more about the campaign or to view the ads visit www.redforsafety.org. We urge you to join the thousands of individuals, law enforcement groups and safety advocates including the International Association of Chiefs of PoliceRed Means Stop, the Child Safety Network, the National Safety Council Chapter of the Ozarks and more in lending your support to the National Coalition for Safer Roads by visiting the www.redforsafety.org or texting the word “RED” to 723389 (SAFETY).

To view the ads click on the photo above, or visit saferoadssavelives.org or www.youtube.com/SaferRoadsUSAtarget

Morristown, N.J., and American Traffic Solutions have executed a contract naming ATS as the city’s red light safety camera vendor. 

Like too many Americans, Frank Hinds’ life was tragically changed by a red-light runner. His story: bit.ly/ex6G8b


The Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com, March 15, 2011
American Traffic Solutions was recently featured in The Arizona Republic as one of the companies in Arizona that manufacture products in the state. Jason Ham (above) demonstrates how cameras are secured in their housing. Before shipment, Ham, an ATS inspector, confirms the cabinet is secure, includes all electronic and mechanical parts, and that the entire unit meets ATS’ quality standards.

City Report: Collisions Diminish at Red Light Safety Camera Intersections
The Arizona Republic, March 16, 2011

Mesa police data show collisions are happening less often at intersections with red light safety cameras. Officials say the city’s road safety camera program contributed to a 36 percent reduction in crashes from 2005 to 2009.

Merits of Road Safety Program Debated at City Forum
STLToday.com (Missouri), March 16, 2011

In the six years since Arnold installed red light safety cameras at four intersections, the debate over them has never really stopped. Now that the operation contract for the devices is about to run out, tempers are heating up again.

Aggressive Drivers Flirt with Death on Staten Island
Staten Island Advance, SILive.com (New York), March 13, 2011

Reckless Staten Island motorists by the thousands would rather shave a few seconds off their trip to the mall then come to a stop and avoid getting hit with a $50 ticket.

City Approves New Contract with ATS
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), March 11, 2011

The Murfreesboro City Council approved a new three to five year red-light camera contract Thursday night with American Traffic Solutions Inc. … The city, since July 2008, has had six intersections with the red-light camera enforcement.

 

Letter: Bad Driving in Haines City
The Ledger (Florida), March 17, 2011

If one life is saved or one serious accident avoided by the red-light cameras, then the cost or price is well worth it. And if it takes $158 fines to get the message across that red means stop, then so be it.

Letter: We Agree to Obey the Law When We Get a Driver’s License
Farragut Press (Tennessee), March 17, 2011

The arguments used to eliminate red-light cameras are nonsensical. … Bottom line, we agree to follow the law when we get our driver’s license, and if you insist on not doing so just stop using your car, there are buses and taxis for those that find it too hard to understand what a stop sign means or that a red light means to stop. 

Letter: Speed Compliance Cameras Protect Children
Howard County Times (Maryland), March 17, 2011

Isn’t the investment worth the safety of children? One child needlessly hit by a car speeding in a school zone is one too many. We embrace the use of technology in all other facets of life. Why not here?

Commentary: Red Light Safety Cameras Are on the Job
TBD.com (Washington, D.C.), March 16, 2011

One day’s worth of statistics from one intersection in Washington, D.C., provide a compelling snapshot of why red light safety cameras are needed. For instance, 74 percent of the vehicles captured are in violation of the statute, which states that a vehicle shall not enter the intersection or the crosswalk when facing a steady red signal

Column: The Rational Defense of Red Light Safety Cameras
Staten Island Advance (New York), March 15, 2011

The use of these cameras remains controversial. Some say they’re unfair; others claim they’re an invasion of privacy and still others protest that they’re unconstitutional. All of these objections are without merit, as courts across the nation have repeatedly made clear. The most revealing judicial opinion on the issue was handed down on Jan. 5, 2009, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

Letter: Driving is a Privilege, Not a Right
Sioux City Journal (Iowa), March 15, 2011

You do NOT have the “right” to drive any vehicle – it is a privilege. If you fail to obey the traffic laws, your privilege  may be taken away.

Close Call in New Jersey Caught on Camera
ATS Road Safety Channel, March 16, 2011

This driver runs a red light and narrowly avoids a collision.   

Mesa Sees Traffic Collisions Fall; Shares Credit with Cameras
KNXV-TV, ABC15.com (Arizona), March 17, 2011

The Mesa Police Department reports red light cameras are just one of many factors to reduce accidents, but can’t take sole credit for their latest numbers, showing accidents have dropped 38 percent since 2006 and 4 percent between 2009 and 2010.

Police Say No to Proposal to Ease Right-on-Red Law
TriCities.com (Tennessee), March 16, 2011

If a Tennessee legislator’s push to change state law is successful, drivers may no longer have to stop at red lights when going right on red at traffic camera intersections. … The Johnson City Police Department, which uses red light cameras at several city intersections, wants the current law to remain in place.

Group Backs Red Light Cameras
WDAF-TV Fox Channel 4 (Kansas City, Mo.), March 14, 2011

The battle over banning red light cameras in Missouri is heating up once again. A new coalition is formed. The group is challenging Missouri legislators, who want to get rid of the cameras.

I know people don’t like photo safety, but there’s a reason they don’t. If you really, passionately despise it, it’s probably because you got a ticket. It just works. I don’t love it, but I can tell you it works.”

Frank Milstead, Mesa police chief
The Arizona Republic, March 16, 2011

“The few seconds you save [running a red light] is not going to make a huge difference in the whole scheme of things, because you can ruin your life or someone else’s life.”

Steve Berry, Mesa, Ariz., police detective
KNXV-TV, ABC15.com, March 17, 2011 


WCTV, Tallahassee, Fla., photo

Arizona
Citywide injury crashes in Mesa, Ariz., fell 40 percent from 2,963 crashes in 2006 to 1,758 in 2010, police say. Non-injury collisions dropped 38 percent from 9,363 in 2006 to 5,826 in 2010. Crashes at the city’s 31 intersections with red light safety cameras decreased 36 percent from 92 in 2005 to 59 collisions in 2009. SOURCE: The Arizona Republic, March 16, 2011

Missouri
There have been no fatal collisions in Arnold, Missouri’s four intersections with red light safety cameras since they were installed in 2006. SOURCE: STLToday, March 16, 2011.

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