ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 16
Red Light Running an Uncontrolled Epidemic
The Glendale Star, March 23, 2011
Frank Hinds, co-founder of Arizona’s Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance, alerts us all to the dangers we face on the road from red light runners and urges communities to do all they can to enhance road safety.
American Traffic Solutions has experienced tremendous growth despite a national recession. …
“It could be your family member who is saved as a result.”–Bradenton bit.ly/gHQ2CA
File photo, The Capital
Washington School Buses Could Get Traffic Ticket Cameras
KPLU 88.5, National Public Radio, March 24, 2011
Automated traffic ticket cameras could soon show up in a new place. They’d be attached to school buses. Opponents of photo traffic enforcement are mounting a late effort to stop the idea in the Washington Legislature.
Annapolis Considers Speed Safety Cameras Near Schools
The Capital (Maryland), March 23, 2011
Annapolis Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson says speed cameras could benefit many neighborhoods where children have to navigate busy roads to get to and from school.
Speed Cameras Near Schools Win City’s Support
DelmarvaNow.com (Maryland), March 21, 2011
The Salisbury City Council unanimously supported a measure authorizing speed cameras in school zones. Police Chief Barbara Duncan said the cameras will allow the police department to multiply its workload and make better use of its resources by conducting radar checks on the secondary and tertiary roads.
Commentary: Traffic Cameras Make School Zones, Children Safer
The Daily Herald (Washington), March 20, 2011
When we transport our children to and from school, we have an important responsibility to do everything we can to keep those children safe. … We need to do more to protect our children, and the time has come to expand the use of traffic safety cameras in school zones and on school buses.
The Tampa Tribune photo by Scott Iskowitz
New Road Safety Program Averages 113 Violations a Day in 2 Weeks
Redmond Reporter/pnwlocalnew.com (Washington), March 24, 2011
Redmond resident John Cherrie believes a controversial pilot program in which the city uses cameras to catch traffic violators and fine them will ultimately improve safety for everyone who uses the roads — pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.
Red Light Safety Cameras Go Up in Doral, Fla.
CBS Miami.com, March 23, 2011
The city of Doral will begin taking photos of red light runners next month as part of a new “Save A Life” program.
Sun to Shine on Red Light Safety Cameras in Sunrise, Fla.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, March 22, 2011
Starting in April, there will be red light safety cameras watching drivers at 10 intersections in Sunrise, Fla. ”We have substantial data that red light cameras do in fact reduce traffic fatalities,” Sunrise Police Chief John Brooks said. ”This has been going on in D.C., New York City for 10 years plus.”
Tickets, Crashes Drop in Amarillo
Amarillo Globe-News/Amarillo.com (Texas), March 20, 2011
Those ever-watchful red light safety cameras Amarillo installed several years ago not only are generating money, they’re driving down crashes, city officials said.
Clearwater Shrugs Off Criticism, Prepares to Consider Camera Bids
St. Petersburg Times/TampaBay.com (Florida), March 19, 2011
The city council voted 3-2 on March 17 to seek contractors who could install red light safety cameras at two city intersections. With that vote, Tampa Bay’s three largest cities, including Tampa and St. Petersburg, have now all asked for proposals to install the controversial camera system.
Letter to Editor: Traffic Cameras Increase Safety
Quad-City Times (Iowa), March 23, 2011
Citizens should want such cameras up on all roads and highways everywhere. The roads are public, not private areas. Most red light runners and speeders kill others, so it’s not a nanny law to have enforcement and penalties on them.
Editorial: Numbers Show Cameras Work
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), March 23, 2011
Some interesting data suggest that Amarillo’s experiment with red light safety cameras at selected intersections is doing its job. Accidents are down at the intersections. So are citations. So is the revenue that the city is collecting.
50 and Counting: New Orleans Adds to Its Road Safety Camera Program
WWLTV Channel 4, March 23, 2011
Since 2008, the city has used controversial cameras to catch red-light runners and speeders. A recent push to halt the program ultimately failed, and in the time since, the city has added more cameras, stirring mixed emotions across town.
Red-Light Runner Dies in Houston
KHOU TV, Channel 11, March 23, 2011
A driver was killed late Tuesday after running a red light and being struck by another vehicle in northwest Houston, according to Houston police.
“As you are approaching those intersections, you know (the cameras) are there, so it alerts you. You know if you are going too fast, you will get popped, so you change your behavior. That is the goal, to change behavior to reduce accidents or the severity of accidents.”
Frank Mendoza, Chandler, Arizona, police sergeant
The Arizona Republic, March 19, 2011
“Looking at the number of accidents in school-range, it’s frightening.”
Sheila Finlayson, teacher, alderwoman and chairwoman of Annapolis, Maryland, public safety committee considering speed cameras near schools
The Capital, March 23, 2011
“Police can’t be everywhere at once. If this is one way to save lives, then I’m all for it. It will make drivers pay more attention to what the laws are. (This program) could make a huge difference. It makes sure drivers are more conscious about the laws.”
John Cherrie, Redmond, Wash., resident and bicyclist
Redmond Reporter/pnwlocalnews.com, March 24, 2011
“We’re seeing a reduction in vehicle crashes. We’re seeing a reduction in injuries. We’re seeing a reduction in fatalities.”
Marlon Defillo, New Orleans Police Department deputy superintendent
WWLTV Channel 4, March 23, 2011
Amarillo Globe-News photo by Joe Gamm
Amarillo traffic engineer Jihad El Eid says there are fewer crashes at intersections with cameras since cameras were installed. Crash counts declined from 69 to 41 for the year ending Sept. 30, 2009 compared with the following year, a 40 percent drop. Citations fell 15 percent from 16,466 to 13,408. SOURCE: Amarillo Globe-News/Amarillo.com (Texas), March 20, 2011.
In March 2010, a study conducted at Wicomico Middle School by the Salisbury Police Department showed that within a seven-day period, more than 6,800 vehicles in that area were traveling at 12 mph or more over the speed limit. SOURCE: DelmarvaNow.com, March 21, 2011.
Clearwater, Florida, which is now soliciting bids for red light safety cameras has had 26 fatal traffic collisions in the past two years. Two of those fatalities are due to red light running, says Police Chief Tony Holloway. SOURCE: St. Petersburg Times/TampaBay.com, March 19, 2011.
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