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ATS, Newsletter, Issue 20

April 20th, 2011


The Bellingham Herald photo by Philip A. Dwyer

Mom’s Foundation Preserves Legacy of 2-year-old Daughter
The Bellingham Herald/TheNewsTribune.com (Washington), April 17, 2011

Seven seconds is all it took to end the life of a Bellingham toddler and irrevocably change the lives of many, many others. The crash occurred in a 20 mph school zone.

Maryland Cities Dedicate Speed Camera Revenue to Safety
KensingtonPatch.com, April 20, 2011

Cities and counties across Maryland are reaping the benefits of revenue from speed cameras, with the money going toward video cameras in police cars, longer police station operating hours and matching funds for federal public safety grants, among other projects.

Bill to Put Traffic Cameras on School Buses Goes to Governor
The Everett Herald/MSNBC.com (Washington), April 19, 2011

School buses may soon be equipped with cameras to photograph cars that illegally pass a bus when it is stopped to let students on and off. The bill, which would let law enforcement officers issue tickets based on the photographic evidence, now goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire for consideration.

Delaware Department of Transportation has extended its Road Safety Camera Program agreement with American Traffic Solutions for three years. ATS will retrofit DelDOT’s existing system with ATS cameras and expand the program with 10 to 20 additional red light safety cameras.

@HC_Sheriff HCSO Round 3: Red Light Runners Can’t Outrun The Cameras http://t.co/OBND0Ac via @youtube

St. Petersburg Considers Contract with ATS
St. Petersburg Times/TampaBay.com, April 20, 2011

City officials are preparing to approve a much-anticipated contract on Thursday: They will hire a company to install and operate cameras at up to 20 intersections to nab motorists who run red lights.

Red Light Safety Cameras Make List of Lifesaving Innovations
FoxBusiness.com, April 20, 2011

New technologies are making driving a safer experience for millions of Americans, and bringing down car insurance rates to boot. Here are five driving innovations that are making the roads safer – and one that isn’t.

Red Light Safety Camera Bill Progresses Through Connecticut Legislature
New Haven Register, April 18, 2011

The red light camera legislation had an easy drive through a second committee Monday, passing out of Planning and Development 17-2 with a review by the Judiciary Committee up next.

Police Suspect Driver Ran Red Light before Fatal Collision
El Paso Times (Texas), April 19, 2011

The force of impact between two pickup trucks at an intersection in El Paso’s Lower Valley community threw a female passenger out of her vehicle and to her death.

Police Say Bluff City Cameras Proving Successful
Bristol Herald Courier/TriCities.com (Tennessee), April 17, 2011

Bluff City Police Chief David Nelson says declining accident rates and fewer camera-based citations can mean only one thing: People who drive through Piney Flats have started slowing down, paying more attention and in general improving their driving habits since the speed camera program started issuing tickets last winter.

With Houston’s Red Light Safety Cameras Down, Violations Skyrocket
CultureMap.com (Texas), April 17, 2011

Nearly six months after a Houston referendum took down the city’s network of red light cameras, data released by American Traffic Solutions show drivers’ cautious attitude toward red lights is in reverse. Ten high-traffic intersections that had seen noticeable decreases in violations when the cameras were installed, now show unprecedented increases.

Letter to Editor: Let’s Clear Up Misinformation about Cameras
The Daily News/TDN.com (Washington), April 18, 2011

It is unfortunate that many people do not have the correct information about Longview’s red-light cameras. … One overlooked fact is that all infractions are first seen (in video and still photo) by a Longview police officer to confirm an infraction has been committed before being submitted for collection.

Letter to Editor: Faulting Others for Our Own Actions
Caller.com, April 18, 2011

Lately I have been reading the comments about the red-light cameras and speeding cameras. … Why is it that the simple answer is always overlooked? If you don’t want your picture taken — don’t run red lights or speed. If you want to deprive the cities of all that extra money — don’t run red lights or speed.

Letter to Editor: Red-Light Runner Changed My Life Permanently
PalmBeachPost.com (Florida), April 17, 2011

In response to the editorial “Privacy isn’t the problem,” which criticized red-light camera programs, at 18 years old I had my whole life ahead of me. … And then my life changed when I was broadsided by a dump truck that ran a red light.

Letter to Editor: Howard County Police Chief Supports School Zone Cameras
Columbia Flier (Maryland), April 16, 2011

Slowing drivers down has always been a challenge for law enforcement. We are especially concerned about the effect speeding drivers can have on the safety of children. That’s why the police department is supporting the use of speed cameras in school zones in Howard County.

New Jersey City Sends Message that Red Light Safety Cameras Are Working
City of Linden, New Jersey, Website

Linden has posted a red-light running video on its city Website showing just how drivers are putting others at risk on their community’s streets.

Red-Light Runner Involved in Collision
KPHO TV Channel 5 (Arizona), April 18, 2011

Two people were injured in this collision (above) in Mesa involving a red-light-running vehicle.

State Lawmakers Consider Additional Red Light Safety Cameras
WIAT TV/CBS42.com (Alabama), April 17, 2011

The Alabama State Legislature is set to discuss whether to place red light cameras in two local cities and, possibly, across Jefferson County.

“Some would ask, ‘How many kids have we had killed in school zones so far, chief? Well, I’m not waiting until the answer is ‘Oh, now we have one, let’s go forward.’ That’s time that’s wasted. That’s way too late.”
William McMahon, Howard County police chief
Kensington Patch (Maryland), April 20, 2011

“We want to have red light cameras.  We want to use this technology in our cities to help reduce the amount of traffic accidents caused by red lights.”
Johnathan Austin, Birmingham city councilman
WIAT TV/ CBS 42.com (Alabama), April 19, 2011

“It’s always the innocent guy that gets whacked by somebody flying through (a red light).”
Steve Cassano, Connecticut state senator, D-Manchester
CTPost.com (Connecticut), April 16, 2011

California
It would take the equivalent of 100 Los Angeles Police Department officers to produce the same results red light safety cameras have recorded at 32 intersections in L.A., where collisions have fallen 63 percent and fatalities have been at zero since the cameras were installed. SOURCE: LAPD Sgt. Matthew MacWillie in an interview with Bay Area News Group, April 19, 2011.

Tennessee
Citations issued by police from speed compliance camera data have fallen 29.5 percent in Bluff City for the first 10 weeks of 2011 compared with the first 10 weeks of 2010. SOURCE: TriCities.com, April 17, 2011. 

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