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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 23

May 12th, 2011

Crofton Patch photo by Christine H.

Bill to Use Cameras to Enforce School Bus Law OK’d
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), May 10, 2011

Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill on Tuesday that will permit local jurisdictions to install cameras on school buses to enforce the law against passing those vehicles when they stop to pick up or drop off children.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Survive Repeal Effort in Florida
FirstCoastNews.com, May 11, 2011

Road Cameras in Florida will continue their mission to catch drivers who blow through red lights, at least for another year. A bill to repeal red light cameras passed the Florida House, but failed to get through the Senate this year.

Hernando Today photo

Pickup Driver Flees Police, Runs Red Light; Motorcyclist Dies
Hernando Today (Florida), May 10, 2011

A woman pulled over Tuesday for suspected drunk driving managed to drive away while handcuffed, dragging a Pasco County deputy across three lanes of traffic before hitting and killing a motorcyclist across the county line in Hernando, deputies said.

Authorities Issue 640 Red Light Violations in 30 Days
Gulfport Patch, (Florida), May 10, 2011

Three intersection safety cameras went live on March 21, 2011, in Gulfport. During the first 30 days, officials issued 639 red light citations.

Buffalo News photo by Derek Gee

Buffalo Mayor Says Public Wants Cameras
Buffalo News (New York), May 9, 2011  

Motorists who run red lights could help pay the freight for everything from theatrical productions and museums to flower displays and inner-city arts programs if Mayor Byron W. Brown can persuade lawmakers to approve his controversial plan.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Could be Back in Brooksville
Hernando Today (Florida), May 9, 2011

Now that bills aimed to eliminate or limit red light cameras have failed in the Legislature, expect the topic of reinstalling them in Brooksville to return. City council member Lara Bradburn — a camera advocate — said she expects the board to reconsider installing red light cameras as budget talks heat up.

Mayor Defends Red-Light Safety Camera Program
Redmond Reporter (Washington), May 9, 2011

Unease over red-light and speed cameras being used as a form of taxation for the city of Redmond was the first topic raised among residents gathered at the Redmond Senior Center’s First Friday Coffee Chat with Mayor John Marchione.

Arnold Anticipates Extended Red-Light Safety Camera Contract
St. Louis Post-Dispatch/STLToday.com (Missouri), May 6, 2011

The city of Arnold is determined to keep the cameras it has installed at four intersections. The City Council voted Thursday to begin negotiations for a contract extension with American Traffic Solutions, the city’s vendor since 2005. The current contract expires May 31.

Bellingham, Washington, has chosen American Traffic Solutions as its Road Safety Camera provider. The agreement provides for two fixed speed cameras and four red-light safety cameras.

Did you know? One in three Americans knows someone who has been injured or killed in a red light-running crash. #roadsafety.

Commentary: Cameras Actually Do Make Streets Safer, Darn Them
Cleveland.com (Ohio), May 11, 2011

It’s not often that a columnist has the opportunity to alienate friends, family and total strangers with the same 700 words, so I’m going to take a deep, cleansing breath and try to savor the synchronicity of it all. Listen: Stop whining about the traffic cameras.

Call of the Week: Red Light Camera Debate Infuriates Constituent
The Miami Herald (Florida), May 10, 2011

Beware, the language in this call is offensive. Our intent is not to condone or encourage this caller’s behavior. Instead, we include his message as an example of how upset people can get when sensible laws that protect motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists from getting injured or killed by a red-light runner are threatened.

Letter to Editor: Keep Cameras Flashing
The Virginian-Pilot, May 11, 2011

They are now saying that the camera’s flash as it takes a photo of a car running a red light might be disorienting to senior citizens. I’m a senior citizen, and the only thing a camera flash does to me is make me applaud that another red-light runner has been caught.

Letter to Editor: Montgomery’s Red-Light Safety Cameras Are an Effective, Lifesaving Tool
The Birmingham News/al.com (Alabama), May 9, 2011

In its April 15 editorial “Red-light district,” The Birmingham News raised several issues about the use of red-light safety cameras, which are the focus of a bill being debated in the state Legislature. Following in Montgomery’s footsteps, Birmingham is asking for state permission to install cameras at intersections to penalize drivers who run red lights. One thing is clear. Red-light running is a serious problem nationwide, not just in Alabama.

“I do think red-light cameras are a good thing for our city and a valuable tool that we lost. I would prefer not to have officers monitor these intersections if they can be monitored by a camera. I’d rather give them other duties.”
Brian Lumpkin, assistant police chief, Houston Police Department
Houston Chronicle/Chron.com (Texas), May 11, 2011

“The data clearly shows when you put those enforcement cameras in, it reduces the number of people who run red lights. My fear is that you’ll see the number of serious bodily injuries and fatalities from side-impact accidents increase.”
Gary Blankinship, president of the Houston Police Officers’ Union
Houston Chronicle/Chron.com (Texas), May 11, 2011

“The amount of revenue flows from the size of the problem.”
Karen Manser, deputy police chief, Lynnwood Police Department, on the amount of revenue from red-light running  violations
HeraldNet.com (Washington), May 2, 2011

Daily News photo by Andy Holzman
Los Angeles Police Officer Mike Gregg reviews video of red-light violators.

One police officer reviewing red-light running violations captured on cameras can do the equivalent work of 100 officers on the streets in Los Angeles. SOURCE: Daily News, May 11, 2011.

Traffic crashes to date are down 5 percent from 2010 in Mount Juliet, where cameras first went live in January 2010. So far, police have processed 48,000 incidents captured by red-light safety cameras and issued 24,000 tickets, 57 percent of which went to non-Mount Juliet residents. The city has seven cameras at five intersections. SOURCE: The Tennessean, May 10, 2011

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