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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 24

May 19th, 2011

New PSA Video Highlights Dangers of Red-Light Running: Victims’ Families Discuss Need for Increased Road Safety http://prn.to/lzqB3c #pr

St. Petersburg Times photo by Skip O’Rourke
Amelia Vega (left), the mother of bicyclist Diane Vega who died in a red-light running crash while waiting for the light to change, attends a court hearing with family.

Deadly Tampa Crash Unites Strangers, Witnesses
St. Petersburg Times (Florida), May 18, 2011

David Zinn felt the whoosh of a passing car rock his Hyundai. He looked at the light. Solid red, he would remember. He shuddered, sensing what was next. He saw it happen, two cars on a collision path.

Florida City Gets Drivers Ready for Cameras
Santa Rosa Press Gazette, May 17, 2011

The city of Milton began its public awareness campaign this week to let residents know about the road safety camera program at three intersections. Warnings begin June 15.

Green Light Sought for Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Boston Herald (Massachusetts), May 16, 2011

Communities across Massachusetts are ramping up pressure on Beacon Hill to legalize road safety camera programs so cities and towns can crack down on red-light scofflaws.

St. Joseph News-Press photo by Eric Keith

St. Joseph to Install Red-Light Safety Cameras
St. Joseph News-Press (Missouri), May 16, 2011

St. Joseph will join 30 other Missouri cities using cameras to catch drivers who run red lights.

Battle Heats Up Over Cameras
The Herald (Washington), May 15, 2011

Two court cases are about to begin and voters may see a statewide initiative over red-light safety cameras.

How Red-Light Safety Cameras Work
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), May 14, 2011

Nearly 40 intersections throughout Central Florida are watched around the clock by an unblinking set of cameras snapping still pictures and short videos. The equipment … is activated when a laser determines a motorist is about to enter an intersection after the light turns red.

Two cities in New Jersey have chosen American Traffic Solutions to be their road safety camera provider this past week. North Brunswick and Pennsauken will install the company’s red-light safety cameras. Also, St. Joseph, Missouri, has agreed to enter into a contract with ATS to install red light cameras at two intersections.

Boynton Beach and Pembroke Pines, Florida, have ended their warning periods and are now issuing $158 fines for running red lights. Milton, Florida, will begin its warning period on June 15.

Editorial: Red-Light Safety Cameras Save Money and Lives
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), May 18, 2011

The Ohio Supreme Court didn’t explain its decision to dismiss a lawsuit against the city of Columbus questioning the constitutionality of cities’ use of red-light cameras. Nevertheless, the result is a good one. Red-light cameras have prevented injuries and property damage and saved lives.

Letter to Editor: Red-Light Cameras Needed
The Kansas City Star (Missouri), May 17, 2011

The Kansas City metropolitan area has a serious problem with people who run red lights.

Letter to Editor: Red-Light Cameras Save Lives
Kane City Chronicle (Ohio), May 18, 2011

Our passion for traffic safety stems from the deep heartfelt sorrow and pain experienced in 2002 when our daughter, Sarah, was killed by a man who ran a red light and crashed into her car.

City to Double Number of Red-Light Safety Cameras
WFTV Channel 9 (Florida), May 18, 2011

The city of Ocoee is working through plans to install five more cameras at three intersections. So far, crashes at those locations are down 24 percent, police say.

The Orange County Register photo by Richard Koehler

3-Year-Old Girl Dies in Intersection Collision
The Orange County Register (California), May 16, 2011

Police are still investigating the cause of this deadly crash in Tustin, but the impact of the broadside collision killed a little girl who was in her car seat. Broadside or T-bone collisions at intersections are the most dangerous types of crashes and often result in injury or death.

Missouri City Awaits 5-Year Contract with ATS
St.JoeChannel.com, May 16, 2011

St. Joseph City Council members approved the plan to install red light cameras at busy St. Joseph intersections.

Warning Period Ends in Boynton Beach
WPBF TV ABC News Channel 25, May 16, 2011

Police are now using red-light safety cameras to issue citations from two locations in Boynton Beach, and officials expect to add more cameras in a few weeks.

“If we save lives even one or two lives, I’m very happy about that.”
Frank Ortis, Pembroke Pines  mayor
CBSMiami.com, May 16, 2011

“This is just about public safety. It’s a no-brainer. … This saves lives.”
Thomas M. Menino, Boston mayor who has pushed for red light cameras since 1993
The Boston Herald, May 16, 2011

“What’s wrong with revenue from lawbreakers? What’s wrong with, ‘Do the crime, pay the fine?'”
Jim Walters, Iowa resident and writer
Press-Citizen, May 15, 2011

“It’s all about safety, as far as I’m concerned. The truth of the matter is that if you don’t run the light you don’t get a ticket. I think most people when they stop and think about it recognize you shouldn’t run a red light.”
Mary Margaret Haugen, Washington state senator
The Herald, May 15, 2011

“Statistics have shown that these cameras do help in reducing collisions.”
Stephanie Slater, Boynton Beach Police Department spokeswoman
WPBF ABC Channel 25 (Florida), May 15, 2011

Red light safety cameras at two intersections issued 168 warning violations to red-light runners during the 30-day warning period in Boynton Beach. SOURCE: WPBF TV ABC News Channel 25, May 16, 2011.

The number of crashes at the four intersections with camera systems in Arnold fell 19 percent between 2005 and 2010. SOURCE: Arnold Patch, May 16, 2011.

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