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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 26

June 1st, 2011

NJ.com photo by Google Maps
Each year, 60 to 70 accidents occur here where Route 1 intersects with Bakers Basin and Franklin Corner roads. It’s the planned site of the first red-light safety camera in Lawrence Township, N.J. Times of Trenton/NJ.com, May 28, 2011. See article. 

Think Twice before Buying Ticket Protection Devices
Arnold Patch (Missouri), June 1, 2011

As the number of municipalities using red-light cameras has increased, so too have the number of products claiming to protect drivers from getting a ticket.

Online Petition Calls for Crackdown on Traffic Laws
WTOP FM 103.5 (Washington, D.C.), May 30, 2011

Erik Kugler wants more done to make drivers obey traffic laws, including increasing the use of speed and red-light safety cameras. To that end, he’s started a petition.

Police Seek Driver of Stolen Car that Hit 9-Year-Old Girl
The Seattle Times (Washington), May 30, 2011

Seattle police were looking for a hit-and-run driver who jumped the curb in a stolen car late Monday afternoon and struck a 9-year-old girl, breaking both her legs. The driver ran at least one red light in his flight from police.

Motorcyclist Dies in Collision with Red-Light Runner
WFTV Channel 9 (Florida), May 30, 2011

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash where a driver ran a red light right before hitting a motorcyclist, troopers say.

Police Respond to Red-Light Running Complaints
The Battalion (Texas), May 30, 2011

In response to increasing complaints about red light runners, College Station Police Department is innovating new ways to catch offenders. (Editor’s note: A 2009 public vote removed red-light safety cameras in College Station.) 

Cameras Keep Drivers on Best Behavior
The Gazette (Colorado), May 28, 2011

Motorists in Colorado Springs appear to be thinking twice before stepping on the gas to beat a yellow light, as the number of tickets handed out to motorists running red lights at intersections equipped with high-definition cameras dropped nearly 30 percent in the program’s first six months.

Tennessee Governor will Pen Limits on Road Safety Camera Programs
Daily Reporter (Indiana), May 28, 2011

Gov. Bill Haslam says he will sign into law a traffic camera bill that aims to eliminate their use as speed traps and reduce private vendors’ influence over where they are located.

The Palm Beach Post photo by Allen Eyestone
Red-light safety cameras in Boynton Beach are in their first month of the citation phase.

Alpharetta, Georgia, signed a five-year contract renewal with American Traffic Solutions last week. The city began its road safety camera program in 2004, and has continued with the program since.

The city of Scottsdale, Arizona, exercised its contract renewal option for one year. The extension takes effect July 1.

The warning period for red light running in New Port Richey, Florida, will end on June 14. Citations will be issued for $158 beginning on June 15.

ATS and Driving MBA Promote Safe Driving Practices among Teens
ATS Website, May 31, 2011

ATS is working with Driving MBA to enhance materials for high school driver’s education programs to include information about ways to safely approach an intersection and the dangerous consequences of red-light running.

Letter to Editor: No Questions about Photo Enforcement
The Seattle Times (Washington), May 30, 2011

As far as we see it, the safety cameras do nothing but make our roads safer for people inside and outside of the vehicle.

Editorial: New Law Rightsizes Traffic Cam Guidelines
The Daily News Journal/DNJ.com (Tennessee), June 1, 2011

While we know there will still be those who’ll never warm to the concept of traffic cameras, we’re glad that Gov. Bill Haslam has committed to signing into law legislation that puts some restrictions and statewide consistency on these traffic safety tools.

Commentary: Keeping Cameras Will Save Lives
FloridaToday.com, May 27, 2011

Red-light cameras in our county should not be removed. This seems like a very obvious response to the question when we understand the cameras are there to save lives, but as I’ve learned, even the most obvious needs defending.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Called a Success
KXRM FOX Channel 21 (Colorado), June 1, 2011

The numbers are in, and fewer drivers are running red lights, at least at four intersections in Colorado Springs where red-light cameras have been installed.

“Nothing is so important you have to get there two seconds sooner than taking an extra light cycle, it might take two or three minutes out of your day but it might save your life or somebody elses.”
Pat Rigdon, Colorado Springs Police Department lieutenant
KOAA TV Channel 5 (Colorado), May 29, 2011

“I know everybody says it’s a speed trap, but we had 51 or more wrecks at that intersection. We did a lot of things before we went to the camera, and the camera seemed to be our final hope. I know people don’t like them because they get caught. But that thing has probably saved lives.”
Joe Parker, Huntingdon, Tenn., police chief
Daily Reporter (Indiana), May 28, 2011

“I understand some people didn’t like them, but they worked. They made intersections a safer place.”
Bill Haslam, Tennessee governor and former Knoxville mayor
Daily Reporter (Indiana), May 28, 2011

“We put it in for safety. We’ve caught some running over 100 mph through there. … I assume (lawmakers) don’t care if people speed.”
Don Weaver, city manager of Bluff City, Tennessee
Daily Reporter (Indiana), May 28, 2011

“Let’s not forget the focus of the program is to change driving behaviors for the better … and hopefully that behavior will carry over into other intersections — whether there’s photo enforcement or not.”
Steve Noblitt, Colorado Springs Police Department sergeant
The Gazette (Colorado), May 28, 2011

Over the past six months, photographs of red-light running violators have fallen 30 percent in Colorado Springs. SOURCE: KOAA TV Channel 5 (Colorado), May 29, 2011

In Colorado Springs, 98.5 percent of traffic violators pay their fine that originated from a road safety camera. SOURCE: The Gazette, May 28, 2011.

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