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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 27

June 9th, 2011

Exclusive: Accidents way up with red light cameras off
KTRK (Houston), June 8, 2

Back in November, Houstonians voted to turn off red light cameras at dozens of intersections. Now we’re getting a look at new figures on accidents in those areas and they paint a different picture than previous data.

MU professor says red-light cameras are effective
Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri), June 8, 2011

They might generate money for local governments, but the cameras that automatically snap pictures of red-light runners are, indeed, effective traffic tools, a University of Missouri researcher reports

Police caution drivers about red light camera phone apps
KGUN (Tucson), June 8, 2011

Smart phone applications aimed at alerting drivers to speed zones or red light enforcement cameras are causing a bit of a stir. But, it’s not the information found in the phone apps that has police cautioning drivers.

Residents Propose Speed Camera Among Solutions to Traffic Woes
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), June 1, 2011

A state-formed residential task force included the use of speed cameras among its list of solutions to curb aggressive driving along a stretch of roadway near two schools that has recently witnessed a series of crashes.


Suburban Journal photo by Rick Graefe

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.

@MOattorney: TRAFFIC LAW NEWS: MU Researcher Says Red Light Cameras are Vital for Safety http://bit.ly/llK8eP


The Jersey Journal photo by Reena Rose Sibayan
Improved pedestrian safety is one new shared goal of America Walks and the National Coalition for Safer Roads.

America Walks Joins Forces with National Coalition for Safer Roads
National Coalition for Safer Roads, June 2, 2011

America Walks and the National Coalition for Safer Roads are working together to help solve the epidemic of preventable pedestrian deaths. Between 2000 and 2009, 47,000 people were killed and 688,000 were injured in the United States while walking, according to a new report from Transportation for America.

Letter to the Editor: Would like red light cameras at all intersections
The Californian, June 2, 2011

My family and I moved to Murrieta a few years ago from a city that was not so safe. Murrieta, the second safest city of its size in the U.S. (in 2009), is an absolute pleasure to live in. We can take walks, shop, go to parks, visit neighbors, or play in our front yard without fear of assault of some kind.

Florida Department of Transportation photo

Commentary: Dangerous Plate Tricks
The Oregonian/OregonLive.com, June 2, 2011

Photographs from Florida’s Department of Transportation have captured SunPass tollbooth runners in acts of head-shaking audacity.

Commentary: Red Light-Safety Cameras Don’t Threaten Privacy
The News-Press (Florida), June 1, 2011

It appears that the “chicken little” syndrome is alive and well. I refer to all the opponents of red-light cameras who are running around screaming, “invasion of privacy, invasion of privacy!”

Letter to Editor: Put Red-Light Safety Cameras at All Intersections
North County Times (California), June 2, 2011

The drivers in Murrieta also know that law enforcement is strict in the city, which is good. Law enforcement officers here take a personal interest in this city, as do I. … These cameras aid law enforcement in making Murrieta a safe place to live. I may start a petition to have cameras at all intersections.


Associated Press

Hansen: Stoplight cameras improve safety, ISU finds

Using data from 2001 to 2006, ISU’s Center for Transportation Research and Education found that crashes related to motorists running red lights fell 40 percent in Davenport after cameras were installed. In Council Bluffs, the decline was 90 percent. Crashes of any kind were down 20 percent in Davenport and 40 percent in Council Bluffs.

Florida
Results from an April 2011 Tallahassee survey found that 71 percent of respondents said they are more likely to stop at red lights and 77 percent are confident that others are more likely to stop knowing cameras are operational in the community. SOURCE: City of Tallahassee/talgov.com, June 3, 2011.

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