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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 28

June 16th, 2011

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ATS Video Shows Simplicity of Technology, Thoroughness of Process
ATS Website, June 14, 2011

In conjunction with National Safety Month, and to raise awareness about how red-light safety cameras work and the careful steps taken before a violation is determined, American Traffic Solutions released an engaging web-based video this week that takes viewers through every step of the process. See how the Gulfport Patch and The Sacramento Bee covered the announcement. Even better, read CEO James Tuton’s column in the Huffington Post.

TBO.com photo by Jay Conner

Red-Light Safety Cameras Still a Go
The Tampa Tribune/TBO.com (Florida), June 14, 2011

Many changes in Florida have affected the finances tied to violations issued through red-light safety cameras, but authorities say drivers have stopped their bad behavior, and serious wrecks are on the decline.

Milton Ready to Switch on Cameras
Pensacola News Journal (Florida), Jun 14, 2011

Ross Ritter was sitting at the red light at U.S. 90 and Parkmore Plaza Road in Milton two weeks ago when two cars zoomed by and ran the light. “There is never a cop around when you need one,” Ritter, 67, of Milton thought to himself as the cars whizzed by.

Rhode Island Lawmakers Consider Speed Safety Camera Bill
The Providence Journal, June 14, 2011

Rhode Island lawmakers have a hearing scheduled on legislation that would allow automated cameras to help police catch speeders.

Police Say Cameras in Lake Forest Park Slow Traffic
Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Patch (Washington), June 13, 2011

During the past two years, speed safety cameras have helped reduce the average speed through a school zone in this city from 20.5 mph to 19.5 mph.

New Port Richey Police Chief Outlines Red-Light Violation Specifics
The Suncoast News/TBO Online (Florida), June 11, 2011

Red-light safety cameras go live this week in New Port Richey. To help motorists understand the definition of a violation, Police Chief Jeffrey Harrington says the key element to a violation is that the entire car has to be behind the stop line when the light goes red.

ATS Awaits New Jersey Township’s Contract Decision
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), June 8, 2011

By next month, Middletown Township is expected to consider whether to contract with a provider to bring red-light safety cameras to five intersections. ATS is one of the finalists for the program.

Ocean Township and Pennsauken, both of New Jersey, signed new contracts with American Traffic Solutions this past week. In Ohio, the city of Akron signed a contract renewal through August 2012. While the city of Greenwood Village, Colo., rounded out the week with a contract renewal as well.

ATS Promotes Tools to Keep Teen Drivers Safe
If you are a parent or have a family member who is a teen driver ATS has developed an easy guide to help navigate their first six to 12 months of solo driving. More help is available in this copy of Teen Driver – A Family Guide to Teen Driver Safety, and the National Safety Council’s website offers additional advice.

ATS photo
In a final check before bringing the red-light safety camera program online for the city of Palisades Park last week, ATS employees Steve Molina (center) and James Miller (right) ensured all final adjustments were made and all systems were functioning properly. Also pictured are electrician Wayne Steudler (far left) of Carr and Duff electrical construction, and Matt Fink (background) of Palisades Park Police Department in New Jersey.

@ATS_RoadSafety “For me, the debate over red-light cameras is a simple one: You do the crime, you pay the fine.” Do you agree? http://bit.ly/jdN8Fg

KSAZ FOX 10 Phoenix photo
Two pickup trucks collided with this Ford Mustang in Peoria, Arizona, sending the occupant to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Three others died in the crash.

Pickup Runs Red Light; 3 Die
KSAZ FOX Channel 10 (Arizona), June 11, 2011

Three people are dead and one is injured following a three-vehicle crash in Peoria on June 11. The collision occurred at about 3 a.m. Saturday when a truck with two passengers inside ran a red light and collided with another pickup truck carrying a driver, police said.

“This is not about the money. This is about safety; about making intersections safe. This is about teaching people to pay closer attention while driving.”
Troy Morgan, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office corporal
The Tampa Tribune/Tampa Bay Online (Florida), June 13, 2011

“We have noticed a decrease in people speeding around the school since the cameras have been up, which means that it’s safer for kids to be walking.”
Aimee Miner, Lake Forest Park Elementary School principal
Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Patch (Washington), June 13, 2011

“Officers have limited time for traffic enforcement and are not in the school zones every day.”
Dennis Peterson, Lake Forest Park police chief
Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Patch (Washington), June 13, 2011

“There very much is a human element to it. Police officers have to review each and every violation, and those officers are going to have to be comfortable that a violation did indeed exist and look at each one on a case-by-case basis.”
Jeffrey Harrington, New Port Richey police chief
Tampa Bay Online (Florida), June 11, 2011

New Jersey
Based on an ATS study, a daily average of 42 red-light running violations are expected at an intersection in Palisades Park, N.J. SOURCE: NewJersey.com, June 10, 2011.

From January 1 through February, Hillsborough County mailed out 33,966 violations. Three of those were for rolling right turn violations. SOURCE: The Tampa Tribune/Tampa Bay Online, June 11, 2011.

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