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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 29

June 23rd, 2011


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

Red-Light Safety Cameras Remain on the Job in L.A.
Contra Costa Times (California), June 22, 2011

The Los Angeles City Council decided today to keep the city’s red-light camera program on life support, sending the issue to the Budget and Finance Committee for more discussion about its cost.

Monroe City Council Finds Legal Flaws in Camera Initiative
The Herald (Washington), June 23, 2011

A unanimous Monroe City Council has decided to mount a legal challenge against an initiative that seeks to give voters here a chance to weigh in on traffic-enforcement cameras. The city now will seek a court order to block the measure from appearing on a ballot.

Township Passes Ordinance to Accept Red-Light Safety Cameras
PhillyBurbs.com (New Jersey), June 23, 2011

Cinnaminson Township, which has already approved ATS as its vendor, continued its pursuit of red-light cameras at selected intersections on Route 130 and Route 73 with the adoption of an ordinance to change the municipal code.

Additional Camera Locations Sought in Brick, N.J.
Brick Patch (New Jersey), June 22, 2011

Additional township intersections could be outfitted with red light violation cameras, officials said Tuesday. Traffic safety officers have started the process of researching new, potential locations where cameras could be installed.


Houston Chronicle photo by Michael Paulsen

Judge: Houston Voters Were Too Late to Ban Cameras
Courthouse News Service (Texas), June 21, 2011

A federal judge axed a popular voter initiative that would have banned the use of red-light safety cameras in Houston (above photo), finding that the proposition was actually an untimely referendum.

U.S. Conference of Mayors Endorses Red-Light Safety Cameras
National Coaliton for Safer Roads, June 21, 2011

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) commends the U.S. Conference of Mayors for passing a resolution Sunday strongly supporting the use of red light and speed safety cameras. This important technology helps reduce injuries and fatalities on the nation’s roadways. View resolution.

Motorists Still Accountable for Tickets in Spokane, City Says
The Spokesman-Review (Washington), June 21, 2011

Red-light runners caught on camera in Spokane shouldn’t automatically expect a break from a recent court ruling rejecting the city’s method for issuing tickets.

ATS signed separate agreements this week to bring red-light safety camera programs to the Florida town of Medley and the city of Sarasota.


Pensacola News Journal photo
Motorists caught running red lights in Milton, Florida, (above photo) will receive a warning notice up until July 15, when police officers will begin issuing $158 tickets based on their review of evidence captured by red-light safety cameras.

Editorial: Following Court Ruling, Houston Should Restart Red-Light Safety Cameras
Houston Chronicle (Texas), June 21, 2011

With the invalidation of last year’s red-light camera vote by a federal judge, Houston officials have a rare opportunity to undo a mistake that has cost the city millions of dollars while undermining public safety.

Commentary: 10 Reasons Why L.A. Should Keep Road Safety Camera Program
dBusinessNews (California), June 22, 2011

As the Los Angeles City Council prepares to vote this week on the future of the city’s critical traffic safety camera program, the Traffic Safety Coalition is outlining 10 reasons why the program should stay. No. 1 — zero fatalities.

Letter to Editor: Red-Light Safety Cameras Save Lives Every Year
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), June 22, 2011

We think there ought to be a law that requires every story about red-light cameras to begin with a sentence quoting the most-recent official statistics as to how many people are killed and injured in the United States every year by people who run red lights.

Traffic accidents kill nearly 1.3 million people every year worldwide. That’s 2 people every minute. http://t.co/IzHI8Lo #roadsafety

Humans Get Final Say on What’s a Camera Ticket
WEAR TV-3, Florida, June 21, 2011

They’re becoming more and more commonplace; cameras placed at intersections to catch people running red lights. But, it’s … humans who still have the final say on what’s technically a violation.


MyFoxHouston photo

Federal Judge Rules Houston Camera Election Invalid
KRIV Fox TV 26, (Texas), June 17, 2011

A U.S. District Judge has ruled invalid the election to determine if traffic light cameras should have been removed from Houston roadways.

“I don’t understand why there are people quibbling about revenue. This is about saving lives.”
Bernard Parks, L.A. councilman and former L.A. police chief
San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.com (California), June 17, 2011

Texas
The portion of red-light running fines in Houston dedicated to hospital trauma centers has amounted to $9 million since the red-light safety cameras were activated in 2006. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle, June 21, 2011.

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