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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 31

July 7th, 2011


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Houston’s Red-Light Safety Cameras Are On Again; Fines Will Soon Resume
Houston Chronicle, July 7, 2011

Red-light cameras will resume issuing citations “in the very near future,” Mayor Annise Parker announced on Wednesday, reversing last November’s voter mandate to remove the devices that had issued 800,000 tickets during the previous four years. Read ATS’ statement on the decision. See KTRK-TV’s coverage of the announcement. Catch up on earlier coverage in Culture Map Houston.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Garner Strong Support in New Jersey Poll
Gloucester County Times/NJ.com, July 7, 2011

The National Coalition for Safer Roads released new research Wednesday showing that 77 percent of the state’s registered voters support the use of red-light safety cameras.

New Jersey Lawmaker Calls for Camera Program Expansion
NJToday.net, July 6, 2011

Citing the results of a study released this week, a New Jersey lawmaker is calling for the expansion of the use of red-light safety cameras at busy intersections throughout the state. View study highlights.

Focus on Profit Blurs Cameras’ Genuine Lifesaving Benefits
The Arizona Republic, July 5, 2011

Even though all Arizona cities don’t realize a profit from red-light safety camera fines, municipal officials across the state say the programs aren’t in place to make money.

Witness Says Car Ran Red Light; Collision Kills 1
Buffalo News (New York), July 4, 2011

A witness to a fatal collision in downtown Buffalo says the trouble began with a red-light runner. The resulting collision left a 22-year-old woman dead.

Alabama Cities Advance Red-Light Safety Camera Plans
The Birmingham News/al.com, July 4, 2011

Plans are progressing in the cities of Midfield and Center Point to install red-light safety cameras. Bills enabling both cities to use the cameras recently passed the Legislature and have been signed into law.

Red-Light Runners Generate 400 Warnings in 2 Weeks
Santa Rosa Review (Florida), July 1, 2011

In two weeks, red-light runners have generated 400 warning tickets at three separate intersections in Milton. The amount surprises Police Capt. Tony Tindell.

American Traffic Solutions just made it easier for motorists to pay their violations online with today’s launch of the updated ViolationInfo.com website. ATS anticipates the new look and friendly features ultimately will increase the number of timely payments to the company’s clients. City specific information remains on the revamped site, but visitors can now view their video, search for information and learn about how red-light safety cameras operate. The new site will be live soon, to visit click here

Commentary: Drivers in 14 Cities Favor Red-Light Cameras
Family Car Guide (California), July 5, 2011

Red-light cameras have been a hot topic ever since they were introduced a decade ago as a safety measure. … But the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) just released the results of a new survey of drivers in 14 big U.S. cities that shows most drivers support red light cameras.

Letter to Editor: Just Stop on Red
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), July 6, 2011

A letter on July 2, “Cameras strain public trust,” stated people should not have to worry about adding red-light fines to the “financial stress of staying alive.” Just stop at red lights! Do that, and you do not have to worry about any financial strain on your wallet or anyone else’s.

Letter to Editor: Red-Light Safety Cameras Provide Great Service
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), July 6, 2011

The only people against red-light cameras are the bad drivers who habitually run red lights or feel the law doesn’t apply to them.

Letter to Editor: Cameras Save More Than Lives
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), July 5, 2011

I respond to the Thursday letter “Red-light cameras aren’t very helpful” from Mark Lecuru. There were only 676 deaths caused by red-light running in 2009? I’ll bet Lecuru wouldn’t use the word only if one of those deaths had been in his family.


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Letter to Editor: Don’t Want a Ticket? Just Stop
St. Petersburg Times (Florida), July 3, 2011

I cannot understand why there is controversy about red-light cameras. The simple fact is that if citizens would adhere to the law, no money would be collected and no rear-end collisions would occur.

@ATS_RoadSafety Did you know? 59.3% of motorists who are aware of cameras in their cities say cameras have made intersections safer, #IIHS survey.

@ATS_RoadSafety Do you still think red-light running isn’t dangerous? Red means STOP! Police: Motorcyclist Ran Red Light, Hit SUV http://bit.ly/qfu4ka

“The important part of the whole program is that we’re talking about folks whose lives have been ruined because someone couldn’t wait to get through an intersection. I’ve sat with many victims, and this is a painful situation that could be avoided.”
David Kelly, National Coalition for Safer Roads president and executive director
Gloucester County Times/NJ.com (New Jersey), July 7, 2011

“There is no indication that the city intends to use the photo-safety program to generate revenue. This program is one portion of the Mesa Police Department’s overall traffic-enforcement and education strategy. That strategy’s main focus has always been to reduce traffic collisions citywide, specifically fatal and serious-injury collisions.”
Edward Wessing, Mesa Police Department sergeant and spokesman
The Arizona Republic, July 5, 2011

“We are not wanting to write tickets we are wanting to correct driver behavior.”
Tony Tindell, Milton Police Department captain
Santa Rosa Press Gazette (Florida), July 1, 2011
 

Florida
From January 1 through June 15, police issued three citations and reported 19 crashes at three intersections in Milton. For the first 15 days with red light safety cameras activated at the same three intersections, police report more than 400 warning citations and three crashes. SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Gazette, July 1, 2011.

During the first two week’s of Milton’s warning period, the longest time a light had been red when it was run is nine seconds. SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Gazette, July 1, 2011.

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