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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 33

July 21st, 2011

Milton Police Chief Greg Brand on Red-Light Safety Cameras:

“Some people are going to say, ‘This is only a money grab.’ I look at these numbers and say ‘My God, look at how many people are running red lights.’ What I say is, ‘Something has got to be done and that’s what these cameras will do.'” (Pensacola News-Journal, July 15, 2011)


Tampa Tribune photo by Scott Iskowitz

Red-Light Safety Cameras Are Constitutional, Broward County Judge Rules
Sun-Sentinal (Florida), July 20, 2011

This is the first ruling in Broward County on the constitutionality of red-light cameras, and the second in South Florida. A judge in Miami Dade ruled on the same issue earlier this year, and also upheld the constitutionality of the cameras.

Motorists See How Red-Light Safety Cameras Operate
TampaBay.com (Florida), July 20, 2011

This newspaper graphic contributes to public awareness efforts in St. Petersburg and Tampa that explain how the safety devices work.

3rd Intersection in Boynton Beach Gets Cameras
WPTV Channel 5 (Florida), July 19, 2011

Boynton Beach now has eight live red-light safety cameras at three intersections. The newest addition advances the city’s plan to install 13 cameras at four locations.

Longview Defends Its Legal Duty to Set Traffic Regulations
The Daily News/TDN.com (Washington), July 18, 2011

The city of Longview has filed court papers reasserting its position that state laws protect its ability to set traffic regulations from challenges by ballot initiatives.


DailyRecord.com photo by Thomas P. Costello
Many New Jersey townships want what Brick has — red light safety cameras.

South Jersey Towns Line Up for Red-Light Safety Cameras
Courier Post Online (New Jersey), July 17, 2011

State officials currently have no plans to expand a pilot program for red-light cameras, but that hasn’t stopped South Jersey towns from expressing their interest in the program. For additional coverage from Aberdeen Township, please click here.

Police Switch from Warnings to Tickets in Milton
Pensacola News Journal/PNJ.com (Florida), July 15, 2011

Milton ended its warning period and began issuing fines on July 15 to motorists who run red lights at intersections with red-light safety cameras.


Suburban Journal photo by Rick Graefe

Arnold, Missouri, an ATS customer since 2005, has signed a three-year renewal agreement to continue its road safety camera program.

Editorial: Violations Tell the Story in Selma
The Selma-Times Journal (Alabama), July 20, 2011

The number of red-light running violations in two weeks is enough to close the debate over red-light safety cameras.

Editorial: The Case for Cameras
Long Beach Press-Telegram (California), July 17, 2011

Red-light safety cameras, which have been unplugged in a number of cities lately, are coming up for another review. Maybe this time, in Long Beach, the issue will be decided on the facts.

Editorial: Cities Right to Focus on Safety in Camera Debate
The Arizona Republic, July 14, 2011

Talk all you want about privacy, but there is no bigger invasion of it than to have someone else’s car ram into the side of your car. That’s what happens when someone runs a red light.

Letter to Editor: Attack on Camera Poll Undone by Facts
The Washington Times (Washington, D.C.), July 19, 2011

While The Washington Times is entitled to its critical opinion of red-light cameras, arguments that the insurance industry benefits from photo enforcement tickets or that camera programs are “deeply unpopular” are not supported by the facts.

Letter to Editor: Cameras Provide an Undeniable Benefit
The Houston Chronicle (Texas), July 19, 2011

The red-light cameras are not entrapment. They do not trick people into running red lights.

Letter to Editor: Resident Believes Red-Light Safety Cameras Save Lives
The Bellingham Herald (Washington), July 16, 2011

I agree 100 percent with the July 3 letter writer who expressed support for the city installing cameras to catch speeders, red-light or stop-sign runners.

Letter to Editor: Red-Light Cameras Offer Revenue, Safety Benefits
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), July 15, 2011

After reading Bob Ingle’s July 13 column, “Red-Light camera poll seems like sales pitch,” I can’t help but wonder what the fuss is about. I was one of the people surveyed by telephone about the use of these cameras. I am not involved with any camera sales, nor am I associated with any political party. I am just an ordinary licensed driver.

@Icompete4 I was broken – I was recently in a car accident a year ago headed to my swim meet. A car ran a red light and… http://tumblr.com/xb73ksz8k2

 


KGUN TV Channel 9 photo

Pima County Installs 2 New Speed Cameras
KGUN TV Channel 9 (Arizona), July 19, 2011

Pima County chose to install more speed cameras because the earlier ones have helped reduce critical crashes, assistant county administrator Lindy Funkhouser says. 

“As a resident of Norwalk, I fully support them. Our officers are almost always busy with other calls, so I believe cameras will help give them more time to help those in need.”
Stacy Mitchell Van Gundy, Norwalk, Iowa, resident
The Record Herald and Indianola Tribune, July 19, 2011

“I am guilty of getting up too close. From now on, I will stay back. Now since I got that letter, I really slow down. I really watch what I am doing. That taught me a lesson.”
Patsy Allbritton, Milton resident
Pensacola News Journal (Florida), July 15, 2011

“To get your driver’s license is a privilege. If you can’t follow the rules that go with it, then guess what? You run the red light, you are going to get a ticket.”
Theresa Messick, Milton resident
Pensacola News Journal (Florida), July 15, 2011

Arizona
The number of critical crashes in Pima County has dropped more than 60 percent since speed cameras were first installed. Cameras were installed at 10 locations in 2009. SOURCE: KGUN TV Channel 9. 

California
Since the city of Long Beach implemented its road safety camera program in 2001, it has recorded an estimated 35 percent reduction in red-light related accidents at five intersections with cameras. SOURCE: City of Long Beach website.

Florida
Milton police issued nearly 38 warning citations each day on average during the city’s red-light safety camera program’s 30-day introductory period. In total, officers approved 1,138 warning notices to drivers who ran red lights at the three intersections with new red-light safety cameras. SOURCE: Pensacola News Journal.

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