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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 35

August 4th, 2011

 

National Stop on Red Week is an opportune time to raise public awareness about the dangers of red-light running our families face every day. To access a website with data and ready-to-use templates that can be customized for the education and outreach efforts in your community, simply click on the image above. For additional information visit National Coalition for Safer Roads and Stop On Red Week.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Lower Crashes in Florida
East Orlando Sun, Aug. 3, 2011

Lt. John Schardine watches his monitor as it plays a video of a black truck illegally cruising through an intersection, past a light that’s been red for over 10 seconds. And the driver would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling red-light cameras.

New Study Shows Safety Benefits of Red-Light Cameras
National Coalition for Safer Roads (Washington, D.C.), Aug. 2, 2011

One of the most extensive studies on red-light safety cameras in the nation thus far underscores the lifesaving contributions red-light safety cameras make to communities. See the Killeen Daily Herald and ITS International for additional coverage on the Texas Transportation Institute study.

“These findings show clearly that red-light cameras offer significant safety benefits. Most important, they help prevent the most severe and deadly type of intersection crashes.”

Troy Walden, PhD
Author of new study on red-light safety cameras



The Daily News Journal photo by Jim Davis

Faster, More Accurate Cameras Rise in Murfreesboro
The Daily News Journal, July 31, 2011

New red-light safety camera equipment being installed at six Murfreesboro intersections is designed to improve the accuracy of the city’s intersection enforcement program without changing the way police decide to issue $50 citations. Read additional coverage at NewsChannel5.

City Upgrades Fire Equipment with Speed Ticket Fines
TriCities.com (Tennessee), July 31, 2011

Bluff City officials bought two new fire vehicles using money from the city’s speed compliance camera program on U.S. Highway 11E in Piney Flats.

In Contrast to L.A., Murrieta Penalizes Red-Light Runners
The Californian/NCTimes.com, July 30, 2011

As news surfaced last week that authorities in Los Angeles County cannot — or do not — punish people who don’t pay fines for running red lights, some drivers in Riverside County wondered if the same was true here. Nope, a Murrieta police captain said last week.

This week, the township of Berlin and the borough of Bound Brook, New Jersey, entered into five-year agreements with American Traffic Solutions for road safety camera programs.

The first of 10 cameras expected in Sunrise, Florida, will help officers issue red-light running tickets beginning Aug. 15. Read more in the Orlando Sentinel.

Editorial: Camera Program for Bloomfield Would Boost Revenue, Safety
Bloomfield Life/NorthJersey.com, Aug. 4, 2011

The township is exploring the possibility of installing red-light cameras at intersections as a way to promote incoming revenue. This seems like a win-win on two fronts if the municipality follows through.

Letter to Editor: Data Demonstrate Benefits of Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Tennessean, Aug. 3, 2011

I hope the people who were up in arms about the use of red-light cameras just over a year ago have seen the story about reduced crashes in Murfreesboro (“Red-light cameras to clear up evidence,” July 31). Overall crashes have been reduced by 21 percent.

@ATS_RoadSafety Red-light running jeopardizes our safety on a daily basis! Join us August 10 at 2PM ET for an informative Q&A. Use #StopOnRed to ask Qs
 

Study: Red-Light Cameras Reduce Crashes in Texas
KDAF TV Channel 33, Aug. 3, 2011

Red-light cameras are designed to catch drivers running red lights at intersections. The idea is to cut down on traffic crashes. A new study by the Texas Transportation Institute found they’re working.

Serious Injuries Avoided in T-Bone Bus Crash
WABC TV Channel 7 (New York), July 29, 2011

In video caught on red-light safety cameras, a cargo van slammed into an N-43 bus on Hempstead Turnpike and sent it careening through the wall of a McDonald’s.

“When people see the traffic cameras they know that it means business. It’s almost like a police car.”
Randall Hairston, Cedar Hill Texas motorist
KDAF TV Channel 33, Aug. 3, 2011

“The T-bone accidents are the worst. We’ve seen a reduction in the number of T-bone accidents we have at those red-light intersections.”
Corky Brown, Cedar Hill city spokesman
KDAF TV Channel 33, Aug. 3, 2011

“I don’t like to use the word ‘accident’ because when you run a red light and you hit somebody, it’s a crash, it’s not an accident.”
John Marks, Nassau County Traffic and Parking executive director and former Nassau County judge
WABC-TV Channel 7, New York, July 29, 2011

Florida
Rear-end collisions have declined by 20 percent in Orlando, and the number of collisions caused by red-light running has decreased by one-third at intersections with red-light safety cameras since the cameras were installed. SOURCE: East Orlando Sun, Aug. 3, 2011.

Tennessee
At intersections with red-light safety cameras in Murfreesboro, total crashes decreased from 187 to 147, side-impact crashes declined from 55 to 35 and rear-end crashes fell from 132 to 112 from the second year of the camera program to the third year. SOURCE: Daily News Journal/DNJ.com, July 31, 2011.

Between Jan. 1, 2010, and May 31, 2011, Bluff City’s speed compliance cameras issued 39,923 citations to drivers from all 50 states, four Canadian provinces, two military command posts and the District of Columbia. SOURCE: TriCities.com, July 31, 2011.

Bluff City used about $97,000 of its camera-based speed ticket funds to purchase separate vehicles for the city’s rescue squad and the volunteer fire department. SOURCE: TriCities.com, July 31, 2011.

Washington
Longview issued 1,581 school speed zone violations at two elementary schools from March 1 through June 20. That’s an average of 451 violations a month, issued during school zone hours only. SOURCE: The Daily News, Aug. 1, 2011.

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