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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 36

August 11th, 2011

 

National Stop on Red Week Is Now, Its Message Is Forever
National Coalition for Safer Roads (Washington, D.C.), Aug. 7, 2011

National Stop on Red Week highlights the importance of safe driving habits for the benefit of all drivers and their families. To get the facts about what’s being done to improve driver safety, how you can help and to take the pledge to stop on red, visit the National Coalition for Safer Roads.


Cameras 9, 10 & 11 Go Live in Boynton Beach
WPTV Channel 5 (Florida), Aug. 10, 2011
The last of 11 cameras overlooking four intersections are now active in Boynton Beach, a city where motorists sometimes run traffic signals 40 seconds after the light has turned red. (The Palm Beach Post photo by Allen Eyestone)

City Council Renews Call for Road Safety Program
Worcester Telegram and Gazette (Massachusetts), Aug. 10, 2011

The city of Worcester is again seeking state approval to use red light safety cameras on its streets, a move it took three years ago to no avail. This time, supporters say, legislators are more receptive to the idea.

New Jersey Township Asks State for Cameras
Press of Atlantic City, Aug. 9, 2011

Hamilton Township hopes to win state approval for a pilot program with two red-light safety cameras and potential for expansion.


Red-Light Running Numbers Fall in Milton
WALA TV 10 (Florida), Aug. 9, 2011

Average daily red-light running violations have decreased from about 40 to 16 now that Milton police are issuing tickets from the city’s red-light safety camera program and drivers have a longer yellow light, says Milton police Chief Gregory Brand. (Pensacola News Journal photo)

Houston’s Reactivated Camera Program Prompts 3,400 Tickets
Houston Chronicle (Texas), Aug. 8, 2011

Houston motorists have been issued nearly 3,400 red-light camera violations in the two weeks since the city’s contested road safety camera program was switched back on.

Seeing is Believing in Bluff City, Says Police Chief
Elizabethton Star (Tennessee), Aug. 8, 2011

It’s easy to see the difference in traffic since Bluff City installed its speed-compliance cameras, says police Chief David Nelson. But a new state law could bring changes to the program.


Florida Drivers Reminded to Drive Safely
Tampa Bay Newspapers, Aug. 8, 2011

The Florida Highway Patrol reminds motorists in the Tampa Bay area to pay close attention to all traffic signals, reduce distractions … and stop when traffic signals are red.

Illegal Left Turns Irritate Residents in St. Louis Suburb
St. Louis Today (Missouri), Aug. 7, 2011

On some days, Joanne Balis has watched one car after another ignore traffic signs and make illegal left turns from Forest Park’s Wells Drive onto Skinker Boulevard.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Go to Work in Hoffman Estates
TribLocal.com (Illinois), Aug. 5, 2011

Motorists have had an opportunity to become accustomed to the new red-light safety camera program in the village of Hoffman Estates without incurring fines. This week, authorities began issuing tickets based on camera evidence.


Fort Lauderdale Tops List of Dangerous Cities for Driving
CNBC, Aug. 4, 2011

There are many ways one could gauge the danger of driving in a particular city, but this list uses the cities with the greatest number of vehicular deaths as a barometer of the danger level. (MSNBC Media photo)

Cameras Lower Crashes in Florida
East Orlando Sun, Aug. 3, 2011

Police 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 more than 10 seconds. The driver would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling red-light cameras.


Commentary: Help Save Lives, Stop on Red
Southern Maryland Today, Aug. 10, 2011

Motor vehicle traffic crashes are the single most significant cause of preventable death and injury.

Commentary: Red-Light Runners Break the Law
The Marysville Globe (Washington), Aug. 10, 2011

Aren’t red-light runners breaking the law, and wasn’t that law put in place to keep us from plowing into each other? Or is running red lights a right that must be preserved? Some must think so since it spawned the organization, Seeds of Liberty, to preserve a driver’s right to play chicken with legit drivers after lights change.

Editorial: Data Keep Growing — Red Light Cameras Work
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), Aug. 10, 2011

Naysayers, listen up for just a bit. Yet another study has shown that red-light cameras are working.

Editorial: Red-Light Safety Cameras Continue to Prove Their Worth
Daily News Jounal (Tennessee), Aug. 8, 2011

American Traffic Solutions has taken over maintenance of the city’s traffic light cameras and installed its own equipment that complies with recent state legislation and falls within recommendations from the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office. … So far Murfreesboro’s system has been a model for how to do it right.


Editorial: Texas Study Should Settle Debate over Cameras
The Dallas Morning News, Aug. 5, 2011

One undisputed result of installing red light cameras is the angry debate it has engendered. … Thankfully, Texas can now light the way. A recent study by the Texas Transportation Institute … concludes that red light cameras are “effective countermeasures in reducing the overall number of crashes.” (The Dallas Morning News photo)

Editorial: Cameras Make Streets Safer
Montgomery Advertiser (Alabama), Aug. 4, 2011

Some drivers, it seems, think a yellow light means speed up. … Such scenarios still happen far too often in Montgomery, but things are getting better thanks to the red light cameras that were first installed in 2008 to catch violators.

@SaferRoadsUSA FACT: close to 21% of Americans are afraid of being hit by red light runners but 1/5 admit to running red lights! #StopOnRed
 


Obey Red Lights This Week and Every Week
The Car Connection, Aug. 10, 2011

You could be forgiven for not knowing that we’re in the middle of National Stop on Red Week. Between the stock market and other high-profile headlines, Stop on Red has gotten lost in the shuffle, but its message remains important.

Red Light Runners Caught on Tape
WTSP TV 10 (Florida), Aug. 9, 2011

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office releases a new round of videos of red-light runners to show how dangerous some of the culprits are. Thankfully, no one is hurt. Click here for additional coverage.

Speed Camera Photo Helps Police with Theft Case
KVOA TV 4 (Arizona), Aug. 9, 2011

Recently, pictures of two suspected thieves showed up driving a stolen vehicle. However, investigators with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department need to identify them. Detectives say they are two women who apparently attempted to break into a northwest side home.
 


Flashing Yellow Left-Turn Arrow Introduced as New Safety Measure
WTSP TV 10 (Florida), Aug. 8, 2011

The yellow light has long been the warning to slow down, but soon, the steady yellow arrow you see at some left turn lanes will be joined by a flashing yellow arrow.

“When we have an officer there, that whole process of stopping a car and issuing a citation can take 15 to 20 minutes, so in an hour, you may only be affecting three or four people’s behavior, whereas with the cameras there’s potential to slow down way more people.”
William McMahon, Howard County police chief
Ellicott City Patch (Maryland), Aug. 10, 2011

“People aren’t violating the (traffic) laws, they are completely ignoring them. It’s time we take control of this issue. We have to get control of our streets because they are not safe anymore.”
Konstantina B. Lukes, Worcester councilor-at-large
Worcester Telegram and Gazette (Massachusetts), Aug. 10, 2011

“It’s a proven fact these cameras work. … When you go down there, you can tell that people are paying more attention to that area. You can see them putting on the brakes and slowing down.”
David Nelson, Bluff City police chief
Elizabethan Star (Tennessee), Aug. 8, 2011

“We have seen a steady decrease in red light running where the cameras are in place, and we believe there is a clear deterrent effect that makes our roads safer throughout Montgomery.”
Kevin Murphy, Montgomery police chief
Montgomery Advertiser (Alabama), Aug. 4, 2011
 

Alabama
Traffic crashes in Montgomery fell from 9,671 in 2007 to 8,111 in 2010, and traffic fatalities decreased from 34 in 2007 to eight in 2010. In  April 2008, the Montgomery Police Department recorded 1,215 citations for running red lights at intersections with red light cameras. By June 2011, the number of citations had dropped to 790. SOURCE: Montgomery Advertiser, Aug. 4, 2011.

Minnesota
Authorities ticketed 21 motorists for speeding in excess of 100 mph and cited 72 drivers for going more than 90 mph during a statewide speed-enforcement campaign in July. SOURCE: Shakopee Valley News, Aug. 10, 2011. 

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