ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 37
Report: Red-Light Cameras a Top Lifesaver
Consumer Reports (Washington, D.C.), Aug. 18, 2011
Even though motor vehicle crashes are at record lows, there is still more to be done to prevent the over 32,000 deaths that occur annually on the nation’s roads. A new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) notes that a few proven countermeasures can have quick payoffs. View IIHS report. See statement from National Coalition for Safer Roads.
Red-Light Violations Remain, Crashes End with Camera Program
Wayne Today (New Jersey), Aug. 18, 2011
Wayne police say an average of 115 to 120 drivers per month still receive tickets for running the red light at the intersections with red-light safety cameras. However, there have been no collisions since the cameras have been installed.
Ocean Township Proceeds with Plans for Red-Light Safety Cameras
Atlanticville (New Jersey), Aug. 18, 2011
The Township Council earlier this month moved forward with plans to install red light cameras at major intersections by unanimously amending a traffic ordinance to allow cameras to be used.
Judge Rules in Favor of Constitutionality of Cameras
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Aug. 17, 2011
Upon reviewing a long list of issues relating to the legality of red-light safety cameras, a Broward County judge ruled on Wednesday that the cameras do not violate Americans’ constitutional rights. (17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida photo)
Calgary to Upgrade Road Safety Cameras
Calgary Herald (Canada), Aug. 16, 2011
Calgary police are buying new red-light cameras to replace the city’s existing equipment, but is not expanding the program. (Calgary Herald photo by Mikael Kjellstrom)
Alabama City Hears Answer to Red-Light Running Concerns
Dothan Eagle, Aug. 16, 2011
The leading photo traffic enforcement company in America told the Dothan City Commission on Tuesday that installing cameras at the city’s busiest and most dangerous intersections would reduce violations and, as a result, injuries and deaths caused by traffic crashes. (Dothan Eagle photo by Max Oden)
Pennsylvania Lawmaker Broadcasts His Support for Cameras
KDKA 1020 AM radio, Aug. 16, 2011
Listen in as state Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, gives a spirited account of why motorists in Pittsburgh and other parts of Pennsylvania will be safer with red-light cameras. Read additional coverage in Sewickley Patch.
Judge Rules Most of Petition to Ban Cameras is Invalid
The Daily News Online (Washington), Aug. 15, 2011
Siding with the city of Longview, Judge Stephen Warning ruled Monday that a citizens’ initiative petition to revoke red-light and speed cameras is invalid — except for one section mandating an advisory vote on traffic cameras.
California Cities Outside L.A. Continue with Cameras
San Diego Union-Tribune/Sign On San Diego, Aug. 13, 2011
Officials in San Diego County’s nine cities that have red-light safety cameras said there are no plans to pull the plug on them, citing reductions in both traffic violations and accidents at the intersections that have them. (SignOnSanDiego.com photo by John R. McCutchen)
Magnolia Police Chief Says Camera Is for Safety Only
YourHoustonNews.com, Aug. 13, 2011
The Magnolia Police Department maintains that the red light camera off of FM 1488 and Milton Street is there to enforce the law and not as a revenue generator. “That red light camera does nothing more than enforce violations,” said police Chief Domingo Ibarra.
ATS Selected to Champion Camera Proposal
Asbury Park Press/APP.com (New Jersey), Aug 12, 2011
The Manalapan Township Committee has tentatively selected American Traffic Solutions to lead plans for installing red-light safety cameras here. If the application to the state is successful, ATS will install the cameras.
Cameras Nearly Ready at Dangerous Crossroads in Lawrence
Lawrenceville Patch (New Jersey), Aug. 12, 2011
American Traffic Solutions’ red-light safety cameras soon will be operational at a Lawrence Township intersection where 53 collisions occurred in 2010.
Rhode Island Traffic Deaths Spike
GoLocalProv.com, Aug. 12, 2011
While the majority of the country saw traffic fatality numbers decrease from 2008 to 2009, Rhode Island was one of only four states that a saw a greater-than-5-percent increase in its fatalities over that time span, according to the most recent data from the Highway National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Camera Opponent Won’t Make November Ballot in Washington
Redmond Reporter (Washington), Aug. 11, 2011
A one-year pilot program of red-light safety cameras won’t face an initiative this November, but the camera opponent says he has set his sights on a February date. Redmond has cameras at three intersections and speed cameras at an elementary school.
The city of Tucson, Arizona, has signed a one-year contract renewal for its road safety camera program involving speed and red-light cameras. The city has been an ATS customer since 2007.
This week, the New Jersey townships of East Windsor and Manalapan have selected ATS as their preferred red-light safety camera provider.
Editorial: Smile, You’re on Camera
Dothan Eagle (Alabama), Aug. 18, 2011
Logic suggests that motorists would be less likely to blast through a red light knowing that an electronic device would snap a picture of their car while committing the infraction, leading to a traffic citation in the mail shortly thereafter.
Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Safety Cameras Work
The Press Enterprise (California), Aug. 14, 2011
I would just like to say that it was precisely the “attitudes of the public” that led our elected officials to put in the red-light cameras in the first place.
Nassau County Intersection Hazards Can’t Be Ignored
ATS Road Safety Channel, Aug. 16, 2011
Red-light safety cameras in Nassau County reveal the dangers of ignoring traffic signals in this community.
“If you can’t control your car if someone in front of you stops, that’s a problem that you have driving.”
Paul Costa, Pennsylvania state representative
KDKA 1020 AM radio, Aug. 16, 2011
“People running red lights is the number one complaint I get from residents.”
Greg Benton, Dothan police chief
Dothan Eagle (Alabama), Aug. 16, 2011
“Intersection accidents account for the highest amount of traffic fatalities in Rhode Island and throughout the nation – nearly 25 percent. It is for this reason that our organization, ColinsLaw.Org, has endorsed the concept and are advocating for the installation of this technology that has proven time and again to save lives.”
Robin Foote, co-founder of ColinsLaw.org
GoLocalProv.com (Rhode Island), Aug. 12, 2011
The Car Connection graphic
Seven traffic collisions occurred at an intersection in Magnolia the year before red-light safety cameras were installed in March 2010. The number dropped to zero after cameras were installed. SOURCE: Your Houston News.com, Aug. 13, 2011.
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