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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 40

September 8th, 2011

Traffic Cameras Have New Prey: Criminals
USA Today, Sept. 6, 2011

Police are putting the evidence from red-light safety cameras to work at solving crimes that occur away from the intersection with great success in communities around the country.

Police Credit Camera Evidence in Armed Robbery Arrest
FOX2Now.com (Missouri), Sept. 7, 2011

Florissant police used images from a red-light safety camera to discover additional information about a dark Pontiac Firebird with a broken taillight that witnesses said was in the area of an earlier shooting and robbery. Evidence from the camera helped police make an arrest. (Video embedded.)

Township Will See Red-Light Safety Camera Program in 2012
East Windsor Patch (New Jersey), Sept. 8, 2011

East Windsor Township is adding an extra eye to its police patrol with the addition of a camera detection system that will spot violators who speed through a red light at the intersection of Route 130 and Dutch Neck Road. The camera is expected to be in place by the beginning of next year.

Cameras Arrive in St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg Times (Florida), Sept. 7, 2011

Named the country’s 12th most dangerous city for driving in a recent MSNBC analysis, St. Petersburg is responding with a road safety camera program. On Wednesday, work crews began installing cameras at four intersections — the first of 11 intersections that make up a red-light ticketing program that is expected to generate nearly $900,000 in fines next year. (MSNBC media photo.)

D.C. Adds 19 Speed Cameras
The Washington Post, Sept. 7, 2011

The District has 19 more speed cameras in its arsenal against lead-footed drivers, expanding its existing program. (Editor’s note: This deployment includes nine new unmanned portable speed cameras and 10 mobile speed van/cars.)

Appeals Court Ruling Favors ATS
The Bellingham Herald (Washington), Sept. 6, 2011

A citizen initiative to block the installation of traffic enforcement cameras can stay on the November ballot, but it will not be legally binding, a three-judge panel of the Washington Court of Appeals has ruled. See reaction in Wenatchee. Read the court ruling.

Red-Light Violations Drop in Burleson
Burleson-Crowley Connection (Texas), Sept. 6, 2011

Red-light camera violations are on a complete turnaround so far this year with Burleson seeing a sharp decline in the number of violations.

Alabama Welcomes Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Birmingham News, Sept. 6, 2011

More Alabama cities are considering installing red light cameras, even as two major U.S. cities recently decided to pull the plug on their own camera systems.

Red-Light Violations Down 60% in Milton
Santa Rosa Press Gazette (Florida), Sept. 6, 2011

The city of Milton feels it has found the ticket when it comes to reducing the number of red-light runners at three of the busiest intersections in the city. (Pensacola News Journal photo)

Police Blame Traffic Collision on Red-Light Running
KCBD TV Channel 11 (Texas), Sept. 6, 2011

Police have cited a car driver with running a red light that led to a collision with a passing motorcycle in Lubbock. The motorcyclist and the car’s passenger were injured in the collision.

Arlington Considers Tougher Measures on Ticket Scofflaws
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas), Sept. 5, 2011

Red-light runners who fail to pay their ticket would not be allowed to renew their vehicle registration until they settle up with the city under a new plan being considered by the city of Arlington.

When Hurricane Irene swept across the East Coast, it affected 42 ATS camera sites in Virginia, Baltimore, New Jersey and Nassau County. All but eight of the sites were back online inside of five days thanks to extraordinary efforts by ATS crews. Widespread power outages or cell tower damage prevented the remaining re-activations until later. Taken less than 48 hours after the hurricane, this photograph of Lawrence Township, N.J., doesn’t show that the water earlier stood several inches above the bottom of the control cabinet, which is about 3 feet off the ground. (Lawrence Township police photo.)

Family Wants Tougher Fines for Passing School Buses
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa), Sept. 6, 2011

The family of a 7-year-old girl who died in a hit-and-run collision as she crossed the road to board a school bus is rallying support for stiffer penalites against drivers who fail to stop and yield the right of way to school buses. They call it Kadyn’s Law. (KPLU.org photo)

In 1 Day, Police Ticket Nearly 600 for Speeding Through School Zones
KGW TV Channel 8 (Oregon), Sept. 6, 2011

Six Portland police patrols ran a sting in front of Alameda School and pulled over drivers speeding down the hill in front of the school. Officers wrote nearly 600 tickets that day.

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Redmond Counts on School Speed Cameras for Safety
NWCN.com/KING TV 5 (Washington), Sept. 6, 2011

With speed cameras in place earlier this year, Redmond police saw speeding violations outside Einstein Elementary School fall from 158 to 79 from February to June. Hopes are high that the safety trend will continue as the new school year begins.

“People take red lights more seriously now.”
Eric Soroka, Aventura city manager
Biscayne Times (Florida), September 2011
“I think it happens more often than folks realize it would. Anytime a vehicle passes a school bus with its arm out, it’s a problem.”
Doug Nefzger, Cedar Falls Schools director of business affairs
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa), Sept. 6, 2011

“As of the end of August we had written 330 tickets and had 246 in the queue to go through. This tells me that violations have gone down roughly 60 percent and that was our intention all along, this was a safety decision.”
Greg Brand, Milton police chief
Santa Rosa Press Gazette (Florida), Sept. 6, 2011

In Montgomery’s busiest intersection with red-light safety cameras, Vaughn Road and Eastern Boulevard, there were 36 crashes two years before the cameras started rolling. Two years after the city started using the devices, there were four. SOURCE: The Birmingham News, Sept. 6, 2011.

Total car collisions in Aventura declined by 15 percent between January 2008 and August 2010. At intersections with red-light cameras, accidents fell by as much as 60 percent during that period, according to statistics provided by the Aventura Police Department. SOURCE: Biscayne Times, September 2011.

At Burleson’s five intersectinos with red-light safety cameras, a Texas-size shift is taking place: Violations are down 37.5 percent this year compared with a 40 percent increase from 2009 to 2010. SOURCE: Burleson-Crowley Connection, Sept. 6, 2011.

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