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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 41

September 15th, 2011

Authorities in St. Petersburg have been busy raising public awareness about the city’s new red-light camera program leading up to this week’s activation. By making available brochures, web-based facts, figures and explanations, and other media stamped with the logo above, officials hope drivers practice safety behind the wheel. Red-light runners will be issued warning notices beginning this week. For more information on the education campaign, click here.  

With Crashes Up, Elk Grove Returns to Red-Light Safety Cameras
Chicago Tribune (Illinois), Sept. 15, 2011

Elk Grove Village will reactivate red-light cameras at an intersection where the number of crashes has nearly tripled in the eight months since the photo-enforcement tool was turned off.


Statistics Show Best, Worst Intersections in South Florida
Sun Sentinel.com, Sept. 14, 2011

Red-light cameras have been watching us for more than a year now, and drivers in South Florida have gotten 339,000 tickets from them. Here’s when, where and how often motorists are gunning it through the red lights. (Sun Sentinel photo by Lindsay Brown)


Brick Township Adds Red-Light Safety Cameras
Brick Patch (New Jersey), Sept. 14, 2011

Two additional intersections in town have been cleared for the installation of red light cameras. Once completed, there will be four intersections with the safety devices. (Daily Record.com photo by Thomas P. Costello)

Delaware Gets Tough on Ticket Scofflaws
Newsworks, Sept. 13, 2011

Starting in October, those who lag in paying up or responding to a red-light running citation may receive written notification or calls from a collection agency. In-state drivers who have not paid the fine will be unable to re-register their vehicle until the fine is paid. Read the state’s announcement.

Woman Killed in DUI, Red-Light Running Crash
Los Angeles Daily News (California), Sept. 13, 2011

A drunk driver ran a red light in the Chesterfield Square area of Los Angeles this week and struck a vehicle, fatally injuring a woman, police said.

Crime-Solving Cameras Protect Privacy, Help Police
KMDT TV Channel 47 (Maryland), Sept. 13, 2011

The latest data shows traffic cameras are not just cracking down on speeders and red-light runners, they’re also helping catch criminals by providing police with photos of vehicles running red lights.


Success, Support Mark Philadelphia Camera Program
The Pennsylvania Record, Sept. 12, 2011

Red-light traffic camera programs employed in various municipalities nationwide have won and lost their share of battles, both legal and those of public opinion. One thing remains certain: Philadelphia’s own red-light camera program doesn’t seem to be on the chopping block anytime soon. (NBCPhiladelphia.com photo)

Police Investigators Turn to Cameras to Re-create Crash
Toledo Blade (Ohio), Sept. 12, 2011

Police say they can review the tapes from a red-light safety camera to determine which vehicle ran the red light prior to the collision that sent an adult and three children to the hospital.

City Asks for Lower Insurance Rates for Drivers
The Miami Herald (Florida), Sept. 12, 2011

With fewer accidents on the roads thanks to red-light cameras, shouldn’t drivers’ insurance rates go down? That’s what Pembroke Pines city leaders are asking the insurance industry.

T-bone Crash in Tallahassee
WCTV Channel 2 (Florida), Sept. 12, 2011

Vehicle occupants survived a two-car collision caused by one car running a stop light and crashing into the passing vehicle, according to Tallahassee police.

Report Shows Crashes Decline at Intersections with Cameras
Dallas Morning News (Texas), Sept. 11, 2011

A study meant to end the debate over red-light cameras once and for all might be doing just the opposite. Texas Transportation Institute researchers in August published the most comprehensive report to date of the cameras and their performance statewide, showing crashes down virtually across the board in cities ranging from Dallas to Plano to Irving. See pdf of article.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Arrive in Selma
Selma Times-Journal (Alabama), Sept. 10, 2011

Beginning Sept. 16, two new red-light cameras within Selma will begin issuing citations to those drivers who find the red, yellow and green light system a little too difficult to follow.


Few Scofflaws Flout Distracted Driving Law
Calgary Sun (Canada), Sept. 1, 2011

If you are reading this while driving, you are now breaking the law. Such is the new reality under Alberta’s distracted driving legislation that, after months of media blitzing, finally went into effect earlier this month, with heightened vigilance among law enforcement across the province. Learn more about the law here.

Mesa’s Public Safety Committee this week expressed unanimous support for the city council to negotiate and execute a two-year contract extension of its road safety camera program with American Traffic Solutions. The committee’s presentation shows a 53 percent drop in crashes over five years. The city council will consider the proposal in the near future. See minutes of meeting.

@ATS_RoadSafety New Orleans #Police credit crime-fighting traffic cams with helping make an arrest in home burglary bit.ly/qLhot  #RoadSafety

 

Crash Numbers Fall in Fort Worth
KDAF TV Channel 33 (Texas), Sept. 13, 2011

For the past four years, Fort Worth police have been able to spend less time watching traffic lights, thanks to 45 cameras with their eyes on the road. By the end of 2011, the city plans to add 10 more cameras to a program that is helping to reduce traffic collisions.

Letter to Editor: Yes to Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Herald-Tribune (Florida), Sept. 14, 2011

I sincerely appreciate the publishing of the guest column by Melissa Wandall. … Her personal loss and dedicated work to pass legislation to advance installation of cameras at dangerous intersections has earned her the right to authoritatively comment on this important safety issue. Read the column.

Editorial: More Cameras Make Streets Safer
Newsday (New York), Sept. 12, 2011

Red-light cameras are deterring light-jumping well enough in Suffolk that the county is considering moving some of them to other locations. That makes sense, … but what makes more sense is more cameras.

Commentary: L.A.’s Red-Light Ticket Scofflaws Safe — for Now
San Jose Mercury News (California), Sept. 13, 2011

To those gamblers who took a chance and ignored their red-light camera tickets and have since received menacing collections notices: Rest easy, for now.

Commentary: Street Terrorists Need to be Stopped
Manteca Bulletin (California), Sept. 10, 2011

It’s time we did something about urban terrorists. Not the Al Qaeda operatives but the terrorists who are more likely to kill us – drivers who wantonly and routinely ignore traffic laws and signs.

“It’s about changing people’s behaviors. Since we’ve had them here,  we’ve reduced crashes here in Fort Worth 24 percent this year. Previous years have been 33 percent.”
Randy Burkett, Fort Worth traffic engineer
KDAF TV Channel 33 (Texas), Sept. 13, 2011


“When cameras are in place, they cause people to drive more cautiously. The studies have been pretty clear on that.”
Troy Walden, PhD, associate research scientist in crash analysis, Texas Transportation Institute
Dallas Morning News (Texas), Sept. 10, 2011

“The intent of this program is to enhance safety for our residents. Too many drivers choose to ignore traffic signals and risk the dangers of running through a red light. We want to change this behavior and encourage people to slow down and definitely stop on red.”
Bill Foster, St. Petersburg mayor
DowntownSt.Pete.com (Florida), Sept. 2, 2011

Delaware
Red-light running crashes at intersections with cameras in the state have decreased by 42 percent over the past five years. SOURCE: State of Delaware press release, Sept. 13, 2011.

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