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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 46

October 20th, 2011

Lawrence Safety Cameras Ready to Record Red-Light Runners
The Times of Trenton (New Jersey), Oct. 20, 2011

One of the most dangerous intersections in the township may get a little safer with the activation this week of red light cameras, designed to catch people who fail to stop for traffic signals. See related coverage. (The Times photo by Martin Griff)

Staten Island Considers Speed Cameras
WNYW TV Channel 5 (New York), Oct. 18, 2011

Staten Island officials are considering installing speed cameras in the borough’s most dangerous intersections. See related coverage. (Photo by MyFoxNY)

Legislative Panel Gives Nod to Red-Light Safety Cameras
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), Oct. 18, 2011

A bill that would allow Pittsburgh and other larger cities in Pennsylvania to install red-light safety cameras won approval from the state Senate Appropriations Committee on Oct. 17. It now moves to the full Senate. See related article.

Tucson Police Review Camera Footage for Clues in Fatal Collision
KGUN TV Channel 9 (Arizona), Oct. 17, 2011

A red-light camera may be the key to finding a suspected street car racer whom police say was involved in a contest with another car that crashed and killed an innocent man.

Crash Counts Fall at Nassau County Intersections with Cameras
CBS New York, Oct. 17, 2011

Red-light safety cameras in Nassau County have reduced traffic crashes an average of 12 percent to 16 percent at 40 intersections. See related video.

Authorities on Lookout for Inattentive Drivers
The Blade (Ohio), Oct. 19, 2011

Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Brian Foltz stopped his marked cruiser behind school bus No. 9, which was coming to a stop. The bus’s lights flashed red, making it illegal for anyone to pass. A moment later, as a young boy carrying his bookbag boarded the bus, a silver Honda blew by in the opposite direction, heading toward Central Avenue. “Got one on the first stop,” the sergeant said. (The Blade photo of Sgt. Brian Foltz by Amy E. Voigt)

Troopers Target Unsafe Motorists Near School Buses
Sun Journal (North Carolina), Oct. 17, 2011

Operation Stop Arm began statewide Monday and continues through this week. Troopers will be watching school zones, school buses and the motorists near them to issue citations for those who pass stopped school buses or who commit other traffic infractions. See related article.

As these videos show, motorists who make risky decisions put themselves and others in harm’s way. It can happen anywhere, but these shorts are from Medina and Millington, Tennessee.

Study: Red-Light Safety Cameras Reduce Crashes
WABC TV Channel 7 (New York), Oct. 17, 2011

Red light cameras are getting the credit for lower crash rates on Long Island.

Two cities have recently signed agreements with American Traffic Solutions for red-light safety camera programs. Bridgeton, New Jersey, and Midfield, Alabama, both entered into five-year contracts.

@ATS_RoadSafety Parents distracted while teaching kids to drive — USATODAY.com  fb.me/PhCM3iXq

Editorial: The Need for Speed Safety Cameras
Staten Island Advance (New York), Oct. 20, 2011

Although studies say 39 percent of the drivers speed on Staten Island, we think that number is much higher. … Lord knows, we must do something more to halt the proliferation of drivers who refuse to obey safe-speed limits in our borough.

Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Aiding Safety
Newsday (New York), Oct. 17, 2011

The evidence coming out of Nassau and Suffolk counties make it clear that red-light cameras work. … These statistics should go far to silence the unfounded claims that cameras actually cause accidents.

Phone Call to the Editor: Stop Running Red Lights
Tri-County Times (Michigan), Oct. 16, 2011

At least twice a week, I see people running the red light … stop running the light and wait for the arrow.

Letter to the Editor: Cameras Make Maryland’s Roads Safer
The Baltimore Sun, Oct. 19, 2011

In recent weeks, communities across the country have worked to make their roads safer through the use of a crucial safety tool. We are writing to express our support for the use of photo enforcement to make Maryland’s roads and intersections safer.

“That’s the entire reason it was placed there. We’re trying to reduce accidents and reduce injuries. We’ve had several fatal accidents at that intersection.”
Daniel Posluszny, Lawrence Township chief of police
The Times of Trenton, (New Jersey) Oct. 20, 2011

“These cameras have always been about safety … not about money. We are better crimefighters in the city of East Cleveland as a result of having these cameras.”
Gary Norton, East Cleveland mayor
The Plain Dealer (Ohio), Oct. 19, 2011

“We must ensure our children’s safety as they travel to and from school. A child’s life should never be put in danger just to save a minute or two during a daily commute.”
Reuben Young, Department of Crime Control and Public Safety secretary
Kinston Free Press (North Carolina), Oct. 19, 2011

“It’s a matter of safety. We don’t want to deal with a situation where a child has been injured. Put the cell phone down, put the cup of coffee down and pay attention. It’s about making the public aware to be safe around buses.”
John Altman, Ohio Highway Patrol lieutenant
Toledo Blade, Oct. 19, 2011

New York
Nassau County reports an 11 percent drop in head-on collisions, a 30 percent decrease in side-impact crashes and a 6 percent reduction in rear-end collisions on average over a 12-month period at 40 intersections. Countywide, fatalities are down 16 percent. Source: WABC TV Channel 7, Oct. 17, 2011.

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