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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 48

November 3rd, 2011

AAA: Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Costs $6 Million
USA Today, Nov. 3, 2011

The emotional toll for Americans who lose a friend or loved one in a motor vehicle crash has a steep financial counterpart — an average $6 million per fatal accident, according to auto club AAA.

Legal Challenges to Red Light Safety Cameras Failing Around Tampa Bay
St. Petersburg Times (Florida), Nov. 3, 2011

With St. Petersburg and Tampa adding to Tampa Bay’s red-light camera ranks, initial court challenges have so far met with little success.

Tampa’s Red-Light Safety Cameras Help Police Catch Bad Drivers
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Nov. 2, 2011

While most drivers who run red lights do it a split second or two after the signal changes, Tampa police Officer Corey Landrum remembers one glaring exception — a driver who blew through the red light 58 seconds after the light changed. (The Tampa Tribune photo by Jay Conner)

Speeders, Red-Light Runners Endanger Neighborhood
The Buffalo News (New York), Nov. 2, 2011

It often starts with a late-night thwack, loud enough to wake some of the residents along Parkside Avenue. Another car has slammed into small trees, or toppled a fire hydrant and a utility pole, or even knocked a house off its foundation. The “Parkside Curve” has struck again. (The Buffalo News photo by Charles Lewis)

Brick Shows Immunity to Camera-Critical Report
Brick Patch (New Jersey), Nov. 1, 2011

Brick’s expanding number of red-light safety cameras isn’t subject to many of the concerns found in a lobbying group’s report on the popular devices.

Speed, Alcohol Suspected in Red-Light Running Fatality, Police Say
Calgary Herald (Canada), Oct. 31, 2011

Days after Alberta’s premier said she’s contemplating tough new drunk driving laws, Calgary recorded two crashes this weekend police say are linked to alcohol, including a fatal collision in the city’s northwest early Sunday.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Headed for Hamilton Township
Press of Atlantic City (New Jersey), Oct. 30, 2011

Motorists at four intersections in Hamilton and Middle townships soon could face penalties for running a red light even if no police officers are at the scene. The two townships have submitted applications to the state Department of Transportation to install red-light cameras at their heaviest intersections. (Press of Atlantic City photo by Danny Drake)

Bluff City Responds to Ticket Lawsuit
TriCities.com (Tennessee), Oct. 28, 2011

Two attorneys representing Bluff City filed an 11-page motion that punched holes in claims made by two men who were caught driving too fast by the city’s speed camera system on U.S. Highway 11E and are now suing in federal court for $6 million.

Camera Report Criticized as ‘Misleading’
Government Technology, Oct. 27, 2011

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) says the U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s report focused on outdated models of contracts and that the organization did a “disservice to the safeguards” that localities have in place to ensure safety for citizens.   

New Alberta Injury Coalition Hopes to Save Lives, Money
Edmonton Journal (Canada), Oct. 27, 2011

A red-light runner changed the life of Dr. Garnet Cummings (pictured), but didn’t stop him from helping others suffering from injuries to their brain and body. The doctor is a partner in Injury Alberta, a new coalition sparked by the University of Alberta school of public health that aims to bring Alberta’s preventable injury rates down. (Edmonton Journal photo by Jason Franson)

Reckless motorists are caught on camera running red lights in St. Louis, MO., and in Wilmington, N.C., where an SUV goes tumbling down the street after it rushes through a red light and collides with a passing vehicle.

Tampa Issues Citations from 24 Red-Light Safety Cameras
WTSP Channel 10 (Florida), Nov. 1, 2011

The warning period is ended in Tampa. Vehicles now caught running red lights by the city’s 24 red-light safety cameras at 14 intersections will prompt fines of $158.

Tucson’s Southside Camera Goes Live
KVOA TV 4 (Arizona), Nov. 1, 2011

If you’re at Ajo Way and Sixth Avenue, the red-light safety cameras are up and running and ready to take pictures of drivers who run red lights.

Cameras Prove to Be Safe, Profitable for San Diego
KGTV Channel 10 (California), Oct. 31, 2011

City officials say red-light safety cameras will remain in San Diego for the foreseeable future after proving to be profitable and useful for road safety. (SignOnSanDiego photo by John R. McCutchen)

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the city of Groveland, Florida, has signed a long-term agreement with ATS, reactivating its suspended road safety camera program.

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Commentary: Red-Light Safety Cameras Give Reason to Pause
New Jersey.com, Oct. 30, 2011

When gripes about red-light cameras clog his voice mail, Patrolman Matt Finck likes to tell the story about the man who insisted the camera must have misfired because his wife “would never” break such a law. “I showed him the video on my laptop.” The video is to traffic cops what DNA is to homicide cops — proof.

“I think the number of violations is going to go down. I think people will be more aware going through the intersections.”
Carl Giguere, Tampa police sergeant
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Nov. 2, 2011

“We get some people that drive by here at 70 miles an hour, and you know that they’re breaking the law and if somebody stepped out on the street they’d get run over.”
Jim Chumblers, Tucson businessman
KVOA TV Channel 4 (Arizona), Nov. 1, 2011

“We’ve done a very aggressive push to get information out to the public. The majority of residents in Middle Township will know the cameras are there.”
Christopher Leusner, Middle Township police chief
Press of Atlantic City (New Jersey), Oct. 30, 2011

“It’s a useful tool. We’ll be able to review running of red lights without putting an officer out there. It’s controversial, no question. We’ll take advantage of the technology to help law enforcement officers.”
Stacy Tappeiner, Hamilton Township police chief
Press of Atlantic City (New Jersey), Oct. 30, 2011

“Every once in awhile, the public needs a wake-up message, and I think this (Injury Alberta) group is going to give a wake-up message on a regular basis.”
Dr. Garnet Cummings, Injury Alberta partner
Edmonton Journal (Canada), Oct. 27, 2011

San Diego reports 50 percent fewer red-light running crashes and 11 percent fewer rear-end collisions. The city, which has 15 locations with red-light safety cameras, is entering the fifth year of its contract. Source: KGTV Channel 10, Oct. 31, 2011.

The city of Tampa issued nearly 4,000 red-light running warning notices to motorists during the October trial period. Source: WTSP TV Channel 10, Nov. 1, 2011.

New Jersey
American Traffic Solutions surveyed intersections for a week in Middle Township and found 70 violations in the Rio Grande intersection in an eight-hour period. Source: Press of Atlantic City, Oct. 30, 2011.

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