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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 49

November 10th, 2011


East Cleveland Voters Make History; Keep Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Plain Dealer (Ohio), Nov. 8, 2011

Voters in East Cleveland agreed Tuesday to keep their traffic cameras, becoming the first city in the nation to approve of the devices at the ballot box.

Bill Allowing School Zone Safety Cameras in Chicago Goes to Governor
WQAD.com (Illinois), Nov. 10, 2011

Illinois lawmakers have sent Gov. Pat Quinn legislation that would allow Chicago to address school-zone speeding with cameras. (See related coverage.)

Red-Light Safety Cameras Show Their Effectiveness in Florida Cities
ITS International Magazine, Nov. 9, 2011

Recent results from the state of Florida cities of Pembroke Pines and Miami Gardens show considerable decreases in crashes at intersections with red-light safety cameras. (See ATS press release.)

List of 7 Proven Highway Safety Measures Includes Cameras
Fleet Owner, Nov. 8, 2011

In its recent Status Report publication “Low-Hanging Fruit,” the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that seven proven countermeasures could immediately reduce the number of U.S. motor vehicle related fatalities. All but one is behavioral in nature and some would require states to enact and enforce potentially controversial laws.

American Traffic Solutions Posts Strong 3rd Quarter
Wall Street Journal/Marketwatch, Nov. 3, 2011

Strong third-quarter activity by road safety camera market leader American Traffic Solutions was fueled by both the addition of new customers and the retention and expansion of existing customers.

A passing firetruck gets caught in an intersection collision when another driver in North Miami runs a red light.

Red-Light Running Crash Caught on Camera
Temple Terrace Patch (Florida), Nov. 8, 2011

The persons involved in this violent T-bone collision that sent an SUV into a 360-degree roll were fortunate. Police say they survived with only minor injuries.


School Bus Laws Ignored; Drivers Endanger Children
First Coast News (Florida), Nov. 8, 2011

Since the start of the new school year in August, there have been increasing concerns about school buses and the number of drivers who ignore school bus traffic laws. One school bus driver says she sometimes waits 45 seconds for traffic to stop. (First Coast News photo.)

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that Eatontown, N.J., has signed a long-term agreement for a road safety camera program.

@ATS_RoadSafety Don’t text and drive!! Half-written text on teen driver’s phone at fatal crash http://bit.ly/tO2hWf   #roadsafety

Commentary: Are Red-Light Cameras Making South Florida’s Roads Safer?
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Oct. 29, 2011

As red-light cameras have sprouted throughout South Florida, two camps have taken hold: those who think the cameras are mainly a money grab by cash-starved cities, and those who think the cameras promote safety and better driving habits. After looking at statistics … the cameras seem to be doing their job.

Editorial: Deaths Tell of True Danger to Students
Scott County Times (Mississippi), Nov. 9, 2011

In the name of a 5-year-old boy who was killed by a motorist passing a stopped school bus, Mississippi lawmakers enhanced the penalty for someone charged with passing a stopped school bus when children are loading or leaving the bus. Now, more than a year after his death and a few months since the law took effect, we have another tragic death.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras, Let’s Have More
The Record Searchlight (California), Nov. 9, 2011

I have come close to writing in support of the red-light cameras more than once. I couldn’t resist any longer.

Letter to the Editor: Claim that Red-Light Cameras Are Unconstitutional Lacks Foundation
The Eagle (Texas), Nov. 9, 2011

In response to the letter against red-light cameras, I would like the writer to provide evidence that the cameras are unconstitutional. There is precedent for ticketing a vehicle and not a driver. Any ticketable parking violation is put against the car.

Letter to the Editor: What’s Up with People Running Red Lights?
The Eagle (Texas), Nov. 7, 2011

What is going on in the city of College Station with people running red lights? It has been increasingly worse ever since the “great” residents of this city voted to remove the red light cameras.

Letter to the Editor: Seconds Saved Running Light Are Not Worth Risk
Victoria Advocate (Texas), Nov. 5, 2011

I drive at least 500 miles each week, and I see so many traffic violations that I wish I were a police officer rather than a physical therapist’s assistant.

“People think it’s their God-given right to drive however they want, and they don’t think the cameras give them a sporting chance.”
Jana Ryan, Albuquerque police sergeant
Wall Street Journal, Nov. 7, 2011


“The victims are the children, not those who are speeding.”
Rahm Emanuel, Chicago mayor
NBC Chicago (Illinois), Nov. 7, 2011

Florida
At the intersection of Pines Boulevard and Southwest 129th Avenue in Pembroke Pines, there were 25 crashes in the two years before cameras were installed. In the last two years, there have been 13 collisions. That’s nearly a 50 percent drop. Source: Sun Sentinel, Oct. 29, 2011.

Washington
Fifty-six percent of Longview voters supported a proposition on Tuesday asking the city to continue to use speed safety cameras in school zones. The Daily News, Nov. 8, 2011.

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