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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 52

December 1st, 2011


A Message from Jim Tuton, ATS President and CEO

A year ago this month, I welcomed you to the first issue of Road Safety Ink. Today, I invite you to join me in celebrating the newsletter’s first complete year of publication. Road Safety Ink meets an important need for our company and our industry by providing customers, media, our employees and the public with a weekly collection of news reports, videos, research, studies and commentary illustrating how our work makes a difference. This isn’t ATS saying road safety cameras are important, it’s police chiefs, elected officials, drivers, opinion leaders and parents in communities around the U.S. and Canada, who agree road safety cameras help save lives. 

Again, thank you for your continued interest in the road safety camera industry.  If you have any suggestions on how we can improve Road Safety Ink or if you would like to link Road Safety Ink to your red-light or speed safety camera program website please let us know at roadsafetyink@atsol.com.  We look forward to continuing to share our story with you.


Sarasota’s Red-Light Safety Camera Program Begins this Week
Sarasota Patch (Florida), Nov. 30, 2011

The first of several red-light safety cameras will go live this week in the city of Sarasota. (Herald-Tribune photo by Mike Lang shows the city’s first intersection to receive a camera.) See related article.

Palm Coast Officials Say They’ll Keep Cameras
Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Nov. 30, 2011

The City Council on Tuesday gave a green flag to its red-light safety camera program, saying it will keep the cameras and perhaps add more or move some existing ones.


Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians
WPBF TV Channel 25 (Florida), Nov. 29, 2011

Watch your step in Kissimmee-Orlando, Fla., and 19 other cities named the most dangerous for pedestrians in a 2011 report issued by Transportation for America. Click here for the national report.


Canadian Olympian Recovers from Red-Light Running Crash
Toronto Star, Nov. 28, 2011

Once called the fastest man in the world, Donovan Bailey tells the Toronto Star that his efforts to stay in shape are on hold while he recovers from injuries sustained from being hit by a red-light runner. (Star photo by Paul Irish.)


Red-Light Safety Cameras Debut in Miami Springs
River Cities Gazette (Florida), Nov. 27, 2011

Drivers who speed up when they see a caution light are soon going to find themselves paying a fine if they run a red light at five Miami Springs intersections. Red-light safety cameras are expected to be operational for a trial period beginning Dec. 9. Tickets could be issued beginning Jan. 9, 2012. (River Cities Gazette photo by Wally Clark shows Miami Springs police officer Oscar Garcia at one of the city’s busiest intersections.)

British Columbia Expands Camera Count
Times Colonist (Canada) Nov. 26, 2011

Better think twice before gunning it through that “late yellow’ light in B.C. An expanded set of cameras is now fully installed at 140 of the province’s most dangerous intersections in 26 communities, ready to snap a photo of cars that run a red light.

Count the seconds for yourself to see how long this light is red before the SUV driver runs it in North Miami. See video.

Legislator Takes Lead in Ensuring Drivers Adhere to School Bus Law
Wicked Local Mattapoisett (Massachusetts), Nov. 30, 2011

Hurried motorists who pass school buses stopped for students will have more than a busload of eyes on them if a school bus safety bill becomes law. They may have a camera trained on them as well.


Montgomery Proposes Using Cameras on School Buses to Catch Motorists Who Don’t Stop
The Washington Post (Maryland), Nov. 29, 2011

Under legislation introduced this week in Montgomery County, school buses could be outfitted with exterior cameras to assist authorities in cracking down on drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. See related article. (The Gazette photo by Dan Gross)

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that Pima County, Arizona,  has signed a one-year contract extension for its red-light safety camera program.

@ATS_RoadSafety Red-light runners put their lives and the #safety of others at risk. Check out Amanda Devine’s inspirational story: http://bit.ly/siVQ3z

Letter to the Editor: Speed Cameras Improve Intersection Safety
Laurel Leader (Maryland), Nov. 29, 2011

I have lived at Seventh and Main streets for over 25 years. Speeding on Seventh Street has been a constant concern until the city installed a speed camera.

Letter to the Editor: Safe Drivers Have Nothing to Fear from Cameras
LehighValleyLive.com (New Jersey), Nov. 29, 2011

Sorry, but I think this is the best thing to ever happen in this area.

“Passing a school bus is probably one of the top five serious traffic violations. It’s pretty bad.”
Tom Didone, Montgomery police captain
The Gazette (Maryland), Nov. 30, 2011

“Across the country there have been kids killed from cars passing school buses. It certainly is the most dangerous part of riding the school bus.”
Todd Watkins, Montgomery County School System transportation director
The Gazette (Maryland), Nov. 30, 2011

“One life is worth more than the $19,000 (received by the city). … So keeping a program like this running is very important to the safety of the citizens of this city and is worth the cost and worth the fact that we haven’t lost as many people as we would have lost had these cameras not been there.”
Bill Lewis, Palm Coast city councilman
FlaglerLive.com (Florida), Nov. 29, 2011

“I do think there is a safety value here. There is a reduction in accidents and an increase in safety at these dangerous intersections where these red-light cameras are set up.”
Frank Meeker, Palm Coast councilman
Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Nov. 29, 2011

“This (red-light safety) camera system should deter people from speeding up when they see a caution light. Of the five intersections that were chosen, I can remember fatality crashes at four of them in my 21 years as an officer.”
Jimmy Deal, Miami Springs police sergeant
River Cities Gazette (Florida), Nov. 27, 2011

Florida

Of the 11,600 traffic tickets Sarasota police issued from Nov. 1, 2010 through Oct. 31, 2011, about 700 of those were issued for “failure to obey a traffic control device,” which can include running red lights, stop signs, yield signs and speed limit signs. Also, from October 2005 to October 2010, 48 percent of traffic fatalities in the city occurred at traffic signals. Source: Sarasota Patch, Nov. 30, 2011.

National

More than 400 children nationwide have been killed by drivers passing a stopped school bus over the past four decades, according to the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at North Carolina State University. Source: The Washington Post, Nov. 29, 2011

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