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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 6

January 14th, 2011

This handwritten note to ATS included in a recent violation payment illustrates how intersection safety cameras are saving lives and changing driver behavior.  Notes like this make all of us feel good about what we do each day to make life safer and easier on the road ahead.   Thanks to our team in Knoxville, TN for sharing it with us.

We also urge you to pay special attention to three personal stories in the Commentaries section of this edition of Road safety Ink.  They are all very personal reminders of the dangers and consequences of red-light running.

In other developments …

In Bellingham, Wash., city officials are moving forward with a program to install red-light cameras at four intersections and speed cameras in two school zones. The Bellingham City Council voted to allow the cameras for at least a year.

The Bellingham Herald/Tacoma News Tribune photo, Jan. 7, 2011

Haddon Heights, N.J., signed the first contract of the new year with American Traffic Solutions. Boulder, Colo., was the second. Also signing this year is the Village of El Portal in Florida.

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Police Officer Injured when Semi Runs Red Light
WFTV.com Channel 9, Jan. 11, 2011

Sgt. Jim Jicha was making his way through a busy intersection in Lake County Florida when a truck driver ran the red light and slammed right into him. He was T-boned by a fully loaded gravel truck, more than 10 times the weight of his cruiser. Jicha survived. Read article.

New York City Wants to Use Speed Cameras to Catch Lead-Foot Drivers
CBS New York, Jan. 10, 2011

The talk of using road safety cameras in the city to discourage speeders brings favorable comments from New York residents. Read article.

Severe Crashes Down at Crossing with Cameras, Study Finds
NewsTribune.com, Jan. 13, 2011

More motorists have been getting into fender-benders but the number of fatalities and serious injuries has fallen significantly since red-light cameras were installed at 88 intersections on Missouri highways. The state’s  Highways and Transportation Commission declared the traffic enforcement experiment a success and unanimously approved a procedure for cities and counties to utilize the cameras.

Red-Light Runners Suspected in 2 Fatal Crashes
Houston Chronicle, Jan. 9, 2011

Two fatal collisions that occurred within hours and a few miles of each other in southwest Houston on Jan. 9 involved drivers who ran red lights, police said.

Florida City Readies Intersection Safety Cameras
First Coast News, Jan. 6, 2011

Next month, Green Cove Springs police will begin citing red-light runners using cameras that catch drivers in the act. … “This is about public safety,” said Police Chief Bobby Musco. “If you go to a T-bone crash at an intersection, somebody is going to be hurt. This is about public safety. ”

System of Red Light Cameras Should be Expanded
The Kansas City Star, Jan. 9, 2011

As we head into the new year, decision makers in Missouri will address the future of intersection safety cameras. There are a few key facts that they need to keep in mind before making any decisions. First, these cameras are reducing crashes, saving lives and preventing serious injuries.

Years after Tragedy, Family Still Wonders What Might Have Been
Columbia Daily Tribune, Jan. 9, 2011

I appreciate the Tribune’s recent editorial support for intersection safety cameras for a deeply personal reason. My 10-year-old daughter, Kayla Tremeear, died after our van was struck by a red-light runner on Dec. 29, 2002, in our former hometown of Arnold. Our family celebrates Kayla’s life. But because the anniversary of her untimely death comes during the year-end holidays, there is sadness in what should be a time of joy.

Survivor Knows Intersection Safety Cameras Save Lives
The Destin Log, Jan. 8, 2011

Nearly seven years ago, my husband was killed by a red-light runner. This tragic accident propelled me into a career of advocacy, and ultimately made me the woman behind the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act.

What’s the Ultimate Selfish Act? Running a Red Light
Oanow.com, Dec. 29, 2010

[Editor’s note: Here’s a strong message to close out one year and open a new one.] In April 2009, I wrote a column supporting the use of cameras to catch red-light runners. It is a continually worsening problem, and we don’t – or just won’t – allocate enough money to enable our policemen and women to stop it. But it is a serious public safety issue.

“Would you prefer an officer patrolling your neighborhood to prevent burglaries and robberies, or do you want an officer sitting on the side of the street watching a red light…? This is technology, this is the future.”

—  Police Chief Bobby Musco, Green Cove Springs, Fla.
First Coast News, Channel 12, Jan. 6, 2011

Crashes dropped roughly 22 percent at the Blackwood-Clementon intersection in Gloucester Township, N.J., from 2009 to 2010, in part due to the cameras. Source: Philly.com (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Jan. 8, 2011

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