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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 7

January 21st, 2011

Phoenix Driver with 11 Photo Enforcement Citations Arrested
ABC15.com, Jan. 19, 2011

Police arrested a Phoenix woman after she allegedly racked up nearly a dozen photo enforcement citations at various locations around Scottsdale since August 2010.

California City Moves to Renew Contract with ATS
Murrieta Patch, Jan. 19, 2011

Red light cameras will stay in Murrieta and more will be added, says a city council vote on Jan. 18. Four of five councilmembers supported renewing the contract.

Camera Approval Process Begins in New Jersey Township
PressofAtlanticCity.com, Jan. 18, 2011

With Hamilton Township Committee’s recent 3-2 vote, American Traffic Solutions can now work with the state Department of Transportation to determine if intersection safety cameras are needed to improve traffic safety at a selected location in the township.

Massachusetts City Wants Intersection Safety Cameras
The Berkshire Eagle, Jan. 18, 2011

Pittsfield’s City Council President Gerald M. Lee is leading the city’s campaign to crack down on drivers who run red lights. Lee, a former city police chief, wants intersection safety cameras installed to take digital photographs of vehicles running red lights.

Connecticut’s Towns Call for Traffic Cameras
The Hartford Courant, Jan. 17, 2011

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities is once again planning to ask the state legislature to approve the use of traffic cameras that automatically send tickets to people who speed or run through stoplights.

Cameras Go Live in Haines City, Fla.
Lakeland Ledger (theLedger.com) Jan. 14, 2011

After a one-month trial period during which more than 1,300 warnings were mailed to violators, the red light cameras at five Haines City intersections went live at midnight, Jan. 14.

Key Biscayne, Fla., Turns on 1st Intersection Safety Camera
Key Biscayne Times, Jan. 14, 2011

Key Biscayne will activate its first red light camera … but motorists who run through red lights won’t get a ticket – yet. The warning period starts on Jan. 17 and lasts for 30 days.

Orange County, Fla., identifies more than 400 red-light runners a day at 10 intersections, where cameras will soon be used to detect violators for ticketing. As this video shows, the danger is real.  Read article.

With the warning period at an end, Falls Church, Va., is now issuing citations from its intersection safety cameras. Police Sgt. Pilar Uelmen explains her city’s new system to the public and why it’s important now. View video and article.

Double trouble! This red-light runner barely misses a bicyclist and a vehicle crossing an intersection in Surfside, Fla. View video.

Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported in this collision captured by an intersection safety camera in Excelsior Springs, Mo. View video.

Police can’t be at every corner, or at every stoplight. bit.ly/hHuJNS.

 

Hamilton Township in Atlantic County, N.J., has selected American Traffic Solutions to be its road safety camera program provider, and the city of Ferguson, Mo., finalized a contract with ATS this week.

Intersection safety cameras were debated on the nationally syndicated McLaughlin Group television program on Jan. 14. The report began with video footage of Philadelphia’s program, then turned into a broad discussion on their use and their legal standing in the country. This national stage produced several favorable comments, including one from Pat Buchanan. You may watch and listen to the video beginning on minute 21:21, or read the transcript.

I think it’s perfectly legitimate, quite frankly, and I don’t think there’s any constitutional question whatsoever. I think it’s going to stand up. They’re all over D.C.”

— Pat Buchanan, author and commentator 

Intersection safety cameras have “accomplished their mission” at two locations in Murrieta, says police Cpl. Jay Froboese. Over the past five years, violations have fallen from 25 a day at one location and 40 a day at the second intersection to less than one a day at both locations. The Press Enterprise, Jan. 18, 2011.

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