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ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 9

February 4th, 2011

Intersection safety cameras in Long Beach, San Diego and 12 other U.S. cities saved 159 lives over a five-year period, according to a new report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. To view the report, scroll down to the resources tab. Photo by latimes.com, Feb. 1, 2011.

Chandler, Arizona, holds the top spot for the largest drop in red-light running fatalities among 12 large cities included in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s study released Feb. 1. The city registered a 79 percent decline over the five-year study period. View the video. Courier-Journal.com, Feb. 2, 2011.

Road safety speed cameras at two elementary schools in Bellevue, Wash., contributed to 6,870 tickets issued at one location and 1,360 at another school in 2010.  See article and video. KING5.com, Feb. 2, 2011.

This news video takes you to the street to see just what the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety means when it says in its new report that intersection safety cameras save lives, and what people think about cameras. See article and video.

Port Lavaca, Texas, resident Gracie Cook believes the red-light cameras in her city make people safer. “I’m very much in favor of them. I just think they need them up there to stop people from going through red lights,” she says. Victoria Advocate, Jan. 31, 2011. See article and video.

Montgomery County, Maryland, has signed a 12-month contract extension with American Traffic Solutions for its intersection safety camera program. Also, New Jersey’s Hasbrouck Heights and Middle Township have executed contracts with American Traffic Solutions to provide intersection safety cameras to their towns.

Red-Light Cameras Could Solve 2 Robberies in Tennessee City
The Wilson Post, Feb. 3, 2010

Mt. Juliet Police plan to utilize red-light traffic cameras to help solve two local pharmacy robberies, by reviewing the 24-hour videos the cameras provide in addition to individual red-light photos, officials said. 

Raleigh Says Cameras Decrease Crashes at Intersections
News&Observer, Feb. 2, 2011

Fatal crash rates involving red-light runners fell after intersection safety cameras were installed in most of the 14 large cities examined in a new study, but the citywide death rates climbed in two – Raleigh and Bakersfield, Calif. … Mike Kennon, Raleigh’s transportation operations manager, said the new study suggests Raleigh could save more lives with cameras at more intersections. … “In every intersection where we’ve put a camera, we’ve seen a substantial decrease in crashes.”

Las Vegas Law Enforcement Considers Another Push for Intersection Safety Cameras
Las Vegas Sun, Feb. 2, 2011

The North Las Vegas Police Department is considering again lobbying the state legislature to conduct a study on red-light cameras following the release Tuesday of the first definitive study on the use of the controversial cameras.

California City Pledges to Give Camera Revenue to Charities
The Press Enterprise, Jan. 31, 2011

In an effort to convince a skeptical public that the city’s red-light camera operation isn’t a money-making venture, Murrieta officials have pledged to donate any revenue generated to local charities.

Teacher Killed in Red-Light Running Collision in Texas
KLTV.com, Jan. 30, 2011

Lufkin police have arrested a man in connection with an alleged drunk driving fatal accident that occured when the man allegedly ran a red light and broadsided a passing car.

Released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) on Feb. 1, this study provides a fresh look at how intersection safety cameras affect red-light running fatalities. Researchers found the cameras saved 159 lives in 14 of America’s largest cities over a five-year period and could have saved an additional 815 lives had the cameras been in place in all 99 large U.S. cities.

Visit the IIHS webpage to download the report, the institute’s magazine article and news release on the study.

Don’t miss this interactive graphic posted by The Los Angeles Times on Feb. 1. It tests viewers’ knowledge of intersection safety cameras and informs them of their application in California. View graphic. 

Install Red-Light Cameras for Safety
Newsday.com, Feb. 2, 2011

Government initiatives that save lives, generate revenue and don’t infringe on anyone’s rights should be seized upon. Such slam dunks are all too rare. But a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit funded by auto insurers, identified one — red-light cameras.

How a Red-Light Runner Changed My Life
Blogher.com, Feb. 2, 2011

“I want to tell you my story so that the next time you’re driving your car, you’ll be extra careful … careful so that you aren’t a victim of a red-light runner and careful that you don’t become a red-light runner and ruin someone else’s life, or snuff it out altogether.”

Take Responsibility, Not Just at Red Lights
NJ.com, Feb. 2, 2011

Concerning a letter writer’s decision not to patronize Glassboro businesses because his daughter had received three summonses there from a red-light camera violation system: It’s about time people, young and old, took responsibility for their actions, instead of placing blame on everything and everyone but themselves.

Commentator Challenges Virginia Delegate’s Stand Against Red-Light Cameras
Blue Virginia, Jan. 31, 2011

Last week, a subcommittee of the Virginia House of Delegates’ Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee approved legislation introduced by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter to halt increased use of red-light cameras across the Commonwealth.  …  The reality is, there are good reasons to support deployment of red light cameras at some intersections, especially when considering their role in improving and maintaining public safety by reducing collisions and changing driver behavior.

Vancouver, Wash., believes red-light cameras save lives. In Our View: Cameras Don’t Lie. bit.ly/hWgrfT

This is truly empirical data. We as police officers know the carnage caused by these left turns (on red) and T-bones…We see it every day and know how dangerous it is.”

— Police Sgt. Tim Bedwell, North Las Vegas Police Department spokesman, from an article about the Feb. 1 IIHS study.
Las Vegas Sun, Feb. 2, 2011

Of the citations issued for red-light running in Magnolia, Texas, in 2010, 63.3 percent have been paid. Source: YourHoustonNews.com, Feb. 2, 2011

  • In 2000, 25 cities used intersection safety cameras. In 2010, there are nearly 500.
  • Red-light running crashes killed 676 people in 2009 and injured an estimated 113,000 in 2009.
  • Intersection safety cameras saved 159 lives from 2004-2008 in 14 large U.S. cities, and could have saved 815 people if all 99 U.S. cities with populations of 200,000 or more used the cameras.
    Source: Download the Feb. 1, 2011 report at Insurance Institute for Highway Safety webpage

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