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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 1

December 8th, 2011

Roadway Fatalities Drop to Record-Breaking Level in 2010
U.S. Department of Transportation, Dec. 8, 2010

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced updated 2010 fatality and injury data showing that highway deaths fell to 32,885 for the year, the lowest level since 1949. The improvement comes despite Americans driving 46 billion more miles than in 2009.

Oldsmar OKs 5-year Contract with ATS
St. Petersburg Times, Dec. 8, 2011

City leaders voted 4-1 this week to approve a five-year contract with American Traffic Solutions to install red-light safety cameras at four intersections.

Police Issue 2,300 Warnings from Cameras at 1 Intersection in 1 Month
Times of Trenton (New Jersey), Dec. 7, 2011

More than 2,000 motorists were caught running red lights by a new camera system at Route 1 and Bakers Basin Road-Franklin Corner Road during a 30-day test period, a higher number of violations than the township anticipated. (The Times of Trenton photo by Martin Griff)

Red-Light Safety Camera Use Upheld
Missouri Municipal League, December 2011

In a big win for the safety of Missouri roadways, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District recently upheld Creve Coeur’s red-light camera ordinance.

Warnings Issued to Red-Light Runners in Texas Community
Elgin Courier, Dec. 7, 2011

The red-light safety camera program in Elgin, Texas, entered its warning phase on Dec. 1, providing photographic evidence to police who in turn issued warning notices to drivers caught running red lights. Tickets with fines begin Jan. 1.

Union Activates Red-Light Camera Program
NJ.com (New Jersey), Dec. 2, 2011

Union Township joined the growing number of New Jersey communities with red-light safety cameras last week, with the start of its own program at three locations.

District of Columbia Expands Pedestrian Safety Study
Washington City Paper, Dec. 1, 2011

With a proposal to reduce residential street speed limits from 25 to 15 mph tabled, an eight-month speed and pedestrian safety study will instead be expanded in the District of Columbia to include Wards 4 and 6.

Red-Light Cams Up and Running in Philadelphia’s Center City
WPVI TV Channel 6, Dec. 2, 2011

The Philadelphia Parking Authority flipped the switch on its newest set of red-light cameras last week. That means the two-month grace period for motorists at Broad and Vine streets in Center City Philadelphia is officially over.

Authorities Release Video of Close Calls at Intersections
Central Florida News Channel 13, Dec. 5, 2011

Officials released video clips of red-light runners in the Tampa Bay area giving viewers an idea of what is happening at intersections around the community. In some cases, it appears that inches separate motorists and passengers from violent crashes.

ATS to Put Cameras on School Buses to Catch Illegal Passers
From the School House/Technorati (California), Dec. 6, 2011

American Traffic Solutions, the company behind many of the red-light cameras across the United States and provider of a successful school zone speed safety program, is now working with school districts to place cameras on buses to protect children from getting hit by vehicles that illegally pass a stopped school bus to load and unload students.

@ATS_RoadSafety Jackson scary red-light running “T-bone” collision caught on tape http://bit.ly/uAcHSJ #Tennessee @JSunNews

Commentary: James Tuton: Red-Light Safety Cameras Save Lives
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Dec. 6, 2011

Many Florida communities have turned to red-light safety camera programs to help change driver behavior, increase voluntary compliance with traffic laws and prevent needless injuries and fatalities resulting from red-light running. Here’s why.

Commentary: Yellow Light to Red a Judgment Call
The Morning Call (Pennsylvania), Dec. 5, 2011

Motorists must stop on red, but can go through an intersection when the signal is yellow. The complexity and confusion arise from the inability to know exactly when any signal will switch from green to yellow.

Commentary: Ending Carnage Simple as Stopping on Red
The Gazette (Colorado), Dec. 4, 2011

For years, the intersection of Powers Boulevard and Old Ranch Road has been one of the most dangerous in Colorado Springs. … There’s one way to counter this, according to city traffic engineer Dave Krauth. “People need to stop running red lights.” (T-bone collisions like this one in 2009 continue to occur at Old Ranch Road and Powers Boulevard. Photo: The Gazette.)

Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Increase Safety in New Jersey
Asbury Park Press, Nov. 25, 2011

As a veteran police officer and police chief, not only can I speak specifically to the motivation for these cameras, but also to their practical contributions to communities in our state. 

“Police officers use their discretion all the time. It’s very likely that flagrant violators will get tickets, as will those whose red-light running causes accidents. If it’s a close call, a motorist has to hope the officer is having a good day. And again, red-light cameras should take most of the guesswork out of the equation. A police officer can make a mistake. The camera, as they say, never lies.”
Anthony Manetta, Pennsylvania state police sergeant
The Morning Call, Dec. 5, 2011

“My position is it’s not a revenue generator.”
Sherry Kiyler, Chandler police chief
The Arizona Republic, Dec. 5, 2011

“They come through it like they’re on a race track, so it’s needed very badly at this intersection, really bad. … There have been bad accidents. Matter of fact, my neighbor across the street got killed crossing this street.”
Towanda Taylor, Philadelphia resident
CBSLocal.com (Pennsylvania), Dec. 5, 2011

“I guess I just need to drive better, no matter if there’s a camera or not.”
Jane Feaney, California resident
North County Times, Dec. 4, 2011

“The truth is, all but four of the 17 right-angle wrecks were caused by drivers on Old Ranch, not Powers. People need to stop running red lights. It’s that simple. Red means red. Red means stop. They need to start obeying the traffic lights.”
Dave Krauth, City of Colorado Springs traffic engineer
The Gazette (Colorado), Dec. 4, 2011

“Kids at marked crossings are not over-involved in crashes, but will the areas be safer? Literature tends to say yes.”
Roy Lucke, Center for Public Safety at Northwestern University division manager
NWITimes.com (Illinois), Dec. 4, 2011

“You can tell around red-light camera intersections and in the general vicinity, driver behavior has changed. We’ve seen the number of violations decrease and you can see that through driver behavior. It really has made a difference.”
Chris Vogler, Philadelphia Parking Authority Red Light Camera program manager
WPVI TV 6 (Pennsylvania), Dec. 2, 2011

A ghost bike stands in memory of Mathieu Lefevre, an artist from Canada, who was killed on his bicycle in a traffic crash in October in New York City, where the rate of traffic fatalities is worse than 11 capital European cities, according to a 2011 report by Traffic Alternatives. (Photo by Robert Stolarik for The New York Times)

New York
More people are killed in traffic crashes than by guns in New York City; death by motor vehicle is rarely treated as a crime. Someone died in city traffic every 29 hours, on average, from 2005 to 2009, according to a study by the city’s health and transportation departments. The New York Times, Dec. 6, 2011.

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