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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 10

February 9th, 2012

Connecticut Legislative Session Opens; Red-Light Safety Cameras on Table
The Hartford Courant/CTnow.com Feb. 8, 2012

Connecticut’s 2012 legislative session is a short one this year, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy opened the session with an active agenda, including attention to the use of red-light safety cameras. See additional Hartford Courant coverage(Hartford Courant photo by Cloe Poisson)

Illinois Governor Signs Chicago Speed Camera Bill
Claims Journal, Feb. 8, 2012

Chicago will be able to use automatic speed enforcement cameras to monitor drivers around the city’s parks and schools and issue up to $100 tickets to motorists under a law signed Monday by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Gallatin Police Turn to Cameras for Crash Clues
The Tennessean, Feb. 8, 2012

Gallatin authorities will evaluate evidence from a red-light safety camera at an intersection where two vehicles collided and both drivers claimed they had the green light.

Houston, ATS End Red-Light Saga
Houston Chronicle (Texas), Feb. 8, 2012

City council approved a payout of at least $4.8 million Wednesday to settle a lawsuit and take down Houston’s controversial red-light cameras, finally ending a legal battle that began after voters banned the devices in a referendum 15 months ago. (Photo by Transportation Nation)

Opelika Chooses ATS; Awards Multiyear Contract
Opelika-Auburn News (Florida), Feb. 7, 2012

The Opelika City Council voted Tuesday evening to award a contract to American Traffic Solutions to install and maintain the city’s red-light camera project.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Coming to West Park on March 9
Sun-Sentinel (Florida), Feb. 7, 2012

Five West Park intersections will be outfitted with red-light safety cameras starting March 9.

Boulder City Council Opposes Legislation Targeting Cameras
Daily Camera (Colorado), Feb. 7, 2012

The Boulder City Council on Tuesday night took a position against state bills targeting red-light cameras. … A policy memo to the council said the  removal of the cameras in Boulder “could result in accident rates and non-compliance returning to pre-enforcement levels.”

Police: Red-Light Cameras are Working
Old Northeast-Downtown St. Pete Patch (Florida), Feb. 7, 2012

St. Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Harmon told city council members, last week, the red-light safety cameras are working and making St. Pete drivers think before crossing through an intersection after a light has turned red. (Graphic by city of St. Petersburg)

Washington Borough Kicks Tires on Road Safety Camera Program
The Express-Times (New Jersey), Feb. 6, 2012

Washington Borough Council members are kicking the tires on some traffic-enforcement reinforcements.

South Orange Remains Open to Red-Light Safety Cameras
News-Record (New Jersey), Feb. 3, 2012

After receiving propsals from two vendors and conducting a study that showed a traffic safety problem at one intersection, some South Orange officials are pushing for a decision on whether to bring red-light safety cameras to town.

@ATS_RoadSafety  #WestMiami red-light cameras catch a dangerous red-light runner almost T-bone another vehicle youtu.be/ng5yuaNyiQ0  #StopOnRed

Three municipalities signed multiyear agreements with American Traffic Solutions to be their road safety camera provider this past week. Palatka, Florida, and Opelika, Alabama, signed contracts as did Berlin Borough, New Jersey, which agreed to a five-year contract with a five-year automatic renewal. ATS is also pleased to announce that Lakeland, Florida, a client since 2008 has extended its professional services agreement.

Miami Police Department Sgt. Leo Tapanes gets his picture taken with red-light safety camera advocate and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis President Marc A. Buoniconti during last week’s ATS Florida Regional Customer Conferences. Each month, red-light safety cameras in Florida contribute more than $100,000 for spinal cord research with hopes of one day curing paralysis. (Photo by Miami Police Department Officer Michael Vega)

Student’s Death Prompts School District to Change Bus Routes, Consider Cameras
Erie Times-News (Pennsylvania), Feb. 8, 2012

Fort LeBoeuf schools superintendent Debra Spaulding said the district has always taken bus stop safety seriously, and the Route 97 stop met required guidelines — but district administrators have put an added focus on it after 13-year-old Ashley Clark’s death.

Frederick County Ups Fine for Passing Stopped School Bus
Delmarvanow.com (Maryland), Feb. 8, 2012

Frederick County lawmakers have agreed to increase the potential fine for drivers who illegally pass a school bus to a $250 maximum.

School Bus Camera Bill Advances in Florida Senate
WTSP TV Channel 10, Feb. 7, 2012

Soon red lights may not be the only place you’ll see cameras on Florida roads. Under a bill that advanced through a Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday, cameras would be placed on the side of school buses, ticketing drivers who don’t stop. See related coverage from First Coast News. (WTSP TV photo)

School District Talks about Future with School Bus Traffic Safety Cameras
The Palm Beach Post (Florida), Feb. 6, 2012

The Palm Beach County School District to trying stop-arm safety camera systems on two buses in a pilot program that could raise money for transportation and increase safety for children around buses. See related coverage from WPTV Channel 5. (The Palm Beach Post photo by Thomas Cordy)

Editorial: Florida Camera Law — Tweak It and Keep It
Orlando Sentinel, Feb. 9, 2012

Red-light cameras make roads safer. They also make some motorists mad — especially those who think they have been issued tickets unfairly. We remain strong backers of red-light cameras.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Should be Restarted
The Springfield News-Leader (Missouri), Feb. 8, 2012

Once again, we urge Springfield City Council to flip the “on” switch for the city’s red-light cameras.

Letter to the Editor: Cameras Save Us Pedestrians
San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate (California), Feb. 7, 2012

I have no sympathy for Robert Jones and others who are fighting red-light cameras. … As a pedestrian, I must be constantly vigilant when crossing intersections. Right-on-red turners are the most dangerous to pedestrians.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Running Worse Than Drunk Driving
The Springfield News-Leader (Missouri), Feb. 4, 2012

I see in the paper that the red-light safety cameras in Springfield may soon be turned back on. Red-light running has become an epidemic in Springfield! I see it almost every time I get out on the streets.

Letter to the Editor: “Learn from L.A.” Loaded with Baseless Claims
Fairfield Patch (Connecticut), Feb. 4, 2012

Justin Beck’s Feb. 1 letter, “Learn from L.A. — Don’t Install Red-Light Cameras”  is filled with errors, hyperbole and totally baseless claims.  

“I don’t look at it as any financial jackpot whatsoever. You’re basically trying to maintain safety on the roadways and ensure people are following the laws.”
Justin Jewell, Washington Borough Councilman, firefighter and emergency squad member
The Express-Times (New Jersey), Feb. 6, 2012

“Nowhere you’re getting to is so important that you put a child’s life at risk.”
Oscar Braynon, Florida state senator
First Coast News (Florida), Feb. 3, 2012

“We can’t be everywhere. If we were everywhere crime would not be committed. So we ask the public for their assistance and patience.”
Melissa Bujeda, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
First Coast News (Florida), Feb. 3, 2012

“You watch your child almost get hit, two, three, four different times. I need to be heard. Something needs to get done.”
Scharee Faulk, Florida mother of 4-year-old boy riding school bus
First Coast News (Florida), Feb. 3, 2012

Every day, an estimated 8,900 vehicles illegally pass school buses in Florida, according to the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Source: WPTV Channel 5, Feb. 3, 2012.

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