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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 11

February 16th, 2012

Connecticut Legislators Speak Up for Red-Light Camera Law
Hartford Courant, Feb. 16, 2012

Some state legislators and advocates are voicing support for legislation allowing red-light safety cameras to photograph drivers who blow through red lights. See related coverage from The Middletown Press and Norwich Bulletin. (Hartford Courant photo)

Police Chief Says Cameras in Connecticut Would Save Lives
CTPost.com (Connecticut), Feb. 16, 2012

Speaking at a news conference in the Connecticut Capitol complex, Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph Gaudett said Thursday that there would be fewer fatalities if state legislation were passed to allow cities to install red-light safety cameras at major intersections. (Connecticut Post photo by Christian Abraham)

Morton Grove Ends Talks, Moves to Install Cameras
Park Ridge Herald Advocate (Illinois), Feb. 14, 2012

After more than two years of discussion, the village of Morton Grove is considering moving ahead with the process of installing photo-enforcement cameras.

Park Ridge Considers Cameras at Railroad Crossings
Niles-Herald Spectator (Illinois), Feb. 14, 2012

In 2010, the city of Park Ridge installed a red-light enforcement camera to catch traffic-signal violators. Is a similar camera a possibility for the city’s busy railroad crossings, as well?

School Bus Spins, Topples over in Red-Light Running Crash
MSNBC (New York), Feb. 14, 2012

Rochester Police have ticketed the driver of the SUV that they say ran a red light and caused a crash with a school bus Tuesday morning. … Three children received minor injuries. (See related coverage from WHAM 1180)

Traffic Fines Near $1 Million in Brick
Brick Patch (New Jersey), Feb. 14, 2012

Red-light safety cameras at two Brick intersections generated $929,701 worth of traffic fines through November 2011. … December’s data hasn’t been calculated yet, but it’s reasonable to expect more than $1 million in total camera fines for 2011.

Boulder Stands Against Bill to Dismantle Cameras
Daily Camera (Colorado), Feb. 13, 2012

Worried about making intersections more dangerous, losing revenue and undoing years of work to change driver behavior, the city of Boulder is preparing to fight a bill at the statehouse that would ban the use of red-light cameras and photo-radar vans.

72% of Florida Residents Support Red-Light Camera Laws
Bradenton Herald, Feb. 13, 2012

Two years after Florida enacted the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act, Floridian support of the safety cameras laws is at 72%, reflecting unprecedented confidence in its road and community safety benefits. (See related coverage  from TMC.com)

Red Light, Gold Mine
Hartford Business Journal (Connecticut), Feb. 13, 2012

As Connecticut legislators consider allowing the state’s larger cities to install cameras to record motorists running red lights and issue traffic fines, the fine points of the would-be law will dictate who gets paid, how they get paid and how much motorists fork over every time they are caught on camera.

Alabama City Awards Contract to ATS
WBRC TV, Feb. 10, 2012

The city council in Opelika has awarded a contract to Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions to install and maintain the city’s red-light camera program.

Are Yellow Lights Shorter at Red-Light Camera Intersections?
NBC 17 (North Carolina), Feb. 15, 2012

It depends on who you ask, but city traffic engineers say the number of variables involved in calculating the yellow light change interval is one of the most difficult decisions a traffic engineer makes.

Red-Light Runners Cause Crashes in Wilmington, N.C.
WilmingtonNC.gov/YouTube, (February 2012)

The city’s webpage warns drivers that red-light running can be fatal. See what they’re talking about, click here.

@ATS_RoadSafety  72 Percent of #Floridians Support Red Light Safety Camera Laws bit.ly/zoHvcP  #StopOnRed

CT Safer Roads Charles Territo of ATS discusses common myths about red-light safety cameras on the Ray Dunaway show – goo.gl/TdlJF


American Traffic Solution is pleased to announce the following contract agreements: Prince George’s County, Maryland, has extended its red-light safety camera program with ATS; Clarke County School District in Georgia has entered into a CrossingGuard School Bus Stop Arm Camera System pilot program; and the city of Lynnwood, Washington, agreed to a five-year contract extension for ATS’  road safety camera program. Last week, Opelika, Alabama, signed a five-year contract with ATS.

Carroll County to Vote on School Bus Safety Cameras
Times-Georgian (Georgia), Feb. 13, 2012

The Carroll County Board of Education on Thursday will vote whether to install bus arm cameras on a portion of the system’s school buses as a way of deterring motorists from passing buses illegally while bus stop signs are extended for student crossings. (AP photo)

Commentary: Connecticut State Senator Has Eye on Red-Light Camera Bill
TheDay.com, Feb. 15, 2012

It seems to me that if nothing else, the presence of these cameras would make drivers more cautious near intersections that have them, but I’ll reserve final judgment until the legislation is more refined.

Editorial: The Good and Bad of Red-Light Safety Cameras
NewsChief.com (Florida), Feb. 10, 2012

Big Brother is watching. But is it all bad? Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has said he does not like red light cameras, … but despite his dislike for them, his detectives put a camera’s red-light running image to good use and caught two suspected cattle rustlers.

Letter to the Editor: Many Protest A Bit Too Much
The Daily Herald (Washington), Feb. 16, 2012

There is all this debate about the red-light cameras. Well, stop running lights, stop texting, or whatever has your attention elsewhere. It should be focused on the road and the drivers around you.

Letter to the Editor: Running Red Lights Breaks the Law
Arizona Daily Star, Feb. 16, 2012

Why then is there so much shouting and fist shaking about red-light cameras? They don’t flash unless you did something illegal. Period. You break the law, you pay. Simple. No fussing or explaining.

Letter to the Editor: Driver Appreciates Camera’s Wake-Up Call
Daily Camera (Colorado), Feb.  14, 2012

I, too, have received in the mail a beautiful photo of myself running a red light. … My bad. Since then I have gently put the brakes on my driving at that corner and elsewhere in the city. It was a wake-up call I needed.

Letter to the Editor: Keep Cameras
Sioux City Journal (Iowa), Feb. 14, 2012

If those go, let’s get rid of all the stop lights and stop signs. Then we can really play bumper cars.

Open Line to the Editor
Journal Courier (Florida), Feb. 14, 2012

People who fear red light cameras are the same ones who fear fire eating dragons and pink elephants.

“The victim is a child hit by a car going 10 to 15 miles an hour [over the speed limit] near a school zone. The victim is not a speeder.”
Rahm Emanuel, Chicago mayor
Chicago Public Media WBEZ 91.5 (Illinois), Feb 15, 2012

“We believe that it works. We think that we’ve slowed people down, and we have less severity of red-light accidents.”
David Hayes, Boulder police deputy chief
Daily Camera (Colorado), Feb. 13, 2012

“I think Floridian support of safety cameras is also bolstered by the recognition that safety cameras offer critical assistance to law enforcement in keeping the broader community even safer.”
David Gee, Hillsborough County sheriff
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Feb. 13, 2012

In Boulder, crashes at intersections with red-light safety cameras have decreased 50 percent and red-light running violations have declined 65 percent since red-light cameras were installed. Source: Daily Camera, Feb. 13, 2012. 

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