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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 13

March 1st, 2012


No More Warnings: Camera Program Goes Live in Midfield
The Birmingham News (Alabama), March 1, 2012

On March 1, the city of Midfield began to issue $100 fines to motorists caught violating a traffic signal on the city’s new red-light safety camera.  The one-month warning period ended Wednesday after snapping 585 violations. (The Birmingham News photo by Joe Songer.)


Police: Violations, Crashes Decline as Camera Watches
Suburban Journals (Illinois), Feb. 29, 2012

Capt. Darin Clements is the guy who watches videos and pictures from the Granite City Police Department’s red-light camera and decides who gets $100 tickets. … The program has achieved its purpose of reducing crashes. (Suburban Journals photo by John Swistak Jr.)


Poll: 68% of Connecticut Voters Say Yes to Cameras
The Ridgefield Press, Feb. 28, 2012

The majority of Connecticut’s registered voters — 68 percent — support the use of red light safety cameras on busy streets, and 67 percent maintain their support knowing state legislators will soon vote on the issue, according to a recent poll by The National Coalition for Safer Roads. See related coverage  from WTNH TV Channel 8 and the Fairfield Patch(New Haven Independent photo of 2011 Red Means Stop demonstration by Uma Ramiah.)


Commissioners Approve Cameras for Next Decade
Naples Daily News (Florida), Feb. 28, 2012

Collier County will continue to hand out red-light running citations to motorists caught on camera for the next decade. Commissioners voted 3-2 on Tuesday to approve a new 10-year contract with American Traffic Solutions. (WINK NOW video)

Red-Light, Speed Camera Bills Advance in Hawaii Legislature
Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Feb. 27, 2012

Bills that would allow red-light and speed-enforcement cameras got the House Finance Committee’s approval late last week.

Questions Get Answered as Connecticut Considers Red-Light Cameras
Greenwich Time (Connecticut), Feb. 25, 2012

As Connecticut lawmakers consider enabling municipalities to use red-light enforcement cameras, a conflicting body of evidence gets debated.


Anxious Townships Await Red-Light Safety Cameras
Press of Atlantic City (New Jersey), Feb. 24, 2012

Both Middle and Hamilton townships have asked permission from the state Department of Transportation to install the cameras at busy intersections. But the DOT has no plans to expand the list of 25 towns included in its five-year pilot program. (Press of Atlantic City photo by Danny Drake.)

Police: 2 Injured in Red-Light Running Crash
Pasadena Star-News (California), Feb. 24, 2012

Lt. Diego Torres of the Pasadena Police Department said last week’s collision at East Union Street and North Marengo Avenue occurred after one of the cars ran a red light. Two people were injured.

In Session’s Final Weeks, More Bills are Dead or Dying
The Current (Florida), Feb. 24, 2012

A straight repeal of red-light cameras appears to have crashed this year. Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, postponed his bill (HB 4177) before the House Economic Affairs Committee, sensing he didn’t have enough votes.

Quincy, Florida, Selects ATS as Program Provider
The Gadsden County Times, Feb. 24, 2012

The Quincy City Commission approved the selection of American Traffic Solutions to complete the installation of the red-light safety camera program. The first four intersections for the cameras have been identified.


Cameras Roll in Arnold
Arnold Patch (Missouri), Feb. 23, 2012

Arnold City Administrator Matt Unrein said today that red-light camera laws in St. Louis City are not relevant to Arnold. (Arnold Patch photo by Doug Miner.)


Red Means Go? Careless Drivers Blow Past Stopped School Buses
WTOP (Maryland), Feb. 29, 2012

Nine videos from the Montgomery County School System show cars passing stopped school buses again and again, sometimes with children crossing the street. See related coverage from NBCWashington.com.

Speed safety cameras will be installed and activated near Einstein Elementary School in Redmond, Washington, as part of a new agreement between the city and American Traffic Solutions. Meanwhile, the Borough of Berlin, N.J., will have red-light safety cameras installed now that it signed a five-year contract with ATS. In other recent business,  the city of Mesa, Arizona, extended its current road safety camera program with ATS until 2014; also, Charles County, Cheverly, Cottage City and Greenbelt, in Maryland, renewed their separate agreements with ATS for another year to 2013. Lastly, the Carroll County Board of Education in Georgia signed an initial five-year contract with ATS for the installation and operation of school bus safety cameras to deter cars from illegally passing stopped school buses.

 

@ATS_RoadSafety  @StopInjury Alberta we have videos on our YouTube page that shows/reminds people just how dangerous red-light running is http://bit.ly/jKGDmY

Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Mean Safer Roads
Gloucester County Times (New Jersey), Feb. 29, 2012

I would like to respond to Deborah Sutton’s Feb. 15 letter, “Stop red-light cameras in Mantua,” concerning the Mantua Township Committee’s consideration of using this traffic control monitoring system. … Proposing that the best way to increase intersection safety is by lengthening yellow light cycles only perpetuates the problem. Adding “a second or two” makes us complicit in accepting that people are just going to break the law.

Letter to the Editor: Connecticut Resident Ready to Install Own Stop Sign Camera
Hartford Courant, Feb. 29, 2012

If you think you’re being observed, your driving skills are more acute. Maybe I’ll just install my own motion camera on my property and split the fees with the state.

Letter to the Editor: All Options Need to be Available to Make Streets Safer
East Penn News (Pennsylvania), Feb. 28, 2012

We need to do all we can to ensure our streets are safe. Among the options are red-light cameras. Right now, our city does not have the authority to implement red-light cameras.

Letter to the Editor: Pedestrians Will Be Safer with Red-Light Cameras
Williamsport Sun-Gazette (Pennsylvania), Feb. 28, 2012

I’ve long been an advocate for enhancing pedestrian safety at some of Williamsport’s busiest intersections. It’s tough enough for an 84-year-old like me to get across Campbell at Fourth Street near my home. It’s another thing altogether to do it from my wheelchair.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Safety Cameras Help Reduce Crashes
Harrisburg Patriot-News (Pennsylvania), Feb. 27, 2012

It’s no secret that driving can be dangerous. In our state, 121,312 traffic crashes occurred in 2010, with 38 percent taking place in intersections. There is a solution in the works in Philadelphia, where red-light safety cameras are in use, and crashes are down 24 percent at intersections with cameras during the last three years.

Letter to the Editor: New Safety Law Can Help Bicyclists
Allentown Morning Call (Pennsylvania), Feb. 24, 2012

Pennsylvania took a major step this month when Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law the Safe Passing Act, which requires a 4-foot berth when motorists pass bicyclists. Although most drivers are courteous of cyclists, not all are. Until now, they didn’t have to be. The next safety measure ought to include red-light cameras.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Will Save Lives
Erie Times-News (Pennsylvania), Feb. 23, 2012

Pennsylvania is struggling to find ways to improve its transportation infrastructure to make our streets safer. It’s a monumental task. But lost in the larger debate are some of the smaller steps we can take right away to protect motorists and pedestrians. That includes red-light cameras.

Editorial: Fewer Traffic Tickets Means Streets Less Safe
Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania), Feb. 24, 2012

Even though red-light cameras at 19 busy intersections had a positive impact on driving habits across the city, reckless drivers in Philadelphia will find the enforcement climate to be tougher this year after the police commissioner ordered officers to take their ticketing duties more seriously.


“Anytime you enforce the law there’s complaints.”
Richard Miller, Granite City police chief
Suburban Journal (Illinois), Feb. 29, 2012


“I am voting for this. I am erring on the side of health, safety and welfare. I have all the confidence in the world that the sheriff will do the right thing.”
Jim Coletta, Collier County commissioner
Naples Daily News (Florida), Feb. 28, 2012


“We’re using technology to offset labor costs. So if we’ve got to hire four to five people to do the same amount of red-light citations as the cameras do, you can see that would cost more than a half-a-million dollars in costs today.”

“When asked if we still need this program, the majority of people still said yes. And I notice when I am on the road that, even at the intersections where there are no cameras, more people are approaching those intersections more cautiously.”
Kevin Rambosk, Collier County Sheriff
Naples Daily News (Florida), Feb. 28, 2012

“This was one of the worst ones we’ve seen. It feels like every few weeks we’re seeing an accident at this spot. If there was anybody up on that sidewalk they would have been killed today.”
Rob Feldman, an employee at a business facing a busy Pasadena intersection
Pasadena Star-News (California), Feb. 24, 2012

“[Red-light cameras have]  made that intersection a lot safer because people are aware.”
Diego Torres, Pasadena Police Department lieutenant
Pasadena Star-News (California), Feb. 24, 2012

Illinois
A decline in the number of tickets in Granite City indicates drivers are getting the message to stop on red. From March 1, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2010, the police department issued 3,374 tickets. In 2011, the department issued 2,237 tickets. (Source: Suburban Journals, Feb. 29, 2012)

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