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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 15

March 15th, 2012

Stop Red Light Running

Meet Gladys Hola, an American Traffic Solutions employee who puts her heart into her work for a very personal reason. His name is Penisimani. His family called him “Tauveli.” He was married to Gladys’ cousin until a red-light running crash took his life. The collision left two people dead and changed the life of another forever. Tauveli died some time ago, but the memory of his life lives on. For Gladys, that tragic day is her daily motivation to help others avoid the real-life consequences of red-light running. ATS is proud of Gladys and her courageous spirit, and invites you to read her story, the East Valley Tribune’s account of the crash and her message for parents.

This month, as Arizona gives special recognition to Red-Light Running Awareness, ATS asks you to visit Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance online and to listen to the organization’s public service video and radio announcement on the dangers of red-light running. Help spread the message to Stop on Red! The life you save may be your own or someone you love.

Connecticut Advances Red-Light Camera Bill
Journal Inquirer, March 15, 2012

A proposal that would allow Manchester, East Hartford, and other larger municipalities to use cameras to ticket the owners of vehicles that run red lights has cleared its first legislative hurdle, with a 26-11 vote in the House Transportation Committee. See related coverage in The Journal News. (Photo from WTNH TV 8 video)

Circuit Judge Upholds Red-Light Camera Ordinance
KMOX News Radio (Missouri), March 14, 2012

A would-be class action lawsuit on whether red-light cameras are legal in Creve Coeur was dismissed Tuesday. Circuit Judge David Vincent ruled the ordinance allowing the cameras does not conflict with state law and does not violate due process. See related coverage in Creve Coeur Patch.

Gloucester County Gets Picture of Red-Light Camera Activity
Gloucester County Times (New Jersey), March 13, 2012

ATS report indicates most dangerous time at intersections based on violation numbers.

Cameras Make Roads Safer with a Snap
The London Free Press (England), March 13, 2012

Red-light cameras improve traffic safety even at intersections where the devices aren’t installed, says an American group that recently completed a comprehensive study of the cameras’ effectiveness. Simply put, drivers pay more attention everywhere in cities that have even a few monitoring devices.

Debate Precedes Red-Light Camera Bill Vote
WTNH TV 8 (Connecticut), March 13, 2012

Connecticut’s red-light running bill takes shape and draws debate in the state capitol, where advocates say their research is sound and public safety will benefit from this new law. See related coverage from The Day and Stamford Advocate.

Serious Crashes, Injuries Decrease at Cameras’ Crossroads
Brick Patch (New Jersey), March 12, 2012

The most serious types of car crashes – and the rate at which they caused injuries to parties involved – dropped last year at the two intersections in Brick that are outfitted with red-light violation cameras. (Daily Record.com photo by Thomas P. Costello)

One Ticket is Enough for Vast Majority of Drivers in Woodbridge
Woodbridge Patch (New Jersey), March 12, 2012

Evidence from red-light cameras at four intersections in Woodbridge Township garnered more than 7,000 tickets, with more than 97 percent of them going to people who lived outside the township, and 98 percent of them going to the same driver only once, indicating a high level of compliance with the program.

Arlington County Budgets for Camera Expansion
ARL.now (Virginia), March 12, 2012

Funding for eight additional red-light safety cameras is in the Arlington County Police Department’s proposed FY 2013 budget. The county eyes a planned expansion of the program to six intersections identified as safety concerns.

6th Camera Powers Up in Jersey City
Jersey Journal (New Jersey), March 10, 2012

A sixth red-light camera in Jersey City became operational this morning, but drivers who commit a moving violation at that location over the next month will receive a warning and not a ticket, city officials said. Fines of $85 will be issued beginning April 10.

Pennsylvania Distributes Red-Light-Running-Fine Revenues
The Inquirer, March 9, 2012

As the state divides up Philadelphia’s red-light camera fines this year, $1.5 million is being distributed to 26 Pennsylvania cities and towns, while another $1.5 million is going to Philadelphia for highway-safety projects. (Photo from WPVI TV 6 video)

Court Ruling: Local Voters Cannot Ban Red-Light Cameras
The Seattle Times (Washington), March 8, 2012

The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that a 2010 Mukilteo ballot initiative banning red-light cameras is invalid. The long-awaited ruling means initiative efforts in other cities around the state, including Longview, Bellingham, Monroe, Redmond and Wenatchee, are also invalid. See related coverage in the Redmond PatchBellingham Herald and read the court ruling.

School Bus Tragedy Leads to Stiffer Traffic Penalities in Iowa
Lee Gazette/WCF Courier, March 14, 2012

Teary-eyed, but smiling, Kari Halverson, said Iowa lawmakers have done right by her — and her daughter. Halverson was on hand at the Capitol to witness unanimous House approval of Senate File 2218, which increases penalities for people who disobey traffic laws governing how motorists and school buses share the road.

@ATS_RoadSafety  March in #AZ is red-light running awareness month. Spread the word that #RedMeansStop. Read why: //bit.ly/wrFZxt

@ATS_RoadSafety  Obey the law! #RedMeansStop #AZ woman cause of fatal red-light running crash: //bit.ly/zPNKi7 via @Fox10AZAM

Connecticut Legislators Hear Opinions on Red-Light Cameras
FOX CT News, March 12, 2012

Days before their vote, legislators heard opinions and evidence on the effectiveness of red-light safety cameras in their pursuit to allow cities with populations greater than 48,000 to install the road safety camera programs.

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce the city of Bel Air, Maryland, has agreed to extend its road safety camera program contract.

Editorial: Though There Are Issues, Cameras Can Save Lives
The Hartford-Courant (Connecticut), March 13, 2012

It’s impossible to have a cop on every corner. Technology can help. Though there are conflicting issues in the use of intersection cameras, they can save lives. Officials in New Haven, which has seen some horrific red-light-running collisions in recent years, want to try cameras. Let that be the pilot project.

Editorial: Study Identifies Problem with Driver Safety
The Register-Guard (Oregon), March 10, 2012

A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association says while the number of speed-related crashes and traffic deaths has declined, speed continues to be a key factor in at least a third of all traffic deaths. The association rightly identifies the problem as public indifference.

Letter: More Work Ahead to Curb Speeding
Chicago Tribune (Illinois), March 14, 2012

It it is clear to us that the Governors Highway Safety Association’s recent report shows there is still work to be done in Illinois and across the country to change the public perception that speeding is an acceptable alternative to obeying the law.

“Red light cameras ultimately will change drivers’ behaviors to stop running red lights and I think that’s, for me, as a physician, is the ultimate goal.”
Dr. Kirsten Bechtel, Yale-New Haven Hospital
WTNH TV Channel 8, March 12, 2012

“I am not looking for a penny of revenue and my sincere interest is creating a climate in which people feel safe.”
Pedro Segarra, Hartford mayor
Stamford Advocate (Connecticut), March 12, 2012

“One of the major complaints of residents of my neighborhood, which includes many young and elderly, is that the streets are just not safe. There’s been a lot of talk about whether these (red-light cameras) will work, but we’re big kids in New Haven and we should be able to figure out whether this is good for us or not.”
Justin Elicker, New Haven Alderman
Stamford Advocate (Connecticut), March 12, 2012

“The intent of our road safety program is to get drivers to obey traffic signals. The purpose of this program is to improve public safety and reduce collisions resulting from red-light violations.”
Thomas Comey, Jersey City police chief
Jersey Journal (New Jersey), March 10, 2012

A Governors Highway Safety Association report finds that at least 35 states have reduced the number of police officers assigned to speed enforcement. And seven states — Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia — have raised speed limits on some roads. Texas posts the country’s highest speed limit — a ripping 85 mph on stretches of rural highways. Source: The Register-Guard, March 10, 2012.

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