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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 16

March 22nd, 2012

Stop on Red

Intersections are sometimes called crossroads of conflict for a good reason, it’s where nearly half of all urban crashes occur. It’s also the place where drivers face their greatest risk of injury on account of a red-light runner accelerating to cross instead of slowing down to stop. This March, as Arizona recognizes Red-Light Running Awareness Month, ATS urges everyone to spread the message to Stop On Red! The life you save may be your own. To see how the Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance is proclaiming the message of safety, visit their website. You may also want to listen to their public service video and radio announcement on the dangers of red-light running.

Paramus Borough Officials Interested in Red-Light Cameras
Paramus Patch (New Jersey), March 22, 2012

Drivers here may soon have an electronic eye on them at certain stoplights. The borough is weighing whether to implement a red-light camera program, and is reviewing which intersections would be the best spot for cameras.

Traffic Crashes Decrease 18% in Edmonton
Edmonton Journal (Canada), March 21, 2012

Edmonton officials attribute an 18 percent decline in traffic collisions last year to enforcement, education and engineering. “Any time you’re seeing a drop like that compared to an increase in population (means) the changes that are happening are showing some really good results,” said Gerry Shimko, executive director of the Office of Traffic Safety.

Police Use Cameras in Search for Missing Woman
Sun Sentinel (Florida), March 21, 2012

A 45-year-old Coral Springs woman went missing last week, but the discovery of her abandoned BMW led police to check available video from businesses and red-light cameras in the area as they continue their search for her.

Jersey City to Activate 7th Set of Red-Light Cameras
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), March 21, 2012

Shortly after initiating a 30-day warning period for its sixth set of red-light cameras on March 16, Jersey City announced it will soon activate a seventh set of cameras, this time at Montgomery Street and Kennedy Boulevard. See related article from The Jersey Journal.

Commission’s Vote Advances Red-Light Camera Proposal in Dothan
DothanFirst.com (Alabama), March 20, 2012

By a 5-2 vote, Dothan City Commissioners took the next step in bringing red-light cameras to their city, passing a resolution that asks state lawmakers to authorize a camera program in Dothan.

Red-Light Camera Count Could Rise in Fort Lauderdale
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), March 20, 2012

Fort Lauderdale city officials on Tuesday appeared receptive to a company’s proposal to add as many as 30 additional cameras to the six that were first installed in 2010, but a decision date is yet to be set. Meanwhile, city staffers continue to examine how the initial cameras have affected traffic safety.

Pittsburgh Council Considers Red-Light Cameras
WDUQ 90.5 FM Public Radio (Pennsylvania), March 20, 2012

At a Pittsburgh City Council hearing Tuesday, state Rep. Paul Costa said red-light cameras help prevent “T-bone” crashes at busy intersections, and raise revenue by issuing $100 tickets. “I’m not going to deny that it does make money. … But the bottom line is, it saves lives,” Costa said.

Boot Awaits Ticket Scofflaws in Nassau County
WNYW Fox 5 (New York), March 20, 2012

Drivers with three or more outstanding parking and red-light camera tickets could have their vehicle booted and towed under Nassau County’s new Boot-and-Tow Program that begins March 26. With the county’s amnesty program over, nearly 16,000 vehicles are at risk. See related coverage by Long Island Press. (Long Island Business News photo)

Driver in T-Bone Crash Charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide
MSNBC (Ohio), March 19, 2012

A man accused of crashing into a woman’s vehicle killing her, then fleeing the scene, has been charged in a Cleveland courtroom with aggravated vehicular homicide and felony hit-skip. See related coverage at WOIO Channel 19 and FOX Channel 8.

Creve Coeur’s Red-Light Cameras Win Another Legal Battle
Riverfront Times (Missouri), March 16, 2012

In his ruling, St. Louis County Judge David Vincent dismissed all claims against Creve Coeur’s red-light camera program and noted that the city offers appropriate due process through its municipal court. Read the ruling.

Longview May Add Speed Cameras in 3 Additional School Zones
The Daily News (Washington), March 15, 2012

The Longview City Council is considering putting speed cameras in three more school zones where hundreds of vehicles a day are being driven more than 5 mph above the 20 mph speed limit.

Stop-Arm Cameras on Buses in the Works in Newton County
Covington News (Georgia), March 17, 2012

With Georgia leading the nation in school bus fatalities, and in light of recent legislation allowing stop-arm cameras on school buses, the Newton County School Board is discussing whether to use the cameras to improve traffic safety as students board and depart buses.

Car Injures Teen Exiting School Bus
Cedar Grove/Verona Observers (New Jersey), March 16, 2012

Police say a 15-year-old boy had just gotten off of his school bus, which was stopped with its red lights flashing, and was attempting to cross the street when a 2003 Ford struck him and knocked him to the ground. The boy sustained a non-life threatening injury to his leg.

@ATS_RoadSafety  Paramedic says red-light cameras prevent crashes and improve public safety //bit.lyAjnhwr via lancasteronline #RedMeansStop.

Elected Official’s Red-Light Run Stuns Safety Advocate
KTVK TV Channel 3 (Arizona), March 21, 2012

One of the Arizona legislature’s most vocal critics of photo traffic enforcement has, himself, been caught on camera running a red light. … The head of the Red Means Stop Coalition says the senator’s explanation of the event is not good enough, … and he has a responsibility as a role model for teenagers just learning to drive.

Drivers Talk Red-Light Cameras
WCTV Channel 2 (Florida), March 19, 2012

A red-light running crash this weekend left three people dead at one of Tallahassee’s intersections with red-light safety cameras, according to police. The incident leads drivers to voice their thoughts on how cameras affect behavior.

A newly signed five-year agreement between American Traffic Solutions and the town of Secaucus, New Jersey, will bring red-light safety cameras to the city. ATS welcomes Secaucus.

Commentary: West Park Commissioner Urges Safe Driving
Community Newspapers (Florida), March 2012

A lot is happening in our city. Coming up very soon are the red light cameras that are presently being installed right now at six different intersections in West Park. We hope they will change driving behaviors in our city.

Editorial: Court Ruling Aside, Traffic Camera Foes Still Have Options
The News Tribune (Washington), March 18, 2012

Washington Supreme Court has spoken, and opponents of red-light cameras don’t like what it had to say. … They are disappointed and angry that the citizens have been muscled out of the decision-making process. But they haven’t been really.

Editorial: Traffic Tamer Wanted
The Bristol Press (Connecticut), March 17, 2012

The bill that would allow cities of more than 48,000 people the option of placing traffic cameras at busy intersections has cleared another hurdle. … We continue to support the idea.

Editorial: Expand the Use of Red-Light Cameras in Commonwealth
Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania), March 16, 2012

When it comes to the roadways across the commonwealth, safety should be the primary concern of every member of the Legislature. But that clearly has not been the case.

Letter: Speeders Should Not Lament Speed Cameras
Gazette (Maryland), March 21, 2012

I do not wish to engage in a personal dispute with the writer. … I am cynical, too. But my cynicism is directed at those who repeatedly violate our traffic laws and have the audacity to blame the county when they are caught. The writer doesn’t deny that he unlawfully exceeded the posted speed limits on at least two occasions. Yet he complains about the punishment.

Letter: Crack Down on Drivers
Winnipeg Free Press (Canada), March 19, 2012

Having been a first-hand witness to two incidents at red lights, I must write to counter all of the apologists for Winnipeggers with bad driving habits.

Letter: Police Officer Backs Red-Light Cameras for Safety
Dothan Eagle (Alabama), March 18, 2012

I support the traffic cameras that are being proposed for the city of Dothan. I have been a Dothan police officer for the past 22 years. … In that time, I have come to learn that people are going to drive based not on the law, but on how comfortable they feel.  If a person feels comfortable violating a traffic law, they will. I believe that red-light cameras will make drivers a little uncomfortable so they will pay more attention and slow down.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras for City? Yes!
Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era (Pennsylvania), March 16, 2012

I’ve been a paramedic in the area for 15 years, including a six-year stint in the city. There’s nothing more tragic than the scene of an accident. If there are ways to prevent accidents and improve public safety, then we should explore the opportunity.

“We can’t be at every traffic signal. (The cameras do) change driver behavior. We are confident in that.”
Bryan Jeter, Puyallup deputy police chief
The News Tribune (Washington), March 21, 2012

“I also think there’s a big increase in engineering measures, a big increase in police enforcement, and I believe automated enforcement is also leading to a reduction in speed, and a reduction in speed leads to a reduction in collisions.”
Gerry Shimko, Edmonton Office of Traffic Safety executive director
Edmonton Journal (Canada), March 20, 2012

“Before  a violation is sent out in our program, the Philadelphia Parking Authority has to look at it twice, and the Philadelphia Police Department has to look at it once. The checks and balances, and the levels of the process from when that camera activates to when that violation is sent out is pretty substantial.”
Chris Vogler, Philadelphia Parking Authority
WDUK 90.5 FM Public Radio (Pennsylvania), March 20, 2012

New York
The Nassau County Boot and Tow Program begins March 26 and could affect nearly 16,000 vehicles, half of which have unpaid red-light running tickets, amounting to $2.8 million. Source: Long Island Press, March 20, 2012.

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