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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 18

April 5th, 2012

Pennsylvania Cities Prepare for Cameras as Legislators Debate
WHTM TV 27 (Pennsylvania), April 4, 2012

At least two local municipalities — Lancaster and Harrisburg — are considering installing red light cameras at city intersections as a bill moves through the state legislature to allow other cities to join Philadelphia in using the technology. See related coverage from Lancaster Online and WPMT TV 43.

Vote Lets Fine Collections Proceed as Usual in Louisiana
WVLA TV 33, April 3, 2012

A Senate committee shot down a bill on April 2 that would have stopped collection agencies from picking up fines for tickets that come from red-light cameras. See related coverage in The Times-Picayune.

2 Students Injured when School Bus, Car Collide
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), April 2, 2012

Middle Township police say a car ran a red light and hit a school bus carrying 16 students on Monday, sending two 13-year-old students to the hospital. One student suffered a neck injury, while the other youth hurt his arm. Read the police department’s Facebook post here.

4 Hospitalized from Red-Light Running Collision
NBC Philadelphia.com (Pennsylvania), April 1, 2012

One person is currently in serious condition with head injuries, and three others are stable with minor injuries from a collision in which investigators say one vehicle ran a red light.

New Cameras Activated on Busy Roads in Spruce Grove
Edmonton Journal (Canada), April 1, 2012

The city of Spruce Grove is set to activate new red light and speed cameras April 3 at three busy intersections. … However, motorists will be let off with a warning during a grace period that will end once the province approves the program.

Another Alabama City Eyes Red-Light Cameras
Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia), March 31, 2012

Red-light runners in many cities are as much a part of the daily commute as coffee to-go and talk radio. In some of the more traveled parts of Phenix City, the question isn’t whether one hurried motorist will disregard a changing traffic signal, but how many will barrel through the intersection after him. (Ledger-Enquirer photo by John Paull captures a likely location for red-light cameras in Phenix City.)

Nassau County Awaits OK for 50 More Cameras
Newsday (New York), March 29, 2012

Nassau County expects to generate $6 million in net revenue annually provided the state Legislature approves 50 more camera sites. … That dollar figure would be a sharp decline from 2011, in which Nassau’s original 50 red-light camera intersections generated nearly $28 million in gross revenue.

School Bus Bill Passes Maryland House
Your4State.com (Maryland), April 2, 2012

A bill to make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on people who pass school buses that are loading or unloading students made it through the Maryland House. The bill requires photos of the rear license plate only.

@ATS_RoadSafety  @NSCsafety April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month! Look for tips on staying safe all month. http://ow.ly/a2g45  #drivecellfree

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the city of Surfside, Florida, has extended its current road safety camera contract for one year to 2015. Surfside has been an ATS client since 2010.

Social Advantage
Police departments are finding the social network scene the place to be for communicating with the people they protect, and American Traffic Solutions can help. The Granite City Police Department’s Facebook page is one example of this collaboration. If you’re one of the more than 150 million Facebook members in the U.S., (NHTSA is a member) visit the Granite City site to see how it interacts with the community through traffic safety messages, crime reports, department news and other posts. To contact ATS, just click.

Commentary: You Never Know Who’s Watching the Road
The Virginia-Pilot, March 31, 2012

I was driving to Chesapeake. Dentist appointment. Got off the highway. I’m a few minutes late but not obscenely so. Traffic light. It’s yellow. What do I do? … I stop. Better to be safe than sorry. Also, you know, it’s kind of the law.

Commentary: Puyallup Right to Look Closely at Red-Light Cameras
The Herald (Washington), March 29, 2012

Although the ticket price is steep and hard to swallow for a safe driver like me, I can see how these red-light cameras can do a lot of good in the way of educating the public and discouraging continued behavior.

Letter: Red-Light Camera Ticket Changed My Driving
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), April 4, 2012

I am a red-light runner and have been ticketed by the camera and have paid my fine. And, I might add, without complaining that my rights have been violated and without having to consult an attorney. I now pay more attention to my driving and make sure I come to a complete stop at an intersection before turning.

“It’s not a tax; it’s a penalty. You only have to pay that penality if you break the law.”
Doug Hausladen, New Haven Downtown Alderman
New Haven Independent/AmericanCity.org (Connecticut), April 3, 2012

“By no means would we put red-light cameras on every single red light in town — that’s not what it’s designed to do. What it’s designed to do is to look at your most problem intersections like Opelika Road and U.S. 280, intersections that have a lot of crashes in them and a lot of red-light violations on top of that.”
Ray Smith, Police Chief of Phenix City, Ala.
Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia), March 31, 2012

“People will complain about the cameras and I’ll say, ‘When somebody in your family gets hit by a red-light runner, you’re going to be back tomorrow asking me how you get the cameras in your city.'”
Shauna Hallmark, Iowa State University associate professor who studies red-light cameras
Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia), March 31, 2012

“My argument was if we didn’t want to use technology, then we shouldn’t have radios in police cars and we shouldn’t have radar units in police cars. All of these things are advances in technology to help our police officers be more efficient and do a better job.”
Gary Fuller, Mayor of Opelika, Ala.
Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia), March 31, 2012

Edmonton, Alberta, which began its red-light safety camera program in 1999 with six cameras and now has 49 red-light/speed through intersection cameras in addition to mobile vans, continues to show progressive improvements in traffic safety after nearly 13 years of camera operation, a recently released analysis shows. From 2007 through 2011, the city reports: injury collisions are down 36.5% and fatal collision have diminished by 31.3%. Also, collisions per 1,000 people are down 25%. Source: City of Edmonton.

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