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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 2, Issue 19

April 12th, 2012

Florida Traffic Law Goes Beyond Public Safety, Aids Research in Paralysis
Tampa Bay Business Journal, April 12, 2012

Florida is raising the bar in its approach to traffic enforcement and road safety. A powerful traffic safety act uses a portion of traffic light violation fees to fund paralysis research, helping to benefit victims of motor vehicle collisions. View video.

New Haven Gets Its Day at Capitol; Cameras an Expected Topic
New Haven Register (Connecticut), April 11, 2012

When New Haven residents, businesses and organizations gather at the state Capitol for the annual New Haven Day event, Mayor John DeStefano Jr. is expected to talk about red-light cameras.

Chicago Speed Camera Plan Gains Speed
Chicago Sun-Times (Illinois), April 11, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to install speed cameras near Chicago parks and schools is moving forward. A committee vote on Wednesday pushes the proposal to the full council, where 26 votes are needed for passage.

Cameras Help Police Track Motorcyclists at 155 mph
The Republican (Massachusetts), April 11, 2012

State police clocked a pack of motorcyclists at speeds of up to 155 mph as they rode north on Interstate 91 Saturday afternoon. Authorities located two of the speeders with the help of recently installed traffic cameras.

House Committee Rejects Camera Limits
The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com (Missouri), April 10, 2012

A House committee on Tuesday rejected separate bills that would have set a standard caution light duration and would have prevented traffic cameras from issuing tickets to drivers unless they exceeded the posted speed limits by 10 mph or more. (The Times-Picayune photo by Michael DeMocker)

Highway Agency Urges Safe Driving in Construction Zones
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), April 10, 2012

The State Highway Administration has 15 major projects beginning or under way in the Baltimore area, and each one is a place where traffic crashes can occur. Each year, Maryland averages 2,600 work-zone crashes, resulting in 1,400 people injured and 12 killed. Four out of five fatalities are motorists. (The Washington Post photo by Mark Gail.)

School Bus, Car Collide at Intersection
WXTV Channel 10 (California), April 9, 2012

Police say a Sacramento City Unified School Bus traveling south crashed into a Honda turning left at an intersection, injuring two children and the Honda driver. The children were later sent home. Police are investigating which vehicle had the right of way.

Speed Camera Talk Picks Up in New York City
Capital, April 9, 2012

Upon their arrival in Albany next week, Transportation Alternatives will be talking about Assemblywoman Deborah Glick’s bill to allow New York City to install up to 40 speed limit photo devices.

Cameras Activated at 8th Jersey City Location
The Jersey Journal, April 9, 2012

New red-light cameras have been installed at two intersections in Jersey City, bringing the number of city intersections with the cameras to eight.

Police Chief Speaks to Red-Light Camera Issue
The Des Moines Register (Iowa), April 9, 2012

There’s this surface-level argument where one side says it’s about safety, and the other side says it’s about money. … Communities (using traffic cameras) have a problem to solve.

Red-Light Running Crashes Down 47% in Delaware
WMDT TV 47 (Delaware), April 9, 2012

Crash numbers from Delaware’s statewide red-light safety cameras may quiet critics of the program.

College Student Dies in Red-Light Running Crash
KTNV TV 13 (Nevada), March 30, 2012

A 26-year-old college student, who died in a red-light running crash in Las Vegas, is remembered by his family as a man of faith, who often traveled to provide spiritual guidance to others. The collision killed one other man and injured two others.

Washington County Authorizes School Bus Cameras
Herald-Mail (Maryland), April 10, 2012

Select school buses in the county will soon be equipped with cameras to catch drivers who pass illegally now that the Washington County Board of Commissioners has approved an ordinance authorizing their use.  Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore estimates 250 to 300 vehicles illegally pass school buses in the county each year. (Associated Press photo)

@ATS_RoadSafety  NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Accidents down by 12-16% at 40 intersections with safety cameras in Nassau County. blog.tstc.org/2012/04/10/dis… #StopOnRed #RoadSafety

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the city of Longview, Washington, has extended its current road safety camera contract for up to three years, and that the city of Miami, Florida, has amended its program to add up to 35 more red-light safety cameras. Both municipalities have been ATS customers since 2010.

Commentary: Empirical Data Supports Use of Cameras
Fort Collins Coloradoan (Colorado), April 9, 2012

From a public safety perspective the use of any tool should be judged in two ways: Does it enhance, improve, or promote public safety; and does it result in efficiencies? Camera radar and red-light cameras are two examples. Empirical data supports the use of these technological tools in our community and shows a reduction in serious injury crashes.

Letter: Iowa Needs Its Red-Light Cameras
The Daily Nonpareil, April 10, 2012

It seems once again the members of the Iowa House and Senate are acting on hearsay and complaining but using no common sense. They are ready to ban cameras at intersections and for what? Some idiot who wants the freedom to run red lights or speed complains about a violation of their civil rights. What about the rights of those driving responsibly who don’t want to be run over or into?

Letter: Photo Radar Does Change Behavior
Arizona Daily Star, April 9, 2012

Why are people trying to kill me? I was out running a few errands. I drove about 20 urban miles. I saw no fewer than four drivers blowing through stop signs … I saw at least four people make left turns after the green arrow ended.

Letter: Don’t Like Tickets? Don’t Run Red Lights
Redding Record Searchlight (California), April 9, 2012

There seems to be many red-light runners who think that since no cop was there to see them run the light, then it’s “unfair” that drivers should be held accountable for their actions. Big Brother is picking on the law-abiding citizen, apparently. There should be a cop at every intersection. Cameras lie (except for the instant replays at sporting events).

Letter: Red Light Cameras Improve Driving Safety
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), April 9, 2012

As the former director of emergency services for Washington County, I have more than a passing interest in public safety. Two legislative proposals under consideration in Harrisburg would give more Pennsylvania communities the option to improve road safety by installing red-light cameras at dangerous intersections. Right now, only Philadelphia has that authority, and it’s working.

Letter: Red Lights Are Warranted
Auburn Reporter (Washington), April 4, 2012

How could any rational city council person be opposed to red light cameras? Who does the council represent? Criminals from out of town or the law-abiding, honest citizens who live here?

In its report to the state legislature on the status of Delaware’s Electronic Red Light Safety Program, the Delaware Department of Transportation found that total crashes at intersections with red-light cameras have decreased by 7 percent since the program’s start in 2004 through 2011. Additional findings show right-angle crashes have decreased 57 percent, red-light running crashes are down 41 percent and rear-end crashes have been reduced by 5 percent. See the report here

“This (school bus safety camera) program will be very beneficial in reducing the number of violations and reducing the risk to our children of being struck by a vehicle.”
Douglas Mullendore, Sheriff of Washington County 
Herald-Mail (Maryland) April 10, 2012

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The risk of a fatal car crash goes up on tax day, according to a new study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The study looked at traffic fatalities one week before and one week after tax day (or whichever weekday taxes are due) for the past 30 years and found fatalities on tax day were 6 percent higher than the other days in the study. Stress is a likely contributor because it contributes to driver distraction and short-term human error. Source: Time magazine, April 11, 2012  

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