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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 23

May 10th, 2012

Fearing More Crashes, Arizona Governor Vetoes Intersection Definition Change
Arizona Daily Star, May 10, 2012

Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed legislation to alter the legal definition of an “intersection” in state law, saying she feared such a change would lead to more collisions. (East Valley Tribune image.)

Police: Man Dies in Red-Light Running Collision with Dump Truck
The Express-Times (New Jersey), May 9, 2012

A 52-year-old man died in a two-vehicle collision in Pohatcong Township at one of the town’s intersections without a red-light camera.

Delaware Bill Would Allow Speed Cameras
Associated Press, May 9, 2012

State lawmakers are considering a bill that authorizes the use of speed enforcement cameras in Dover and Wilmington. (Smithsonian Magazine/istockphoto)

Attention Grows over TV Station’s Camera-Myth-Busting Story
Jacksonville Business Journal (Florida), May 9, 2012

After analyzing traffic records in five Florida cities, a TV station in Orlando, Fla., refuted critics’ claims of red-light cameras causing more rear-end crashes. The station also showed that red-light cameras do help reduce collisions, and that shorter yellow lights are a myth. The National Coalition for Safer Roads commends the station for its work. See related coverage at MSNAuto.com/Exhaust notes and CNET.com.

Ohio City Tows Cars for Multiple Red-Light Tickets
Green Bay Press Gazette, May 8, 2012

Authorities in Dayton have gotten the attention of motorists who weren’t paying tickets generated from traffic cameras by towing multiple violators’ vehicles.

Summer Transportation Work Includes Cameras’ Installation
Opelika-Auburn News (Alabama), May 8, 2012

In Opelika, American Traffic Solutions is working to have a start date so the planned six or seven cameras go live 24-hours a day in August. Warnings will be issued at first to help prepare the public.

Public Hearing Eyes More Red-Light Cameras
Newsday (New York), May 8, 2012

Concerns about the duration of the yellow phase of traffic lights dominated a public hearing Tuesday.  Traffic light intervals are set by the state Department of Transportation in accordance with federal guidelines.

Police: Residents Say Cameras to Catch Speeders a Success
Montgomery Advertiser (Alabama), May 5, 2012

When the city’s speeding enforcement program started Jan. 15, the Montgomery Police Department’s traffic division started placing fully-marked police cars in school zones, neighborhoods and construction zones on a daily basis. Since then, residents say it’s working. (Montgomery Advertiser photo by Mickey Welsh)

3rd Intersection in Brick Gets Outfitted with Red-Light Camera
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), May 5, 2012

New traffic-light enforcement cameras have been installed at a third intersection in Brick. A 30-day warning period began May 7th, to give drivers a chance to get accustomed to the camera. After that time, police will issue tickets.

Cameras Capture Dangerous, Odd Behavior in Tampa Bay Area
WTSP TV 10 (Florida), May 10, 2012

Red-light cameras from around the bay area are catching people running through red lights, driving with doors open and some other weird stuff.

Philadelphia Story Tells a Promising Tale of Red-Light Cameras
WPXI TV 11 (Pennsylvania), May 9, 2012

A bill that would authorize 19 of Pennsylvania’s most populated cities — including Pittsburgh — to install red-light cameras in an effort to improve traffic is still awaiting approval in the state legislature. Pittsburgh’s TV 11 visits Philadelphia to see how the program works.

Police Captain Explains Importance of Speed Cameras
TBN.com/58News Talk PHFL (Maryland), May 8, 2012

Montgomery County Police Capt. Tom Didone gives a 20-minute interview on the county’s new speed corridor program, and explains why there is a speed threshold, how public input influenced the location for cameras and why speed limits are set for stopping safely.

Aurora Police Release Dramatic Video of Collision
KDVR TV 31 (Colorado), May 7, 2012

Aurora police have released dramatic photographs and video of an intersection collision involving an automobile and a motocycle. Police say the car’s driver ran the traffic signal several seconds after it turned red. See related coverage from The Denver Post. Read why the motorcyclist has no hard feelings toward the driver at KCNC-TV 4.

Children Injured as School Bus Driver Evades Red-Light Runner
The Herald-Mail (Maryland), May 7, 2012

Fourteen elementary school students were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after their school bus driver applied the brakes to avoid a collision with a red-light runner, according to Hagerstown Police Department reports.

Campaign Targets Motorists Who Illegally Pass Stopped School Buses
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register (West Virginia), May 5, 2012

Ohio County school bus driver Ivan Myles is responsible for transporting 266 students to and from school five days a week, and some members of the driving public do not make his job easy. Each day, school bus drivers throughout West Virginia report nearly 600 motorists are passing stopped school buses. See related article in The Journal.

@ATS_RoadSafety  Florida TV Station @WFTV Busts Red-Light Camera Myths http://on-msn.com/JVoIdq #FL  #RLSC  #RoadSafety  #StopOnRed

Editorial: False Claims Fog Red-Light Camera Bill
New Haven Register (Connecticut), May 5, 2012

One of the most bogus and most enduring arguments against red-light cameras is that they are really devices for cities to raise money, not to save lives. The argument is bogus because if the cameras are installed, fewer drivers will run red lights because they know they will be caught. Fewer violators means less revenue.

Editorial: Red Light? Just Stop!
New Britain Herald (Connecticut), May 4, 2012

Frankly,  we’re not only hoping that the Connecticut red-light bill will be signed into law but that both New Britain and Bristol will be selected to be among the first cities in the state to be a part of this experiment.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Decrease Crashes
Times of Trenton (New Jersey), May 9, 2012

We support the use of traffic light cameras for the purpose of reducing automobile accidents and the injuries they inflict. We should keep the red-light safety camera program in place because it is clearly working.

Letter: Disobeying the Law Should Cost You
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (New York), May 6, 2012

I find strange logic in the April 25 letter decrying the red-light cameras as a “money grab.” The fines are punishment for drivers who disobey the law. This is not a ploy “to get taxpayers’ money” as suggested. If the scofflaws fill the city’s coffers, the law-abiding taxpayer will then have less to pay.

Letter: EMS Leader Supports Red-Light Cameras
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), May 4, 2012

MONOC, New Jersey’s single largest EMS and medical transportation service, supports the use of traffic red-light cameras for the purpose of reducing automobile accidents and the injuries they inflict.

“Most people recognize that they can drive a certain speed on a road, but those speed limits are set for people stopping. It’s that reaction time, and two or three seconds can mean the difference of a life-changing event.”
Tom Didone, Montgomery County, Maryland, Police Captain
TBD.com (Virginia), May 8, 2012

“We’re still real early into the (speed camera) program. We’ll judge this as we go along. But so far, from a citizens’ point of view, it’s been working.”
Keith Barnett, Montgomery Police Department Major
Montgomery Advertiser (Alabama), May 5, 2012

“Our first intersections with red-light camera technology have shown that the program is having a positive impact on drivers’ behavior by reducing serious crashes.”
Stephen Acropolis, Mayor of Brick Township
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), May 5, 2012

In Montgomery, the police department’s new speed camera program that installs cameras in fully marked but decommissioned police cruisers is winning approval from residents. Since January when 1,671 vehicle owners were issued tickets, the number has declined to 1,061 in February, 592 in March and rose in April to 769. Source: Montgomery Advertiser, May 5, 2012.

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