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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 25

May 24th, 2012

 


Worst Holiday for Red-Light Running is Upon Us
USA Today, May 23, 2012

Memorial Day weekend is ranked the No. 1 holiday weekend for red-light running — worse than even Super Bowl Sunday or Halloween — based on the National Coalition for Safer Roads report titled “Safer Roads Report 2012: Trends in Red-Light Running.” See related coverage from WTOP RadioTucson Citizen and KWQC TV 6. View the study.

Grand Jury Report Supports Red-Light Cameras
Mill Valley Herald (California), May 23, 2012

In the wake of ongoing controversy involving San Rafael’s red-light cameras, a Marin County Civil Grand Jury has issued a report which says that the cameras “constitute a viable safety option for the reduction of red-light intersection accidents.” See related coverage from PacificSun.com. View report.


Photo Enforcement Citation Numbers Fluctuate in Arizona Cities
The Arizona Republic, May 22, 2012

Four municipalities in metropolitan Phoenix have issued fewer photo-enforcement traffic citations over the past four years …, while other cities in the area that use the technology saw their citation numbers remain fairly steady or go up.

Red-Light Running Violations Bring Fines, Discipline or No Action Against Police Depending upon City
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), May 22, 2012

St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Port Richey waive the tickets for law enforcement and emergency vehicles, often opting for a written or verbal warning instead. Yet other agencies, such as Hillsborough County, South Pasadena, Gulfport, New Port Richey, Temple Terrace and Tampa have policies that require officers to pay the fine.


Red-Light Cameras Working in Kansas City, Report Says
The Kansas City Star (Missouri), May 22, 2012

Kansas City police board members received a final report on red-light cameras this week, which concluded that the cameras “appear to have accomplished their intended purpose by modifying driver behavior.” Camera-generated citations and wrecks caused by red-light running, which usually are the most dangerous have both declined. See related coverage from WDAF TV 4. View the report. See related press release.


Most Intersection Collisions in Montgomery Blamed on Red-Light Runners
WAKA TV 8 (Alabama), May 23, 2012

Montgomery Police have identified certain intersections as the most dangerous in town, … and said most intersection collisions are the direct result of drivers running red lights, putting themselves and other drivers at risk.


Drivers Point Fingers in Collision; Video Settles Dispute
WFTV Channel 9 (Florida), May 23, 2012

A traffic crash in Osceola County left drivers blaming one another as the irresponsible one, but a red-light camera helped police figure out who was at fault in a crash involving several cars. See video.


Public Offers Solutions to Protect Children in Crosswalks
KVBC TV 3 (Nevada), May 21, 2012

This news station’s cameras catch some of the worst offenders of traffic laws near schools, including a motorist who fails to stop on red with a police officer standing on the corner.


Georgia School District to Install School Bus Safety Cameras
School Transportation News, May 23, 2012

Newton County Schools will install stop arm CrossingGuard cameras to help improve the level of traffic safety for children as they board and disembark stopped school buses. (Newton Citizen photo by Sue Ann Kuhn Smith)

@ATS_RoadSafety  Must read report from @SaferRoadsUSA: Report 2012: Trends in Red-Light Running //bit.ly/L7OIIw   #StopOnRed

Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Are a Local Matter
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), May 23, 2012

New Jersey state Sen. Michael Doherty says it has become clear that red-light cameras are more about generating revenue than increasing motorist safety. … But the emphasis on revenue doesn’t by itself mean safety isn’t enhanced as well.

Editorial: Cameras Make Drivers Accountable for Their Actions
Johnson City Press (Tennessee), May 21, 2012

There’s a feeling among some drivers in this state that they should be allowed to break the state’s driving laws with impunity. They erroneously believe if there’s no cop to catch you, how can it be a crime? Red-light cameras thwart this notion.


Letter: Cameras Make Our Roads Safer
CourierPostOnline (New Jersey), May 21, 2012

We support the use of traffic-light cameras for the purpose of reducing automobile accidents and the injuries they inflict.

Letter: Use Speed Cameras, Not Speed Bumps, to Slow Speeders
ExploreHoward.com (Maryland), May 21, 2012

It is with dismay that I read that Howard County is going to resume speed bump construction. … A better solution is expansion of the speed camera system.


Letter: Pedestrian Welcomes Photo Enforcement
Appeal-Democrat (California), May 17, 2012

People complaining about the traffic light cameras are the ones who fear getting caught. As a pedestrian, I try to cross a Marysville intersection where there is a camera and even then, I am never sure that drivers will not zoom through a red light or neglect to stop before entering the intersection.

Letter: Give Every Pennsylvania Community the Option of Cameras
York Dispatch, May 16, 2012

Although many Pennsylvania cities are working to ensure safe cycling conditions, there is more they can do, if only they had all of the tools. Right now, only Philadelphia is allowed to use red-light cameras at dangerous intersections. … Shouldn’t every community have that option?


“We want people to drive the speed limit and stop at red lights. It would be wonderful if we didn’t have to issue one radar ticket.”
John Bennett, Paradise Valley Police Chief
The Arizona Republic, May 23, 2012


“I don’t think there’s much to discuss when it comes to safety. The numbers indicate that it makes this a safer town, makes those intersections safer, we know that accidents are down. Red light violations are down because people are getting the message. But let’s step back for a second and remember the people being ticketed are running red lights.”
Patrick McInerney, President Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners
WDAF TV Fox 4 (Missouri), May 22, 2012

National
More than 2.3 million drivers ran a red light in 2011, according to an analysis of data from 1,240 red-light safety cameras across 142 areas in 18 states, according to a report from the National Coalition for Safer Roads. The study also found red-light running violations on Memorial Day weekend are 27% greater than violations from an average weekend. Source: Sacramento Bee, May 23, 2012.

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