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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 28

June 14th, 2012

Traffic Deaths Near Historic Low in D.C.; Red-Light, Speed Cameras Credited
NBC Washington, June 13, 2012

The first six months of 2012 have seen six traffic fatalities in 2012, a big drop from the same period last year, when 17 people died in traffic crashes. Between 2002 and 2011, D.C. averaged 44 traffic deaths a year, with extremes ranging from 63 deaths in 2003 to 25 in 2010. In 2011, 32 people died. MPD credits the reduction in traffic fatalities to its somewhat controversial speed and red-light cameras.

Crash Numbers Fall in Frisco Since Cameras’ Arrival
Frisco Enterprise (Texas), June 13, 2012

The Frisco Police Department has seen a dramatic decrease in crashes following the installation of three red-light cameras in March 2011. Data suggests the cameras have been highly beneficial for both the city and the safety of drivers.

State Signs-Off on 2 New Camera Locations
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), June 13, 2012

State officials have given the OK for Jersey City to install two more sets of red-light cameras. The city has 24 cameras at eight intersections already, and plans to install 14 more cameras at six additional locations.

State Circuit Court Upholds Another Missouri Camera Ordinance
Arnold Patch, June 12, 2012

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge J. Dale Youngs decided Kansas City’s red-light safety camera ordinance fits with Missouri state law. The judge also said the red-light camera ordinance has the needed protections under the Missouri and U.S. constitutions. See related coverage in Riverfront Times and The Wall Street Journal. (Arnold Patch photo by Michael de los Reyes)

Driver with Green Light Dies in Red-Light Running Crash
InsideNoVA.com (Virginia), June 10, 2012

Authorities have charged a 52-year-old woman with drunken driving after police say she ran a red light and collided with a passing vehicle. The crash killed a 57-year-old Powhatan woman.

Police: Driver Runs Red Light, Dies in 3-Vehicle Collision
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), June 10, 2012

A 41-year-old man died in a three-vehicle collision set off when he ran a red light and was struck by a vehicle coming off the highway ramp, Tampa police said.

Vice Mayor: Red-Light Cameras Are for Safety, Not Revenue
Bay News 9 (Florida), June 10, 2012

Oldsmar Vice Mayor Jerry Beverland says red-light cameras are coming to four intersections in the city to keep people safe. “We’ve had a couple of serious accidents here in the last four or five months because of somebody running a red light,” he said.

St. Joseph Proceeds with Red-Light Safety Camera Program
St. Joseph News Press (Missouri), June 9, 2012

Results from American Traffic Solutions’ study of five intersections in St. Joseph will help the city determine where to install cameras. Data was gathered in May, and cameras could be installed and operational by late summer.

Grace Period Ends for New Cameras in Brick
Toms River Patch (New Jersey), June 8, 2012

The grace period for the red-light camera at the intersection of Route 70 and Brick Boulevard expired at midnight, June 7. Authorities have since begun issuing summonses to drivers who violate the red-light signal at the busy intersection.

Red-Light Runners Pay Up in Tampa
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), June 7, 2012

The city of Tampa has added $1 million to its budget from the total $3.4 million in fines red-light runners have paid since the city began snapping pictures of them in the act last fall at several major intersections. (The Tampa Tribune photo by Cliff McBride)

Police Say Cameras Are Reducing Crashes in Kansas City
Kansas City Public Media, KCUR.org (Missouri), June 7, 2012

Kansas City police say their most recent analysis shows that red-light cameras are reducing collisions. And based on that data, they plan to add more of the cameras.

Orange County to Add 40 Red-Light Safety Cameras
WKMG TV 6/ClickOrlando.com (Florida), June 9, 2012

There’s a new push in Orange County that community leaders think will keep you safer. They say they’ll install 40 more red-light cameras by late this year at some of the most dangerous intersections.

ATS, AngelTrax Join Forces to Address School Bus Passing Dangers
The Wall Street Journal, June 14, 2012

In an effort to further increase school bus safety by reducing injuries and fatalities that result from illegal school bus stop arm running, American Traffic Solutions (ATS) and AngelTrax have announced the formation of a strategic alliance.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Red-Light Camera Ordinance
ATS News Release, June 12, 2012

A federal court of appeals has ruled that New Orleans’ automated traffic enforcement system ordinance is constitutional (see Bevis v. City of New Orleans).  In doing so, the Court found the city’s interest in reducing traffic crashes outweighs the private interests of avoiding a fine.

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Commentary: Red-Light Runners Stand on Exaggerated Sense of Entitlement
The Turlock Journal (California), June 8, 2012

It doesn’t surprise me that in this “me first” generation that drivers will push the limits to squeeze past a yellow light and even blow a red light or a stop sign. But some startling information came to light recently with the release of the report “Safer Roads Report 2012: Trends in Red-Light Running” by the National Coalition for a Safer Roads.

Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Dramatically Reduce Crashes
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), June 7, 2012

Here’s an understatement: Not all Texas drivers are fans of red-light cameras. … But in Frisco, the police remain adamant that the cameras are making the roads safer.

“The  bottom line is that people die because of excessive speeding and reckless disregard for red lights, stop signs, and other traffic laws, so we’re trying to do everything we can to get people to drive more responsibly. Automated traffic enforcement does that, and saves lives.”
Cathy Lanier, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department Chief
NBC Washington, June 13, 2012

“We’ve had a couple of serious accidents here in the last four or five months because of somebody running a red light. … The money from red-light (tickets) is not going into the general fund. This is to save lives. My advice to everybody is, don’t run a red light. That’s all you have to do. Don’t speed in the city of Oldsmar and don’t run red lights.”
Jerry Beverland, Vice Mayor of Oldsmar, Florida
Bay News 9, June 10, 2012

District of Columbia
Traffic fatalities have decreased from 17 in the first six months of 2011 to six in the same time period of this year. Authorities attribute the decrease to the presence of red-light safety cameras. If this trend continues, D.C. could see a historic low in traffic fatalities. Source: NBC Washington, June 13, 2012.

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