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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 3

December 22nd, 2011


Governor Expected To Extend Philadelphia’s Red-Light Camera Program
CBS TV 3 (Pennsylvania), Dec. 21, 2011

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to sign a bill that will give Philadelphia’s red-light camera program a six-month reprieve. See related article from philly.com.

Tucson Police Post Crash Videos to Educate Drivers
Tucson Weekly (Arizona), Dec. 22, 2011

The Tucson Police Department’s YouTube channel, active since late July, has more than 300 people who have signed up to be notified of any new videos uploaded to the site. And despite only displaying 13 videos… the clips have been viewed more than 43,000 times.


Jersey City Gets 3rd Red-Light Safety Camera
Hudson Reporter (New Jersey), Dec. 20, 2011

With more than 16,000 red-light violations recorded in the past eight months by two red-light safety cameras, Jersey City has added a third camera this month. (The Jersey Journal photo of an existing ATS camera system in Jersey City by Reena Rose Sibayan) 


Red-Light Safety Cameras Remain Divisive
Star News Online (North Carolina), Dec. 20, 2011

Police in Wilmington, N.C., say the cameras are working, yet some lawmakers are trying to get them off the streets. (Star News Online photo by Paul Stephen)

Red-Light Safety Cameras Go Live Along Route 71
Bastrop Advertiser (Texas), Dec. 19, 2011

Nearly a year after the Bastrop City Council approved funding for the installation of road safety camera programs at two busy intersections on Texas 71, the systems intended to deter the running of red lights are finally being activated.

Automated Traffic Enforcement Debate Rolls On
Capital News Service (Maryland), Dec. 18, 2011

In the 14 years since the Maryland Legislature approved red-light safety cameras, about 200 of the ticket-issuing machines have been installed in the state, not including speed cameras, according to a database compiled by AAA Mid-Atlantic. … After all this time, the debate over automated traffic enforcement continues.

Red-Light Cameras Slow Drivers
Fort McMurry Today (Canada), Dec. 16, 2011

Intersection safety devices introduced in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo have been successful in their attempt to slow speeding drivers.


Red-Light Crash Highlight Reel Serves as Holiday Safety Reminder
USA Today, Dec. 22, 2011

USA Today’s Drive On section would like all of you to get through the holidays — and holiday driving — safely, so we offer this video of Missouri mishaps as a reminder to stay alert, watch out for the idiots and drive smart.


Video Shows Missouri’s Worst Red-Light Collisions of 2011
Kansas City Star, Dec. 21, 2011

A video released by American Traffic Solutions shows the stark reality of what can happen when drivers run a red light. These images are from Arnold, St. Louis and five other Missouri cities, but the threat exists in all communities. See additional coverage from KSDK TV 5, the Arnold Patch and the Florissant Patch. (Flickr photo by Joseph Ma)

More Drivers Running Red Lights
KOAT TV 7 (New Mexico), Dec. 21, 2011

Albuquerque police say more drivers are running red lights, ever since the city council voted to take red-light safety cameras down.

1 Dies in Red-Light Running Crash
KSAZ TV-10 (Arizona), Dec. 21, 2011

A red-light running crash in Phoenix leaves one passenger dead.

Sarasota to Add More Red-Light Safety Cameras
WTSP TV Channel 10 (Florida), Dec. 20, 2011

Some cities are having red-light safety cameras installed, while others are taking them out. But in one Bay area community, law enforcement officers see the cameras as a way to save lives.

Seeing Is Believing: Video Shows Violations, Close Calls and Non-Violations in Pohatcong
The Express-Times (New Jersey), Dec. 19, 2011

A video provided by American Traffic Solutions, which runs the newly installed Pohatcong Township red-light cameras, demonstrates the good, bad and ugly of drivers’ behavior.

Injured Motorcyclist Speaks Out
KTVI Channel 2 (Missouri), Dec. 16, 2011

A sports bike rider out for an afternoon ride Monday photographed a pickup truck running a red light and striking him broadside in the middle of the intersection.


Police Chiefs Honor Lawmaker for Effort to Stop Motorists from Unlawfully Passing School Buses
TheDay.com (Connecticut), Dec. 19, 2011

The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association has named state Sen. Andrew Maynard as its 2011 Legislator of the Year for his work to get tough on drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses and to increase fines for drivers who send text messages while driving.

@ATS_RoadSafety Temple Terrace red-light runners caught on tape: http://bit.ly/ufV8ZE  #StopOnRed  #Florida

Letter to Editor: Red Light Safety Cameras Are Needed
North County Times (California), Dec. 22, 2011

There is flagrant red-light running of the light on Winchester and Margarita Road, where motorists routinely disregard their red light … and traffic has to wait until these red-light-runners have cleared the intersection. That is exactly why red-light cameras are needed.

Letter to Editor: Pay the Ticket
Star News Online (North Carolina), Dec. 21, 2011

So, you don’t like red light cameras. …  We hear you. Now hear us, the sane part of society. You ran a red light. … You could have killed people. You could have killed yourself. Stopping at red lights isn’t optional. It’s the law.

Letter to Editor: Hate Tickets? Don’t Speed
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland0, Dec. 19, 2011

Jay Hancock’s recent column regarding speed cameras was simply shameful. So we enforce our laws — big deal.


“Believe me, as a cynic who voted against red light cameras ten years ago, I’ve seen the direct results in Philadelphia.”
Michael McGeehan, Pennsylvania state representative from Philadelphia
CBS TV 3 (Pennsylvania), Dec. 21, 2011

“Whenever those cameras go in, the crashes go down.”
Mike Donelson, Wilmington Police Department sergeant who oversees traffic unit
Star News Online (North Carolina), Dec. 20, 2011

“From a safety standpoint, the purpose of cameras is to convince people to obey the law, because if they don’t, they might get a ticket. Therefore the goal is for no tickets at all. It should be anything but a ticket program. It’s a deterrent program.”
Anne Fleming, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety senior vice president of communications
Capital News Service (Maryland), Dec. 18, 2011

“In every other sector of our community, safety is a number one priority but somehow I tend to think we just let go on the roadways. … When you look at things like how the second leading preventable cause of death in teenages in Canada is motor vehicle collisions, this is very important and that’s why we’re taking it serious.”
Rick Kirschner, Acting chief bylaw officer, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Fort McMurry Today (Canada), Dec. 16, 2011


Pennsylvania
A portion of fines paid by drivers running red lights in Philadelphia goes to fund roadway improvements in other cities within the state. Since the road safety camera program began in 2005, some $15 million raised in Philadelphia has gone to other cities. Source: The Inquirer/Philly.com, Dec. 21, 2011 (Newsworks.org photo)

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