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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 31

July 5th, 2012

ATS to Unveil New ATSOL Design
Get ready for American Traffic Solutions’ new-look website to be unveiled later this week at www.atsol.com. The stylish redesign simplifies navigation and includes new features that maximize the benefits of digital delivery systems. The video gallery, media center and live social media feeds are just a part of the changes incorporated into the site that tells visitors about ATS, its clients and their partnership to help make driving safer in communities across the United States and Canada.

Police: Drunk Red-Light Runner Injures Officer
FOX 21 News.com (Colorado), July 5, 2012

A Colorado Springs officer is recovering from minor injuries Thursday morning after a drunk driver ran a red light and slammed into a squad car.

Mission Accomplished for Red-Light Safety Cameras in Roswell
Neighbor Newspapers (Georgia), July 3, 2012

The red-light safety cameras at two of Roswell’s busiest intersections have accomplished their mission and are likely to be moved elsewhere in the city.

Additional Cameras Up for Consideration in Amarillo
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), July 3, 2012

The Amarillo City Commission indicated Tuesday it would consider increasing the number of intersections across the city where red-light cameras are installed to nab red-light runners.

Maryland No. 3 for Holiday Red-Light Runners
WMAR TV 2, July 3, 2012

A new report has been released that shows Maryland is No. 3 when it comes to drivers running red lights during the holidays. According to the National Coalition for Safer Roads, the Fourth of July came in a close second behind Memorial Day as the worst holiday for road safety. See related coverage from The Wall Street Journal and Gulfport Patch. (Photo by Sunde Farquhar of Palm Harbor Patch)

Governor’s Signature Expands Red-Light Camera Use in Pennsylvania
WHTM TV 27, July 3, 2012

Gov. Tom Corbett has signed legislation to expand the use of red light cameras to catch traffic violators in Pennsylvania. The new law allows cameras to be used in Pittsburgh and suburban Philadelphia municipalities with at least 20,000 residents and accredited police departments. See related coverage from The Pittsburgh ChannelKYW TV 3TribLive.com and Bensalem Patch. (WPVI TV 6 image)

Red-Light Safety Cameras Now in Use in Morton Grove
Niles-Morton Grove Patch (Illinois), July 2, 2012

Morton Grove authorities began  issuing $100 fines for drivers caught by its red-light camera this week. For the past month, authorities have issued warnings, but will now issue tickets and fines. See related coverage in Chicago Tribune.

Police Use Camera Video to Reconstruct Deadly Collision
WCBY TV 5 (Virginia), July 2, 2012

A man is now facing homicide charges after police say he caused a crash that killed a motorcycle rider back in May.

Legislature Called Upon to Reconsider Red-Light Camera Restrictions
The Seattle Times (Washington), June 30, 2012

Across the nation footage from red-light traffic cameras has been used by police to solve crimes, but the footage is banned from such use by police in Washington state. The King County prosecutor wants the Legislature to reconsider this restriction in the 2005 law. (The Seattle Times photo by Mark Harrison)

Pohatcong Township’s Red-Light Cameras Down but Not Out
The Express Times/LehighValleyLive.com (New Jersey), June 29, 2012

Last week’s suspension of the Pohatcong Township red-light camera program doesn’t mean motorists will be given a free pass for violations. “The cameras haven’t been shut off, they’ve been running,” Pohatcong Township attorney Kevin Benbrook said. “If people run them right now, they’re going to get a ticket in the mail.”

Township Officials Confident Red-Light Cameras Will Get Green Light
Brick Patch (New Jersey), June 29, 2012

Brick Township officials are confident the township’s three red-light cameras will meet the state’s requirements for yellow light timing.

Man, 2 Children in Stroller Injured in Red-Light Running Crash
WFLA TV 8/TBO.com (Florida), June 29, 2012

A man and his two young grandchildren were hospitalized after being hit by a car as he pushed the children in a stroller across 66th Avenue North, police said.

Hazelwood among North County Cities Interested in Speed Safety Cameras
KMOV TV 4 (Missouri), June 29, 2012

There is growing support for using cameras instead of cops to catch speeders, and Calverton Park and Hazelwood are the latest to say they want to use cameras.

@ATS_RoadSafety There’s no excuse for anyone to run a red light. #RedMeansStop! Do you agree? Family hit by red-light runner. bit.lyN4qjhZ.

Editorial: Use Red-Light Cameras to Solve Other Crimes
The Spokesman-Review (Washington), July 5, 2012

The Legislature might as well allow the police to use the cameras to solve other crimes. This wouldn’t be a dramatic change because of the limited field of view. But those cameras have helped police in other states without harming innocent people.

Letter: Let’s Stop the Tragedies from Those Who Run Red Lights
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), June 29, 2012

The purpose of red-light cameras is to deter people who are otherwise heedless of the danger of running red lights.

“In my mind, they’re all about safety. It’s not about how much money you pay for a ticket, it’s about all the money you shouldn’t have to pay in medical costs, insurance hikes and repairs if running the light causes an accident.”
Dwayne Orrick, Police Chief of Roswell, Georgia
Neighbor Newspapers.com, July 3, 2012

“You can fix bumpers. You can’t fix lives. I’ve argued all along that this saves lives. The year before we implemented the program (in Philadelphia), there were 17 fatalities on Roosevelt Boulevard. The year after we implemented, there was only one.”
Paul Costa, Pennsylvania State Representative
The Pittsburgh Channel.com/MSNBC, July 2, 2012

“It’s like having an automated police patrolman in the area that’s enforcing the speed.”
Vince Delia, Police Chief of Calverton, Missouri
KMOV TV 4, June 29, 2012

“The purpose of the cameras is to change the behavior of drivers, and have them heed the time provided by the amber warning light to stop at the intersection or slow down.”
John Rein, Captain with the Brick Township Police Department
Brick Patch (New Jersey), June 29, 2012

In Roswell, the number of citations issued for running red lights at the city’s two intersections with cameras has decreased 74 percent since 2008. There were 21,524 citations issued in the first year with cameras, and 5,537 in 2011. Source: Neighbor Newspapers, July 3, 2012.

New Jersey
In Brick Township, where three intersections have red-light safety cameras, 95 percent of the people who have been issued a red-light violation have not received another one, and 70 percent of the people who have been issued violations are not from Brick Township. Source: Brick Patch, June 29, 2012.

Crashes decreased 40 percent at intersections with red-light safety cameras in Amarillo, from 69 in the year ending Sept. 30, 2009 to 41 the following year.
Source: Amarillo Globe-News, July 3, 2012.

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