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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 32

July 12th, 2012

Police Study: Red-Light Cameras Effective in Reducing Wrecks
WDAF FOX TV 4 (Missouri), July 11, 2012

Red-light traffic cameras reduce crashes in intersections, according to an analysis of case reports by the Kansas City Missouri Police Department, the city announced on Wednesday. See report. (Kansas City Star photo by Allison Long)

Spokane’s Red-Light Fines to Pay for Bike Lanes, Sidewalks, more
KXLY ABC 4 (Washington), July 11, 2012

Exactly $285,000 generated by fines from violators caught on Spokane’s 15 red-light cameras will pay for road, sidewalk and other safety improvements in eight neighborhoods of the city.

N.Y. Mayor Announces Slow Zones, Need for Speed Cameras
CBS New York TV2, Channel 2, July 10, 2012

The city is expanding its campaign to stop speeding drivers cruising through the streets of the five boroughs with new slow zones, and a renewed call for 40 speed cameras. Read the press release. (Images from CBS TV2)

Borough Pursues Red-Light Cameras
Chatam Patch (New Jersey), July 10, 2012

Traffic Safety Officer Robert Sweetin told the Chatham Borough Council Monday that he will see to it that the borough is added to the state’s list of cities waiting for red-light camera use approval. The Traffic Safety Committee requested Sweetin to look into red-light cameras for downtown.

Experts Talk Red-Light Cameras on Radio Show in Nation’s Capitol
WAMU.org (Washington, D.C.), July 10, 2012

American Traffic Solutions vice president of communications Charles Territo was among the guests on the Kojo Nnamdi Show who discussed how red-light cameras work and how they affect our behavior behind the wheel. See transcript from the show.

Red-Light Cameras Profitable in Philadelphia
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 8, 2012

Ten years ago, State Farm Insurance gave Philadelphia a dubious distinction. It ranked two busy intersections along U.S. 1 in Philadelphia — a heavily trafficked, 12-lane thoroughfare that goes past houses, shopping malls, big-box retail and restaurants –as among the nation’s most dangerous.

Pedestrians Beware, Especially in Low-Income Areas
24-7 PressRelease.com, July 8, 2012

The federal government has designated Newark as a pedestrian safety focus city, one of two dozen in the country with the dubious distinction of having an unfortunately high level of pedestrians struck by vehicles annually. With the help of federal funding, the city has committed $27 million to improving bicyclist and pedestrian safety this year.

Vehicle Runs Red Light, Strikes Pedestrian
WTNH TV 8 (Connecticut), July 6, 2012

Police said a 50-year-old man was in the crosswalk when a vehicle ran a red light and made an illegal left turn in New Haven. The vehicle fled the scene. The pedestrian was conscious and alert and taken to the hospital.

Jersey City Adds Cameras; Addresses State Suspension
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), July 6, 2012

Despite state officials suspending most of New Jersey’s red-light cameras, Jersey City is forging ahead with the controversial program by adding cameras to a ninth city intersection.

Morton Grove Completes Warning Period for Cameras
Chicago Tribune (Illinois), July 5, 2012

The warning period expired July 1 for the new red-light cameras at the intersection of Waukegan Road and Dempster Street in Morton Grove. Citations will now be issued to the vehicle’s registered owner for all violations, as determined by the Morton Grove Police Department.

American Traffic Solutions Assigned Patent
NewsEdge (Virginia), July 5, 2012

American Traffic Solutions has been assigned a patent developed by ATS’ chief scientist Jigang Wang for a “video speed detection system.”

Red-Light Cameras Lower Crashes, Raise Safety Funds, but Dangers Remain
KXLY TV4 (Washington), July 11, 2012

City of Spokane releases video to remind residents why the red-light camera program was started.

Intersection Collision Sends Car Flying into Air
Right This Minute.com, July 11, 2012

A driver in Roselle Park, New Jersey, might want to keep a closer eye on the road next time. The car runs right through the red light, hits another car and goes flying off the median. This person is lucky to be alive. See related news release. (Image from ATS video aired on RightThisMinute.com)

Crashes Drop in Amarillo; City Considers More Cameras
KAMR TV 4, July 9, 2012

Traffic crashes decreased by 40 percent from 2010 to 2011 at five intersections with red-light safety cameras in Amarillo, a city that is on the verge of adding more of the devices.

Nation’s Mayors Support Stop-Arm Camera Use
School Bus Fleet, July 10, 2012

The nation’s leading mayors recently united behind a resolution that addresses the problem of illegal passing of school buses that are stopped while students are boarding or disembarking. See related coverage in School Transportation News. See resolution. (School Transportation News photo.)

@ATS_RoadSafety #StopOnRed‬! Red Light Camera Video of the Week posted by St. Petersburg PD via @YouTube bit.ly/OYdw25

The city of St. Joseph, Missouri, has authorized American Traffic Solutions to begin the design phase for its road safety camera program, which involves submitting plans and permits to the state department of transportation for approval. ATS is honored to be a part of St. Joseph’s road safety camera project.

Mark your calendars for National Stop on Red Week starting Aug. 5, 2012. Help raise awareness about the dangers of red-light running in your community by encouraging others to drive safely and stop on red.

Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Deserve OK in Amarillo
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), July 7, 2012

Ellen Robertson Green is becoming my favorite Amarillo city commissioner. Why? Green offered a snappy retort recently to fellow city commissioner Brian Eades, who noted that the city is home to “a few detractors” who dislike the city’s controversial red-light camera enforcement program. “Well, stop running red lights then,” Green said during a city commission work session. Green speaks my language.

“In the first three intersections that we implemented, that started in 2008, we cut T-bone collisions in half, by 52 percent, so that’s a huge safety benefit in those intersections for the city.”
Teresa Fuller, Police Officer with the Spokane Police Department
KXLY TV 4 (Washington), July 11, 2012

“When I witness some of the video of people running the lights at 70, 80, 90 miles per hour — those are really pretty egregious actions that could kill somebody — we just decided, ‘Look. We’ve got to give this a chance.’ And it’s proven out to be the right decision.”
Paul Harpole, Mayor of Amarillo, Texas
KAMR TV 4, July 9, 2012

“Red-light cameras are a good idea because they save lives. It’s just that simple.”
Dominic Pileggi, Pennsylvania State Senator
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 8, 2012

“Red-light cameras punish lawbreakers, serve as a warning to drive safer and let police officers spend time patrolling for other serious crimes.”
Mark Erickson, Chief of Police of Morton Grove, Illinois
Chicago Tribune, July 5, 2012

New York
In New York City, the number of crashes with any injury has declined severely, from 79,518 in 2001 to approximately 53,870 in 2010, a difference of 25,648 fewer injury crashes per year. Source: New York City Mayor’s Office press release, July 10, 2012

T-bone collisions decreased by 52 percent in the first three intersections with red-light cameras in Spokane. Source: KXLY TV 4, July 11, 2012.

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