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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 35

August 2nd, 2012


Stop on Red Week is your opportunity to make a difference. Start the discussion in your community about safe driving and the lifesaving need to stop on red. The most recent statistics show red-light runners cause nearly two fatalities and 330 injuries every day on average in the United States. To get involved, visit  ATS on Facebook and the National Coalition for Safer Roads

Crashes Decrease at Intersections with Red-Light Cameras in Delaware
WRDX 92.9 FM, Aug. 2, 2012

They may be controversial, but they’re apparently cutting down on traffic accidents. Delaware’s Department of Transportation says there are fewer crashes and red-light runners at many of the 64 intersections in the state that have red-light cameras.

Red-Light Cameras Score Legal Win
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Aug. 1, 2012

Score one in the courts for red-light cameras. Attorneys challenging the constitutionality of the devices have lost the first of four cases pending in the state’s Fourth District Court of Appeal, which includes Broward and Palm Beach counties. See press release.

More Red-Light Cameras Coming to St. Louis
KTRS 550 AM (Missouri), Aug. 1, 2012

St. Louis city officials are defying rulings from two circuit court judges, and going ahead with plans to install 10 new red-light cameras. Both judges had ruled that the cameras violated Missouri’s due process protection because the tickets issued failed to spell out that they could be contested. That language has been added to the tickets since.

Palm Coast Considers More Red-Light Cameras
BayNews9.com (Florida), July 31, 2012

Palm Coast city council members met Tuesday with firefighters and Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies to go over a list of at least seven intersections where the city is considering putting new red light cameras. The city has had 10 cameras at six intersections since 2008.

It’s Lockdown Mode for Drivers Who Fail to Pay Tickets
New York Daily News, July 31, 2012

Southern Queens has rolled out the smartboot program, which keeps ticket scofflaws’ cars in place until the driver pays up. Under the program … a bright yellow wheel clamp is attached to the cars of drivers who owe more than $350 in unpaid parking, red-light camera and bus-lane violations. (Photo by Jeanne Noonan for New York Daily News)

Oldsmar Enters Penalty Phase of Red-Light Camera Program
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), July 29, 2012

After a month of warnings, it’s time for red-light runners to start paying up. Starting this week, drivers in Clearwater and Oldsmar will get $158 traffic tickets if they blow through red lights at six intersections where cameras are watching.

Fort Lee to ‘Revisit’ Idea of Adding Red-Light Cameras
Fort Lee Patch (New Jersey), July 27, 2012

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich said Friday that although it might not prove to be a popular move, he plans to “revisit” the idea of red-light cameras, and that the governing body is likely to move forward on it.

Chicago Map Shows Highest Possible Number of Speed Cameras
The Beacon-News (Illinois), July 27, 2012

The city of Chicago is sending out a map with its “request for proposals” that shows just how extensive the speed camera coverage around parks and schools could be if the city exercises all its options to use the technology to catch speeders. Not to worry, city officials say: Aldermen mandated that cameras go up in only 50 to 300 locations for now.

Red-Light Camera Ticketing Reinstated
Summit Patch (New Jersey), July 26, 2012

The days of blowing through red lights without consequence are soon coming to a close. The red-light cameras suspended last month throughout New Jersey, including Springfield, have been re-authorized. See related news in Wayne Patch.

@ATS_RoadSafety  #NJ Governor Christie talks red-light cameras on @nj1015’s Ask the Governor:    http://youtu.be/hVwHfc9EYGk   #StopOnRed  #RoadSafety

The Muscogee County Board of Education in Georgia this week unanimously accepted ATS as its school bus safety camera provider. ATS will install CrossingGuard cameras on school buses to help the district reduce the number of vehicles that illegally pass stopped school buses. Also this week, Nassau County, New York, extended its contract with ATS for another three years and plans to install red-light safety cameras at additional intersections. ATS is honored to be a part of both road safety efforts.

Orlando Plants 5 New Red-Light Cameras
WFTV Channel 9 (Florida), Aug. 1, 2012

The city of Orlando added five new red-light cameras at select intersections this week courtesy of red-light runners whose fines paid for the new additions.

Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Are Working in Our Community
Sioux City Journal (Iowa), July 29, 2012

From the beginning of this local discussion several years ago, we have supported installation of red-light cameras in our community in the name of public safety. Simply put, we believe these cameras contribute to safer city streets. Statistics shared by the Sioux City Police Department support this view.

“I think it is best to have the folks responsible for the problem paying to help with the solution.”
Mike Rhodes, city of Orlando Code Enforcment
WFTV TV9 (Florida), Aug. 1, 2012

“If you go through a red light you’ve broken the law. What are you complaining about? You should be able to go through a red light when there’s not a cop there, and that’s a freebie?”
Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor
WKXW 101.5 FM Radio (New Jersey), July 24, 2012

The Transporatatin Department says overall crashes have decreased by 7 percent, while red-light violations at camera locations are down 13 percent since 2010. Source: WRDX 92.9 FM, Aug. 2, 2012. 

In Orlando, angle crashes or T-bone crashes have decreased 40 percent and rear-end crashes are down 20 percent at intersections with red-light cameras. Source: WFTV Channel 9, Aug. 1, 2012.

Total traffic crashes decreased 15 percent in all of Sioux City from June 2009 to June 2012, but at the city’s nine intersections with red-light safety cameras, traffic collisions declined 50 percent in the same time period, according to a recent police report. Source: Sioux City Journal, July 29, 2012.

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