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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 36

August 9th, 2012

National Stop on Red Week directs everyone’s attention to the dangers of red-light running. Tom and Lauren Hanley’s lives changed forever on their wedding day in June 2010 when a shuttle bus driver transporting their entire wedding party ran a red light. Their best friend and wedding officiant, Jim, was killed in the tragic crash. Hear their story and share their vow to do all you can to promote stopping on red.  To get involved, visit  ATS on Facebook and the National Coalition for Safer Roads’ stop-on-red-week website.

Palm Coast OKs More Red-Light Cameras
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Aug. 9, 2012

The Palm Coast City Council has given the green light to eight more red-light camera locations, and motorists can expect even more. (The Palm Beach Post photo by Allen Eyestone)

Red-Light Cameras Busier in Hillsborough
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Aug. 9, 2012

North of Tampa drivers appear to have amnesia when it comes to stopping at red lights — at least at one popular intersection, where red-light running citations have increased by 52 percent over the first six months of this year, according to a report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Traffic Fatality Rate Drops in Texas; Red-Light Cameras Share Credit
Austin-American Statesman, Aug. 8, 2012

Traffic fatalities in Texas, reflecting a nationwide trend, have decreased almost 15 percent since 2006, according to a state audit of the Texas Department of Transportation released Wednesday. Stricker enforcement through red-light cameras and sobriety checkpoints are among the measures contributing to the decline.

Intersection Crashes Fall 55% in Boynton Beach
WFLX TV 29 (Florida), Aug. 8, 2012

For more than a year, red-light safety cameras at intersections throughout the Boynton Beach area have been catching drivers who decide to run red lights. Now, police say, those cameras have also been preventing traffic crashes.

Police Searching for Good Samaritan Who Helped Crash Victims
KXLY.com (Washington), Aug. 8, 2012

Spokane police released footage of a July 1 crash involving a truck slamming into another vehicle at Third and Freya as part of their efforts to locate the Good Samaritan who stopped to help the victims. Authorities believe the person could have information that would help police identify the driver who fled the scene.

Tucson Renews Red-Light Camera Contract; Police Chief Cites Safety Improvement
Arizona Daily Star, Aug. 8, 2012

On the same night the Tucson City Council voted 6-1 to renew its red-light camera contract with American Traffic Solutions, police Chief Roberto Villaseñor said the program has reduced accidents at the eight intersections with cameras and said they are an important tool in traffic enforcement.

Father and Son Help Police Solve Car-Pedestrian Collision
WTVF TV-5 (Tennessee), Aug. 7, 2012

Police credit two Good Samaritans for helping put a hit-and-run driving suspect behind bars. The tale begins at the intersection of Tennessee Boulevard and Church Street where a driver struck an 18-year-old who was crossing the street.

Red-Light Cameras Boost Budgets, Improve Safety in Florida
The Tampa Tribune/TBO.com, Aug. 6, 2012

The city of Tampa has almost 2.3 million reasons to like red-light cameras. The photo-based system of ticketing traffic violators still generates plenty of controversy, and a bevy of mixed court decisions, but while the public debate simmers, the cameras are flashing at a dizzying pace. The automated system racks up traffic scofflaws at rates far higher than police ever could.

Interest in Red-Light Cameras Swirls as Green Brook Township Debates
Watchung Green Brook Patch (New Jersey), Aug. 6, 2012

Since the announcement that Green Brook Township was talking about placing red-light cameras at two intersections on state Route 22, the concept has been getting lots of attention.

Frederick Officials Restart Cameras
Frederick News Post (Maryland), Aug. 4, 2012

Without a new contract, red-light cameras in Frederick went dark on July 26, but didn’t stay that way for long. Expressing concerns that drivers would revert to their dangerous ways of running red lights, Alderwoman Kelly Russell called a special meeting on Aug. 3 that produced a unanimous vote in favor of a 90-day contract with American Traffic Solutions to get the cameras back in operation.

Buses Roll with Exterior Cameras to Safeguard Students
Times-Georgian.com (Georgia), Aug. 8, 2012

To combat drivers passing stopped school buses, Carrollton City and Carroll County school systems will implement the CrossingGuard bus camera system this year. The cameras detect any driver who passes a stopped bus and take the vehicle’s picture, including its license plate number.

Valley Firm Puts Cameras on School Buses
KPHO TV 5 (Arizona), Aug. 7, 2012

It looks like Tempe-based American Traffic Solutions isn’t just in the business of red-light cameras anymore. They’re now in the business of cameras on school buses.

Photo Enforcement Available on School Buses
KVOA TV 4 (Arizona), Aug. 5, 2012

Photo enforcement may work its way onto Southern Arizona school buses. American Traffic Solutions, the same company that operates red-light and speed cameras in Tucson and Pima County, has technology they can mount on school buses to discourage drivers from illegally passing stopped buses.

Safety.org@SafetyDOTorg Red-light runners are more than 3x as likely as other drivers to have multiple speeding convictions on their driver records #StopOnRed2012

Stop On Red ‏@StopOnRedFL In 18 states, more than 2.3 mil. red light violations occurred last year. That’s >6,000 violations per day! #StopOnRed  pic.twitter.com/ze9xbXj5

Amarillo’s Camera Count Could Rise
KFDA TV 10 (Texas), Aug. 7, 2012

There are red-light cameras set up at five intersections in Amarillo and the city commission says they have made a positive impact so far. That track record could lead to more cameras in the future. See related coverage from KIXZ 940 AM radio.

Red-Light Runners Pay the Fine in Sarasota
SNN News Channel 6/Herald-Tribune (Florida), Aug. 6, 2012

Since the red-light camera program began in December 2011, the city of Sarasota has issued more than 11,000 citations from its seven red-light cameras.

Commentary: A Different Take on Red-Light Cameras
Daily Local News (Pennsylvania), Aug. 7, 2012

Ronald W. Kosh’s column, “Red Light Cameras … Hey, Not So Fast!”, is largely misleading for the West Chester community. … Facts are funny things and the fact remains that red-light cameras save lives.

Commentary: Who Cares If Red-Light Cameras Pay for Themselves?
Keystone Politics (Pennsylvania), Aug. 7, 2012

Nobody asks if a human police officer pays for himself, in terms of the revenue he brings in from speeding tickets. That’s not the point. So why is AAA trying to impose this standard on red-light cameras?

“These cameras are used to improve public safety. We would love nothing more than to make the cameras go away. But it’s the violators who keep them. If they don’t run red lights, we don’t have cameras.”
Troy Morgan,  Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Corporal
The Tampa Tribune/TBO.com (Florida), Aug. 6, 2012

“I’ve also been told the Tampa Police Department has seen a reduction in crashes at intersections with red-light cameras. Yes, we are making a little bit of revenue, but if people aren’t running red lights with impunity, that’s a good thing; that’s what we wanted.”
Mike Suarez, Tampa City Councilman
The Tampa Tribune/TBO.com (Florida), Aug. 6, 2012

“Initially there’s a lot of violations. Then people become educated and they start stopping at red lights and the violations drop. Those are the results we were looking for and expecting.”
Paul Sutton, Sarasota Police Department Captain
SNN News Channel/Herald-Tribune (Florida), Aug. 6, 2012

In Hillsborough County, the number of crashes at intersections with red-light cameras has declined consistently from 395 in 2008 to 240 in 2011. Source: The Tampa Tribune/TBO.com, Aug. 6, 2012.

The city of Frederick issued about 7,300 tickets in 2008, but with 2,600 tickets issued so far this year, the city is on pace to write about 5,350 red-light running tickets. In 2006, there were 44 crashes at intersections with cameras. The number dropped to 18 in 2011 — a 59 percent decrease. Source: Frederick News Post, Aug. 4, 2012.

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