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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 37

August 16th, 2012


Traffic Crashes Decrease in Boynton Beach
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Aug. 15, 2012

Despite some initial grumblings over its decision to install red-light cameras, Boynton Beach can say it’s been vindicated by police statistics that show traffic crashes are down an average of 55 percent at those intersections with cameras.


Township Confident of Issuing Tickets from Recertification Period
The Lawrence Ledger (New Jersey), Aug. 15, 2012

Now that the state Department of Transportation has re-certified Lawrence Township’s red-light camera program and told the township it may resume issuing tickets, authorities say they are diligently reviewing violations and the issuance process in preparation to issue tickets. (The Times of Trenton photo by Martin Griff)

TV Station Posts Gallery of Red-Light Runners
WTSP TV10 (Florida), Aug. 15, 2012

For a look at red-light running incidents in the Bay area, visit WTSP’s website where 56 examples are posted.

Red-Light Fines Could Fund Traffic Solution
Limerick-Royersford-Spring City Patch (Pennsylvania), Aug. 15, 2012

Royersford Borough has applied for a $250,000 grant from the state to complete roadwork at an intersection considered a safety hazard. The funds come from the red-light camera program in Philadelphia.

Dumont Wants to Join Red-Light Camera Communities
The Record/NewJersey.com (New Jersey), Aug. 13, 2012

Dumont could soon join the growing number of New Jersey communities seeking to install red-light cameras at select intersections. … A study this spring at three intersections … saw 105 moving violations in 12 hours.


Vote Puts Teeth in Cobb County School Bus Safety Camera Program
WSB Radio.com (Georgia), Aug. 15, 2012

An agreement between the Cobb School District and American Traffic Solutions to install stop-arm cameras to record drivers who pass stopped school buses won approval from the county commissioners this week, setting prosecution processes in place.  See same day and earlier coverage from The Marietta Daily Journal. (MDJ staff photo by Laura Moon)

Motorists Advised to Abide by School Bus Passing Laws
School Transportation News, Aug. 15, 2012

Motorists in Carroll County, Georgia, about an hour west of Atlanta are being advised that ignoring stopped school buses during the first week of school could result in costly consequences.


Cameras Catch Drivers Passing Stopped School Buses
KTAR 92.3 FM (Arizona), Aug. 14, 2012

It happens all of the time. Drivers break the law by passing a school bus that is stopped, has its flashing red lights on and its stop sign is displayed. “Every day in Arizona, more than 1,400 drivers run school bus stop arms,” said Charles Territo of American Traffic Solutions.

Despite Warnings, Drivers Still Pass School Buses
The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia), Aug. 14, 2012

Numerous public announcements, news stories and warnings emphasizing that it is illegal to drive around a school bus while the stop arm is extended apparently were not enough to keep drivers from breaking the law on the first day Cobb school students returned to class.

Carroll County School System Adds Cameras to Buses
MyFoxAtlanta.com (Georgia), Aug. 13, 2012

A west Georgia school system is the latest to add school bus cameras aimed at nabbing motorists who break traffic laws, officials said. See related coverage from NorthJersey.com and Virtual Strategy Magazine.

ATS_RoadSafety ‏@ATS_RoadSafety Thank you to those who participated in #StopOnRedWeek2012! Together we made a difference! Today & every day, #StopOnRed. 

Commentary: Cost of Red-Light Cameras Minor Compared to Lives
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Aug. 8, 2012

As the father of young daughters whose lives were wrecked — one killed, one desperately brain-injured — by a driver found guilty, among other things, of having blown a red light, I concede being emotionally compromised on the issue of traffic-signal cameras.

Editorial: A Sign of the Times — School Bus Cameras for Illegal Passing
The Telegraph (Georgia), Aug. 15, 2012

It’s a shame that the idea even has to be considered — that a county school system would have to think about entering into an agreement with American Traffic Solutions to place cameras on school buses — not to record student behavior, but to monitor compliance with a law every driver should blindly obey. Yes, these cameras would be placed to detect and fine those drivers who pass school buses.

Editorial: Hey Lawmakers, Leave Cities Alone
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), Aug. 11, 2012

Now we learn that the Legislature requires Amarillo to seek residents’ views on the merits of its red-light camera program before deciding whether to keep, modify or nullify its contract with the vendor who provides the surveillance equipment. This is a nonsensical policy.


“These statistics show how cameras are helping us make our streets safer by changing driver behavior.”
Matt Immler, Boynton Beach Police Chief
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Aug. 15, 2012


“It’s not about trying to catch somebody doing something wrong as much as it is making the public aware of the importance of stopping for school bus stop arms and what it does to provide a safe opportunity for our students.”
Scott Cowart, Carroll County School District Superintendent
WABE FM 90.1 radio (Georgia), Aug. 14, 2012

“When we initially got into this, we had problems at those intersections. I think people think the cameras came in so everybody could just make a whole a lot of money off it, and that’s not the case.”
Ken Schick, Pohatcong Township Councilman
The Express-Times (New Jersey), Aug. 13, 2012

Florida
In Boynton Beach, traffic crashes are down an average of 55 percent at intersections with red-light safety cameras. Source: Sun Sentinel, Aug. 15, 2012.

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