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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 38

August 23rd, 2012

Judge Upholds Red-Light Cameras, Contract
News Chief (Florida), Aug. 23, 2012

Polk County Court Judge Timothy Coon has ruled the state law allowing red-light cameras is constitutional and the contract Haines City has with American Traffic Systems is legal. That  leaves 47 people with traffic citations who challenged their tickets either having to pay their $158 fines or appeal the ruling.

Wilmington City Council Extends Agreement with ATS
Lumina News (North Carolina), Aug. 22, 2012

Lauding the red-light camera program’s success in reducing traffic crashes and contributing funds to the school system, the Wilmington City Council approved extending the contract with American Traffic Solutions to maintain the various red-light cameras around the city.

Palm Coast OKs 15 More Red-Light Safety Cameras
Central Florida News TV 13, Aug. 21, 2012

Fifteen more red-light cameras are going up in Palm Coast by the end of the year, bringing the total number of cameras in the city to 36. See related coverage from The Daytona Beach News-Journal. (BayNews9 photo)

Motorcyclist Dies in Red-Light Running Collision
Bay City News/SF Appeal (California), Aug. 20, 2012

A 65-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash involving a vehicle that ran a red light on San Francisco’s Van Ness Avenue, according to police and medical examiner officials.

Arizona Red-Light Cameras: Opinions Still Colliding
The Arizona Republic, Aug. 20, 2012

The debate over red-light cameras and whether they make intersections safer or more dangerous is intensifying in Arizona.

Red-Light Cameras in Boynton Beach: Lifesaver or Cash Grab?
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Aug. 20, 2012

Every month, the city of Boynton Beach pays $52,250 for the 11 red-light cameras installed at four crash-prone intersections. … “It’s worth it because we’re saving people’s lives,” said Stephanie Slater, a spokeswoman for the Boyton Beach Police.

West Seattle School Zones to Get Enforcement Help
West Seattle Herald (Washington), Aug. 18, 2012

Speeders beware: The Seattle Police Department plans to bring speed safety cameras to  Gatewood Elementary and Our Lady of Guadalupe schools.

Drop in Speed-Camera Revenue Expected
TriCities.com (Tennessee), Aug. 18, 2012

Bluff City has experienced a significant decline in revenue generated through speed camera tickets over the last two years, but a spokesman for the company that manages the cameras says that’s common because the goal is not to collect money but to reduce accidents.

City OKs Red-Light Camera Contract
Frederick News Post (Maryland), Aug. 17, 2012

More red-light cameras could be popping up in Frederick — the mayor and Board of Aldermen have approved a new contract with additional cameras for city intersections on the drawing board. (News Post photo by Travis Pratt)

Georgia Works to Improve Bus Safety for School Children
The Telegraph, Aug. 16, 2012

In recent years, Georgia has been among the nation’s leaders in one category where it would rather not set the pace: The highest number of school bus-related deaths. With school back in session in Bibb County and across the midstate, authorities are trying to raise awareness about school bus safety. (Operation Stop Arm graphic)

This week, American Traffic Solutions is pleased to make the following announcements: the city of Tucson, Arizona, renewed its road safety camera contract through August 2013; New Jersey’s East Windsor Township approved a notice to proceed with traffic data collection at two possible future camera sites; and Georgia’s Cobb County Board of Education signed a five-year contract with ATS for the installation and operation of CrossingGuard School Bus Safety Cameras to safeguard children as they board or depart the bus.

ATS_RoadSafety  Safety.org  ‏@SafetyDOTorg Make sure children always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them #BackToSchoolSafety

Commentary: Extra Precautions Necessary to Stop School Bus Passers
Stafford County Sun (Virginia), Aug. 22, 2012

It seems to me … we need to use extra vigilance and careful driving habits when school buses are on the road. This is not just a nice thought, it is an absolute necessity based on national statistics of school bus passing violations.

Commentary: Consider Me Deterred
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), Aug. 19, 2012

When did stopping at a red light become a personal choice? Isn’t that the one law that’s a no-brainer? Green means go, red means stop … ring any bells?

Editorial: Red-Light Revenue Stopper
Herald-Tribune (Florida), Aug. 23, 2012

Want to get back at the city of Sarasota for installing red-light cameras and, as a result, collecting more than $1 million in fines in six months? It’s easy: Just stop at every red light in the city, and tell everyone you know to do the same. That’ll show ’em.

Editorial: Red-Light Camera System Is Working
Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri), Aug. 21, 2012

Some critics fixate on the revenue from red-light running violations, but this is the wrong way to evaluate. The perfect outcome from the program would be a complete disappearance of citations and no revenue at all.

Editorial: Let There Be Light
Northeast Times Star (Pennsylvania), Aug. 15, 2012

What  do you call a program that was established by the government, is run by the government, was created to save lives, and is, in fact, saving lives? A success.

Letter: Driven to Despair
The Scranton Times-Tribune (Pennsylvania), Aug. 21, 2012

I’ve heard many people complain about the possibility of the red-light cameras, claiming that they would cause accidents.  Do you know what causes accidents?  People running red lights.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Funded by Scofflaws
The Tribune-Democrat (Pennsylvania), Aug. 17, 2012

Contrary to a recent editorial, “Flashing yellow on red-light cameras,” published Aug. 13, there is no financial risk to municipalities seeking ways to protect law-abiding citizens from reckless drivers. Red-light camera programs are driven by safety, not money.

“This is the most responsible approach to a problem. No one is saying ‘Gee you don’t have a problem with red-light runners. You don’t have a problem with speeders and people driving irresponsibly.’ We have a big problem in Palm Coast with irresponsible driving and I see this as the responsible government’s approach to dealing with the problem, to solve the problem.”
Bill McGuire, Palm Coast City Councilman
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Aug. 22, 2012

North Carolina
Since red-light cameras were installed in Wilmington, traffic crashes have decreased 50 to 60 percent at intersections with cameras. Ninety percent of funds from citation fees go to the New Hanover County School Board for distribution. Last year’s amount totaled $790,000. Source: Lumina News (North Carolina), Aug. 22, 2012.

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