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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 40

September 6th, 2012

Judge Tosses Red-Light Camera Lawsuit
KMOX Radio 1120AM (Missouri), Sept. 5, 2012

A lawsuit claiming the city Arnold’s red-light camera program conflicts with state and federal laws has been tossed out by a Missouri circuit court judge.

Wilmington Lights Way for Road Safety
Lumina News (North Carolina), Sept. 5, 2012

Wilmington is now one in four cities in North Carolina with operating red-light cameras after Cary’s 17 red-light cameras were disabled on Aug. 18. The city renewed a one-year contract with American Traffic Solutions, at the Aug. 21 city council meeting. (Lumina News photo by Allison Potter)

Red-Light Cameras Improve Safety at Intersections, Police Chief Says
Gwinnett Daily Post (Georgia), Sept. 4, 2012

On the day Gwinnett County Commissioners approved another year of using red-light cameras to enforce traffic violations, Police Chief Charles Walters told commissioners the cameras at one location have reduced T-bone crashes so effectively that the cameras will be moved to a different location where crashes are frequent.

Ticketing Begins at New Speed Camera Sites in D.C.
WTOP FM 103.5 (District of Columbia), Sept. 4, 2012

Drivers in D.C. might want to slow down a tad as ticketing at new speed camera locations is now in effect.

Driver Education Classes Funded by Red-Light Running Fines
WRCB-TV3 (Tennessee), Sept. 4, 2012

Two driver education classes … will give young Chattanoogans, ages 15 to 22, the chance to learn lifesaving skills at a huge savings.

Federal Judge Rejects Challenge to Speed Cameras
TimesNews.net (Tennessee), Sept. 4, 2012

A  federal judge has dismissed a $6 million class action lawsuit filed against Bluff City, its mayor and American Traffic Solutions regarding tickets issued from two speed-enforcement cameras on Highway 11-E.

Police Urge Drivers to Be Careful in School Zones
Bellevue Reporter (Washington), Sept. 4, 2012

Children are back in school, and police are reminding motorists to pay attention to limits on driving. (Bellevue Police Department photo)

Some Arizona Cities Still Snap Speeders on Highways
The Arizona Republic, Sept. 3, 2012

Two years after Gov. Jan Brewer moved to end Arizona’s much-debated photo-enforcement program in the face of vehement opposition, cameras are still flashing on some state highways.

More Red-Light Cameras Coming to Davie
Sun-Sentinel (Florida), Sept. 3, 2012

Red-light cameras will soon be snapping photos of red-light runners at three more intersections in Davie.

5 Killed in Red-Light Running Crash
KABC TV 7 (California), Sept. 2, 2012

Five people died when the car they were in blew through a red-light and crashed into a wall in Ontario, police report.

County Officials Pursue Camera at Frequently Run Red Light
Athens Banner-Herald/OnlineAthens (Georgia), Sept. 1. 2012

In  an effort to curb traffic-signal violations at a frequently run red light located near an elementary school and a middle school, Athens-Clarke County commissioners are slated on Tuesday to begin the process of getting state approval for installation of an enforcement camera at the troubled intersection. (Athens Banner-Herald photo by Richard Hamm)

Arlington Police Ride School Bus to Enforce Traffic Laws
Star-Telegram (Texas), Sept. 4, 2012

Arlington police Sgt. Craig Leondike crouched in his seat behind school bus driver Shirley Allen on Tuesday morning, furtively alerting motorcycle officers of the steady stream of drivers along Cooper Street who passed the stopped bus despite its blinkers and stop sign. (Star-Telegram photo by Joyce Marshall)

North Thurston Schools Initiate Bus Safety Camera Pilot Program
The Bellingham Herald (Washington), Sept. 2, 2012

In North Thurston Public Schools, officials are taking part in a pilot bus-safety program in partnership with Lacey police. The program placed cameras on 10 bus routes throughout the district and will record drivers who illegally pass a school bus that has a stop sign extended.

Drivers Endanger Children by Routinely Ignoring Stopped School Buses
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Sept. 1, 2012

On any school day in Florida, thousands of cars and trucks blow past stopped school buses, ignoring flashing lights and extended “STOP” arms intended to help keep kids safe while they get on and off buses. Violations are epidemic.

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce the following contract updates from the past week: University Park, Maryland, extended its road safety camera program for two years; the city of Knoxville, Tennessee, granted ATS the authority to proceed with the road safety camera design phase for eight traffic approaches at four intersections; the village of Calverton Park, Missouri, amended its road safety camera contract with ATS to include speed cameras and awarded ATS with a notice to proceed with installing speed safety cameras at a selected intersection; and the city of Palm Coast, Florida, revised its contract to include a new expiration date of 2015. ATS is honored to be a part of these cities’ safety efforts.

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Editorial: Schools Should Get on the Bus for Safety Cameras
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Sept. 5, 2012

Given the safety results of red-light cameras … we recommend expanding the school bus safety camera pilot program. And we urge legislators to authorize the cameras to be used to issue tickets to curb risky drivers who apparently value getting to work a few ticks earlier more than they value kids’ lives.

Editorial: Legislature, Butt Out
The Arizona Republic, Sept. 5, 2012

Cities and towns are discovering what Gov. Jan Brewer should have recognized: Photo traffic enforcement makes sense on state highways. It’s efficient, it brings in revenue and — most importantly — it saves lives.

Letter: Cameras to Catch Bus Scofflaws, Not Red-Light Runners
The Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Sept. 4, 2012

As a longtime supporter of red-light cameras, I was astonished when I read that a bill has been passed allowing cameras on school buses to catch drivers who ignore the flashing stop lights. … So, in six Connecticut communities so far, drivers will be charged with a moving violation for passing a school bus, but can continue to run red lights without penalty. What hypocrisy.

Letter: Consider ‘Rights’ of Pedestrians, Other Drivers
Dubuque Telegraph Herald/THOnline.com (Iowa), Sept. 4, 2012

As long as Dubuque’s traffic lights are checked to confirm the green lights are long enough to comply with federal safety guidelines, I support red-light cameras at dangerous intersections in our community.

Letter: Red-Light Crashes Can Be Serious
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Sept. 2, 2012

We  have lived in Spring Hill over 16 years and I have commuted to Tampa the whole time. I have seen the results of many serious accidents and the most serious type of accident is the red-light incident.

“The machinery does not sit on the side of the road and spit out tickets. It just collects the data, and then a chain of about four individuals has to review that data and make sure that everything is correct.”
Don Bennett, City of Wilmington Traffic Engineer
Lumina News (North Carolina), Sept. 5, 2012

“It’s not just the money; I personally feel that it does make a difference from a safety point-of-view. There are some that would argue that. My personal view is that I think it’s a safety factor, and I think that outweighs the money.”
Donald Hayes, Chairman New Hanover County Board of Education
Lumina News (North Carolina), Sept. 5, 2012

“The purpose behind these cameras is truly public safety.”
Charles Walters, Gwinnett County Police Chief
Gwinnett Daily Post (Georgia), Sept. 4, 2012

“Motorists blatantly shoot by our stop arms while we are picking up and dropping off students. We have been very fortunate that there have been no accidents.”
Ken Lewis, Seminole Schools Transportation Director
Orlando-Sentinel (Florida), Sept. 1, 2012

In one morning this month, Arlington police issued 10 traffic citations to drivers who illegally passed a stopped school bus during nine stops to pick up children. Source: Star-Telegram, Sept. 4, 2012.

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