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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 42

September 20th, 2012

Drop in Crashes Outweighs Rise in Violations
Osprey Observer (Florida), Sept. 19, 2012

Responding to a rising number of violations, a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office corporal holds to the necessity of the cameras, emphasizing that while the number of red-light violations may show an increase, the number of crashes have decreased from 395 in 2008 to 240 in 2011. “To us, it’s all about safety,” he says. (TBO.com photo by Jay Conner)

Red-Light Safety Cameras Coming to Orange Park
WJXT TV 4 (Florida), Sept. 19, 2012

Town leaders voted 3-2 Tuesday night to move forward with installing red-light cameras. For the last three years, Orange Park has been planning to put red-light cameras up because of the trend in traffic crashes. Cameras are expected to be online in May 2013.

Speed Cameras Get Green Light in Calverton Park
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri), Sept. 15, 2012

The north St. Louis County village of Calverton Park last week became the first Missouri municipality to receive MoDOT’s blessing to place a speed camera on a state highway. It will be located near Walnut Grove Elementary School where drivers are clocked traveling 36 mph to 52 mph in the school zone.

Motorists Who Ignore School Bus Stop Arm Put Children at Risk
The Telegraph (Georgia), Sept. 15, 2012

Houston County school bus driver Debra Masa estimates that a motorist ignores the extended stop arm of her bus about one to three times a day on average. … A proposal before the school board invites American Traffic Solutions to equip 20 of the district’s 180 buses with cameras that are designed to capture footage and still images of vehicles that fail to stop. 

Red-Light Running Crash Caught on Camera
RightThisMinute.com, Sept. 19, 2012

A red-light safety camera in Sarasota, Florida, caught a red-light runner in the act.

More Than 2,600 Red-Light Runners Caught on Camera in Single Month
WFTS-TV/ABCActionNews (Florida), Sept. 18, 2012

Jeanine Petkov thought she was a safe driver. Until she was caught running  a red light by a camera. Now, she’s a big supporter of red-light cameras. “The cameras don’t lie and it make people safer,” she said.

American Traffic Solutions is honored to announce the Town of Orange Park, Florida, has signed a multiyear agreement with ATS for a road safety camera program, and the City of Wilmington, North Carolina, has extended its current road safety camera program agreement for one year. ATS is greatly pleased to begin working with Orange Park and to continue to be a part of Wilmington’s efforts to make its streets safer for all road users.

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Commentary: Police Chief Says Photo Enforcement Makes for Safer School Zones
Federal Way Mirror (Washington), Sept. 19, 2012

Beginning in December 2009, the city selected three of the city’s 23 schools to receive traffic safety school zone cameras. The goal is to use the technology to increase the safety of children at these high-volume, high-violation school zones. … The technology is precise and unbiased in its ability to identify red-light violations and speeding vehicles through school zones.

Editorial: School Bus Safety Cameras Are a Good Idea
Norwich Bulletin (Connecticut), Sept. 18, 2012

Six Connecticut municipalities are taking advantage of legislation enacted in 2011 to install cameras on school buses to catch drivers illegally passing when the buses have stopped and their red lights are flashing. Maybe more communities might consider doing the same.

Letter: The Drivers Are the Problem
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Sept. 19, 2012

I read your article concerning Flagler County officials not wanting Palm Coast to put traffic cameras on state Road 100, and my reaction was, “Really?” I have lived in Palm Coast about seven months now, and from what I observe Palm Coast drivers need something to slow them down.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Used to Enforce Law, Reduce Crashes
Tri-City Voice (California), Sept. 18, 2012

In response to a recent letter to the editor. …  We use red-light cameras in Fremont to enforce the law and reduce crashes. In our city and across the country, the law is clear: Red means stop.

“From my standpoint, it’s a safety (issue). We work five to 600 crashes a year.”
Gary Goble, Orange Park Chief of Police
WJXT TV 4 (Florida), Sept. 19, 2012

“We didn’t really have any expectations except to make things safer. We said, ‘Let’s take our worst intersections and make them better.’ The majority of our violations are from non-Oldsmar residents. A lot of them come from Tampa. These are definitely commuter-related infractions.”
Ann Stephan, Oldsmar spokeswoman
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Sept. 16, 2012

In two one-day surveys conducted by the Houston County School System during two school years, 122 motorists failed to stop as required when students were boarding or exiting buses. A similar national snapshot found 164,710 motorists failed to stop for an extended arm of a school bus. Source: The Telegraph, Sept. 15, 2012


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