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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 44

October 4th, 2012

Study Finds Roads Safer with Red-Light Cameras
TheAtlanticCities.com (Washington, D.C.), Oct. 3, 2012

A new study finds drivers quickly revert to their old red-light running form once red-light safety cameras go dark. In the immediately aftermath of cameras’ removal, the risk of someone running a red light at an intersection was three times higher than it had been when cameras were on. A year later it was four times higher, with all risk reductions having been erased. (The Seattle Times photo by Mark Harrison)

Red-Light Camera Plans Advancing in Philadelphia Suburb
Narberth-BalaCynwyd Patch (Pennsylvania), Oct. 4, 2012

Lower Merion’s police superintendent on Wednesday described a potential red-light camera system that would largely pay for itself, part of the reason several Board of Commissioners members favored the idea.

ATS Launches Database for Legal Questions
Phoenix Business Journal (Arizona), Oct. 1, 2012

Speed and red-light enforcement traffic cameras face a seemingly endless barrage of legal questions aimed at the practice of issuing tickets based on a picture. Scottsdale-based American Traffic Solutions has built a website to let people know it’s perfectly legal. See the news release.

1st Citations Mailed from New Speed Safety Cameras
GoSkagit.com (Washington), Oct. 1, 2012

A small SUV parked near the highway is catching speeders through a work zone on Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass. … Owners of vehicles that sped through the work zone between Sept. 17 and Sept. 21 will soon find tickets in their mailboxes. (Washington State Department of Transportation photo)

Fatalities Rise As Motorists Log More Miles
Los Angeles Times (California), Oct. 1, 2012

U.S. traffic deaths rose a projected 9 percent in the first half of this year, compared with the same period a year ago, for the largest increase since 1975, as an improved economy led motorists to drive more. (NBC Los Angeles photo)

Sarasota to Increase Red-Light Safety Cameras
Sarasota Patch (Florida), Oct. 1, 2012

City Commissioners agreed Monday to add 10 additional road safety cameras operated by American Traffic Solutions.

Red-Light Running Collision Injures 3
The Batavian (New York), Oct. 1, 2012

Three people were sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries following a two-vehicle collision that authorities say was caused by a red-light runner.

Low Ticket Count Does Not Cost City, County
Palm Beach Post (Florida), Sept. 30, 2012

Even though ticket revenue in Palm Beach County and West Palm Beach falls short of vendor fees, officials say they do not have  to pay the difference in what is owed the vendor if the cameras continue to lose money.

Camera Revenue Boosts D.C.’s Surplus Budget
The Washington Examiner (Maryland), Sept. 30, 2012

The District of Columbia ended up making a lot more than it anticipated from speed and red-light camera fines, and the extra cash helped D.C. rack up a surplus that chief financial officer Natwar Gandhi estimated on Friday would be at least $140 million.

California Tightens Regulations on Red-Light, Speed Cameras
KXTV Channel 10, Sept 28, 2012

A new law, most of which takes effect Jan. 1, 2013, will require state oversight and regulation of red-light camera installation and operation in California.

Red-Light Running in Laurel Maryland
YouTube.com, Oct. 2, 2012

Two T-bone collisions are caught on camera at the intersection of Route 198 and US 1 in Maryland, where drivers fail to stop on red.

Dangerous Drivers Are Caught on Camera
YouTube.com, Oct. 1, 2012

The frightening reality of red-light running is recounted in this video compilation of collisions from Miami, Florida.

ATS_RoadSafety ‏@ATS_RoadSafety American Traffic Solutions preps database for legal questions http://bit.ly/QnZt5A  via @phxbizjournal #StopOnRed  #RoadSafety

ATS Wins Contract in Washington State
The Wall Street Journal (New York), Oct. 4, 2012

American Traffic Solutions (ATS) today announced that it has been awarded a five-year contract with King County Directors’ Association (KCDA) to provide CrossingGuard, ATS’ school bus stop arm photo enforcement solution to KCDA members. (AP/KPLU photo)

Commentary: Gripe If You Want, but Red Light Cameras Save Lives
Bucks County Courier Times (Pennsylvania), Oct. 1, 2012

There’s nothing more tragic than the scene of an accident. Unfortunately, our team of paramedics has seen their share of crashes. But, just like seatbelts and airbags protect motorists and texting bans help drivers stay alert, red-light cameras at dangerous intersections reduce serious collisions and save lives.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Keep People Safe
El Paso Times (Texas), Oct. 2, 2012

Traffic safety laws are put in place to keep people safe on our roads. We want to express support for photo enforcement in El Paso.

Letter: Keep Red Bank’s Red-Light Cameras, Just Use Them Sensibly
The Chattanoogan.com (Tennessee), Oct. 1, 2012

Because of defensive driving yesterday afternoon, my car was not broadsided by a vehicle blatantly running a red light at one of the Red Bank intersections with traffic cameras.  As the offending vehicle sped through the intersection, I saw the flash of the traffic camera and was glad to know that driver would soon have to deal with the consequences of their dangerous behavior.

“We don’t balance our budget on speed cameras, and this just proves that point. It’s part of a surplus. We didn’t anticipate it. What it shows us is that there are a lot of people breaking the law.”
Pedro Ribeiro, Spokesman for D.C. Mayor’s Office
Washington Examiner (Maryland), Sept. 30, 2012

“I’d like to see a red light camera at every intersection.”
Mary Cheh, D.C. Ward 3 Councilwoman
Washington Examiner (Maryland), Sept. 30, 2012

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