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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 46

October 18th, 2012

More Red-Light Safety Cameras Coming to City’s Northeast
Philly.com (Pennsylvania), Oct. 16, 2012

Three more intersections in Northeast Philadelphia will get red-light cameras Friday, bringing to 24 the number of city intersections with the devices. (WPVI TV6 image.)

Police Defend Use of Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Record/NorthJersey.com (New Jersey), Oct. 15, 2012

Andrew Schwartz isn’t alone in complaining about New Jersey’s red-light camera pilot program, but law enforcement agencies continue to maintain that the devices make roads safer by changing bad driving habits.

Enabling Ordinances Position City for Decision on Cameras
Delaware County Daily Times (Pennsylvania), Oct. 11, 2012

Commissioners in Springfield approved the second reading of two enabling ordinances related to the installation and operation of red-light safety cameras, thereby positioning the city to move forward with a camera program. That decision, however, is still being made.

Do Red-Light Cameras Work? Study Says Yes
Mayors Office of Transportation and Utilities (Pennsylvania), Oct. 11, 2012

Recent research in Virginia shows that when the red-light cameras were turned off, 12% of the last cars to enter the intersection did so by running the red light, but when the cameras were on, only 3% did. This suggests that drivers are less willing to run a red light if they know they will receive a ticket, which in turn means that red-light cameras reduce unsafe driving behavior.

Dumont Council OKs ATS Camera Contract
NorthJersey.com (New Jersey), Oct. 11, 2012

By a 4-0 vote, the Dumont Borough Council this week passed a resolution to approve a contract with American Traffic Solutions for possible future installation of red-light safety cameras.

Red-Light Cameras to Be Installed in Palatka
First Coast News (Florida), Oct. 17, 2012

State Road 20 and Palm Avenue is one of the four intersections in Palatka where red-light cameras will be installed this week in order to catch people who run red lights.

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Cobb County Releases Public Service Safety Video
The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 18, 2012

The Cobb County School District, one of the first in the nation to add stop arm cameras to their school buses, the Cobb County Police Department and American Traffic Solutions have released a public service announcement video to educate the community about their latest student safety initiative. See video.

Georgia School District to Install School Bus Safety Cameras
The Telegraph, Oct. 16, 2012

The Houston County School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved equipping school buses with cameras that will take video images and photographs of people who illegally pass buses when the stop arm is in use. Cameras will be aboard some buses within the coming month. See related coverage from WMGT TV 41.

Elderly Driver Fails to Stop at School Bus, Strikes Teen
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Oct. 15, 2012

Troopers say an 86-year-old man who failed to stop for a school bus early Monday in Osceola County struck and critically injured a teenager as he crossed the street. See related coverage from the Orlando Sentinel.

Program Targets Illegal School Bus Passers in Washington
School Transportation News, Oct. 10, 2012

American Traffic Solutions’ contract with the King County Directors Association provides stop-arm cameras in Washington State, where every day more than than 1,600 drivers illegally pass an extended school bus stop arm.

Commentary: The Smart Way to Use Road Safety Cameras
The Washington Post (District of Columbia), Oct. 12, 2012

The D.C. government has set a clear priority: It doesn’t want anyone to die in a traffic accident on its streets. Who would disagree with that? What if the price of achieving that goal were just a tiny bit less thrill behind the wheel?

Letter: Safety Trumps Other Concerns in Camera Debate
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), Oct. 12, 2012

As parents of a newly licensed 17-year-old son, we are worried about his safety on the road. While he has received repeated traffic safety and distracted-driving lessons from us, it’s other drivers that make us nervous. We have no control over their actions, and we have to depend solely on law enforcement safety measures to keep our child out of harm’s way.

“We have statistics that show most of our car crashes at intersections are the result of red-light runners.”
Tobby Williams, Palatka Police Sergeant
First Coast News (Florida), Oct. 17, 2012

“We’ve had so many instances of motorists driving around parked school buses. What we’re trying to do is educate motorists.”
Stephen Thublin, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Business Operations in the Houston County School District
The Telegraph (Georgia), Oct. 16, 2012

“Constant reinforcement changes people’s habits. People say, ‘I’ve been driving this way forever.’ I say, ‘You’re right, but you shouldn’t.'”
Matthew Finck, Palisades Park Police Lieutenant
The Record/NorthJersey.com (New Jersey), Oct. 15, 2012

New Jersey
Traffic collisions have decreased at the two intersections with red-light safety cameras in Palisades Park. Collisions dropped from 31 in 2010 to 18 so far this year at one of the intersections and from 21 to 8 at the other during the same time span. In August 2011, the first month the cameras were in use, 3,160 motorists were ticketed for running the lights. A year later, only 996 motorists got tickets for running red lights. Source: The Record/NorthJersey.com (New Jersey), Oct. 15, 2012.

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