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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 48

November 1st, 2012

Deadly Crash Caught on Camera Ends in Arrest
Miami Herald (Florida), Oct. 30, 2012

Authorities arrested a man with a long rap sheet — and no valid drivers license — in connection with the horrific Miami Gardens car wreck that killed an elderly woman and injured four others as they waited for a bus. According to the arrest warrant, cars were stopped at the intersection for a red light, and the driver made no attempt to slow down.

Red-Light Runners Soon to Be on Camera in Palatka
Florida Times Union, Oct. 28, 2012

Palatka is now among a list of Northeast Florida cities installing red-light cameras to freeze-frame traffic law violators. The city joins Jacksonville, Green Cove Springs and Orange Park in adopting the system their police departments deploy at their most dangerous intersections.

Committee Recommends Additional Red-Light Camera Locations
ConnectAmarillo.com/KVII TV7 (Texas), Nov. 1, 2012

Amarillo’s Red-Light Advisory Committee agreed on Wednesday that city commissioners should consider placing red-light safety cameras at six additional intersections. Currently, cameras are in operation at four locations, and city officials say traffic collisions have decreased at those intersections. See related coverage from KFDA TV 10.

Public Service Announcement Addresses Intersection Law
City of Tucson (Arizona), Oct. 31, 2012

Tucson Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Division has partnered with Channel 12 to produce a public service announcement to help drivers to know exactly what legally constitutes an intersection, in relation to the Traffic Safety Camera Program and routine patrol enforcement. Click here to go directly to video.

Violator of the Week in Clearwater
Clearwater Patch (Florida), Oct. 30, 2012

A white Jeep heading eastbound on State Road 60 near Belcher Road careens through a red light, making Clearwater Police’s Red Light Violator of the week.

Red-Light Camera Catches Rape Suspect
Right This Minute, Oct. 29, 2012

A red-light camera in Surfside, Florida, caught something it normally doesn’t catch. It didn’t catch a red-light running, but rather a rape suspect.

Get Involved in Saving a Life: Sharing a Tweet is a convenient way to inform others about the dangers of red-light running. Another way is to direct drivers to the ATS YouTube page, where visitors can watch informative videos about road safety camera programs and see the dangerous crashes hundreds of communities are trying to avoid by installing red-light safety cameras. Seeing is believing, which is why ATS invites you to visit our links at the end of this page and share the message to stop on red.

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Editorial: Expand Camera Enforcement for School Buses, Students
The Herald Dispatch (West Virginia), Oct. 30, 2012

About 26 million elementary and secondary school children across the nation ride school buses each day. So, safety is a top priority. … To help with enforcement, some buses are equipped with side cameras that can provide video of infractions and even license plate information that can be used to round up careless motorists. That practice should be expanded.

Letter: Alabama Needs Road Safety Cameras
Birmingham News/AL.com, Oct. 29, 2012

The use of these cameras sends a clear message: There is no excuse for disregarding traffic safety laws.  If you do, you will be held accountable for putting yourself and others at risk.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Are Huge Success
The Des Moines Register (Iowa), Oct. 29, 2012

We are writing to express our support for the use of photo enforcement in Des Moines to make roads and intersections safer. Though it may be too early to see results in Des Moines, safety cameras have been enormously successful in neighboring Iowa communities.

Letter: Place Speed Cameras in More Places
The Washington Post (District of Columbia), Oct. 28, 2012

I frequently ride on Beach Drive at midday, and cars often pass me at dangerous speeds. The speed limit is 25 mph and, as a competitive cyclist, I am not riding much below that. It is unfortunate that Washington and surrounding areas have placed speed cameras in many heavily driven areas but have not done so in a place with heavy pedestrian and cycling traffic, such as Beach Drive, where they have the potential to save lives.

“Accident rates have gone down and compliancy of not running red lights has increased.”
Craig Gualtiere, Amarillo Red Light Advisory Committee Member
ConnectAmarillo.com/KVII TV7 (Texas), Nov. 1, 2012

“Often it takes years to change driving behavior. It’s going to take years to achieve the level of compliance we want. We intend them on staying there for the foreseeable future.”
Brian Budds, Deputy Police Chief of Western Springs, Ill., on the plans for his city’s red-light camera program.
Chicago Tribune/WGN TV.com (Illinois), Oct. 29, 2012

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