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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 49

November 8th, 2012

Voters Say Yes to Red-Light Cameras
The Express Times (New Jersey), Nov. 7, 2012

Voters  have decided in Pohatcong Township that the municipality’s controversial red-light cameras should remain. Data shows collisions have decreased at intersections since cameras went live. (The Express-Times photo by Tim Wynkoop)

Speed Cameras Win Strong Approval in Longview
The Daily News (Washington), Nov. 7, 2012

Longview voters on Tuesday gave a thumbs up to keeping speed cameras in school zones. Speed cameras already are in place at three schools and the City Council is considering putting speed cameras in three more locations where police say hundreds of vehicles a day are being driven more than 5 mph above the 20 mph speed limit.

D.C. Reduces Fines for Speed Cameras
WTOP FM 103.5, Nov. 5, 2012

The penalty for being a lead foot gets a little lighter, starting Monday. Many speeding tickets issued by cameras in the District of Columbia will be $25 cheaper. The biggest offenders, however, will actually see more expensive tickets. The fine for blowing past a camera at 25 mph or more goes from $250 to $300.

ATS Presents Camera Program to O’Fallon Officials
St. Charles County Suburban Journal (Missouri), Nov. 5, 2012

The City Council heard a brief presentation from representatives of American Traffic Solutions during an Oct. 25 work session, but took no action. ATS representative Dan Reeb said portable cameras can be mounted in police vehicles and used to enforce speed limits near schools and in work and travel zones. The idea is to curb dangerous driving behavior.

City Expands School Zone Speed Safety Camera Program
Kent Reporter (Washington), Nov. 2, 2012

Des Moines will expand its School Zone Safety Program, which aims to protect students, drivers, and passengers from injuries or collisions caused by speeding vehicles in school zones. Already, the city has seen an 82 percent reduction in the number of motorists speeding through the Woodmont Elementary school zone where cameras are installed. See related article in The Waterland Blog.

Safety Investments Paying Off
ITS International Magazine (England), September/October

Justification of enforcement efforts on economic grounds has been reinforced this year, by a study of the costs and benefits of red light enforcement in the United States. The results aren’t limited to the U.S., however. Take a look at how red-light cameras are reducing crashes and improving traffic safety north of the border, in the city of Edmonton.

Councilman Acts to Tighten Right-Light Camera Law
WDAF TV-4 (Missouri), Nov. 6, 2012

Every year, thousands of drivers are caught on camera running red lights in Kansas City, Missouri – but one councilman says that because of a loophole in the law, many of those drivers will never face a ticket. 

American Traffic Solution is Arlington County’s chosen vendor to install, maintain and operate a red-light camera system. ATS received the  county’s notice of award of contract recently and looks forward to helping to improve driver safety in this Virginia community.

Austin Seeks Stronger Penalties for Drivers Who Pass School Buses
KXAN News (Texas), Nov. 8, 2012

Some Austin City Council members say too many drivers are illegally passing stopped school buses, putting kids in danger. … On Thursday, council members will ask the city manager to consider a new civil penalty ordinance that would help track down drivers passing a stopped school bus and breaking the law.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Keep Intersections Safer
The Express-Times (Pennsylvania), Nov. 6, 2012

The $85 that violators pay for illegal red light running needs to be put into perspective. Consider the cost to drivers when an accident occurs. According to the Federal Highway Administration, the average cost of a collision with injuries is $126,000; the average cost of a traffic-related fatality is $6 million.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Are Not an Intrusion
San Diego Union Tribune (California), Nov. 5, 2012

What kind of convoluted thinking went into the column by Mathew T. Hall? … What Mr. Hall and those that bewail the use of red-light cameras would be better advised to do is to encourage people to adhere to traffic laws and thereby increase the safety of all of us.

Sound Off: Be Smart, Say Yes to Red-Light Cameras
Delaware County Times (Pennsylvania), Nov. 6, 2012

The only people who get angry about the red light cameras are ones who do not obey the laws of the road and then get mad when they get ticketed. Well, guess what? You’re supposed to stop at a stop sign. You’re supposed to slow down, not speed up, at a yellow light, and you’re supposed to stop at a red light, not go through it.

“We want all drivers to be safe, including company drivers, and I assume that once the companies get a few of these letters in the mail with the photo of their company vehicle out in an intersection and a $100 bill that they’ll probably chat with these drivers.”
John Sharp, Kansas City 6th District Councilman
WDAF-TV 6 (Missouri), Nov. 6, 2012

“This is not an approach to raise money. It’s an approach to be able to get people to slow down.”
Vince Gray, District of Columbia Mayor
WTOP FM 103.5, Nov. 5, 2012

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