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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 5

January 5th, 2012

Red-Light Running Dangers Get National Attention
ABC News (Washington D.C.), Dec. 30, 2011

The push to make driving safer and reduce one of the most dangerous types of traffic collisions, those that happen when drivers run red lights, captured national attention this year with the release of multiple red-light running crash videos at intersections in Tennessee, Florida and other states. 

St. Petersburg, Tampa Set Separate Trends for Safety
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Jan. 5, 2012

The contrast is not quite as stark as red versus green, but red-light cameras are off to markedly different starts in Tampa and St. Petersburg.

N.Y. Mayor Credits Red-Light Cameras Among Reasons for Historic Decline in Traffic Fatalities
Queens Examiner, Jan. 4, 2012

New York City saw its fewest traffic fatalities in 100 years in 2011, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced, adding that such enforcement measures as red-light safety cameras helped make streets safer. (NBC New York photo)

Cameras’ Safety Effect Gets Noticed in Winter Springs
Seminole Chronicle.com (Florida), Jan. 4, 2012

When Karen Gebauer takes the time to drive to a Winter Springs Grizzlies youth football game, or anywhere else in the city for that matter, she takes comfort in knowing that the chances of getting struck by a red-light runner are greatly reduced, thanks to an ever-watching camera in the sky. 

Jersey City Installs 4th of 11 Red-Light Safety Camera Sets
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), Jan. 4, 2012

City officials have installed a fourth set of cameras, this time at Newark and Tonnelle avenues, to catch motorists speeding through red lights.

Study: Red-Light Cameras Reduce Crashes
CBS TV 4 (Florida), Jan. 3, 2012

The car comes barreling through a bright red light, just in time to broadside a fire truck that has the green light. The car is demolished, the driver injured. It is one of dozens of red light crashes on a video released by one of the three major companies that provide red light cameras to cities across South Florida and the country.

Police-Supported Camera Program Goes to Public Comment
Dothan Eagle (Alabama), Jan. 3, 3012

The Dothan Police Department wants to install traffic cameras at 14 intersections throughout the city, and the public will have a chance to voice its opinion on the matter next week.

Challenge Goes Out to Drive More Safely in 2012
Sacramento Bee (California), Jan. 3, 2012

A recent national survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety confirms that Americans desire a greater level of safety than they now experience on our roads and are open to more government action to make it happen, yet many are unwilling to change their own dangerous behaviors. Now is the time to make a resolution to be a safe driver.

Yakima County Could Employ Speed Safety Cameras
Yakima Herald-Republic (Washington), Jan. 1, 2012

Bombarded by complaints about speeding on county roads and strapped for money for emphasis patrols, county commissioners want to find out if technology will prompt drivers to slow down.

Residents’ Support for Cameras Grows
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Jan. 1, 2012

They might be unpopular in other parts of the nation, but red-light safety cameras enjoy strong support from most residents of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. (TBO.com photo by Jay Conner)

Red-Light Violations Decrease in Milton
Santa Rosa Press Gazette (Florida), Dec. 30, 2011

Red-light violations are dropping drastically in the city of Milton where 1,300 warning notices issued from mid-June to mid-July  have been replaced with four consecutive months of declining ticket counts, with no more than 365 issued in a single month.

Busiest Red-Light Cameras Are Talk of Town in Tampa, St. Petersburg
WTSP TV 10 (Florida), Jan. 5, 2012

With about 50 red-light safety cameras set up in Tampa and St. Pete, find out which ones are producing the most evidence for police to review. (MSNBC Media photo of St. Petersburg)

Cameras Capture Highlight Reel of Florida Crashes
New Times Broward-Palm Beach, Jan. 5, 2012

Place a few all-watching eyes at intersections throughout South Florida and reckless driving takes on a whole new meaning.

Video Clips Show Collisions, Close Calls in New Jersey
East Brunswick Patch, Jan. 4, 2012

American Traffic Solutions released a YouTube video last month that shows drivers running red lights at intersections where traffic cameras are installed, including a close call at Route 18 and Tices Lane in East Brunswick.

American Traffic Solutions Posts Video of Red-Light Runners
WJLA TV (Virginia), Dec. 30, 2011

The nation’s largest supplier of red-light safety cameras is now posting video online of cars caught by cameras as they blow through red lights. ATS hopes if drivers see what can happen, they’ll hit the brakes on red.

Driver that Struck Elementary Student Sentenced
Opelika-Auburn News/OANOW.com (Alabama), Jan. 3, 2011

The driver of an SUV that struck and injured a 7-year-old Cary Woods Elementary School student had her day in Auburn Municipal Court this week, when she was ordered to pay a fine and spend 30-days in jail if she did not complete 30 hours of community service.

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the city of Oldsmar, Florida, has signed a multiyear agreement with ATS for a red-light safety camera program, and Neptune Township in New Jersey has selected ATS as its red-light safety camera provider.

@ATS_RoadSafety NY was the 5th most deadly state in the nation for red-light running fatalities according @NHTSAgov.  #StopOnRed  http://www.youtube/K6tTRWLlrSY

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Safety Cameras and Rules of the Road
Arizona Daily Star, Jan. 5, 2012

In response to the Dec. 30 letter, may I provide the following information: The length of the yellow signal is based on the speed limit. Even though the limit posted is 40 mph, the left-turn yellow is set for 3 seconds as it would be impossible for a driver to make a left turn at 40 mph. 

Letter to the Editor: How Many Red-Light Runners Are There?
Star News Online (North Carolina), Jan. 3, 2012

There were 19,000 folks in NHC ticketed for running a red light this past year!!! We have 13 red light cameras and many more red lights without cameras! That tells me there are many thousands more drivers running red lights that are not caught.

Letter to the Editor: Disappointed Over Call to Bag Cameras
The Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 2, 2012

I read with great disappointment that Rep. Scott Plakon has introduced legislation to kill the red-light camera law.

Letter to the Editor: Speed Cameras Save Lives
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), Dec. 31, 2011

As traffic engineers and planners, we have examined both sides of the speed camera issue. But as your editorial on speed cameras in Maryland rightly concludes, the evidence is overwhelming that speed cameras reduce accidents.

Editorial: Red-Light Safety Cameras? Yes.
The Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Dec. 31, 2011

Running red lights is all too common, and invariably dangerous. That is why the legislature should give municipalities the option of installing safety cameras, known as “red light cameras,” at problem intersections.

“I don’t want to speak for the city council but I’m satisfied with the data that they (red-light cameras) are beneficial. That they do improve driver behavior.”
Jon Netts, Palm Coast mayor
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Jan. 3, 2012

“The study found there was a major reduction in right-angle collisions and a major reduction in traffic fatalities where these systems have been used. From a public safety standpoint, it’s a very positive program. It’s going to save lives.”
Greg Benton, Dothan police chief
Dothan Eagle (Alabama), Jan. 3, 2012

“We feel that engineering is being sought to solve problems where either education or enforcement may be a better solution. You can only put up so many devices and signs before they start to blend into the background.”
Gary Ekstedt, Yakima County engineer
Yakima Herald-Republic (Washington), Jan. 1, 2012

“I don’t know of a single rear-end collision that has occurred at the intersections where the cameras are. I have asked and talked to the officers, but I have not heard of one being reported.”
Greg Brand, Milton police chief
Santa Rosa Press Gazette (Florida), Dec. 30, 2011

“If it is the exact same bill, based on conversations I’ve had with (Collier County) Sheriff (Kevin) Rambosk and other law enforcement officials and the number of accidents they felt were reduced because of the cameras, I am going to vote against the bill. I am all for getting rid of as many regulations as possible, but when the sheriff says it has been a huge savings of accidents in Collier County, why would you vote to repeal it?”
Kathleen Passidomo, Florida state representative, R-Naples
Marco Eagle/Marconews.com, Dec. 28, 2011

A Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 poll found 62 percent of residents in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties favor red-light safety cameras. A third oppose them, while 4 percent aren’t sure. Source: Tampa Bay Times, Jan. 1, 2012.

A national survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found 94 percent of drivers say it is unacceptable to drive through a traffic light that has already turned red if they could have stopped safely; however one in three drivers (37 percent) admit doing this in the past month. Source: The Auto Channel.com, Jan. 3, 2012.

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