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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 6

January 12th, 2012

Police Stress Risks of Running Red Lights
KSAZ TV 10 (Arizona), Jan. 11, 2012

A day after American Traffic Solutions released dramatic video of red-light crashes from across the country, emergency crews responded to a serious red-light running crash in Phoenix. Police said red-light running collisions can be some of the most violent because drivers typically punch the gas, adding more speed to the problem.   

Elgin Ends Camera Warning Phase
Elgin Courier (Texas), Jan. 11, 2012

The warning period has ended for the red-light safety cameras stationed on U.S. 290 in Elgin. Effective Jan. 1, drivers caught running red lights at those intersections will receive citations with $75 fines.

City Officials Briefed on Red-Light Safety Camera Program
The Morning Call (Pennsylvania), Jan. 11, 2012

A national company specializing in red-light cameras found itself before a friendly audience Tuesday evening as it presented the merits of its systems to Easton City Council. … Legislation to allow cameras in specified cities, including Easton, passed the state Senate and now awaits a House vote. See related coverage in EastonPatch and The Express Times.

Speed-Enforcement Cameras Gain East Side Support
DNA Info.com (New York), Jan. 11, 2012

A push to install speed-enforcement cameras across New York City that photograph vehicles and ticket speeders gained traction with East Side residents Tuesday night. (DNA Info.com photo by Flickr/iammeltron)

Warning Phase in Effect at Jersey City Intersection
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), Jan. 11, 2012

The corner of Routes 1 and 9 and Sip Avenue is Jersey City’s most recent intersection to see red-light safety cameras installed and activated. The warning phase, during which red-light runners do not receive a fine, is in effect until Feb. 3.

Resident Videotapes Red-Light Runners
Valley News Dispatch (Pennsylvania), Jan. 10, 2012

New Kensington police on Monday cited five motorists for running the traffic light at the Tarentum Bridge Road intersection with Freeport and Leechburg roads, and said they will beef up surveillance there — in no small part because the dangers created by drivers who refuse to stop are part of the public purview thanks to YouTube. 

Study: Red-Light Cameras Make Safe Drivers
Las Cruces Sun-News (New Mexico), Jan. 9, 2012

The preliminary conclusions of a New Mexico State University study on the use of red-light enforcement cameras show that Las Cruces motorists are apparently driving safer, and there appears to be reductions in rear-end crashes at the intersections where the cameras are being used. The study … also indicates a “positive impact” on traffic safety at the intersection of Lohman Avenue and Telshor Boulevard.

Traffic Safety Advocates Persist in Connecticut
MSNBC, Jan. 9, 2012

In memory of a pedestrian who was killed in a hit-and-run years ago, New Haven is trying again to change state law to allow cameras at traffic signals to catch red-light runners. See related coverage in Norwich Bulletin.

Humble Accomplishment — Citations Decrease in City
The Tribune (Texas), Jan. 9, 2012

Last year may have signaled the end of red-light cameras in the city of Houston, but cameras kept clicking in Humble, with more than 31,000 people receiving citations. The Humble Police Department released yearly numbers, and reported a 25 percent drop in the number of people receiving tickets in 2011.

City: Cameras Reduce Serious Traffic Crashes
The Pueblo Chieftain (Colorado), Jan. 6, 2012

Red-light safety cameras at two city intersections has led to a drop in the number of serious broadside accidents there, according to Pueblo city traffic officials. (Chieftain photo by Bryan Kelsen shows the intersection of Thatcher and Prairie avenues.) See related coverage from KRDO TV 13.

Red-Light Cameras Reduce Tickets in Cambellton
WJHG TV 7 (Florida), Jan. 6, 2012

How much longer will the red-light camera be up in the town of Campbellton? Right now the answer to that question is up in the air. “It’s kind of sad because it does help,” said BP Gas Station employee Pamela Ledington, who explained drivers now slow down.

Crash Videos Posted to Encourage Safe Driving
KSAZ TV 10 (Arizona), Jan. 10, 2012

It’s incredible video of drivers blatantly ignoring red lights and suffering the consequences, crashing and sometimes causing major injuries.

Watch This! Florida Crash Videos
WKGR-FM 98.7, Jan. 9, 2012

See the damage red-light runners cause in these collisions from Doral, Cutler Bay, Gulfport, Hialeah Gardens, Lakeland, Miami, Miami Gardens and St. Petersburg.

Red-Light Running Crashes Posted on YouTube
KPHO TV 5 (Arizona), Jan. 9, 2012

A Valley-based company is trying to slow down the amount of collisions related to red-light running by posting videos on YouTube showing intersection crashes in New Jersey, Tennessee and other states.  The objective is to encourage people to safely stop on red at intersections. See video.

Judge Gives Red-Light Runners Their Day in Court
First Coast News (Florida), Jan. 6, 2012

Once a month, the Clay County courthouse holds a special session. “Welcome to red light camera traffic court in the great city of Green Cove Springs,” said Judge Richard Townsend. You think you’ve heard it all — then you come here.

@ATS_RoadSafety  @AAASafety survey: 94% say red-light running is unacceptable; 37% admit doing it recently. Read more: bit.ly/ziJMEy   #StopOnRed

School Bus Safety Camera Plan Advances in Washington County
Herald-Mail (Maryland), Jan. 10, 2012

The Washington County Board of Commissioners have backed the idea of using cameras to catch motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses. The commissioners agreed to have county attorneys draft an ordinance authorizing use of the cameras. (Herald-Mail photo by Joe Crocetta.)

Editorial: Kansas City’s Red-Light Cameras Leading to Safer Streets
The Kansas City Star (Missouri), Jan. 9, 2012

Red-light cameras are working in Kansas City. They are reducing the number of people who barrel through stoplights, endangering themselves and others. Who wouldn’t like that kind of positive result? (Kansas City Star photo by David Eulitt.)

Letter to the Editor: Cameras Are No Threat to Safety
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Jan. 11, 2012

Why were red-light cameras thought of in the first place? Because more and more drivers were ignoring the yellow, even speeding up, knowing they would be running the red. This foolish habit caused some of the worst crashes.

Letter to the Editor: Personal Experience Proves Speed Cameras Work
Centre Daily Times (Pennsylvania), Jan. 10, 2012

I recently moved back here after 35 years in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., so I’m more than experienced at traffic, and I can tell you what does stop speeders. Radar does not. The police cannot be here 24/7. … All these techniques were tried in the Baltimore and D.C. areas and failed until — speed cameras. They really work.

Letter to the Editor: Residents Sought Camera for Safety Reasons
The Times-Picayune (Louisiana), Jan. 6, 2012

The speculation by The Times-Picayune that the Henry Clay camera was not installed for safety reasons is dead wrong. It was requested by the Upper Hurstville Residents Association.

Letter to the Editor: Hit Red-Light Runners in the Wallet
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Jan. 6, 2012

Individuals who run red lights will be with us always. … That is unless you get them where they will learn: the pocketbook/wallet. Why should a municipality not try and generate revenue from reckless individuals?

“I would prefer that we have no violations. I hope we never collect any funds. That just means we’re protecting our children as we should be.”
Douglas W. Mullendore, Washington County sheriff
Herald-Mail (Maryland), Jan. 10, 2012

“We know that some drivers are more aggressive. This is where red-light cameras or other cameras would really help. Go to any intersection. You’ll see the same thing. People today don’t like to stop. They’re all in a hurry.”
Ron Zellers, New Kensington police chief
Valley News Dispatch (Pennsylvania), Jan. 10, 2012

“I believe that overall,  we’ve seen the crashes overall in the city go down because people have told us that they are paying more attention. So I think it has a deterrent effect and it makes people more aware of when and how they drive.”
Mike Massoni, South San Francisco police chief
NBC Bay Area (California), Jan. 10, 2012

“This is a strategy that’s worked in other communities, it reduces accidents, it reduces fatalities, and I think that’s a pretty good savings.”
John DeStefano, New Haven mayor
MSNBC/NBCConnecticut.com, Jan. 9, 2012

“Believe it or not, after you’ve gotten a couple of those tickets, you tend to be aware that you’re speeding.”
Rushern Baker, Prince George’s County executive
WTOP 103.5 FM (Maryland), Jan. 7, 2012

The percentage of broadside crashes has fallen from 26 percent before red-light safety cameras were installed in 2009 to about 5 percent after cameras were installed at the intersection of Thatcher and Prairie avenues in Pueblo, Colo. Source: The Pueblo Chieftain, Jan. 6, 2012.

Red-light safety cameras have been operational in Green Cove Springs for less than a year and have resulted in more than 11,000 violations being issued. Source: First Coast News, Jan. 6, 2012.

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