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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 7

January 19th, 2012

New Port Richey to Add Cameras
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Jan. 19, 2012

New Port Richey, which issues more red-light running violations than many other cities, is poised to install more red-light safety cameras at two busy intersections.

Citations Mount at Tampa Intersections
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Jan. 18, 2012

More drivers run stoplights at the northbound Lois Avenue/Hillsborough Avenue intersection than at any other red-light camera location in Tampa. In a seven-week stretch at the location, police issued 1,274 citations. That’s 26 citations a day. (The Tampa Tribune photo by Jay Conner)

West Park Joins 80 Florida Communities with Red-Light Safety Cameras
Community Newspapers, January 2012

This month, West Park joins more than 80 other Florida communities using red-light safety cameras to enhance road safety at its most dangerous intersections.

Washington Lawmaker Pens Improvements to Camera Law
The Daily Herald, Jan. 17, 2012

Seven years ago, Democratic Senator Mary Margaret Haugen of Camano Island pushed for a bill that paved the way for use of red-light cameras in Washington. … Now she’s working to clean up the law she authored.

Connecticut Senate Majority Leader Backs Enabling Legislation for Cameras
The Day, Jan. 17, 2012

Sponsored by Connecticut Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney, a bill to allow red-light safety cameras in large and medium-sized cities is ready to cycle through the state Legislature this year.

Red-Light Cameras Enter Safety Talks in Rhode Island City
The Valley Breeze Newspapers, Jan. 17, 2012

Pawtucket Councilman Chris O’Neill, the leading voice behind the idea of installing cameras at traffic lights across the city, is calling for a review of that idea and other proposals meant to improve public safety.

Queens: Safety Measures Reduced 2011 Traffic Fatalities
Times Ledger (New York), Jan. 14, 2012

Traffic deaths in Queens last year are expected to be at an all-time low, city Department of Transportation Queens Commissioner Maura McCarthy told the Borough Board Monday. McCarthy said there were 67 traffic deaths in Queens last year, “which is quite an accomplishment.”

Police Chief Asks for More Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Ledger (Florida), Jan. 13, 2012

Police Chief Lisa Womack said she wants to expand the city’s red-light camera program to other dangerous intersections in Lakeland. “They cause fewer fatalities and accidents,” Womack said of red-light cameras. “It is a safety tool for this community.” See related article.

Palatka Restarts Red-Light Safety Camera Program
Palatka Daily News (Florida), Jan. 13, 2012

With city concerns put to rest, Palatka City Commissioners recently gave unanimous approval to restart the process of installing red-light cameras at some intersections. Cameras are expected to be operational in six to 12 months.

Majority of Missouri Red-Light Runners Show Up in St. Louis
KMOV TV 4, Jan. 14, 2012

Seven out of 10 red-light runners in the state of Missouri were found in the St. Louis area, with the most dangerous intersection on the campus of Washington University.

@ATS_RoadSafety  NY is one of the top states for red-light running fatalities, watch this video as a reminder to #StopOnRed  youtube.com/K6tTWRLlrSY

Ordinance Advances in Frederick County to Use School Bus Safety Cameras
Frederick News Post (Maryland), Jan. 18, 2012

Frederick County commissioners voted Tuesday to hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance that would allow fines to be issued for people caught on camera disobeying school bus stop arms. Violators would face a $250 fine.

American Traffic Solutions looks forward to its new relationship with the Township of Winslow, N.J., which signed a multiyear contract earlier this month for a red-light safety camera program. Also at the start of 2012, the cities of Cathedral City, Calif., and Sugar Creek, Mo., renewed their agreements with ATS for road safety camera programs. ATS is honored to continue working with these clients.

Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Are Watching, and That’s a Good Thing
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), Jan. 12, 2012

Hey, you there. The person who was driving that maroon minivan at Gandy and West Shore the day before Christmas. … When you rolled that right turn without stopping after the traffic light had clearly gone red, you were looking at a $158 ticket. … How do I know? … Because one of those red-light cameras recently installed at our worst intersections was on the job.

Editorial: Maybe Red-Light Camera Issue Isn’t So Simple
The Daily Herald (Washington), Jan. 18, 2012

Our ongoing and seemingly never-ending debate about red-light cameras is playing out the same way across the country. … Part of the difficulty in the red-camera arguments is the black-and-white nature of the “debate.” Proponents say it’s all about safety; opponents say it’s all about money. Is it possible that it’s a little more complicated than that?

Letter to the Editor: Allow Cameras for Everyone’s Safety
TCPalm.com (Florida), Jan. 19, 2012

I support the law that allows red-light cameras at select intersections. Generally they are at key intersections where the speed limit is between 25 and 45 mph. If one is driving the posted speed limit, approaches and is prepared to stop as the light turns yellow, the driver should have no trouble stopping. That’s what the yellow light means folks.

Letter to the Editor: Cameras Save Lives
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Jan. 18, 2012

To all those petulant whiners who rail against the use of red-light cameras, there is only one answer. It’s the same answer I gave to my teenage children when they pouted about being “grounded” for some “unfair” rule of the household.

Letter to the Editor: Time to Believe in Red-Light Safety Cameras
Dothan Eagle (Alabama), Jan. 15, 2012

From time to time, I believe in red light cameras. A recent morning became one of those times.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Safety Cameras Are Doing Their Job
Winnipeg Free Press (Canada), Jan. 14, 2012

After 52 chiropractor appointments, 24 physiotherapy appointments, many doctors appointments and a six-week, two-hours-a-day reconditioning program, I will never forget that day on which someone ran a red light.

Letter to the Editor: Community Should Explore Red-Light Safety Cameras
Southern Maryland Newspapers, Jan. 13, 2012

In regards to The Calvert Recorder story on red light and speed cameras in the Dec. 28, 2011, edition, I was thinking about my own red-light camera ticket … and what value red-light cameras do have at intersections reducing the number of accidents. … I have also seen the mobile speed cameras and watch in amazement as traffic does slow down to the speed limit.

“I can’t imagine any reasonable person running through that light and getting a ticket and doing the same thing over again.”
Carl Giguere, Tampa Police Department sergeant
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Jan. 18, 2012

“So it isn’t as if we’re trying to play ‘gotcha’ here. If everybody pays attention to the sign, very few will then be caught by the camera.”
Martin Looney, Connecticut Senate majority leader
The Day, Jan. 17, 2012

“Truly red-light cameras save lives. Yes, there are more fender benders. The truth of the matter is there are fewer people killed and fewer serious accidents.”
Mary Margaret Haugen, Washington state senator
The Daily Herald, Jan. 17, 2012

“Those who stop when the light is red won’t be affected, only those who violate. It’s cheaper to pay a fine than to pay for a funeral.”
Eric Jones, West Park mayor
Community Newspapers (Florida), January 2012

Seven out of 10 red-light running incidents in the state of Missouri occur in the St. Louis area. Source: KMOV TV 4, Jan. 14, 2012.

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