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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 9

February 2nd, 2012


Red-Light Running Photo Helps Authorities Arrest 2 Men in Cattle Rustling Case
WFTS TV 28 (Florida), Feb. 1, 2012

A red-light safety camera, one of the most modern pieces of equipment available to law enforcement, has helped Polk County authorities make an arrest in one of the oldest illegal professions in the world — cattle rustling. See related coverage from BayNews9.com.


Workers Begin Camera Installment in Boca Raton
The Palm Beach Post (Florida), Feb. 1, 2012

Construction crews have started installing Boca Raton’s first red-light safety cameras, but … tickets aren’t expected to be in the mail until later this spring. See related coverage from CBS 12 News.

6 on Springfield Council Favor Camera Restart
The Springfield News-Leader (Missouri), Jan. 31, 2012

Springfield City Council took another step Monday toward rebooting the city’s red-light camera system, despite one councilman’s plea for more study. Six members of council have sponsored a bill to restart the photographic enforcement program, with changes to comply with a 2010 Missouri Supreme Court ruling.

Police: Nearly 90% of Red-Light Runners Don’t Run Red Again
KMOX 1120 AM (Missouri), Jan. 30, 2012

New figures released by the city of St. Louis suggest that people who get caught running red lights learn their lesson.


Concerned Neighbors Want Safer Streets
Perry Hall Patch (Maryland), Jan. 30, 2012

A vigil was held Sunday night for 68-year-old Beverly Moore, who was killed in a hit-and-run incident on Jan. 22. … During the event, neighbors called for traffic calming measures along the busy roadway. A councilman listed speed cameras as an option. (Perry Hall Patch photo by Emily Kimball)

ATS Assists Toledo with New Camera Site Selections
The Toledo Blade (Ohio), Jan. 30, 2012

American Traffic Solutions used a computer program to analyze traffic volumes and patterns across Toledo to help the city determine intersections where red-light violations are most likely to occur. The city has yet to choose a provider for red-light safety cameras.

Parkland Eyes Neighbor’s Red-Light Camera Success
The Sun Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 27, 2012

Parkland has taken note of the success Coral Springs has had with its red-light safety cameras and is likely to take the same route to curb red-light running. Parkland has initiated talks with ATS.


Close-Call Captured on Camera in Boynton Beach
WPEC TV 12 (Florida), Feb. 1, 2012

Video posted to Boyton Beach Police Department’s YouTube account shows an SUV almost colliding with crossing traffic.

Toledo Wants to Add 11 Cameras
WNWO TV  24 (Ohio), Jan. 30, 2012

If the administration of Toledo Mayor Mike Bell has its way, more red-light safety cameras will be coming to Toledo.

Kansas City Considers Expanding Red-Light Camera Program
FOX TV 4 (Missouri), Jan. 28, 2012

Activists are collecting signatures to end cameras in Kansas City, but an ATS spokesman says red-light safety cameras are helping to reduce crashes in the municipality and that city leaders are considering expanding the number of intersection cameras.

Son of Father Killed in Hit-and-Run Joins Red-Light Camera Supporters
WTNH TV-8 (Connecticut), Jan. 26, 2012

The family of a man killed in a hit and run accident that made national news four years ago has joined the effort to bring red light cameras to Connecticut’s intersections. See related coverage in The Hartford Courant.

@ATS_RoadSafety  @cityofaventura  Red-Light Safety Cameras Catch Blatant Red-Light Running: youtu.be/2FFV1VeAzIc   #StopOnRed  #FL  #RoadSafety

 

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that Landover, Maryland, has extended its Road Safety Camera contract through 2013. Also, ATS announces that its CrossingGuard school bus stop arm enforcement system will be installed in Denton, Texas, and Clarke County, Georgia, as pilot programs.


3 Cars Passing Stopped School Bus Underscores Parent’s Concern
Silver Spring Patch (Maryland), Feb. 1, 2012

After months of worrying while walking his kids to the school bus stop … a Silver Spring father of two took matters — and a video camera — into his own hands Tuesday morning. (Video by Andrew Cohen.)

Cameras May Catch Drivers Who Zip Past Stopped School Buses
WTOP 1500 AM (Washington, D.C.), Jan. 31, 2012

There is growing support in Montgomery County to put external cameras on school buses to catch drivers who don’t stop when a school bus does.


Commentary: Cameras are Perfectly Legal
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas), Jan. 31, 2012

There is no violation of privacy. On a public street, the speed cameras are photographing the license plate. The state government owns that plate.

Editorial: Stop Trying to Ban Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Des Moines Register (Iowa), Jan. 29, 2012

Some members of the Iowa Legislature seem to have forgotten that laws should not be written to protect lawbreakers.

Editorial: Red-Light Safety Cameras Are a Useful Option
Tampa Bay Online (Florida), Jan. 28, 2012

Bills have been introduced in the Florida Legislature to take away the right of cities and counties to install cameras at intersections to catch red-light runners. … But the public is divided on whether the electronic crackdown is good or bad. We believe the cameras, when operated responsibly, make roads safer.

Editorial: Crime Stats Show T-Bone Crashes on the Decline
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), Jan. 26, 2012

While some may still malign the system aimed at keeping our intersections safer and holding red-light runners accountable, statistics have also shown that the dangerous T-bone crashes usually associated with running red lights have been on a trend downward.

Letters to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Are Necessary
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Feb. 1, 2012

This is one driver who totally and completely supports the cameras as well as any other device that will slow the drivers down who feel that the traffic laws are nothing more than suggestions.

Letter to the Editor: Lapses Lose Lives
Times of Trenton (New Jersey), Jan. 31, 2012

I drive throughout the state, and I see drivers routinely running red lights at every intersection! And let’s not even begin to discuss stop signs!

Letter to the Editor: Red Lights Protect Pedestrians
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Jan. 30, 2012

As an avid power walker I too many times find drivers who never once look to the right as they roll through red lights.  They simply assume as long as there is not a car coming from their left then there is nothing to stop for; including people legally crossing the street.

Letter to the Editor: Our Civil Liberties Are Not Violated
The Daily Herald (Washington), Jan. 29, 2012

What part of your civil liberties allows you to run red lights in total disregard for the civil liberties of those who have the green light and the legal right to go through the intersection? Try telling someone that after you have “T-boned” them in an intersection.

“If people know they are being filmed, they might be more careful when driving through the intersections.”
Mike Woika, Boca Raton assistant city manager
The Palm Beach Post (Florida), Feb. 1, 2012

“Red light camera systems, photo-enforcement systems, are designed to change behavior. And in ninety-eight percent of the time, it looks like we are changing behavior.”
Sam Dotson, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department captain, director of operations
KMOX 1120 AM (Missouri), Jan. 30, 2012

“This is something I will fight for. There is no reason why we should not be considering this. Let this come up before the commission for a vote. Red-light cameras reduce accidents at intersections.”
Jared Moskowitz, Parkland city commissioner
The Sun Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 27, 2012


“For me red-light camera legislation is not about fining violators — it’s about implementing a measure that could potentially save lives.”
Pedro Segarra, Hartford mayor
Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Jan. 26, 2012

Missouri
A five-year review of red-light running citations issued in St. Louis shows that 88.5 percent of drivers who receive red light tickets in the mail are one-time-only offenders. Add in the other 9.5 percent of drivers who receive two tickets and the outcome changes to 98 percent who quit running red lights after geting two or fewer tickets. Source: KMOX 1120 AM Radio, Jan. 30, 2012. 

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