Home > News > ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 1

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 1

December 6th, 2012

Video Dispels Red-Light Camera Myths
Warren Reporter (New Jersey), Dec. 5, 2012

Video of “same direction” or “rear-end” crashes captured by red-light safety cameras, gives a sobering look at the real cause of rear-end collisions. Inattentive and speeding drivers inflict serious damage on innocent motorists who are clearly stopped at red lights. See the video here.

It’s Amazing What a Red-Light Camera Reveals
Darian Patch (Connecticut), Dec. 5, 2012

Each week, the St. Petersburg Police Department releases a red-light camera video of the week. here’s the most recent one. You’ll be glad these drivers are in far-off Florida.

Tractor Trailer Makes Red-Light Runner of Week in Clearwater
Clearwater Patch (Florida), Dec. 4, 2012

A truck runs a red light at Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road making Clearwater Police’s Red-Light Camera Violator of the Week.

Yellow Lights Pass Media Test in City
WBNS TV 10 (Ohio), Dec. 4, 2012

More and more intersections around Columbus are equipped with red-light cameras that track drivers. … But some drivers wonder if the yellow lights at the intersections are long enough. … Three intersections tested by 10 Investigates passed the three-second test.

Abington Closer to Red-Light Safety Camera Program
Abington Patch (Pennsylvania), Dec. 6, 2012

Abington took a step closer this week to developing a red-light camera ordinance when the public safety committee passed a motion approving, in concept, the red-light camera program. The motion directs the township’s administration and its solicitor to develop the specific wording of such an ordinance.

Tamarac to Install Red-Light Safety Cameras at 20 Intersections
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Dec. 5, 2012

Red-light cameras are coming to Tamarac, more than two years after city officials approved them. Within four months, the cameras will be installed at 20 intersections throughout the city, with the program set to commence after a 30-day public awareness campaign. (WFTS TV28 image)

River Edge Considers Red-Light Cameras
Riverdell Patch (New Jersey), Dec. 5, 2012

River Edge borough officials previously listened to a presentation by American Traffic Solutions (ATS) about installing red-light cameras along Kinderkamack Road, and expect to continue discussing the benefits and disadvantages of installing red-light cameras at a later date.

Pennsylvania Lays Out Transportation Agenda for 2013
Patriot News, Dec. 4, 2012

Details of the transportation plan will come out early next year, said Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch. It has to be fair and it has to be user-fee based. We want this to be fair to all users. … If you just increase registration and licensing fees, only Pennsylvanians pay those. You also mentioned tolls. We have a public-private partnership law now that allows that, and I expect we will get proposals for tolls. But we want to manage that.

Seattle Launches School Zone Speed Camera Program
Campus Safety Magazine (California), Dec. 3, 2012

To enforce school zone speed limits here, the Seattle Police Department will begin using speed safety cameras at four school locations beginning Dec. 10. Registered owners of any vehicle captured on camera exceeding the 20 mph speed limit while the yellow beacons are flashing will receive a fine of  $189.

Township Reports Positive Red-Light Camera Results
The Express-Times (New Jersey), Dec. 2, 2012

Pohatcong Township police Chief Jeffrey Greenemeir said last week that both of the municipality’s red-light camera intersections, Route 22 and 519 and Routes 22 and 122, saw decreases in rear-end collisions since ticketing began in September 2011.

Drop in Citations Proves School Bus Cameras Are Making a Difference
The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia), Dec. 5, 2012

School bus drivers and police say American Traffic Solutions’ cameras on school buses are making a difference. In the past month, 258 citations have been issued to drivers who have been caught on camera driving around Cobb school buses when the stop arm is out.

Get Involved in Saving a Life: Sharing a Tweet is a convenient way to inform others about the dangers of red-light running. Another way is to direct drivers to the ATS YouTube page, where visitors can watch informative videos about road safety camera programs and see the dangerous crashes hundreds of communities are trying to avoid by installing red-light safety cameras. Seeing is believing, which is why ATS invites you to visit our links at the end of this page and share the message to stop on red.

ATS_RoadSafety ‏@ATS_RoadSafety VIDEO:NJDOT Analysis Dispel Red-Light Camera Rear-End Crash Myth: youtu.be/HD6QGx9d8ow  @NorthJerseybrk @dailyrecord @njnewsroom @starledger

Mirah @mbuley4 To whoever thought they were too good to stop at the red light thanks for doing this to my brand new car #redmeansstop  pic.twitter.com/RiWpTr1q

Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Make Intersections Safer
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), Nov. 30, 2012

In our analysis of 12 intersections, we found that right-angle crashes decreased 23.3 percent. This is significant because this type of crash is typically caused by motorists running red lights and often results in injury or fatality. The increase in same-direction crashes isn’t unexpected, but research shows that it does diminish over time.

Letter: No Excuse for Those Who Run Red Lights
Florida Today, Nov. 29, 2012

Let’s face it, the only reason red-light cameras are opposed is because the opponents think their time is more valuable than yours and mine.

“I can tell you that our enforcement has gone way up with the use of this system. In the past … that person has to be foolish enough to run the stop arm in front of a marked police officer, so we only wrote the tickets to the bad, bad drivers.”
Hawk Hagebak, Cobb County Police Lieutenant
The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia), Dec. 5, 2012

New Jersey
The DOT’s findings for Newark, which has two full years of data, are significant. Right-angle crashes are down 86 percent, rear-end crashes are down 42 percent and crashes overall are down 57 percent. Plus, severity costs have been reduced by $268,900 and citations are down year-to-year. Source: The Star-Ledger, Nov. 30, 2012


Get involved in sharing the important message of road safety by visiting us on: