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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 3, Issue 10

February 7th, 2013

 
Frisco Expands Red-Light Safety Camera Program
KXAS TV5/NBCDFW.com (Texas), Feb. 6, 2013

The city of Frisco will be adding traffic cameras at two new intersections in hopes of curbing red-light runners. A citizens committee appointed by the city council recently approved the new locations based on crash data collected by the Frisco Police Department. See related coverage from The Dallas Morning News.


Violations Drop in Arlington as Cameras Go Live in Virginia
WRIC TV 8, Feb. 5, 2013

The city of Richmond is gearing up for the start of its red-light camera program while police in Arlington say violations in their city have decreased 48 percent.

Ocoee Police Release Worst of Worst Red-Light Offenses
Examiner (Florida), Jan. 31, 2013

Since 2009, red-light cameras have been capturing some pretty intense, on-the-edge-of-your-seat footage of what happens when folks disobey the red light system. The Ocoee Police Department has released a video to YouTube showing some of the worst incidents. See video.

Photo Helps Authorities Nab Driver in Hit-and-Run
KDFW Channel 4 (Texas), Feb. 4, 2013

Images from red-light cameras helped investigators track down a driver who hit a firefighter and kept going.


Springfield Gets Closer to Red-Light Cameras
Delaware County Daily Times (Pennsylvania), Feb. 2, 2013

Red-light cameras aren’t in Springfield yet, and they might not ever be there, but the township is taking the necessary steps and exploring the options. (Delaware County Daily Times photo by Julia Wilkinson)


After Car Hits Child, Borough Considers Safety Improvements
PennLive.com/The Patriot News (Pennsylvania), Feb. 6, 2013

The need to meet and consider traffic safety improvements developed after a Jan. 3 incident in which a 7-year-old boy was hit on Hummel Avenue by a driver who illegally passed a school bus. The driver was also speeding and driving with a suspended license during the incident. The boy suffered a fractured leg.

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.

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Commentary: Safety Is the Big Benefit of Red-Light Cameras
Florida Capital News, Feb. 1, 2013

Your editorial describes the camera program as a money-losing venture for the city and not the best use of taxpayers’ money. Under the city’s contract with its vendor, the city and taxpayers will never have to pay for the Red Light Camera Safety Program. The contract stipulates that, if the program ever fails to collect enough money from fines to cover the cost of operations, the vendor will cover the cost. The city and its taxpayers will never be at risk, as it is a self-funded program.


Editorial: Red Light Does Not Mean Go
St. Joseph News-Press (Missouri), Feb. 3, 2013

Local and area residents who fear getting a $100 ticket from a red-light camera have a choice to make: Avoid the Belt Highway in St. Joseph or start making adjustments to your driving.


Letter: We Need to Keep Our Cameras
Des Moines Register (Iowa), Feb. 3, 2013

The red-light and speed cameras need to stay around. The speed cameras have helped to slow folks down. The red-light cameras have made people think before running the light.

Letter: Traffic Cameras Do Save Lives
Warren Tribune Chronicle/TribToday.com (Ohio), Feb. 3, 2013

The editorial board cites insufficient signage warning drivers of cameras as a reason to eliminate the camera program. Frankly, drivers should not need a sign hung above them to obey the speed limit or stop at red lights. These are not optional rules – they are the law.

Letter: Bottom Line
Naples Daily News (Florida), Feb. 2, 2013

Removing the red-light cameras? The epitome of irresponsibility!

Letter: The People Know
Naples Daily News (Florida), Feb. 1, 2013

I was delighted to see red-light cameras installed in Collier County. For many years, I had observed drivers accelerating on a yellow light instead of applying their brakes.


“What we have seen is a pretty sizeable reduction in crashes at those intersections.”
David Shilson, Frisco Police Lieutenant
The Dallas Morning News (Texas), Feb. 6, 2013

Texas
Since Frisco installed three red-light safety cameras at two intersections in February 2011, not one single crash involving running a red light has occurred. Source: The Dallas Morning News, Feb. 6, 2013.

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