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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3 Issue 11

February 14th, 2013

Baton Rouge Extends Red-Light Safety Camera Agreement
WBRZ.com (Louisiana), Feb. 14, 2013

The red-light camera violation system in Baton Rouge will remain through 2013. (WVLA TV 33 image)

Indiana House Panel OKs School, Work Zone Speed Cameras
Northwest Indiana Times, Feb. 13, 2013

Automated enforcement cameras could be deployed in school and construction zones to snap photos of speeding vehicles and bring a $250 minimum fine under legislation approved Wednesday by a House committee. (Goshen News photo by Sam Householder)

Clermont OKs 24 Cameras at 13 Intersections
WKMG-TV 6 (Florida), Feb. 13, 2013

Clermont city leaders voted Tuesday to install 24 new cameras. This after council members recently voted to change city ordinances to allow them. (Central Florida News TV 13 photo.)

Fort Myers Committee Addresses Pedestrian Safety
Fort Myers News-Press (Florida), Feb. 13, 2013

The Fort Myers Beach Safety Committee will have its first meeting today since the town dealt with its first pedestrian fatality of the year, a 76-year-old woman walking in a crosswalk.

Report: Red-Light Cameras Reduce Crashes
WPLG-TV 10 (Florida), Feb. 13, 2013

A report by the Miami-Dade County Office of Commission Auditor shows red-light cameras may be reducing crashes. The office gathered data from 22 Miami-Dade County communities using the cameras. See press release and related coverage from World Net Daily.

Red-Light Crash Injures 2; 1 Critically
WOOD-TV 8 (Michigan), Feb. 13, 2012

Two people were injured, one critically, after their vehicles collided at an Ottawa County intersection. 

Orange Park Red-Light Cameras Go Live in April
WJXT-TV15 (Florida), Feb. 12, 2013

Thousands of people drive U.S. Highway 17 every day as their primary route north into Jacksonville, but plans are in place to make the road safer. Orange Park Police Chief Gary Goble says recently installed red-light cameras will not only stop drivers from running red lights, but also train them over time to slow down.

Lawmakers Push to Bring Back Red-Light Cameras
Minnesota Public Radio, Feb. 12, 2013

A group of lawmakers is proposing a bill that would allow cities to use cameras to catch drivers who run red lights. The bill, which was introduced this week in the House and Senate, would also allow law-enforcement personnel to use cameras to catch people who are speeding. See related article from KARE TV-11.

N.J. Red-Light Camera Changes on Hold
Press of Atlantic City, Feb. 12, 2013

There will be no changes to how New Jersey’s red-light camera system works, at least for now. The sponsor of a measure to change the system has put it on hold. See related coverage from WCBS TV 2 New York. (Daily Record photo by Jason Towlen)

ATS White Paper Details Impacts and Solutions from Fleet Vehicle Violations
World Net Daily, Feb. 11, 2013

A new white paper by American Traffic Solutions details the challenges and potential solutions for fleet managers looking for ways to reduce the costs associated with tolls and driver-issued traffic violations. View White Paper.

St. Petersburg Releases Red-Light Runners of the Week
St. Pete Patch (Florida), Feb. 12, 2013

This week’s compilation of red-light runners by the St. Petersburg Police Department delivers a stark reminder of the dangers red-light runners pose to law-abiding drivers.

Stop Arm Fines Yield $58,000
Marietta Patch (Georgia), Feb. 12, 2013

A program that fines motorists who zip by Cobb school buses without stopping generated more than $58,000 during its first two months. (WXIA TV-11 image.)

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.

NHTSA ‏@NHTSAgov It’s Aggressive Driving Awareness Month: always follow the speed limit! Better to be Late Than to Never Arrive #aggressivedriving

NCSR ‏@SaferRoadsUSA Red-light running crash in #Michigan leaves 2 injured, 1 in critical condition. Pls be cautious & always #StopOnRed! http://bit.ly/UeJJ9L

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Not Cause of Rear-End Crashes
Sentinel (New Jersey), Feb. 14, 2013

Rear-end crashes are caused not by red-light cameras, but by drivers tailgating the cars ahead of them. These crashes happen on highways without traffic lights too. Prudence requires that we maintain adequate distances all the time, but particularly while approaching any intersection, whether equipped with a camera or not.

“The red light camera program is probably, in my opinion, the most successful program that I’ve seen that the city has.”
John Price, Assistant Chief Administrative Office to the Mayor of Baton Rouge
WVLA TV-33 (Louisiana), Feb. 14, 2013

“Not only stopping on the red lights — it’s congested and there’s a lot of businesses — but it will also slow them down. It’s not uncommon for them to come through at 60, 70 mph.”
Gary Gobel, Orange Park Police Chief on how red-light safety cameras will make a difference.
WJXT-TV15 (Florida), Feb. 12, 2013

“Please don’t take away our enforcement tool. We’re trying to promote good driving habits.”
Robert Christie, Union Township Police Sergeant addresssing state legislative committee.
The Associated Press/Philly.com (New Jersey), Feb. 12, 2013

“If people know there’s no enforcement they evade the law. They run through the red light. As budgets are cut police have to ask where do we put our resources in terms of enforcement? And stationing someone at every busy intersection is not possible.”
Alice Hausman, Minnesota State Representative and sponsor of red-light camera bill.
KARE TV-11, Feb. 12, 2013

“I know there are places with a lot of red-light cameras, Apopka being one, and they are definitely proven to be a big deterrent. A lot of people see the signs letting them know an intersection is being monitored, and I think they’ve begun to take that seriously. More and more, people are realizing there are, or might be cameras, so they’re not running the red light.”
Jim Stivender, Lake County Public Works Director
The Daily Commercial (Florida), Feb. 12, 2013

Red-light violations in Baton Rouge have dropped 19 percent since 2010, when the full complement of cameras were installed. Source: WVLA TV-33, Feb. 14, 2013.

Before and during the evolution of the school bus stop arm safety camera program in Cobb County, Georgia, school bus drivers reported about 1,400 violations each day. Two months after the program began the number is down to about 400 violations a day. Source: Marietta Patch, Feb. 12, 2013.

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