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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 12

February 21st, 2013

Red-Light Camera Proposal Returns to Connecticut
West Hartford Patch, Feb. 20, 2013

A proposal to install red-light cameras in urban areas is back before the Connecticut Legislature. The measure died in 2011 when the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee refused to consider it.

Red-Light Cameras Make Temple Terrace Safer, Leaders Say
The Tampa Tribune/TBO.com (Florida), Feb. 20, 2013

While the Legislature debates the merits of red-light cameras in Tallahassee, Temple Terrace leaders credit the devices with making the city safer, citing a downward trend in red-light running violations.

New Video Details Violation Review Process
CBSNews.com, Feb. 19, 2013

American Traffic Solutions today launched a new video detailing the careful review process every red-light running event captured by red-light safety cameras passes through before a violation is issued.

NCSR: Safety Is Bottom Line for Camera Programs
Kansas City Business Journal (Missouri), Feb. 19, 2013

As transportation research studies continue to provide mounting evidence of the success of red-light safety camera programs, the opposition becomes more vocal in shifting the focus away from the most important benefit of this technology — safety.

Lakeland OKs 10 More Red-Light Cameras
Lakeland Ledger (Florida), Feb. 18, 2013

City commissioners voted 6-1 on Monday to more than double the number of red-light cameras in Lakeland, from nine to 19. The new cameras are expected to be installed in about six months. See related coverage from Bay News 9.

St. Joseph Camera Program Enters Penalty Phase
St.JoeChannel.com (Missouri), Feb. 18, 2013

The trial period for the new red-light cameras has ended in St. Joseph. Now, if you run a red light at one of the marked intersections, you will get a  $100 ticket in the mail.

Sugar Land Data Shows Drastic Crash Reduction
City of Sugar Land (Texas), Feb. 15, 2013

Since the installation of Sugar Land’s red-light cameras at their current locations, crashes have decreased more than 58 percent.

History Shows Cameras Improve Public Safety, Assist Medical Research
Torque News (North Carolina), Feb. 21, 2013

Melissa Wandall was largely responsible for the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act in Florida, honoring her husband who died the victim of a red-light scofflaw. … Since then, Florida has recorded improved road safety benefits. Recently, the state reported a matching 56 percent of communities recorded a reduction in crashes at intersections with safety cameras. Furthermore, a portion of the fines identified red-light runners pay go to Florida trauma centers and research centers for paralysis.

Vehicle Strikes Water Worker in Intersection
KTVI TV2 and Maplewood-Brentwood Patch (Missouri), Feb. 19, 2013

Early Friday morning, a Missouri American Water employee was struck by a minivan in Brentwood, as a red-light video camera recorded the scene.

High-Tech Cameras Catch Illegal School Bus Passers
WPEC TV 12 (Florida), Feb. 14, 2013

The Palm Beach School District is taking a proactive approach to keeping their students safe in and around their buses by testing new high-tech cameras. School bus drivers documented the danger in the 2011 National Stop Arm Violation Survey that noted more than 20,000 illegal passers in just one day across Florida.

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the city of West Palm Beach has renewed its Road Safety Camera agreement with ATS for three more years. ATS is honored to remain the vendor of choice for this community.

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: Red-Light Cameras an Unquestioned Success
Home News Tribune (New Jersey), Feb. 15, 2013

I was quite amused reading your editorial on Feb. 13 regarding your spin on the red-light camera program in the state of New Jersey. The RLC program was instituted to assist law enforcement in making the streets and highways of New Jersey safer for our citizens, period.

Commentary: Red-Light Camera Experiment Continues
The Record (New Jersey), Feb. 15, 2013

The courage once shown by legislators to harness camera technology in pursuit of traffic safety seemed to be eroding over the past year — at least until a few cops from Union and Middlesex counties spoke up this week.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Have Become Necessary
Iowa City Press-Citizen (Iowa), Feb. 20, 2013

As I contemplate the red light-camera issue, I believe we are not paying attention to several highly relevant factors … that reveal a substantial number of discourteous, impatient, aggressive, highly distracted divers who pay little attention to the speed limit and are driving within 3 feet of the back bumper of the driver who is traveling in front of them.

Letter: Lawmaker Should Consider Safety Aspects of Cameras
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), Feb. 19, 2013

Previously, I was open to all sides of the red-light camera issue and agreed with some of Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon’s arguments. But now, I feel the assemblyman is discrediting himself by refusing to consider the points of view of law enforcement and other experts. As a state legislator, shouldn’t the safety of your constituents and all New Jersey residents be a high priority?

“Our numbers clearly indicate a downward trend in violations. This speaks volumes about the overall awareness and voluntary compliance of our motorists with the established red-light regulations.”
Bernard Seeley, Temple Terrace Deputy Police Chief
The Tampa Tribune/TBO.com (Florida), Feb. 20, 2013

“In the last five years we went from 54 traffic fatalities to 19. I mean, that’s dramatic!”
Cathy Lanier, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief
NBC News, Feb. 19, 2013

“We have a lot of people driving today who are just not paying attention. The red-light camera program is geared to do one thing: to get people to pay attention at red-light signals.”
John Wisniewski, New Jersey Assemblyman
KYW-TV 3 (Pennsylvania), Feb. 19, 2013

“This technology allows us to change public behavior and improve public safety.”
Lisa Womack, Lakeland Police Chief
Lakeland Ledger (Florida), Feb. 18, 2013

“Everywhere they’ve been installed, they show a marked decrease in violations, and after they’ve been in place for a while, a decrease in major accidents in those locations.”
Richard Ketchem, St. Joseph Police Department Sergeant
St. Joe Channel (Missouri), Feb. 18, 2013

District of Columbia
The district recorded 19 traffic-linked deaths last year, down from 32 a year earlier. Source: The Washington Examiner, Feb. 20, 2013.

In the city of St. Joseph, police authorized 338 red-light running warnings to be sent to vehicle owners during three weeks of camera testing ending in February. Last year, officers handed out 260 citations in all of 2012. Source: St. Joe Channel, Feb. 18, 2013.

When Philadelphia began its the red-light camera program at Roosevelt Boulevard and Grant Avenue, and the Boulevard and Red Lion Road, more than 3,000 people ran the red lights at those locations in a month. Now, the number of violators is down to about 250. Source: KYW-TV3, Feb. 19, 2013.

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