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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 14

March 7th, 2013

Editorial: More Cameras for New York City Streets
The New York Times, March 1, 2013

The Bloomberg administration has been working to combat a deadly problem in New York City: drivers who speed or run through red lights. What the city needs is what many other cities have: street cameras to catch drivers breaking the traffic laws. (New York City DOT image)

Editorial: Give Cameras a Shot
Hartford Courant (Connecticut), March 4, 2013

We don’t buy the argument that cameras are just another government revenue program; they are primarily concerned with public safety. … If red-light cameras reduce serious accidents, as several studies indicate, it seems a shame to dismiss the idea without at least trying it.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Essential for Safety
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), March 5, 2013

One of the many predicaments we face with the sprawling growth of Central Florida is the increasingly difficult challenge of safely navigating the hectic highways. I believe that using red-light cameras at notoriously dangerous Orlando-area intersections increases safety on our roads and helps to prevent accidents.

Letter: More Time Needed to Study Effects of Red-Light Cameras
Lawrenceville Patch (New Jersey), March 4, 2013

Recent press coverage about Lawrence Township’s experience with red-light camera installations at the Brunswick Pike/Franklin Corners/Baker’s Basin Roads intersection, in our view, fails to accentuate two significant positive first-year results – reductions over time in violations and total crashes at the intersection.

Court Ruling May Mean Cameras Are Here to Stay
Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch (Florida), March 7, 2013

The state of Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a challenge to the constitutionality of red-light safety cameras in the case of Salvatore Altimari vs. the State of Florida and the City of West Palm Beach. See related coverage from GlobeNewswire/Optimum.net.

Citywide Enforcement Ramps Up with Camera Increase
YourObserver.com (Florida), March 7, 2013

In January, the city added three additional red-light cameras to busy Sarasota intersections, increasing the total number of the high-resolution, high-speed cameras to 10 citywide. Police say the cameras make roadways safer. (Herald Tribune photo by Mike Lang)

Car-Child Collision Near School Gets Neighbors Talking Safety
Bethesda Patch (Maryland), March 7, 2013

A collision between a car and a stroller carrying a 3-month-old baby on Arlington Road near Bethesda Elementary School has sparked a debate about pedestrian safety along the busy road. Both the child and mother were uninjured in the collision.

5 New Red-Light Cameras to Be Installed
Star-Telegraph (Texas), March 5, 2013

Five new red-light cameras will be installed next month, bringing the city’s total to 26, the Arlington City Council was told. According to a 2011 audit, the number of collisions has declined at monitored intersections. Violators pay a $75 fine. Since starting six years ago, the red-light camera program has generated about $8.4 million in revenue.

Red-Light Cameras Could Return to Fairfax County
Tysons Corner Patch (Virginia), March 5, 2013

Supervisors directed staff Tuesday to examine costs and benefits of launching another red-light camera program, which reduced violations by 45 percent during its first run a decade ago. The renewed interest follows the release of an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report on red-light camera successes in Arlington.

Traffic Crashes Fall at Red-Light Camera Locations
WHO 1040 AM Radio (Iowa), March 4, 2013

The Des Moines Police Department says a review of vehicle collision data taken from areas where automated traffic cameras have been placed, shows a reduction in crashes from the eight to 16 range a few years ago to the four to five range. See related coverage from KCCI TV 8.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Go Up at 4 Intersections
Opelika-Auburn News (Alabama), March 2, 2013

Contractors with American Traffic Solutions Inc. have been busy the past couple of weeks installing red-light cameras at some of Opelika’s busiest intersections.

Processing a Benicia-Martinez Bridge FasTrak Ticket
Martinez Patch (California), March 4, 2013

A lot happens from the time when a bridge’s license-plate camera flashes and when a citation appears in that driver’s mailbox. American Traffic Solutions, which contracts to provide toll-enforcement cameras on the Benicia-Martinez Bridge, Bay Bridge and elsewhere, has released a video of the behind-the-scenes review process each citation faces before being sent out. (California Metropolitan Transportation Commission image)

Red-Light Camera Captures Train Collision with 18-Wheeler
KHOU TV 11 (Texas), March 4, 2013

Police investigating a crash between a train and an 18-wheeler carrying multimillion dollar drilling equipment and a train in Magnolia say a red-light camera captured the mishap that ended without injury.

First Cameras Installed on Houston School Buses
The Telegraph (Georgia), March 6, 2013

Houston County school buses are one step closer to photographing stop-arm violators now that camera systems are installed on five buses. Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions is testing the cameras, and violators are expected to be officially recorded and punished at the end of this month. (The Telegraph/Macon.com photo by Woody Marshall)

Sheriff’s Office Stresses Safety Around School Buses
The Palm Beach Post (Florida), March 6, 2013

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has released a Youtube video explaining the rules motorists are to follow around school buses that are dropping off or picking up children. The video was made while deputies were out in suburban Lake Worth warning motorists who they caught not stopping for school buses with their stop arms extended

School Bus Camera Bill to Be Reintroduced in 2013 Session
WLTV 12/WJXX TV 25 (Florida), March 2, 2013

A bill will once again go before Florida House and Senate committees to install cameras on school buses and ticket illegal passers.

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.

Palm Coast Observer ‏@PCObserver There are a total of 43 red light cameras monitoring #PalmCoast intersections. Here are the latest numbers: http://bit.ly/ZaewS6

“Our goal is to educate and alert drivers to the dangers of illegally passing school buses. Keeping our children safe is our number one priority.”
Marianne Melnick, Houston County School Board Chairwoman
The Telegraph (Georgia), March 6, 2013

“We haven’t had any fatal accidents (on Illinois Route 83) since these cameras were put up.”
Mark Shelton, Police Chief of Willowbrook, Illinois
Chicago Tribune, March 4, 2013

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