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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 16

March 21st, 2013

Police Extract Crucial Clues from Red-Light Cameras in 1,000s of Cases 
WTXF-TV FOX 29 (Pennsylvania), March 21, 2013

Red-light safety cameras are keeping communities safe beyond improving driver behavior and reducing collisions. Footage from these safety cameras is being used to help solve crimes throughout the United States, a recent study from National Coalition for Safer Roads shows. See related coverage from KPTV Fox 9. and NCSR.

Speeders Near Schools Could Face Cameras in N.Y. City
WABC-TV 7, March 19, 2013

Speeding in New York City is the major factor in the many traffic deaths here last year. Now there is a campaign to slow down drivers.

Cameras Capture Red-Light Runners in the Act
St. Pete Patch (Florida), March 18, 2013

Each week, the St. Petersburg Police releases videotape of several red-light running events in their city to inform the public about the dangers involved in this unlawful behavior.  

Orange Park Enters Red-Light Camera Warning Phase
WJXT-TV CBS 4 (Florida), March 15, 2013

Orange Park is one of the latest communities in Florida now to use technology to address a big problem on our roadways — red-light runners.

New Red-Light Safety Cameras Installed in Sugar Land
KTRK TV ABC 13 (Texas), March 20, 2013

New red-light safety cameras are being installed at U.S. Highway 90A and Dairy Ashford, and are expected to be operational in April. Warning citations will be issued for 30 days as motorists become accustomed to the new cameras. See related coverage from Your Fort Bend News.

As Ticket Count Rises, D.C. Red-Light Cameras Capture Revenue
The Washington Post, March 19, 2013

There were 91,550 tickets issued by red-light cameras in the year that ended Oct. 1, 2012, an increase of almost 14,000 over the previous year. That translates to the District receiving almost $13 million from red-light runners caught on camera last year, a $1.8 million increase over fiscal 2011.

Police Utilize Red-Light Camera Video in Missing Person Search
The Times Picayune (Louisiana), March 18, 2013

After reviewing footage from three red-light cameras as well as the surveillance systems of businesses and private residences, New Orleans police believe missing teacher Terrilyn Monette was alone when she drove away from a parking lot adjacent to the Lakeview bar where she was last seen early March 2.

Red-Light Running Fines Pay for New Traffic Light
The Reporter (Pennsylvania), March 18, 2013

Hatfield Township has taken ownership of a new traffic signal light paid for with a $180,000 grant from Pennsylvania’s Automated Red Light Enforcement program, which funds all types of safety and mobility projects. Fines collected from traffic violators captured on red-light safety cameras in Philadelphia fund the program. (The Reporter photo by Geoff Patton)

New York City Seeks Help from Speed Cameras
The Wall Street Journal/Metropolis, March 18, 2013

New York City saw an uptick in traffic deaths during 2012, evidence city transit officials used Monday to renew calls for cameras that would catch speeding  drivers. See related article in Transportation Nation.

Police Cite Red-Light Runner in 4-Car Collision
WXIX-TV FOX 19 (Ohio), March 18, 2013

Police were called to a four-car accident in Clifton on Monday evening. Authorities say a car was headed northbound on Auburn Avenue and ran a red light, hitting a pickup truck and flipping it onto its top.

Photo Enforcement Fines Fund Drivers’ Education
American City and County (Tennessee), March 18, 2013

To restart a long dormant public driver-education program, the city of Chattanooga turned to revenue generated by the Photo Enforcement Program. The response to the renewed driver education program has been overwhelming with every course filled to capacity. Begun in November 2009, the program has graduated more than 1,400 students.

As Red-Light Citations Drop, Speeders May Be Next Target
The Kansas City Star (Missouri), March 17, 2013

Fresh numbers show red-light camera citations in Kansas City tumbled more than 20 percent from 2011 to 2012, and fell 35 percent from 2010, when the program was still in its infancy. Now, the city is thinking about moving some of its robotic photographers, adding even more and possibly even deploying other cameras to catch you speeding. (The Kansas City Star photo by David Eulitt)

Every Camera Flash Does Not Produce a Ticket
WCAU-TV NBC 10 (Pennsylvania), March 15, 2013

Drivers are not getting a ticket every time the red-light cameras flash in Philadelphia. Around 50 percent of the photos taken by Philadelphia’s 108 red-light cameras are tossed out, according to data provided by consultants for the Philadelphia Parking Authority. … The high-forgiveness rate isn’t unique to Philadelphia.

Contract Stands in Clermont; 24 Red-Light Cameras Scheduled
The Daily Commercial (Florida), March  15, 2013

Clermont City Council members this week decided not to reduce the number of red-light cameras now expected to be installed next month. … Moving forward, the contract with American Traffic Solutions stands and the 24 cameras will be installed where police believe they will do the most good.

Red-Light Runner Collides with School Bus
Hauppauge Patch (New York), March 15, 2013

A school bus carrying special needs children was involved in a crash that sent two children to the hospital with minor injuries. According to police, the driver of the taxi was ticketed for running a red light.

School-Bus Cameras Give Passing Drivers a Bad Mark
The Northwestern.com/USA Today, March 19, 2013

School buses around the nation are becoming a key tool in automated traffic enforcement.  School systems from Georgia to Connecticut are equipping school buses with digital video cameras that automatically snap photographs of motorists who disregard the swing-out stop sign, or stop arm. A citation is then sent to the alleged violator for illegally passing a school bus. Getting caught isn’t cheap. (WXIA-TV image by Jon Shirek)

Stop-Arm Citations Surpass 2,000 Mark
East Cobb Patch (Georgia), March 15, 2013 

More than 2,000 citations have been issued to Cobb motorists who ignore stop-arm warnings around school buses, Cobb Board of Education members were told this week.

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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American Traffic Solutions is honored to announce that its role as road safety camera vendor for the city of Ellisville, Missouri, will continue for another four years based on a recently signed contract amendment. ATS became the city’s vendor in 2008.

Letter: The Argument for Red-Light Cameras
The Patriot-News (Pennsylvania), March 21, 2013

Tom McCarey doesn’t believe red-light cameras make our road safer. Well, as executive director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which manages our city’s red-light camera program, I disagree. Let’s look at the facts.

Letter: Thanks for Cameras
Herald Tribune (Florida), March 16, 2013

I am writing today because I believe the No. 1 function of government is public safety. I’m proud that I live in a community where our political leaders have shown the resolve to implement a program that some would say is politically unpopular, installing red-light cameras.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Spur Good Driving Habits
Florida Today, March 15, 2013

On a recent trip to Sacramento, Calif., I was blown away by the newfound courtesy of the drivers there. As a one-time resident, my memories are of wanton disregard of any traffic or common-sense laws. Through strict enforcement of traffic regulations, that has been replaced by a pleasurable drive.

“People doing 50-60 miles an hour on side streets bordering schools and senior centers belong at the Daytona 500 and off our city streets. They are posing a public danger to our people.”
James Vacca, New York City Councilman and Transportation Committee Chairman
DNAinfo.com New York Neighborhood News, March 19, 2013

“Motorists who do not stop and look all ways prior to turning on a red light are endangering themselves and their passengers in addition to any pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists who have the right of way at that time.”
Gwendolyn Crump, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Spokeswoman
Washington Post, March 19, 2013

“They have the ability to take it to court. If they don’t feel like they ran the red light, they have the ability to fight that citation.”
Gary Goble, Orange Park Police Chief
WJXT-TV CBS 4 (Florida), March 15, 2013

“We want a safe city and we believe this is something that will help achieve that. And if someone gets a ticket, then maybe they will be more careful next time. It’s all about changing driving habits.”
Ray Goodgame, Clermont City Councilman
The Daily Commercial (Florida), March 15, 2013

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