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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 18

April 4th, 2013

Police Chief Touts Need for Red-Light Safety Cameras
Abington Patch (Pennsylvania), April 4, 2013

Though the issue isn’t officially on the agenda until next week, Abington Police Chief William Kelly, during Wednesday night’s public safety meeting, had some things to say about red-light cameras. They’re needed. (Abington Patch photo by Mischa Arnosky)

N.Y. State Senator Calls for Speed Cameras
Times Ledger, April 3, 2013

After years of unsuccessful attempts to get a crossing guard at the intersection of Horace Harding Expressway and Junction Boulevard, community members are asking for speed cameras, state Sen. Jose Peralta said this week. “We’re trying to prevent a tragedy here,” he said. (Times Ledger photo by Christina Santucci)

D.C. Issues 700,000 Speeding Tickets
WTOP 103.5 FM, April 3, 2013

The District of Columbia issued more than 700,000 speed camera tickets last fiscal year, netting the city about $78.8 million — a record high.

Support Grows for Speed Camera Bill in New York
New York Daily News, April 1, 2013

One of the two lawmakers who call the shots in the state Senate has vowed to fight for legislative approval of the city’s stalled push to use cameras to bust lead-footed motorists.

Law Enforcement Making Use of Red-Light Cameras
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), April 1, 2013

While politicians quibble over red-light cameras, one group uniformly supports the high-tech surveillance systems: detectives pursuing people suspected of crimes worse than traffic infractions. At least twice, homicide investigators with the St. Petersburg Police Department have reviewed red-light camera footage to track and build evidence against suspected killers.

Texas Toll Authority Gets Tough on Scofflaws
The Dallas Morning News, March 28, 2013

After seeking to shame scofflaws in the court of public opinion, the North Texas Tollway Authority is moving its battles to civil courts. Lawyers representing the NTTA had filed about 75 lawsuits against toll violators at the end of February. And that’s only the beginning. (The Dallas Morning News photo by Evans Caglage) See related news at KXAS-TV NBC 5.

Study: Crosswalks in N.Y. Are Not Havens
The New York Times, April 2, 2013

Pedestrians struck by cars are most often hit while in the crosswalk, with the signal on their side, according to findings in a new medical study of injured pedestrians and cyclists in New York City. Of pedestrians injured on the street, the largest number, 44 percent, used a crosswalk, with the signal. (The New York Times photo by Barton Silverman)

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 newsletter and share the message to stop on red.

Stop On Red ‏@StopOnRedFL Every 5.7 minutes, a red-light-related crash occurs. What are you doing to make the roads safer? #StopOnRed

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the Houston-Galveston Area Council has awarded its road safety camera vendor contracts and selected ATS as one recipient. The decision positions ATS as a provider of choice to the council’s member cities that are interested in contracting for red-light, fixed speed or CrossingGuard school bus safety camera programs. The council represents more than 100 member cities in a 13 county service area in Texas.

Violation Analysis Shows N.J. Drivers Are Stopping on Red
American Traffic Solutions, April 2, 2013

A new review of red-light safety camera violations issued in New Jersey shows driver behavior is changing.  The analysis tracks red-light running violation counts in 18 townships with ATS cameras since the beginning of each program through the end 2012. Findings include reductions in average violations per camera coupled with a very low percentage of vehicles receiving more than one violation. Both results show behavior is changing and more drivers are stopping on red. (Daily Record photo by Jason Towlen)

Highway, Red-Light Running Fatalities Decrease in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, April 1, 2013

There were 1,310 people killed in crashes on Pennsylvania roads last year, the third-lowest number on record and 24 more than in 2011. The decrease extended to red-light running fatalities, which declined from 33 in 2011 to 21 in 2012.

Work-Zone Speed Safety Cameras Deployed in Washington
Washington State Department of Transportation, March 29, 2013

An automated speed-enforcement camera will be placed in a construction zone on Interstate 5 in Lewis County beginning Monday, April 8, in an attempt to slow drivers and improve safety.

Commentary: Speed Cameras Can Make N.Y. City Streets Safer
AM New York, April 2, 2013

In a recent study by the New York City Department of Transportation, 97 percent of vehicles that drove past two public schools in Washington Heights were speeding. Speed-enforcement cameras — which record a vehicle’s speed and license plate number — have undeniable potential to save lives.

Commentary: When Fury Can Be a Force for Good Ends
The New York Times, April 1, 2013

Michael R. Bloomberg can grow easily irritated, and he minces fewer words the closer he gets to the end of his near-infinite mayoralty. Last week, when two of Brooklyn’s Republican state senators put the kibosh on the mayor’s request for cameras intended to nab drivers who speed near city schools, Hizzoner did not bother with conversational niceties. He offered to hand out the telephone numbers of the senators.

Commentary: Top 5 Drivers That Grind Our Gears
The Courier (Texas), March 31, 2013

Until the last few years, I had not put a lot of thought about the way people drive in Conroe. I would like to believe most drivers, to some extent, respect a marked police car and most try to do the right thing when it comes to obeying traffic laws. I have found, however, when there is not a marked unit near, there are a lot of people who have a blatant disregard for their own safety and that of others.

Editorial: League of Cities Urges Support for Red-Light Cameras
West Orange Times (Florida), April 4, 2013

Florida’s red-light safety camera program is a proven law-enforcement tool that reduces dangerous T-bone crashes and changes the behavior of those drivers who choose to run red lights. The Florida League of Cities supports efforts to reform the current programs and believes CS/SB 1342, in its current form, strikes the right balance.

Letter: Some Drivers Ignore Laws
The Ledger (Florida), April 1, 2013

I read all the letters in The Ledger from people who are against red-light cameras. They seem to consider it OK to break the law as long as a police officer doesn’t see you do it.

“For all intents and purposes, no enforcement is done at that location. It is the worst intersection in the township. [Enforcement] is such a visual thing. If you’re going to do it, it has to be done by using technology.”
William Kelly, Police Chief of Abington Township, Pennsylvania
Abington Patch, April 4, 2013

“I know citizens sometimes don’t believe this. I don’t want your money. I want you to stop speeding.”
Mary Cheh, New York City Councilwoman
The New York Times, April 1, 2013

From 2011 to 2012, red-light running fatalities dropped from 33 to 21 across the state for an overall 36 percent decrease. In all, 1,310 people died on Pennsylvania roads last year. It is the third lowest number of traffic fatalities in a year in the state’s recorded history.  Source: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, April 1, 2013.

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