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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 20

April 18th, 2013

ATS Facebook Campaign Wins National Award
PRNews Online, April 17, 2013

American Traffic Solutions captured a top national honor at the inaugural 2013 PR News Social Media Icon Awards, bringing home first place for its Facebook Public Relations Campaign. Managed by Shelby Larriva, the campaign used Facebook advertising supplemented with public relations efforts to boost ATS’ brand presence in the crowded and competitive realm of social media. The campaign overtook its 12-month goal of 20,000 likes in a mere seven months, earning ATS first place in the Facebook PR Campaign (B2B or Nonprofit) category. Honorable mention went to: FMC Technologies, LBi Denmark and The Marcus Group. For a full list of winners visit PRNews.

Abington Commissioners OK Red-Light Safety Cameras
Montgomery Media (Pennsylvania), April 17, 2013

Old York and Susquehanna roads, which Abington police Chief William Kelly called “the most dangerous place in the township” during the April 11 commissioners meeting, may become safer as a result of an automated red-light camera system. See related article in Abington Patch.

Transportation Department to Install Cameras at Work Zones
Brooklyn Daily Eagle (New York), April 17, 2013

In an attempt to stop drivers from barreling through street repair zones in New York City, where work zone incidents have injured nearly two dozen city Department of Transportation workers since 2009 and killed seven in the past two decades, the city DOT is attaching mobile video cameras to trucks and equipment in work zones. (New York City DOT photo)

Toll Cheats Pay Up or Face License Suspension
Townsquare News Network/WKXW 101.5 FM Radio, April 15, 2013

The agency that runs the Atlantic City Expressway has collected $46,000 from its biggest toll cheats and has payment plans in place to bring in another $140,000. The surge in collections came after the South Jersey Transportation Authority gave scofflaws a choice worked out with the state Motor Vehicle Commission. They could pay up or face registration suspensions.

City OKs Speed Safety Cameras in 3 More School Zones
The Daily News (Washington), April 12, 2013

It’s official — at least three more Longview school zones will have speed cameras this fall. The Longview City Council approved a contract amendment with American Traffic Solutions to install speed cameras at Kessler, St. Helens and Olympic elementary schools. See related article in KLOG 1490 AM.

French Speed Cameras Prevents 15,000 Fatal Crashes
World Highways, April 9, 2013

The installation of speed cameras in France prevented around 15,000 fatal and 62,000 non-fatal road accidents between November 2003 and December 2010, according to a study in the international review Accident Analysis and Prevention. Access report here.

Red-Light Runner of the Week Just Misses Collision
Clearwater Patch (Florida), April 16, 2013

A red-light runner and a motorist turning left nearly collide at this Florida intersection.

Orange Park Begins Issuing Fines at Intersections with Cameras
WJXT-TV 4 (Florida), April 15, 2013

The 30-day warning period is over for commuters in Orange Park.  Tickets will now be issued at three intersections to drivers who run red lights.

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.

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Red-light cameras are proven to change driver behavior, reduce # of intersection collisions & save lives #StopOnRed

ATS_RoadSafety  ‏@ATS_RoadSafety Q4: What day is one of the most deadly days of the year? #Lifesavers2013  #safetycams

American Traffic Solutions is honored to announce that its role as road safety camera vendor for the city of Orlando, Florida, will continue for another 18 months according to a recently signed contract amendment. ATS became the city’s vendor in 2008. In other announcements, ATS and the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, agreed upon an extension of the city’s road safety camera program for another three years. ATS has been Fort Lauderdale’s vendor of choice for this program since 2009.

Commentary: How to Make Connecticut’s Roads Safer for Pedestrians
Connecticut Post, April 12, 2013

So far, it’s been a typical year on Route 1, Connecticut’s deadliest road for pedestrians, with three fatalities. … To minimize deaths, road design improvements should be paired with traffic enforcement measures.

Editorial: Stop for School Buses
Register-Star (New York), April 17, 2013

Over 50,000 motorists will pass a stopped school bus on any given school day in New York State. … We can’t gamble with so many young lives. Drivers must consider the added responsibility of watching for stopped school buses and coming to a halt on seeing the red flashing lights and stop sign.

Letter: Owner is Responsible
St. Charles County Suburban Journal/Stltoday.com (Missouri), April 17, 2013

I’m a big fan of red-light cameras. I think they’re fantastic. It doesn’t matter who’s driving, the vehicle violated the law. The owner of the vehicle is responsible for it, no matter who did it. Congratulations, St. Peters, you got it right.

Letter: Speeding Motorists are Violators, Not Victims
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), April 13, 2013

So, we don’t need speed cameras? Perhaps Matt Hersl’s life might not have been saved by the presence of speed cameras, but neither was it saved even by the presence of a state trooper. … The interstate highways around Baltimore are race tracks where speed limits are routinely ignored by 15 mph or more. To those who feel the cameras victimize them I say: There are no victims in traffic enforcement, only violators.

Letter: Bring Back Murrieta’s Red-Light Cameras
The Press-Enterprise (California), April 11, 2013

Many kudos to Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia, who overturned the Measure N ban on red-light cameras in Murrieta.

“We are doing enforcement for a reason. It’s not just for enforcement sake or to write tickets; we are supposed to be trying to accomplish a goal. That goal is to reduce violations, but most importantly, to reduce accidents and reduce accidents with injuries.”
William Kelly, Police Chief of Abington, Pennsylvania
Montgomery Media News, April 17, 2013

“This intersection receives a lot of abuse in terms of people running the red light. I have worked with a developer and PennDOT to make sure every single direction has a left-hand turn arrow. Your turn is there if you wait for it. But still, it is one of the highest accident intersections … and there are always, almost angular accidents because someone is running the light.”
Peggy Myers, Abington Board of Commissioners President
Montgomery Media News (Pennsylvania), April 17, 2013

“It was a safety issue that came up at some of these major intersections that we have. We’ve had some major crashes at these intersections and of course a lot of the crashes are caused by red light runners so there was a tool out there to try to change that behavior and I think the red light cameras will do that.”
Gary Goble, Police Chief of the Orange Park Police Department
WJXT-TV 4 (Florida), April 15, 2013

Columbia Valley Gardens and Mint Valley elementary schools in Longview have had speed cameras since March 1, 2011, and statistics show drivers slow down when cameras are present. At Columbia Valley Gardens, the cameras ticketed 1,250 speeders in 2011 and 852 speeders in 2012, a reduction of 32 percent. At Mint Valley, 1,231 speeding tickets were issued in 2011 compared to 953 in 2012, a reduction of 23 percent. SOURCE: The Daily News, April 12, 2013.

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