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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 22

May 2nd, 2013

Township Reports Zero Crash Injuries, Rise in Tickets
Brick Patch (New Jersey), May 1, 2013

Summonses may be up, but injuries from accidents are down at Brick’s intersections equipped with red-light violation cameras. (DailyRecord.com photo by Thomas P. Costello)

Red-Light Cameras Catch More Than Bad Drivers
KVOA-TV NBC 4 (Arizona), May 1, 2013

Supporters of traffic photo enforcement cameras say they catch more than just bad drivers. They reduce collisions, change driver behavior across town and also help in other investigations.

91% of Red-Light Runners Do Not Repeat Offense
The Lufkin News (Texas), May 1, 2013

About nine of 10 motorists who received a ticket for running a red light at one of Lufkin’s intersections where cameras are located and pay it do not get another violation, a recent analysis showed.

Survey: Pedestrians Say Red-Light, Speed Cameras Improve Safety
ITS International, May 1, 2013

Eye-opening study finds pedestrians in Washington D.C. support road safety cameras. Findings show 90 percent of those surveyed favor speed cameras, and 88 percent favor red-light cameras. See related article in AutoBlog.com and Torque News. (Image by Adam Tuss, WRC-TV NBC 4 Washington)

Road Safety Cameras Help Solve Crimes
Marketwire/Fidelity.com, May 1, 2013

Road Safety Cameras are growing in number and in usefulness as police turn to video and digital images to identify not only traffic scofflaws, but also to solve hit-and-run collisions, assaults and homicides. Now in use in more than 650 communities across the country, authorities are using the technology as another way to supplement their investigations, just as they used the surveillance cameras in chasing down the Boston Marathon bombers.

Crashes Diminish with Red-Light Cameras; Montgomery to Add More
WNCF-TV ABC 8 (Alabama), April 30, 2013

More cameras will be put up at Montgomery intersections to stop you from running red lights. The number will rise from 14 to 21 intersections in the city.

Mayor Agrees with Bad Driver Survey
KELO-FM 92.5 (South Dakota), April 30, 2013

Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether says a recently released survey of a thousand residents shows a high perception of bad drivers.

Court Strikes Down Challenge to $85 Red-Light Ticket
Hunterdon County Democrat (New Jersey), April 26, 2013

A Clinton Township police lieutenant, who is also an attorney, lost his latest appeal to dismiss an $85 traffic ticket issued after a red-light camera in Pohatcong in Warren County detected a violation.

21,000 Vehicles Pass School Buses in Single Day
WJXT-TV CBS 4 (Florida), April 29, 2013

Is there a higher priority than protecting our children? Most people would say they value children’s safety, but many of those same people may be putting children at risk.

Police Cite Drivers who Ignore School Bus Stop Laws
WFMY-TV CBS 2 (North Carolina), April 27, 2013

High Point police invite television station to see the dangers drivers pose to students near school bus stops.   

Red-Light Runner of the Week
Clearwater Patch (Florida), April 30, 2013

The traffic light is red for some time before a driver runs it in Clearwater. Thankfully, cross traffic waited long enough to avoid a disturbing crash.

Red-Light Runners in St. Petersburg
St. Pete Patch (Florida), April 29, 2013

These red-light running videos from different intersections in St. Petersburg show the dangerous situations drivers are causing.

Young Bicyclist Mourned; Police Review Video for Hit-and-Run Driver
WFAA-TV ABC 8 (Texas), April 29, 2013

Hundreds of people gathered for a candlelight memorial Monday evening to remember Deston Bibbs, the 14-year-old who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Fort Worth last week. Investigators are still checking surveillance video and footage from the red light cameras at the intersection to see if they offer any clues.

Delaware’s Red-Light Cameras Reduce Crashes
WBOC-TV 16, April 29, 2013

Officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation say red-light cameras are significantly reducing the amount of car crashes at dangerous intersections.

Caught on Tape: St. Louis Red-Light Runners
KMOV-TV Channel 4 (Missouri), April 27, 2013

In Missouri, someone somewhere is injured in a vehicle accident every 10 minutes.  In 2011, the last year that statewide statistics are available, 786 men, women and children died in vehicle crashes in the Show Me State. A look at the following videos from red-light cameras positioned around the St. Louis area makes it easy to see how so many people get hurt by careless driving.

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  VIDEO: Consequences of red-light running in #Florida: http://bit.ly/1608TP3  via @YouTube #StopOnRed #DriveSafe

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  Boulder’s red-light safety cameras captured two red-light running near misses: http://www.youtu.be/lvGddzbkKII  #StopOnRed

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that its CrossingGuard school bus safety camera system will be installed in the Highline School District in Washington under a five-year agreement, and will be tested in Polk County, Florida, according to an agreement signed by the school board that sets up a 60-day pilot program. ATS is equally pleased to announce that the cities of Coral Gables, Florida, and Maywood, Illinois, signed new agreements to extend their road safety camera programs for five years. American Traffic Solutions is honored to be a part of the safety programs in these communities.

Editorial: Stop Before Turning Right on Red
The Sierra Vista Herald (Arizona), May 2, 2013

When drivers casually roll into the intersection intending to turn right, it can endanger pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists. It’s important that the rules governing right turns on red are understood and abided.

Editorial: Safety Suggestions Can Protect Students
Hattiesburg American (Mississippi), April 26, 2013

School buses in Mississippi are passed illegally somewhere between 3,000 to 5,000 times each day. That’s 3,000 to 5,000 chances every day for school children to be injured because someone was in too much of a hurry to stop.

Letter: Cameras Helped in Boston Probe
Intelligencer Journal-Lancaster New Era (Pennsylvania), April 29, 2013

Many here have complained about the number of cameras in the city. They say they are an invasion of privacy and feel the cameras should be removed. I wonder if the people in Boston wish all their cameras had been removed. Without cameras, they may not ever have found the two suspects in the bombing.

“The number of total reported accidents is at the lowest it’s been in 20 years.”
Keith Barnett, Montgomery Police Major and Traffic Division Commander
WNCF-TV ABC 8 (Alabama), April 30, 2013

“There’s a child that’s getting ready to cross the road. That’s a guarantee if the bus is stopped. Somebody is getting on or off.”
Peter Abernathy, High Point Police Officer
WFMY-TV CBS 2 (North Carolina), April 27, 2013

In Montgomery, where red-light safety cameras are in place at 14 intersections, red-light running events are dramatically diminished, some by 50 percent, according Police Major Keith Barnett. Total crashes in the city are at a 20 year low. Source: WNCF-TV ABC 8, April 30, 2013.

Angle crashes at intersections with red-light safety cameras are down 47 percent in the state of Delaware, according to the state department of transportation. Additionally, red-light running crashes are diminished by 29 percent. As of 2012, there were approximately 30 intersections in the state with the cameras. Source: WBOC-TV 16, April 29, 2013.

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