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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 23

May 9th, 2013

Park Patrol Benefits from Red-Light Running Fines
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), May 9, 2013

Money generated by red-light cameras on county roads is being used to pay for two off-duty Jersey City police officers to augment patrols around Lincoln Park. (Hudson County photo of Lincoln Park)

Red-Light Safety Cameras Go Live in Opelika
Opelika-Auburn News (Alabama), May 9, 2013 

Red-light cameras officially began monitoring traffic at four of Opelika’s busiest intersections on Wednesday. “It’s now for real,” Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller said.

Montgomery Adds 10 Red-Light Cameras
WSFA-TV NBC 12 (Alabama), May 9, 2013

Ten new red-light cameras will become operational on Friday in Montgomery. Authorities say these additional cameras are part of the city’s automated traffic enforcement program that targets specific intersections to increase safety and prevent crashes. See related coverage from WAKA-TV CBS 8.

City Considers Road Safety Camera Expansion at Schools, Intersections
Renton Reporter (Washington), May 8, 2013

The city of Renton is preparing to make some changes to its photo enforcement program, including setting cameras at three additional elementary schools and at the intersection of Benson and Petrovitsky, for red-light emphasis.

Open-Road Tolling to Replace Booths in Massachusetts by 2015
WBZ-TV CBS 4, May 7, 2013

Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Richard Davey hopes to have open-road electronic toll collection fully up and running across the state by mid-2015. See related coverage by BostInno. (Photo by WWLP TV-22)

Police Chief Wants Speed Cameras in Delaware
WBOC-TV Channel 16, May 6, 2013

Dover’s police chief wants Delaware state lawmakers to try again to pass a law that would allow cities to use cameras to catch speeders in school zones and street construction zones.

Louisiana House Panel Rejects Red-Light Camera Public Vote Bill
The Advocate, May 6, 2013

A bill that would ban traffic cameras unless they are approved by local voters failed in a Louisiana House committee after some heated exchanges that ended with a 10-5 vote. (WVLA-TV 33 image.)

Global Road Safety Week Focuses on Pedestrian Safety
Centers for Disease Control, May 3, 2013

The United Nations General Assembly has declared the week of May 6–12, 2013, as Global Road Safety Week. This year the week is dedicated to pedestrian safety. More than 5,000 pedestrians are killed on the world’s roads each week.

Red-Light Fines Pay for Traffic Upgrades in Lansdale
The Reporter (Pennsylvania), May 2, 2013

Lansdale Borough received one of largest grant awards from PennDOT’s Automated Red Light Enforcement Transportation Grant Program, and has directed the $216,000 to make the borough’s traffic system one of the most state-of-the-art in Pennsylvania. (The Reporter photo by Geoff Patton.)

Police, Officials Push Surveillance Post-Boston
New Jersey Herald, May 2, 2013

Police and politicians across the U.S. are pointing to the example of surveillance video that was used to help identify the Boston Marathon bombing suspects as a reason to get more electronic eyes on their streets.

Teen Improves from School Bus Boarding Collision
WZZM-TV Channel 13 (Michigan), May 8, 2013

There is encouraging news about a teenager who was critically injured last month trying to board his school bus.

Drivers Will Not Face Charges in 8-Year-Old’s Death at Bus Stop
Richmond Palladium-Item (Indiana), May 7, 2013

Criminal charges will not be filed against the drivers involved in an incident that killed a Union County third-grader in February.

Senate Bill Would Prosecute School Bus Passings
LegislativeGazette.com (New York), May 7, 2013

The New York Association for Pupil Transportation voiced its support for legislation (S. 5028) that would allow the installation and use of stop arm cameras on school buses. See related coverage from TimesUnion.com and WNYW-TV FOX 5.

Police Post Red-Light Runner of Week
Clearwater Patch (Florida), May 7, 2013

This week’s selection by Clearwater police of the most dangerous red-light runner shows a vehicle run the stop light in broad daylight and disrupt crossing traffic in two directions.

Caught on Tape: Pedestrian’s Close Call
Sun Sentinel (Florida), May 5, 2013

When a pedestrian cheated death in Fort Lauderdale, his close call with a horrific two-car crash was captured by a red-light camera for all to see.

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.

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Commentary: Caught on Camera? Then Stop Speeding
The Herald-Mail (Maryland), May 5, 2013

How sad is it (and I’m trying my best not to be judgmental here) that anyone would suggest that we must wait for the injury of a child before we take action to utilize the best in technology to potentially forgo that injury. I think that is what the commenter inferred. Even if the robot with the radar was operating at 3 a.m. and caught you speeding, you were still speeding — whether there was a child present or not.

Letter: Return Red-Light Cameras
The Press-Enterprise (California), May 7, 2013

Why did the city take down the red-light cameras around the city? Isn’t a motorist running a red light and thereby risking the lives of innocent people also worth watching.

“We have seen a steady decrease in red-light running where the cameras are in place, and we believe there is a clear deterrent effect that makes our roads safer throughout Montgomery.”
Kevin Murphy,Montgomery Police Chief
WSFA-TV NBC 12 (Alabama), May 9, 2013

“Overall, every intersection in Murfreesboro is safer because of these cameras.”
Kyle Evans, Murfreesboro Police spokesman
Daily News Journal (Tennessee), May 6, 2013

“We get a lot of community complaints about speeding especially near schools. Work zone safety is a big deal, because of the fact that accidents in work zones typically are significant injury accidents.”
Scott Koenig, Dover City Manager
WBOC-TV CBS 16 (Delaware), May 6, 2013

For the week ending April 21, the number of red-light running violations dipped slightly from 4,172 to 4,064 in Palm Coast, where 43 red-light safety cameras are installed at intersections. One camera captured 710 violations, the most by a single camera in the city. Source: Palm Coast Observer, May 7, 2013. 2013.

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