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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 27

June 6th, 2013

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Join ATS in the Social Madness Challenge

Are you into social media? So are we. Please take a moment to visit the Phoenix Business Journal’s Social Madness Challenge site and under the Large Company category VOTE for American Traffic Solutions. You can vote every day, and every vote helps raise awareness about ATS and why stopping on red saves lives. National winners compete for cash prizes for the charity of their choice.

ATS is also hosting a national competition to find out What Drives You. Simply visit our ATS Linked In, Facebook or Twitter sites to share your story. Three judges will pick the most compelling story and award a Kindle Fire to the grand prize winner once the contest closes on July 3. ATS is committed to making life safer and easier on the road ahead. That’s what drives us! Tell us today what drives you!

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Police: Red-Light Camera Video Helped Determine Fault in Crash
Sarasota Patch (Florida), June 4, 2013

Sarasota Police are crediting a red-light camera video with helping them determine who was at fault in a two-car crash last week. See related coverage from WWSB-TV ABC 7.

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13 States Put Speed Cameras to Work
NBC Nightly News, June 4, 2013

There are now 150 communities in 13 states that use speed cameras to catch motorists violating the speed limit. In the District of Columbia, where both speed and red-light cameras are used, police say the enforcement equipment helps reduce fatal crashes.

Red-Light Runner of Week Couldn’t Wait for Green
Clearwater Patch (Florida), June 4, 2013

A car turns left moments before the light turns green at Chestnut Street and Fort Harrison Avenue, making the latest Red Light Camera Violator of the Week.

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Osceola County Explores Red-Light Camera Program
Around Osceola (Florida), June 5, 2013

The Osceola Board of County Commissioners Monday voted 3-2 in favor of continuing the exploratory phase of including red-light enforcement cameras at intersections. The decision permits county staff to pursue a deal with American Traffic Solutions, which presented its program on Monday. 

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Red-Light Cameras Enforce Laws, Improve Safety, Police Say
St. Joseph News-Press (Missouri), June 4, 2013

St. Joseph police say the city’s nearly 4-month-old red-light camera program is doing more than enforcing traffic laws, they’re also raising the profile of safe driving. (St. Joseph News-Press photo by Eric Keith.)

Michigan Lawmakers Consider Red-Light Cameras
WZZM-TV Channel 3, June 4, 2013

A bill moving through the state legislature would allow communities to install red-light safety cameras at intersections and use images from them to crack down on dangerous driving infractions.

Cleveland Mayor Stands Behind Camera Expansion
WTAM-Radio 106.5 FM (Ohio), June 2, 2013

Even though three state legislators are fighting photo enforcement cameras, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says his city is increasing the number of red-light safety cameras, and contends the devices reduce traffic crashes and make motorists drive more safely.

Port Richey Prepares for Red-Light Camera Law Revision
Suncoast News (Florida), May 31, 2013

State lawmakers passed legislation last month shifting appeals for red-light running tickets to local hearing officers to decrease the backlog of court cases. Although Gov. Rick Scott has yet to sign the legislation into law, Port Richey City Council, at their recent meeting, discussed hiring a special magistrate to hear the challenges. See related coverage in The Palm Beach Post.

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New Florida Law Bans Texting While Driving
WLRN.org, May 31, 2013

It’s official. No more texting and driving in the state of Florida. The Sunshine State now joins a large majority of states in prohibiting texting while driving.

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Photo Enforcement Cameras Assigned to School-Zone Duty
Kent Reporter (Washington), May 31, 2013

In response to complaints from students, school staff and parents about speeding vehicles, traffic cameras to catch speeders in school zones are coming this fall to Kent. (Kent Reporter photo by Steve Hunter.)

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New Penalties for Toll Violators Await Governor’s Signature
KERA.org (Texas), May 28, 2013

Thousands of North Texas drivers could have their vehicles impounded or their registration blocked under Senate Bill 1792, legislation Governor Perry is expected to sign.

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Marietta Schools, City Consider Partnership for School Bus Cameras
The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia), June 5, 2013

The city is considering mounting cameras to the sides of Marietta City School buses to capture drivers who illegally pass the buses, ignoring stop arms and flashing lights. The automated systems from American Traffic Solutions will help enforce existing laws designed to protect children as they get on or off the bus.

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Wyoming Lawmakers Consider Tougher School Bus Safety Penalties
Casper Star-Tribune, June 4, 2013 

A Wind River Elementary School girl killed after exiting her school bus in December 2011 has inspired a push for tougher bus safety laws, which lawmakers initiated Monday. See related coverage at WFTV-TV 9. (Wyoming City Schools photo)

Police Charge Driver Who Hit School Bus Stopped for Children
WLTX-TV Columbia 19 (South Carolina), June 1, 2013

A Bamberg man is facing a traffic charge after his pickup truck rear-ended a school bus, sending several children and the bus driver to the hospital with minor injuries. Authorities said the school bus had stopped to let children disembark.

@ATS_RoadSafety  @sarasotapd: Red Light Camera Video helped Solve #Sarasota Crash http://bit.ly/17mmkcx via @SarasotaPatch

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American Traffic Solutions is honored to announce that the city of Knoxville, Tennessee, whose road safety camera program began in 2009, will continue its partnership with ATS through a newly signed two-year contract extension. Furthermore, ATS is pleased to welcome the city of  Kent, Washington, as a new client. Kent will receive a fixed speed camera system as part of its newly signed five-year agreement. Finally, ATS is honored to announce that it will begin contract negotiations with Paulding County Schools in Georgia to install the CrossingGuard school bus safety camera system. The cameras discourage drivers from illegally passing stopped school buses and endangering children. American Traffic Solutions is proud to work with these communities to improve safety on their roads.

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Commentary: Do We Want to Save Lives on Our Roads?
The Washington Post (District of Columbia), May 31, 2013

As long as our leaders and other influential citizens think the biggest problem with speeding is that they might get caught and have to pay, we’ll be stuck in the “Mad Men” era. And people will die.

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Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Are Two-Way Street of Accountability
The Courier of Montgomery County (Texas), June 5, 2013

The debate over red-light cameras probably will continue as long as there is video traffic recording at intersections. Whether they are worth the expense depends on the data recorded by governmental entities that operate them. That is the difference between the city of Conroe, whose contract is the American Traffic Solutions, and Montgomery County.


Letter to Editor: Precious Children Deserve Cameras on Buses
New Bedford Standard-Times/South Coast Times (Massachusetts), June 5, 2013 

I was pleased to read Curt Brown’s article regarding proposed legislation to install cameras on school buses to increase compliance with laws that make it illegal for motorists to ignore stop arms and flashing lights on school buses.

Letter: Bring Back Red-Light Cameras in Murrieta
The Press-Enterprise (California), June 4, 2013

Pick just about any intersection in this area and watch drivers blow through stop signs or run red lights. I’ve watched up to five cars clear the intersection after the left-turn arrow has turned red. Without cameras, Murrieta is giving people another reason to disregard the law. 

Letter: Just Follow the Speed Limit
The Arizona Republic, June 4, 2013

You say the signage for the photo enforcement is difficult to read at night. This may be true, but the speed limit signs are very visible both day and night.

Letter: Opinion Shows Too Much Faith in Drivers
Arizona Daily Star, May 31, 2013

What a decrease in the number of citations means to me is not that the speed camera program should end, but that more cameras should be installed at other dangerous intersections.

Letter: Return Murrieta Red-Light Cameras
Riverside Press Enterprise (California), May 30, 2013

Possible red-light violations soared when Murrieta’s cameras were shut down. This proves that red-light cameras do control red-light runners’ behavior. Instead of using this information in the best interest of the city, the council ignored its duty to all of Murrieta, not just the 57 percent that voted to remove the cameras.

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“Having a system in place that’s automated, that’s running 24-7, where no one has to be pulled over into traffic or nobody has to cross through the intersection when traffic is moving to try to find the violator … Not only is it safer, but it’s a whole lot more effective.”
Richard Ketchem, St. Joseph Police Department Sergeant
St. Joseph News-Press (Missouri), June 4, 2013

“Due to the red-light camera video, it’s clear the truck violated the red light. Without this video, the case would not have been solved or cleared.”
Genevieve Judge, Sarasota, Florida, Police Department Spokesperson
Sarasota Patch, June 4, 2013

“There’s not enough police staff to cover all of the school zones. When the speed is over 30 mph and a pedestrian is involved, the fatality rate goes up dramatically. Other cities with cameras have reported dramatic reduction in school zone speeding. This program is aimed at reducing speeds in school zones.”
Pat Fitzpatrick, Deputy City Attorney in Kent, Washington
Kent Reporter, May 31, 2013

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Traffic deaths in the nation’s capital have dropped from 70, 10 years ago, to 19 in 2012. Source: NBC Nightly News, June 4, 2013.

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