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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 3

December 20th, 2012

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season

American Traffic Solutions wishes all of its customers, their families and drivers everywhere a safe and happy holiday season.  On behalf of all of us at ATS, we hope everyone has a safe and festive New Year. See you in 2013.

Grace Period Ends at 3 Philadelphia Locations with Red-Light Cameras
WCAU TV 10 (Pennsylvania), Dec. 19, 2012

Thinking about ignoring that red light when you don’t see any cars around? Think again. Starting today, any driver caught running a red light at the following locations in Philadelphia will face a $100 fine. See related coverage from WTXF TV29.

Speeding Tickets in Maryland Work Zones Down Significantly
WTTG-TV 5, Dec. 17, 2012

Speeding tickets issued to motorists in work zones in Maryland appear to be down significantly in 2012 compared wtih last year.

Driver Gets Life Sentence in Dragging Death
East Valley Tribune (Arizona), Dec. 16, 2012

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Edward Bassett sentenced a 22-year-old man to life with the possibility of parole in 25 years on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of a young woman in Arizona. The college student was dragged to her death by a driver who drove up on the sidewalk, grabbed the woman’s purse and sped off as its straps became entangled on the woman’s arm. Photo enforcement camera images helped police in their investigation. See earlier report from The Arizona Republic.

Houston Commissioners OK School Bus Camera Agreement
The Telegraph (Georgia), Dec. 18, 2012

The Houston County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved an agreement that paves the way for the installation of school bus cameras to catch drivers who ignore bus stop signals. (The Telegraph photo by Jason Vorhees)

Prince George’s Officials Hope to Unveil School Bus Cameras
WTOP 103.5 FM (Maryland), Dec. 17, 2012

In August, Montgomery and Frederick counties unveiled school bus cameras, designed to catch dangerous drivers illegally passing buses while children are present. Prince George’s County officials hope to unveil a similar program in August 2013.

Mom: Drivers Need to Take Care Around School Buses
Muscatine Journal (Iowa), Dec. 15, 2012

When it comes to people ignoring rules of the road regarding school buses, one Muscatine mom has had enough. … Kristina Olson said she has witnessed area residents driving as though they have no regard for the fact that children are walking to school and boarding buses.

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 page and share the message to stop on red.

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This week, three local governments have announced they will continue their road safety camera programs with American Traffic Solutions. Lakeland, Florida, an ATS customer since 2008, signed  a new five-year agreement, and Maryland’s Howard County and Anne Arundel, two other established customers with ATS, both announced the renewal of their current agreeements. ATS welcomes the opportunity to continue to assist these communities with their traffic safety needs.

Letter: Montgomery County Should Embrace Red-Light Cameras
The Times Herald (Pennsylvania), Dec. 19, 2012

Norristown is among the municipalities now permitted to consider the use of red-light cameras at dangerous intersections, under new state legislation signed into law in July. It’s an option local leaders should embrace, just as the community does.

Letter: Pay Attention When a School Bus Stops
The Daily News (North Carolina), Dec. 14, 2012

It is illegal and dangerous for drivers to pass a stopped school bus with an arm extended. Despite this, drivers across the state continue to ignore school bus stop arms and drive through, putting children at risk.

“There have been some very close calls where injury was narrowly missed. … The thing is, we don’t want to lose a child.”
Billy Jerles, Houston County School Board Attorney
The Telegraph (Georgia), Dec. 18, 2012

“We’ve seen a decrease in accidents where we’ve had them installed.”
Trent Cooper, Littleton Police Commander, referring to red-light cameras at four intersections
Daily Camera (Colorado), Dec. 15, 2012

“Eighty percent of school-bus related deaths occur when kids are hit by cars that don’t stop for a bus. And buses are carrying the most precious cargo.”
Donald Krings, Muscatine Community School District Transportation Supervisor
Muscatine  Journal (Iowa), Dec. 15, 2012

Since 2010, when red-light cameras were first installed in Maitland, red-light running has decreased nearly 25 percent and crashes are down 16 percent. Source: WFTV 9, Dec. 17, 2012.

In 2011, Philadelphia’s top ticketed intersection for red-light runners was at South Broad Street and Penn Square with 33, 627 violations in its first full year of operation. This past year, tickets dropped to 12,488. The city’s busiest red-light camera location is Roosevelt Boulevard and Levick Street, which racked up 15,049 tickets in the 2012 fiscal year.  Source: WCAU TV 10, Dec. 19, 2012.

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