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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 31

July 3rd, 2013

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Concerns Rise Over Dangerous Mid-South Intersections
WMC-TV Channel 5 (Tennessee), July 3, 2013

As an Action News 5 investigation uncovers some of the most dangerous, and even deadliest, intersections and roadways in the Mid-South, it asks if red-light safety cameras could make a difference.

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Red-Light Running Crashes, Violations Drop in Baton Rouge
WAFB-TV CBS 9 (Louisiana), July 1, 2013

Red-light violations and accidents in the intersections with photo enforcement cameras show a decrease in occurrence over the past five years, according to data compiled by the Baton Rouge Traffic Engineering Department.

Speed Cameras on City’s Radar
KMBC-TV Channel 9 (Missouri), July 1, 2013

With red-light cameras in place for the next half-decade, speed cameras are now in the works in Kansas City, where a pilot program using speed cameras in school zones caught thousands of drivers speeding. No tickets were issued. A city spokesman says the City Council will be discussing speed cameras.

New Red-Light Running Laws Take Effect in Florida
WTSP-TV CBS 10 (Florida), July 1, 2013

Although drivers have a new, less expensive option to fight red-light camera tickets, there is reason to not celebrate too soon. Existing laws are also getting tougher on some drivers. See ATS’ news release at CBS Moneywatch.

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Report: Crash Numbers Fall at Wilmington’s Crossroads with Cameras
Star News (North Carolina), July 2, 2013

Red-light cameras at 13 intersections around Wilmington were put in place to change driver behavior, and officials say they’re working. (Lumina News photo by Allison Potter.)

Study: Red-Light Cameras Decrease Crashes in Baton Rouge
The Advocate (Louisiana), July 1, 2013

It’s been five years since Baton Rouge launched a traffic light camera program, and data released last week shows drops in both traffic crashes and violations at the selected intersections. See related coverage in ITS International.

July 4 Ranks as 2nd Riskiest Summer Holiday for Red-Light Running
Sacramento Bee (California), June 28, 2013

This Independence Day, thousands of cars will hit the road as Americans celebrate summer with family and friends. According to the National Coalition for Safer Roads, July 4th is the second riskiest summer holiday for drivers when it comes to red-light running – with more than 6,500 violations issued on the holiday alone in 2012.

Study Finds Toll Road Greatly Improves Mobility
TollRoadNews, June 27, 2013

Maryland officials are in full voice citing the success of Maryland’s MD200 Inter County Connector (ICC) tollroad following release this week of before-&-after travel times studies.

@ATS_RoadSafety Word to the wise: July 4th Ranks as 2nd Riskiest Summer Holiday for Red-Light Running bit.ly/1cNQtQg  #StopOnRed via @SaferRoads USA

@ATS_RoadSafety Changes to Florida’s Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act Now in Effect: bit.ly/12h82Dj  #StopOnRed

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American Traffic Solutions’ road safety camera programs will expand into two new communities and continue in two others  under the terms of recently signed agreements with cities in the United States and Canada. ATS is particularly pleased with these recent developments and is proud to introduce its new clients: Saskatoon, Canada, where a red-light safety camera system will be installed to deter red-light running and the City of Decatur, Georgia, where a school bus safety camera enforcement system will be implemented to deter motorists from illegally passing school buses that stop to let children on and off. Five-year agreements are in effect for both new clients. In other developments, the City of Seattle, Washington, an ATS client since 2006, will continue its road safety camera agreement for five additional years, and Orange County, Florida, is exercising  its first one-year renewal option. Elsewhere, after completing its review of submitted proposals, the City of Atlanta, Georgia, has named ATS as its vendor of choice to contract for a new red-light camera program. ATS is honored to work with all of its clients to make driving safer.

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Editorial: Against Sound Advice, State House Votes Against Cameras 
Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio), June 29, 2013

In Akron and 14 other communities across Ohio, red-light and speed cameras act as a powerful incentive for motorists to follow traffic laws, dramatically reducing accidents and fatalities. But against the sound advice of municipal officials, police officers and safety experts, the Ohio House last week voted for a sweeping ban on the devices.

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Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Cameras Are Doing a Fine Job
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), July 1, 2013

The Wednesday Dispatch article “Red-light camera ban moves ahead” reported that state Rep. Dale Mallory, D-Cincinnati, is spending taxpayers’ time and money trying to pass legislation to abolish the use of red-light cameras. I find this to be an unusual waste of our elected officials’ time, particularly when you consider that there can only be positive benefits from these cameras.

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“We had 72 fatalities last year. We need to do a better job of using the tools available to us to reduce that number.
James Pruetting, Major with the Kansas City Police Department
KMBC-TV Channel 9 (Missouri), July 1, 2013

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“This is a program that penalizes the people who are running red lights. If you’re not one of those subset, then you don’t have to worry about it. You should be happy that it’s out there to protect you and your loved ones.”
John Price, Baton Route Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
The Advocate (Louisiana), July 1, 2013

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