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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 33

July 18th, 2013

 

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Chicago Finalizes 5-Year Speed Safety Camera Agreement with ATS
The Chicago Tribune (Illinois), July 18, 2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration finalized a $67 million, five-year contract to install up to 300 cameras to catch speeders around city schools and parks. This year, 50 locations are expected to become operational. (WGN TV 9 image)

Sarasota Stands Behind Red-Light Safety Cameras
Your Observer (Florida), July 18, 2013

Sarasota Police officer John Lake has a simple metric for determining the effectiveness of the city’s red-light cameras. “If you went out there, and you happened to do a study, and you asked 10 people if they happened to pay more attention to red lights in the city of Sarasota because of the cameras, all of them would say yes,” Lake said.

Police: 95-Year-Old Man Dies in Red-Light Running Crash
KNXV-TV ABC 15 (Arizona), July 17, 2013

An elderly man was killed Wednesday morning after an apparent red-light crash in Scottsdale. According to Scottsdale police spokesman Mark Clark, an early investigation shows a Lexus sedan was traveling westbound on Camelback Road when it ran a red light at 64th Street.

Texas City Extends Red-Light Camera Program
The Hutto News (Texas), July 17, 2013

The Hutto City Council took action to keep red-light cameras in Hutto for five more years, extending its original 2007 contract with American Traffic Solutions.

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Changes to Red-Light Camera Law Now in Effect
Sun Sentinel (Florida), July 17, 2013

The 2010 Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act creates uniform standards for the use of red-light cameras for the purposes of traffic enforcement. … Recent changes to the law include new provisions for right-turn-on-red violations, updates to notice of violations, new associated challenge procedures and modifications to requirements for issuing uniform traffic citations. (Sun Sentinel photo by Mark Randall)

Law Enforcement Warns about Scam
WSAV-TV NBC 3 (Georgia), July 16, 2013

Local law enforcement authorities are warning people about calls some are receiving telling them they’ve received a ticket from a red-light camera. … The caller tells the person they can get out of going to court by providing $273 either on a pre-paid card or a debit or credit card. “It’s a scam,” says Col. John Wilcher of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.”First of all, the courts do not call anybody and tell them this.”

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Red-Light Cameras to Stay in Palm Beach County
The Palm Beach Post (Florida), July 16, 2013

A vote by the Palm Beach County Commissioners on Tuesday allows the county’s network of red-light traffic cameras to operate for at least another year. (The Palm Beach Post photo by Allen Eyestone)

Red-Light Running Fines Pay for Traffic Signal Upgrades
Bucks County Courier Times (Pennsylvania), July 16, 2013

Traffic signals along Street Road in Bensalem will be upgraded to attach to generators as a secondary power source. The change will keep the signals operating when future storms knock out electricity, and free emergency crews to respond to other situations instead of being diverted to direct traffic at intersections with dark signals. Fines paid by drivers running red lights in Philadelphia will pay for the upgrades. See related article in The Intelligencer.

Speed Cameras Credited for Decrease in Overseas Traffic Fatalities
ITS International, July 15, 2013

Figures released by France’s National Council for Road Safety indicate that the number of people killed on French roads dropped by 15 percent in the first half of 2013 compared with the same period last year. Interior Minister Manuel Valls says speed cameras are the reason for the reduction.

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Pittsburgh City Council Considers Red-Light Safety Camera Program
KDKA-TV CBS 2 (Pennsylvania), July 17, 2013

In Philadelphia or Washington, D.C., if you run a red light and nobody sees it, you might think you got away with it. But you didn’t. Red light cameras are installed there and you could face a $100 ticket sent in the mail with a picture of your car in the intersection, having gone through the light. Pittsburgh City Council is considering it here. 

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Scottsdale Unveils Portable School Zone Speed Safety Cameras
TV Eyes Media Monitoring/KNXV-TV ABC 15 (Arizona), July 16, 2013

Check out what Scottsdale Police rolled out. They call them portable school towers. Think of them as smaller versions of photo radar vans. Starting Sunday they will be used to issue speeding tickets. Police will rotate the speed cameras among 31 schools.

Red-Light Runner of the Week in Clearwater
Clearwater Patch (Florida), July 15, 2013

A car waiting to turn nearly gets into an accident with a truck going through a red light at Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road making the latest Red Light Camera Violator of the Week.

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Delaware’s Dangerous Intersections
Delaware News Journal/Delaware Online, July 14, 2013

More than half of all vehicle crashes in Delaware occur at intersections, and one in five caused at least one injury, according to an analysis by The News Journal that examined available safety solutions, including red-light cameras. Delaware has red-light cameras at 30 intersections in the state and reports a 3 percent decrease in crashes after camera installation, and a 47 percent drop in angle crashes.

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Car-Pedestrian Crash Near School Bus Ends with $100,000 Settlement
Mlive.com (Michigan), July 16, 2013

A 15-year-old boy who was severely injured in April after being hit by an elderly driver near Marne has received a $100,000 settlement. The boy was injured April 25 as he tried to cross Eighth Avenue, near Arthur Street, to board a school bus waiting near the end of his driveway.

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@ATS_RoadSafety VIDEO: Kenneth City PD’s red-light cameras caught dangerous red-light running t-bone crash: http://bit.ly/11XmCFs  #StopOnRed #FL

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Commentary: Use Red-Light Cameras for Safer Roads
The Detroit News (Michigan), July 15, 2013

Every year in Michigan, thousands of drivers, pedestrians, passengers, motorcyclists and bicyclists are involved in automobile collisions caused when a motorist illegally runs a red light. …  And while many of these collisions ended with little more than a police report and an insurance claim, hundreds of crash victims weren’t that lucky.

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Editorial: Bad Drivers Leave School District Little Choice
The Herald-Mail (Maryland), July 15, 2013

Motorists who skirt traffic laws will probably be the first to complain about the Washington County Board of Commissioners’ plan to install cameras on school buses. They might reflect that it is because of their own behavior that there is a need.

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Letter to the Editor: Use Cameras to Deter Irresponsible Driving
Hudson Hub Times (Ohio), July 17, 2013

In the case of traffic safety, red-light cameras efficiently, effectively and impartially monitor intersections and pinpoint careless drivers who ignore red lights while speed cameras detect drivers who ignore speed limits. Fines impress upon these drivers the importance of obeying red-light signals and driving at appropriate speeds.

Letter: Time for Red-Light Cameras
Henderson Times-News/BlueRidgeNow.com (North Carolina), July 16, 2013

I think it is time for Hendersonville to install traffic cameras at busy intersections to catch some of the violators of these rules. A few tickets received in the mail may stop some of this activity and make our streets safer.

“The law provides law enforcement with an effective tool to enforce red-light violators, and encourages responsible driving. My family and I have been personally affected by a red-light running crash and this law creates awareness and can change reckless behavior on our roadway.”
Tara Kirschner, Executive Director of The Dori Slosberg Foundation, who lost a sister to a red-light runner
Sun Sentinel (Florida), July 17, 2013

“Over the years, we have seen a decrease in crashes at intersections where there are red-light cameras. This shows that the presence of these cameras is changing driver behavior.”
Stephanie Slater, Spokeswoman for the Boynton Beach Police Department
Sun Sentinel (Florida), July 17, 2013

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“Yeah, $189 is a pretty big ticket, but we are trying to save life. We can’t just give them a slap on the wrist if they are, saying, going 40 miles an hour in a school zone.”
Tom Rasmussen, Seattle City Councilman, and Public Safety and Transportation Committee Chairman.
Seattle Weekly (Washington), July 11, 2013

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Delaware
Video cameras target red-light runners at 30 intersections statewide. A new report says crashes fell by 3 percent overall after automated enforcement began. The incidence of angle crashes dropped by 47 percent, illustrating the program’s effectiveness, according to Delaware Department of Transportation. Source: Wilmington News Journal, July 14, 2013.

Washington
Speeding drivers in school zones have been reduced 16 percent in Seattle, where mobile speed cameras are used to enforce school speed zones. Source: Seattle Weekly, July 11, 2013.

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