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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 35

August 1st, 2013

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Few events focus the broad level of public support into a nationwide call to stop red-light running than National Stop on Red Week. Beginning Aug. 4, numerous communities will highlight the dangers associated with red-light running, raising public awareness to the national level to stop this irresponsible behavior that killed more than 700 people and injured an estimated 118,000 in 2011. For activity suggestions or to see what other communities are doing, visit ATS on Facebook. Next, go to the National Coalition for Safer Roads or the Federal Highway Administration for press releases, videos and other promotional ideas. Finally, go to the ATS Twitter page, use #StopOnRed2013 and spread the message!

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Gov. Cuomo Signs Law Placing Speed Cameras in N.Y. City School Zones
Ditmas Park Patch (New York), Aug. 1, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday that he had signed legislation to start a new pilot program to protect the city’s school children from speeding cars. Read the governor’s office press release.

ATS Highlights Notable Contracts
Traffic Technology Today, Aug. 1, 2013

American Traffic Solutions announced its half-yearly results for 2013, which highlights notable contract awards from Atlanta, Chicago, and Florida’s Orange County that total more than 680 potential red-light, speed and school bus safety cameras. See news release available on Cision Wire.

Pohatcong Township Adds Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Express-Times (New Jersey), July 31, 2013

Two new red-light cameras at a Pohatcong Township intersection could be active in two weeks. A red-light runner triggered a three-vehicle collision at this location on July 22. The cameras, considered add-on devices, will help improve the police department’s watch on a left-turn lane.

Red-Light Running Violation Hearing Fees Vary Widely
Sun Sentinel (Florida), July 31, 2013

To live in Boca, you have to pay a premium. And now, to fight a red-light camera ticket in the city, it will cost you more than most places in South Florida. On the other hand, get a ticket in Fort Lauderdale, Margate or even Palm Beach County and you’ll pay far less. Most cities in South Florida with red-light camera programs are operating, but some are still grappling with what fees to charge for a hearing after a driver receives a red-light ticket.

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Red-Light Runners Pay $300,000 to Miami Springs
Miami Herald (Florida), July 30, 2013

Miami Springs’ red-light cameras have generated just over $908,000 during the first nine months of the current fiscal year. After expenses, the city is netting about $305,000. (River Cities Gazette photo by Theo Karantsalis)

Fugitive in Fatal 1977 Winnipeg Crash Faces U.S. Deportation
CBC (Canada), July 30, 2013

After more than 30 years on the run, a fugitive may be heading back to Manitoba. On April 10, 1977 Robert Fotti ran a red light in Winnipeg. He collided with the motorcycle of 42-year-old Gordon Hochman and his 17-year-old son, Stewart, killing them both. … In 1980, Fotti was sentenced to nine months in jail but never showed up to his hearing. It was 10 years before Fotti would surface again.

Photo Enforcement Success Helps City Win Traffic Awards, Grants
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), July 30, 2013

Kenneth City’s Police Department will receive tens of thousands of dollars in free equipment after winning three statewide traffic awards … for dedication to traffic safety enforcement for 2012. The department developed a comprehensive traffic safety program along with a photo enforcement program, which made a significant impact in reducing the risk of traffic-related crashes, injuries and fatalities as well as other traffic-related crimes.

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Bicycle, Pedestrian Councils Push D.C. for More Cameras
WAMU-Radio FM 88.5, July 29, 2013

In their letter to D.C. legislators, the D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council and the Pedestrian Advisory Council say red-light and speed safety cameras are making D.C. streets safer — and that more cameras should be used. The groups credit the cameras with encouraging drivers to slow down and stop at red lights, sparing pedestrians and cyclists on increasingly busy city streets.

Iowa Gubernatorial Candidate Says He Would Veto Ban on Cameras
The Des Moines Register (Iowa), July 29, 2013

Bob Krause, a former state legislator who is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor in the June 2014 primary, says he opposes a legislative ban on red-light traffic enforcement cameras and would veto such legislation if elected as the state’s chief executive.

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Senator Wants More Red-Light Cameras on Deadly Philadelphia Street
The Philadelphia Tribune (Pennsylvania) July 29, 2013

When a speeding driver caused the death of a mother and her three sons on Roosevelt Boulevard earlier this month, it was enough to move state Sen. Mike Stack to introduce legislation extending the use of red-light and photo speed enforcement cameras along the road routinely referred to as one of the deadliest in the nation.

Tamarac to Install Red-Light Cameras
Sun Sentinel (Florida), July 28, 2013

The city of Tamarac will put up its first red-light cameras in about two weeks, but drivers will get a one-month grace period before being ticketed.

Speed Cameras Get Warm Welcome at Foster Avenue Safety Meeting
DNAinfo.com Chicago (Illinois), July 26, 2013

If speed cameras have met with cynicism and criticism in other parts of Chicago, they’ve found more than a few fans among residents of the Mayfair community. 

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Red-Light Runners Endanger Drivers in St. Petersburg
St. Pete Patch (Florida), July 27, 2013

Video documents drivers in St. Petersburg committing the dangerous straight-through and right-turn-on-red violations that put others and themselves in danger.

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Legislation Proposes Red-Light Cameras in Michigan
WJBK-TV FOX 2, July 26, 2013

Two bills introduced in the state legislature would allow cities to install red-light cameras at intersections where drivers are prone to running red lights. Under the proposals, should you run a red light, the camera would snap a picture of your license plate. An officer would then review the photo and send a ticket in the mail. See related coverage from WMYD-TV Channel 20.

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Paulding to Start School Bus Stop Arm Camera Program
Dallas-Hiram Patch (Georgia), July 30, 2013

A program intended to cut down on the number of motorists who zip by school buses without stopping is coming to Paulding County. (The Marietta Daily Journal photo by Laura Moon)

Stop-Arm Campaign Gains Momentum in South Carolina
School Bus Fleet, July 29, 2013

At the South Carolina Association for Pupil Transportation annual conference last week, David Poag, operations and routing supervisor for Anderson (S.C.) School District Five, discussed the S.A.V.E. (Stop-Arm Violation Education Enforcement) campaign, which raises awareness of the dangers of motorists illegally passing stopped school buses.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce the renewal of its road safety camera agreement with Palm Beach County, Fla. The contract will continue to July 2014. ATS is honored to remain a part of the county’s road safety camera program, which began in 2009.

 @ATS_RoadSafety ATS’ Strong 1st half of 2013 Driven by Contract Awards in #Chicago, #Atlanta, #OrangeCountyFL, #SaskatoonSK http://tmblr.co/ZC9-Wtq_okQP

@SaferRoadsUSA This week’s video comes to you from Scottsdale, AZ. Please remember to #StopOnRed to avoid close calls like these http://bit.ly/16upmra

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Commentary: Debunking the Myths of Highway Tolling
Huffington Post, July 30, 2013

American drivers recognize that our iconic highways, from Los Angeles’ 110 Freeway to the Capital Beltway around Washington, D.C., are in immediate need of major overhaul or reconstruction. … Highway tolling is a proven, reliable funding method that is already delivering results in 34 states and Puerto Rico, but unfortunately, federal law prohibits states from using tolls to rebuild existing lanes of interstate highways. 

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Letter to the Editor: Reinstall Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Express-Times (New Jersey), Aug. 1, 2013

Kudos to Pohatcong Township and American Traffic Solutions for proposing to install additional red-light cameras at Routes 22 and 519 to catch violators. … But what is the state doing to apprehend violators at the intersection at Route 22 and New Brunswick Avenue, where the cameras were shut down last year? There has been an increase of people running red lights and illegal left turns being made at this intersection.

Letter: Red-Light Shame
Ocala Star Banner (Florida), July 30, 2013

As the parent of a child who narrowly escaped death after being hit by a driver who ran a red light, I disagree with your editorial endorsing Dunnellon’s removal of red-light cameras on a number of levels — emotionally, logically, ethically and simple common sense.

Letter: Red-Light Safety Cameras Save Lives
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), July 28, 2013

A little more than a year ago a member of our extended family was broadsided by a red-light runner in Michigan. Nothing strikes closer to home than when someone you know, someone with a lot of life to live, is seriously injured or killed by the thoughtless action of an irresponsible person.

Letter: A Lot of People Run Red Lights
Des Moines Register (Iowa), July 27, 2013

There have been many comments and much talk about Clive’s decision to turn the red-light cameras off. Everyone is talking about the “money grab” and the fact that Clive took in around $600,000 last year. … My question is this: With Clive making that much money, doesn’t anyone understand that equals a lot of people running red lights? And shouldn’t that be a concern?

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“These cameras have prevented a lot of crashes.”
Jimmy Deal, Miami Springs Police Sergeant, who heads the city’s red-light enforcement program
Miami Herald (Florida), July 30, 2013

“We’re taking technology and we’re using it in a smart way to enforce traffic regulations and to make the streets safer. The people that are arguing against a well-run program like ours are really arguing for less safe streets.”
Mark Hoffman, Major with the Hamilton Police Department
Hamilton Journal News (Ohio), July 28, 2013

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“Having the cameras promotes public safety. It changes people’s behavior, and it reduces the number of crashes.”
Harry Dressler, Vice Mayor of Tamarac
Sun Sentinel (Florida), July 28, 2013

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“They’re gone now, but I still believe red-light cameras save lives, and I don’t think voters recognized their utility.”
Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston
Houston Chronicle (Texas), July 26, 2013
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Earlier this year, Delaware Department of Transportation reported an average 29 percent reduction in red-light-running crashes since monitoring began and a 47 percent drop on average in the most severe type of crashes in which impact occurs at an angle, such as a T-bone collision. The state department oversees red-light cameras at 30 intersections. Source: The News Journal, July 28, 2013

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