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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 36

August 8th, 2013

 

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Support for National Stop on Red Week can be seen in cities and towns in Michigan, Georgia, Florida and many other states across the country, where police and community leaders are reminding motorists to drive safely especially at intersections. The national public awareness campaign will end at midnight Saturday, but the need to stop on red at intersections will continue if we are to mitigate the irresponsible driving behavior that killed more than 700 people and injured an estimated 118,000 in 2011. For information to help your community raise awareness of this danger, visit ATS on Facebook, the National Coalition for Safer Roads or the Federal Highway Administration. Then go to the ATS Twitter page, use #StopOnRed2013 and spread the message!

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Red Means Stop Awareness Week Holds Lesson for Students
KPNX-TV NBC 12 (Arizona), Aug. 8, 2013

As students return to school, traffic safety advocates are reminding them of the importance to stop on red at intersections. Frank Hinds, founder of the Red Means Stop Coalition in Arizona, urges drivers to obey traffic laws and avoid risky behavior. A red-light runner killed his 17-year-old daughter, Jennifer, outside her high school.

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ATS Video Reminds Drivers to Stop on Red

National Stop on Red Week has an important message for drivers everywhere. Don’t run red lights. To help spread the message to stop on red and avoid the often tragic results, American Traffic Solutions presents a video of red-light running crashes, captured on red-light safety cameras. See the video

Ann Arbor Is 8th in Region for Red-Light Crashes
Ann Arbor Journal (Michigan), Aug. 8, 2013

According to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, Ann Arbor is in the top 10 communities with the most vehicle crashes caused by running red lights. The council is drawing attention to those numbers and urging caution. It’s a timely reminder that comes during the 16th annual National Stop on Red Week.

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New Pohatcong Cameras Will Go Live Soon
The Express-Times (New Jersey), Aug. 6, 2013

A new pair of red-light cameras at the intersection of Routes 22 and 519 in Pohatcong Township will start capturing red-light runners on schedule, despite a brief hiccup in the plans. American Traffic Solutions representatives assured township officials Thursday they could keep data collected by the new cameras separate from data collected by the existing cameras at the intersection.

Changes to State’s Red-Light Camera Laws Now In Effect
South Miami News (Florida), Aug. 6, 2013

American Traffic Solutions, the leading red-light safety camera provider in Florida, reminds Florida drivers that several important red-light safety camera changes are now in effect. These changes include new provisions for right-turn-on-red violations, updates to notice of violations and new associated challenge procedures, and slight modifications to requirements for issuing Uniform Traffic Citations.

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Delaware Takes Public Comment on Cameras; Major Changes ‘Unlikely’
WMDT-TV ABC 47, Aug. 6, 2013

Currently, Delaware officials are taking public comment on proposed revisions to the red-light camera program. … Although some drivers may be upset and concerned, Delaware Department of Transportation safety programs manager Adam Weiser says the state likely won’t make any major changes to the red-light program. See related coverage from NBC 10.

Scofflaws Told to Pay Up in St. John
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri), Aug. 5, 2013

If you have a red-light running ticket from the city of St. John’s red-light camera program that you haven’t paid, you can expect to hear about it. Officials decided Monday to sign up for a new free service from American Traffic Solutions, which runs the two cameras in the municipality, to send dunning letters to the recipients of the city’s 6,781 unpaid red-light running tickets.

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National Stop on Red Week Promotes Safe Driving in Detroit
WWJ-TV CBS 62 (Michigan), Aug. 5, 2013

Last year, there were more than 3,400 accidents resulting in 21 deaths across Metro Detroit where drivers blew through red lights or stop signs. Carmen Polumbo of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments says that’s the reason for Stop on Red Week.

Sarasota Police Recognize National Stop on Red Week
WTSP-TV Channel 10 (Florida), Aug. 5, 2013

The Sarasota Police Department will observe National Stop on Red Week, which runs from August 4 to 10. Initiated by the Federal Highway Administration, National Stop on Red Week is dedicated to educating Americans about the dangers of running red lights and to reducing the number and severity of traffic citations and crashes.

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School Speed Cameras Part of Scottsdale’s Increased Safety Measures
The Arizona Republic, Aug. 5, 2013

Parents and students will notice increased safety and security measures in the Scottsdale Unified School District when school resumes this week, and some of the changes will affect parents before they even get to the school buildings. Scottsdale has become the first municipality in the region to launch portable school towers, new devices that look like phone booths but conceal cameras, police said. (ATS photo)

Put on the Brakes! It’s Stop on Red Week
WTOP Radio 103.5 FM (Washington, D.C.), Aug. 5, 2013

You’re running late and you hit another traffic light. Be warned: This is national Stop on Red Week and police are on the lookout for red-light runners all week. See related article from Laurel Patch.

Governor Signs Legislation for New York City Speed Program
Traffic Technology International, Aug. 5, 2013

Gov. Andrew M Cuomo has signed legislation that permits New York City to establish a five-year demonstration program to monitor school speed zones with speed cameras and to allow evidence captured on camera to be used to impose liability for speeding. 

Sawgrass Expressway Going Cashless in 2014
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Aug. 3, 2013

Get ready to say goodbye to toll takers on the Sawgrass Expressway and hello to new tolls if you head south after stopping off at Sawgrass Mills. Sometime early next year, the 23-mile toll road that rings Broward’s northwest suburbs will stop accepting cash at toll plazas. The $40.6 million switch to electronic tolling is expected to speed up the commutee and improve safety by removing the bottleneck-causing toll booths. See related article in TollRoadsNews.

Lakeland Adding 10 Red-Light Cameras
The Ledger (Florida), Aug. 3, 2013

Ten new red-light camera locations in Lakeland will be up and running in a couple of weeks. … Drivers will get a break for the first 30 days with a warning letter from Lakeland police and American Traffic Solutions, the company that operates the system, said Kevin Cook, a spokesman with the city.

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Cameras on Cobb County School Buses Reduce Traffic Offenders
FOX 5 Atlanta (Georgia), Aug. 5, 2013

A few years back, the Cobb County School District added cameras to their school buses in an effort to catch drivers breaking the law – for example, by illegally passing school buses. Previously, Cobb County was reporting about 1,800 stop-arm violators a day. By the end of 2012, that number was cut in half because of the cameras. See related news coverage from Smyrna Patch.

Marietta City Schools Partners with ATS for Bus Safety
Marietta Patch (Georgia), Aug. 5, 2013

Marietta City Schools and American Traffic Solutions (ATS) are collaborating to deploy CrossingGuard, ATS’ new technology to help school districts address the growing problem of vehicles illegally passing school buses that are stopped to allow children to board or disembark. See related article in SchoolBusFleet.

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New Additions to School Buses Cut Violations in Half
WRBL-TV CBS 3 (Georgia), Aug. 5, 2013

Georgia is No. 1 in the nation in school bus fatalities. There haven’t been any in Muscogee County, but bus drivers have reported over 300 violations the past two years. One recent change to school buses, is bringing down this number. The Muscogee County School District installed 50 stop-arm cameras on school buses last year. So far, they’ve seen a decrease in violations. See related news coverage from WTVM-TV Channel 9.

School Bus Traffic Laws Carry Hefty Fines
Cumming Patch (Georgia), Aug. 4, 2013

With school beginning in Forsyth County on Aug. 8, law enforcement officials are reminding motorists to be mindful of school buses that will be on the roadways again.

@ATS_RoadSafety Analysis by @SaferRoadsUSA & @FocusDrivenorg found 7.3 million red-light violations in 2012 involved distracted behavior. #StopOnRed2013

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Commentary: Safe Driving Saves Lives, Money
The Detroit News (Michigan), Aug. 8, 2013

You don’t have to spend much time driving in Southeast Michigan to realize that intersections in our region can be a dangerous place to drive. But new numbers from SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, prove it.

Stop the Killing on the City’s Deadly Roads
New York Post, Aug. 5, 2013

Sixteen-year-old Renee Thompson lived in one of New York’s most crime-plagued precincts — The Bronx’ Morris Heights, with five murders this year. But she died a gruesome death in one of the city’s safest neighborhoods — Manhattan’s Upper East Side — under the wheels of a big rig.

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Editorial: Yielding to Sense
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Aug. 8, 2013

Traffic-safety cameras reduce accidents and save lives. The fact that they might be misused by some municipalities as an easy revenue-generator should not be grounds for a complete ban on them, such as the Ohio House approved in June.

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Letter to the Editor: Camera Settles Accident Dispute
Quad-City Times (Iowa), Aug. 4, 2013

The red-light cameras in Davenport have caused much controversy for residents, out-of-towners and Iowa state legislators. This is not the view of my daughter, who was involved in a minor fender-bender in one of those red-light camera zones.

Letter: Slow Down
The Sacramento Bee (California), Aug. 1, 2013

When are California’s irresponsible drivers going to quit whining about red-light photo enforcement cameras? As the driver of a vehicle, you are required to follow certain rules when operating a motor vehicle. Driving through an intersection and making a right turn without stopping, always has been a red-light violation.

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