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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 41

September 12th, 2013

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Stop for the Red Light or Risk This …
The Washington Post (District of Columbia), Sept. 11, 2013

The nonprofit National Coalition for Safer Roads just put out a scary compilation of video filmed through the lens eye of red-light cameras across the country. Better than words, it shows just what can go wrong when drivers don’t pay sufficient attention to the road.

Orange County Selects 1st 20 Locations of 80-Camera Expansion
WFTV-TV Channel 9 (Florida), Sept. 11, 2013

Orange County drivers have until the end of the year before more red-light cameras can catch them. The county is pushing to add 80 cameras around the county, and has released the locations for the first 20 installations.

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New Orleans Touts Support for Road Safety Cameras
KTBS-TV Channel 3 (Louisiana), Sept. 11, 2013

Road safety cameras – which at times have drawn the ire of some motorists and lawmakers – are the subject of a new public service announcement video being released by the city of New Orleans and American Traffic Solutions, the company that runs the traffic camera system for the city. See related coverage from WWL-Radio AM 870. Read mayor’s office news release.

Double Trouble Gets Caught on Camera
Clearwater Patch (Florida), Sept. 10, 2013

It appears a white car runs the red light at Fort Harrison Avenue and Chestnut Street just moments before another car flies through the stop light. Clearwater police selected this incident as this week’s dangerous Red-Light Camera Violator of the Week.

Boynton Beach Police Say Cameras Reduce Traffic Crashes
WPBF-TV ABC 25 (Florida), Sept. 5, 2013

As two state lawmakers are proposing bills to outlaw red-light cameras, one South Florida city claims the cameras have reduced traffic fatalities and will continue to use them as long as they are legal.

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Stop or Go? The Yellow-Light Dilemma
Money MSN.com, Sept. 11, 2013

It sounds like a reality TV show, but it’s actually something most drivers encounter every day: the moment when, approaching a yellow traffic light, you must decide to continue through the intersection at the same speed, hit the gas or apply the brakes. Each of these decisions carries risks. A sudden stop could result in a rear-end collision. A burst of acceleration could bring a ticket. Easing through the intersection makes you a T-bone target. (WNCN-TV NBC 17 image)

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Missouri Court of Appeals Finds Red-Light Cameras Legal
Riverfront Times (Missouri), Sept. 10, 2013

The Missouri Court of Appeals has once again ruled that the controversial red-light cameras are legal and that municipalities have a right to regulate traffic in this manner. The decision today — affirming key parts of a lower court’s dismissal — is tied to a Florissant case challenging the local ordinance. See related article from KMOX-Radio 1120 AM.

Crashes, Violations Decrease at New Jersey Intersections with Cameras
The Wall Street Journal (New York), Sept. 10, 2013

According to new data obtained from the Rutgers, Plan4Safety crash database, right-angle crashes continue to decline at intersections in New Jersey currently using American Traffic Solutions’ (ATS) red-light safety cameras. Additionally, nearly 9 out of 10 vehicles receiving a violation have not received a second.

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Pennsylvania Turnpike Could be Cashless by Late 2017
Burlington County Times (Pennsylvania), Sept. 10, 2013

Within four years, it’s likely you will not see toll collectors on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In fact, toll booths will be a thing of the past. Get ready for all electronic tolling, known by the acronym AET.

By the Numbers
Palm Coast Observer (Florida), Sept. 9, 2013

For the week of Aug. 19 to Aug. 25, the red-light safety camera program in Palm Coast captured the following violations: There were 1,858 violation events this week resulting in 311 citations being issued. The camera at the intersection of State Road 100 (west) and Belle Terre Parkway had the most violation events, with 164.

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New York City Rolls Out Speed Cameras at Schools
WPIX-TV Channel 11 (New York), Sept. 9, 2013

A speed camera made its debut near DuBois High School  on Eastern Parkway on this first day of public school — part of an effort to slow down drivers near crash-prone locations. In a six-year period, five people were killed and 27 injured by speeding drivers in the school zone near DuBois. See related article from Home Reporter News. (Staten Island Advance file photo)

More Red-Light Safety Cameras Planned in Amarillo
Amarillo Globe News (Texas), Sept. 9, 2013

Contractors in Amarillo started installing four red-light cameras on Monday, which means there will be nine cameras at eight intersections by the end of the month if work goes well.

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State Superintendent Calls for School Bus Cameras
Northwest Cable News (Washington), Sept. 12, 2013

Washington state’s school superintendent is launching a new push to have cameras on school buses to catch drivers who illegally pass. See superintendent’s news release.

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Motorists Still Passing School-Bus Stop Signs
The Seattle Times (Washington), Sept. 11, 2013

In a single day last May, Seattle school-bus drivers reported that 320 vehicles passed them illegally while they were stopped with signs extended and red lights flashing — including 15 motorists who passed on the right side where students get on and off. (The Seattle Times photo by Lindsey Wasson)

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@SaferRoadsUSA Waiting at a red-light can save lives. @MelissaWandall shares her family’s story #StopOnRed http://bit.ly/11pQBFj

@ATS_RoadSafety Road Safety Camera Programs are making roads safer in the City of New Orleans! Find out more: http://bit.ly/16i6i1F #StopOnRed

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Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Proving Their Worth
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Sept. 7, 2013

The evidence in Tampa is pretty persuasive. The number of accidents at intersections with red-light cameras is down nearly 30 percent, the number of citations for running red lights at those intersections is decreasing, and police say motorists are changing their driving habits for the better. The city has every reason to continue, or perhaps even expand, its use of the technology. Yet, once again lawmakers in Tallahassee are taking aim at the cameras.

Letter to the Editor: Red-Light Violations
The Ledger (Florida), Sept. 12, 2013

According to the article in the Sept. 3 edition of The Ledger, Lakeland City Commission candidate Michael Tamney opposes the use of red-light cameras because, he says, “The company providing the cameras is the one making the money.” The same edition of The Ledger included a front-page article stating that two 10-year-old girls were killed when a driver of a pickup truck ran a red light. I’m sure the parents of these children could not care less who made a profit if cameras could have prevented the accident that took the lives of these young girls.

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“The red-light camera program has definitely caused drivers to slow down. But our goal here in New Orleans is to reduce injuries and reduce fatalities. Those cameras are there to ask you to slow down , to make it a safer intersection, and if we all do our part we’ll all make New Orleans a safer place.”
Ken Bouvier, Deputy Chief of New Orleans Emergency Medical Service
KTBS-TV Channel 3 (Louisiana), Sept. 11, 2013

“Passing stopped school buses remains a serious problem. Every violation represents a potential accident and potential injury to a student.”
Randy Dorn, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Press Release (Washington), Sept. 11, 2013

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“We’ve seen a significant decrease in traffic crashes at the intersections where red-light cameras are installed. And we’ve had zero traffic fatalities at those intersections since 2011 when the first cameras were installed.”
Stephanie Slater, Boynton Beach Police Department Spokeswoman
WPBF-TV ABC 25 (Florida), Sept. 5, 2013

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At the 12 intersections in Phoenix with red-light safety cameras, crashes are down nearly 50 percent and injuries and fatalities are down 60 percent from four years ago. SOURCE: KTAR Radio FM 92.3, Sept. 9, 2013.

Florida
The Boynton Beach Police Department reports zero fatalites and a 20 percent to 30 percent decrease in traffic crashes at intersections where the city placed red-light safety cameras in 2011. SOURCE: WPBF-TV ABC 25, Sept. 5, 2013.

Orange County has red-light cameras in 10 locations and has seen an 11 percent decrease in crashes since 2011 at eight of those intersections. SOURCE: WFTV-TV Channel 9, Sept. 11, 2013.

Traffic crashes are down nearly 30 percent at intersections with red-light safety cameras in Tampa. SOURCE: The Tampa Tribune, Sept. 7, 2013.

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