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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 44

October 3rd, 2013

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Red-Light Runner Nearly Collides with Turning Truck
Clearwater Patch (Florida), Oct. 1, 2013

A car speeds through a red light as a truck towing a canoe turns north onto Belcher Road from Gulf to Bay Boulevard, earning the red-light runner the dubious distinction of Red Light Camera Violator of the Week.

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New Video Explains Delaware’s Red-Light Camera Program
State of Delaware, Oct. 1, 2013

Delaware Department of Transportation has posted a link to a new video on its web site (www.deldot.gov) explaining how the state’s red-light safety camera program works and why it is effective in changing driver behavior and reducing crashes. The video also explains how intersections are selected for red-light cameras. See video here.

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Missouri Appeals Court Upholds Creve-Coeur Red-Light Cameras
KMOV-TV Channel 4 (Missouri), Oct. 1, 2013

In a ruling released Tuesday morning, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District once again found the use of red-light safety cameras to be legally sound. See related coverage from Sys-Con Media.

Red-Light Cameras Making a Difference
Commerce City Sentinel Express (Colorado), Oct. 1, 2013

Fewer accidents have been reported and fewer red-light citations have been issued following another year of red-light camera enforcement at the busiest intersection in Commerce City, according to a police department presentation to the city council on Sept. 23.

North Miami Beach Issues Red-Light Running Warnings
City of North Miami Beach (Florida), Oct. 1, 2013

The city of North Miami Beach is announcing that its red-light safety camera system will begin taking photos of red-light runners at designated intersections beginning October 1st.

PlatePass Helps Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Sys-Con Media, Oct. 1, 2013

Designed to help rental car customers and fleet drivers use high-speed, cashless toll lanes without incurring costly violations, PlatePass also can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by enabling drivers to bypass slower stop-and-go traffic on non-toll roads as well as backups at cash toll lanes, eliminating extended idling.

Spokane Extends Red-Light Camera Program
MSNBC, Sept. 30, 2013

After being in use in Spokane for five years, Council members vote 6-0 to extend the red-light camera program for another five years.

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Red-Light Camera Fines Total Nearly $4 Million
WHTM-TV ABC 27 (Maryland), Sept. 28, 2013

Frederick police say nearly $4 million in fines have been issued through the city’s red-light camera system. Police say the cameras catch an average of 17 red-light violations every day. (Frederick News Post photo by Travis Pratt)

School Zone Speed Camera Program Nears Close of Warning Phase
The Daily News Online (Washington), Sept. 28, 2013

The warning period is expiring soon on the new photo enforcement cameras that were installed at three school zones this fall. Longview police gave drivers a 30-day grace period to become accustomed to the cameras before authorities mailed any tickets.

SUV, School Bus Collide in Red-Light Running Collision; 6 Injured
WUSA-TV CBS 9 (District of Columbia), Sept. 27, 2013

Six people were injured when a school bus and an SUV collided in the early hours of Friday, Sept. 27, according to Prince George’s County Police. The SUV driver was going eastbound on Annapolis Road and ran a red light, causing the collision with the school bus in the intersection, officials said.

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Tampa Cameras Producing Fewer Tickets, Fines
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Sept. 26, 2013

Red-light cameras have been criticized as little more than a way for cities to make money. In Tampa, at least, the cameras have produced less revenue this year than they did last year. … The number of tickets issued to red-light runners also has fallen, from nearly 69,700 in 2012 to 55,355 in the current budget year. Councilman Harry Cohen said those numbers suggest the cameras are getting people to change their driving behavior at some of the city’s busiest intersections. (Tampa Tribune photo by Cliff McBride)

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Paulding County Schools Adopt Stop-Arm Safety Cameras
School Transportation News, Oct. 1, 2013

Since 2011, when Georgia law began permitting counties to equip school buses with video cameras to aid in enforcement of school bus stop laws, a dozen school districts there have turned to this technology. Now, Paulding County School District in Dallas, Ga., is among them.

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School System Releases Stop-Arm Video Announcement
Dallas-Hiram Patch (Georgia), Sept. 27, 2013

The Paulding County School District partners with American Traffic Solutions and the Pauldng Sheriff’s Office to make this public service announcement about the new school bus stop arm safety initiative.

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@stltoday Missouri appeals court upholds red-light cameras in Creve Coeur http://bit.ly/1br7G3x

@ATS_RoadSafety Check out this great editorial: Red-light cameras make our streets safer http://bit.ly/1c10wpq via @SunSentinel  #StopOnRed

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American Traffic Solutions (ATS) announces that its role as road safety camera vendor for the city of Sugar Creek, Missouri, will continue under a new four-year contract. ATS became the city’s vendor in 2006. In other recent developments, ATS and Orange County, Florida, finalized a four-year contract for the installation, operation and maintenance of up to 80 red-light safety cameras. ATS is honored to be a part of the road safety efforts in Sugar Creek and Orange County. 

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Commentary: There’s a Need for Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Southeast Sun (Alabama), Oct. 1, 2013

Running red lights is just about the most careless, selfish, reckless thing a driver can do, and it happens in Enterprise all the time! … Red-light running has become habit and is expected now, and the more people see others doing it, the more they feel they can get away with it, too. I think Enterprise could really benefit from a few well-placed red-light cameras.

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Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Make Our Streets Safer
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Sept. 30, 2013

For those Florida lawmakers eager to dump red-light cameras, we’ll make you a deal. You come up with a good alternative way to discourage drivers from running red lights, and we’ll support you. We haven’t heard one yet. … All the numbers and all the millions collected can’t obscure the fact that the cameras work. They are deterring people from running red lights. They are reducing crashes. And they are improving public safety.

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Letter to the Editor: Add More Red-Light Cameras in Florida
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Oct. 1, 2013

On Sunday, while pausing briefly before entering an intersection, a foolish driver raced through at a very high rate of speed so fast that had our driver not hesitated for that moment, we would have surely all been killed. I am thankful for still being among the living. I am pleading with our illustrious legislators to avoid the removal of these cameras. There are none at that intersection, and there have been fatalities there.

Letter: Use of Cameras Not a ‘Money Grab’ Issue
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Oct. 1, 2013

Running red lights is against the law and dangerous. While many claim red-light cameras are a money grab, the real benefit is they are a teaching tool. Statistics already point to fewer accidents and fewer tickets being issued. The ‘money grab’ claim will disappear as more drivers obey the law.

Letter: Follow Laws, Save Fines
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Oct. 1, 2013

The Sentinel’s Sept. 18 editorial “Renovate, don’t repeal the red-light camera law” is spot on. … The editorial concluded that the law is good and that the Legislature could correct the abuses. The first abuse, running a red light or making an illegal turn on red, is the most egregious. Those abuses can cost loss of life or hospitalization.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Deserve to be Supported
Fort Dodge Messenger (Iowa), Oct. 1, 2013

Regarding red-light cameras, a lot of people don’t think they should be used, that police should pull those who run the red lights over, and issue the tickets on the spot. If you think about it, the cameras are a better idea because the city just can’t afford to keep enough police on duty all at the same time to do all of the job duties they’re required to do.

Letter: Put More Red-Light Cameras on Route 18
MyCentralJersey.com (New Jersey), Sept. 26, 2013

I’ve been reading all the opinions about the traffic light cameras. A lot of people are whining. The truth is the people running the amber and red lights shouldn’t be doing it. And they know they shouldn’t be doing it. And they cry and whine about getting caught doing it. Not very adult-like, I’m thinking.

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“The data has shown that the red-light cameras have helped us reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries at our intersections.”
Shailen Bhatt, Cabinet Secretary for Delaware Department of Transportation
State of Delaware news release, Oct. 1, 2013

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“In Tampa, they’ve been more of a success as a public safety tool than as a money maker.”
Harry Cohen, Tampa City Councilman
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), Sept. 26, 2013

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