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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 5

January 3rd, 2013

Wrecks Decrease at Red-Light Camera Locations
Arizona Daily Star, Jan. 2, 2013

Collisions at intersections monitored by red-light cameras have steadily dropped over the years with the lowest numbers reported in fiscal year 2012. See related article by KGUN TV9. (Top photo by A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star)

Installation Date Nears for 2 Cameras in St. Joseph
News Press Now (Missouri), Jan. 2, 2013

Drivers have about a month left before their movements at two intersections could be caught on camera. American Traffic Solutions, the company contracted by the city to install red-light cameras, expects installation to be completed by week’s end. See related news coverage by KQTV Channel 2.

Photo Assists Authorities in Deadly Shooting Case
WFTV Channel 9 (Florida), Jan. 2, 2013

Hundreds of pages of documents collected in a police investigation, including a red-light camera photo of the vehicle believed to be the suspects, were released in the case of an alleged plot to kill three people the day before they were to testify in a home invasion case.

High-Tech Cameras Are New Norm in Arlington
KXAS TV 5 (Texas), Jan. 1, 2013

Arlington is installing red-light cameras with improved technology. The city is beginning to install new cameras that produce high-resolution pictures and 12-second video clips that further illustrate a possible violation, offer 24-hour video surveillance and can monitor up to 20 vehicles at once for more than 300 feet.

New York City Issues Fewer Red-Light Running Citations
New York Post, Jan. 1, 2013

Red-light cameras snagged 615,726 motorists blowing through intersections between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30 of 2012, down from 880,922 in all of 2011, according to data obtained by The Post. If altered to reflect a projected 12-month total, the number of red-light violations doled out last year would show an eye-popping drop of 23.7 percent from the previous year.

Prince George Preps for New Red-Light Safety Cameras
Gazette.net (Maryland), Dec. 28, 2012

Police in Prince George’s County are shifting the focus to red lights when it comes to traffic enforcement, something officials say will continue to drive down traffic crashes and fatalities that have for years plagued the county.

Mountain Town Rewards Safe Drivers
CBC News (Canada), Dec. 28, 2012

An Alberta mountain town located west of Calgary is using photo radar not just to ticket speeders, but to capture good driving behavior and reward it with a $250 gift certificate.

Red-Light Runners Raise Holiday Crash Numbers
WWL TV4 (Louisiana), Dec. 28, 2012

When you’re driving to a New Year’s Eve party getting into an accident is probably the last thing on your mind. But statistics show the holiday season is the time when road safety needs to be a priority.

Red-Light Running in Arizona
Arizona Daily Star, Jan. 1, 2013

Red-light safety cameras in Scottsdale and Tucson caught a fair share of red-light runners in the act this past year. See how their behavior endangered innocent passers-by on the streets.

Crash Video Serves as Safety Reminder
Brandon Patch (Florida), Dec. 29, 2012

A public-service announcement showcasing a video of accidents involving red-light runners in Florida aims to “serve as a reminder for all drivers about the need to obey the law and stop on red.”

Teen Hit after Getting Off School Bus
KXAS TV5 (Texas), Dec. 21, 2012

A 16-year-old boy was hit by a car after getting off of a school bus Friday afternoon, officials say. The student, a freshman at Shepton High School, was transported to the hospital but is expected to recover.

Get Involved in Saving a Life: Sharing a Tweet is a convenient way to inform others about the dangers of red-light running. Another way is to direct drivers to the ATS YouTube page, where visitors can watch informative videos about road safety camera programs and see the dangerous crashes hundreds of communities are trying to avoid by installing red-light safety cameras. Seeing is believing, which is why ATS invites you to visit our links at the end of this page and share the message to stop on red.

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Editorial: Smile for the Red-Light Cameras
Times Herald-Record (New York), Jan. 2, 2013

Anybody who has driven on the congested part of Route 211 in the town of Wallkill by all of the shopping areas will understand why local officials are asking permission to install red-light cameras.

Editorial: School Bus Stop Arms Keep Children Safe
Daily Journal (Indiana), Jan. 1, 2013

Passing a stopped school bus is a violation of state traffic laws, but issuing tickets is a near impossibility. To help, state Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, is drafting legislation that would allow school corporations to hire firms to install cameras on school bus stop-arms.

“In our books, as far as the Police Department is concerned, the program has been a great success, and we certainly want to continue with it.”
Elise Souter, Tucson Police Department Lieutenant in the Traffic Enforcement Division, which oversees the road safety camera program.
Arizona Daily Star, Jan. 2, 2013

“As a result of people running red lights we see a lot more crashes and they are a lot more dangerous.”
Anthony Micheu, New Orleans Police Lieutenant
WWL TV 4 (Louisiana), Dec. 28, 2012

At Tucson’s eight locations with red-light safety cameras, collisions have decreased to 74 through fiscal year 2012. The first camera was installed in January 2007, and nearly 200 collisions occurred at the eight locations that year. Source: Arizona Daily Star, Jan. 2, 2013.

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