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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 7

January 17th, 2013

   
Hillsborough County Red-Light-Running Video Shows Best of Worst
WTSP TV 10 (Florida), Jan. 16, 2013

A red-light runner nearly strikes a pedestrian in this compilation of red-light running events released by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The footage includes images from the cameras at Bell Shoals and Bloomingdale, along with video from Brandon Town Center and Brandon Boulevard.


Missouri Red-Light Runners Caught on Camera
KFVS TV 12, Jan. 11, 2013

See this eye-opening video of drivers running red-lights in Grandview, Kansas City, St. Louis, Richmond Heights, Florissant, Arnold and Excelsior Springs, Missouri.


Boulder Shows Dangers of Red-Light Running
BoulderColorado.gov

The city of Boulder, Colorado, answers a number of questions about red-light cameras on its website, and has added a video to further explain why red-light safety camera enforcement is being used.


Panel Rejects Limits on Red-Light Cameras
PilotOnline/The Virginian-Pilot, Jan. 17, 2013

Drivers would be well-advised to stay vigilant: A legislative assault on red-light cameras has been turned back. (The Virginian-Pilot photo by L. Todd Spencer)

Ocoee Adds 3 More Red-Light Cameras
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 16, 2013

Ocoee police got the green light to add three more red-light cameras at busy intersections this week after officers showed city commissioners that the devices have helped solve other city crimes, including a recent homicide.

Police Circulate Red-Light Camera Photo in Vehicle Theft Inquiry
Daily Camera (Colorado), Jan. 16, 2013

Boulder police are seeking public assistance in identifying a man who was photographed by a red-light camera last month behind the wheel of a stolen work truck. See related coverage from KUSA TV 9.


Red-Light Camera ‘Grace Period’ Approaches
KQTV St. Joe Channel (Missouri), Jan. 15, 2013

The grace period for drivers in St. Joseph is just days away. After that, running a red light at certain intersections could automatically result in a ticket.

Report Finds Commonalities among Cities with Cameras
Clearwater Patch (Florida), Jan. 15, 2013

More than 400 intersections in Florida have red-light cameras, including a couple in Clearwater. According to a new report by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 56 percent of communities surveyed noticed a total reduction in crashes at intersections with red-light cameras.

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.

ATS_RoadSafety ‏@ATS_RoadSafety Nearly 4,000 roadway fatalities last year involved #distracteddrivers according to @NHTSAgov  #StopOnRed   #putthephonedown


Commentary: Red-Light Safety Cameras Reduce Crashes, Save Lives
Naples Daily News (Florida), Jan. 16, 2013

Recently, the Collier County Commission suddenly and without community discussion voted to discontinue its red-light safety camera program. Now, important new data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has become available showing that red-light cameras do work. They do measurably reduce crashes. And they do save lives.

Commentary: Simple Truth — Red-Light Running Kills, Cameras Save Lives
Times of Trenton (New Jersey), Jan. 12, 2013

Misleading headlines aren’t unusual, especially with quickly moving news on the web, but a recent one about red-light cameras in New Jersey stood out. … Ignored by the headline was the fact that the number of crashes are going down for intersections where two full years of data are in. This is the direction we would expect, based on study after study that demonstrate the effectiveness of red-light cameras.


Editorial: Survey Shows Gains in Safety
The Ledger (Florida), Jan. 17, 2013

Proponents of red-light cameras in Florida recently gained more evidence to support their cause. … The most relevant and compelling finding, located in the department’s summary is “With regard to crash data, the most common outcome was a decrease in rear-end and side-impact crashes.”

Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Are Saving Lives
Tampa Bay Online (Florida), Jan. 14, 2013

Remember all the whining that occurred when Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn pushed for the use of red-light cameras? … Buckhorn and Tampa City Council, fortunately, ignored such nonsense and approved a plan that is, as the mayor promised, “saving lives.”

Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Are Necessary
Pensacola News Journal (Florida), Jan. 14, 2013

We oppose a bill in Tallahassee that would repeal the law that allows cities to install cameras that catch drivers running a red light. The cameras have been successful in reducing the number of serious wrecks as drivers race to beat the light. With cameras in place, drivers know a hefty fine could be in the mail.

Editorial: End the Debate — Study Validates Cameras’ Safety Impact
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Jan. 11, 2013

The city of Bradenton is one of the municipalities and counties discovering that high-tech cameras designed to catch motorists running red lights at major intersections are reducing crashes — “considerably” here, Bradenton Sgt. William Weldon stated this week.


Letter: Why the Rush?
Naples Daily News (Florida), Jan. 15, 2013

Red-light cameras are in place, and from my point of view are working just fine.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Justified
The Miami Herald (Florida), Jan. 14, 2013

Regarding the Jan. 7 editorial, “Red-light cameras are producing safer streets:” My introduction to red-light cameras in Aventura had nothing to do with revenue as several years ago my wife was nearly killed in an intersection accident caused by a red-light runner.


“You can see people are getting the message.”
Brad Dreasher, Lieutenant with Ocoee Police Department, explaining the drop in red-light running tickets.
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 16, 2013


“The goal is to make roadways safer. To have less injuries, deaths, and property damage simply because people are not paying enough attention to stop for the red signal.”
Richard Ketchem, Sergeant with the St. Joseph Police Department
KQTV St. Joe Channel (Missouri), Jan. 15, 2013

Florida
Ocoee operated red-light safety cameras at five intersections in 2010 when more than 14,000 red-light violators were nabbed. Last year, about 8,300 violators were caught. Source: Orlando Sentinel, Jan. 16, 2013.

Maryland
At the start of Maryland’s speed camera program for state highways, seven out of every 100 motorists were getting tickets for going 12 mph or more over the speed limit. Now only two out of 100 are getting tickets. Crashes, injuries and fatalities in work zones around the state are at a 10-year low. Source: WBAL TV 11,  Jan. 15, 2013.

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