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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 8

January 24th, 2013

Paralysis Program, Trauma Centers Are Losers as Collier Stops Red-Light Cameras
M.MarcoNews.com (Florida), Jan. 20, 2013

Within two years after red-light camera tickets in 73 Florida communities began amassing fines, nearly $15 million went to trauma centers statewide and to a Miami-based program to help those who are paralyzed. … Paralyzed patients who benefit are baffled by Collier County commissioners’ 3-2 vote last month to remove the red-light cameras as of Feb. 28. See related article from University of Miami.

Red-Light Cameras Prove Effective in Arlington County
The Washington Post (District of Columbia), Jan. 24, 2013

If you are destined to die in a car crash around here, the odds are almost one in four that you’ll get killed at an intersection, but your chance of avoiding a crash is improving if you live in Arlington County. Four red-light cameras installed there have proven to do what proponents of the cameras have long said they would: save lives. … A year after cameras began issuing tickets at the intersections, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety researchers determined that running lights that were red for 0.5 seconds was down by 39 percent, running lights red for 1 second had dropped by 48 percent and running lights red for 1.5 seconds or more was down by 86 percent. “What these numbers show is that those violations most likely to lead to a crash are reduced the most,” said Anne McCartt, who wrote the institute’s report. “Automated enforcement can get drivers to modify their behavior.” See IIHS news release and report. (IIHS graphic)

Red-Light, Speed Cameras Bring Safety, Fine Revenue to Frederick
Gazette.net (Maryland), Jan. 24, 2013

After seven years of red-light cameras and nearly two with speed cameras, Frederick police say the sometimes criticized programs have noticeably improved traffic safety in the city. The city currently has seven red-light cameras and eight speed cameras, but the red-light program will more than double to 17 cameras in the coming months.

Fort Lauderdale to Add More Red-Light Safety Cameras
Sun Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 23, 2013

Commissioners on Tuesday approved expanding red-light cameras to six additional city intersections. … When activated, the new cameras will bring to 23 the number of city intersections patrolled by cameras. The additional red-light cameras were approved as part of a new contract with American Traffic Solutions that will last until May 2016.

West Palm Beach to Add Cameras at 25 Intersections
The Palm Beach Post (Florida), Jan. 22, 2013

The city will significantly expand its red-light camera program this year after commissioners voted Tuesday to place cameras in 25 new intersections, bringing the number of intersections equipped to catch drivers who illegally run red lights to 32. (The Palm Beach Post photo by Allen Eyestone)

Bill Permits Traffic Camera Images in Criminal Cases
The Seattle Times (Washington), Jan. 22, 2013

A proposed state law that would allow law enforcement access to images and videos from traffic cameras in crime cases will be introduced in a House hearing this week before the Public Safety Committee.

Camera Images Used to Solve Hit-and-Run
Flagler Live (Florida), Jan. 22, 2013

The arrest is the latest indication of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office stepped-up use of Palm Coast’s red-light safety cameras, which are increasing from 10 to more than 50, and blanketing all the city’s major and medium intersections.

Police: Don’t Add Time at Red-Light Camera Intersections
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), Jan. 18, 2013

Adding one second more to yellow lights at intersections with red-light cameras drew 7,200 seconds — more than two hours — of testimony, mainly from supporters of the state’s camera experiment who told legislators to let the five-year test play out before making changes. (The Jersey Journal photo by Reena Rose Sibayan)

City: Red-Light Camera Data Shows Accidents Down Citywide
The Wenatchee World (Washington), Jan. 18, 2013

Vehicle collisions at three red-light camera intersections are down 37 percent since cameras were installed in 2010. The number of collisions for all intersections in the city was down by 15 percent since 2010, from 1,627 to 1,391.

Red-Light Camera Changes Considered
WKXW 101.5 FM (New Jersey), Jan. 18, 2013

If  you’ve been expecting an end to New Jersey’s red-light camera program, don’t get your hopes up. Even state lawmakers opposed to the program understand that isn’t an option at this point. Instead, they are proposing changes to the controversial pilot program, slated to end next year.

Technology, Police Work Build Case in Deadly Shooting
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 18, 2013

Finding Alex Zaldivar’s killers required a combination of sophisticated technology and strong police work.

Officials, Experts Oppose Bills to Temper Red-Light Camera Program
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), Jan. 17, 2013

Traffic experts and local officials said they oppose a bill that would give drivers an extra two seconds to get through the dozens of intersections equipped with cameras, suggesting it would make roads more dangerous.

Drivers Caught on Camera Running School Bus Stop Arms
ClickOrlando.com (Florida), Jan. 18, 2013

A pilot video program in Seminole County caught 67 drivers running through stop arms on the side of school buses. Seminole County Public Schools teamed up with American Traffic Solutions of Scottsdale, Arizona, to conduct surveillance on areas where a Department of Education survey showed heavy amounts of school bus stop arm violations.

Cameras on School Buses Could Lead to Change in Law
WFTV Channel 9 (Florida), Jan. 17, 2013

A school district hopes that a test of cameras on the outside of school buses will lead to a change in state law. School bus drivers have complained for a long time about cars driving past their buses when the stop signs are extended.

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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Recently, five communities in California, Illinois and Missouri have taken action to renew or extend their current road safety camera contracts with American Traffic Solutions. They are: Cathedral City, California; the Village of Bel-Nor, Missouri; Granite City and the villages of Plainfield and Hoffman Estates in Illinois. ATS is honored to remain the vendor of choice for these communities and looks forward to working with them to protect their residents from dangerous intersection crashes.

“Now that we’ve had this program established and running since 2005, the general public is already aware of it. It’s not brand new — you’re already seeing compliance. That’s why you see our camera citations decrease each year.”
Jason Keckler, Frederick Police Lieutenant and Commander of Patrol Operations
Gazette.net (Maryland), Jan. 24, 2013

“The No. 1 cause for spinal injury is still motor vehicular accidents. To make a decision here to expand the program will do nothing but great things.”
Marc Buoniconti, President of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
The Palm Beach Post (Florida), Jan. 22, 2013

“It’s not the intent of the yellow light to see how many cars can get through before it turns red.”
Robert Christie, Union Police Department Sergeant
Asbury Park-Press (New Jersey), Jan. 18, 2013

Traffic crashes are on the decrease in Frederick, where red-light cameras have been in use for seven years. In fiscal 2011, there were 18 crashes at monitored intersections, down from 19 in fiscal 2010 and 42 in fiscal 2009. Source: Gazette.net, Jan. 24, 2013. Virginia

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