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ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 4, Issue 1

December 5th, 2013

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Scottsdale Adds to Photo Enforcement Program
KPHO-TV CBS 5 (Arizona), Dec. 5, 2013

Scottsdale has added a new red-light camera at a city intersection as part of the city’s photo enforcement program. The camera was installed at the intersection of Hayden and Chaparral roads Wednesday and will monitor red-light runners and speeders, according to the Scottsdale Police Department website. Motorists will have a 30-day grace period, which began Tuesday, to get used to the new American Traffic Solutions camera, according to the police website.

City Officials: Red-Light Cameras Reduce Crashes
Northern Valley Suburbanite/NorthJersey.com, Dec. 5, 2013

Officials attribute the decrease in the number of accidents at the intersection of Sylvan and Palisades avenues to the red-light camera installed last year. The camera was installed in 2012 after a survey from the Department of Transportation reported that approximately 66,976 vehicles enter the intersection every day, creating more than 30 accidents a year.

Red-Light Cameras Win Preliminary Approval in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), Dec. 4, 2013

Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval to a bill that lays the groundwork for a red-light camera program in the city. If the bill is passed next Tuesday and signed by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, it would likely be a full year before the city gets red-light cameras because the cameras have to be purchased and the state has to approve the intersections where they would be installed.

12,000 Petitioners Ask for Red-Light Cameras in South Jersey
Press of Atlantic City (New Jersey), Dec. 3, 2013

More than 12,000 people have signed a petition supporting the use of red-light safety cameras at dangerous intersections across New Jersey, but despite the signatures collected by the National Coalition for Safer Roads, state officials remain undecided about adding the technology at intersections in the southern part of the state.

Few Contest Red-Light Running Camera Tickets
Cox.net (Florida), Dec. 3, 2013

More than 45,000 drivers have been ticketed by red-light cameras in Orlando since July 1st. Despite a modified state law making it easier for drivers to contest those tickets, records show fewer than 150 have done so. Supporters of the cameras contend they have reduced accidents at critical intersections. Opponents say the new law unfairly increases costs for drivers if they lose their appeals.

Clermont Activates 24 Red-Light Safety Cameras
South Lake Press (Florida), Dec. 1, 2013

Clermont police gained two dozen extra eyes on the streets this week. Twenty-four red-light cameras became operational at 13 intersections along State Road 50 and U.S. Highway 27. Motorists will have a month to get used to the cameras, with warning notices coming in the mail rather than tickets, said City Manager Darren Gray.

New Jersey’s Camera Program Approaches Noteworthy Year
The Express-Times, Dec. 1, 2013

New Jersey’s five-year red-light camera pilot program is entering its final year and up to this point, the trial run has been nothing if not controversial. Depending on whom you ask, the cameras have been a resounding success, reducing crashes and initiating safer driving habits, or they have been a terrible failure, invading privacy and likely increasing wrecks. (South Jersey Times file photo by Tim Hawk)

5-Year Snapshot in Tacoma Shows Cameras Reduce Wrecks
The News Tribune (Washington), Nov. 30, 2013

Six years ago, Tacoma officials began installing cameras to catch red-light runners at seven intersections, saying they wanted to reduce accidents and make the streets safer. Early on, traffic accident data didn’t show a clear correlation between the cameras and improved safety. But lately, all the intersections with cameras are seeing slightly fewer accidents than before.

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Video Explains Red-Light Safety Cameras in New Jersey
Brick Patch, Dec. 2, 2013

American Traffic Solutions, a vendor for New Jersey’s red-light cameras, has put out a video intended to provide a comprehensive look at the process — and clear up some persistent questions. The video can be viewed here.

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School Bus Passengers Face Never-Ending Problem
KLTV-TV Channel 7 (Texas), Dec. 4, 2013

Unfortunately, the laws meant to protect school buses and the children on them are frequently ignored. Drivers across the state fail to stop for loading and unloading school buses every day, so we hopped on a Tyler school bus with our cameras rolling to see just how big of a problem we have in East Texas. 

2 Boys Hit Crossing Street to Board School Bus
The Daily News (Washington), Dec. 3, 2013

Two Kelso middle school students escaped critical injury Tuesday morning when they were struck by a car while crossing Beacon Hill Drive to board a school bus, authorities said. … A third student, a girl, was grazed and knocked down but was not injured and did not require treatment.

4 Vehicles in 30 Seconds Illegally Pass School Bus
KTBC-TV FOX 7 (Texas), Dec. 3, 2013

How safe are your children when they get on and off their school bus? Tuesday morning a cell phone camera was rolling as a school bus unloaded children at 8th and Congress, four drivers sped past. Two of those violators work for a city agency.

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On U.S. Highways, More Fast Lanes Aren’t Free
The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 28, 2013

Rush-hour drivers in congested U.S. cities are increasingly facing a stark choice: Stay stuck in traffic or pay to get in the fast lane. … Drivers who wish to use the lanes use a transponder mounted on their car, and the tolls are collected electronically. (Photo by Kendrick Brinson for The Wall Street Journal)

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@ATS_RoadSafety Jersey City tickets driver for running red light before collision with Light Rail train http://bit.ly/1eWqUjg  #stoponred  #NJ

@ATS_RoadSafety Red Light Cameras: Changed Behavior & Improved Infrastructure a Winning Combination http://bit.ly/1hy9UmL @BikePGH  #Pittsburgh

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce the signing of a new multi-year contract with the town of Juno Beach, Florida. A client since 2008, Juno Beach will continue its road safety camera program in partnership with ATS for an initial term of five years. ATS is honored to remain as the town’s chosen traffic safety partner and looks forward to contributing to driver safety in Juno Beach.

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Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Are Intrusive, Annoying and Necessary
The News Tribune (Washington), Dec. 2, 2013

Several years ago I was running late for my first shift with a new department. I made a right turn at a red light, hoping none of my new coworkers were close enough to see my rolling stop. Weeks later, I fished out an envelope mailed to me from my employer. The $100 ticket inside was a surprise. … One might think this would sour my opinion on the camera system, but that is not the case.

Editorial: Cameras Prove Value to Life, Limb
Insurance News Net/The News Tribune (Washington), Dec. 3, 2013

Here’s a question for opponents of red-light cameras: Would you rather be on the receiving end of a T-bone crash or a minor fender bender? Granted, that’s not exactly a fair question. But it’s the reality reflected in statistics: Not only do the number of accidents decrease at intersections after red-light cameras are installed, the type of accident changes.

Editorial: Don’t Pull Plug on Red-Light Cameras
The Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), Nov. 28, 2013

In most cases, local control is preferable to government mandates from the state or federal levels. An example — a recent news release from Tom Pauken, a Republican candidate for governor of the state of Texas. Pauken supports a statewide ban on red-light traffic cameras in Texas. This would be a problem in Amarillo.

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“I believe the cameras are helping. I’m hoping people are getting it and they are learning to drive safer and cautiously. The statistics are showing it does reduce crashes.”
Michael Cioffi, Police Chief of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
North Valley Suburbanite/NorthJersey.com, Dec. 5, 2013

“Most certainly I believe it would have an effect. Maybe drivers would think twice about running a red light. If you run a light at a toll booth you get a ticket.”
Dennis Levinson, Atlantic County Executive
Press of Atlantic City (New Jersey), Dec. 3, 2013

“We get a tremendous amount of pass-through traffic on 50 and 27, and the cameras will send those drivers a message that when driving through our community in Clermont, they need to slow down.”
Darren Gray, City Manager of Clermont, Florida
South Lake Press, Dec. 1, 2013

“The crashes have definitely been reduced since the implementation of the program. There’s no doubt about that.”
Jeff Greenemeir, Police Chief of Pohatcong Township, New Jersey
The Express-Times, Dec. 1, 2013