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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol 4, Issue 15

March 13th, 2014

 

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During Red-Light Running Awareness Month in Arizona, American Traffic Solutions wants to remind everyone to drive carefully. In 2012, 680 people were killed and more than 130,000 were injured in red-light running collisions across the country, which makes red-light running a public concern in every state. To help spread the message to stop on red, ATS invites viewers to watch and share this video it produced for Red Means Stop, a non-profit organization committed to educating the public on the dangers of red-light running.  For more information please visit ATS’ Facebook page. In the meantime, please read the commentary below from Frank Hinds, a founder of Red Means Stop.

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Commentary: Why Do We Keep Running Red Lights?
The Arizona Republic, March 9, 2014

Why do drivers continue to run red lights? The variety of reasons might surprise you, but for the most part, people are speeding, distracted or simply believe they can get away with it, so why not? Small children understand that “red means stop,” yet intelligent adults continue to get behind the wheel and ignore responsible behavior in favor of beating a red light.

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Police: Beware of Red-Light Ticket Telephone Scam
WTSP-TV CBS 10 (Florida), March 12, 2014

Tampa  police have a warning for you. Don’t be fooled by a phone call from the nonexistent Tampa Violations Bureau saying you missed a court date and you haven’t paid up your red-light running ticket.

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School Bus with Children Flips in Collision with Taxi
CBS 2 New York, March 11, 2014

Nine people were hurt Monday afternoon when a taxi hit a school bus filled with children in New York. The school bus flipped over and the accident was caught on camera.  Police say charges will be filed against the taxi driver for running the red light. (WABC-TV ABC 7 image.)

Illinois Lawmakers Talk More Speed Safety Cameras
WTVO-TV ABC 17 (Illinois), March 11, 2014

They’ve been dubbed “cop-in-a-box,” but supporters argue, speed enforcement cameras are an added tool for law enforcement. But some changes to the speed camera law could be coming. Currently, speed cams and other recording devices can only be placed in speed zones in Chicago, but a few downstate lawmakers think other communities could benefit from them as well.

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Wandall: St. Pete’s Red-Light Camera Program Changed Driver Behavior
WFTS-TV ABC 2 (Florida), Action News March 9, 2014

Melissa Wandall, President of National Coalition for Safer Roads and nationally recognized traffic safety advocate, expresses her continued support for red-light safety cameras in the wake of St. Petersburg’s decision to end its program, saying the reduction in red-light running violations in St. Petersburg indicates the cameras achieved what they were designed to do.

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Wyoming Troopers Jump on School Buses to Catch Traffic Offenders
KBZK-TV Channel 7 (Montana), March 12, 2014

The Wyoming Highway Patrol last week placed state troopers on several school buses looking for scofflaws who pass buses while loading or unloading children. The extra enforcement is hoped to drive home the message that when a school bus is stopped and its warning lights are flashing, motorists need to stop.

Parent Warned School District before School Bus Stop Collision
The Daily Review (Pennsylvania), March 11, 2014

A parent of a child who was involved in last week’s school bus accident in Monroe Township told the Towanda School Board Monday that he had warned a Towanda School District official last summer about traffic dangers at the bus stop where the accident occurred.

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Sioux City Files Lawsuit over New Rules Governing Cameras
WHO-TV NBC 13 (Iowa), March 13, 2014

Sioux City leaders are taking the Branstad administration to court over new rules that govern traffic enforcement cameras. Sioux City uses speed cameras on Interstate 29. The city filed a lawsuit Wednesday, claiming the rules are too broad and would limit the city’s legal use of their cameras. (Des Moines Register photo) See related coverage in Des Moines Register.

Lauderdale Lakes Plans to Use Red-Light Safety Cameras
Sun Sentinel (Florida), March 12, 2014

Commissioners have given the go-ahead to start a red-light camera program in the city. They unanimously approved measures on Tuesday that will allow the cameras to be used for traffic enforcement. Officials will now determine where the cameras should be placed.

Authorities Issue 305 Red-Light Running Citations in 1 Week
Palm Coast Observer (Florida), March 8, 2014

Palm Coast’s Red-Light Safety Camera Program captured 2,759 violations during the week of Feb. 17-23. In that time, authorities issued 305 citations. The previous week, there were 2,745 violations and 326 citations reported.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the City of Greenbelt and the Town of Morningside, both in Maryland, have accepted the one-year renewal options available in their separate road safety camera agreements with ATS. The agreements were first signed in 2009.  ATS is honored to remain a part of both clients’ traffic safety efforts.

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March is #redlightrunning awareness month! Share this graphic below & spread the message #StopOnRed! Thanks!

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ATS_ RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Nearly 200 times each month, video from RLSCs is used by FL law enforcement to investigate crimes. pic.twitter.com/9SJMEsTRXL

ATS_ RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety  Running red lights is among the most common cause of urban crashes, & the most dangerous. Pay attention while driving & always #StopOnRed

1’M Blue Campaign @1MBlue Running a red light is very dangerous and causes severe injuries upon collision. Be patient to avoid causing harm … http:// fb.me/1GSHNftuP

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Commentary: Driving Violations that Really Bug Others
The Courier (Texas), March 9, 2014

Red-light cameras in the city of Conroe now will take a snapshot of your vehicle when you cross the intersection after the light has changed to red. I still think hydraulic pins that would come out of the pavement and puncture tires when the light is red also would send the message not to run red lights. It wouldn’t take long for everyone to get that message.

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Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Provide Valuable Service
The Florida Times-Union, March 10, 2014

Our state has an enduring “I’m in a hurry and you’re in my way” mentality when it comes to driving. And it won’t end anytime soon. Until it does — if ever — there is a need for red-light traffic cameras in Florida. That’s why the Florida Legislature should bat down an attempt by some legislators to repeal the traffic camera laws.

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Letter to the Editor: Traffic Safety Cameras Are Working
Sioux City Journal (Iowa), March 13, 2014

For those of you who want to get rid of traffic cameras and impose your own rules on the road that the rest of us also use, there is another option. It is called a racetrack.

Letter: Leave the Speed Limit Alone
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), March 9, 2014

Why would anyone want to increase the speed limit when it will almost certainly mean more accidents with more serious injuries? Aren’t the more-than-2,500 deaths, with 20 times as many people hurt, on Florida highways every year enough? Who is complaining that 70 mph is too slow? Are they the same people who say that red-light cameras are violating their constitutional rights.

Letter: Add Red-Light Cameras to Curb Torrent of Violators
Bradenton Herald (Florida), March 8, 2014

I recently sat in the straight lane northbound on 14th Street West at Cortez Road at 7:55 a.m. awaiting the light to change to green.I counted 12 out of 13 cars pulling up alongside of me in the turn lane not make a complete stop on red to turn right onto Cortez Road. Most didn’t even get under 10 mph to navigate and make the turn since the traffic on Cortez eastbound was stopped by the light. People complain about the red light cameras. I say put one on every corner.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Keep Walkers Safe as Well
Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), March 8, 2014

Getting people to obey traffic laws in Charlotte will help change the transportation culture here. People drive like they believe being behind the wheel of a vehicle makes them a superior life form to those who aren’t. Step off a sidewalk as soon as your light turns green in Charlotte and you’ll get run over. The red-light cameras will greatly assist in keeping law-abiding walkers safe. The cameras need to come back. And stay.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Likely Do Not Deter Tourists
Florida Today, March 7, 2014

When I read the recent letter, “City praised for getting rid of red-light cameras,” and realized the writer did not even live in Cocoa Beach, I fell out of my chair in laughter. The letter writer said red-light cameras are turning people away from Cocoa Beach, but with the Northerners and spring breakers here now, the city has more people than we can really cope with. Most visitors likely don’t even know we have the cameras before they come and, secondly, the cameras are there for a purpose.

 

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Speed cameras that were first installed along Interstate Highway 29 by Sioux City in 2011 have caught 76,382 vehicles traveling more than 11 miles over the speed limit. Currently less than 1 percent of motorists drive more than 11 miles over the limit on the section of the interstate through the city. Source: DesMoines Register, March 13, 2014.

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In Albemarle County, where red-light safety cameras were installed in 2010, the total number of crashes at the protected intersection went down by 16 percent, and crashes related to running a red light were cut in half. Source:  WVIR-TV NBC 29, March 5, 2014.

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