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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 16

March 20th, 2014

 

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March is Red-Light Running Awareness Month in Arizona, and a perfect opportunity to discuss driver safety with friends and loved ones. To help spread the message to stop on red, American Traffic Solutions 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.   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, every day. Please, drive safely. For more information visit ATS’ Facebook page.

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Linden Renews Red-Light Camera Contract for 5 More Years
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), March 20, 2014

Linden Mayor Richard Gerbounka has a proposition for the mayor of Brick Township, who last month pulled the plug on the town’s controversial but lucrative red-light cameras: “I’ll take whatever red-light cameras he wants to give me.” Linden, which has the fourth-largest red-light camera program in the state, with five intersections, has renewed its contract with vendor American Traffic Solutions of Arizona for another five years. (Photo by David Gard/New Jersey Local News Service)

Bellevue City Council Studies Camera Expansion
City of Bellevue (Washington), March 19, 2014 

Councilmembers on Monday directed city staff to negotiate a contract to expand a photo enforcement program that includes red-light cameras and school zone speed cameras. The council could review and give final approval to the contract at a future meeting. In the meantime, on a 5-2 vote the council also approved an extension of the existing program, set to expire April 12, on a month-to-month basis. Since 2009, there have been three red-light cameras and two school speed-zone cameras in Bellevue.

SUV Runs Red Light, Collides with School Bus
Winston-Salem Journal (North Carolina), March 19, 2014

A school bus carrying 26 children to Flat Rock Middle School was hit this morning by an SUV that ran a red light, Winston-Salem police said. No injuries were reported.

Authorities Issue 253 Red-Light Running Citations in 1 Week
Palm Coast Observer (Florida), March 18, 2014

Palm Coast’s Red-Light Safety Camera Program captured 2,826 violations during the week of Feb. 25 to March 2. In that time, authorities issued 253 citations. The previous week, there were 2,759 violations and 305 citations reported.

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Davie to Keep Red-Light Cameras
Sun-Sentinel (Florida), March 14, 2014

Controversial red-light cameras have not been a hit in every city, but Davie plans to keep them — at least through 2015. Ten of the town’s 16 cameras were set to come offline in September. But town officials want all 16 to remain in operation through next year, mainly to compare crash data with intersections that don’t have cameras. (NBC News Miami photo)

 

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Driver Who Passed School Bus Warning Signs, Struck Child, Loses Appeal
The Daily Reporter (Ohio), March 20, 2014

A woman acted recklessly when she disregarded a school bus’ warning signals and struck a child with her vehicle, according to an opinion released this week from the 12th District Court of Appeals. The three-judge appellate panel affirmed a Butler County Court of Common Pleas decision convicting the driver of aggravated vehicular homicide after the accident led to the death of the child involved.

Alabama Senate Passes Bill for School Bus Safety Cameras
AL.com, March 18, 2014

The Alabama Senate kept the peace Tuesday long enough to pass a host of local bills and non-controversial statewide legislation. Among the bills that passed the Alabama Senate Tuesday were a bill to allow school districts to put cameras on school buses to catch drivers who don’t stop for them in traffic.

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Clarke County’s School Bus Safety Cameras Deploy Next Week
OnlineAthens.com/Athens Banner-Herald, March 16, 2014

After a training day for Clarke County school bus drivers on March 13, buses fitted with special camera systems that catch violators and their license plate numbers will soon start traveling their routes. Just a handful of buses will have the cameras, but they’ll have plenty to record. In a recent survey, bus drivers reported 348 violations in a single day. (OnlineAthens photo by AJ Reynolds)

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Tampa Police Say Red-Light Cameras Are a Help
WHNZ Radio 1250 AM (Florida), March 19, 2014

Police released video on their YouTube page that they say shows cameras have helped with solving cases, preventing crashes, change driving habits and ultimately saving lives. (Tampa Tribune photo by Cliff McBride)

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Chattanooga Adds More Speed Cameras
WRCB-TV NBC 3 (Tennessee), March 18, 2014

The city of Chattanooga is targeting speeders with more road-side cameras with its Speed Reduction Initiative. It’s installing them on what city traffic engineers have determined to be the most dangerous stretches of road.

Families of Traffic Fatality Victims Push for Lower Speeds, Photo Enforcement
New York Daily News, March 18, 2014

A group of bereaved families traveled to Albany Tuesday to support a bill to reduce the citywide speed limit to 20 mph. The group, Families For Safe Streets, met with legislators and held an emotional  press conference. Each person held up pictures of those they lost in pedestrian-car accidents.

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Electronic Tolling about Preparation, Not Reaction
Metro News (West Virginia), March 19, 2014

State Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox said with a soon-to-be new law the state will have something more to offer companies interested in helping the state finish some of its major road construction projects.

Turnpike Plans New Way to Collect Unpaid Tolls
Sun Sentinel (Florida), March 16, 2014

Thousands of drivers on Florida’s Turnpike breeze through the all-electronic toll system and get away without ever paying. Now officials are ready to fight back with a plan to block the annual renewal of their vehicle registrations until all tolls and fines are paid. See related editorial.

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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 Fact 10: $10 from every paid red-light camera vio has provided +16Mil to 22 trauma centers www.atsol.com/florida-facts  pic.twitter.com/g384Yotu18
FOX 13’s Jen EpsteinVerified account @Fox13Traffic Accidents involving red light runners have decreased by 30% says Chief Jane Castor.
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Commentary: Camera Ban is a Terrible Plan; Let Locals Decide
Tampa Tribune (Florida), March 16, 2014

The fundamental purpose of government is the good maintenance of law and order. Everything else in society flows from the assurance that bad actors will be dealt with swiftly, efficiently and competently. Accordingly, it is a perfectly conservative position to regard red-light cameras as a tool useful for promoting an agreeable peace.

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Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Likely Are Good for Us
The Appeal-Democrat (California), March 19, 2014

Let’s face it: People are generally going to hate red-light cameras. But a lot of people hate stuff that’s good for them, whether it’s broccoli or driving slow or vaccinations. Marysville has to contend with the public relations aspect of automated law enforcement; but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t employ it if they really think it makes a difference. And the Marysville police, at least, really think so. They have numbers to back up their opinions, too. For instance, in the first year the program was started, collisions decreased by almost 79 percent at all the intersections covered by the cameras. It’s hard to argue with that.

Editorial: Sioux City Deserves Thanks for Defending Cameras
Des Moines Register (Iowa), March 17, 2014

It’s not often that an Iowa municipality sees fit to sue the state of Iowa seeking permission to enforce the law. That is exactly what Sioux City has done, and the city should be congratulated for it. Sioux City has asked the Woodbury County District Court to nullify the Iowa Department of Transportation’s new rules that effectively prevent Iowa cities from using automated traffic-control cameras on major state highways to fine drivers who break the law by speeding or running red lights. It would be a victory for public safety if the city prevails.

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Letter to the Editor: Measuring Effectiveness of Red-Light Cameras
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), March 20, 2014

Regarding “Faceoff Red-light cameras” (March 17): I think this first debate was easily won by Tom Jackson, arguing on behalf of the red-light cameras. His cause was confirmed by Joe Henderson’s concession that the cameras had reduced fatalities at monitored intersections by 49 percent. Everything after that seemed to fall into a secondary category of arguments. Lives have been saved — families are intact — loved ones are not lying dead at an intersection because someone thought their time was more valuable than the life they took. All other arguments — especially about “profits” — became minor by comparison.

Letter: What Motivates Thinking on Red-Light Cameras
Southern Maryland Newspapers, March 19, 2014

This paper’s March 14 editorial concerning red-light cameras was spot on. It showed the true nature of St. Mary’s County Commissioners Larry Jarboe, Cindy Jones and Dan Morris. Their decision to reject a few red-light cameras on Route 235 was an insult to the memory of Commissioner Todd Morgan’s wife, who was killed by a red-light runner.

 

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“We believe in the red-light cameras. We have five of them in the city of Linden, and we feel they are doing their job — which is to improve driver behavior at every red-light camera intersection.”
Richard Gerbounka, Mayor of Linden, New Jersey
The Star-Ledger, March 20, 2014

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“Once they’ve gotten a ticket, they’re pretty cautious the next time. We didn’t do this to be a moneymaker. We did this for safety.”
Patricia Asseff, Vice Mayor of Hollywood, Florida
Sun Sentinel, March 14, 2014

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“One, driving behavior has been changed. Two, there are people alive today that wouldn’t have been. The people who oppose red-light cameras are those who don’t drive safely. And for those people who do not drive safely, we prefer that they do not come to Pembroke Pines.”
Angelo Castillo, Vice Mayor of Pembroke Pines, Florida
Sun Sentinel, March 14, 2014

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In the first year, crashes at Tampa intersections equipped with red light cameras dropped 11 percent, and 33 percent the second year. Police gave out 10,000 fewer red-light tickets and crashes were down in 2013 compared with 2012. Source: Tampa Bay Times, March 19, 2014.

Iowa
In its lawsuit against the state of Iowa, Sioux City said cameras have clearly improved public safety. “Before the deployment of ATEs [automated cameras] on the interstate, 38 percent of motorists were traveling in excess of 11 miles over the speed limit,” the city said in court documents. “After two years of enforcement using ATEs, less than 1 percent of motorists are now traveling in excess of 11 miles above the posted speed limit.” Source: Des Moines Register, March 17, 2014.

Washington
According to the Bellevue Police Department, road safety cameras generally have changed driver behavior and increased safety where they are installed. Statistics show the overall number of infractions from both speed and red-light cameras have decreased from 22,798 in 2010 to 11,956 in 2013, though not every enforcement area has seen a decline. Source: City of Bellevue news release, March 19, 2014.

 

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