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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 18

April 3rd, 2014

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Tampa to Keep Red-Light Safety Cameras to 2016
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), April 3, 2014

The City Council Thursday gave new life to Tampa’s red-light cameras, voting 6-to-1 to renew the program’s contract for two more years. … Tampa has 51 cameras focused on 21 different intersections, and police say their use has raised driver awareness, reducing crashes and red light violations over time. (The Tampa Tribune photo by Jay Conner)

Laurel Looks to Add Right-Turn Warning Signs
WTOP Radio 103.5 FM (Maryland), April 3, 2014

As the City of Laurel comes closer to activating a new red-light camera on Van Dusen Road near Route 198, police are also looking at new traffic signs that will warn drivers about a specific type of turn and its potential to give them a ticket.

Police Warn of Red-Light Camera Phone Scam
WUSA-TV CBS 9 (Maryland), April 2, 2014

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a phone scam involving red-light camera tickets. Officials say someone is calling residents claiming to be a police officer and warning the person called that they have an unpaid camera violation in Charles County and it needs to be paid over the phone using a credit card. The Sheriff’s Office does not make phone calls regarding camera violations or payments by phone.

N.J. Report: Red-Light Safety Cameras Limit Crashes
The Inquirer (Pennsylvania), April 1, 2014

A transportation report issued Monday about the use of red-light cameras throughout New Jersey shows a decrease in crashes at intersections where the devices are used. View report here. (The Inquirer file photo by Tom Gralish)

New Data Shows Collisions Dropping in New Jersey
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), March 31, 2014

A state Department of Transportation report looking at up to three years worth of data on red-light traffic cameras has found the devices are reducing crashes at New Jersey intersections. The report found that at the 22 red-light camera intersections that had been active for at least two full years, total crashes are down 27 percent since the cameras were installed, while the more dangerous right-angle accidents have dropped 60 percent and rear-end crashes were reduced by 7 percent.

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Hillsborough Red-Light Cameras Are Not Going Anywhere
WTSP-TV CBS 10 (Florida), April 2, 2014

At a meeting on Wednesday, Hillsborough County commissioners are saying their red-light cameras are not going anywhere. Commissioners didn’t vote on anything, but nearly all of them spoke up strongly in favor of the cameras and the power they’ve seen the cameras have in changing drivers’ behavior for the better. See related coverage from Tampa Bay Times and WFLA-Radio 970 AM.

Rally Calls for Safer Streets, Driving
KITV-TV ABC 4 (Hawaii), March 31, 2014

Drivers were reminded to slow down Monday in front of 10 Pearl City schools as part of the “It’s Not All Right to Run the Red Light” campaign. Although there are crosswalks along Waimano Home Road, parents say they do not feel safe letting their children walk to school after a woman was hit and killed. They say it is an issue of speed with drivers going well over the limit.

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Maryland Wants Drivers to Go Through Work Zones Safely
WTOP-Radio 103.5 FM, April 2, 2014

Throughout the past 14 months, nine people have died in Maryland work zones, including five highway workers. Speed cameras are one tool that these agencies use to keep work zones safe. Under Maryland law, drivers can get speed cameras in work zone for going 12 mph or more over the limit. (WTOP photo by Ari Ashe)

Speed Camera Agreement for City May be On the Way
New York Daily News (New York), April 1, 2014

Looks like Mayor de Blasio could get his speed cameras after all. Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders couldn’t agree on a plan to authorize more cameras for the city and Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state budget that passed Monday — but they say they expect to take up the issue in coming weeks. “We did not get to that in this budget, but we will — and will shortly,” Cuomo said Tuesday.

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Stop-Arm Violations in Forsyth Up More Than 50%
Winston-Salem Journal/News & Record (North Carolina), April 1, 2014

More drivers illegally passed stopped school buses in Forsyth County during this year’s annual one-day count than during any year since the statewide effort to track the problem began in 1998. (Winston-Salem Journal photo by Walt Unks) See related coverage from WFMY-TV Channel 2.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce the signing of a road safety camera agreement with the City of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, for an initial term of three years. ATS is also proud to announce the extension of its contract with the City of Florissant, Missouri. ATS is honored to participate in the traffic safety efforts in these municipalities.

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Enforcers Might Track Toll Scofflaws Across State Lines
Stateline, March 31, 2014

New England drivers who speed through toll plazas in neighboring states without paying are in for a rude surprise. Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire have agreed to crack down on their own residents who frequently blow off tolls in the other states. The three-year-old arrangement has yielded only modest amounts of money, but it is being hailed as a model for interstate cooperation as electronic tolling spreads across the country. (Associated Press photo)

Work Marks Start of Big Toll System Change
Daily Pilot (California), March 27, 2014

As drivers whizzed north on the San Joaquin Hills (73) toll road Thursday, some veered right toward the cash tollbooths at the Catalina View Mainline Toll Plaza rather than continue through the FasTrak lanes. … Come May, at a specific date still to be determined, traffic will be routed instead through the automated lanes. Customers can pay with FasTrak or the new ExpressAccounts, which if not prepaid will allow charges to be applied to a credit card or the driver to be billed monthly. (Daily Pilot photo by Kevin Chang)


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Commentary: After Study, DOT’s a Fan of Red-Light Cameras
The Record (New Jersey), April 1, 2014

It took a while, but the New Jersey Department of Transportation finally released the third interim report evaluating its oft-criticized red-light camera experiment, and to hardly anyone’s surprise, the DOT remains cautiously steadfast in pursuing the use of cameras for issuing $85 tickets by mail instead of the old-fashioned system of cops chasing down violators. “The data show overall decreases in the number of annual crashes as well as the decreases in the number of annual citations issued for all programs,” said the report.

Letter to the Editor: Embrace the Safety of Red-Light Cameras
Daily Record (New Jersey), April 2, 2014

Isn’t it typical of a newspaper that fails to report any news of value for fear of offending someone to present such a wishy-washy argument against the use of red-light cameras? Using the comments of scared politicians and what the scared politicians label as “inconclusive” studies, you fence-sit through an editorial with only a title and last sentence that ultimately condemn them. Simply stated, the cameras work.

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No matter what side of the fence you’re on – for or against the cameras – I challenge you to tell me that your driving behavior has not changed due to the fact that red-light cameras do exist there now. I mean I’ll tell you for a fact it’s affected myself, my family, everybody, because you pay more attention to it.”
Greg Brown, Colonel with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
WFLA Radio 970 AM (Florida), April 3, 2014

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“This is a cost-effective public safety tool we can use to save lives on our roads. To suggest otherwise would be inaccurate.”
Kevin Beckner, Hillsborough County Commissioner
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), April 2, 2014

“Motorists should not be extra careful around school buses because they might get caught. They should be extra careful around school buses because that’s where kids are. Nobody wants to live with the knowledge they’ve caused injury to a child.”
Derek Graham, Section Chief for Transportation Services, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Winston-Salem Journal/News & Record (North Carolina), April 1, 2014

“It looks like the program is working, not just in Newark, but in the other municipalities. People are changing the way they drive.”
Jack Nata, Manager of Newark’s Traffic and Signals Division
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), March 31, 2014

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Tampa police said crashes dropped nearly 11 percent at the first 14 intersections to get the cameras during the first year of the program. The second year, the same intersections saw a further 33 percent reduction in crashes. Meanwhile, police said collisions at 19 crash-prone intersections that don’t have cameras rose by nearly 20 percent. Source: Tampa Bay Times, April 3, 2014. 

In Hillsborough County, where 10 red-light safety cameras are in place at six intersections, citations have gone down every year since 2009 when cameras were installed. After three fatalities at those intersections between 2006 and 2008, there have been none since. Source: Tampa Bay Times, April 2, 2014.

New Jersey
According to the third annual report on red-light camera programs in New Jersey:

At the two intersections with red-light cameras in operation for three years, right-angle crashes are down 86%, rear-end crashes are down 58%, total crashes are down 72%, and estimated crash severity costs have been reduced by $246,200, when comparing pre-camera year data with year-three crash data. Citations are down 83% from the first month of operation to the 36th month.

At the 22 locations with active red-light cameras for two years, right-angle crashes are down 60%, rear-end crashes are down 7%, total crashes are down 27%, and estimated crash severity costs have been reduced by $787,200, when comparing pre-camera year data with year-two crash data. Citations are down 61% from month 1 of operation to month 24.

For the 23 intersections with red-light cameras in use for one year, right-angle crashes are down 15%, rear-end crashes are down 3%, total crashes are down 5%, and estimated crash severity costs have decreased by $2,176,100, when comparing pre-camera year data with year-one crash data. Regarding the citations issued at these locations, comparing month 1 with month 12, citations are down 31%.

Source: Report on Red-Light Traffic Control Signal Monitoring Systems, 2013. Released March 28, 2014.