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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 3

December 19th, 2013

Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy Holiday Season
Holiday time is travel time, and American Traffic Solutions urges everyone to be cautious when traveling on the road. This season, nearly 95 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from their home. Drive carefully and enjoy this wonderful time of year. Happy Holidays.

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Ticket Fines Fund Internship Program
Florida Today, Dec. 17, 2013

Palm Bay’s Juniors to Jobs program will pair high school juniors with local businesses, and potentially the city, for internships that teach career skills, work ethic and basic job performance skills like dressing appropriately and showing up on time. … The city’s cut of the costs will come out of the Palm Bay Municipal Foundation, the nonprofit administered by the council that collects red-light camera ticket revenue.

City Applies Red-Light Ticket Fines to Public Projects
Community Impact News (Texas), Dec. 16, 2013

The city of Tomball is nearing completion on another medical area project meant to better connect the hospital and medical facilities in the area—the installation of sidewalks along Graham Drive and Lawrence Street. The construction on the 4,000-feet of new sidewalk started in August and is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Funding for the sidewalk project comes from money generated through the city’s red-light camera system.

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Red-Light Safety Cameras Catch Many Reckless Drivers
WHBQ-TV FOX 13 (Tennessee), Dec. 18, 2013

A recent video released by the company that operates Memphis’ red-light cameras shows they are catching more than just cars running red lights. The YouTube-posted video from American Traffic Solutions shows Memphis drivers at their worst, plowing through intersections and putting lives at risk.

Installation of 45 New Red-Light Cameras Begins in Early ’14
WMC-TV Channel 5 (Tennessee), Dec. 16, 2013

Red-light cameras busted 8,000 drivers at the corner of Germantown Parkway and Highway 64 this year, which is more than any of the other intersection with red-light cameras. And more are coming soon to the Mid-South. The company that supplies them says the cameras do the job.

Pedestrian Fatally Hit in Crosswalk; Police Search for Driver
WSB-TV Channel 2 (Georgia), Dec. 16, 2013

County police are looking for the driver of a van that hit and killed a 57-year-old man as he walked through a crosswalk. Police said a van, possibly a dark-colored Chevrolet, ran a red light and struck the man.
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County Board to Study Use of School Speed Cameras
Denton Record-Chronicle (Texas), Dec. 17, 2013

The Denton County Commissioners Court agreed to move forward Tuesday in considering installing traffic cameras in school zones throughout the county. Commissioners voted 3-1 to create a board to study the issue. If the deal is approved, the county would become one of the first in the state to use the cameras — similar to red-light cameras at intersections — for school zone safety.

State Senator Pictures Speed Cameras along ‘Killer’ Boulevard
WTXV-TV FOX 29 (Pennsylvania), Dec. 16, 2013

With two of the country’s most dangerous intersections, and 12 other miles that are often deadly, the Roosevelt Boulevard can be a real scare for drivers. So, can it be made safer? A local lawmaker says yes. State Sen. Mike Stack wants to have new cameras installed to deter drivers from speeding.

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Georgetown School District Nears Safety Camera Agreement
Community Impact Newspapers (Texas), Dec. 19, 2013

The Georgetown ISD board of trustees is expected to consider a memorandum of understanding with American Traffic Solutions and the city of Georgetown to put cameras on school buses to catch drivers who pass the bus while its red lights are flashing during drop-off or pick-up times. Trustees are expected to vote on the issue at their Jan. 21 meeting.

School Bus Safety Cameras Urged to Stop Illegal Passes
The Journal News (New York), Dec. 18, 2013

Frances Wills was driving up to Putnam Valley Elementary School for a meeting one afternoon in October when she was met by frantic staffers. A 7-year-old boy had just been struck by a Saturn as he crossed the street after getting off his school bus, which had its red lights flashing. The driver of the car then fled the scene. (The Journal News photo by Ricky Flores)

Boy Injured Running for School Bus
WTKR-TV Channel 3 (Virginia), Dec. 17, 2013

An 8-year-old has been struck by a vehicle in Virginia Beach, according to police. The mishap occurred as a vehicle struck the boy as he was running to catch up with a school bus. The child was transported to a local hospital after complaining of a leg injury.

Felony Charge Brought Against Driver Who Hit Boy Approaching Bus
The Augusta Chronicle (Georgia), Dec. 12, 2013

The man whose van hit an 8-year-old boy as he walked to a school bus Monday morning is now being charged with a felony count of serious injury by motor vehicle, Richmond County authorities said.

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@ATS_RoadSafety Texas @3onyourside Video of #Memphis red-light runners serves as a reminder to obey law & #StopOnRed: http://bit.ly/1bUi8BU

NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA Avg no. of citations per red-light safety camera down 56% in 3 years since Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act took effect. http://nbuff.ly/19thMS6

@ATS_RoadSafety Texas woman accused of running red light, causing fatal accident all for a really stupid reason: http://bit.ly/1bNYAyd via @theblaze

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Letter to the Editor: Cameras Enforce the Law
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot (Virginia), Dec. 19, 2013

Re ‘City on defensive again over red-light cameras’ (Hampton Roads, Dec. 13): I am always amazed by people who want to challenge the legality of red-light cameras at intersections. I fail to see the difference between a police officer issuing a citation for running a red light or a camera taking a picture resulting in a citation. The person ran a red light. What difference does it make? He or she still is guilty of the violation.

Letter to the Editor: Traffic Cameras Stop Bad Habits
The Quad-City Times (Iowa), Dec. 18, 2013

I wonder why the legislators and Department of Transportation have listened to the minority who have complained that the traffic cameras are used only as a source of income for the city. I think those who have complained are probably the ones who have had to pay fines after being caught by the cameras. The police have proof that the cameras have made problem intersections safer. The fines are necessary as a consequence, or the cameras would not change drivers’ bad habits.

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“When the (school bus) lights come on, people speed up to get by. I think the answer is enforcement. When they realize there is a risk of enforcement, they are more likely to adjust driving behavior.”
Terry McDonnell, New York State Police Sergeant and spokesman
The Journal News, Dec. 18, 2013

“We’re not trying to fine the whole world. We’re only trying to fine people that are going at an excessive rate of speed, but mostly it’s for a deterrent.”
Mike Stack, Pennsylvania State Senator
WTXV-TV FOX 29 (Pennsylvania), Dec. 16, 2013