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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 7

January 16th, 2014

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New York City Determined to Reduce Speeding Dangers
WABC-TV ABC 7 (New York), Jan. 16, 2014

As  part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to reduce pedestrian deaths, New York City will start issuing speeding tickets to drivers clocked by traffic cameras. Previously, only warnings were given out. That changes Thursday. The mayor calls his plan Vision Zero, with the goal of reducing traffic fatalities to zero within the next decade. He made the announcement at a public school in Queens, across the street from where an 8-year-old was struck and killed last month. See related coverage from Gotham Gazette. (Photo by Gotham Gazette.)

Police Chief Says Speed Cameras Save Lives
WJHL-TV CBS 11 (Tennessee), Jan. 13, 2014

State Rep. Timothy Hill plans to revive a bill against the use of speed cameras even though the police chief in Bluff City, where cameras are in use, says the cameras are literally saving lives.

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St. Louis Police Chief: Red-Light Cameras Make Streets Safer
St. Louis Post Dispatch (Missouri), Jan. 14, 2014

Police Chief Sam Dotson testified Monday that red-light cameras have helped reduce crashes at the city’s photo-enforced intersections and that the program has been a success. Dotson was the lead defense witness in a lawsuit filed by two St. Louis car owners who received red-light camera tickets in 2012 and 2013. (Photo by CBS St. Louis, KMOX News Radio 1120)

Florida Report Shows Decrease in Red-Light Running Crashes
Traffic Technology Today, Jan. 13, 2014

According to a new study released by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, for the second consecutive year, red-light cameras have reduced the number of intersection crashes in a majority of the cities and towns operating them in Florida.

Police Chief Supports Red-Light Safety Cameras in Hometown
Mid-Hudson News (New York), Jan. 13, 2014

A proposal that was made late last year to allow small cities to install red-light cameras would greatly help cities like Newburgh, Police Chief Michael Ferrara said. … The Newburgh City Council has conveyed its sentiment to the state assembly urging such a change in the law.

Police Warn of Imposters Calling about Red-Light Running Fines
Milton Herald/NorthFulton.com (Georgia), Jan. 13, 2014

Scammers pretending to be officers with the Alpharetta Police Department are calling North Fulton residents to say they face contempt of court charges unless they pay their red-light running citation. Police are not making these telephone calls. Typically, red-light running fines are delivered in the mail. At no time will an Alpharetta police officer or any other public safety employee contact a person by telephone or go to their residence requesting money.

Proposal Allows City Police to Use Radar Guns
Timesonline (Pennsylvania), Jan. 9, 2014

Pennsylvania is the only state in the U.S. that does not allow city police officers to use radar for speed enforcement. Pennsylvania state troopers have been using radar since 1962. The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, along with several other groups representing municipalities, has been pushing unsuccessfully for at least two decades to change state law so local officers can use radar guns. They’ll get another go at it this year. See related article by Observer-Reporter. (WTXV-TV FOX 29 image)

Report: Crashes Fall at Red-Light Safety Camera Intersections
City of Miami (Florida), Jan. 8, 2014

For the second consecutive year, the city of Miami and the majority of other cities and towns in Florida have reduced dangerous intersection crashes using red-light safety cameras, according to a new study released by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

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American Traffic Solutions (ATS) enters 2014 as the road safety camera proposal award winner in Osceola County, Florida, and as the vendor for Commerce City, Colorado, whose five-year agreement includes an initial one-year term and four successive one-year renewals. ATS looks forward to working with both clients to achieve their traffic safety goals.

Additionally, ATS is honored to announce that three clients in Texas, North Carolina and Maryland have recently renewed/extended their existing road safety camera program agreements. Along with the city of Irving, Texas, which signed a three-year contract amendment, the city of Wilmington, N.C., and Howard County, MD., extended their programs for another year.

ATS is pleased to welcome its new customers and is proud to continue working with its existing clients as they improve traffic safety in their cities and neighborhoods.

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ATS_RoadSafety  FL is the 3rd most deadly state in the nation for red-light running fatalities! Find out more: http://www.atsol.com/florida-facts/ #StopOnRed

@StopOnRedFL A New Port Richey resident flies through an intersection, crashing headfirst into this car. #StopOnRed youtube.com/watch?v=OMDvHAFYtUA

ATS_RoadSafety Powerful New Zealand Speeding Ad Will Make You Second-Guess Your Driving (Video): http://huff.to/1dsTjxS #Drivesafe

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“I think it would be great for smaller cities too and the cities in Orange County where you have a traffic camera that works seven days a week, 24 hours a day, monitoring those who go through red lights and cause accidents. That’s a huge effort.”
Michael Ferrara, Police Chief of Newburgh, New York
Mid-Hudson News (New York), Jan. 13, 2014

“No one should pay for a mistake with their life. When we drive, we share the road with others, so the speed we choose to travel at needs to leave room for any potential error.”
New Zealand Transport Agency
The Huffington Post, Jan. 6, 2014

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Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Protect Drivers
The Daily Progress (Virginia), Jan. 7, 2014

When lives are at stake, it’s critical that policymakers make decisions based on sound science. The Daily Progress story “Study throws safety of red light cameras into question” (Dec. 29, 2013) lacks crucial facts. Well-controlled studies from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and other researchers provide consistent results that show red-light cameras make intersections safer.

Letter to the Editor: No Need to Slam on the Brakes
The Ledger (Florida), Jan. 16, 2014

If more people paid attention to their driving, obeyed the speed limits and maintained a safe distance from the car ahead of them, there would be no need “to slam on the brakes.” The problem is not red-light cameras, but people who are unwilling to change their bad driving behaviors.

Letter: Cities Need Red-Light Cameras
Sun-Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 15, 2014

Please don’t hinder our cities’ rights to utilize red-light cameras. Argue all you want that some cities use them only for financial gain — they save lives. Once you’ve nearly been slaughtered by someone running a red light at 40 miles per hour, you’ll appreciate them. And once you’ve been hit and maimed, you’ll advocate for more cameras — if you’re able to.

Letter: Running Red Lights
Kansas City Star (Missouri), Jan. 15, 2014

In 1984, I entered an intersection on a yellow light and was cited by the Kansas City Police Department. The ticket was for running a red light. I said that the light was yellow. The officer informed me that the light changed to red after I entered the intersection and that a yellow light means that the light is about to change to red and it should be treated as a red light. Red light cameras are not the problem. How drivers choose to drive is.

Letter: Illogical Rational for Removing Cameras
The Gazette (Colorado), Jan. 14, 2014

So let me understand the rationale for removing the red light monitors. They were removed because of the increased amount of rear-end collisions caused by drivers who would have run the red light had not a vehicle been in front of them. Allowing the possibility of causing a major accident because of a minor one? Both caused by the same type of irresponsible driver. The logic escapes me.

Letter: A Welcome and Viable Tool
The Gazette (Colorado), Jan. 14, 2014

In my hometown, back East, red-light cameras are a welcome and viable tool of law enforcement.

Letter: Red-Light Video Shows All
Herald-Tribune (Florida), Jan. 13, 2014

A few days ago I received a notice in the mail that I’d gone through a red light and got “caught” by a camera. … I looked up the video and I could clearly see that I “rolled” slowly through the right turn at the intersection, never completely stopping. A complete stop is required. … I’ll be much more aware in the future, and I hope that any drivers who read this will look at his or her own habits at red lights and make sure they stop completely. If not to save the $158, then for everybody’s safety.