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ATS’ Online Newsletter, Issue 3

December 22nd, 2010

American Traffic Solutions employees Jeff Brown, in bucket, and Rich Hood install red-light cameras and software in Longview, Wash., on Dec. 17. The Daily News Photo by Bill Wagner

Last week WSJ posted this article http://on.wsj.com/f2pqeo about the decrease in car accidents since 2005. What factors do you think helped?

Incoming Cameras a Welcomed Addition to Florida Intersection
WEAR Channel 3, Dec. 20, 2010

Some drivers in Milton say they’re glad red-light cameras are going up at three busy intersections.

Red-Light Runner Caused Fatal Collision
Herald-Tribune, Dec. 22, 2010

A Palmetto man has died after a vehicle ran a red light and slammed into his truck on Honore Avenue, authorities say. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say the sport utility vehicle driver triggered the deadly wreck.

Cameras in Position in Longview, Wash.
The Daily News, Dec. 17, 2010

American Traffic Solutions began installing Intersection Safety Cameras in Longview, Wash., now that the Longview City Council agreed to try out the cameras in a pilot program that expires May 1, 2012.

It’s Become too Easy to Accept Traffic Crashes
The Commercial Appeal, Nov. 24, 2010
(Editor’s note. This article doesn’t fall within the past week’s news coverage, but its valuable message remains relevant for holiday travel and everyday driving.)

Imagine, says Russ Rader of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, if air travel led to 90 or more tragic, violent deaths every day. That would be the equivalent of what the United States has come to accept with its car-dependent culture. According to the IIHS, from 2005 to 2009, there were 3,092 deaths by crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday — 124 per day. … “There is a sense of complacency when it comes to traffic crashes,” said Leticia Messam, a spokeswoman for the AAA Auto Club, which calls the rate of motor-vehicle injuries and deaths in the United States a public health epidemic.

“It is my choice to break the law. If I’m caught, it’s my responsibility and the consequences of that is that I’m fined. The city isn’t making me speed, but it’s their authority to give me a ticket.”

— Karen Bates, interim principal, Einstein Elementary School
Redmond Reporter, Dec. 22, 2010

Warning Period Commences in Virginia City
Falls Church News Press, Dec. 17, 2010

The city of Falls Church is launching a new road safety program to prevent red-light running. The Falls Church Focus on Safety Program aims to protect drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians from injuries or crashes caused by red-light runners.

Take a look at how the city of Redmond, Wash., is reaching out to its residents about its new Road Safety Program.

This extensive report makes a strong case for broader use of Road Safety Programs throughout the United States. 2010 National Academies Report on Achieving Traffic Safety Goals

See what contributions two decades of photo enforcement have brought to the United States
Read the Institute of Transportation Engineers article

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