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ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 20

April 17th, 2014 Comments off

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New Answers to Loop Shooting Caught on Red-Light Safety Camera
KTVI-TV FOX 2 (Missouri), April 11, 2014

We now have new answers about a December shooting caught by red-light cameras. It happened at a busy part of the Loop and sent people scattering.  One of the suspects was able to blend in with ordinary citizens before escaping.

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State Police: Man Likely Texting when He Hit School Bus
KPLC-TV NBC 7 (Louisiana), April 14, 2014

A 19-year-old man was likely texting when he crashed into a school bus early Monday morning on U.S. 171 in Gillis, state police said. The bus was stopped in the right lane to pick up children. It had its red warning lights illuminated and stop signs deployed.

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Victims’ Families Make Emotional Plea for Street Safety
WTSP-TV CBS 10 (Florida), April 14, 2014

There were tears, frustration and anger in Tampa on Monday as the families of two teens recently struck along Hillsborough Avenue made a public plea for action. Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick, who joined the families, said “We just recently voted to use the red-light camera money to improve intersections. This is one occasion we could use some of that profit.”

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Aurora Police: Services Will Suffer if Camera Ban Approved
KUSA-TV NBC 9 (Colorado), April 16, 2014

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates says his department doesn’t get any of the money made from red-light cameras, adding that about half of what is collected maintains the red-light camera program. The rest, $1.5 million, goes to social services like the Gateway Battered Women’s Shelter, Sungate Kids, Aurora Mental Health Services and Arapahoe House.

 

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South Carolinians Push for School Bus Safety Cameras
Bluffton News, April 16, 2014

The last words 12-year-old Adam Kempf shouted over his shoulder to his mother and sister were: “I love you more! See you after school!” The boy was hit and killed by a vehicle moving 55 mph as he attempted to board the school bus near his home in North Carolina. On Wednesday, Adam’s father, Joseph Kempf, now of Lexington, S.C., urged a Senate subcommittee to change the law to prevent other children from being hurt or killed.

Crash Ends Attempt to Pass Right Side of Stopped School Bus
First Coast News/WJXX ABC 25/WTLV NBC 12 (Florida), April 16, 2014

A 20-year-old driver attempted to pass traffic stopped for a school bus on State Road 13 by passing on the right, but instead hit a mail box and over corrected into the left side of the bus, which had its flashing lights activated, according to a report from Florida Highway Patrol.

2 Students Struck by Car at Bus Stop
Gainesville Times (Georgia), April 14, 2014

A 29-year-old woman has been charged in a hit-and run at a school bus stop that resulted in minor injuires to two Hall County schoolchildren. The children were struck when a vehicle ran through a school bus stop signal, with the driver leaving the scene, according to a Hall County school system news release.

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Speed Cameras Affect Safety, Revenue in New York City
The Leader (New York), April 13, 2014

State lawmakers are taking aim at lead-footed drivers in New York City and Long Island with a proposal to authorize hundreds of speed cameras in school zones, a plan touted as a way to protect pedestrians and raise money for government coffers. The legislation approving cameras, which has the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top lawmakers, is expected to be one of the first items on the agenda when lawmakers return to the Capitol this month.

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Red-Light Camera Image Helps Police Catch Suspected Burglar
Suburban News (New Jersey), April 15, 2014

While investigating the burglary of a Springfield residence, detectives first checked exterior video surveillance cameras near the crime scene, then checked the surveillance camera located at the red-light camera intersection of nearby Morris and Maple avenues, and matched the vehicle seen in both sets of video. A suspect was identified soon afterward.

Cumberland School Board Backs Red-Light Camera Bill
The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), April 15, 2014

The Cumberland County School Board unanimously backed the idea of red-light camera legislation being enacted for the city of Fayetteville. The city operated a red-light camera program between 2000 and 2006 when a court ruling made it financially unfeasible.

Western Springs Set to Renew Red-Light Camera Program
The Doings Western Springs (Illinois), April 15, 2014

The village is touting the success of its red-light camera enforcement program in the reduction of accidents at two main intersections, and is looking to renew the program for another five years.

Police Among Critics of Bill Banning Cameras in Colorado
The Denver Post, April 14, 2014

About a dozen representatives from police departments testified Monday in opposition to a bill that would ban statewide use of red-light safety cameras.

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Orange County Toll Roads Going Cashless May 14
The Press-Enterprise (California), April 15, 2014

The days of paying highway tolls with cold, hard cash are winding down. Operators of 51 miles of toll roads in Orange County plan to go cashless, idling 74 tollbooths and changing life for many who drive Highways 241, 261, 73 and 133. (The Press-Enterprise photo by Kurt Miller)

D.C. Considers Adding Toll Lanes to 14th Street Bridge
The Washington Post (District of Columbia), April 15, 2014

District officials are considering creating carpool and toll lanes on part of the 14th Street bridge and other stretches of city highway as early as next year, offering motorists with means a way of speeding their commute and pushing the nation’s capital into the debate over the costs and benefits of “congestion pricing.”

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety. Must Read! Life in #Linden: Crashes decrease at intersections with red-light cameras. tmblr.co/ZC9-Wt1D216WI #StopOnRed

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety. @denverpost Opinion: Limit, don’t ban, red-light cameras & photo radar: denverpost.com/ci_25548681/li…  #StopOnRed

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Commentary:  Respect for Traffic Laws, Other Drivers Improves Safety
The Arizona Republic, April 13, 2014

We see speeders every day — passing us on our freeways, on our city streets and county highways at 20 or 30 mph over the posted speed limit. Many of us wonder why they are in such a hurry. What could be so important that they risk endangering their lives and the lives of others?

Commentary: Red-Light Cameras Worked before, So Why Not Now?
Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina), April 12, 2014

Behind The Wheel feels compelled to weigh in on the issue of red-light cameras, now that the Fayetteville City Council is considering bringing them back. Our view is pretty simple: Let’s do it.

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Editorial: Limit, Don’t Ban Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Denver Post (Colorado), April 11, 2014

Red-light cameras and photo radar would seem perfectly suited for control by local officials, not the state. And that’s what municipal officials and police no doubt will be telling lawmakers at a hearing on a bill to ban the use of such equipment.

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Letter to the Editor: Useless Traffic Lights
Southern Maryland News, April 16, 2014

The installation of the red-light cameras would have reduced accidents throughout the county, and added revenue to the county budget, but more importantly, possibly saved lives. If drivers know they will be ticketed for running a light, maybe they will pay better attention. Once again, some of our elected officials have placated the desires of a few hundred, inconvenienced thousands and continue to put lives at risk.

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“It’s as if the argument is: If there was a cop there and a cop caught me, then that’s fair. But there’s no cop there. A camera’s there. The camera’s catching me and that’s not fair.”
Dan Oates, Police Chief of Aurora, Colorado
KUSA-TV NBC 12 (Colorado), April 16, 2014

“All of our research, all of our data and all of our statistical review from 2005, when we put red-light cameras in place, has shown they significantly decrease the total overall number of accidents at those intersections.”
Dustin Varney, Greenwood Village Police Department Commander
The Denver Post (Colorado), April 14, 2014

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In Aurora, traffic accidents have decreased 35% at the 10 intersections with red-light cameras. Source: KUSA-TV NBC 12 (Colorado), April 16, 2014 

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 19

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Dash Cam Captures Red-Light Running Collision
KBTX-TV Channel 3 (Texas), April 9, 2014

A College Station man walked away with his life and video of an accident that could have been much worse. A professor at Texas A&M University was driving his minivan Tuesday afternoon when a cement truck driver coming from the opposite direction ran the red light and lost control, causing his truck to roll over and smash into the van.

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Senator’s Bill Addresses School Bus Passing Violations
WYFF-TV NBC 4 (South Carolina), April 9, 2014

State Sen. Thomas Alexander has introduced a bill that would place cameras next to stop arms on school buses to provide law enforcement with evidence to track violators down and send them a ticket through the mail. “The fact that we’re seeing injuries and deaths from this tells me that we need to address it and use the latest in technology,” Alexander said.

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Fayetteville Moving to Reinstall Red-Light Cameras
WNCN-TV NBC 17 (North Carolina), April 8, 2014

Fayetteville City Council is now taking another approach to put red-light cameras back at intersections. During discussion this week they considered pushing to change the law that forced the city to take down the cameras seven years ago. See related coverage from Fayobserver.com.

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County to Put Safety Cameras on School Buses, School Zones
The Kaufman Herald (Texas), April 10, 2014

The Kaufman County Commissioners Court on Monday voted to install cameras on school buses to catch drivers who fail to stop as children exit the bus and in school zones to cite speeding drivers. In 2011, 7-year-old Nicolas Garza was struck and killed by a vehicle on State Hwy. 34 after he stepped off a school bus.

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Athens School Bus Cameras Capture 17 Violations in 1st Week
Athens Banner-Herald (Georgia), April 9, 2014

Some motorists who recently ignored school bus stop signals in Athens are beginning to receive hefty fines in the mail. In its first full week of operation, a new camera system now used on several Clarke County School District buses captured images of 17 violators. (Athens Banner-Herald photo by AJ Reynolds)

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Tractor-Trailer Hits Stopped School Bus
MyEasternShoreMD (Maryland), April 8, 2014

Four North Caroline High School students were transported to local hospitals with non life-threatening injuries after a school bus was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer Tuesday afternoon, April 8, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office said. Maryland State Police said the bus was stopped to let off a student. (MyEasternShoreMD photo by Abby Andrews)

Stop-Arm Violations Top 200 in Falls Church
Falls Church News-Press (Virginia), April 7, 2014

Falls Church Police Chief Mary Gavin said that since the school bus stop arm safety camera program took effect last Oct. 1, 201 fines have been charged to motorists in the city for failing to stop when school buses are stopped and flashing their lights to take or let off students in the city. At $200 a pop, these fines have cost violators a whopping $40,200 in just six months.

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1 Dead, 1 Injured in Red-Light Running Incident
Tampa Bay Times (Florida), April 9, 2014

A 61-year-old Dade City woman died and another was seriously injured Wednesday when a Pasco County school bus ran a red light and rear-ended a Smart car and broadsided a Malibu, authorities said.

Give Red-Light Cams the Green Light
St. Albert Gazette (Canada), April 9, 2014

Bans are extreme measures best reserved for extreme circumstances. The evidence is clear that red-light cameras make streets safer for motorists and pedestrians, making them a tool too valuable to ban.

Driver Seriously Injured in Red-Light Running Crash
Kings Park Patch (New York), April 8, 2014

A man was seriously injured Tuesday morning after his vehicle crashed into a Suffolk County Transit bus in North Patchogue, police said. Witnesses told authorities the driver of a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt went through a red light before the crash around 9 a.m.

Governor’s Veto Closes Circuit Court to Ticket Appeals
WAVY-TV NBC 10 (Virginia), April 8, 2014

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would have granted people who receive red-light tickets the right to contest citations in circuit court.  The governor said that provision could inundate the judicial system with cases of limited financial impact.

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Pueblo Gains Small Profit from Red-Light Cameras
The Pueblo Chieftain (Colorado), April 8, 2014

A bill to ban red-light cameras was introduced in the state Capitol last week. Opponents say the cameras are more about money than public safety. But the city of Pueblo has had red-light cameras since September 2009. In that time, it’s earned $11,000. The city has a cost-neutral contract with American Traffic Solutions for $21,000 a month, but it only pays ATS what it collects. If the city exceeds $21,000 a month, it keeps the profit.

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Roadway Construction Season Is Here; Drive Cautiously
The Southern (Illinois), April 8, 2014

With a busy road construction season ahead, state police and transportation officials kicked off National Work Zone Awareness Week Monday by reminding drivers to be alert and take it slow in work zones. The safety campaign aims to reduce the number and severity of crashes on Illinois highways, especially in work zones. (The Southern photo by Adam Testa)

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Bill Sending Speed Camera Question to Voters Fails
The Times-Picayune (Louisiana), April 8, 2014

A bill allowing voters to quash electronic speeding ticket programs in their municipalities prompted a heated debate in the Louisiana House Tuesday and split lawmakers nearly in half. It failed, but barely. (NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune photo by Scott Threlkeld)

Spokane Council Considers School Zone Speed Cameras
The Spokesman-Review (Washington), April 6, 2014

Motorists speeding through school zones could be the next target of Spokane’s push into automated traffic enforcement cameras. With statistics suggesting red-light cameras have helped improve safety at intersections, while also hauling in millions of dollars in fines, Spokane now wants to know more about automated speed cameras that state lawmakers have authorized for use in school and road construction zones. Seattle and Tacoma already are using them.

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Merchants, ATS Announce Safety Partnership
Automotive Fleet, April 9, 2014

Merchants Fleet Management has partnered with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to provide customers with excellent traffic safety, mobility and compliance solutions. Merchants’ clients will benefit from multiple ATS programs including Toll Management Plus, Viologics and Toll Guard. Merchants and ATS will begin offering these programs to clients on May 1.

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Fee Hike Transition Eased with Electronic Tolls
Marin Independent Journal (California), April 7, 2014

Golden Gate Bridge drivers began paying another dollar to cross the span Monday, but not a single additional bill was collected at the toll plaza. For the first time in its history, a toll hike was handled all electronically at the span. (Marin Independent Journal photo by Frankie Frost)

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety. INFOGRAPHIC: Top Reasons to Support the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act. #StopOnRed #FL pic.twitter.com/ewFREG1j5t

Retweeted by ATS_RoadSafety NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA The Safety Street weekly video series aims to raise awareness about the dangers of red-light running — bit.ly/1hxHeVO

Retweeted by ATS_RoadSafety Mashable @mashable Thinking about texting while driving? This brutal 30-second ad could (finally) change your mind on.mash.to/1kjmdWT

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Editorial: Cameras Need Green Light
The Pueblo Chieftain (Colorado), April 10, 2014

We agree with Pueblo City Council President Sandy Daff who said it would be a shame if the city no longer had the option to use red-light cameras in the future. If the cameras cut down on crashes and catch offenders, why shouldn’t such tools be available to our law enforcement agencies?

Editorial: Get the Picture?
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), April 8, 2014

A single intersection in Amarillo had more than 2,000 violations issued for running a red light from July through February — that is according to the camera. And for many motorists, that’s the problem — the camera. However, the number of violations paints a not so pretty picture.

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Letter: Beating Red-Light Cameras Is Easy; Obey Traffic Laws
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), April 8, 2014

I find it hard to believe so many people are upset about red-light cameras. Revenue machines, perhaps, but if you don’t blow through red lights, they make no money. If you don’t speed up when you see yellow because you don’t want to sit the minute for it to turn green again, they won’t make money.

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“One of the best deterrents we can have is a financial penalty.”
Thomas Alexander, South Carolina State Senator
WYFF-TV NBC 4, April 9, 2014

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“If we can free up an officer to explore other issues, rather than sitting there monitoring an intersection, sometimes just the presence of an officer in a neighborhood susceptible to crime is a deterrent.”
Marvin Lucas, North Carolina State Representative
FayObserver.com April 9, 2014

“What we’re seeing is a really good change in behavior in the motoring public. Again, that points to the safety benefits of these red-light cameras.”
Chris Noeller, Pueblo Police Department Sergeant
The Pueblo-Chieftain (Colorado), April 8, 2014

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 18

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety Photo: nbcnightlynews: The real costs of distracted driving tmblr.co/ZC9-Wt1BvkDve

ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety NJ #redlightcameras: New data shows drop in accidents nj.com/news/index.ssf… via @njdotcom

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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.

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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

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“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

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“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.

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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.

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 17

March 27th, 2014 Comments off

 

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Arizona designates March as Red-Light Running Awareness Month, but as this letter writer in New York points out, this dangerous behavior happens all too often in too many places. 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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Georgetown Independent School District Introduces Bus Safety Cameras
KXAN-TV NBC (Texas), March 26, 2014

Starting Wednesday school buses in Georgetown will have safety camera’s to ID drivers who fail to stop when buses are dropping off students and picking them up. Five of the district’s 112 buses now have cameras from American Traffic Solutions. Georgetown ISD Transportation Director Walt Prothro said they’ll continually check for “hotspots,” areas where they see frequent violations, and rotate the buses with the cameras.

Girl, 8, Injured while Getting Off School Bus
The Florida Times-Union, March 26, 2014

An 8-year-old girl was hospitalized in serious condition after being struck by a pickup truck while walking away from her stopped school bus. Police cited the driver for passing a stopped school bus and for striking a pedestrian.

Driver Rear-Ends Stopped School Bus
Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia), March 24, 2014

A driver allegedly rear-ended a Muscogee County School District bus around 7:40 a.m. today, but no injuries were reported. According to an e-mail from the district’s communications director, Valerie Fuller, the driver of the car reportedly was cited for the accident. “The bus stop arm was out and lights were flashing at the bus stop when the driver of the car rear-ended the bus at Burt Mar and Milgen,” Fuller said. “Students were reportedly crossing the street to get on the bus at the time when the accident occurred.”

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Sugar Land Police Department Wants to Expand Camera Program
Fort Bend Star (Texas), March 26, 2014

After reviewing proposed modifications to the red-light camera program, the Sugar Land Police Department has concluded that most of the changes aren’t needed and wants to expand the program. The police department recommendations were presented at a Sugar Land City Council workshop March 18. The recommendations were in response to the final report from the citizen-led Traffic Safety Task Force. (Photo by YourFortBendNews.com)

New Jerseyans Still Back Red-Light Cameras
The Inquirer (Pennsylvania), March 26, 2014

A majority of New Jersey motorists continues to support the use of red-light cameras, but in declining numbers, a new survey by AAA shows. The poll of 1,000 motorists found 56 percent support use of the cameras to catch drivers who run red lights.

Charge: Driver on Drugs at Time of Deadly Red-Light Running Crash
Star Tribune (Minnesota). March 26, 2014

A motorist was high on a cocktail of illicit drugs when he went through a red light and rammed his large pickup truck into a compact car crossing his path in Minnetonka, killing a grade school educator driving to work, according to charges filed Wednesday. The teacher was within 3 miles of arriving for work that morning as a paraprofessional in Chinese language immersion at Excelsior Elementary School. The teacher emigrated from Taiwan, married and raised three children.

Red-Light Camera Repeal Looks Dead this Session
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), March 26, 2014

A bill originally aimed at repealing the state’s red-light camera program has been watered down to allow the cameras, though with certain restrictions and requirements. But that bill couldn’t even get voted out of its own sponsor’s Senate committee Wednesday, as multiple amendments failed that would have put teeth back in the bill. At the meeting’s close the bill was temporarily postponed.

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Crashes Decrease at Linden’s Red-Light Safety Camera Intersections
Linden Police Department (New Jersey), March 21, 2014

From a low of 8 percent to a high of 33 percent, total traffic crashes are on the decline at Linden’s five intersections with red-light safety cameras. The overall contribution to public safety is notable, but the gains are greatest at the city’s three locations with cameras in place since late 2010, according to Linden Police Department records. (The Star-Ledger photo by Aristide Economopoulos)

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Officials in Granite City, Ill., Release Alarming Video
KMOV-TV CBS 4 (Missouri), March 27, 2014

Granite City officials have released incredible footage of drivers running red lights from the city’s only red-light cameras. Officials released the video amid public criticism of the camera at 17th Street and Madison Avenue. A police captain said the camera at one of the city’s most popular intersections is all about safety.

Family Asks Council to Reverse Red-Light Camera Decision
WBIR-TV NBC 10 (Tennessee), March 25, 2014

An East Tennessee family is asking local leaders in their community to reconsider their decision to stop using red-light and speed cameras. On Monday, the Oak Ridge City Council voted to stop using all four of the city’s cameras on April 21.The Paine family, of Oak Ridge, first started to push for more traffic safety regulations in the city after their 12-year-old daughter, Ashley Paine, was hit by a school bus. Ashley Paine’s grandmother, Judy Price, said she felt the council’s 4-3 vote was shortsighted. ”It has made a very big difference, we haven’t had any more fatalities and we don’t want any,” Price said

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Chattanooga Adds Speed Cameras
WTVC-TV Channel 9 (Tennessee), March 25, 2014

Three new photo-speed enforcement cameras will soon be placed in different locations around Chattanooga which are known for speeding and accidents. The three locations were picked because they have about two times the statewide crash average for similar streets.

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American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the City of Boulder Colorado has extended its road safety camera agreement for another year, until April 2015. Boulder became an ATS client in 2011.  ATS is honored to remain a part of the city’s traffic safety efforts.

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LeasePlan Launches Toll and Violations Solutions
Automotive Digest, March 2013

Lease­Plan USA is team­ing with Amer­i­can Traf­fic Solu­tions (ATS) Fleet Ser­vices to imple­ment new toll and vio­la­tion solu­tions for its clients. TollPlanSM and Vio­la­tion­s­PlanSM are inno­v­a­tive pro­grams that will cap­ture and mon­i­tor data to assist clients in man­ag­ing the most com­mon traf­fic challenges.

Kansas, Oklahoma Turnpike Authorities Reach Interoperability Agreement
KSN-TV (Kansas), March 25, 2014

Kansas Turnpike Authority has entered into an agreement with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority for the two systems’ electronic toll collection program to be interoperable by the end of 2014. The agreement will allow K-TAG to be used on the Oklahoma Turnpike system and PikePass to be used on the Kansas Turnpike. See additional coverage in Wichita Business Journal.

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ATS_RoadSafety @ATS_RoadSafety. $3 from every paid red-light safety camera violation has provided more than +$5 Mil to the @BuonicontiFund Miami Project: atsol.com/florida-facts

 

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Just wrapped up a presser abt @GeorgetownISD‘s new school bus cams catching violators not stopping for kids @keyetv

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Editorial: Red-Light Lunacy
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), March 21, 2014

The Tampa City Council’s vote to kill the city’s red-light camera program defies all logic and common sense. The four council members who voted against a contract extension to keep the cameras in place for two more years — Yvonne Yolie Capin, Charlie Miranda, Mary Mulhern and Frank Reddick — generally agree the program makes the city safer. But they are unhappy that the revenue, which totaled $1.6 million last year, is mixed into the city’s general fund rather than having some of it dedicated to transportation spending. Because of that marginal objection, they effectively put public safety at risk and undermined law enforcement. Their priorities are badly misplaced.

Editorial: Data Shows Red-Light Cameras in Conroe Improve Safety
The Courier (Texas), March 20, 2014

The Courier, which has supported red-light cameras at public intersections, believes the Conroe Police Department has the data to prove the program’s benefits. It has provided improved public safety at intersections, enabling the 107 officers in the department to handle other police matters; and, yes, it has generated tax-free revenue for the city as well as the state. State law requires that 50 percent of a governmental entity’s net revenue from the program be given to the state.

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Letter to the Editor: Far too Many Drivers Are Running Red Lights
The Buffalo News (New York), March 27, 2014

The other day, we came within inches of being T-boned by a car that ran a red light on Sweeney Street in Tonawanda. People need to slow down! We usually count to four at a red light before proceeding, but this light was already green. Don’t even get me started on stop signs, which apparently do not mean stop. The pace is too fast today. Here’s an odd concept: Leave a little early for work or your appointments. Remember the old saying: “Slow down – the life you save may be your own.”

Letter to the Editor: Safer School Zones with Cameras
Newsday (New York), March 26, 2014

The writer of “School cameras not about safety” [Letters, March 7] was misinformed. The speed limit in most residential neighborhoods is 30 mph, not 40. The main reason we have 20-mph speeds posted around schools is to protect our children. … I am elated about cameras in school zones. Maybe more people will become more caring of our future: our children.

 

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“It’s going to give us an extra set of eyes and ears out on the road.”
Roland Waits, Georgetown Police Department Captain
KXAN-TV NBC (Texas), March 26, 2014

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“That means we’re changing driving behavior and people are a little more aware. This is not a revenue issue, this is purely about driver safety.”
Adam Brescia, Corporal with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
The Tampa Tribune (Florida), March 24, 2014

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There have been no fatalities at the six intersections in Hillsborough County with red-light safety cameras since they were installed 3 1/2 half years ago and crashes have gone down there, as have citations running red lights, according to Sheriff’s Cpl. Adam Brescia. Source: The Tampa Tribune, March 24, 2014.

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Georgetown Independent School District introduces school bus safety cameras this week to discourage drivers from passing stopped school buses and endangering children. During a recent study period of 19 days, the school district noted 430 incidents of motorists passing buses picking up or dropping off students. Source: KXAN-TV NBC, March 26, 2014.

In Conroe, at the seven intersections with red-light safety cameras, there were 83 total accidents in the 17-month period before the 10 cameras were installed. The total number of accidents annually at those intersections has not surpassed 34 since the program’s inception, despite the fact that traffic has increased 8.3 percent to nearly 34 million vehicles passing by those cameras each year. Source: The Courier, March 20, 2014. 

ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 16

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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.

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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.

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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.