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ATS’ Online Newsletter, Issue 2

December 16th, 2010

A message from Jim Tuton, ATS President and CEO

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you to “Road Safety Ink,” the new, online newsletter from American Traffic Solutions.  Each week, Road Safety Ink will bring you the latest press releases, news clips, studies, reports and other important information about ATS, our subsidiaries and the photo enforcement industry.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be working to refine this newsletter.  We hope you’ll find it timely, helpful and informative.  Thanks in advance for being a part of ATS.  We look forward to sharing with you all of the great (and sometimes not so great) things that are happening around the country.

Our thoughts go out to the victim’s family. Red-light runner arrested for manslaughter in deadly crash. http://bit.ly/f4sEXt @Tucson_Police

Drivers learning to be more careful. http://bit.ly/fNQsck #safety #traffic #cameras

Safety Concerns Win Over Revenue Arguments in Los Angeles
KTLA.com, Dec. 14, 2010

The civilian board that ovesees the Los Angeles Police Department has agreed to continue a red-light camera program despite a low-ticket collection rate.

Hits and Misses, Volume I

Here are a few scary reminders for why driving safely is important.


Warning Period Begins in Florida City
News Channel 8, Dec. 15, 2010

Drivers who run red lights in Haines City could soon begin receiving warning letters. Red-light cameras are going online today with a one-month grace period, during which violators will receive only warnings.

Road Safety Program Preview Planned in Arizona City
Mohave Daily News, Dec. 13, 2010

A city council workshop to review red light cameras is being scheduled for spring 2011.

More Intersection Safety Cameras on Their Way to New Jersey Township
The Gloucester County Times, Dec. 12, 2010

As Monroe Township moves closer to finishing expansions to Black Horse Pike shopping areas and upgrades to the highway system itself, there will be a new addition that could prove both life-saving and fruitful for the township.

Intersection Cameras Offer a Sound Plan for Safe Streets
The Columbus Dispatch, Dec. 12, 2010

The red-light cameras in Columbus work exactly as they were intended. As much as they make some drivers grumble, the 18 cameras in operation since 2006, many of them Downtown, have proved their effectiveness at deterring red-light running and preventing crashes at intersections. So it makes sense to expand their use.

Stout Automobiles Protect Drivers
Victoria Advocate, Dec. 12, 2010

It is time to clarify what happens when local governments install red light cameras at intersections. Studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration make clear that the installation of cameras reduces the number of deaths and serious injury crashes at intersections.

A Vote for Safety Is a Vote for Cameras
The Missourian, Dec. 10, 2010

The debate will go on forever! Here and elsewhere the advisability of using cameras to catch motorists running red traffic lights is controversial. … However, after hearing the pros and cons for years about the cameras, we’d vote safety — keep them.

“We’re going to have people pretty upset they’re getting tickets, but we’ve done everything we can to get the message that the cameras will be there out to the public. It’s been in the paper. We’ve had notifications posted. It’s not a secret. If local residents get a ticket, it’s not like we’re targeting them. They should be pretty much aware by now.”

— Monroe Township Mayor Michael Gabbianelli
The Gloucester County Times, Dec. 12, 2010.

Drive Safely Work Week Participation Breaks Record
Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, Dec. 14, 2010

This year’s Drive Safely Work Week experienced the greatest level of participation in the campaign’s 14-year history. The expanded reach is attributed to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s continued emphasis on combating the issue of distracted driving and the many associations, publications and partners who helped spread the word.

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