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Welcome to Road Safety Ink – ATS’ Online Newsletter

December 9th, 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.

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Close Calls on the Streets of Memphis
WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3, Dec. 7, 2010

L.A. Police Want to Continue Intersection Safety Cameras
Santa Maria Times, Dec. 9, 2010

The Police Department wants to continue its red-light camera enforcement program despite costing the city $2.5 million in the last two years due to a high number of uncollected tickets. A report released Thursday … said the cameras have shown to reduce collisions resulting from drivers running red lights at 32 city intersections.

Speed Camera Ticket Leads Police to Suspected Killer
The Arizona Republic, Dec. 9, 2010

Police reported that they have solved two savage and infamous Valley crimes: one a 21-year-old Arizona State University student dragged to death in May, the other a young Phoenix woman kidnapped, beaten, raped, shot and left for dead in the desert in 1999. … A photo-enforcement picture of the suspect driving a golden 2008 Dodge Charger, snapped May 8 in Tempe, was key to the arrest.

Town Touts Benefits of Road Safety Program
LIHerald.com, Dec. 9, 2010

Despite an increase in the number of rear-end crashes when red-light cameras were first installed, officials say that they have proven effective in reducing vehicular accidents in Nassau County.

3-Car Crash Investigation Keys on Red-Light Runner, Authorities Say
Whittier Daily News, Dec. 8, 2010

A three-car crash believed to have been caused by a red light runner sent a woman to the hospital Wednesday, officials said.

Judge Limits Red-Light-Camera Challenge in Orlando
Orlando Sentinal.com, Dec. 6, 2010

A state judge Monday ruled against class-action status for motorists caught on camera running red lights in Orlando, potentially saving the city from having to refund more than $4 million in fines.

Tucson Campaigns for Better Drivers
KOLD News TV-13, Dec. 6, 2010

Trying to change driver habits and save lives, that’s the goal with the Picture a Safer Tucson Campaign. Tucson Police Department is getting some help from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to launch public service announcements throughout Tucson. They will use any and all media available says Dan Judkins, UMC’s trauma educator.

Arnold, Mo., Extends Contract for Intersection Safety Cameras
STLToday.com, Dec. 6, 2010

In 2005, the city was the first in the state to install red light cameras to catch and ticket vehicles running red lights. It has red light cameras at four of its intersections. At its meeting Thursday, the Arnold City Council approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to extend the city’s contract with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) of Arizona to operate the city’s red light camera system. The contract was set to expire Dec. 5.

Injuries Decline with Intersection Safety Cameras
TheLeafChronicle.com, Dec. 9, 2010

Clarksville’s red-light camera program has not ended all wrecks at intersections. But then, no one ever thought it would serves as such a silver bullet. What the program appears to have accomplished, however, is a reduction in the more serious side-impact wrecks. According to police statistics, the number of angle crashes decreased from 72 in 2008 to 64 in 2009, when the cameras first were installed.

“Studies have shown throughout the nation that red light cameras help to reduce accidents. Safety is increased, lives are saved.”

— Memphis, Tenn., Councilman Myron Lowery
News Channel 3, WREG.com, Dec. 7, 2010

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