ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 21

Daily News photo by Andy Holzman
Los Angeles Police Officer Mike Gregg reviews video of a red-light violator who caused a crash in the city where 32 Red-Light Safety Cameras are in place. On Tuesday, the City Council approved a three-month contract extension with American Traffic Solutions.  Daily News, April 26, 2011.

American Traffic Solutions and the city of Orlando, Florida, have agreed on a one-year contract extension. The agreement provides for Road Safety Cameras to be installed at five additional approaches.
ATS Red-Light Safety Cameras become operational at five locations in Juno Beach, Florida, on Sunday May 1. Fines are $158 and drivers do not receive points on their license.
ATS Volunteers Spruce Up City Park (Arizona), April 23, 2011
More than 30 volunteers from American Traffic Solutions and University Heights Neighborhood Association made a difference in the Tempe community by planting 13 trees in Creamery Park on April 16.
“Killing red-light cameras would be a staggering disaster for road safety.” @orlandosentinel  #roadsafety

Red-Light Running Fines Pay for City Projects
WNPV AM 1440 (Pennsylvania), April 27, 2011

From traffic signal upgrades to a solar-powered fire station warning system, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says fines collected through red-light enforcement cameras in Philadelphia are paying for a number of suburban traffic projects.

Neptune Township Officials Push for Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Daily Journal (New Jersey), April 26, 2011

While red-light cameras have become the source of public scrutiny across the nation, township officials are joining a handful of communities looking to utilize them as a safety tool.

Motorcyclist Runs Red Light, Dies in Crash
St. Petersburg Times (Florida), April 25, 2011

A motorcyclist died late Sunday after running a red light and crashing into a car in New Port Richey, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Daily Camera photo by Mark Leffingwell
Tom Kilpatrick, a photo-radar technician for the Boulder Police Department, monitors equipment inside one of the city’s two new mobile speed vans.

Boulder Gets New Mobile Speed Vans, Red-Light Cameras
The Daily Camera (Colorado), April 22, 2011

Boulder police have two shiny new vans taking pictures of speeders, and the city has completed upgrades on seven of its eight red-light cameras under a new contract with American Traffic Solutions. The partnership positioned the city to convert its entire system of photo-based traffic enforcement to all-digital images for the first time.

Editorial: Our Take on Red-Light Camera Repeal
Orlando Sentinal (Florida), April 27, 2011

In 2010, state lawmakers finally uncorked the political will that had been bottled up for nearly eight years and approved statewide use of red-light cameras. Yet, not even a year later, the lifesaving devices idle at another legislative crossroads.

Straight Talk: ATS Answers Challenges to Cameras
Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), April 22, 2011

Charles Callari, ATS’ New Jersey regional business development director, and Dan Hoven, vice president of business development, answer questions from the editorial board about the use of Road Safety Camera Programs.

Spokane Approves Cameras at 4 More Intersections
KREM TV CBS Channel 2, (Washington), April 26, 2011

Spokane City Council voted unanimously to add red-light safety cameras at four more intersections in the city.  Spokane Police say they see crashes declining at the seven intersections already equipped with cameras.

Scary Crash in Missouri
ATS Road Safety Channel, April 26, 2011

This collision occurred in Excelsior Springs as one motorist crossed in front of two approaching cars.

Red-Light Safety Camera Bill Advances in Legislature
WTIC Channel 61, FOXCT (Connecticut), April 24, 2011

A bill that would authorize red-light cameras in 13 municipalities with populations of 60,000 or more, and would fine motorists at least $124 per ticket has made a steady advance in this legislative session, winning the approval of two legislative committees so far.

“From a law enforcement perspective, traffic enforcement is a proven way to enhance public safety. We can’t find a negative side to it.”
Robert Adams, Police Chief of Neptune Township, New Jersey
The Daily Journal, April 26, 2011

“Let’s not escape the fact that it’s the law and somewhere along the way it became optional (to obey speed limits).”
William J. McMahon, Police Chief of Howard County, Maryland
The Baltimore Sun, April 26, 2011

“I like personal freedom as much as anyone, but I can’t travel through a speed zone at anything more than 15 mph, and I can’t run through red lights, either.”
Ed Hooper, Florida state Representative, R-Clearwater
WPTV Channel 5, April 20, 2011

Asbury Park Press photo by Thomas P. Costello
Red-light safety cameras are taking their place amid dangerous intersections in New Jersey, where the state Department of Transportation has approved cameras at 51 intersections. At least four other communities are awaiting approval to use the technology. Brick Township (pictured) was among the first 25 towns in the state that received DOT’s approval to use cameras as part of a five-year pilot program. SOURCE: The Daily Journal, April 26, 2011.

Since red-light safety cameras became operational in October 2008, the city of Spokane has issued more than 20,000 traffic citations based on evidence collected by the cameras. SOURCE: KREM TV CBS Channel 2, April 26, 2011.

Speeding violations fell 60 percent in Juno Beach while the city utilized mobile speed safety vans. SOURCE: The Palm Beach Post News, April 25, 2011.

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