ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 38

This personal note to the authorities in Colorado Springs reminds all of us at ATS and our clients that our daily work does make an important difference. Together, we make streets safer by changing driver behavior, one person at a time. Thanks to our team in Colorado for sharing this with us.

New York City Mayor Favors Cameras ‘On Every Corner’, August 23, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pressing state lawmakers to green light his request for more red light cameras. (NBC New York photo)

Red-Light Safety Cameras Among Innovations Holding Promise of Lower Insurance Claims
Claims Journal, August 24, 2011

Intelligent vehicles, driver assistance systems, improved road design and traffic controls, and continued driver safety campaigns promise an even greater reduction of accident-related claims in the future. (Tampa Tribune photo by Scott Iskowitz)

More Pennsylvania State Lawmakers Line Up for Cameras
The Intelligencer/, August 23, 2011

State representatives would like a colleague’s bill allowing the expanded use of red-light safety cameras in Pennsylvania to go further by allowing small towns to employ cameras.

Orange County Leaders Want Camera Blitz, but Will Wait for Now
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), August 23, 2011

Orange County leaders could add as many as 80 new red-light cameras over the next two years, but agree to hold off to see if lawmakers will revisit the statute on cameras next spring.

I’m the Good Driver, You’re the Bad Driver
CNN (Georgia), August 22, 2011

While most Americans say they are good drivers and rate others as poor drivers, it appears they’re in a state of denial. (CNN Illustration by ThinkStock)

Hueytown Considers Red-Light Safety Cameras
The Birmingham News/ (Alabama), August 22, 2011

Hueytown has joined a growing list of cities that are considering installing cameras at traffic lights to catch people who run red lights.

Redmond Doesn’t Expect Large Payout from Cameras
Redmond Patch (Washington), August 18, 2011

A large percentage of Redmond’s red-light and speed camera fines go to King County for contracted court services to ensure drivers have a convenient due-process path.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Activated in Pohatcong Township
The Express-Times (New Jersey), August 23, 2011

Authorities began issuing warning notices to red-light runners this week in Pohatcong Township, where red-light safety cameras are now live at two intersections. Citations will be issued after the 30-day warning period. The fines are $85. (Express-Times photo by Tim Wynkoop shows ATS field service technician Steve Molina on the job.)

The city of Miami Springs, Florida, has signed a contract with American Traffic Solutions for a road safety camera program. The city is a new client.

Commentary: L.A.’s Red-Light Ticket Fine Dilemma Still Murky
Los Angeles Daily News (California), August 23, 2011

To pay or not to pay. That is just one of the questions. The other, more important, query from those photographed running a red light in Los Angeles is what happens if they don’t pay. Unfortunately, the Los Angeles Superior Court will not say. (L.A. Daily News photo by Michael Owen Baker)

Commentary: Pedestrian Fatality Report Reminds Us All to be Safer
The Oklahoman/NewsOK (Oklahoma), August 22, 2011

Sometimes, being No. 1 is not a good thing. There are times when you don’t want to be out front. It’s best to be farthest back. Such is the case in a new report that looks to solve preventable pedestrian deaths.

Letter to Editor: Red-Light Safety Cameras for Pennsylvania, August 22, 2011

As you read this, more than likely someone has been injured in an accident where someone else ran a red light. And, in the next 17 minutes, someone will be killed or injured in a crash.

Letter to Editor: Enforce Traffic Laws
The Tennessean, August 21, 2011

I never believed that our representatives in Nashville would allow such a thing. I’m talking about not giving tickets to people who run a red light while making a right turn.

Letter to Editor: It’s Sad to See Cameras Nixed
Buffalo News (New York), August 21, 2011

I began advocating for cameras at red lights in 2004 because the police department said it didn’t have the manpower to monitor motorists running red lights.

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More Red-Light Safety Cameras Could Come to Orange County
WFTV Channel 9 (Florida), August 22, 2011

Currently, there are 10 cameras in the county but that number could rise to 90 by 2013.

“For those who may be celebrating the fact the red light cameras are turned off, it is illegal to run a red light. I will do everything I can to have police out enforcing this law.”
Annise Parker, Houston mayor
Forbes (New York), August 25, 2011

“This is the lives of our people we’re talking about, this is not something cute, and we’ve got to do something about it.”
Mike Bloomberg, New York City mayor
NY 1 (New York), August 23, 2011

“They’re coming. If our police can’t slow you down the cameras will.”
Terry Adams, Midfield city councilman
The Birmingham News (Alabama), August 22, 2011

“People who run red lights can kill people. These cameras go a long way towards making this a safer city.”
James Vacca, New York City councilman, chairman of council’s transportation committee
New York Daily News, August 22, 2011

Since red-light safety cameras were activated in February, authorities have issued 8,379 tickets in Orange County. There are 10 cameras in operation. SOURCE: WFTV Channel 9, August 23, 2011.

New York
One million summonses were issued in 2010 to drivers in New York City who ran red lights, according to the Department of Transportation, generating nearly $53 million in fines. Tickets are $50 each. SOURCE:, August 22, 2011.

United States
There were an estimated 1.7 million rear-end accidents in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. SOURCE: Claims Journal, August 24, 2011

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