ATS’ Newsletter, Issue 43

Edmonton police are targeting speeding motorists on Stony Plain Road to determine the best method of enforcement — including red light safety cameras — to use to slow down drivers. “Fatality” signs are installed by the city near locations of fatal collisions for six months to raise awareness of the dangers of driving. The shared program between the police and transportation department began in the late 1990s. Requests from neighborhoods and affected families to not place a sign are honored. Read the article. (West Edmonton Local photo by Shaamini Yogaretnam)

Miami Springs Makes Roads, Sidewalks Safer
River Cities Gazette (Florida), Sept. 29, 2011

Since a deadly car-pedestrian collision in 2009 , the city has taken steps to slow cars down and make area roads safer. Red-light safety cameras are expected to be activated early next year. (River Cities Gazette photo by Theo Karantsalis)

Red-Light Safety Camera Myths Debunked in Brick
Brick Patch (New Jersey), Sept. 28, 2011

Does a driver run a red light every time a camera flashes? No. Cameras also flash when they recalibrate themselves. This myth and others were addressed by the Brick Township Council earlier this week. (Daily Record photo by Thomas P. Costello)

Safest and Worst Cities for Drivers Named in Allstate Report, Sept. 27, 2011

In its seventh annual America’s Safest Drivers Reports, the Allstate insurance company has ranked the 200 largest American cities according to collision frequency. Fort Collins, Colorado, is the safest place to drive. ( photo) See Allstate news release.

City Leaders Approve Road Safety Camera Contract
The Birmingham News (Alabama), Sept. 26, 2011

The Midfield City Council on Monday night awarded the professional services contract to American Traffic Solutions to install and operate red light cameras in the city. The mayor said he would like installation to begin soon.

Good News for Lynnwood Cameras after Some New Math
Herald Net (Washington), Sept. 24, 2011

Lynnwood’s road safety camera program got some positive press this week, and that may be justified — once the picture is adjusted for reality.

Palm Beach County Camera Fines Now in Effect
The Palm Beach Post News (Florida), Sept. 23, 2011

Red-light runners now face fines instead of warnings on Palm Beach County roads that have new red-light cameras.

Red-Light Runners Strike 2 Students in Crosswalk
FOX23 (Oklahoma), Sept. 28, 2011

In three days time, two Tulsa School students are hit while crossing in a crosswalk.  Both are OK, but could have been seriously hurt or even killed.

School Chiefs Act on New Law Allowing Bus Cameras
Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Washington), Sept. 28, 2011

If the flashing lights and swinging stop sign on a school bus aren’t enough to make you brake for kids, maybe an automated $394 camera ticket will do it. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer photo by Niki Desautels)

Crossing Guard’s Grieving Family Calls for Stricter Laws
KCCI Channel 8 (Iowa), Sept. 26, 2011

When the family of a 78-year-old crossing guard who died after a collision with a red-light runner learned that the driver would be penalized with a traffic ticket only, they immediately raised a cry to change the law so red-light runners involved in deadly crashes face greater penalities. (Ankeny Patch photo by Megan VerHelst)