ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 12

Interest in Red-Light Safety Cameras Gets Attention in Belmar Borough
Manasquan-Belmar Patch (New Jersey), Feb. 23, 2012

With support from the police chief, Belmar officials are exploring whether their municipality should add its name to the list of localities interested in being a part of New Jersey’s red-light safety camera pilot program.

Colorado Lawmakers Reject Bill to Ban Cameras
KMGH TV 7, Feb. 22, 2012

Right off the bat, the Colorado State Senate Transportation Committee put the brakes on a bill that would ban cameras at red lights. In a two-hour debate … both sides argued it’s all about safety. (The Denver Post file photo)

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities Throws Support Behind Red-Light Safety Cameras
Post Chronicle, Feb. 22, 2012

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, as part of a coalition of advocacy groups and key state legislators, recently called on the Governor and General Assembly to enact legislation to give towns and cities the option to use cameras at certain high-traffic and higher-risk red-light intersections to help improve street safety in communities across the state.

Millington Credits Drop in Citations to Red-Light, Speed Safety Cameras
WPTY TV 24 (Tennessee), Feb. 22, 2012

It has been about a year since the red light and speed cameras went online in Millington, and according to Millington’s police chief, the number of drivers complaining about camera usage has dropped dramatically and citations are decreasing as well, showing the program is working.

Nassau County Puts Parking, Red-Light Scofflaws on Notice
WFFF TV 44 (New York), Feb. 22, 2012

After a twice-extended amnesty period, traffic scofflaws in Long Island’s Nassau County are being told to pay their outstanding tickets or face booting and towing of their vehicles. See related coverage from Newsday.

Crashes Decrease, Violations Drop in Hillsborough County
Carrollwood Patch (Florida), Feb. 21, 2012

Violations fell nearly 8 percent overall at six intersections in Hillsborough County, with a 61.8 percent decrease at one location in a comparison of 2010 and 2011 records. ( photo by Jay Conner)

Red-Light Anarchy in Albany
The Advocate/ (New York), Feb. 20, 2012

Green means go. Red means stop. Simple rules, really. But George de Piro sees them ignored with abandon during his walks around Center Square. Traffic lights in Albany, he says, are merely suggestions.  

A Long Island Lesson in Red-Light Cameras: Is Connecticut Next?
Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Feb. 18, 2012

This look at Nassau County’s red-light safety camera program adds to the information available to Connecticut’s residents as their state’s General Assembly considers a red-light camera enforcement bill.

Revenue Up, Violations Down in Gloucester Township
Gloucester Township Patch (New Jersey), Feb. 18, 2012

Gloucester Township has collected more than $2.5 million in fines through tickets issued from 10 red-light cameras positioned at four intersections along Blackwood Clementon Road from July 2010 through December 2011, … even though the monthly average of tickets being issued has decreased.

Connecticut’s Camera Legislation to Include Lower Fine, Feb. 17, 2012

State lawmakers pushing for red-light enforcement cameras in large and medium-sized Connecticut cities said they are lowering the proposed fines to be less like a speeding ticket and more like a parking ticket. (Hartford Courant photo.)

Red-Light Safety Cameras Find Support in Salem
The Salem News (Massachusetts), Feb. 17, 2012

Salem Police Chief Paul Tucker says the “No. 1 complaint” he receives from residents is over traffic, especially drivers speeding and running red lights or stop signs.

Connecticut Officials Say Call for Cameras is All about Safety
CTNewsJunkie, Feb. 16, 2012

Lawmakers and local officials claim their desire to allow municipalities to install red-light cameras at intersections is all about safety. … The bill, which has yet to be drafted, would allow communities with populations over 48,000 to install red light cameras at a handful of intersections. See related article from Milford-Orange Bulletin. 

Passengers Die, Driver Walks Away from Red-Light Running Crash
KY3/ (Missouri), Feb. 21, 2012

Video from a red-light safety camera shows a silver car entering an intersection, clipping a passing vehicle then colliding with a passing bus. The collision ended the lives of two backseat passengers, ages 19 and 21. The driver was treated and released from the hospital.

For Your Own Good
KGUN TV-9 (Arizona), Feb. 18, 2012

A TV news investigation of seven intersections in Tucson with red-light safety cameras in place for at least a year found crashes decreased the first year after cameras were installed. At four intersections with cameras in place for two years, crashes rose slightly at three of four locations, but were still less than the number of crashes before cameras were installed.

Appeal for Red-Light Safety Cameras
CTNJ-TV (Connecticut), Feb. 16, 2012

Angel Arch, whose father was paralyzed in a hit-and-run crash, and later died, spoke out in favor of red-light safety cameras at a Connecticut press conference. Camera footage helped authorities identify and catch the driver involved in the car-pedestrian collision.

Red Lights Mean Nothing
Times Union (New York), Feb. 14, 2012

It is not hyperbole to say that if there is traffic near an intersection in Albany, somebody will blow through the light every time.

@ATS_RoadSafety  RT if you will drive safe and always #stoponred this March for Red Light Running Awareness Month in #Arizona

ATS Wins School Bus Safety Camera Contract on Unanimous Vote
Times-Georgian (Georgia), Feb. 17, 2012

Carroll County Board of Education last week unanimously approved a proposal from American Traffic Solutions, in which the company will install video cameras on the arms of school buses with routes most prone to passing violations.

Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Are Worth a Try
Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Feb. 17, 2012

Red-light cameras have their critics, … but on balance the idea is sound and ought at least to be given a try.

Letter to the Editor: People Cause Crashes
Tampa Tribune (Florida), Feb. 19, 2012

I read with interest the article about the researchers and red-light cameras [“Study slams traffic cameras,” front page, Feb. 12]. Their research affirms only that you can prove anything with statistics.

Letter to the Editor: Make Red-Light Violations Far Tougher
Bradenton Herald (Florida), Feb. 18, 2012

You talk about tweaking the red light cameras, what is really needed is more of them and then with some real bite!

Letter to the Editor: News Coverage Missed the Point
Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Feb. 17, 2012

The article “Vendor’s Role Raises Question” [Feb. 17, news] missed the point. Red-light cameras are about preventing injury and promoting traffic safety.

“We said from the beginning it would modify people’s behavior, and that’s what is happening.”
Troy Morgan, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office corporal
Carrollwood Patch (Florida), Feb. 21, 2012

“So far the numbers have shown that there are a decrease in collisions at those intersections. And here in traffic our job is the safe and expeditious flow of traffic across the city, and so far at those seven [intersections] it has certainly proved to be the point.”
Tim Beam, Tucson Police Department sergeant
KGUN TV-9 (Arizona), Feb. 18, 2012

“Anything we can do to encourage people to drive more safely and to obey traffic signals and signs is a positive. If it’s going to get motorists to comply, I’m all for it. I can’t put a police officer at every intersection.”
Paul Tucker, Salem Police Department chief
The Salem News (Massachusetts), Feb. 17, 2012

“Residents from every neighborhood said you’ve got to do something about traffic. [They said,] It’s dangerous to us, it’s dangerous to our families, it’s dangerous to our communities, and it’s dangerous to my business.”
Scott Jackson, Hamden mayor (Connecticut), Feb. 16, 2012

“We need a deterrent. The deterrent is financial and the distraction that this is about making money for a business or making money for our cities is unfortunate. This is about making our neighborhoods safe.”
Justin Elicker, New Haven alderman (Connecticut), Feb. 16, 2012

“This focus on the money is very disrespectful to a lot of the people you heard from. I know it’s easy to focus on that. I know it’s simple — because you know that’s what gets ginned up in opposition — but the reality is you’ve heard from doctors, police chiefs. You’ve heard from people from the brain injury association. You’ve heard from safe streets advocates, you’ve heard from cycling advocacy groups, walking advocacy groups, year after year, after year.”
Roland Lemar, Connecticut state representative of New Haven
Hartford Courant, Feb. 16, 2012

“All of us know and accept that if we go through a toll booth that there’s a camera there to capture our vehicle if we do not pay the toll. … We accept and most of us support the use of cameras to deter instances where something of monetary value is taken. Why would we not support the use of cameras to deter instances where someone’s life could be taken?”
John Fonfara, Connecticut state senator of Hartford
Hartford Courant, Feb. 16, 2012

In Hillsborough County, red-light running violations are down nearly 8 percent for the total violations issued at six intersections in 2011 compared with 2010. At one intersection, violations are down nearly 62 percent. Total crashes at the six locations have declined each year from 395 crashes in 2008 to 240 in 2011. Source: Carrollwood Patch, Feb. 21, 2012.

New Jersey
The average number of monthly violations has fallen 50 percent in Gloucester Township, N.J., indicating a change in driver behavior. The change compares the monthly average of 3,710 violations for the first four months the cameras were in operation with the per-month average of 1,840 violations over the last 13 months. Source:  Gloucester Township Patch, Feb. 18, 2012.

New York
For an idea of how many more tickets are issued because of the automatic equipment, the annual total of 459,000 camera-initiated red-light tickets in Nassau County is more than twice the 170,000 issued by police for all varieties of traffic violations. Currently, there are 152 cameras at 50 intersections in Nassau County. Source: Hartford Courant, Feb. 18, 2012.

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