ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 21

School Bus Safety Cameras Roll in Volusia Test
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), April 26, 2012

Think twice about illegally driving past a stopped school bus. The Volusia County School District is one of six in Florida participating in a pilot program aimed at reducing violators and keeping children safe.  See related coverage from Bay News 9. (Top image: News-Journal photo by Jim Tiller. Bottom image: Bay News 9)

Newton County Schools to Add Safety Cameras to Buses
Newton Citizen (Georgia), April 23, 2012

The future probability of getting fined for driving past a stopped school bus just rose in Newton County. The school system recently entered into a five-year agreement with American Traffic Solutions Inc. and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office to implement a safety camera program aimed at catching violators. (Newton Citizen photo by Sue Ann Kuhn Smith)

Carroll County Schools Partner with American Traffic Solutions
School Transportation News, April 23, 2012

Carroll County Public Schools in Bowden, Georgia, located near the Alabama state line, will partner with American Traffic Solutions to mount cameras on school buses to help address the growing problem of motorists who fail to stop for school buses that are loading and unloading students. See related coverage in School Bus Fleet.

Puyallup’s Red Light Cameras May Stay
The News Tribune (Washington), April 26, 2012

It appears Puyallup won’t do away with its red-light cameras, a month after a majority of City Council members had talked of doing so. Most councilmembers now indicate they’re leaning toward continued support of the photo-enforcement program. See related coverage from The News Tribune.

City Stands by Camera Program as State Debates
Star News Online (North Carolina), April 25, 2012

Wilmington’s red-light cameras will likely survive in next year’s city budget, but they still face possible elimination at the state level. (NBC TV 17 image)

Alabama Senate Panel OKs Bill for Cameras in Jefferson County
The Birmingham News, April 25, 2012

State senators representing Jefferson County today gave their approval to a bill that would let any city in the county install and use automated red-light cameras if the city government adopted an ordinance to do so.

30-Day Warning Phase Begins at Jersey City Intersection
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), April 24, 2012

New red-light cameras have been installed at the intersection of Routes 1&9/440 and Communipaw Avenue. The 30-day trial phase is in effect until May 25 when $85 tickets will be issued.

Woman, 86, Killed in Red-Light Running Crash
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), April 23, 2012

An 86-year-old Lake Worth woman was killed when a 57-year-old West Palm Beach woman ran a red light near Boynton Beach on Monday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

Ticket Scofflaws Face Utility Shut-Off in Las Cruces
KRWG National Public Radio (New Mexico), April 23, 2012

Las Cruces residents who have unpaid traffic citations from red-light cameras risk having their utilities shut off unless they pay their fine or make payment arrangements.

More Cameras Destined for Montgomery County
WAMU 88.5 FM (Maryland), April 23, 2012

Over the next two years, 40 additional red-light and 20 speed cameras will be installed throughout Montgomery County.

Red-Light Running Crash Injures 1
Palm Beach Post (Florida), April 23, 2012

A two-vehicle crash in West Palm Beach has sent one person to the hospital with minor injuries.

Red-Light Cameras Capture $86,000 in Summonses
Wayne Patch (New Jersey), April 20, 2012

Officials admit to being surprised at the volume of violations caught on cameras at the intersection of Black Oak Ridge Road and Hamburg Turnpike. Cameras have filmed 2,265 violations since last April.

Expect Additional Cameras Online in June
Brick Patch (New Jersey), April 19, 2012

New cameras at Route 70 and Brick Boulevard are being tested in preparation for future use at the start of May, when warning notices will be issued to people who run red lights. Tickets and fines are expected to be issued at the start of June. 

Red-Light Running Is an Equal Opportunity Killer
The Hartford Courant (Connecticut), April 18, 2012

As more attention is given to Connecticut’s effort to pass a bill allowing red-light cameras, the state’s NAACP chapter spoke out against the bill, prompting American Traffic Solutions’ vice president of communications, Charles Territo, to defend the importance of cameras by saying: “Red-light running is an equal opportunity killer.”

County to Establish Enforcement Corridor with New Cameras
WJLA TV 7 (Maryland), April 24, 2012

Montgomery County is poised to approve a plan that would put 10 new speed cameras and 20 new red-light cameras on the roads.

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Letter: Marysville Needs Red-Light Cameras
Everett Herald (Washington), April 26, 2012

We are sick of red-light runners in Marysville. It is very common to see as many as three drivers run a red light. In two separate incidents, we saw a logging truck and a semi come down the hill from Highway 9 on 64th and blow right through the red light at 67th. They never even slowed down.

Commentary: As Camera Debate Drags On, Lives Are Lost
New Haven Register (Connecticut), April 21, 2012

Since 2005, our state legislators have debated whether cities may be empowered to decide if they want to use red-light cameras at dangerous intersections. As the debate over this legislation lives, people are dying. Collisions at Connecticut intersections have killed more than 365 people since 2005, and at least 29 of these fatalities can be blamed on someone running a red light.

“I would never be in favor of doing away with the red-light program. It’s been a huge success.”
Charlie Rivenbark, Wilmington city councilman
Star News Online (North Carolina), April 25, 2012

“I wanted to study (the program) to find out wherein lies the myth, fact and fiction. … I’m a supporter now.”
Steve Vermillion, Puyallup city councilman
The News Tribune (Washington), April 25, 2012

“We want to announce where it is and let people know when they’re entering the corridor that this is a speed camera corridor. There’s no gotcha in this. The point is we want you to comply with the speed limit the entire stretch of the roadway thus making it safe for everyone.”
Tom Didone, Montgomery County police captain
WJLA TV 7 (Maryland), April 24, 2012

The Hyattsville City Council is considering a five-year capital improvement plan that includes $4.52 million to renovate a building to become the new city police department structure, funded entirely by speed camera revenues. Source: Hyattsville Patch, April 25, 2012

North Carolina
Wilmington’s red-light camera program provided $700,000 to the New Hanover County Schools system in 2011. Star News Online, April 25, 2012

Puyallup city police told council members Tuesday that red-light running violations have decreased 43 percent in the 3 1/2 years the red-light camera program has been operational in the city of 37,000 residents. Source: The News Tribune, April 25, 2012

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