ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 34


Red-Light Camera Violations Get Green Light to Return
Daily Record (New Jersey), July 25, 2012

Gov. Chris Christie announced this week that all intersections where the use of red-light cameras were suspended while the yellow-light timing was checked have been re-certified for operation. Skeptical lawmakers and driver advocates, however, question the data used. See related coverage from Asbury Park and The Express-Times. (The Jersey Journal photo by Reena Rose Sibayan)

City Ordinance Directs Red-Light Running Fines to Safety Needs
Arnold Patch (Missouri), July 24, 2012

The Arnold City Council voted 8-0 to direct money generated by the city’s red-light camera system toward city safety programs, assuring future councilmembers of the purpose for those funds. About $50,000 is expected to be available this year.

Study: Economic Savings Tied to Red-Light Cameras
Murrieta Patch (California), July 24, 2012

One red-light cameras was projected to save the city of Murrieta and its residents more than $1 million over a five-year period, according to a study released by American Traffic Solutions.

Red-Light Cameras Save Cities Money
Security Info, July 23, 2012

While they may draw the ire of drivers across the nation, a new study conducted by John Dunham and Associates on behalf of American Traffic Solutions has found that red-light safety cameras provide substantial cost savings to cities in the long run in terms of reduced number of accidents and the manpower required in responding to them.

School Systems to Install Bus Safety Cameras
Times-Georgian (Georgia), July 21, 2012

Both Carroll County Schools and Carrollton City Schools will install the bus camera system known as CrossingGuard, a new technology from Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions, before school starts in August.

School Board OKs ATS Contract for Bus Safety Cameras, Fine Processing
WXIA TV 11 (Georgia), July 20, 2012

The Cobb County School Board approved a contract with American Traffic Solutions to install school bus safety cameras on all district buses and to send tickets to the owners of those vehicles that illegally pass a stopped school bus. In 2009, a driver who failed to stop struck and killed a 5-year-old girl in the district. See related coverage from the Atlantic Business Chronicle, South Cobb Patch and School Bus Fleet.

Is Broward County Intersection Still Nation’s Worst?
WFOR CBS TV 4 (Florida), July 23, 2012

A decade after being named the most dangerous intersection in the nation, residents and police say the Pines Boulevard and Flamingo Road location is not what it used to be even though traffic volume has increased. Design changes and the addition of red-light safety cameras get credit.

@ATS_RoadSafety  #StopOnRedRT  @ArnoldPatch: City of Arnold to direct #redlightcamera money into city safety programs.  #STL  #JeffersonCounty

The Borough of Ridgefield, New Jersey, recently signed a five-year road safety camera agreement with American Traffic Solutions, making it the latest New Jersey locality to partner with ATS. In other developments, Palm Beach County, Florida, renewed its red-light safety camera program for one year; the city of Millbrae, California, exercised its two-year renewal option, and the city of Fort Worth agreed to renew its contract for three years. ATS is pleased to announce the start and continuation of these four programs designed to make driving safer.

Mark your calendars for National Stop on Red Week starting Aug. 5, 2012. Help raise awareness about the dangers of red-light running in your community by encouraging others to drive safely and stop on red.

Letter: Cameras Can Fix Problem
Standard-Times (Texas), July 25, 2012

I recently moved back to San Angelo after 35 years in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Since my return, I have been appalled by the number of San Angelo drivers who, with blatant disregard for the law and safety, run red lights. Surprisingly, the problem is much worse here than in the D-FW area.

Letter: It’s Elementary — A Red Light Means Stop
Southern Maryland Newspapers/, July 25, 2012

When the traffic light turns yellow, motorists face a split-second decision — hit the brake and come to stop, or press a little harder on the accelerator to try to beat the red light. The correct answer, as everyone has been taught in driving school, in most instances is to come to a stop.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Are Saving Lives
The Inquirer/ (Pennsylvania), July 23, 2012

It’s unfortunate that your editorial (“No need to rush red-light camera decisions,” July 15) questions the benefits of red-light cameras when, plain and simple, cameras are a success at deterring dangerous red-light running, preventing serious accidents and saving lives.

Commentary: Hallandale Beach Mayor Speaks Out for Cameras
Sun-Sentinel (Florida), July 22, 2012

Once a fatal traffic collision occurs, it is irretrievably over. There is only one way to avoid this fate, and that is to prevent the crash from ever taking place. This is why I championed red-light cameras for Hallandale Beach, and why I continue to support cameras in our community.

Commentary: Red Light Cameras Save Lives
The Patriot News/ (Pennsylvania), July 20, 2012

The red-light runners think they’ve been wronged. They’re convinced that cameras documenting their violations are nothing more than a scheme to pick the pockets of motorists. The truth is simpler: Red-light running kills and red-light cameras save lives.

“I don’t want to see anyone get a ticket, but I definitely don’t want to see a kid get hurt.”
Jackie Coffee, Carroll County School System’s Director of Transportation
Times-Georgian (Georgia), July 21, 2012

“This is not to generate revenue. The sheriff’s office gets nothing. We’re giving it all to the school. It’s absolutely for the safety of our kids.”
Craig Dodson, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Major
Times-Georgian (Georgia), July 21, 2012

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