ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 39

Stop Sign Cameras In D.C.’s Future?
WRC TV 4 (Washington, D.C.), Aug. 29, 2012

D.C. already snaps photos of drivers going over the speed limit and running red lights. Now, the city could become one of the first places in the country using cameras at stop signs.

Amarillo Considers Cameras at 8 Additional Intersections
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), Aug. 29, 2012

After renewing its contract with American Traffic Solutions, the city of Amarillo is reviewing eight additional intersections where cameras might be installed to catch red-light runners.

Seattle Steps Up Speed Enforcement
KPLU Radio FM 88.5 (Washington), Aug. 29, 2012

To make the streets safer, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is planning to step up the number of speed zones monitored automatically by radar and photo enforcement – while urging everyone to slow down and show some “empathy.” See related coverage from The Seattle Times.

Sugar Land Sticks with Red-Light Cameras
Houston Chronicle/ (Texas), Aug. 28, 2012

A Fort Bend County activist wants to pull the plug on Sugar Land’s red-light cameras, but city officials aren’t about to budge on their plans to ticket motorists caught on camera running red lights.

California’s Red-Light Camera Bill Goes to Governor
San Jose Mercury News, Aug. 28, 2012

A bill that purports to protect the rights of California drivers by regulating red-light cameras received a green light from the Legislature earlier this week. See related coverage from Palo Alto Online News. (San Jose Mercury News photo by Dan Honda)

Wilmington City Council Renews Road Safety Program Agreement
Island News (North Carolina), Aug. 23, 2012

The Wilmington City Council renewed its contract with American Traffic Solutions for an additional year of automated red-light enforcement services.

Drivers Who Pass Stopped School Buses to Face Fines
WXIA TV 11 (Georgia), Aug. 28, 2012

Drivers who don’t stop for school buses in some parts of the metro area are about to get hit with stiff fines. Carroll and Newton Counties and the city of Carrollton have become the first systems to actually go after the drivers where it hurts — in the wallet.

School Bus Cameras Capture More Than 100 Images in First Week
Times-Georgian (Georgia), Aug. 28, 2012

Carroll County Schools is leading the state, and the nation, in an initiative to raise awareness of school bus safety and — hopefully — change behavior.

School Bus Cameras Capture Risky Drivers
WSB TV2 (Georgia), Aug. 27, 2012

Just ask any school bus driver and you’ll hear this is the norm. The stop sign goes out and car after car goes by anyway, putting children getting on or off the bus in danger.

Cameras Roll, Catch Motorists Who Pass School Buses
Newton Citizen (Georgia), Aug. 23, 2012

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has been looking over film and photos taken during Newton County School System’s bus stops since the first of the week and has already identified six offenders who ran through the stop signs the bus exhibits during stops.

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce the Township of East Windsor, New Jersey, has agreed to expand its road safety camera system to another intersection, and the City of St. Joseph, Missouri, has authorized ATS to conduct the camera placement design phase, which is the next step for installing red-light safety cameras at a designed location. ATS will conduct the design work and submit plans for approval and permits to Missouri Department of Transportation.

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Editorial: Cameras Catch Traffic Violators in a Flash
The Aegis/ (Maryland), Aug. 28, 2012

The negative incentive of the red-light cameras does appear to be having a limited positive effect on the safety of the affected intersections, and that’s a good thing in the big picture.

Editorial: Commission Looks for Advice on Red-Light Cameras
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas), Aug. 25, 2012

An  interesting dynamic could be unfolding at Amarillo City Hall involving the future of the city’s red-light camera initiative designed to catch those who violate traffic laws.

Letter: There’s No Good Reason to Oppose Cameras
The Tribune-Review (Pennsylvania), Aug. 25, 2012

There’s absolutely no reason to protest the laws regarding red-light cameras or voter ID — which you get for free, unless you want to break the law.

“People blow through crosswalks all the time, and it’s very, very dangerous. These rolling stops are dangerous. We’re an urban jurisdiction. There are a lot of things going on at intersections you need to stop. Red-light running, I don’t care where you’re from, we don’t want anybody running red lights in the District of Columbia.”
Mary Cheh, District of Columbia Councilwoman
WRC TV 4 (Washington, D.C.), Aug. 29, 2012

“I really believe red-light cameras are an important safety feature that we should use diligently.”
Frank Nelson, Member of Amarillo City Commmittee Considering New Locations for Red-Light Safety Cameras
Amarillo Globe News (Texas), Aug. 29, 2012

“The red-light cameras are an enforcement tool used to promote driver compliance with red-light signals.”
Doug Adolph, Sugar Land city spokesman
Houston Chronicle/ (Texas), Aug. 28, 2012

“We are trying to make the community aware of these safety concerns in order to change drivers’ behavior for student safety. We just want parents to be comfortable when they put their kids on the bus in the morning.”
Scott Cowart, Superintendent of Carroll County Schools
Times-Georgian (Georgia), Aug. 28, 2012

“While I’m pleased we are seeing fewer incidences of stop-arm violations, it’s frightening to think we have this many drivers breaking the law and endangering our children. Student safety should be a priority for everyone in the community, not just parents and schools.”
John Barge, Georgia State School Superintendent
Times-Georgian (Georgia), Aug. 28, 2012

District of Columbia
In a city with red light and speed safety cameras, traffic fatalities have plummeted, according to police who explain that speed was not a factor in any of the 11 fatalities this year. Source: WJLA TV 7 (Virginia), Aug. 28, 2012.

About 26 people die each year in traffic crashes in Seattle. Typically, 11 of those are pedestrians and two are bicyclists. Last year, four bicyclists were killed. Ten times as many people are seriously injured in crashes. Source: The Seattle Times, Aug. 29, 2012.

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