ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 47

Red-Light Running Violations Decrease in New Jersey
Independent Press/, Oct. 25, 2012

New Jersey’s red-light camera program seems to be having a mostly positive impact on traffic safety. Red-light running violations decreased 33 percent in Rahway at U.S. 1 and East Milton Avenue, and 46 percent in Roselle Park at Route 28 and Locust Street, according to a study of New Jersey roadways and intersections by American Traffic Solutions. See related coverage from Independent Press. (The Jersey Journal photo by Reena Rose Sibayan)

Data Shows Drivers’ Habits Are Changing for the Better (New Jersey), Oct. 23, 2012

More drivers are avoiding the dreaded red-light camera tickets at intersections where cameras are present, sending the rate of violations down as much as 95 percent at one, said officials of American Traffic Solutions.

Collision Count Drops in Pohatcong
The Warren Reporter/ (New Jersey), Oct. 23, 2012

A year after eight red-light safety cameras were installed here, data from American Traffic Solutions and the Pohatcong Township Police Department suggests the cameras are having a positive impact on public safety. See related video and additional coverage in The Express Times.

Camera Installation Begins in Palatka
Palatka Daily News (Florida), Oct. 23, 2012

Next month, Palatka drivers who run red lights will not only risk a collision, but may also take a hit to their wallets. Installation of red-light violator cameras began last week and should be installed at four intersections, snapping photos by Nov. 16.

Point Counterpoint over New Jersey Red-Light Cameras
WKXW 101.5 FM (New Jersey), Oct. 19, 2012

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlan is challenging red-light camera companies to allow their cameras be taken down without penalty by any municipality where traffic data proves a legitimate safety concern. Charles Territo, vice president of communications with American Traffic Solutions, says it’s far too early for the case to be closed on the impact of red-light cameras.

West Long Branch Looks to Use Cameras
Long Branch-Eatonton Patch (New Jersey), Oct. 19, 2012

The West Long Branch Council is taking the necessary to steps to install red-light cameras throughout the borough. The council introduced an ordinance on Wednesday that would allow it to put the project out for bid while other specifics, including the location of the cameras, will be determined later.

Red-Light Camera Advocates Speak Out for Cameras in Murrieta
Murrieta Patch (California), Oct. 24, 2012

In a news conference held Tuesday, elected officials in Murrieta urged a no vote on Measure N, the red-light camera initiative.

Right-On-Red Turn Narrowly Avoids Collision with Bicyclist
YouTube, Oct. 23, 2012

A vehicle nearly collides with a bicyclist crossing the street in Miami Springs, FL.

Philadelphia Activates 3 New Red-Light Cameras
WCAU TV 10 (Pennsylvania), Oct. 19, 2012

The Philadelphia Parking Authority is activating new red-light cameras today in an effort to make intersections safer for pedestrians and drivers alike. See related coverage by KYW-TV 3.

Get Involved in Saving a Life: Sharing a Tweet is a convenient way to inform others about the dangers of red-light running. Another way is to direct drivers to the ATS YouTube page, where visitors can watch informative videos about road safety camera programs and see the dangerous crashes hundreds of communities are trying to avoid by installing red-light safety cameras. Seeing is believing, which is why ATS invites you to visit our links at the end of this page and share the message to stop on red.

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Cobb School Bus Stop Arm Initiative
Marietta Patch (Georgia), Oct. 22, 2012

Take a closer look at the School Bus Stop Law, the penalties for violating it, statistics on drivers illegally passing school buses and how the CrossingGuard school bus stop arm safety solutions work.

ATS Announces School Bus Safety Campaign
The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 22, 2012

In recognition of National School Bus Safety Week and to underscore the importance of safe driver behavior around school buses, ATS has developed the Flashing Red, Kids Ahead public awareness campaign to inform motorists about the laws and safe practices to follow when approaching a school bus. See related coverage in School Transportation News.

American Traffic Solutions has reached agreements for road safety camera programs in three separate states this past week. The agreements provide for the city of Ferguson, MO., to extend its program for another year; for the city of Sarasota, FL., to add red-light safety cameras at 10 new intersection approaches; and for the city of Colmar Manor, MD, to continue its program for at least three more years. ATS is honored that these current clients chose to continue their partnership with ATS in this important public safety program.

St. Louis Red-Light Safety Cameras Change Driver Behavior
Globe Newswire, Oct. 24, 2012

A new analysis of the City of St. Louis’ violator-funded red-light safety camera program shows drivers are adopting safer driving habits by pressing on the brake at red lights instead of stomping on the gas. As drivers comply with the law, the risk of dangerous red-light running collisions is reduced, and streets become safer for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Letter: In Support of Red-Light Cameras
The Record/ (New Jersey), Oct. 24, 2012

I’ve always thought that red-light cameras were decreasing accidents and saving lives. Now I know it’s true because Palisades Park police Lieutenant Matthew Finck and Englewood Cliffs Police Chief Michael Cioffi stated that accidents have decreased at intersections with cameras. This is clearly not a coincidence.

Letter: Victim of T-Bone Crash Says Keep Cameras
San Diego Union-Tribune (California), Oct. 24, 2012

I have spent nearly half my life in pain as a result of being T-boned by a red-light runner, 33 years for a selfish act, and my mother lost her husband, my Dad. When we read about someone being hurt in an accident we have no idea how it impacts their life, just because someone was in a hurry or not paying attention.

Letter: When It Comes to Saving Lives, Photo Enforcement Works
Delaware County Daily Times (Pennsylvania), Oct. 23, 2012

We are pleased Springfield is moving forward with a plan to install lifesaving traffic safety cameras (“Springfield OKs ordinances related to red light cameras,” Oct. 12). … Red-light cameras have been successful in reducing fatal crashes in Philadelphia and countless other cities throughout the country.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Save Lives
Main Line Times (Pennsylvania), Oct. 19, 2012

Give credit to Lower Merion Township’s board of commissioners for their work to protect law-abiding citizens from reckless drivers by considering the use of red-light cameras at dangerous intersections.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Do Improve Safety
Daily Record (New Jersey), Oct. 17, 2012

I’ve been driving for 50 years and consider myself a good driver, figuring I have encountered 350,000 traffic lights and received only one red-light ticket in 1971 which I deserved. I see lots of drivers go through red lights, they deserve tickets whether from a policeman or a camera. I feel it is those drivers who complain the loudest.

“I think that the cameras, in my opinion, in Pohatcong Township are working. Just being out there every day and seeing the traffic, the people are stopping.”
Jeffrey Greenemeir, Police Chief of Pohatcong, N.J.
The Express Times/ (New Jersey), Oct. 20, 2012

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