ATS’ Newsletter Vol. 3, Issue 9

Police Demonstrate Red-Light Videos
St. Joseph News-Press (Missouri), Jan. 31, 2013

St. Joseph police demonstrated Wednesday how they review and approve red-light violations before a $100 ticket is sent to the driver. (St. Joseph News-Press photo by Matt Reid)

Driver Surrenders to Police in Fatal Car-Pedestrian Collision
Star-Telegram (Texas), Jan. 29, 2013

A Grand Prairie middle school teacher abruptly resigned and walked into a Grand Prairie police station to turn herself in to police Tuesday morning, telling officers that she is the driver they were searching for in the hit-and-run death of a 6-year-old boy last week. Police said the traffic signal was red for 14 seconds when a vehicle ran it and hit the boy. ( graphic)

Stop, Go, Floor It: The Dilemma Zone, Jan. 29, 2013

It sounds like a reality TV show, but it’s actually something most drivers encounter every day: The moment when, approaching a yellow traffic light, you must decide to continue through the intersection at the same speed, hit the gas or apply the brakes. Each of these decisions carries risks.

Police Say Red-Light Running Involved in Early Morning Crash
KVOA TV 4 (Arizona), Jan. 28, 2013

According to Tucson Police Department officials, an early morning crash that sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries was caused by a red-light running violation.

Gotcha! Red-Light Cameras Slow Rate of Red-Light Violations
Fleet Owner Magazine, Jan. 28, 2013

A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reviewing the use of red-light cameras at four major intersections in Arlington County, Virginia, determined that cameras significantly reduced the number of red-light violations – proving, in the eyes of the group’s researchers, that such technology can successfully “modify” driver behavior. See related news coverage in and

Study Declares Red-Light Cameras Effective at Improving Safety
WTOP 103.5 FM Radio (District of Columbia), Jan. 28, 2013

A  new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that cameras in Arlington County, Virginia, are effective at reducing the number of drivers committing red-light violations, along with reducing violations that could cause a crash.  See related news coverage in Virtual Strategy Magazine, The Car Connection and ARLnow. Read related statement from National Coalition for Safer Roads in the Sacramento Bee.

Red-Light Cameras Bringing Results
St. Joseph News-Press (Missouri), Jan. 30, 2013

During the 12 days since St. Joseph’s red-light safety camera program began at two intersections, authorities have approved 91 violations. (St. Joseph News-Press photo by Eric Keith)

More Red-Light Cameras at New Intersections in Sarasota
SNN Local News 6 (Florida), Jan. 29, 2013

If they’re not up already, construction is soon to begin on 11 more red-light cameras in Sarasota. The new additions will be going up at six different intersections.

Sheriff’s Deputies on Lookout for School Bus Scofflaws
The Palm Beach Post (Florida), Jan. 30, 2013

Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies hit the streets to educate motorists about the legal requirement to stop for school buses.

Council Passes Ordinance to Equip School Buses with Cameras
Falls Church Patch (Virginia), Jan. 29, 2013

City of Falls Church school buses will be equipped with video cameras designed to catch motorists who blow past stop signs that appear when buses stop to pick up or drop off children. See related news in The Washington Post. (Photo by John Wesley Brett – Falls Church City Schools.)

Program Reveals Motorists Passing Stopped School Buses
WESH TV2 (Georgia), Jan. 28, 2013

A six-week pilot program in Seminole County revealed that motorists are continuing to pass stopped school buses. The program that started Oct. 3 is with American Traffic Solutions.

Cars Zip Past School Bus and Camera’s Eye
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Jan. 25, 2013

A high-tech experiment in Seminole County is proving what police have known for a long time: Motorists are endangering the lives of students by passing stopped school buses.

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Commentary: Making the Case for Red-Light Cameras
Turlock Journal (California), Jan. 29, 2013

If I was a politician, I might be labeled a flip-flopper because I have recently reversed my previous opinion on a local governance issue. The matter in question: red light traffic cameras.

Editorial: Red-Light Cameras Can Be Crime-Busters
The News Tribune (Washington), Jan. 30, 2013

Seattle police think a red-light camera might have helped catch whoever killed 21-year-old Nicole Westbrook in a drive-by shooting last spring. They figured someone who has that much disregard for human life might also disregard traffic lights, and the camera might have captured a license plate number.

Letter: Keep the Cameras
Naples Daily News (Florida), Jan. 29, 2013

County commissioners, please reconsider your actions and keep the cameras. You will save lives by your actions, but if you continue to move forward with doing away with the cameras, people will suffer and people will die because of you and your heavy-handed actions that placate a small minority — those who will, no doubt, run red lights!

Letter: Keep the Protection
Naples Daily News (Florida), Jan. 29, 2013

I totally agree that red-light cameras are an important investment for our community. … It makes sense to continue the program; not only does it help in research for brain injuries and spinal injuries it does not cost the county or state any money to administer the program.

Letter: Film Drivers Who Ignore School Bus Law
The Express-Times (Pennsylvania), Jan. 28, 2013

It’s time to arm school bus drivers — not with firearms, but with the tools they need to nail all the thoughtless or just plain stupid drivers who ignore the flashing lights and the students walking in the intersection.

“The goal in the program is to get people who are driving to change their habits. There’s no motor vehicle statute whose goal is punishment. The statutes are there to be a deterrent.”
John S. Wisniewski, New Jersey State Assemblyman
Independent (New Jersey), Jan. 31, 2013

“Everywhere the program is in place, violations drop.”
Paul Sutton, Captain with Sarasota Police Department
SNN Local News 6 (Florida), Jan. 29, 2013

“People can paint it anyway they want to, whether it’s a money generator. My perspective (is) it’s all about safety. It’s all about safety of kids.”
Kenneth Lewis, Seminole County Public Schools Transportation Director
WESH TV 2 (Georgia), Jan. 28, 2013

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