ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 13

Chicago Chooses American Traffic Solutions
DNAinfo (Illinois), Feb. 24, 2013

Chicago is one more step closer to having speed cameras on its streets as the city’s Procurement Services Department announced American Traffic Solutions as its chosen vendor. The city’s evaluation committee gave ATS a unanimous recommendation. (Image from

ATS Answers Red-Light Safety Camera Critics
St. Petersburg Patch (Florida), Feb. 28, 2013

The Arizona company that provides red-light traffic cameras for St. Petersburg and more than 70 municipalities around Florida is fighting back against recent attacks on the legality of the technology and its use to catch violators. In a news release, American Traffic Solutions points out five court rulings that have upheld the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act, which cleared the way for municipalities to use red-light traffic cameras.

Frisco Activates 4th Red-Light Safety Camera
KDFW TV 4 (Texas), Feb. 27, 2013

The city of Frisco hopes to cut down on red-light runners, and the crashes they may cause by activating the city’s fourth red-light camera on Feb. 28 at an intersection where such collisions have sent 12 people to the hospital.

Court Backs City on Red-Light Camera Issue
KCPQ-TV 13 (Washington), Feb. 26, 2013

The state Court of Appeals on Monday ruled in the city of Monroe’s favor in the case of its red-light cameras and against mandatory advisory public votes, saying such votes overstep the legal powers of the local initiative process, and that state law gives city councils the power to make rules regarding traffic cameras.

Traffic Fines are Lighter in New York
New York Post, Feb. 26, 2013

Red-light cameras have nothing on New York drivers. The devices snagged far fewer drivers in 2012 than the prior year — a roughly 24 percent drop.

Bloomberg: Don’t Complain about Tickets if You Run Red Lights
Capital (New York), Feb. 22, 2013

Radio show host John Gambling was watching television recently when he came across a news segment featuring drivers complaining about red-light cameras. This morning he discussed the segment with his guest, Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Capital photo by Dave Kliman via Flickr)

How a Red-Light Running Ticket Is Reviewed
Arnold Patch (Missouri), Feb. 25, 2013

Confusion about how Arnold’s red-light cameras operate has drawn a lot of attention in the city. … In its latest bid to explain how the cameras work, American Traffic Solutions, the vendor for Arnold’s red-light cameras, has released a new video on YouTube.

Bus Cameras Show Progress, Illegal Passing Remains a Concern
The Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia), Feb. 28, 2013

Cobb police say that the hidden cameras installed on the sides of county school buses are helping to keep students safe. That assessment is based on the results of a one-day test in January during which district bus drivers kept track of the number of times other drivers illegally passed their buses as they were stopped. See related article from The Marietta Daily Journal. (Marietta Daily Journal photo by Laura Moon.)

School System to Mount Cameras on Buses
WMAZ TV 13 (Georgia), Feb. 25, 2013

A safety initiative to help keep school bus riders safer begins this month in Houston County.  The Houston County Board of Education, Houston County Sheriff’s Office and American Traffic Solutions (ATS) have partnered to address the growing problem of illegal passing of school buses when stopped for students to board or depart the bus.

American Traffic Solutions welcomes Highline Public Schools in Washington as a new client and is honored to announce new changes to its partnerships with the cities of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Boynton Beach, Florida. Under ATS’ five-year agreement with Highline Public Schools, ATS will provide CrossingGuard School Bus Camera Systems to mitigate the number of cars that illegally pass stopped school buses and endanger students. By council vote, Baton Rouge, an ATS customer since 2007, will extend its contact for another year. In Boynton Beach, an amendment to its 2009 contract with ATS will add red-light safety cameras at five new traffic approaches. ATS looks forward to being a part of the continuing road safety efforts put forth by these three customers.

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.

NCSR @SaferRoadsUSA “Going through a red light kills people” – Mayor Bloomberg on wanting to install more red-light cameras.  #StopOnRed

TrafficSAMS @Trafficsams So true! #StopOnRed  #TakeEasyOnYellow  #besafe

Letter: Red-Light Runners Should Be Ticketed in Any Manner Possible
The Ledger (Florida), Feb. 28, 2013

The anti-red-light camera bill is based on the premise that the red-light runners are self-incriminating themselves. Rep. Carlos Trujillo argued that public safety isn’t worth sacrificing constitutional rights. Don’t we, the law-abiding citizens, have a right to safety on the road?

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Vexing, but Legal
The Journal (New York), Feb. 27, 2013

Whether or not you agree with the concept, the cameras are legal. If you follow the traffic laws and drive a little cautiously, it is very easy to avoid being ticketed. I have adjusted my driving habits and have never encountered a problem.

Letter: Red-Light Camera Is Best Solution
The Express-Times (New Jersey), Feb. 26, 2013

I have lived in Pohatcong since 1966 just about a half mile south of this notorious intersection, was rear-ended twice, witnessed many accidents and close calls, but have seen a dramatic decline in accidents and near misses since the red-light cameras were installed at this intersection.

Letter: Red-Light Cameras Save Lives
Arizona Daily Star, Feb. 25, 2013

Every 11 hours, another life is lost on Arizona roads. As president of the Arizona Public Health Association, I understand the critical need to address traffic safety in our communities. For this reason, we joined the Arizona chapter of the Traffic Safety Coalition, an organization comprised of safety advocates, bike and pedestrian groups and others, to make our roads safer.

“Going through a red-light kills people.”
Michael Bloomberg, New York City Mayor
Capital (New York), Feb. 22, 2013

“I would say it’s brought into the bright light the concern for stopping for school buses.”
Hawk Hagebak, Cobb Police Department Lieutenant, on school bus safety cameras.
Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia), Feb. 22, 2013

“The use of red light cameras is us embracing technology to provide a public service. You don’t have an officer chasing an individual through a red light, and you are able to use manpower in other places.”
John Price, Assistant Chief Administrative Office to the Mayor of Baton Rouge
The Advocate (Louisiana), Feb. 13, 2013

In January, school bus drivers in the Cobb School District reported 400 drivers illegally passed their buses. That is down from 1,600 violators in a 2011 test and 900 in a one-day test last year. The district began installing school bus safety cameras in 2010. Source: Marietta Daily Journal, Feb. 22, 2013.

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