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Public support grows as more red light cameras go on the streets of Florida

American Traffic Solutions : 18 June, 2009  (Application Story)
ATS has won orders spanning Florida to enhance its existing widespread presence protecting traffic light controlled junctions in the Sunshine State
American Traffic Solutions (ATS) has announced the signing of six new contracts in the greater Miami area. ATS will provide red-light camera systems and services for traffic safety programs in the cities of Doral, Palmetto Bay, North Bay Village, Bal Harbour, Opa-locka, and Miami Shores. ATS currently serves more than 40 communities across Florida and more than 150 communities across the US and Canada with photo-enforcement programs.

"As the largest red-light camera program provider in the Sunshine State, we are excited to further expand our services in the greater Miami area. ATS is confident that these programs will reduce crashes and related injuries across Florida by significantly reducing the number of red-light violations and related," said James Tuton, President and CEO of American Traffic Solutions. "Red-light cameras have proven to be an excellent tool that helps law enforcement save lives and improve roadway safety at no cost to communities or taxpayers."

* The City of Doral is located in north-central Miami-Dade County with more than 20,000 residents.
* The Village of Palmetto Bay is located in south-central Miami-Dade County with more than 25,000 residents.
* The City of North Bay Village is a three-island community situated in northeast Miami-Dade County with more than 7,000 residents.
* Bal Harbour Village is located in northeast Miami-Dade County with a population of more than 3,000.
* The City of Opa-locka in northern Miami-Dade County has a population of more than 15,000.
* Miami Shores Village is located just north of downtown Miami with more than 10,000 residents.

Public opinion polling results show that support for red-light cameras remains unusually strong locally and nationally. More than 88% of Miami area residents support the use of red-light cameras, according to a poll conducted in August 2007 for the Stop Red-Light Running Coalition of Florida. In that same poll, statewide support for the red-light cameras was 85%. Similarly, an independent, non-commissioned nationwide poll of registered voters taken in May 2009 shows 69% of Americans support red-light cameras, while only 29% oppose them. Interestingly, by a 47-41% margin, voters are inclined to believe they are isolated in their support, and that they believe most residents in their state oppose red-light cameras when, in fact, the majority does support the use of cameras. This poll showcases the major disconnect between people's perceptions and their actual attitudes about the issue, and it points to the vocal opposition as being really the minority.
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