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Texan town to gain red-light enforcement cameras from ATS

American Traffic Solutions : 09 April, 2009  (Application Story)
Traffic junction accident blackspots in the town of Little Elm to be protected by traffic enforcement camera installations from American Traffic Solutions
The Town of Little Elm, Texas, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, has selected American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to serve as the city's red-light camera traffic safety program vendor. Little Elm's red-light camera safety program will focus on the most dangerous, high-speed intersections where the largest number of violations are occurring, such as intersections along Highway 380.

In 2008, Little Elm Officers responded to 246 crashes. The city recently performed a study to measure the severity of the red light violations. The results show four intersections with double-digit violations - and in some cases up to 27 violations - during an 8-hour period.

"The Police Department is at a point where we need to be creative in terms of improvising to supplement our limited resources," Police Chief Waylan Rhodes said. "There are other factors to consider, such as lack of police officers to keep up with the increased growth and town annexation that has created an increase in police calls for service, especially accidents. We simply cannot maintain police presence on Highway 380 as much as we would like to.

"When police officers and firefighters respond to a fatality accident we get to see the loss of life up close, and all because someone either carelessly or aggressively ran a red light. Honestly, I don't believe those who are skeptical about red-light cameras really believe its OK to run red lights, I hope. The cameras are proven to reduce the number of violations and crashes, so we need them here in Little Elm," Rhodes concluded.

A recent 2008 stateside study required by the Texas legislature shows that cameras reduce the number of red-light crashes by 30%. Other studies prove that cameras reduce the number of red-light violations by 40-50%.

The Town of Little Elm in Denton County, Texas is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Texas. In 2000, its population was 3,600 and today estimates show that number to be nearly 23,000 residents.

ATS serves more than 150 communities with red-light and speed camera programs across the US and Canada. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, ATS serves Arlington, Balcones Heights, Burleson, Cedar Hill, Fort Worth, Hutto, and Irving. Elsewhere in Texas, ATS serves the cities of Houston, Amarillo, Baytown, Beaumont, College Station, Conroe, Humble, Jersey Village, and Sugar Land. The company has two Texas regional offices, one in Missouri City (southwest of Houston) and the other in Arlington.

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