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Video Evidence Assists Police, Reduces Costs
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 12, 2013) – Video footage from an American Traffic Solutions red-light safety camera in Bel-Nor, Mo., provided police with the essential evidence they needed to determine who was at fault in a jarring T-bone collision on June 10. The 12-second clip ended the dispute between the drivers, who both claimed they had the green light, and became another example of how cameras assist police with their investigations.
The video was on its way to police just minutes after American Traffic Solutions received the request from authorities in Bel-Nor. It showed events as they unfolded at Natural Bridge Road and Clearview West Drive, where a sedan ran a red light 11.3 seconds into the red phase and collided with an SUV entering the intersection.
“With disputing witness testimony on what actually happened, this investigation was going to drag on for a long time, but the indisputable video evidence helped us resolve the question of fault and complete the investigation,” said Bel-Nor Chief of Police Scott Ford. “This case is a prime example of how the red-light safety cameras saved precious time for our officers, which in turn benefits the community and taxpayers. Our officers can be out on the streets and in our neighborhoods, not trying to determine fault in a traffic collision. What would have taken days or even weeks was cleared up in minutes thanks to the red-light safety cameras.”
This is not the first time Bel-Nor has requested red-light safety camera video images to assist with an ongoing investigation, nor is it the only city to do soon the very first day the cameras were turned on in 2007, a delivery truck was involved in a hit and run, taking out the brick entrance to the village. The video was quickly provided to the police who were able to track down the driver. The cost to replace the entrance was over $20,000 – a bill taxpayers would have had to absorb had the police not found the driver.
On average, police departments across the country make 225 requests each month to ATS for video footage and photographs from road safety cameras. Authorities use the evidence to solve hit-and-run collisions, assaults and homicides.
Bel-Nor installed its red-light camera system in 2007. The cameras are used to reduce dangerous intersection crashes by changing driver behavior so motorists stop on red instead of racing through the intersection. As drivers change their behavior, the number of red-light running violations decreases and the probability of red-light running collisions, which typically result in injury or death, diminishes.
About American Traffic Solutions: ATS is proud to be the market leader in road safety camera installations in Missouri and North America. ATS has more than 3,000 installed red-light and speed safety cameras serving more than 30 million people. ATS has contracts in nearly 300 communities in 21 states and Washington, D.C., including: St. Louis, Kansas City and more than two dozen other Missouri cities. For more information, please visit: atsol.com or www.PlatePass.com. To view video that serves as a chilling reminder of the dangers that red-light runners present to our family and children; visit ATS on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/user/ATSRoadSafety.