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Tempe, AZ — On February 26, 2015, Polk County Judge Robert Grode, of Florida’s 10th Judicial Circuit, upheld a red-light running violation issued through the City of Lakeland’s red-light safety camera program and ordered the defendant to pay the fine. After a thorough review of the protocols established by Lakeland, the judge determined that the recent City of Hollywood v. Arem decision issued by the state’s Fourth District Court did not apply.
“I think in this case, it’s very clear the City of Lakeland has set out very clear standards for a third-party vendor to follow; and failure to follow that means that the third-party vendor is no longer going to be doing that work,” Judge Grode said in court transcripts.
In reviewing the vendor’s role in the violation process, Judge Grode said the evidence and information presented in the City of Lakeland v. Robert Meador case indicate the vendor’s role to be a “ministerial or secretarial function.” He went on to distinguish this role from a decision-maker’s role. Lakeland’s red-light safety camera vendor is American Traffic Solutions.
ATS General Counsel George Hittner said Judge Grode’s decision affirms the clear distinction in responsibilities between vendor and client.
“This ruling confirms the clear difference in roles of cities and ATS as a service provider. ATS abides by the directives given by the city for how the data captured by the cameras should be processed,” Hittner said. “Judge Grode’s decision confirms what we have always known to be the case concerning how these programs work in using red-light safety camera programs to deter the unlawful and dangerous act of running through red lights.”
Changes in driver behavior is the goal of red-light safety cameras, and a recent analysis by ATS, the largest road safety camera provider in Florida, indicates this change is taking place in Florida. Through 2013, Florida drivers recorded a 5 percent recidivism rate, meaning 95 percent of drivers who receive a red-light running violation and pay it do not commit a second violation.
This behavioral redirection translates to safer streets. According to the 2014 Florida Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA), fatal crashes at Red-Light Safety Camera intersections on state roads have been reduced by 49% resulting in an estimated 18 lives saved.
About American Traffic Solutions:
ATS is proud to be the market leader in road safety camera installations in North America, and in Florida where ATS contracts with Apopka, Hillsborough County, Miami and more than 60 other cities. Nationally, ATS has more than 3,200 installed red-light, safety and school bus stop arm safety cameras serving more than 30 million people. ATS has contracts in nearly 300 communities in 20 states and Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit: www.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.