The fast-growing Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Little Elm, Texas, has selected American Traffic Solutions Inc. (ATS) as the vendor for the city’s red-light camera enforcement program.
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.
In 2008, Little Elm Officers responded to 246 crashes. The city recently performed a study to measure the severity of the red light violations and found four intersections with double-digit violations—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.
A recent 2008 stateside study required by the Texas legislature shows that cameras reduce the number of red-light crashes by 30 percent.
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, near Dallas.
American Traffic Solutions www.atsol.com