Video: How Do Red Light Cameras Work?

American Traffic Solutions, the company that runs Gulfport's three red light cameras, launched a "How it Works" video to show you how the system works.

In February 2011, three intersection safety cameras or red light cameras were installed in different locations in the city.

  • West Bound on Gulfport Blvd. S. & 58th St S.
  • South Bound on 49th St. & 15th Ave S.
  • East Bound on Gulfport Blvd. S. & 49th St. S.

During the first 30 days, the cameras snapped photos and those caught running red lights received warnings. As of March 21, 2011, the cameras went "live" and the warning period ended. Within the first 30 days of issuing tickets, nearly 640 citations were issued. Running the light will cost you a $158 for the ticket. 

American Traffic Solutions operates the cameras and systems from Arizona. The pays $4,500 per month per camera.

For more information on how the cameras and systems work, check out the step-by-step video released today from ATSClick on this link to see download and watch the video.

The video is being released in conjunction with National Safety Month. According to the media release, the "How it Works" video allows the technology to be broken down into simple terms.

"As the country's leader in road safety technology, ATS is committed to working to raise awareness and educate the public about how red-light safety cameras work," said James Tuton, ATS President and CEO.

According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes.

For more information check out Gulfport Police Chief Robert Vincent's blog from Feb. 2011.

Jim June 13, 2011 at 11:54 PM
For those who feel compelled to know things like how sausage is made, here's "How It Works" in the inner sanctums of ATS. ATS was just found hidden behind a lot of the pro-camera comments posted online. The expose caused the suspension, in May, of an ATS VP. Source: Everett (WA) Daily Herald (heraldnet dot com). Put Kroske in search box. VP Kroske was just one of ATS' men. There is Mark Rosenker, former NTSB chair, now with an ATS-supported pro-camera group, the Natl. Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR). His NTSB credential garnered Rosenker pro-camera "guest columns" in papers around the country. In those he mentioned his current position with NCSR but did not reveal that NCSR is supported by ATS. (Early in his career he did electronic monitoring for CRP, the campaign to re-elect Pres. Nixon. CRP did the Watergate break-in, many went to jail, Nixon resigned.) ATS is hidden behind many "citizen supported" pro-camera sites in towns where the company is entrenched. Source: bancams dot com. Put "stupid" in search box. So who is hidden behind ATS? Follow the money. In Sept. 2008 Warren Buffett (Geico), invested $5 bil in Goldman-Sachs which, later that month, invested $50 mil in ATS. There's no audit trail from Buffett/Geico to ATS, but consider that Goldman was in dire straits back then, and couldn't have made the investment in ATS without the $5 bil from Buffett. Give me a lesson in sausage making, any day.
St Pete Driver June 14, 2011 at 01:28 AM
They still won't tell us how many of those 640 citations were for right turn on red. Every time I ask them that I never get a response...
St Pete Beach Driver June 18, 2011 at 03:47 PM
Just increase the yellow light times & stop the extortion! You want more revenue, put a toll booth up. Red light cams = sleazy politicians. Enough! I will now go out of my way to avoid patronizing Gulfport & its businesses due to the red light camera scam. There is no way to quantify lost revenue by Gulfport business community from people like me who essentially protest through avoidance. St Pete Beach Driver


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