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Bluff City, Tennessee Signs Contract for Speed Camera Program with American Traffic Solutions.

BLUFF CITY, Tenn. -- The City of Bluff City, Tennessee Bluff City is a city in Sullivan County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 1,559 at the 2000 census. Geography
Bluff City is located at  (36.463352, -82.275049)GR1.
 has signed a contract with American Traffic Solutions, Inc. (ATS) to implement a speed photo-enforcement program to make Highway 11-E safer for drivers. The cameras will monitor speed in both directions on the highway.

"After complaints from several citizens, the city conducted a five-day test on the 11-E traffic," said Bluff City Mayor Todd Malone. "We were shocked to learn from a recent traffic study that more than 2,000 vehicles a day were sailing through our 45 mile-per-hour speed zone at higher than 55 mph. These are not our residents, but through-traffic which ignores the speed limit and puts our citizens in harm's way harm's way
n.
A risky position; danger: a place for the children that is out of harm's way; ships that sail into harm's way. 
. The Board of Mayor and Alderman know it is our responsibility to protect our citizens, and we want to make our community safer before a tragic accident occurs."

Speeding is a factor in about one-third of all fatal crashes, killing more than 1,000 Americans every month. In 2007, more than 13,000 people died in speed-related crashes. Based on a national representative sample of police-reported crashes that year, speed was a factor in about 15 percent of property-damage only crashes and 26 percent of crashes involving injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, often pronounced "nit-suh") is an agency of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government, part of the Department of Transportation.  (NHTSA NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (US government) ) estimates that the economic cost of speed-related crashes is more than $40 billion each year. (Source: NTSA NTSA National Training Systems Association
NTSA National Tuberous Sclerosis Association
NTSA National Technical Services Association
NTSA National Training and Simulation Association
NTSA National Traffic Safety Administration
. 2008. Traffic safety facts, 2007: speeding. Washington, DC: US Department of Transportation.)

Bluff City Chief of Police David Nelson David Nelson may refer to:
  • David Nelson (British Army officer), an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • David Nelson (actor), an American actor, director and producer, appeared in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
 noted that the city had done extensive research on the impact of a speed photo-enforcement program. "I spoke to the cities of Mt. Carmel and Red Bank, which have speed camera programs, and researched data from several additional communities. They all reported significant violation reductions after the cameras were installed, making roadways safer for all drivers."

The City hopes to have the cameras installed by late summer and plans a 30-day grace period during which the cameras will operate but no fines will be issued. Chief Nelson explained, "Every step of our program will be fully notified via local media."

The City has selected Arizona-based ATS to supply and maintain its digital cameras. ATS also provides red-light and speed enforcement programs to Gallatin, Red Bank and Jackson, Tenn., as well as more than 160 other cities and communities across the US and Canada.

About American Traffic Solutions, Inc.:

American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is a leading provider of technology and business solutions for traffic safety and electronic toll collection Electronic Toll Collection (ETC), an adaptation of military "identification friend or foe" technology, aims to eliminate the delay on toll roads. It is a technological implementation of a road pricing concept.  programs worldwide. ATS serves more than 160 municipalities and government agencies across North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere.  with photo-enforcement safety programs such as red-light and speed camera programs. Among the company's larger municipal clients are New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City

City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S.
, Philadelphia, Washington DC, St. Louis, Houston, Seattle and San Diego. ATS also offers PlatePass[R], which is an automated electronic toll payment service that enables rental vehicle customers to use high speed, cashless electronic toll lanes. ATS is a private corporation headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information visit: www.RedLightCamera.com, www.PlatePass.com or www.atsol.com
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