Further Evidence Safety Camera Programs Reduce Red-Light Running
Jan. 24, 2013
Another study – released today by the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
– provides more supporting evidence that red-light safety camera programs are effective. The study looked at a camera program in
where red-light running rates have decreased at intersections with cameras. They found the largest decline – 86 percent – in violations that prove to be the most dangerous, occurring 1.5 seconds into the red light cycle.
program is another example of the safety benefits cameras bring to intersections," said
, Executive Director of the
National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR)
. "This study comes at a time when mounting evidence from other successful camera programs across the country is being revealed. Communities are seeing the true benefits of their programs and public support for cameras continues to rise."
installed cameras in
at heavily traveled intersections. IIHS started documenting violation trends by videotaping traffic during a 30-day warning period after the cameras were installed. They continued to capture footage a month after ticketing began and again after a year of operation.
The research revealed red-light running violations went down across the board at camera intersections. Another
of large U.S. cities in 2011 found that safety cameras reduced the rate of fatal red-light running collisions by 24 percent.
Intersections are a major focus for improving road safety. In 2010, more than 2.2 million police-reported motor vehicle crashes involving an intersection led to 7,707 deaths and 68,000 serious non-fatal injuries. As proven in
, red-light safety cameras are an effective tool in reducing a key contributor to intersection collisions – the deadly act of running a red light.
View the full IIHS Arlington study
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