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Value of Red-Light Safety Cameras

Data from other cities across the country and multiple research studies have proven that red-light safety cameras decrease accidents- in particular, the numbers of side or T-bone crashes which cause the most fatalities and serious injuries.

  • In 2010, 667 people were killed and more than 100,000 were injured in intersection crashes.**
  • Two-thirds of the people that die in red light crashes are people other than the violator.*
  • Motorists are more likely to be injured in a red-light running crash than any other type of collision.*
  • An average of nearly 63 people (62.5) died in red-light running crashes every month for the past five years, 2007-2011.
  • Cameras change drivers’ behavior: Nationally, there were 520 fewer intersection fatalities in 2010 than in 2009, a 7.1% reduction, even though Americans drove 46 billion miles more in 2010 than in 2009.**

In Florida:

  • Red-light running crashes killed 81 people in Florida in 2011. A 13% decrease from the 93 fatalities in 2007, according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, an office of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nationwide, red-light running fatalities decreased 22% across the same time period.
  • The 789 intersection-related fatalities in 2010 cost the state’s communities more than $4.7 billion.**
  • Statewide, the presence of red-light safety cameras is changing driver behavior as demonstrated by the fact that of all red-light running citations issued in Florida in 2011, 94% were issued to the same vehicle only once.****
  • Pursuant to the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act, authorities in Florida using red-light safety cameras are to issue $158 fines for running a red light. Each fine is distributed this way: $100 goes to the state’s general revenue fund; $45 goes to the local government; $10 goes to local trauma centers and $3 is allocated for spinal and brain injury research through The Miami Project.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

In February 2012, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety published research that confirmed what many of us already knew-- red-light safety cameras saves lives.

  • Red-light cameras saved 159 lives in 2004-08 in 14 of the biggest US cities, a new analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows.
  • Had cameras been operating during that period in all large cities, a total of 815 deaths would have been prevented.
  • The researchers found that in the 14 cities that had cameras during 2004-08, the combined per capita rate of fatal red light running crashes fell 35 percent, compared with 1992-96.
  • The rate of all fatal crashes at intersections with signals — not just red light running crashes — fell 14 percent in the camera cities and crept up 2 percent in the non-camera cities. In the camera cities, there were 17 percent fewer fatal crashes per capita at intersections with signals in 2004-08 than would have been expected.

To view additional studies and research from other cities across the country showing the change in driver behavior and reduction of collisions from their road safety camera program, go here:

* Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
** National Highway for Traffic Safety Administration
*** Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department Annual Reports
**** ATS Reports