Red-Light Safety Cameras Lower Traffic Injuries and Fatalities

| February 10, 2014

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A new report on red-light safety cameras used in Florida notes that traffic deaths and injuries have decreased dramatically since cameras were installed throughout the state.

The report, conducted by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, found that fatal collisions have decreased by 49 percent in the 12 counties studied, resulting in an estimated 18 lives saved.

In addition, 68 fewer injury crashes occurred after red-light safety cameras were installed.

“If even one life has been saved, these cameras are doing their job,” said Melissa Wandall, President of National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR).

In December, the Florida Department of Highway and Traffic Safety found that 95 percent of vehicles issued a red-light running violation in 2013 did not receive a second citation.

A separate analysis released in December by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, an office of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, shows red-light running fatalities decreased 27% in Florida, from 83 fatalities in 2011 to 61 in 2012, outpacing the nation’s 5% decrease.




Category: General Update, Safety

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