New Report: Red Light Cameras Save Lives

A new study was published in July that highlights the need for automated enforcement programs in our communities because red light running continues to be a problem.  Each year, hundreds of lives are lost from crashes involving red light running and more than half of the deaths in these types of crashes are pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants in vehicles that are hit by red light runners.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHS-HLDI), researchers found that in the 79 U.S. cities that have red light camera programs, nearly 1300 lives were saved in 2014.  When those programs were shut down, fatal red-light-running crashes went up by 30%:

“A 2011 IIHS study found that in large cities with red light camera programs during 2004-08, there were substantial decreases in the per capita rates of both fatal red-light-running crashes and fatal crashes of all types at intersections with traffic signals.

The new study updates that analysis, using a more rigorous design, a larger number of cities and a longer study period. It also looks at the effect of ending camera programs, something not previously studied.”

To drive home how devastating red light crashes can be, IIHS recreated a real-life red light running collision that occurred in Yuma, Arizona in 2012 on their YouTube page. You can view the video here.

Automated enforcement can save lives. Optotraffic will continue to work with communities to increase public safety by offering innovative photo enforcement programs such as red light, speed, parking and more. If you are interested in starting a red light camera program in your community or would like more information on automated enforcement, please contact us today.