Red-Light Safety

RED-LIGHT SAFETY AT A GLANCE

  • Between 2001-2013, more than 10,700 people were killed in intersection or intersection-related traffic collisions (NHTSA).
  • Red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes in the United States (IIHS).
  • More than 3.7 million drivers received a red-light running violation in 2014 (NCSR).
  • In the last five years, the number of communities that employ red-light safety camera programs has increased by 154 percent, while fatalities have decreased by more than 25 percent (ATS).
  • Nationwide, 89 percent of drivers who received a ticket issued by a red-light safety camera in 2013 have not received another (ATS).
  • According to 2012 research by the Texas Transportation Institute, cameras provide “a positive safety effect” at intersections and led to a 39% decrease in red-light running right angle crashes, which can be devastating.

THE BIG PICTURE

Innocent lives are lost every day because drivers recklessly decide to run red lights. Between 2001-2013, more than 10,700 people were killed in intersection or intersection-related traffic collisions, according to the most recent statistics available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes in the United States. Red-light running poses a significant threat to the wellbeing of all who share America’s roadways.

This May, NCSR collected and analyzed data from more than 2,200 red-light safety cameras across 20 states and found that more than 3.7 million drivers received a red-light running violation in 2014. Every time drivers ran red lights last year, they put countless other lives at risk.

Luckily, red-light safety cameras have proven to be effective tools in reducing red-light running and the injuries and fatalities that too often come with it. In fact they led to a 39% decrease in red-light running right angle crashes, according to a 2012 Texas Transportation Institute research.

In the last five years, the number of communities that employ red-light safety camera programs has increased by 154 percent. In that same time period, traffic fatalities have decreased by more than 25 percent.

In addition, automated traffic enforcement is improving driver behavior. Nationwide, 89 percent of drivers who received a ticket issued by a red-light safety camera in 2013 have not received another. In short, the cameras are not only penalizing red-light runners for their reckless behavior, but also keeping them from committing the same dangerous acts again.

 

Additional Key Issues
School Bus Stop Arm Safety

Nearly 26 million school children in the United States ride school buses to and from school, getting on and off the bus 20 billion times in a single school year. In 2014, an estimated 13 million drivers illegally passed school buses across the country, posing a serious danger to children. School bus stop arm cameras help reduce this risk by penalizing drivers who disobey school bus passing laws, which are typically under-enforced. Read More >>

Speed Safety

In 2013, speeding killed an estimated 9,613 people in the U.S., an average of 26 people every day. In fact, the faster a car is going, the greater the risk of injury and death. Speed safety cameras—which are installed in communities across the country—have greatly reduced the number of fatalities and injuries that result from speeding. Read More >>