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The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) helps save lives and protect communities by demonstrating how red-light safety cameras can improve driver behavior.


During a time of debate over the use of red-light safety cameras in New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Transportation released its third annual report about red-light safety cameras and the effect they have had on drivers throughout the state in recent years. The conclusion: perhaps this isn’t an issue worth debating.

Since the pilot program for the red-light safety cameras began on December 16, 2009, the New Jersey Department of Transportation has kept a close watch on the program’s effectiveness and how it has influenced driving behavior in New Jersey.

After five years, the Department released its third report analyzing the safety data for the cameras, noting that driving behavior has in fact been modified and suggested to continue the monitoring program.

Top findings include:

  • For the two locations with three years of data, when the Pre-Camera year crash data is compared to Year 3, right-angle crashes are down 86%, rear-end crashes are down 58%, total crashes are down 72%, and estimated crash severity costs have been reduced by $246,200. Regarding the citations issued at these locations, comparing the first month of operation (Month 1) with the last month at the end of the three-year period (Month 36), citations are down 83%.
  • Considering the crash, severity and citation data, both annually and over the three-year period it can be concluded that RLR has made a difference and therefore appears to be a viable safety tool at these Group 1 intersections.
  • For the twenty-two locations that have been active for two full years, when the Pre-Camera year data is compared to Year 2, right-angle crashes are down 60%, rear-end crashes are down 7%, total crashes are down 27%, and estimated crash severity costs have been reduced by $787,200. Regarding the citations issued at these locations, comparing Month 1 of operation with Month 24, citations are down 61%.
  • For the twenty-three intersections that have been operating for one full year, when the Pre-Camera year is compared to Year 1, right-angle crashes are down 15%, rear-end crashes are down 3%, total crashes are down 5%, and estimated crash severity costs have decreased by $2,176,100. Regarding the citations issued at these locations, comparing Month 1 with Month 12, citations are down 31%.
  • Adding the severity costs for each operational year, right-angle crash costs at all RLR intersections have decreased $1,519,500 and rear-end crash costs have decreased $1,690,000, resulting in a combined net public benefit of $3,209,500 for the program up through December 31, 2012.

While the debate may continue, the Department’s report shows that those who are in support of the red-light safety cameras and say the cameras promote safety by improving driving behavior are correct. So far, NCSR has collected more than 12,800 signatures from New Jersey residents on a petition supporting the use of the cameras at dangerous intersections.

To sign the petition and support the continuation of the red-light safety cameras in New Jersey, go here.

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) helps save lives and protect communities by demonstrating how red-light safety cameras can improve driver behavior. 


The Safety Street weekly news roundup brings together a mix of road safety and transportation stories from around the web. It is published every week on Safety Street and is available on Twitter via @SaferRoadsUSA.

Top 5 Findings in New Jersey Department of Transportation 3rd Annual Red-Light Safety Camera Report
Red-light safety cameras turned in another year of positive results at intersections in New Jersey, and trends show “driver behavior is being modified,” according to the recently issued New Jersey Department of Transportation’s (NJDOT) third annual analysis of the photo enforcement program.

Tennessee Council Votes To Extend Red-Light Vendor’s Contract
Buoyed by figures showing wrecks down at intersections across town, the City Council voted 5-1 Thursday to extend a vendor’s contract for one year to oversee an automated red-light enforcement system. American Traffic Solutions, which took over the program in March 2011, three years after Traffipax started it, will continue operating and maintaining the cameras until Nov. 30, 2015.
Source: The Post

HFM Prevention Council Urges Drivers to Stay Sober When Driving During The Holidays
According to the 2012 stats from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 1,168 traffic fatalities in New York and 422 (36 percent) of them involved alcohol. Nationally, the average for traffic fatalities in 2012 involving alcohol were about 36 percent, with a total of 12,041 deaths because someone choose to drive a car while their brain was affected by a drug called alcohol. According to Mothers’ Against Drunk Driving, about every 53 minutes someone is killed in a drunken-driving crash. There are also many more who are seriously injured.
Source: The Daily Gazette

Crash Victim’s Mother Speaks To Teens About Safe Driving Habits
Regina Stewart is honoring her son Chris, who was killed in a car crash by speaking to teens, by sharing her story of loss and raising awareness of safe driving practices at the annual New York Teen Safe Driving Coalition.
Source: The Record

Driving Safety Tips for Snow
With snow in the forecast, drivers are encouraged to take it slow and be prepared when hitting the road. The snow is expected to blanket parts of the area in the next few days, and so some drivers said they are now getting their winter driving kit ready. AAA Public Affairs Specialist Steve Pacer also recommends including a small snow shovel, snow brush and water in your winter driving kit, in case you get stuck.
Source: Time Warner Cable News

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) helps save lives and protect communities by demonstrating how red-light safety cameras can improve driver behavior. 

The holidays are a busy time for everyone, full of family gatherings, parties, running errands and travel. All the commotion can leave roads congested and drivers tired and distracted – two significant contributors to traffic collisions, especially during this time of year.

Another major influencer of vehicle collisions is red-light running. According to NCSR’s Safer Roads Report 2014: Trends in Red-Light Running, there were 31,790 reported red-light violations during the Thanksgiving holiday period last year and 31,367 violations surrounding Christmas, putting intersections across the U.S. at higher risk for vehicle collisions.

A recent report from the National Safety Council estimated that there could be as many as 436 fatalities due to car wrecks and another 46,600 people may be injured in accidents on the road over Thanksgiving weekend.

To promote traffic safety and reduce the number of collisions, injuries and fatalities that result from them over the holidays, cities around the United States are launching traffic safety campaigns.

A police department in South Carolina, for example, released a list of driving safety tips, including: don’t tailgate, always use a turn signal, be ready to stop and limit distractions.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol expressed similar concerns about driving safety this holiday season and partnered with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and local law enforcement to enhance traffic safety and ensure that all vehicle passengers wear seatbelts while on the road.

In Missouri, the Missouri Highway Patrol sent a message to the public to practice safe driving this Thanksgiving, encouraging people to refrain from text messaging while driving and to not drink and drive. According to an article in The Daily Star-Journal, 11 people were killed and another 455 were injured in 1,195 traffic crashes.

With more people on the road going to and from gatherings and celebrations this holiday season, the message from one city to another is clear: Be careful, buckle up and pay attention while driving.


The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) helps save lives and protect communities by demonstrating how red-light safety cameras can improve driver behavior. 

Within four years of removing red-light safety cameras, the number of traffic collisions in Houston, Texas more than doubled. According to a report by the Houston Police Department, there was a 30 percent increase in fatal collisions and a 117 percent increase in total traffic crashes.

This is an example of the risks, some of which are fatal, involved with not having red-light safety cameras.

The red-light safety cameras installed at 50 of Houston’s most dangerous intersections were removed after four years and a total of 4,100 traffic collisions. In the same time period, after the removal of the cameras, the number of traffic collisions climbed to 8,984 – an undeniably stark contrast.

According to the Texas Transportation Institute, Houston’s tragic experience that resulted from the absence of red-light safety cameras is not exactly a surprise. In 2010, the first year after the removal of the cameras, it reported a 64 percent increase in total intersection crashes. They also reported that collisions due to red-light running happened three times more frequently in Garland, Texas once the cameras were removed.

Similar situations are happening in cities around the United States, including Kansas City, Missouri, Pima County, Arizona and Jersey Village, Texas – all of which removed red-light safety cameras and almost immediately saw an increase in traffic collisions.

Red-light running is a major contributor to fatal traffic collisions, which is why cities like Houston, Kansas City, Pima County and Jersey Village initially chose to install them. They help prevent the loss and injury of thousands of pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists by enforcing traffic laws and promoting better driving behavior.

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