The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) strongly disputes the main points of a biased and misleading report on automated enforcement released today by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG).

 

U.S. PIRG relies on a handful of biased organizations to present misleading information and half-truths on red light safety cameras and industry organizations. NCSR proudly provides information about advances in technology to keep our roads and communities safe. Many of these inaccurate assertions could have been avoided had U.S. PIRG conducted a thorough and complete research effort.

Instead of engaging in a meaningful debate about the role of camera safety systems, U.S. PIRG focused solely on a small number of older contracts. In fact, the current industry standard provides for the “fee for service” contracts that U.S. PIRG claims “give municipalities a clear picture of the cost of applying the system as part of an overall traffic safety management plan.” This detail was readily available to U.S. PIRG, but they bothered to do any type of legitimate study. By focusing on extreme examples of older contracts, U.S. PIRG does a disservice to the safeguards in place for localities.

The report claims that organizations such as NCSR “pose as grassroots civic groups.” This is false. In fact, NCSR is very transparent in its mission as an advocate of red light safety technology and the road safety technology industry. NCSR is proud to work with reputable partners that include the National Safety Council; Safe Kids USA; Child Safety Network; National Organizations for Youth Safety; America Walks; and Red Means Stop, as well as numerous police departments, medical professionals, safety advocates, industry leaders, community leaders and concerned citizens.

We value the input these groups provide and the work they do everyday in communities across the country to provide a safer environment for all of our families.

Numerous well-respected research organizations, including the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, have concluded that these systems save lives. NCSR will continue to assiduously advocate for safer roads for all Americans.

NCSR was organized as an industry trade association with the express purpose of advocating on behalf of the traffic safety technology industry. NCSR is proud to advocate for the use of red light safety cameras in more than 600 communities across the country to change reckless driver behavior, stop red-light running and save lives. NCSR is supported by American Traffic Solutions. View NCSR Partners. For more information, visit http://www.NCSRsafety.org/, follow @SaferRoadsUSA on Twitter and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SaferRoadsUSA.