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Red Light Safety
 
 676 people were killed and 113,000 injured in crashes that involved red light running in 2009.
 
Of the 676 people killed:
 

      46% were occupants of a vehicle that did not run a red light;

      36% were the red light-running driver;

      12% were passengers of a red light running vehicle; and

      6% were pedestrians, bicyclists or other road users.

 
The facts are clear: Safety cameras save lives.
 
  24 percent reduction in crashes.
 A 2011 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study found red light running fatal                                            crash rates were reduced by 24 percent in the 14 largest U.S. cities using                                      cameras.

                                 159 lives saved.
                         The same study found 159 lives were saved in these cities because of cameras.
 
                                  815 lives could have been saved.
                         815 lives could have been saved had red light cameras been used in every large                                           U.S. city.
 
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2011. 
Support for Red Light Cameras

"More than 50 Americans lose their lives in red-light running crashes every month, but somehow the people who get tickets because they have broken the law have been cast as the victims. The real victims are the people who are killed or injured by red-light runners. Research demonstrates that cameras are an effective deterrent. Cities such as those in New Jersey that have had the courage to use them, despite the political backlash, are saving lives."

 
         - Adrian K. Lund, President, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 
           (Times of Trenton, January 13, 2013)
 

“They save lives. They are reducing fatalities and the severity of injuries, they are lessening the odds of red light running episodes, and they are modifying the driving behavior of motorists who sometimes tend to push the envelope and take chances at intersections.”

 
   - John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic
      (The Washington Post, January 24, 2012).
 

 As someone who has stood in the middle of an intersection directing traffic and who has been the first to arrive at the scene of a senseless traffic crash, I will tell you that I support red-light safety cameras as much as I support speed limits, seat belts and every other traffic law and safety device available to drivers today. Red-light safety cameras save lives, and keeping them in place will continue to benefit all of us in New Jersey.

 
    -Richard Gerbounka, Mayor of Linden, New Jersey  
     (New Jersey Newsroom, December 11, 2012).
 

“Because of the city of Alpharetta’s red-light camera system, our roadways are safer. We continue to experience a declining number of crashes, injuries and fatalities. This technology is a great benefit to the city, and a significant number of lives have been saved.”

 
   - Gary George, Alpharetta, Georgia Public Safety Director
      (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 28, 2012)


Safer Roads Across the Nation
From San Diego to Portland, red light cameras led to a reduction in fatal red light running crashes, including:
 
• 79% drop in Chandler, Arizona
 
• 62% drop in San Diego, California
 
• 59% drop in Portland, Oregon
 
• 53% drop in Sacramento, California
 
• 45% drop in Phoenix, Arizona
 
• 44% drop in Santa Ana, California
 
• 39% drop in Toledo, Ohio
 
• 34% drop in Long Beach, California
 
• 32% drop in Chicago, Illinois
 
• 26% drop in Washington, DC
 
• 25% drop in Garland, Texas
 
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2011. 
IIHS: Red Light Cameras
Save Lives
In a national study, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concluded intersection safety cameras saved 159 lives in the 14 largest cities using them between 2004 and 2008.