Red Light Cameras Do Affect Driver Behavior in the Long Run

Red Light Cameras Do Affect Driver Behavior in the Long Run

  • In Garland, Texas, crashes caused by red-light runners decreased by 56% (from 43 crashes to 19) at the four intersections where red-light cameras were installed. Overall, crashes were reduced by 25%, and all injury crashes were reduced by 27%.

Source: “Report on the Effectiveness of Automated Red Light Enforcement,” City of Garland Transportation Department, Sept. 2006

  • From 1994-2005, red-light running violations decreased by 73% in New York City.
  • Accidents are down 11% in the intersections with red-light cameras in Arnold, Missouri according to Police Chief Robert Shockey. At the Rockport intersection located in front of a school, accidents are down 50%.
  • During the first year of operation of the red light camera enforcement safety program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, red-light violations decreased 70% and 88% at two of the intersections where cameras are operating according to State House Speaker John M. Perzel (R-172).
  • Public safety officials in Columbus, Ohio reported a 72% decline in red light violations between March and August 2006. Additionally, intersections monitored by cameras previously averaged 5 to 14 crashes caused by red-light running per year, and since the program was implemented only one crash has been recorded.
  • In Fairfax, Virginia after one year of camera enforcement, violations were reduced by about 40%. Additionally, 84% of its residents supported the use of red-light cameras.
  • Significant citywide crash reductions have followed the introduction of red-light cameras in Oxnard, California: 7% overall crash reduction; 29% reduction in injury-related crashes; 32% reduction in front-into-side crashes; 68% reduction in front-into-side crashes involving injury.
  • Charlotte, North Carolina reported the following findings based on a before and after study done at 17 intersections: 37% decrease in angle crashes at intersections with cameras; 60% decrease in angle crashes at approaches with cameras; all crash types reduced by 19%; crash severity reduced 16%.
  • Red-light running accidents decreased 30% in the year after red-light cameras were installed in Baltimore County, Maryland compared to the prior year.
  • Red-light running in Savannah, Georgia has decreased by 45% since installing a red light camera.

Source: “Red light Cameras: A Proven Method to Save Lives,” National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running, http://www.stopredlightrunning.com/html/redlight.htm