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Spring 2011 | Vol. 13 | No. 1
IIHS Research Shows Red Light Cameras Save Lives
After a recent study of red light camera enforcement in 14 large U.S. cities, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) researchers found that the cameras reduced rate of fatal red light running crashes by 24 percent, leaving no doubt that red light cameras are an effective enforcement tool.
IIHS shared the results of the research in its Feb. 1, 2011 Status Report publication. IIHS projects that 815 lives could have been saved if red light cameras were in place in all 99 U.S. cities with populations more than 200,000 during the period they studied (2004 – 2008).
GHSA supports red light cameras as a tool to reduce intersection crashes and injuries and issued a news release reaffirming its position the same day the IIHS study was released. GHSA noted that cameras can be particularly important at a time when law enforcement resources are stretched thin and given the danger of intersection enforcement.
The IIHS report is available at www.iihs.org/news/2011/iihs_news_020111.pdf. For GHSA’s news release, visit www.ghsa.org/html/media/pressreleases/2011/20110201_redlight.html.