State Highway Safety Group Supports Red Light Cameras

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July 28, 2016

Contact: Kara Macek,
202-789-0942 x140

State Highway Safety Group Supports Red Light Cameras

New Study Reinforces Safety Benefits

Statement for attribution to
Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) Executive Director Jonathan Adkins

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) strongly supports the use of automated traffic enforcement technology, including red light cameras, to improve safety for all road users. In a newly released publication, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that communities that have suspended red light camera programs have seen their rate of fatal red-light-running crashes per capita increase 30 percent. It is mind-boggling that these proven safety tools are being removed despite numerous research studies validating their safety benefit.

This latest IIHS research reinforces prior studies finding a correlation between red light cameras and safety gains, including a recent evaluation of red light camera programs in Delaware that showed a reduction in dangerous T-bone crashes at intersections equipped with cameras.

While surveys show that residents in most cities favor red light programs, it’s disappointing that the total number of communities using this lifesaving technology has dropped from 533 in 2012 to 467 last year. Too often, a vocal minority leading the charge to suspend these programs are costing lives in their communities.

Following removal of these beneficial safety tools from the community, this research reveals that subsequent fatal crashes at signalized intersections increased by 16 percent. This means that between 2010 and 2014, 63 deaths occurred in intersections that previously were protected by red light cameras. These numbers represent real lives lost that could have been saved with red light cameras. We hope that states and communities across the country will examine the latest IIHS data and consider implementing red light cameras in locations where they will truly make a difference, saving both lives and money.

To maximize safety benefits, GHSA recommends that red light cameras follow the guidelines established by the Federal Highway Administration and be used at high-crash sites or where law enforcement personnel cannot be deployed safety, implementation includes a public information campaign, and revenue derived from the program flow back into highway safety efforts.

GHSA maintains a list of state red light camera laws on its website.

The IIHS report is available online at

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