Red Light Safety Cameras Save Lives

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Ninth Deadliest State for Red-light Running Crashes

Seven-hundred-nineteen people are killed each year in red-light running crashes on average from 2011-2015. Traffic crashes are the single most significant cause of preventable death and injury in North America. Public costs exceed $14 billion per year, and more than half of the deaths in red-light running crashes are other motorists and pedestrians.

Red-light running is a deadly epidemic. Red-light safety camera programs have proven to reduce the number of red-light running collisions and their associated injuries and fatalities. 

Red Light Safety Cameras Reduce the Number of Deadly Crashes

Cities that turned off their red-light camera programs experienced a 30 percent increase in fatal red-light running crashes and a 16 percent increase in fatal crashes of all types at signalized intersections.

By comparison, cities with active red-light camera programs experienced 21 percent fewer fatal red-light running crashes and 14 percent fewer fatal crashes of all types at signalized intersections.

A review of 79 cities with active camera programs between 1992 and 2014 found that red-light cameras saved 1,296 lives.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety "Effects of Turning On and Off Red Light Cameras on Fatal Crashes in Large U.S. Cities." July 2016.

Changing Driver Behavior


Reducing Speed Makes a Difference

It can be the difference between a fatal or survivable collision. A few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death for a pedestrian who is hit by a motorist.

To view additional studies and research from other cities across the country showing the change in driver behavior and reduction of collisions from their road safety camera program, go here: