Report Finds Red Light Cameras Effective in Saving Lives

A recently released report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) finds that cities with red light camera programs, including Baltimore City, saw a greater reduction in deaths and crashes due to red light running than those cities without such a program. 

The average annual rate of fatal red light running crashes declined for both study groups [cities with and without red light camera enforcement programs], but the decline was larger for cities with red light camera enforcement programs than for cities without camera programs (35 vs. 14 percent). The average annual rate of all fatal crashes at signalized intersections decreased by 14 percent for cities with camera programs and increased slightly (2 percent) for cities without cameras. After controlling for population density and land area, the rate of fatal red light running crashes during 2004-08 for cities with camera programs was an estimated 24 percent lower than what would have been expected without cameras. The rate of all fatal crashes at signalized intersections during 2004-08 for cities with camera programs was an estimated 17 percent lower than what would have been expected without cameras.
 The report concludes that cities wishing to reduce fatal crashes at signalized intersections should consider red light camera enforcement.
 
 
 

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