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Florida study shows red-light cameras reduce crashes at intersections

Caracciolo

MESA, AZ Jan. 5, 2017 According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' (DHSMV) fifth annual report on Red-Light Safety Cameras, intersections equipped with the technology are bucking an alarming statewide trend. While overall crashes statewide have increased by 33 percent from 2012-2015, crashes specifically related to red-light running at red-light safety camera intersections have decreased by more than 3 percent.

Even more significant is the reduction in crashes at red-light safety camera intersections involving "non-motorists"-- pedestrians and cyclists. These collisions at red-light safety camera intersections fell by nearly 20 percent while at the same time the number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities statewide climbed nearly 33 percent during the four-year period studied in the report.

"This important analysis shows red-light safety cameras continue to stand out as a deterrent to dangerous crashes, especially those involving pedestrians," said Liz Caracciolo, ATS Safety General Manager. "An overall 3 percent reduction in red-light running crashes at Florida's worst intersections, along with a 20 percent decrease in crashes involving non-motorists are notable achievements considering the fact that crashes are climbing at a frightening rate statewide."

Findings from ATS partner municipalities include:

  • In Davie, both angle and total crashes were reduced by 50 percent.
  • Florida City reported a 36 percent reduction in angle crashes.
  • Ocoee's pair of intersection equipped with red-light safety camera technology saw a 55 percent reduction in angle crashes.
  • In Orange Park, total crashes were reduced by 69 percent while angular crashes saw a 75 percent reduction.
  • The city of Orlando reported an overall crash reduction of 36 percent combined with a 57 percent reduction in angle crashes.
  • Sarasota experienced 29 percent fewer total crashes and an 18 percent reduction in angular crashes.

A link to Florida's worst red-light runners of 2016 video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8FxSq7rIg4

Each year, DHSMV gathers and analyzes program and crash data from municipalities operating under Florida's Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act. Of the 58 cities using red-light safety camera to deter red-light running, 28 were selected for an in-depth analysis of crash data specific to intersections armed with the technology.

Despite these positive results, DHSMV cautions that "the crash analysis should be put into context of the overall complexity of the issue at hand, as many factors may contribute to the change in number of crashes outlined in this report."

About American Traffic Solutions:

ATS is proud to be the market leader in road safety camera installations in North America. Nationally, ATS has more than 3,500 installed red-light, speed and school bus stop arm safety cameras serving more than 30 million people. ATS Fleet Services is a leader in providing both Toll and Violation Management Solutions to fleets and rental customers saving them time and money. For more information, please visit www.atsol.com.

 

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