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Safety Program
Dangers
Red light running is a dangerous and costly problem:
  • Red light running is the leading cause of urban crashes according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
  • In 2006, 144,000 injuries and nearly 900 fatalities in the US were attributed to red light running. There were more than 1.8 million accidents at intersections
  • A crash caused by a driver who runs a red light is more likely to result in serious injury or death
  • Deaths caused by red light running are increasing at more than three times the rate of increase for all other fatal crashes
  • More people are injured in crashes involving red light running than in any other crash type
  • Reduction in red light running through a comprehensive red light camera program will promote and protect the public health, safety, and welfare of Pembroke Pines’ citizens.

Facts
Most people run red lights because they are in a hurry, when in fact they only save seconds.
  • Almost all drivers (96%) fear being struck by a red light runner
  • A majority of Americans (56%) admit to running red lights
  • Red light runners can be anyone who drives
  • One-in-three Americans know someone who has been injured or killed in a red light running crash
  • Red light running is often a result of aggressive driving and is completely preventable

Sources
  • “Stop Red Light Running,” Federal Highway Administration Safety
  • R. A. Retting and A.F. Williams, "Characteristics of Red Light Violators: Results of a Field Investigation," Journal of Safety Research (1996): 27.1, 9-15

Statistics
Red light cameras increase safety by changing driver behavior in the long run:
  • Since May 2007, the City of St. Louis, Missouri has experienced a 49% reduction in citations at the first two photo-enforced intersections.
  • In a 2007 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, researchers tallied signal violations at intersections in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before and after red light camera enforcement was in effect for about one year, and found the cameras reduced violations by 96%.
  • The City of Seattle, Washington reported a 50% decrease in violations during the first year of its pilot program with six initial camera sites.
  • After the City of Gallatin, Tennessee installed red light cameras in 2006, citations for red light running are down more than 40% and traffic accidents have reduced by 25%.
  • In Garland, Texas, crashes caused by red light runners decreased by 56% (from 43 crashes to 19 crashes) at four intersections with red light cameras installed. Overall, crashes reduced by 25% and all injury crashes reduced by 27%.
  • Accidents are down 11% in intersections with red light cameras in Arnold, Missouri, according to Police Chief Robert Shockey. At one intersection in front of a school, accidents decreased 50%.
  • After the first six months of its Intersection Safety Program, Houston, Texas reported a 30% decrease in overall crashes.
  • From 1994 to 2005, red light running violations decreased 73% in New York City.
  • In Calgary, Canada, the City reported a 29.4% decrease in total right-angle collisions, a 39.4% decrease in injury right-angle collisions, and a 100% decrease in fatal right-angle collisions.
  • Statistics from the Red Bank, Tennessee Police Department show a 13.8% reduction in collisions city-wide on a year-over-year basis. Collision reductions at camera-equipped intersections resulted in even greater reductions.
  • During its first year of operation, the City of Florissant, Missouri saw a 51% reduction in citations at intersections with safety cameras.