ROADWAY SAFETY

DRIVER BEHAVIOR


  • A study of multiple busy intersections prior to the installation of red light cameras showed that, on average, a motorist ran a red light every 20 minutes.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2018 the economic cost to Illinois due to motor vehicle crashes was $10.8 billion.
  • Photo enforcement has been in use in the U.S. for more than 30 years.
  • A review of international red light camera studies revealed that cameras reduced red light violations by 40-50% and injury in crashes by 25-30%.
  • Nearly 350 communities across 22 states use red light cameras.
  • Almost all drivers (96%) fear being struck by a red light runner.
  • A majority of Americans admit to running red lights.
  • 1 in 3 Americans knows someone who has been injured or killed in a red light running crash.
  • A Gallup poll found that 75% of drivers nationwide favored the use of red light cameras.




VEHICULAR FATALITIES


  • There were 33,244 fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2019—36,096 deaths occurred.
  • In Illinois there were 938 fatal crashes in 2019, with 1,009 deaths.
  • 28% of crash-related deaths that occur at signalized intersections are the result of drivers running through red lights.
  • On average, 2 people die each day in red light running crashes in the US.
  • Close to $400 million dollars is spent each month on emergency services, medical/hospitalizations, rehabilitation services and funeral expenses due to red light running crashes.
  • In 2019, 846 people were killed in red light running crashes. More than half of those killed were pedestrians, cyclists or people in vehicles other than those driven by the drivers who did not stop on red.
  • An estimated 143,000 people were injured in red light running crashes in 2019.
  • A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that cameras reduced the fatal red light running crash rate of large cities by 21% and the rate of all types of fatal crashes at signalized intersections by 14%.




RED LIGHT CAMERA PROGRAM


  • SafeSpeed’s red light camera program costs ONLY those who BREAK THE LAW.
  • The goal of a red light camera enforcement system is to improve public safety for drivers and pedestrians.
  • Red light cameras help reduce fatalities and injury-related car crashes at intersections.
  • Red light cameras help reinforce safe driver behavior.
  • Red light cameras allow police officers more time for community policing.
  • Red light camera violations are considered “non-moving” violations and are issued to the registered owner of the vehicle regardless of who committed the violation.
  • Red light camera violations do not affect the violator’s driving record.
  • Before a violation notice is issued and mailed out, video of the possible violation has been reviewed by municipal law enforcement personnel and support technicians at least four times.