Government Technology

    Digital Communities
    Industry Members

  • Click sponsor logos for whitepapers, case studies, and best practices.
  • McAfee

Red Light Cameras Get a Boost



February 1, 2011 By

New data from the research arm of the insurance industry gives fresh ammunition to those who say automated enforcement saves lives. Installing cameras that allow police to remotely photograph and ticket drivers who run red lights cuts fatalities caused by those violations -- and appears to reduce deaths not directly related to stop light violations, a study released Tuesday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds.  "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," concluded the report. "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." Wall Street Journal

RELATED ITEM

Red-Light Fines to Charity to Prove no Financial Motive?

A Southern California city may donate red light camera fines to local charities in an effort to convince skeptics that safety is the motive behind the cameras, not a money grab. Murietta Councilman Rick Gibbs suggested the charity idea when the cameras have led to complaints the city uses the cameras to make money. Sacramento Bee

RELATED ITEM

Arizona Bill Targets License-Plate Covers

An Arizona lawmaker has proposed a statewide ban on covers or substances used to obstruct photo-enforcement systems from capturing license plate information. Arizona Republic


| More

Comments

Add Your Comment

You are solely responsible for the content of your comments. We reserve the right to remove comments that are considered profane, vulgar, obscene, factually inaccurate, off-topic, or considered a personal attack.

In Our Library

White Papers | Exclusives Reports | Webinar Archives | Best Practices and Case Studies
Digital Cities & Counties Survey: Best Practices Quick Reference Guide
This Best Practices Quick Reference Guide is a compilation of examples from the 2013 Digital Cities and Counties Surveys showcasing the innovative ways local governments are using technological tools to respond to the needs of their communities. It is our hope that by calling attention to just a few examples from cities and counties of all sizes, we will encourage further collaboration and spark additional creativity in local government service delivery.
Wireless Reporting Takes Pain (& Wait) out of Voting
In Michigan and Minnesota counties, wireless voting via the AT&T network has brought speed, efficiency and accuracy to elections - another illustration of how mobility and machine-to-machine (M2M) technology help governments to bring superior services and communication to constituents.
Why Would a City Proclaim Their Data “Open by Default?”
The City of Palo Alto, California, a 2013 Center for Digital Government Digital City Survey winner, has officially proclaimed “open” to be the default setting for all city data. Are they courageous or crazy?
View All