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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

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