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IIHS Shows Lives Saved in Several Safety Camera-Enforced Cities Served by Redflex.

Nationwide Study Finds Fatal Red Light Running Crashes Reduced by 24% in 14 Major U.S. Cities with Intersection Safety Camera Programs

Today, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a study that confirms a 24% reduction in fatalities (159 lives saved) across 14 U.S. cities with safety camera programs operating from 2004 to 2008.

Had safety cameras been operating during that period in all large cities, a total of 815 deaths would have been prevented, the analysis found. In this comprehensive national study, all 99 cities in the U.S. with over 200,000 in population were considered. Sixty-two cities were involved in the final comparison, which spanned the course of two timeframes—from 1992 to 1996 and from 2004 to 2008—and compared crash rates before and after the safety cameras were implemented.

The largest reduction in fatal red light running crashes was found in Chandler, AZ, a Redflex partner since 2000, where the rate dropped 79%. Redflex partners with half the cities involved in the study, including Chandler and Phoenix, AZ, Toledo, OH, Chicago, IL and Bakersfield, Santa Ana and Sacramento, CA.

“Examining a large group of cities over several years allowed us to take a close look at the most serious crashes, the ones that claim people’s lives,” said Anne McCartt, IIHS Senior Vice President for Research and co-author of the study. “Our analysis shows that red light cameras are making intersections safer.”

“This is a substantial scientific analysis of almost 100 cities in the U.S. It is a powerful and unmistakable confirmation of the effectiveness of safety cameras in reducing fatalities,” said Karen Finley, CEO and President of Redflex. “We are proud to provide a technology that decreases death and injury on our streets and to serve half the cities that were surveyed in the study, including Chandler who experienced the largest decrease in fatalities.”

The in-depth analysis studies the aggregate effect of safety cameras in an entire community, not just at safety camera-enforced intersections. It also takes into account population density and land area over the two time periods.