IIHS Study Shows Increased Fatalities When Cities Remove Red-Light Cameras

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

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We’ve all seen them; those cameras posted at intersections ready to pounce on drivers who run red lights. Critics regard each flash of the camera as just another way for local governments to add a few hundred bucks to their coffers. The IIHS, however, is trying to get skeptics to see the that there is a life-saving side to these red light cameras, and it now has data to back it up.

In a recent study, the IIHS found that cities that installed red-light cameras saw 21 percent fewer fatal red-light-running crashes per capita and 14 percent fewer deadly crashes at intersections. On the flip side, those cities that removed cameras saw a 30 percent increase in fatal red-light-running accidents and a 16 percent increase in all types of fatal crashes at intersections.

To figure out these percentages, the IIHS looked at 57 cities with populations of at least 200,000 that recently installed (and continue to run) cameras between 1992 and 2014, and compared their fatal intersection crashes to 33 cities that never had red-light cameras. On the other side of the study, the IIHS looked at 14 cities that ended camera programs between 2010 and 2014 and compared the data to 29 cities in the same region that left their cameras in place.

Are these cameras revenue generators? The short answer is yes, but the IIHS study does prove that they can and do reduce fatalities at these intersections.

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, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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