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ATS’ Newsletter, Special Edition

February 1st, 2011

IIHS releases New Study Highlighting Benefits of Intersection Safety Cameras

This morning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released a new study highlighting the benefits of Intersection Safety Cameras. The study found that during a five-year period, from 2004-2008, ISCs in 14 large U.S. cities saved a total of 159 lives. It also found that had cameras been operating in all large cities in the country an additional 815 deaths would have been prevented. This new research is the most comprehensive yet into the benefits of ISCs. This special edition includes a video of IIHS president Adrian Lund explaining the study and its results, as well as copies of our press release and the IIHS study. Of course, we’ve also included samples of media coverage about this report.

Visit the IIHS webpage to review the report, read the institute’s magazine article about the study and get the highlights of the analysis from the institute’s news release. Or, if you prefer, go directly to the report here.

Insurance Institute of Highway Safety President Adrian Lund explains the findings in today’s report: Effects of Red Light Camera Enforcement on Fatal Crashes in Large U.S. Cities. View video. DailyMotion.com, Feb. 1, 2011.

Red light cameras are helping drivers remember that red means stop and are saving lives, according to a new study out today. View article and video. NBC17.com, Feb. 1, 2011

Red-light cameras  saved 159 lives in Baltimore and 13 other U.S. cities over a five-year period, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. View article and video. The Baltimore Sun, Feb. 1, 2011.

Red Light Cameras Save Lives
U.S. News and World Report, Feb. 1, 2011

Most of us are aware of red light cameras perched atop traffic lights, waiting to take a picture of the next car that breaks the law and zips through a red light. These devices warn drivers to slow down and drive defensively, but according to a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety they also save lives.

Red Light Cameras Save Lives, Study Says
The Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2011

A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that traffic fatalities at those intersections dropped by 26 percent over a five-year period, slightly more than the average decline in 13 other camera-equipped cities.

Red-Light Cameras Lower Traffic Deaths, Agency Claims
The New York Times, Feb. 1, 2011

In a study released on Tuesday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, found that red-light cameras could save lives.

American Traffic Solutions describes the IIHS study as a powerful reminder of the lifesaving benefits of intersection safety cameras. See release. 

The Governors Highway Safety Administration says intersection safety cameras ought to be in every state’s safety toolbox. See release. 


Somehow, the people who get tickets because they have broken the law have been cast as the victims. We rarely hear about the real victims — the people who are killed or injured by these lawbreakers.”  Adrian Lund, President IIHS

“We’re in support of them as long as we’re assured they’re being done with safety at the forefront and not as a means of revenue generation.” Ragina Averella, spokeswoman for AAA Mid-Atlantic

“I think there’s no arguing with results. With an automated system, we can do the enforcement without pulling officers out of the neighborhoods where they’re doing crime fighting.” Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier

 “We have known for years that when the public sees a law being enforced, they will respect it and drive more safely. That has been true with drunk driving and seat belt laws, and it is also true with red light cameras. This new IIHS study leaves no doubt that red light cameras are an effective enforcement tool and a key to intersection safety.”  Barbara Harsha, Executive Director, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)



The findings by the institute, a nonprofit group funded by the insurance industry, found that from 2004-08 the cameras saved 159 lives in 14 of the biggest American cities. Extrapolating from these findings, researchers claimed that had red-light cameras, which capture digital photographs of vehicles that supposedly run a red light, been operating during that same five-year period in all large American cities, 815 lives would have been saved.
Source: The New York Times, Feb. 1, 2011

In the 14 cities where cameras were installed, the combined per capita rate of fatal red-light crashes fell a combined 35 percent, relative to those cities’ 1992-96 data. The fatality rate also fell in the 48 cities in which no cameras were ever installed, but by 14 percent. Source: The New York Times, Feb. 1, 2011

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