Contact: Charles Territo
Title: Senior Vice President
of Sales, Marcomm and Public Affairs
Phone: (480) 443-7000
MESA, AZ. – American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the leading road safety camera provider in North America, has released its annual string of shocking footage of red-light running collisions and near misses captured by its red-light safety cameras in communities across the country. This compilation serves as an eye-opening warning about the dangers of reckless driving and red-light running.
The video, available here https://youtu.be/r0jqaLux6N0 includes footage from red-light safety camera programs in: Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New York, and North Carolina.
“Crashes caused by red-light running can be devastating. We hope that by sharing these videos, we can raise awareness of the dangers and hopefully prevent further crashes, injuries and fatalities caused by red-light running,” said Liz Caracciolo, ATS Safety General Manager. “All of these crashes and near misses could have been avoided if drivers had slowed down and stopped. Every time a driver runs a red light, they not only put their own life, but the lives of others in jeopardy.”
Red-light safety cameras have a measurable impact on traffic safety. Independent media reports show similar results across the country this year, including:
• In Nassau County, NY the total number of crashes at Nassau red-light camera intersections declined by 31 percent compared with the 12-month period before the cameras were installed, while accidents involving injuries fell by nearly 43 percent. https://www.newsday.com/long-island/transportation/red-light-camera-revenues-accidents-drop-in-nassau-suffolk-reports-show-1.13893640
• Balcones Heights, Texas has reported a 70 percent reduction in crashes where red-light cameras are installed. Source: http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/balcones-heights-sees-70-drop-in-traffic-accidents-since-red-light-cameras-implemented
• Cities with active red-light camera programs experienced 21% fewer fatal red-light running crashes and 14% fewer fatal crashes of all types at signalized intersections. Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “Effects of turning on and off red light cameras on fatal crashes in large U.S. cities.” 2016. http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/desktopnews/turning-off-red-light-cameras-costs-lives-new-research-shows
• AAA tells us 92.8% of drivers view it as unacceptable to drive through a traffic light that just turned red when they could have stopped safely; while 68% view it as completely unacceptable. Source: AAA Foundation. “2016 Traffic Safety Culture Index.” February 2017. https://www.aaafoundation.org/sites/default/files/2016TrafficSafetyCultureIndexReportandCover_0.pdf
“This video shows how running red lights can lead to scary crashes. We urge all drivers to stop on red,” added Caracciolo.
About American Traffic Solutions:
ATS is proud to be the market leader in road safety camera installations in North America. With more than 3,900 installed red-light, speed and school bus stop arm safety cameras serving more than 30 million people ATS is committed to its mission of helping make life safer and easier on the road ahead. Additionally, ATS Fleet Services is a leader in providing both Toll and Violation Management Solutions to fleets and rental customers saving them time and money. For more information, please visit www.atsol.com.