Contact: Charles Territo For Immediate Release:
Title: Senior Vice President of Communications, Dec. 29, 2015
Marketing and Public Affairs
Phone: (480) 443-7000
MESA, AZ. – American Traffic Solutions (ATS) hopes to help drive home an important message with their annual public safety video highlighting the worst red-light running crashes of 2015.
“These crashes are difficult to watch, but we want drivers to realize what could happen when someone recklessly runs a red light. Running a red light to save a little time is not worth the risk of causing a potentially deadly collision,” said ATS President David Roberts. “Educating the public in safe driving behavior is a big part of any traffic safety program. ATS expects this video will make the public more aware of what is at stake when someone runs a red light. We encourage all drivers to obey the law and stop on red.”
The video is available for viewing here: https://youtu.be/wit1EbrH4xM
Red-light running crashes are the most common type of urban crash, claiming an average of nearly two lives each day, from 2009 through 2013, according to the latest figures available from the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, an office of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. About half of those killed by red-light running related collisions are typically pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants in other vehicles who were hit by the red-light runner.
Across the country, large and small communities using red-light safety cameras are seeing crashes and violations reduced. Accounts in the media include:
- Murfreesboro, TN., reports a 37 percent reduction in total intersection crashes from 2007-2008, before the city began its red-light safety camera program, to fiscal year 2014-2015, despite a 22 percent increase in intersections.
- Orlando, FL., reports a 65 percent reduction in crashes at intersections with red-light safety cameras in place.
- In New York City, the average number of red-light infractions captured at each camera in use at 150 intersections has decreased from 80 per day in 1994 to 12 per day in 2013, an 85 percent decrease.
- The village of Lincolnwood, IL., reports a 25 percent decrease in crashes at its one red-light camera intersection from 2005-2009, the time before cameras, to 2010-2015, the time with cameras in use.
About American Traffic Solutions:
ATS is proud to be the market leader in road safety camera installations in North America. ATS’ red-light, speed and school bus stop arm safety cameras serve more than 30 million people. For more information, please visit: www.atsol.com. To view video that serves as a chilling reminder of the dangers that red-light runners present to our family and children; visit ATS on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/ATSRoadSafety.