Contact: Charles Territo
Title: Senior Vice President of Public Affairs
and Marketing, Communications
Phone: (480) 443-7000
Miami, FL — A recent report from the Miami Police Department shows that since the inception of its red-light safety camera program, there has been a decrease in traffic collisions at intersections with cameras. This decrease at red-light safety camera intersections has outpaced the city’s overall drop in traffic crashes. Miami has also seen a considerable decrease in the average number of violations issued per camera indicating driver behavior is changing.
According to Miami Police Department crash reports, traffic collisions at intersections with red-light cameras decreased 10.8 percent from 2010 to 2012. Red-light safety cameras were first installed in the city in November 2010, and the first citation was issued in January 2011. And while crashes at intersections throughout the City of Miami were down, intersections with red-light safety cameras saw an additional 25 percent decrease in crashes compared with non-red light safety camera intersections.
Numerous cities in the Miami area with red-light safety cameras have seen significant decreases in crashes over the years. In February, a report issued by the Miami-Dade County Office of Commission Auditor found that the City of Aventura had experienced a 57 percent reduction in collisions at intersections utilizing red-light safety cameras since 2010. The City of Miami Beach noted a 17 percent decrease in crashes at the four intersections equipped with the technology, even when there was an 8 percent increase in crashes citywide from FY 2009/2010 to FY 2010/2011. In the City of Miami Gardens, all 12 intersections with red-light safety cameras showed a decrease in crashes totaling a reduction of 68 percent fewer collisions since the program’s implementation. The City of Miami Springs crashes at the intersection of NW 36th @ 42nd Avenue were down 23 percent.
On a statewide level, results from a January 21013 Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles survey were consistent with the Miami analysis finding a decrease in total crashes to be the single most common outcome experienced since installing the cameras. Additionally, the greatest percentage of agencies surveyed reported fewer right-angle crashes and fewer rear-end crashes.
National studies have also found that having red-light safety programs can help area-wide road safety. A 2011 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study found that cities using red-light safety cameras often saw a decrease in fatalities at non-monitored intersections. The IIHS analysis stated that the rate of all fatal crashes at intersections with signals — not just red light running crashes — fell 14 percent in the camera cities while there was an increase of two percent in the non-camera cities. Per the report, camera cities experienced 17 percent fewer fatal crashes per capita at intersections with signals in 2004-08 than would have been expected.
Trauma centers and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis receive $3 from every Florida citation. Since July 2010, nearly $4.4 million has been contributed to the Miami-based clinic. Each year, 10,000 to 12,000 spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. and many of those are the result of traffic collisions. Additionally, $10 from every paid violation goes towards the state’s Health Care Trust Fund which provides valuable financial support to hospitals like Miami’s Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Medical Center.
About American Traffic Solutions:
ATS is proud to be the market leader in road safety camera installations in North America and in Florida. ATS has more than 3,000 installed red-light and speed safety cameras serving more than 30 million people. ATS has contracts in nearly 300 communities in 21 states and Washington, D.C., including more than 70 other cities in Florida. For more information, please visit: atsol.com or www.PlatePass.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/user/ATSRoadSafety.