Contact: Charles Territo
Title: Senior Vice President of Public Affairs
and Marketing, Communications
Phone: (480) 443-7000
Orange County, FL– Red-light safety cameras are reducing traffic dangers in Orange County, according to a recent program update presented to the Board of County Commissioners that showed drivers are stopping on red and crashes are diminishing.
The presentation from the Traffic Engineering Division of the county’s Public Works Department included two years of red-light camera program data (July 2011 to June 2013) from the annual reports submitted to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, which shows:
- 18% reduction in red-light running violations in Orange County
- 14% reduction in total number of crashes
- 11% reduction in crash rate
The results are consistent with the 19% statewide decrease in red-light running crashes, resulting in a 49% decrease in red-light running fatalities, according to this year’s report by the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Police Analysis and Government Accountability.
Further consistency can be found when comparing Orange County’s results with the 2013 Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles report on red-light camera programs statewide. In all three categories, total crashes, side-impact collisions, and rear-end crashes, the majority of all reporting agencies showed decreases.
In Orange County, reaction among commissioners reflected their support for the program.
“Red light cameras change human behavior, which we all know takes time. These numbers are headed in the correct direction. Drivers are getting the message to stop on red. This makes our streets safer which benefits everyone,” Commissioner Fred Brummer said.
“This is why the cameras are here, to make our intersections safer not make money for the county. Without a doubt, this program is proving itself beneficial to our safety,” Commissioner Pete Clarke said.
Orange County partners with road safety camera vendor American Traffic Solutions of Arizona for the operation of the red-light safety camera program. The first cameras became operational in 2011. Currently the county has 50 cameras in use.
For a video of Orange County red-light running collisions visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeU9ulVNJkM
About American Traffic Solutions:
ATS is proud to be the market leader in road safety camera installations in North American, and in Florida where ATS contracts with more than 70 communities. Nationally, ATS has more than 3,250 installed red-light, speed and school bus stop-arm cameras serving more than 30 million people. ATS has contracts in nearly 300 communities in 21 states and Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit: atsol.com