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Crashes caused by red light running result in more than 800 fatalities and 165,000 injuries each year, according to the NHTSA. The economic impact of red light running on society is estimated to be $14 billion annually. Other motorists and pedestrians account for nearly half the deaths caused by red light running crashes.
View how red light cameras work for more information on the functionality of the cameras.
Communities lack the resources necessary to allow police to patrol intersections as often as would be needed to ticket all motorists who run red lights and thereby make a significant impact on red light running. Red light cameras are designed to identify traffic law violators without depending on the presence of police officers, allowing communities to focus on other enforcement needs.
A 2007 study of three Iowa communities equipped with red light cameras found no increase in rear-end collisions. A 2005 study in Raleigh, North Carolina, showed a 25% reduction in rear-end accidents. Columbus, Ohio experienced an 81% decrease in rear-end collisions at its first installed intersections after one year.