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HOW IT WORKSThe red light camera enforcement, RedLight-Safe, internal computer uses a proprietary algorithm, comparing the speed of all oncoming vehicles in the enforcement zone against the time that the light is expected to change to red. If the system determines that a vehicle is traveling too fast to stop in time, it takes a high resolution digital photograph of the vehicle just before the stop bar, showing the vehicles position, the red phase of the light and the vehicles license plate. If the vehicle manages to stop before entering the intersection, the event is discarded. If the vehicle does pass illegally into the intersection, the system captures a second digital photograph clearly showing the vehicle passed the stop bar and intruding into the intersection. The second picture may be taken either by the same camera from the rear, or by a second camera located across the intersection. The latter option allows for driver identification should such be required by law.
RED LIGHT RUNNING KILLS
Traffic crashes are the single most significant cause of preventable death and injury in North America. In 2007 in the U.S., almost 900 people were killed and an estimated 153,000 were injured in crashes that involved red light running.
Public costs exceed $14 billion per year, and more than half of the deaths in red light running crashes are other motorists and pedestrians. There is no doubt that red light runners are dangerous drivers who irresponsibly put others at risk. In America’s cities ― where too often the yellow light has come to symbolize “hurry up” instead of “slow down” ― red light running is the leading cause of all urban automobile crashes.
The American public recognizes the problem, is deeply concerned about red light running and supports the use of photo enforcement and red light cameras. A 2002 nationwide survey sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and conducted by the Gallup Organization found that 75 percent of drivers favored the use of red light cameras. Most Americans (96 percent) are afraid of being hit by a red light runner, but nearly one in five admit to running a red light in the last ten intersections. The leading excuse given for red light running was neither frustration nor road rage; it was “being in a hurry.” National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running.