Are Red Light Cameras Effective?

Red light violations contribute substantially to the million intersection collisions that occur nationally each year. When red light safety cameras are operational, deaths and injuries related to red light running are significantly reduced.

Charlotte, North Carolina cut red light running violations by more than 70% in the first year.

Since Washington, D.C. began operating its photo enforcement program in 1999, red light running violations at camera intersections has dropped as much as 66%. Fatalities involving red light running have decreased by half or more.

Wilmington, Delaware reports the total number of citations issued at the city’s ten red light camera intersections has dropped an average of 62%.

Cameras are clearly not a replacement for police officers. An automated enforcement program is one component of a broad-based traffic safety program including engineering, education and traditional law enforcement.