Orange County red light crashes decrease
First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
Red-light safety cameras are reducing traffic dangers in Orange County, Florida, 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 per cent reduction in red-light running violations in Orange County; 14 per cent reduction in total number of crashes; and 11 per cent reduction in crash rate.
The results are consistent with the 19 per cent state-wide decrease in red-light running crashes, resulting in a 49 per cent 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.
"Red light cameras change human behaviour, 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.
- American Traffic Solutions