Red Light Camera Facts and Statistics

Red Light Running Facts
A crash caused by a driver who runs a red light is more likely to result in serious injury or death. Most people run red lights because they are in a hurry, when in fact they only save seconds.

Deaths caused by red light running are increasing at more than three times the rate of increase for all other fatal crashes.
  • More people are injured in crashes involving red light running than in any other crash type.
  • Reduction in red light running through a comprehensive red light camera program will promote and protect the public health, safety and welfare of Irving citizens.
    • Almost all drivers (96 percent) fear being struck by a red light runner
    • A majority of Americans (56 percent) admit to running red lights
    • One in three Americans knows someone who has been injured or killed in a red light running crash
    • Red light runners can be any one of us who drives
    • Red light running is often a result of aggressive driving, and is completely preventable
Sources: R.A. Retting and A.F. Williams, "Characteristics of Red Light Violators: Results of a Field Investigation," Journal of Safety Research (1996): 27.1, 9-15; "Stop Red Light Running," Federal Highway Administration Safety.

Red Light Camera Affect Driver Behavior throughout United States
  • Columbus, Ohio - Public safety officials in Columbus, Ohio report a 72 percent decline in red light violations between March and August 2006. Additionally, intersections monitored by cameras previously averaged 5 to 14 crashes caused by red light running per year. Since the program was implemented, only one crash has been recorded.
  • Garland, Texas - Crashes caused by red light runners decreased by 56 percent, from 43 crashes to 19, at the four intersections where red light cameras were installed. Overall, crashes were reduced by 25 percent and all injury crashes were reduced by 27 percent. Source: "Report on the Effectiveness of Automated Red Light Enforcement,” City of Garland Transportation Department, September 2006.
  • New York, New York - From 1994-2005, red light running violations decreased 73 percent in New York City.
  • Arnold, Missouri - Accidents are down 11 percent in the intersections with red light cameras in Arnold, Missouri according to Police Chief Robert Shockey. At the Rockport intersection located in front of a school, accidents are down 50 percent.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - During the first year of operation of the red light camera enforcement safety program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, red light violations decreased 70 percent and 88 percent at two of the intersections where cameras are operating according to State House Speaker John M. Perzel (R-172).
  • Fairfax, Virginia - After one year of camera enforcement, violations were reduced by about 40 percent. Additionally, 84 percent of its residents supported the use of red light cameras.
  • Oxnard, California - Significant citywide crash reductions have followed the introduction of red light cameras in Oxnard, California: 7 percent overall crash reduction; 29 percent reduction in injury-related crashes; 32% reduction in front-into-side crashes; 68 percent reduction in front-into-side crashes involving injury.
  • Charlotte, North Carolina - The city reported the following findings based on a before and after study done at 17 intersections: 37 percent decrease in angle crashes at intersections with cameras; 60 percent decrease in angle crashes at approaches with cameras; all crash types reduced by 19 percent; crash severity reduced 16 percent.
  • Baltimore County, Maryland - Red light running accidents decreased 30 percent in the year after red light cameras were installed in Baltimore County, Maryland compared to the prior year.
  • Savannah, Georgia - Red light running in Savannah, Georgia has decreased by 45 percent since installing a red light camera.
Source: Red Light Cameras: A Proven Method to Save Lives," National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running.