I saw this press release this morning and thought, the Bremerton red-light camera haters are gonna love this.
Turns out, it’s National Stop on Red Week. I wouldn’t think you’d need such a week, but I guess I give people too much credit. It should be a no-brainer except there are people out there with no brains trying to drive.
So the not-for-profit Traffic Safety Coalition is joining with the Federal Highway Administration this week to educate people to stop on red. Washington is one of four states where the TSC is launching campaigns on “the important role traffic safety cameras play in reducing red light running, avoidable crashes, injuries and death.”
Traffic safety cameras have proven to reduce violations, collisions, injuries and fatalities by changing driver behavior, it says.
A 2011 report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety examined intersection fatal crash rates from red light running in the 14 largest U.S. cities using intersection cameras. The study compared before and after rates, concluding 159 lives were saved because of safety cameras.