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April 3, 2001
Red light camera statistics for February 2001
  
Here are the most recent statistics released by the Red Light Camera Processing
Centre:

Statistics compiled for the month of February show that charges were laid for
174 vehicles that ran red lights at the intersections where cameras were
located. This represents an increase from January when 149 charges were laid,
but is lower than the 272 charges laid in December 2000.

Monthly variations in statistics are not unusual and it is too early to draw
any conclusions regarding the long-term effect of the program. A project
evaluation report will be completed in early 2002 that will detail the combined
effectiveness of police enforcement and red light cameras in reducing red light
running.

The red light cameras are part of a two-year pilot project involving six
Ontario municipalities - the cities of Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa and the
Regional Municipalities of Halton, Peel and Waterloo.

In Toronto, red light running resulted in about 3,400 collisions at signalized
intersections in 1999. Since 1996, 52 people in Toronto have died in
collisions caused by motorists running a red light. Forty per cent of
fatalities at signalized intersections in Toronto are attributed to red light
running.


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