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February 26, 2001
Statistics continue to show reduction in red light running
  
Statistics released by the Red Light Camera Processing Centre continue to show
that fewer motorists are running red lights at those intersections in Toronto
where cameras have been installed.

Statistics compiled during January show that 149 vehicles ran red lights and
were charged at the 10 intersections with cameras. In December, a total of 272
vehicles ran red lights at these intersections.

"These statistics seem to show that the cameras are helpful in getting people
to understand the dangers of running red lights and in encouraging people to
stop," said Les Kelman, Toronto's Director of Transportation Systems.

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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