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January 22, 2001
First month statistics show reduction in red light running
  
Initial statistics released by the Red Light Camera Processing Centre suggest
that fewer motorists are running red lights following the installation of
cameras at some Toronto intersections.

"The message is clear -- don't run red lights because if you do, we will get
you, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year," said Mayor Mel Lastman. "Red light
cameras save lives and stop motor maniacs who roar through red lights and
injure or kill people. Along with our police, red light cameras protect kids
and seniors who cross at our intersections."

Statistics compiled during the first month of the program (from November 20 to
December 20) show that, on average, a combined total of 17 vehicles a day ran
red lights at the 10 intersections with cameras. During a test installation at
a single intersection (Dufferin and St. Clair) in 1998, approximately 30
vehicles a day ran red lights.

"The early numbers are very encouraging and seem to show that the cameras, as
well as the public education campaign, 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.

Kelman added, "An independent evaluation of the results is being undertaken,
including information from red light camera locations, police monitored sites
and independent sites, to determine the overall effectiveness of cameras in
reducing red light running. We will continue to monitor the statistics to
ascertain whether this reduction at camera sites is occurring at all signalized
intersections."

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.

In addition to the original 10 locations, 10 more intersections are being added
to the program in Toronto in the near future, including:
Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue
Lawrence Avenue and Warden Avenue
Yonge Street and Richmond Street
Yonge Street and Wellesley Street
Yonge Street and Steeles Avenue
Yonge Street and York Mills Road
Yonge Street and Finch Avenue
Allen Road and Sheppard Avenue
Dufferin Street and Steeles Avenue
Ellesmere Road and Markham Road


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