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June 26, 2001
Red light camera statistics for May 2001
  
Works and Emergency Services -- The most recent statistics released by
the Red Light Camera Processing Centre show that 534 charges were laid in May
in instances when vehicles ran red lights at the 10 Toronto intersections where
cameras were operational.

The number of charges laid in May was up from April, when charges were laid
against drivers of 447 vehicles that ran red lights.

"Motorists who run red lights in the City of Toronto do so with the certainty
of being detected and charged," says Mike Brady of the City's Transportation
Services Division. "If motorists are not concerned about causing a collision
and possibly killing someone, the $190 fine they will receive in the mail will
capture their attention."

A recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety indicates
that the introduction of red light cameras can result in a significant
reduction in collision and injury rates. The U.S.-conducted research concludes
that the deterrent effect of red light cameras has resulted in a 32 per cent
reduction in the collisions attributed to red light running. The study also
indicates a 68 per cent reduction in collisions that include injuries.

In Toronto, red light running resulted in about 3,400 collisions at signalized
intersections in 1999. Since 1996, 56 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.

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.


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