Red light camera statistics for April |
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Works and Emergency Services -- The most recent statistics released by
the Red Light Camera Processing Centre show that 447 charges were laid in April
in instances when vehicles ran red lights at the 10 Toronto intersections where
cameras were operational.
The number of charges laid in April was up from March, when charges were laid
against 304 vehicles that ran red lights.
"We are obviously concerned about the increase in the number of drivers running
red lights in April," said Les Kelman, Director, Transportation Systems for the
City of Toronto. "The total of 447 charges represents almost two vehicles a day
at each of the camera sites. However, despite the increase, this number is
still significantly lower than before the cameras were installed."
The serious consequences of red light running were seen again recently when
police charged a driver with running a red light following a collision between
a pickup truck and a bus. Some passengers on the bus suffered minor injuries.
"This is the type of collision that we are trying to stop," said Project
Manager Mike Brady. "We want people to get the message -- red means stop."
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.