Red Light Cameras Reducing Crashes in Florida

Crashes are decreasing in Florida communities with red light cameras, according to a statewide report.

More than 400 intersections in Florida have red light cameras, including three in Gulfport. According to a new report by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 56 percent of communities surveyed noticed a total reduction in crashes at intersections with red light cameras.

The numbers:

  • 43% - noticed a reduction in side impact crashes
  • 41% - noticed a reduction in rear-end crashes
  • 56% - noticed a total reduction in crashes

In total, 73 agencies responded to the survey and included information between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.

"Agencies reported that in addition to the decrease in total crashes, traffic safety improved throughout the jurisdiction as drivers were more cautious when approaching all intersections," according to the Florida Red Light Camera Annual Report Survey - which is attached to this article.

During the surveyed period these agencies issued 999,929 Notices of Violation. Of those, 20,064 were challenged and eventually nearly 70 percent of those challenged were dismissed.

The violation is a $158 ticket.

Red Light Cameras in Gulfport:

In February 2011, three intersection safety cameras or red light cameras were installed in different locations in the city.

  • West Bound on Gulfport Blvd. S. & 58th St S.
  • South Bound on 49th St. & 15th Ave S.
  • East Bound on Gulfport Blvd. S. & 49th St. S.

American Traffic Solutions operates the cameras and systems from Arizona. The Gulfport Police Department pays $4,500 per month per camera.

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Brian Ceccarelli January 08, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Anybody catch the bad math? Report says 43% less side-impacts and 41% less rear-ends. That means 57% of the cities saw more side impacts and 59% saw more rear-ends. Report says 56% less total-impacts which means that 44% saw more total-impacts. What are the numbers of side-impacts, rear-impacts, total impacts. What are the severity of those crashes? Would anybody like to charge the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles with fraud?
Jim January 09, 2013 at 07:24 AM
I'm not comforted by claims that crashes are down. Frankly, none of us should blindly bet our life on studies from either side, just because the studies are numerous or appear to be independent. My inclination is to believe what I hear from the local official who, after years of hands-on experience with the cameras, sees through the scam and dares to speak out. For direct quotes from officials (police chiefs, mayors) admitting that cameras don't work, go here http://highwayrobbery.net/redlightcamsdocsIndustryPRMain.html#Candor Or, if the above link is missing or does not work, Google the names Mussenden Rhodes Weldon Medrano Fitton and scroll down to the box entitled "Extraordinary Candor by Officials."
Bob MacLeod January 09, 2013 at 02:10 PM
If it is truely safety that we have in mind by installing the cameras, why don't we just add 2 seconds to the yellow light. one second for every ten mile on the speed limit is cutting it close. I think it will cut all accidents in half again. You will always have the distracted or daydreaming drivers, but what can 2 seconds hurt. I know it will hurt the collections of fines on red light cameras, but it's for safety not a new revenue stream, right!


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