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Red Light Cameras Reducing Injury Crashes in Gulfport

Overall injury crashes have reduced by 53% since the Gulfport Police Department set up three red light cameras in 2010.

For nearly two years Intersection Safety Cameras, known as Red Light Cameras, have been snapping photos of red light runners in Gulfport. According police officials, they're helping decrease injury crashes in the city.

During Tuesday night's city council meeting Gulfport Police Lt. Josh Stone presented an analysis of the program and data that shows injury crashes are down 53.3% from 2010.

Traffic Crash Analysis

Citywide Total Crashes

  • April - Oct. 2010 Total Crashes = 95
  • April - Oct. 2011 Total Crashes = 70
  • April - Oct. 2012 Total Crashes = 77

Overall Total Crash Decrease of 18.4%

"Although we went up 7 from last year, we've still seen overall total crashes decrease 18.4 percent," Lt. Josh Stone said during the presentation.

Citywide Total Injury Crashes

  • April - Oct. 2010 Total Crashes = 30
  • April - Oct. 2011 Total Crashes = 16
  • April - Oct. 2012 Total Crashes = 14

Overall Injury Crash Decrease of 53.3%

"The goal was to decrease overall crashes . . . and decrease injury crashes. Now, when you look at the overall stat, you can say well, maybe, maybe not, but when you look at the injury crashes, I think there's a correlation between having the red light cameras in place and the reduction of injury crashes. That's my opinion. That's based on the data that I see," Stone said.

During the meeting Council member Dan Liedtke asked if the data could be more specific such as how many crashes were non-moving incidents - like backing into a trash can or telephone pole. He also asked if there was any data regarding a decrease in "T-bone" crashes. Lt. Stone told council that they did not have that specific information.

Notice of Violations Issued

During the fiscal year of October 2011 to September 2012, the _Gulfport Police Department_ issued 3,501 Notices of Violation. The violation is a $158 fine and is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.

According to Stone, of those mailed to vehicle owners, 2,257 - 64% - were paid upon receiving the first notice.

Intersections:

  • 1,288 violations = 49th St. & 15th Ave
  • 819 violations = 49th St. & Gulfport Blvd S.
  • 1,394 violations = 58th St. & Gulfport Blvd S.

Lt. Stone added that the majority of violators are going straight through the intersections.

Also, between 2011 and 2012, the number of violations decreased.

"I would assume that it has something to do with awareness that people now know that there are red light cameras in Gulfport and a lot of places in the county and now people are more cautious."

Gulfport Mayor Mike Yakes responded to the data stating that the numbers are impressive and as a result of the red light camera program in Gulfport, injuries are being reduced.

"I believe that it is successful," Yakes said.

Locations of Red Light Cameras

The intersection safety cameras were placed at the following intersections in February 2011:

  • 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.

Editor's Note: Gulfport Patch attached the powerpoint presentation from Tuesday night's meeting on this article.

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Lewis M January 16, 2013 at 11:49 PM
I am sure they installed them at the more dangerous intersections first. They do make people aware even when they are not there (yet). Being aware that they exist is reason to pay closer attention at all intersections. Texters and cell users not paying attention is a large part of the problem as well. A 150 buck fine will teach anyone a lesson. Beats attending another funeral.
Barbara January 17, 2013 at 12:39 AM
I think it is funny they did not say how much money they have made!! I don't care how much they insist it is about safety it is all about the money as with everything else!!!
Hairball Spencer January 17, 2013 at 12:53 AM
just curious here , seeing this picture , they have up top , the red light camera , what does this mean that it includes right turn , now does this mean you can no longer turn right on a red even after stopping , it would be nice to see them actually explain this sign before giving someone a ticket for the offense , ive never gotten a ticket and don;t want to ....
William Smith January 17, 2013 at 01:41 PM
"Red Light Cameras Reducing Inujury Crashes in Gulfport" is a misleading title because the data did show a reduction in traffic accidents city wide- the data did not show if the number of crashes at the the camera intersections were actually reduced.
Jim January 17, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Someone should do a survey measuring the correlation between people who believe that red light cameras promote safety and people who believe in the tooth fairy, Santy, and the free lunch. I bet it would be close to 100%. I'm in California and it makes me laugh/cry to watch folks in other states make the same mistake we made ten or twelve years ago - putting in red light cameras. You should know better. The videos the Industry puts on TV show that all of the crashes occur after the signal has been red for 5 or more seconds. It's obvious that that real late running occurs because the motorist (a visitor or distracted/impaired local) completely misses seeing the signal, because it isn't prominent enough. A camera won't make a signal more prominent. But here's how to do it, cheaply and quickly, without cameras. A. Paint "signal ahead" on the pavement. A study sponsored by the Florida DOT found that doing so could cut running by up to 74%. B. Make the signal lights bigger in diameter or, add another signal head. A study by the Texas Transp. Institute (TTI) found that doing either one could cut crashes by 47%. C. Add backboards to the signal heads. The TTI study found that doing so could cut crashes by 32%. D. Install brighter bulbs in the street lights above the dangerous intersections and put up lighted name signs for the cross street there. These things should be tried at a city's worst intersections, before putting in red light cameras.

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