Red-light running is a serious intersection safety issue across the
nation.According to the latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) study, there were more than 2.3 million reported intersection-related crashes, resulting in more than 7,770 fatalities and approximately 733,000 injury crashes in 2008.
NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System reports that red-light running crashes alone caused 762 deaths in 2008. An estimated 165,000 people are injured annually by red-light runners. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that half of the people killed in red-light running crashes are not the signal violators. They are drivers and pedestrians hit by red-light runners.
It is believed that an automated red-light camera program will reduce the number of red-light collisions and injuries associated with these crashes. The purpose of this program is to increase overall traffic safety in the City of Lakeland. The goal of the program is to reduce red-light running violations, crashes, and injuries without impacting city funds.