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.
Red Light Camera Intersections
■ Memorial Blvd @ MLK Blvd (westbound only)
■ Harden Blvd @ Beacon Rd (northbound only)
■ Massachusetts Ave @ Memorial Blvd (east and west only)
■ Harden Rd @ Polk Parkway (southbound only)
■ US 98 N @ Griffin Road (north and south only)
■ N Crystal Lake @ Bartow Road (north and south Bartow Rd)
■ NB Socrum Loop Road @ E. Daughtery Road/Walt Loop Road
■ WB E. Daughtery Road/Walt Loop Road @ Socrum Loop Road
■ SB Socrum Loop Road @ E. Daughtery Road/Walt Loop Road
■ NB Socrum Loop Road @ Old Combee Road
■ SB Socrum Loop Road @ Old Combee Road
■ NB N. Florida Avenue @ Memorial Blvd.
■ NB S. Florida Avenue @ Beacon Road
■ NB Cleveland Heights Blvd @ E. Edgewood Drive
■ SB Cleveland Heights Blvd @ E. Edgewood Drive