The City Council will vote to extend the red light camera program on October 14th. Rochester began its program in 2010 and there are currently cameras installed at over 30 intersections. The city recently completed its second study on the impact the cameras have on traffic accidents at intersections with cameras. Although the official report is not yet available to the public, some draft findings were shared at a City Council meeting in August. Here are a few…
- 38% fewer crashes at intersections with cameras
- 35% reduction in right-angle collisions
- 38% reduction in rear-end collisions
- injuries as a result of accidents from running red lights: down 81%
- An estimated over $4M saved for motorists in medical & vehicle repair costs during a 4 year period
It’s important to note that these findings are based on police reports, not just photos taken by the cameras. A photo does not automatically mean a ticket for the registered driver. All evidence (photos) are reviewed by the RPD 3 times and approved before a Notice of Liability is sent in the mail.
Does the presence of red light cameras make those intersections safer?
Mayor Lovely Warren sees enough evidence that she has proposed extending the city’s red light camera program for another five years. The City Council will vote on it on October 14.
The latest Allstate Best Drivers Report put Rochester at #144 out of 200 of the largest cities where drivers are least likely to experience a collision. Drivers in our city are 25% more likely (when compared to the national average) to get in an accident. And we even slipped 13 spots down the list when compared to 2013.
There are all sorts of reasons for our terrible spot on that list — distracted driving, driving under the influence and the weather. But before you get all up on that last one — Syracuse ranked better than Rochester. Honolulu was not far ahead of our city at #140. So it’s not all about the weather. There is clearly room for improvement in our efforts to make it safer to live and get around Rochester.
Initiatives such as red light camera programs, lower default speed limits and speed cameras are all pieces of the puzzle that many cities and states across the nation are committed to in an effort to make city streets safer for all who traverse them.
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