• April 25, 2013

    D.C. residents say they like red light, speed cameras

    Red light cameras and speed cameras are perpetual targets of critics who deem them widely unpopular and unfair. Ask people who live in areas with long-standing automated enforcement programs their view of cameras and a different picture emerges. A new IIHS survey shows a large majority of people who live in Washington, D.C., favor camera enforcement.

  • January 24, 2013

    Study yields more evidence that red light cameras work

    A new study of red light cameras in Arlington, Va., shows that cameras reduce red light violations, with particularly large decreases for violations that occur at least 1½ seconds after the light turned red.

  • November 20, 2012 | Status Report, Volume 47, Number 9

    Guidelines for automated enforcement

    A new report provides guidance on how to set up and operate camera programs to make them both effective and less likely to come in for criticism.

  • April 12, 2012 | Status Report, Volume 47, Number 3

    Red light camera response

    IIHS rebuts a Florida professor’s critique of a 2011 Institute study on the benefits of red light cameras.

  • June 30, 2011

    Most drivers favor red light cameras, survey finds

    Two-thirds of drivers in 14 big cities with longstanding red light camera programs support their use, a new IIHS survey indicates. The strong public support confirms that red light camera opponents, while vocal, are a minority.

  • February 1, 2011

    Red light cameras slash fatalities

    Red light cameras saved 159 lives in 2004-08 in 14 of the biggest U.S. cities, a new IIHS analysis shows. Had cameras been operating during that period in all large cities, a total of 815 deaths would have been prevented.

  • February 1, 2011 | Status Report, Volume 46, Number 1 | Special Issue: Red light running

    Different crashes with 1 thing in common

    Just like the lives they ended, the circumstances surrounding these crashes were unique. But in every case someone ran a red light.

  • February 1, 2011 | Status Report, Volume 46, Number 1 | Special Issue: Red light running

    Losing money, but boosting safety

    Less than three years after being switched on, the red light cameras in Springfield, Mo., were $33,000 in the red. Fortunately, making money was never the goal.

  • December 2, 2010 | Status Report, Volume 45, Number 12

    Drivers admit to risky habits in survey

    Drivers sat texting while driving, speeding and running red lights are dangerous but admit to doing them anyway.

  • February 14, 2009 | Status Report, Volume 44, Number 1

    Another ruling in favor of cameras

    A federal appeals court in Illinois is the latest to uphold the use of red light cameras.

  • January 27, 2007 | Status Report, Volume 42, Number 1

    Red light cameras work wonders in Philly

    A new study reveals that both lengthening yellow light times and installing cameras reduce red light running, but it's the cameras that make the biggest difference.

  • November 19, 2005 | Status Report, Volume 40, Number 9

    Paper gets red light camera story wrong

    A report by The Washington Post on D.C.'s red light cameras relies on problematic data and reaches outlandish conclusions

  • January 3, 2005 | Status Report, Volume 40, Number 1

    Red light camera report has big flaws

    A recent study of red light cameras in Greensboro, N.C., relies on flawed methodology and reaches erroneous conclusions.

  • July 3, 2004 | Status Report, Volume 39, Number 6

    In other highway safety news…

    Minnesota's tough penalties for high-BAC offenders work; Oregon's Supreme Court upholds speed cameras; more cities install red light cameras; rulemaking on headlight glare begins.

  • February 7, 2004 | Status Report, Volume 39, Number 2

    In other highway safety news…

    Deaths of older motorcyclists rise in Germany; North Carolina court rules red light cameras are constitutional; drivers using phones are less likely to buckle up.

  • August 26, 2003 | Status Report, Volume 38, Number 8

    In other highway safety news …

    A D.C. court upholds automated enforcement; communities plan more roundabouts; a federal agency refuses to allow teenage truckers.

  • October 26, 2002 | Status Report, Volume 37, Number 9

    Audit supports use of red light cameras

    The California state auditor has found that red light cameras in the state are reducing crashes but recommended more oversight of the programs.

  • May 4, 2002 | Status Report, Volume 37, Number 5 | Special Issue: automated enforcement

    Review finds red light camera benefit

    In Institute review of research on red light cameras finds that some studies overestimate the benefit, while some underestimate it. Overall, the body of evidence shows cameras reduce crashes.

  • May 4, 2002 | Status Report, Volume 37, Number 5 | Special Issue: automated enforcement

    Reanalysis confirms Oxnard findings

    Institute researchers took another look at data from an earlier red light camera study at the suggestion of a California lawmaker. The reanalysis confirmed the crash reductions.

  • March 16, 2002 | Status Report, Volume 37, Number 3

    Few states improve highway safety laws

    Little progress was made in the states in 2001 when it comes to passing new highway safety laws and strengthening the ones on the books.

  • April 26, 2001

    Study finds red light cameras cut crashes

    Significant citywide crash reductions followed the introduction of red light cameras in Oxnard, Calif. This is the key finding of the first U.S. research on the effects of camera enforcement on intersection crashes.

  • December 20, 2000

    Best and worst state traffic safety laws

    For the first time, IIHS has conducted a comprehensive assessment of key traffic safety laws in every state and the District of Columbia. Researchers rated laws on alcohol-impaired driving, young driver licensing, safety belts, child restraints, motorcycle helmets and laws allowing red light cameras.

  • July 13, 2000

    More than 800 fatalities a year involve red light running

    Each year more than 800 people die and an estimated 200,000-plus are injured in crashes that involve red light running. Total deaths in such crashes numbered almost 6,000 during 1992-98. More than half of these deaths were pedestrians and occupants in other vehicles who were hit by the red light runners.

  • December 5, 1998 | Status Report, Volume 33, Number 10

    Cameras to deter red light runners prove effective in Fairfax, Virginia

  • July 11, 1998 | Status Report, Volume 33, Number 7

    Red light runners profiled in a new Institute study

  • May 20, 1998

    Red light running crashes are on the rise

    Drivers who run red lights are responsible for an estimated 260,000 crashes each year, of which approximately 750 are fatal — and the number is rising. Red light runners tend to be younger than other drivers and have poor driving records and histories of alcohol use.

  • March 7, 1998 | Status Report, Volume 33, Number 2

    Red light cameras a success in Oxnard, California

  • December 2, 1995 | Status Report, Volume 30, Number 10

    Red light cameras attract public support, Institute surveys reveal

  • January 14, 1995 | Status Report, Volume 30, Number 1

    Motorists who run red lights share identifiable characteristics