Camera enforcement works to curb this dangerous behavior.
July 28, 2016
Red light camera shut-offs cost lives
Red light camera programs in 79 large U.S. cities saved nearly 1,300 lives through 2014, new research shows. When such programs are shut down, the rate of fatal red-light-running crashes shoots up 30 percent.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 28, 2001
Public favors cameras
A recent Institute survey in 10 cities finds that most people support the use of red light cameras.
Right-on-red restrictions are helpful
Signs prohibiting right turns on red from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. increase the number of drivers who stop at stop lines, an Institute study has found.
Signal timing changes cut crashes
Modifying the yellow-light phase at intersections, along with the brief all-red phase, in accordance with new engineering standards reduces crashes, Institute researchers found.
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.
March 11, 2000
More communities are using cameras
Red light cameras are proliferating across the United States. Speed cameras have been somewhat slower to catch on.
December 5, 1998
Cameras to deter red light runners prove effective in Fairfax, Virginia
July 11, 1998
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
Red light cameras a success in Oxnard, California
December 2, 1995
Red light cameras attract public support, Institute surveys reveal
January 14, 1995
Motorists who run red lights share identifiable characteristics
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