Traffic Safety Cameras Reduce Crashes and Save Lives

Traffic crashes are the single most significant cause of preventable death and injury in North America. More than 600 people were killed and an estimated 113,000 were injured in the United States in crashes that involved red light running in one year alone. Of those people killed:  46% were drivers and passengers of vehicles that did not run the light;
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Minnesota Roads are Dangerous

Number of people killed in a crash involving a traffic signal on Minnesota roads in 2011.

36% were the red light-running drivers themselves; 12% were passengers of the red light-runner’s vehicle; and 6% were pedestrians, bicyclists or other road users.

Number of people killed in a crash when disregard for a traffic control device contributed to the crash in 2011.

The facts are clear: Safety cameras save lives.
A 2011 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study concluded:

Number of people injured from a crash involving a traffic signal on Minnesota roads in 2011.

Red light running fatal crash rates reduced by 24 percent from 1992-1996 to 2004-2008, in the 14 largest U.S. cities using cameras, including Chicago, Washington, DC, Phoenix and San Diego. 159 lives were saved in these cities from 2004-2008 because of cameras. 815 lives could have been saved had red light cameras been used in every U.S. city with more than 200,000 people.2

Number of people killed on Minnesota roads in 2011.

Illegal right turns on red and rolling stops affect not only the red light runner, but also pedestrians, bicyclists and passengers.

Number of injuries on Minnesota roads in 2011.
Source: Minnesota Department of Public Safety, June 2012

Nearly two-thirds of those killed in intersection crashes are not in the red light-running vehicle; they are passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists and innocent bystanders.
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Every 2 hours, a pedestrian is KILLED in a traffic crash. Every 8 minutes, a pedestrian is INJURED in a traffic crash.3

Cameras are Constitutional
The use of traffic safety cameras in Minnesota is lawful if authorized by the legislature. See State v. Kuhlman, 729 N.W.2d 577 (2007).

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2011. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2011. 3 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2008.

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