Phenix City Experiences 36% Reduction in Crashes One Year After Red-Light Camera Program Implemented

05/05/2014

City installed safety cameras to detect and deter dangerous driving at intersection with history of crashes and violations

PHENIX CITY, Ala. – (May 5, 2014) – Data released today from the Phenix City Police Department shows a 36-percent decrease in total crashes at the photo-enforced intersection of 13th Street and Broad Street.

This intersection was selected to launch the red-light camera program due to a high number of red-light running violations and crashes. Traffic safety cameras are expected to be activated in the future at problematic intersections throughout the city.

"We implemented the red light traffic camera program as a way to modify driver behavior and make our roadways safer," said Chief of Police Raymond Smith. "I'm very pleased that after just one year we've been able to reduce accidents by a significant amount. The goal of this program is safety, and the reduction in crashes indicates we're making great progress."

Red-light cameras only capture data of a vehicle, including hi-resolution images, if it enters the intersection after the signal turns red. A traffic officer from the Phenix City Police Department reviews evidence of potential violations and has sole discretion as to whether a citation is warranted.

The fine for running a red light in Phenix City is $100.

The red light camera systems are provided by Reflex Traffic Systems®, Inc., a North American leader in road safety technology. Each system is equipped with two cameras utilizing radar technology to monitor traffic flow.

"We're proud to be part of Phenix City's roadway safety program. Photo enforcement is an excellent example of an efficient and effective public-private partnership that frees up law enforcement resources for other high priority tasks," said James Saunders, president and chief executive officer of Redflex Traffic Systems. "Initial results from this partnership reflect what we see in other cities. When drivers know there are traffic safety cameras, they modify the way they drive and the streets become safer."

Crashes resulting from red light running incidents – referred to as right angle or "t-bone" crashes – are considered the most deadly type of auto collision. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a study in 2011 that found 14 cities operating red light photo enforcement programs between 2004 and 2008 experienced a 24-percent drop in deadly collisions. Had similar programs been operating during that period in all large cities, more than 800 deaths could have been prevented, the analysis found.

To learn more about Phenix City's traffic safety plans, visit www.phenixcityal.us.