For Immediate Release
January 22, 2001
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4395
FIRST MONTH STATISTICS SHOW REDUCTION IN RED LIGHT RUNNING
(Brampton) -- Initial statistics released by the Red Light Camera Processing Centre suggest that fewer motorists are running red lights following the installation of cameras in six Ontario municipalities.
"The message is clear - don't run red lights because if you do, you will get caught, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year," said Region of Peel Chair Emil Kolb. "Red light cameras save lives and stop aggressive drivers who ignore red lights and injure or kill people. Along with our police, red light cameras protect kids and seniors who cross at our intersections."
Statistics compiled during the first month of the program (from November 20 to December 20) show that, on average, a combined total of 39 vehicles per day ran red lights at the 18 intersections with cameras. During a test installation at a single intersection in Toronto in 1998, approximately 30 vehicles per day ran red lights.
"The early numbers are very encouraging and seem to show that the cameras, as well as the public education campaign are helpful in getting people to understand the dangers of running red lights and in encouraging people to stop," said Mitch Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works at the Region of Peel.
Zamojc added, "An independent evaluation of the results is being undertaken including information from red light camera locations, police monitored sites and independent sites to determine the overall effectiveness of cameras in reducing red light running. We will continue to monitor the statistics to ascertain whether this reduction at camera sites is occurring at all signalized intersections."
The red light cameras are part of a two-year pilot project involving six Ontario municipalities - the Cities of Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa and the regional municipalities of Halton, Peel and Waterloo.
In 1997, there were 48,154 collisions at signalized intersections in Ontario. This accounts for 22 per cent of all motor vehicle collisions in the province. A total of 15 per cent of these collisions were the direct result of drivers disobeying a red light.
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