For Immediate Release
July 5, 2001

Jim LeSarge
Supervisor, Traffic Signals and Systems
Public Works
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4588

Statistics for May Show Increase in Red Light Running Violations in Peel

(Brampton) - Statistics for May show an increase in the number of charges against drivers who ran red lights through Region of Peel intersections equipped with red light cameras.

The number of charges in May increased to 198 compared to 37 in April. Previously, there were 89 charges laid in March and 62 in February.

"It is still too early in the pilot program to draw specific conclusions as to the number of violators," said Jim LeSarge, Supervisor, Traffic Signals and Systems.

"It's always disappointing when the number of red light runners increases," said Mitch Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works at the Region of Peel. "But the fact is those that fail to learn the lesson will be caught, charged and fined $190 upon conviction."

Recent studies conducted in the United States by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety conclude that the presence of red light cameras has resulted in a 32 per cent reduction in collisions attributed to red light running. The study also indicates a 68 per cent reduction in collisions that include injuries.

"We are determined to get the message across to drivers in the Region of Peel that it doesn't pay to run red lights," said Emil Kolb, Regional Chair. "Motorists have to learn to obey the rules of the road."

The red light cameras are part of a two-year endeavor involving six Ontario municipalities - the Cities of Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa, and the Regional Municipalities of Halton, Peel and Waterloo.

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail

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