For Immediate Release
June1, 2001

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

Statistics for the Month of April Reveal that Red Light Runners are Learning Their Lesson

(Brampton) - Region of Peel officials are pleased that the Intersection Safety Program to Reduce Red Light Running is back on the right track after a disappointing month in March.
Recent statistics released by the Red Light Camera Processing Centre show that the number of motorists running red lights is down in the month of April.

The number of charges laid in the month of April was 37, significantly lower than the month of March, when charges were laid against 89 motorists who ran red lights.

"The two cameras in Peel are rotated monthly to any of the six intersections within the pilot project," said Jim LeSarge, Supervisor, Traffic Signals and Systems. "This fact has an impact on the monthly statistics recorded."

"After such disappointing statistics in March, it's great to see such a significant reduction in the number of motorists running red lights," said Mitch Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works at the Region of Peel.

Recent studies conducted in the U.S. 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.

"The careless act of running a red light endangers motorists and pedestrians alike," 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 endeavour 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
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