For Immediate Release
May 4, 2001

Jim LeSarge
Project Manager, Intersection Safety Program
Public Works
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4588

Number Of Red Light Runners Increased In March

(Brampton)- Region of Peel officials expressed disappointment with statistics issued by the Intersection Safety Program to Reduce Red Light Running for the month of March 2001 that show a significant increase in the number of drivers who ran red lights.

"The majority of drivers are obeying the rules for stopping at red lights. However, we do have to convince a very small minority of drivers to stop at red lights for safety's sake," said Mitch Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works for the Region of Peel.

Statistics released by the Red Light Camera Processing Centre show that 304 vehicles ran red lights at intersections equipped with cameras. By comparison, only 174 charges were laid in February 2001. While monthly variations in statistics are not unusual, it is too early to draw any conclusions regarding the long-term effect of the program.

In the Region of Peel, 89 vehicles were caught running red lights in March, compared to 62 in February.

"Running through a red light is a thoughtless act that puts people at risk," said Regional Chair Emil Kolb. "Every driver needs to play their part in reducing fatalities on our roads."

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.

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

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