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Stop On Red logoWhy has Clearwater implemented a traffic safety camera campaign?

Red light running is a serious intersection safety issue. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, nearly 2 million crashes annually occur in intersection. In 2009, 676 people were killed and 113,000 were injured in intersection crashes. In Clearwater, over the past 3 years, 250 collisions at signalized intersections due to red light running.  The two subject intersections accounted for 21 of those accidents.

Installation of photo enforcement cameras significantly reduces crashes at intersections. The technology tends to produce generalized changes in driver behavior, so violations and crashes decline throughout the area where cameras are used, not just at the specific intersections equipped with cameras. Traffic safety cameras act as a force multiplier for the police department. The cameras contribute to public safety at their designated locations 24 hours a day and free police officers to address other community issues.

The City of Clearwater believes that a traffic safety improvement program will reduce the number of red-light collisions and injuries associated with these crashes in Clearwater.

What is a red-light running violation?

A red-light running violation occurs when a motorist enters an intersection after the traffic signal has turned red. However, motorists already in the intersection when the signal changes to red, waiting to turn for example, are not considered red-light violators. No citations will be issued for vehicles entering the intersection on a green or yellow light.

 

 

 

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