According to a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the answer is yes. During the study, 99 U.S. cities with populations over 200,000 were examined. It was found that during the study period red light cameras had the potential to save 815 lives. In 2009 676 people were killed and 113,000 injured in intersection accidents.
Though even the biggest cities in Connecticut, Hartford and Bridgeport, were not included in the study, our state may want to take heed. The Governors Highway Safety Association, who published the study, has been encouraging states to implement not only red light camera systems but programs such as Stop Red Light Running.
Victims of red light running are not just drivers and their passengers. Pedestrians and bicyclists are also at high risk for being injured or killed during an accident at a stoplight. Though police know that this type of intersection is dangerous, enforcement in these zones carries a risk to police officers and others. Red light cameras are most often the safest and most effective way to prevent red light running and the accidents that it causes.
The staff and attorneys at the Connecticut personal injury law firm of Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that through prevention measures and public awareness the numbers of red light intersection accidents decreases, helping the GHSA reach its goal of zero highway fatalities.