Active Transportation Alliance: Banning, limiting red light cameras would hinder safety efforts
From press release
CHICAGO—Legislation that limits or bans red light cameras would eliminate critical tools that are proven to reduce speeding and red light running.
The Active Transportation Alliance, Chicagoland’s voice for better biking, walking and transit, supports the use of red light cameras at intersections where speeding and red light running are prevalent.
Studies conclude that red light cameras work. They curb dangerous behaviors—red light running and speeding—that lead to serious or fatal crashes. Bicyclists and pedestrians in particular are most vulnerable to traffic crashes since they do not have the protection of an air bag, seat belt or steel frame.
When a red light camera is installed, you can expect a small increase in rear-end crashes, but a major decrease in head-on and T-crashes. Studies find that the small increase in rear-end crashes returns to normal levels.
Rob Sadowsky, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance, said: “The use of red light cameras is a safety measure. It is not about adding to a municipality’s operating budget. Legislators can address that concern by mandating that the revenue be directed toward projects aimed at increasing all road users’ safety.”
The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. Formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, the Active Transportation Alliance is North America’s largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by more than 6,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 35 full-time staff.
For more information about the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call (312) 427-3325.
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