Calif. City Credits Cams With Reduced Violations, Crashes

What’s more, the police say the cameras have led to safer driving at other locations without the cameras.
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Cathedral City, Calif., says its red-light camera program, administered with American Traffic Solutions (ATS), is behind a 30 percent drop in crashes and a 50 percent drop in violations at one intersection.

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What’s more, the police say the cameras have led to safer driving at other locations without the cameras in the city just outside Palm Springs.

Comparing numbers from 2007 and 2008, the Cathedral City Police Department announced the numbers regarding the intersection of Ramon Road and Date Palm Drive. The department also credited the improved driving behavior with a reduction in crashes at other intersections without the cameras.”

“The 50 percent drop in red-light running violations and the reduction in crashes by 30 percent proves that our program is succeeding in making Cathedral City roadways safer,” said Cathedral City Police Lt. Charles Robinson.

The city is expanding its program with ATS to two new intersections, which came online in February.

“What we didn’t expect was the spill-over effect of improved driving behavior at nearby unmonitored intersections,” Robinson said. “The closer drivers are to this intersection, the more aware they are of their driving behavior.”

The improved public safety benefits that drivers and pedestrians are experiencing in Cathedral City are similar to what other communities served by ATS across the country are telling us,” said James Tuton, president and CEO of American Traffic Solutions. “Red-light cameras increase the perception of enforcement, which results in higher levels of compliance and safer streets with fewer red-light violations and related crashes.”

In 2007, Cathedral City mailed out 1,067 citations for red-light running violations at the intersection; in 2008, that number decreased to 534.

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