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Study: Economic Savings Tied to Red-Light Cameras

One red-light camera was projected to save the city of Murrieta and its residents more than $1 million over a five-year period, according to a study released by American Traffic Solutions.

A recent study tied red-light cameras to economic savings.

One red-light camera installed at one Murrieta intersection was projected to save the city and its residents $230,647 in the first year and more than $1 million over a five-year period, according to a study commissioned by Scottsdale, Ariz.-based American Traffic Solutions, the company that installed and maintains the cameras at three Murrieta intersections.

ATS released its findings July 16. The study conducted by John Dunham and Associates calculated projected savings for 25,000 U.S. communities based on reductions in traffic collisions at intersections equipped with the cameras, ATS said in a news release.

"Every traffic collision exacts its own financial costs on families, vehicle owners and the community at large. Medical care, vehicle removal and repair, and the attention from police and other emergency response personnel are just a few of the measurable costs associated with traffic crashes," ATS stated.

"Red-light safety cameras help reduce vehicle collisions by changing driver behavior. As a result, injuries and fatalities decrease, along with the tax burden to communities for emergency services and other costs tied to every traffic collision. Red-light safety cameras also allow police departments to provide uninterrupted traffic enforcement without assigning an officer to watch the intersection. This enables a department to enhance its enforcement efforts without added costs, providing a cost-savings to the community."

ATS stated that a comprehensive set of data from nationally-recognized sources was used to calculate the savings by applying total crash costs over a victim’s expected lifetime against expected crash reductions from red-light safety cameras.

"It’s indisputable that there is a cost associated with automobile crashes," said James Tuton, president and CEO of ATS. "This study finally provides us with the measurable economic benefits a city can realize by using even one red-light safety camera to decrease crashes in their community. However, the greatest benefit any community can achieve through road safety camera programs is saving people’s lives."

Murrieta city officials have stated the number of traffic collisions have decreased at intersections where the cameras are installed.

Murrieta voters may get the chance to vote in November on whether the cameras should be removed—that is if the can stand up

A full PDF of ATS' projected five-year economic savings for Murrieta is attached to this article.

Other city-specific savings can be reviewed at http://www.atsol.com/economicbenefit.

Jeff K July 26, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Wait?? Wait?? Jeff K works for the city??? Traffic Light camera's are spying on you? Drones are coming???? You have a screw loose Diana Serafin. You are simply messed up and paranoid! WMD's WMD's WMD'S......I would bet my home thats all you talked about a few years ago, maybe still today??? I know, Rick Gibbs has them stored at his home......they were moved there by Saddam.....NO WAIT!! They are at Hilary's assistant's home.....NO WAIT.....They are lying next to President Obama's real birth certificate. Anyone listening to this person needs to have their head examined, because something isn't right.
Jeff K July 26, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Major you are as flawed as your newest buddy Diana. The justice system is flawed?? Why because Supreme Court justice Roberts is actually using the Constitution to make rulings instead of his right wing ideology?? Your'e just like Serafin, using fear and scare tactics. Socialism and Fascism have nothing in common, yet they are your fear words.......but it is clear you know nothing about the meanings......except.....BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID, OLD WHITE AMERICANS. Drones are coming!! Socialism......owwwww. Unbalanced. I am sure that if drones are flying over, Serafin and Major will pull out their AR-15's or their grenade launchers and shoot them down....shaking my head.
Major July 26, 2012 at 03:04 AM
For Jeff; You are an idiot, a Dreg and not worth much thought.
Diane July 26, 2012 at 06:14 AM
Sherry - You should visit Australia then. They have cameras on all of the freeways for speeding. Everyone is afraid to drive over the speed limit, even to pass. The cameras are situated so that they KNOW if you got to the next camera faster than you should have. Picture a bunch of robots. You probably also think Bloomberg's soda ban is a good idea too!
Jim July 26, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Camera sellers can cite all the bought-and-paid-for-studies they want, but I am more inclined to believe the candid opinions of police chiefs and city managers in cities that have had hands-on experience with cameras. This one, from a California city that had cameras for six years, is typical: "Our research in Gardena has revealed there is no significant traffic safety impact as a result of the use of the red light cameras. At almost every intersection where we have cameras, collisions have remained the same, decreased very slightly, or increased depending on the intersection you examine. When combining the statistics of all the intersections, the overall consensus is that there is not a noticeable safety enhancement to the public." Police Chief Edward Medrano, in report prepared for Feb. 9, 2010 council meeting. At a site online (highwayrobbery daht net) there are similar quotes from nine other California localities having a combined 55 years of experience with the cameras. While you are at that site - which is free - read about Snitch Tickets.

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