Do Red Light Cameras Prevent Wrecks?

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Running a red light is one of the most common reasons for a car wreck.  According to the American Traffic Solutions, on average two people died each day in red-light running crashes in 2011.  Since then the number of fatalities in crashes decreased by 22% and the communities that have red-light cameras increased dramatically nationwide. Plano, Texas is not an exemption. 2005 was the last year that Plano did not have the red light camera.

The Automated Red Light Camera Enforcement program was put into place, making it safer for Plano residents and decreasing accidents over the years. The program monitored 13 intersections in Plano 18 months before it was enforced and 18 after. Some of the statistics are as follows.

  • SH 121 and Dallas Parkway had 26 red light violation crashes and 38 total intersection crashes. After the program was enforced there were 11 red light violations and 23  total intersection crashes.
  • Legacy drive and Dallas Parkway had 20 red light violation crashes and 60 total intersection crashes. After the program was enforced there were 25 red light violations and 35 total intersection crashes.
  • Preston road and Plano pkwy had 21 red light violation crashes and 40 total intersection crashes. Since the program has been enforced there were 16 red light violations and 26 total intersection crashes.
  • Coit road and Spring Creek pkwy had 8 red light violation crashes and 20 total intersection crashes. After the program was enforced there were 9 red light violations and still 20 total intersection crashes.
  • Preston road and Plano pkwy had 21 red light violation crashes and 40 total intersection crashes. After the program was enforced there were 16 red light violations and 26 total intersection crashes.