Monday, December 2, 2013

Richmond’s Photo Red Light Enforcement Program Begins

WHAT:                       Photo Red Light Enforcement Begins with a 30-Day Warning Period

WHEN:                      10:30 a.m., Monday, December 2, 2013

WHERE:                    Elkhardt & Hull Streets

BACKGROUND:     The Richmond Police Department wants to make the public aware of the photo red light enforcement that will begin Monday, December 2nd at the intersection of Elkhardt and Hull streets. It will begin with a 30-day warning period. The initiative is designed to increase public safety and reduce the number of red light/speeding-related collisions.

WHY:                         A 2011 study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found fatal crash rates involving red light running were reduced by 24 percent in the 14 largest U.S. cities using safety cameras from 2004-2008.  During that time, 159 lives were saved in those cities because of the cameras, and 815 lives could have been saved had red light cameras been used in every large city in the U.S. during those years. The use of cameras is proven to substantially reduce the number of red light-related /speeding traffic violations, as well as the number of red light /speeding-related collisions and injuries.