Mesa-based Verra Mobility – a global leader in smart transportation – released videos of 2020’s worst red-light runners today. The alarming footage shows collisions captured by red-light safety cameras in communities across the country; and in a year filled with distractions, shows that these crashes continue to present a threat, even with fewer people on the road.
The compilation of videos showcasing red-light crashes is available below and includes footage from red-light safety camera programs in Florida, Arizona, Maryland, Alabama, North Carolina and Louisiana.
The video serves as an important warning about the dangers of irresponsible driving and red-light running.
“These shocking crashes – captured in a year when traffic was actually down due to the pandemic – serve as a chilling reminder of the dangers that red-light runners present to our neighbors, friends and families,” said Garrett Miller, Verra Mobility Executive Vice President, Government Solutions. “In most cases these tragedies can be attributed to distracted driving and reckless behavior, making these collisions, not accidents.
Red-light safety cameras significantly impact road safety. An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study found that cameras reduced the fatal red-light running crash rate of large cities by 21 percent and the rate of all types of fatal crashes at signalized intersections by 14 percent.
According to IIHS, “Red-light cameras are an effective way to discourage red-light running. Enforcement is the best way to get people to comply with any law, but it’s impossible for police to be at every intersection. Cameras can fill the void.”
“Across the country, we continue to see the positive role that red-light safety camera programs play in raising awareness and changing driver behavior for the better. Red-light running crashes are devastating, yet preventable. We urge all drivers to stop on red,” added Garrett Miller.