Red-light cameras doing the job, saving lives
October 31, 2012 · Updated 6:14 PM
We are pleased crashes have been reduced in Auburn since the installation of traffic safety cameras ("Red-light violations at photo-enforced spots in Auburn decline," Auburn Reporter, Oct. 26).
In 2002, our daughter was killed by a driver speeding through a red light. Since then, we have made it our mission to reduce traffic fatalities caused by red-light running. The bottom line is, when it comes to saving lives, photo enforcement works.
In Pullyap, red-light cameras led to a 52-percent reduction in red-light running. In Auburn, violations have dropped at all photo-enforced intersections, indicating a change in driver behavior and a positive impact on road safety.
These cameras are an effective way to ensure drivers slow down and pay attention at intersections. The threat of a citation encourages drivers to think twice – and potentially avoid a deadly crash – when they approach a red light.
We commend Auburn officials for installing cameras to save lives and make roads safer.
– Paul and Sue Oberhauser, national co-chairs, Traffic Safety Coalition