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Distracted Drivers Running Over 7 Million Red Lights Annually

New study underscores dangers of texting, cellphoning.

by on Jun.11, 2013

A crash caused by a driver running a red light caught by a camera in Worth, IL.

As much as 12% of red light violations – equal to an annual total of 7.3 million stoplight infractions annually – are the result of distracted drivers, according to a new study.

Though the report doesn’t put a human toll on the problem in terms of crashes, injuries or accidents, some automotive safety experts have singled out red light running as the single leading cause of urban traffic accidents.

The research by the National Coalition for Safer Roads, or NCSR, and anti-distracted driving group FocusDriven tallies the results from stoplight camera images gathered at 118 intersections in 19 communities over a three-month timespan.

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If the findings can be extrapolated on a nationwide scale that would suggest that distracted drivers run red lights more than 7.3 million times annually.


MIT Software Can Predict Red Light Runners

New Algorithm might help prevent accidents.

by on Dec.05, 2011

A crash caused by a driver running a red light caught by a camera in Worth, IL.

It’s happened to just about everyone.  The light turns green, you step on the throttle and just as you pull into the intersection a car races across your path.  If you’re lucky, you hit the brakes in time, mutter a curse under your breath and then drive on.  But many motorists aren’t so lucky, with red light runners causing tens of thousands of accidents annually – many resulting in serious injuries or fatalities.

Efforts to crack down have had only moderate impact, even with the increasing use of automatic traffic enforcement cameras.

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But researchers at MIT think they may have a better solution: a newly-developed algorithm they suggest is highly effective at predicting when a motorist will run a red light.

While the system would only be able to provide a second or two’s warning, researchers believe that could be enough to prevent an accident, perhaps even save a life.


Motorists Group Wants to Red Light Ticket Cameras

$10,000 challenge to find other ways to deal with red light runners.

by on Nov.23, 2011

Voters have widely rejected traffic camera usage.

With more and more American communities flashing a red light at ticket cameras, the National Motorists Association is offering a $10,000 challenge to prove there are better ways to control traffic at problematic intersections.

The NMA has launched the $10,000 Ticket Camera Challenge to prove that engineering solutions, rather than automated enforcement, can do a better job of dealing with red light runners.

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The effort underscores a growing wave of opposition to ticket cameras around the country, many states and communities either barring or pulling down the devices – which often haven’t delivered on the promise to control traffic while also improving revenues.

“Voters consistently reject camera measures because they are suspicious of safety claims made by public officials and the camera companies,” said Gary Biller, Executive Director of the NMA. “To put cities to the test, we have issued the $10,000 Ticket Camera Challenge.”