NCHS Red Light Safety Camera Campaign can save lives

Last updated on September 4th, 2015 at 10:00 pm

Keeping our families safe on the road is a very important task that we undertake as parents. We drive carefully, keep our cars in tip-top shape, and make sure everyone is buckled in safely on each and every trip. Unfortunately, we can’t control what other drivers on the road are doing. We must rely on the police and essential safety equipment, such as red light safety cameras, to help keep us safe.

A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that 113,000 people were injured and 676 were killed in crashes that involved red-light running in 2009 – two-thirds of the victims were pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants of vehicles hit by the red-light runners.

The study also showed that red-light safety cameras helped save more than 150 lives in 14 of the biggest U.S. cities from 2004 to 2008. Had the cameras been operating in all 99 U.S. cities with populations more than 200,000, more than 800 lives could have been saved.

Each time we enter an intersection, our families are at risk of becoming the victim of an accident – whether on foot or in a vehicle. Red light safety cameras help to change driver behavior and reduce the risk to our loved ones, however many people are unaware just how valuable these cameras are to those on the road.

The National Coalition for Safer Roads has created a powerful video, showing just how tragic the consequences of running a red light can be.

You can find the National Coalition for Safer Roads on their website, Twitter and Facebook pages, for more information about this important initiative.

About the Author

Tamara Walker, R.N., aka “MomRN”, is the mom of two teenagers, a registered nurse, a child safety expert and instructor, and host of the “Ask MomRN Show”. Her passions are to help parents as they navigate the journey through parenthood and to protect children of all ages. Her websites are http://www.MomRN.com and http://www.blogtalkradio.com/FlyLady.MomRN has been a member of the PedSafe Expert team

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3 Responses to “NCHS Red Light Safety Camera Campaign can save lives”

  1. I saw a car stop in front of me at the left turn red light then just go. Broad daylight. I actually held my breath as he did it. I can’t believe the things people will do just to get to their destination a little faster!

  2. Henry says:

    The NCSR fronts for ATS, the red light camera company. (It says so, on their website.) ATS has just been exposed as behind a lot of the pro-camera comments posted online. The expose caused the suspension of an ATS VP, who was posing as a resident of the various towns where he posted his comments. Source: Everett (WA) Daily Herald (heraldnet dot com), put “Kroske” in the search box

    VP Kroske was just one of ATS’ spokesmen. Another is Mark Rosenker, former chair of the NTSB, now Advisor to the NCSR. Using his (’til now) top notch credentials, Rosenker was granted numerous pro-camera “guest columns” in papers nationwide. In those he mentioned his connection to the NCSR but never disclosed that the NCSR is supported by ATS. [Early in his career he did electronic monitoring for the campaign to re-elect Pres. Nixon. CRP (now known as CReeP), did the Watergate break-in, after which many of the conspirators were sent to prison, and Nixon resigned.]

    ATS is also behind many of the “citizen supported” websites in towns where the company is entrenched. Source: bancams dot com. Put “stupid” in the search box

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