KCPD Study: Red-Light Cameras Effective in Reducing Wrecks

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Red-light traffic cameras reduce crashes in intersections, according to an analysis of case reports by the Kansas City Missouri Police Department, the city announced on Wednesday.

According to Kansas City officials, the three-year study looked at over 2,500 case reports and shows that traffic fatalities have been reduced to zero and dangerous collisions are down significantly at the 17 KCMO intersections equipped with the cameras, which are triggered when a vehicle runs a red-light at an intersection.

The KCPD study shows crashes stemming from running a red light decreased 65 percent in the first year after the cameras were installed and 54 percent in the second year after the cameras were installed.

Click here for the KCPD Red Light Camera Executive Summary Report

In addition, the study says that citations in the first year with cameras to the second decreased 33 percent from 68,777 to 45,793, and that 92 percent of drivers receiving a citation only did so once.

The KCPD will present the results of the study during a City Council meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday on the 10th floor at City Hall.

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