A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) examines the benefits of traffic safety cameras on preventing fatal accidents and makes reccomendations to states on implemeneting the technology.
The report, “Automated Enforcement in a New Era”, discusses the benefits of traffic safety cameras that detect speeding, red-light running and school bus stop-arm violations.
According to the report, U.S. roadway deaths have increased 30% over the past decade, rising from 32,893 in 2013 to 42,795 in 2022. A plethora of studies confirm that speeding, red-light and school bus stop-arm camera programs are a proven way to change driver behavior, resulting in increased safety for everyone on the road.
“We’re losing far too many of our friends and loved ones to preventable traffic crashes. Safety cameras can help change that,” said GHSA Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Adkins, in a statement. “The data and research clearly show that automated enforcement reduces the dangerous driving behaviors that needlessly kill people every day. GHSA and State Farm have teamed up to help communities realize the vast safety benefits that automated enforcement offers, while also emphasizing the need for these programs to be community-based and transparent.”
The report makes several recommendations for states and traffic safety partners to identify and overcome key barriers for more effectively implementing an automated enforcement program, including:
Source: Governor’s Highway Safety Administration
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