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Mayors support greater use of traffic safety cameras

Posted On Wed, June 22, 2011

The National Coalition for Safer Roads is praising the U.S. Conference of Mayors after they backed a proposal that would increase the number of speed and red light safety cameras installed on U.S. roadways.

"It's no surprise that our nation's mayors support the use of life-saving red lights safety cameras," said David Kelly, executive director and president of the NCSR. "Our mayors have recognized the need to explore utilizing these life-saving devices to protect innocent motorists, pedestrians and cyclists by preventing senseless deaths from reckless red-light runners."

Kelly, who used to serve as the acting administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, also said more than 600 communities across the country have employed the use of at least one traffic safety camera.

The mayors said they supported the resolution due in large part to research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which found that nearly 700 people were killed and 113,000 were injured due to motorists running red lights in 2009 alone.

Camera technology may increase traffic safety through greater enforcement capabilities. As a result, should drivers be ticketed for running a red light, their auto insurance premiums may be affected.

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