According to NHTSA data, there were 2,998 fatalities on Texas roads in 2010, down from 3,531 in 2006. Speed-
One contributing factor to this reduction has been the increased use of traffic safety cameras. Data across the country shows cameras change driver behavior, deter drivers from breaking the law, reduce crashes and save lives. This has been the case in communities across Texas:
• Dallas, Texas –Intersection safety cameras at 49 intersections led to a 61 percent reduction in red light running crashes. (Dallas City Hall).
• Garland, Texas –Intersection safety cameras in Garland led to a 25 percent reduction in fatal red light running crashes. (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).
• Port Lavaca, Texas –Intersection safety cameras in Port Lavaca led to a 40 percent reduction in red light running violations. (Texas Department of Transportation)
• Humble, Texas –Intersection safety cameras in Humble led to a 60 percent reduction in red light running crashes. (Humble Police Department).
Perhaps the most telling statistics about the effectiveness of red light cameras are the numbers showing what happens when safety cameras are turned off. After Houston discontinued its safety camera program, police cited a 350 percent increase in injury crashes and a 1,300 percent increase in total crashes at intersections where cameras were once active (KTRK-TV).