National safety and transportation groups are hoping that a checklist and a video showing the reenactment of a dramatic crash at a red light in Arizona will drum up support for more law enforcement cameras at intersections throughout the U.S.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) more than 800 people died in crashes involving red light running in 2016, an increase of 17 percent since 2012.
“The increase comes as fewer U.S. communities are using red light cameras to enforce the law and reduce crashes,” IIHS reports.
The collision shown in the video below is a recreation of an actual crash from 2012 in which a 2010 Ford F-150 struck a 2007 Chrysler Sebring at a red light in Yuma, Ariz. The driver of the Sebring was severely injured.
To encourage cities and localities to use automated enforcement, IIHS joined with AAA, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and the National Safety Council to create a red light camera checklist for local policymakers, law enforcement agencies and transportation officials.
“The checklist provides practical instructions for planning, implementing and evaluating red light camera programs, including steps to help communities build and maintain public support,” IIHS states.