News Release: City of Tallahassee
Next week, the City of Tallahassee will provide an update to the City Commission showing that injuries reported from crashes at Red Light Camera Safety monitored intersections are down 35 percent since the program was implemented. The data also shows that while the more serious right-angle accidents decreased by 35 percent, the number of rear-end accidents at these intersections increased by 56 percent.
“Based on what we saw in other communities, we anticipated the increase of rear-end collisions at monitored intersections, although we didn’t anticipate them increasing to this extent,” said Allen Secreast, Traffic Mobility Manager. “Most significant is the fact that right-angle accidents, which are often more fatal, have decreased and injuries are down.”
Secreast added that the increase in rear-end collisions is likely due to distracted driving.
Since the Red Light Camera Safety Program was implemented in August 2010, the number of violations has continued to decrease each year. From Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 to FY2013, the program has reported a nearly 20 percent decrease in the number of Notice of Violations issued. Compared to before the cameras were installed, there has been a reduction in violations as great as 90 percent at the Monroe and Tennessee Street intersection.
“Red light running is a safety issue across the nation – one that can cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians,” Secreast said. “Our goal with this program is to decrease the number of people running red lights and we are pleased that it is working.”
All of the Red Light Camera Safety Program operational costs are incurred by the vendor and functions with no cost to the City. As of Sept. 2013, approximately $3 million of the estimated $6.3 million collected from fines has been paid to the State of Florida and $2.8 million has been paid to ACS to design, construct, operate and maintain the equipment. The City has received approximately $497,000 that went to the city’s general fund, which pays for police and public works services, among others.
Monitored intersections include Monroe and Tennessee streets, Capital Circle NE and Killearn Center Boulevard, Ocala Road and Tennessee Street, Capital Circle NW and Tennessee Street, Apalachee Parkway and Magnolia Drive, Apalachee Parkway and Capital Circle SE and Capital Circle NE and Mahan Drive.
To learn more about the Red Light Camera Safety Program, visit the Ready.Set.Stop! page on Talgov.com and to get traffic updates, follow @COTTraffic on Twitter. For more information, please call the Traffic Management division of the Public Works Department by calling 891-8234 or by visiting Talgov.com/PubWorks.