New Data Shows Red Light Running down 74% at Albuquerque Intersections Using Traffic Safety Cameras

By on September 20, 2011

Albuquerque, NM – Red light running is down 74 percent at Albuquerque intersections where traffic safety cameras are being used according to Albuquerque Police Department (APD) data reviewed by the Traffic Safety Coalition (TSC) as part of its national campaign to increase intersection safety.

Two intersections with cameras saw reductions in red light running of more than 90 percent, including a 95 percent reduction at the intersection of Coors Boulevard and Quail Road and a 91 percent reduction at Montgomery and Carlisle Boulevards.

APD crash reports also show an 18 percent reduction in the number of crashes at intersections with safety cameras since 2006, including a 16 percent reduction in rear end collisions. 

The numbers are a comparison of red light running violations during the first month of operation for each of the 14 intersections in the city where cameras are being used with the number of red light running violations at each intersection in July 2011.  Intersections with significant reductions in red light running include:

·         95% reduction – Coors Boulevard and Quail Road (2961 violations in January 2007 to 140 violations in July 2011)

·         91% reduction – Montgomery Boulevard and Carlisle Boulevard (3645 violations in November 2006 to 316 violations in July 2011)

·         79% reduction – Louisiana Boulevard and Menaul Boulevard (1040 violations in May 2007 to 212 violations in July 2011)

·         78% reduction – Lomas Boulevard and Juan Tabo Boulevard (736 violations in March 2006 to 159 violations in July 2011)

·         76% reduction – San Mateo Boulevard and Menaul Boulevard (1437 violations in July 2006 to 345 violations in July 2011)

·         73% reduction – Montgomery Boulevard and Eubank Boulevard (19 violations in November 2006 to 5 violations in July 2011)

·         70% reduction – Coors Boulevard and Ellison Drive (904 violations in April 2007 to 265 violations in July 2011)

·         67% reduction – Wyoming Boulevard and Menaul Boulevard (712 violations in July 2006 to July 2011)

·         65% reduction – Wyoming Boulevard and Montgomery Boulevard (629 violations in June 2006 to 218 violations in July 2011)

·         48% reduction – Wyoming Boulevard and Lomas Boulevard (283 violations in May 2007 to 145 violations in July 2011)

·         32% reduction – Eubank Boulevard and Lomas Boulevard (736 violations in March 2006 to 159 violations in July 2011)

The dangerous consequences of red light running are highlighted in a new TSC video also being released today.  The video, titled “You Be the Judge,” uses dramatic crash footage from Albuquerque intersections, warning drivers of the real life impacts of red light running. 

The video features 10 eye-opening crashes from intersections across Albuquerque.  Each clip is labeled with the names of the cross streets to allow viewers to pinpoint crashes in their community.  The video can be viewed on the Traffic Safety Coalition’s website http://www.trafficsafetycoalition.com/youbethejudge

“It is clear Albuquerque’s traffic safety camera program is working.  I applaud the city and its residents for taking the necessary action to keep city roads safe to ensure tragedies like ours never occur,” said Traffic Safety Coalition Co-Chair Paul Oberhauser whose daughter was tragically killed by a red light runner in 2002.  “We all know red light running is dangerous, but too often think it doesn’t happen in our neighborhood.  These videos make clear red light running is happening all over Albuquerque and will hopefully serve as a wake up call to all drivers to always obey the law and stop on red.”

Previous reports on Albuquerque’s traffic safety camera program revealed when traffic safety cameras were turned off on three state-run roadways in the city, red light running and speeding skyrocketed by 584 percent – in just five months (KRQE News 13, Scary Stats with red light cameras off.  May 27, 2011).

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The Traffic Safety Coalition is a not-for-profit, grassroots organization comprised of concerned citizens, traffic safety experts, law enforcement, public officials, victim’s advocates, health care professionals, and industry leaders, including the National Safety Council, the National Alliance for Biking and Walking, and local Safe Kids chapters who are committed to working together to make our roads safer for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.  We work with our partners throughout the country to promote technology and education that save lives and keep our roads safe. For more information, visit www.trafficsafetycoalition.com.

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