Red Light Camera Program: Does it Create Safer Intersections?

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Peter Manitaras
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2022-06-01
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Technical Report
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Does the Red Light Camera Program for roadway intersections employ safer roadways? This report seeks to understand the attributes of the Red Light Camera (RLC) Program and conclude whether it is beneficial to society's dangerous roadway intersections or becomes another means for government revenue. A study was conducted within Suffolk County, NY to analyze the behavioral characteristics of motorists at 100 active RLC intersections, comparing data from a 3 year "Pre-Enforcement Period" (2007-2009) to a 3 year "Active-Enforcement Period" (2015-2017). The study contains data within 3 categories to significantly understand the effects RLCs impose at intersections: total number of collisions per intersection, total number of collisions based on Collision Type, and total number of collisions based on Crash Severity. The reported values in each category is analyzed and compared to projected values to provide an in-depth accurate conclusion. Finally, a total revenue is calculated to indicate the amount of money Suffolk County, NY obtained utilizing the RLC Program.
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