SOURCE: Redflex Traffic Systems

April 22, 2008 18:27 ET

New Poll Highlights Lafayette Residents' Support for Photo-Enforcement Cameras

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - The results of a new poll released this week indicate a strong majority of Lafayette residents support photo-enforcement in the community, embracing red light cameras and photo speed-enforcement cameras as tools to curb dangerous driving.

According to the results, 66 percent of 403 registered Lafayette voters polled this spring by Southern Media & Opinion Research, Inc. said they support, or strongly support the use of the SafeLight Lafayette red light cameras. Meanwhile, 61 percent of those polled said they strongly support or support the use of Lafayette's SafeSpeed speed-enforcement cameras.

Results reflected a significant belief -- nearly 86 percent of those polled -- that red light running is extremely dangerous or very dangerous to drivers and passengers while 70 percent echoed the same sentiment about speeding. Less than 4 percent of those polled said they do not consider red light running or speeding to be problems in Lafayette.

Lafayette Consolidated Government officials are expected to weigh in the poll results this spring as the community continues to expand the program it launched last year.

Currently, Lafayette uses 10 red light camera approaches, each of which is also used to monitor speed, in addition to two mobile photo speed-enforcement vehicles. Lafayette residents have accepted automated enforcement faster than residents in many U.S. communities. For example, polling conducted by photo enforcement provider REDFLEX Traffic Systems, Inc. and Scottsdale, Ariz. city officials showed that 55 percent of those polled supported the concept of photo enforcement in 1996. The number jumped to 80 percent support by 2007.

Nearly 77 percent of Lafayette residents polled this spring said video red light cameras make them feel safer while 72 percent said video speed cameras make them feel safer. According to the poll, two-thirds of registered voters would vote to keep Lafayette's automated enforcement program if given the choice on a ballot.

Red light running resulted in an estimated 805 fatalities in 2005, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System and an estimated 165,000 people are injured each year in red light running crashes.

Speeding is a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes, and an estimated 13,000 Americans die every year according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHSTA) The economic cost to society of speeding-related crashes is estimated by NHTSA to be $40.4 billion per year -- $76,865 per minute or $1,281 per second.

REDFLEX Traffic Systems engaged Southern Media & Opinion Research, Inc. in Baton Rouge, La. to conduct the independent poll. Interviews were completed by telephone with 403 Lafayette Parish voters from a sample drawn at random from a listing of telephone numbers for voter households in Lafayette Parish. Poll results had a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level.

About REDFLEX Traffic Systems

REDFLEX Traffic Systems, Inc. is the largest provider of digital red light and speed enforcement services in North America. With headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., and offices across the U.S., the company provides traffic safety technology and administrative expertise that helps reduce deaths and injuries resulting from traffic collisions. REDFLEX, which partners with public safety officials in state and local governments, has created many of the technology and processing methods that are now standard in the photo enforcement industry. Founded in 1986, REDFLEX Traffic Systems is the longest consistently operating company in the industry.

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