SOURCE: Redflex Traffic Systems

December 20, 2007 14:02 ET

SafeLight/SafeSpeed Lafayette to Enhance Traffic Safety

Automated Enforcement Technology Reduces Crashes and Improves Community Safety

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - December 20, 2007) - Red light cameras will soon help the city of Lafayette enhance its commitment to provide residents with safer roadways and intersections. SafeLight Lafayette, the city's automated red light enforcement program, will officially begin on Jan. 1, 2008. REDFLEX Traffic Systems is under contract to aid the city as it targets the first four dangerous intersections identified in a program study funded by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD).

Traffic safety is a significant concern statewide in Louisiana. Lafayette police cited a 26 percent overall jump in traffic collisions between 2005 and 2006. Officers responded to nearly 2,500 more traffic-related calls in 2006 while the majority of calls were specifically in response to collisions. In 2006, nearly 500 people died in traffic accidents related to speed and factors other than drunk driving in Louisiana, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The first four Lafayette intersections monitored by REDFLEX technology include Pinhook and Simcoe; Moss and Mudd; Johnston and South College; and East Gloria Switch at I-49 East Frontage Road. On Jan. 1, citations will be issued at these intersections for red-light running violations. A driver identified running a red light will receive a fine for $125. If the fine is not paid or appealed within 40 days, a $62.50 late fee will be added. All SafeLight intersections are also equipped with technology to monitor vehicle speed under the SafeSpeed program. The SafeSpeed program officially began issuing citations on October 1, 2007.

With REDFLEX technology, drivers are only issued a ticket if they enter the intersection after the light turns red. Vehicles entering the intersection when the light is yellow do not receive tickets. To ensure the validity of every ticket issued, the SafeLight program will involve a three-step review that ends with a designated Lafayette official providing final citation approval.

U.S. communities using REDFLEX technology are noting remarkable results. El Paso, Texas has seen a significant reduction in red light citations, down nearly 57 percent since 2006. Most importantly, the city reported an 80 percent decline in broad side crashes and no increase in rear-end collisions. In recent months, REDFLEX cameras helped Prescott Valley, Ariz. see a 97 percent drop in red light citations since it began issuing red light citations.

Photo enforcement is a vital law enforcement tool to increase road safety. Independent statistical analysis by The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety in a 2005 report found that red light-related crashes resulted in more than 800 deaths and an estimated 165,000 injuries annually. In an earlier study, the organization found red light cameras offer a significant deterrent effect while reducing the number of actual violations by 40 to 50 percent.

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, Arizona, and offices across the United States, the company provides traffic safety technology and administrative expertise that helps reduce deaths and injuries resulting from traffic collisions. REDFLEX, which contracts 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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