For Immediate Release
June Crash Report Card
There have been four fatality crashes in Springfield in the first six months of 2009, compared to eight in the same period last year. The number of injury and total crashes has decreased by 1 percent and 2 percent, respectively, compared to the same time period last year. There have been 964 injury crashes and 3,577 total crashes in Springfield in 2009.
Download the June 2009 Crash Report Card
July Safety Message
Aug. 2-8, 2009 is National “Stop On Red Week.” The national campaign to stop red light running is dedicated to preventing injury and fatality crashes that occur due to red light running at traffic signals.
Running a red traffic signal is a serious traffic violation, jeopardizing the lives of drivers, passengers, other motorists and pedestrians. According to the Stop Red Light Running Web site at www.StopRedLightRunning.com, polls and studies suggest nearly 30 percent of motorists tend to “hurry up” rather than slow down when approaching a yellow traffic signal. In 2007, that attitude led to thousands of red light running crashes, leaving 153,000 people injured and almost 900 dead. This year, the National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running has published a Survivors Newsletter, which tells the stories of red light running victims and their families.
Through the years, the City of Springfield has been pro-actively confronting the red light running problem with various educational campaigns and programs, the most recent being the installation of red light running cameras.
In 2006, the City Council approved installation of up to 16 red light enforcement cameras. To date, 13 cameras have been installed at 11 intersections. Signs have been installed at the intersections with a camera to warn motorists that the intersections are “Photo Enforced.” In addition, signs have been placed around the City to let motorists know that the City uses “Photo Enforcement for Your Safety.” These signs carry the theme of “Respect Red” and the fact that a violation carries a minimum $100 penalty. Police officers review and confirm each violation and citations are issued to the owner of record by mail. The red light camera system is a revenue-neutral program in which money from citations is used to support the system itself. The City pays the vendor a flat fee per approach, meaning there is no incentive tied to the number of citations given. The program is focused on safety, not revenue.
Since 2007 Springfield’s number of crashes due to red light running has decreased by more than 28 percent, and the overall crash experience in Springfield in 2008 was the lowest in more than 12 years with 7,487 recorded crashes in 2008. From 2005 through 2007, four lives were lost in Springfield as a result of a crash that involved red light running. There have been no other fatal crashes as a result of red light running since 2007.
Motorists are reminded to anticipate the possible need to stop as they approach any traffic signal and they are also reminded that a red light violation occurs if they cross the white stop line after the signal has turned red. By “Respecting Red,” we can make Springfield a safer community.