Update on Milton’s red-light camera safety program

Published on September 17, 2012 with 2 Comments

In a perfect world, traffic laws would be made and adhered to without exception. Yet, in the real world, drivers speed and run red lights. Bad driving behavior increases the risk of crash-related injuries and fatalities, putting both drivers and pedestrians in danger. Research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has shown that both red-light and speed cameras substantially reduce violations and crashes.

The city of Milton implemented a red-light safety camera program in July of 2011. This program employs the life‐saving technology at five intersection approaches at three intersections within the city. Since the program’s inception, over 3,500 red-light running violations have been issued.

What has been learned since the program began?

First, red-light running violations are most common between the hours of 3:00 and 4:00 pm. Fridays have the most violations, and Sundays the least.

When examining violator demographics, registration demographics show that the majority of red-light violations — sixty percent — are issued to vehicles registered outside of Milton.

Perhaps most significantly, the red-light cameras seem to be changing driver behavior. A data analysis of the first year shows the message is getting through so clearly that most drivers don’t need to be told twice.

Ninety-six percent of the license plates that have received a red-light running violation have not received another indicating a high level of compliance with the program and a low rate of recidivism. In other words, after receiving a notice, 96% of drivers have changed their behavior.

The value of Milton’s red light safety camera program hasn’t just been in terms of public safety. An additional value for taxpayers is the availability to police investigators of red light safety camera videos. The police have requested videos at least 14 times as a tool for investigating collisions and crimes. It helps reduce police operating costs when a video can help reconstruct an accident scene or provide another view of unrelated incidents at intersections.

The primary goal of all road safety programs is to make streets safer for all drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.  The benefits of red-light safety cameras extend beyond public safety and into the world of cutting edge science. The Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act allocates a portion of traffic fines collected from safety cameras to Florida’s trauma centers and to The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. The Miami Project’s research into spinal cord and brain injuries has a direct impact on the many victims of motor vehicle accidents that suffer these types of life altering injuries.

The Florida Department of Revenue reports that so far the City of Milton has contributed $160,000 in funds dedicated toward parks, hospitals, medical research, and schools.

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  1. Question? How much of the money I paid in fine will go to the City of Milton and How much to the company that is out of State!!!!!!! Please provide me an answer!!!!!!!

    • Mr. Eldridge: This story was published in 2012. The public information office will research this for you and email the results.

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