Keeping our roads safe by stopping red light running

As the safest place to live in the GTA and the safest municipality in Canada for five straight years, Halton Region is committed to being safe and ensuring our programs are responsive to the changing needs of our citizens.

One of these needs is intersection safety. Have you seen someone run a red light? If so, you’re in the company of 40% of Halton drivers who reported seeing someone run a red light at least once a week and 62% who say they’ve witnessed a near-miss accident due to someone running a red.

Recently five new red light cameras were activated across the Region and in one week, our seven red light cameras across Halton captured 91 drivers running a red light – not an amber light, but entering the intersection after the light had already turned red.red_light_road_sign

But we know the Red Light Camera program is making our roads safer. After the Region’s first two red light cameras were activated last year, right-angle collisions at both locations were reduced by around 80% compared to the previous year.

Intersection safety is critical for us to address, since residents are almost as concerned about it as they are about drinking and driving. Surveyed Halton Region drivers were very concerned about drinking and driving on our roads (78%), followed closely by drivers running red lights (72%).

Working with the Halton Regional Police Service, we have the “Safe Roads… Your Call” program in place which encourages motorists to help police apprehend impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1 when they see a suspected impaired driver. We must now work together to reduce red light running. With at least one accident every week attributed to someone running a red light, red light cameras are about saving lives.

Red light cameras are a piece of the puzzle to reduce aggressive driving on our roads. We can all do something to help stop aggressive driving and improve our community safety – if you see it, report it!stop_sign_md

If you see a driver demonstrating unsafe driving behaviour, you can submit a Citizen Report Form through the Community Road Watch program. The police then send an information letter to the registered vehicle owner explaining that their vehicle was observed being operated in an unsafe manner at a specific time and place and asking for voluntary compliance. For more information, visit www.haltonroadwatch.ca.

Living in a safe and healthy community is important to us all. Working together, we can make our roads safer for everyone. For more information on red light cameras, visit www.halton.ca/stoponred  or dial 311.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”