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PHOTO ENFORCEMENT PROGRAMS

WHEREAS, drivers who run red lights were responsible for and estimated 460,000 crashes in 1996, of which 2,600 were fatal, according to the Federal Highway Administration; and

WHEREAS, fatal motor vehicle crashes at traffic signals increased by 19 percent between 1992 and 1996, far out pacing the 6 percent rise in all other fatal crashes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; and

WHEREAS, all red light running crashes increased by 15 percent between 1992 and 1996, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; and

WHEREAS, in 1997 626,000 people received minor injuries in speeding-related crashes; an additional 75,000 received moderate injuries, and 41,000 received critical injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and

WHEREAS, the costs of speeding related crashes were estimated to be $28.9 billion in 1997, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and

WHEREAS, there are some 160,000 public grade crossings in the United States, of which 66,000 have active warning devices; and

WHEREAS, there were more than 4,100 collisions at public highway rail crossings with ten people killed and eleven injured in 1997, according to the Federal Railroad Administration; and

WHEREAS, the use of photo enforcement for grade violations on the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Blue Line, connecting the cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach, has reduced violations by 92 percent; and

WHEREAS, the introduction of photo enforcement has reduced red light running and reduced related injuries by 10 percent,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports state enactment of legislation enabling cities to implement photo enforcement programs for red light running, speed, and public highway rail grade crossing violations.

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