Red-Light Running: Accidents & Surveillance Cameras

With the arrival in the United Kingdom of equipment to monitor ‘red-light running’, a review of accidents related to violations of traffic lights was undertaken by the City of Birmingham as part of continuing studies into urban accident research. The study’s purpose was to evaluate the potential of such equipment in terms of accident prevention, and to examine the economics of the case for its installation on road safety grounds alone. Five thousand accidents per year in Britain are caused by red-light running, costing the country 100 million.

This study was the last undertaken through the partnership in which the AA Foundation sponsored a researcher in Birmingham’s City Engineer’s Department.