Study: Cities that reduce use of red light cameras see increase in fatal red light accidents

A new report claims red light cameras in large U.S. cities are responsible for saving lives.

The study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says nearly 1,300 lives have been saved over the last several years as cameras have cut down the number of fatal red-light-running crashes.

In cities where red light camera use was reduced, a 30 percent increase in fatalities was observed.

"Red light cameras are valuable enforcement tools that prevent many dangerous intersection crashes," says IIHS President Adrian Lund. "This study confirms that cameras reduce fatal crashes and for the first time quantifies the effect that ending these programs has on safety."