Scott MacRae 
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Re: “Lovely Warren’s right about red-light cameras

Red Light Cameras Save Lives

We were very disappointed with Mayor Warrens recommendation that to discontinue the Red Light Camera Program be discontinued. Red light cameras save lives. They especially among save young, low low-income Afro American, Latino and Caucasian lives. Ironically, these are the individuals the mayor wants claims to be protecting those same people by eliminating the program. The City Council Members should maintain and improve the program. Here is why.
The mayor pointed out that the programs $50 fine disproportionately affects low- income zip codes, but failed to point out that these were the red light intersections that in those zip codes haved the highest crash rates. These intersections , endangering not only the red light runners but also innocent motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists who live nearby.
Most Rochesterians are unaware of the devastating consequences of motor vehicle crashes. Since 9/11/2001 more that 400,000 men, women and children have been killed in motor vehicle crashes in the US. It is Crashes are the leading cause of death for all groups Americans ages 1-40, including Latinos and Afroican- Americans ages 1-40, according to the 2015 Centers for Diseases Control Mortality Report in Atlanta, Ga.
At current rates, one in two Americans will be admitted to the emergency room because of have a serious motor vehicle related ER trauma injury over a crash during their lifetime2.5 million Americans every year. The economic and societal impact of those crashes disproportionately affect low-income Americans, and amount cost to almost a trillion dollars - $836 billion per /year..far more than the cost of traffic fines. Crashes are a terrible problem for low-income communities, and red light cameras prevent crashes.
The mayors statement that the City of Rochesters SRF traffic engineering study of the red light cameras camera program is inconclusive just doesnt does not make sense if one reads the study. The study conclusions speak for themselves:

1. Overall, the total crash rate (right angle and rear end) on approaches with red light cameras has been reduced by 20.9%.
2. The crash rate for crashes involving disregard of a traffic control device has been significantly reduced (a 53.2% decrease between before and after camera deployment).
It is estimated that the red light cameras are currently providing a total cost saving (crashes prevented) of approximately $1,192,360 per year.
Their conclusion: Based upon the result of this study, the red light camera program has reduced the overall crash rate, the severity of crashes, and related crash costs. Therefore, it is our recommendation that the city continue the red light camera program.
The Rochester Red Light Program earns the city Rochester roughly $1 million yearly. If the program discriminates burdens low- income red light runners, why not budget $100,000 to set up a sorely- needed comprehensive safety education program teaching for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists safe ? The Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency is seeking funding to do just that. Why not allow let violators the option of takinge a 1-2 hour safety course on driver safety to rescind the ticket instead of paying the fine? Some funds could be used to support a drivers education program for the citys high school students which currently doesnt exist surprisingly. City Council Members should vote to improve the Red Light Program, make our streets safer, and educate rather than sacrificing the safety of low-income Rochesterians by enabling dangerous red light violators.
Scott MacRae MD
President Rochester Cycling Alliance
Doug Kelley PhD
Board Member, Rochester Cycling Alliance

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Posted by Scott MacRae on 12/17/2016 at 1:47 PM

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