Here it is: Raw data for red-light crash locations

- May 27th, 2012

Well, the stats are in and it doesn’t look good for proponents of intersection “safety” cameras. There’s nothing “safe” about these cameras, according to seven years of data — crunched by Manitoba Public Insurance. It shows that of 51 intersections where red-light cameras have been installed (we excluded Charleswood Parkway b/c they have no data for several years), crashes are up a stunning 53% between 2003 and 2010. Wow. That’s incredible. Isn’t that the exact opposite of what the city promised us these cameras would achieve?

I’m reminded of Transportation Minister Steve Ashton’s comments last week about how photo enforcement was all about safety, and if you weren’t in favour of safety, well..

“But either you’re in favour of safety or you’re not.”

Transportation Minister Steve Ashton, May 22, 2012.

Steve, you may want to rethink. Your credibility is on the line.

Here is the raw data:

Safety Camera Location Collisions

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7 comments

  1. Fred Gunzel says:

    One intersection not listed but has cameras etc. is Moray and Lodge.
    Why is it not mentioned or listed?

  2. Fred Gunzel says:

    I stand corrected. i seemed to have missed it. So the question is this;
    why is it there? It is totally unnecessary at that location, it seems by
    the stats. So why????

  3. Reader12 says:

    What are the stats at intersections with no cameras? Have accidents increased/decreased/stayed the same at those locations? That statistic will confirm Tom’s conclusions, or it will confirm Winnipeg driving statistics are getting worse for a different root cause.

  4. nelson says:

    One thing would be very interesting are the collision 2011 stats from Kenaston Blvd and McGillivray Blvd now that they were removed in 2010….that would be a better indication of the collisions caused by the redlight cameras…

  5. Butros says:

    I WAS a supporter of these cameras – because I thought they would make us safer. At first, my argument against WISE UP and Tom was “I don’t care if it is a government money grab, as long as it makes us safer…” Then something funny happened. Data emerged from many other jurisdictions that showed the opposite of what was supposed to happen. Intersections with cameras saw a consistent increase in accident rates. How could this be? Well we think what happens is that the focus on the camera causes erratic driving decisions like sudden stopping and a generalized diversion of attention away from other traffic. Let’s be open and honest about ALL of the data and let’s make the right decisions even if causes us to re-evaluate what we thought was true.

  6. oldcopierguy says:

    That red light data is all fine and good, except it DOES NOT tell you WHY and HOW all these intersections are higher in crash rates. Butros says its about attention and sudden stopping. BS. It’s about SPEED people. Can anyone honestly say that Winnipeg drivers follow the speed limits…? HAH…not likely. THATS why their are higher crash rates at red light intersections. Drivers are bootin along way over the limit, tailgateing, and…oops, too close…can’t stop in time…BANG…rear ender. Plain and simple. If this is NOT the reason, then get Brodbeck to dig a little deeper and provide stats on the EXACT cause of the accidents, not just a bunch of numbers that make the anti-camera crowd shout foul…!

  7. Butros says:

    Obviously speed is a cause of accidents at intersections but that misses the point of this discussion. I am all for speed lomits and their enforcement but that’s not we are talking about. There is an association between introduction of red light cameras and increased accident rates, and the cameras were introduced with the stated goal of increasing safety, so it is reasonable to question whether they have a net positive or negative effect. II have never had a red light camera ticket so I have nothing to personally lose or gain from the cameras. That said, if something is introduced to my community that is associated with increased accident rates, I’m going to question it.

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