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: