Dec. 02--Richmond police are hoping a click of the camera will cut collisions at Elkhardt Road and Hull Street Road in South Side.
Beginning today, a camera system will capture images of vehicles that enter the intersection against a red traffic light.
The initiative, which begins with a 30-day warning period to drivers, "is designed to increase public safety and reduce the number of red light (and) speedingrelated collisions," police said.
The camera is triggered when a car, truck or motorcycle enters the intersection after the traffic light has turned red.
Police will review the photo, determining whether the motorist crossed against the signal. If a violation occurred, a citation will be sent by mail to the owner of the vehicle.
In a written statement Sunday, police said a 2011 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed that safety cameras led to a 24 percent reduction in fatal crashes from 2004 to 2008.
That study indicated that photo red light enforcement saved 159 lives and that 815 people might have survived if all large U.S. cities adopted the program.
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