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Safe Light Sugar Land
 
 November 20, 2013 - Task Force Supports Red Light Cameras in Sugar Land to Improve Intersection Safety Learn More
 June 19, 2013 - Task Force to Study Red Light Camera Program. Learn More
 June 5, 2013 - Independent citizen task force to be created in order to study the effectiveness of red light cameras. Learn More

The implementation of red light cameras in Sugar Land resulted in a 58 percent reduction in accidents at targeted intersections from 2009-2012. 

Known as Safe Light Sugar Land, the program is intended to improve the safety of high-volume intersections in the City.  Red light cameras in Sugar Land encourage motorists to stop at red lights, which save lives. Red light cameras also allow police officers to focus on other important efforts, such as special teams that focus on burglaries and other areas of emphasis.

Traffic signal and stop sign enforcement consistently ranks as one of the community's top priorities.  Red light cameras are currently utilized at just four intersections.

Danger Caused by Red Light Running
Each year, people who run red lights cause as many as 218,000 traffic collisions in the United States. During 2011 in the state of Texas:
 
  • 3,015 people were killed in crashes 
  • 418 pedestrians were killed in crashes
  • 46 bicyclists were killed in crashes
  • 211,006 people were injured in crashes

Facts About Effectiveness of Red Light Cameras in Sugar Land
  • The implementation of red light cameras in Sugar Land resulted in a 58 percent reduction in accidents at targeted intersections from 2009-2012. 
  • Approximately 70 percent of violators do not live in Sugar Land.
  • In 2011 and 2012, cameras were removed at the following intersections after compliance levels improved by almost 60 percent: U.S. Highway 59 at Sugar Lakes Boulevard and two locations at U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 6.
  • Those who receive a red light ticket rarely receive a second ticket.  Ninety percent of the license plates sent a violation notice never receive a second notice.

Facts About Red Light Camera Revenue in Sugar Land
  • The owner of a vehicle photographed running a red light is subject to a $75 fine. State law requires payment of the civil fine.
  • The revenue from red light penalties is split between the state and a special City account to fund traffic safety programs, intersection improvements, public safety programs and traffic enforcement, including the Safe Light Sugar Land initiative.
  • Projected revenue from red light cameras for the current fiscal year represents
    .3 percent of the City's total budget and can only be used for traffic safety programs.

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