Safe Light 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.
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 six 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 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 0.92% of the City's total budget and can only be used for traffic safety programs.
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. Eighty nine percent of the license plates sent a violation notice never receive a second notice.
Response to Governor Abbott’s statement on study by Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio
The Sugar Land Police Department recently completed an analysis of accident data at intersections with red light cameras. Since the implementation of the Safe Light Sugar Land program, there has been no increase in rear-end collisions.
The implementation of red light cameras in Sugar Land resulted in a 58 percent reduction in accidents at targeted intersections following the program’s implementation, and the numbers have remained consistent since that time.
The cameras are an effective use of technology that makes intersections safer for motorists and pedestrians. The technology also allows police officers to focus on other crime initiatives that help ensure Sugar Land remains one of the safest cities in the nation.
State law requires red light camera revenue to be split between the state and the city, and the city’s share must be used to fund traffic safety initiatives. Projected revenue from red light cameras for the current fiscal year represents 0.92% of the City's total budget and can only be used for traffic safety programs.
Sugar Land Police Department
1200 Highway 6 S.
Sugar Land, TX 77478