While a final evaluation has not been completed, statistics indicate that the community is making area roads safer by practicing good driving habits at intersections.
According to Collier County Sheriff’s Office statistics, there were 132 crashes related to traffic control device violations in 2007, followed by 103 in 2008 and only 77 in 2009.
Deputies believe that CCSO’s focus on traffic safety education and changed driver behavior at traffic signals since the debut of the county’s red-light camera program contributed to the drop in crashes.
Collier County’s red-light camera program debuted in April 2009. There are currently 12 cameras at Collier County intersections.
Collier County is one of more than 350 communities nationwide that use red-light cameras to help keep motorists safe.
The program is made possible through a contract between Collier County and vendor American Traffic Solutions. A Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputy reviews the photographs of each alleged infraction and determines whether a violation occurred.
CCSO and the Collier County Transportation Services Division want drivers to be aware that the cameras are in place. Signs are posted at each intersection where cameras are installed alerting drivers that they are there. In addition, a list of intersections with cameras can be found at www.colliersheriff.org and www.colliergov.net/redlightcameras.
Seven more red-light cameras will go live in Collier County on Monday, April 12, bringing the total number of cameras to 19.
The cameras that will activate Monday are located at the following intersections:
· Eastbound Seagate Drive at U.S. 41 North
· Northbound Airport-Pulling Road at Pine Ridge Road
· Southbound Airport-Pulling Road at Pine Ridge Road
· Westbound 111th Avenue at U.S. 41 North
· Eastbound Immokalee Road at U.S. 41
· Westbound Immokalee Road at Airport-Pulling Road
· Northbound Airport-Pulling Road at Radio Road