Letter to the Editor: Strong Support for Red Light Cameras

Two Ohio residents weigh in on the red light camera issue.


To the editor:

We write to encourage Abington to utilize a crucial life-saving technology for which it has now been authorized — traffic safety cameras. 

See the initial story here.

We recently commemorated the tenth anniversary of the death of our daughter Sarah. She was killed by a red-light runner when she was only 31 years old. Since then, it has become our mission to advocate for safety initiatives that reduce crashes and prevent needless deaths.

The bottom line is, when it comes to saving lives, photo enforcement works. A 2011 study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concluded that traffic safety cameras reduce fatal red light running crashes by 24 percent, saving 159 lives in the 14 largest cities using them. Locally, safety cameras at Philadelphia’s most dangerous intersection led to a 96 percent reduction in red light running.

Red light cameras are an effective way to ensure that drivers slow down and pay attention at intersections. The threat of a citation will certainly encourage drivers to think twice – and potentially avoid a deadly crash – the next time they approach a red light.  We hope Abington officials will bring this important technology to their intersections.


Paul and Sue Oberhauser

 Somerset, Ohio

National Co-Chairs, Traffic Safety Coalition

G S December 07, 2012 at 02:54 PM
the Oberhauser's Traffic Safety Coalition is paid for by Redflex - Manufacturer of Red Light Cameras.
Mischa Arnosky December 07, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Upon further review, and according to several media reports, it appears that the Traffic Safety Coalition is funded by Redflex, a traffic camera manufacturer. Thanks for the notification G S.
Lisa Scott-Reimer December 08, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I went to the meeting on Wednesday concerning 'Red Light Camera's' and after listening to what was said I agree that these camera's will greatly reduce the accidents caused by motorist who run red light's. The proposed camera's will not cost the residents of Abington anything, not one dime! The cost of the camera's will be responsibility of PenDot, maintaining them, mounting them and any other cost involved. Around 800 people are killed every year and an estimated $7 billion dollars in property damage, medical bills, lost productivity and insurance hikes are racked up due to 'red-light runner's. These are not my number's but the number's provided by the IIHS.....There was a study to suggest that rear-end accidents would/could go up do to the camera's but will decrease over time and red light accidents will decrease almost immediately. The first camera will be placed at Old York Road & Susquehanna Road, so keep an eye out for it.
Linux Guy April 23, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Please note that with proper engineering, there is no need for red-light cameras. If you set an 85th percentile free-flowing speed limit, extend the yellow duration, have a decent-length all-red interval, and use sensors to keep an all-red, the problems go away. Also, note that the National Motorists Association has a ticket challenge. If a municipality works with the NMA and the problems fail to cease, the municipality will be awarded $10,000 for improvements. Why is none of this being mentioned or investigated? It seems like for some reason it was decided these cameras would go in no matter what. Why?
dee slason May 01, 2013 at 05:15 PM
if this is winston archer at 2882 woodland rd abington,pa.....watch out for this guy,he is a sick person.he is married and cheats on his wife.....watch out for your daughters...he is 70 years old and says he is 48..he is a liar a man whore..cheater....this is his phone number if you have been approached by him let his wife know.1-215-659-8280...


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