We are writing in response to the recent coverage about the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s study of safety camera programs across the country (TNT, 2-1). This study reaffirms these cameras work to prevent crashes, change driver behavior and save lives.
They saved 159 lives in the 14 cities where the cameras were used between 2004 and 2008. Just imagine how many lives would be saved if the technology were used in every city across the country.
This topic is of particular importance to us because we lost our daughter, Sarah, after a man ran a red light and crashed into her car. Our family, including her two children, lost a beloved family member after someone disregarded our most basic traffic safety law: Red means stop.
Sarah’s death has led us to partners with law enforcement, medical professionals and safety advocates through the Traffic Safety Coalition to remind drivers that one small decision can have devastating effects.
The study concludes that more than 800 lives could have been saved if every large city in the country used traffic safety cameras. If there is a law enforcement tool that is proven to prevent tragedies like Sarah’s, why wouldn’t we use it?
Although nothing will bring Sarah back, we encourage the use of any tool or technology that will keep families safe and prevent senseless tragedy.
(The Oberhausers are co-chairs of the Traffic Safety Coalition.)