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7/26/2011 - Mayors support traffic camera technology

Red light cameras are being championed in some cities.

If the nation's mayors have their way, U.S. roadways will be equipped with more traffic cameras in the future, which they believe will help curb the rate of accidents.

Through the implementation of the program, according to the resolution, the U.S. Conference of Mayors "pledges to provide information to mayors and legislators about the benefits" of traffic cameras.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors supported the proposal at their 79th annual conference recently held in New Jersey.

"There is an overwhelming body of evidence showing the effectiveness of red light safety cameras in more than 600 communities across the country," said David Kelly, president and executive director of the National Coalition for Safer Roads, an organization that's long advocated the increased use of traffic cameras. "Our mayors have recognized the need to explore utilizing these life-saving devices to protect innocent motorists, pedestrians and cyclists by preventing senseless deaths from reckless red-light runners."

The UCSM pointed to studies for their support, some of which have shown up to an 87 percent drop in red-light running in communities within 18 months of a traffic camera being installed.

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