With intersection-related traffic accidents creating safety risks for city residents, businesses and visitors, the Napa Police Department is launching an Automated Red Light Enforcement System at four high-injury intersections that were identified as part of Napa’s Local Roadway Safety Plan.
Napa City Council approved the new red-light enforcement program in August 2023. Similar programs in cities across the country have proven successful in reducing intersection-related accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), after introducing red-light cameras in Oxnard, Calif., for example, the city saw a 29% reduction in injury crashes at intersections with traffic signals. Historically in large cities with red light enforcement programs, fatal red light running crash rates have been reduced by 21%, IIHS reported. Conversely, studies have shown that fatal red light running crash rates in U.S. cities increase by as much as 30% after red-light safety programs are discontinued.