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Study: Fatal Car Crashes at Intersections Going Down 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ITASCA, Ill.) -- The number of fatal car crashes resulting from running red lights at intersections is going down, according to a new study released Thursday by the National Safety Council.

Analyzing data from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., the study found that fatal, red-light running crashes at intersections went down by 27 percent between 2005 and 2009.  This reduction also coincides with one in the number of fatal crashes at intersections with traffic lights, which decreased by 17 percent during the same time period.

The analysis does say, however, that the number of non-fatal crashes entering and leaving intersections is slowly increasing, mostly by rear end collisions -- a possible indication drivers are slamming on brakes to avoid running the light.

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Study: Red Light Cameras Cut Fatal Crashes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Va.) -- U.S. cities with red light cameras have fewer fatal crashes than those that don't, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The study found that the cameras lowered fatal, red light-running crashes by 24 percent and saved 159 lives in 14 of the country's largest cities between 2004 and 2008.

Moreover, the study also found that all fatal crashes at intersections with signals -- not just red light-running crashes -- dropped by 14 percent in cities that had cameras and went up by 2 percent in cities that didn't.

The institute estimates 815 lives could have been saved between the five years studied if red light cameras were operating in all 99 U.S. cities with populations over 200,000.  Today, about 500 cities have the cameras in place.

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