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Red Light Safety cameras have proven to be effective in reducing the number of red light runners at intersections, according to Department of Transportation Director Ed Sniffen.

As the six-month mark approaches for the Red Light Safety Camera Pilot Project, Sniffen reports that the daily numbers of red light runners have significantly decreased compared to the baselines before the installation of the cameras.

Analyzing data from four locations, including Piikoi and Beretania, it is evident that the sharpest decline in red light violations has been observed.

Prior to the project, an average of 110 individuals ran red lights daily.

However, with the implementation of the cameras and the issuance of citations, the average number has dropped to 14 red light runners per day.

The impact of this reduction is particularly noticeable at busy intersections like Likelihood and School Street, where 289 citations were issued within just 10 days.

Some residents expressed surprise at the frequency of red light violations, acknowledging the potential dangers and consequences associated with such behavior.

Sniffen points out that problematic areas like these often involve high-speed facilities where drivers either merge onto or exit from highways.

Consequently, red light violations remain a persistent concern.

To address this issue, citations carry a hefty fine of $200, which is imposed on the vehicle owner rather than the driver.

Sniffen emphasizes that paying the fine should serve as a warning and an opportunity for everyone to prioritize safety.

Representative Jon Mizuno, who represents parts of Kalihi, acknowledges that changing driver behavior can be challenging.

However, he believes that the cumulative impact of multiple tickets, with fines reaching close to a thousand dollars, can effectively convey the message of adhering to traffic regulations.

Mizuno supports the project as a deterrent for public safety.

Sniffen notes that the initial feedback regarding the project has been overwhelmingly positive.

After gathering sufficient data within the first year, a decision will be made regarding the permanent implementation and potential expansion of the Red Light Safety Camera system.

In unrelated news, fear has gripped a Moiliili neighborhood following an unprovoked attack on an elderly man.

The 75-year-old victim was shot with a pellet gun.

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