As studies by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Texas Transportation Institute and Old Dominion University demonstrate, red-light cameras make roads and intersections safer, preventing injuries and saving lives. It would be a mistake to end the red-light camera program in San Diego.

We recently commemorated the 10th anniversary of the death of our daughter Sarah. She was killed by a red-light runner when she was only 31 years old. Since then, it has become our mission to advocate for safety initiatives that reduce crashes and prevent needless deaths.

San Diego and other communities across California are using red-light cameras to change driver behavior and reduce fatalities. Statistics from these communities show safety cameras are making California streets safer.

Safety cameras provide efficient and effective enforcement of our most basic traffic safety law — stop on red. Take a look at the numbers. These cameras work and should be supported.

Paul and Sue Oberhauser are the national co-chairs, of the Traffic Safety Coalition.

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Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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