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Red light cameras save lives and money.

Not so, according to John Large, PhD, Barbara Orban, PhD, and Etienne Pracht, PhD, health policy researchers in the USF College of Public Health.


The trio completed a peer-reviewed statistical analysis of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study on red light cameras. Although the IIHS is often cited as justification for cameras, in their research the USF faculty found no benefit to red light camera use and discovered several statistical flaws in the IIHS model.

A summary of their findings is published in the “Analysis Of National Data Finds No Benefit To Red Light Cameras” on, a journal of the politics of driving. The original research article “Red Light Cameras Unsuccessful in Reducing Fatal Crashes in Large US Cities” is published in the January 2014 issue of Health Behavior and Policy Review.

The Department of Health Policy and Management is the academic home for Dr. Large, an assistant professor, and Drs. Orban and Pracht, associate professors.  The department offers more than 10 concentrations that lead to MPH, MSPH, DrPH, and PhD degrees, including an online master of public health degree in public health administration. Additionally, the department offers several dual degrees, graduate certificates, and special programs.

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