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February 11, 2011

Auto Briefs

Red light cameras save lives and January sales are strong

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(Sean O'Connor / Special to NWautos)

Study finds red light cameras cut fatalities
Red light cameras reduced the rate of fatal crashes by 24 percent in 14 large cities that introduced them between 1996 and 2004, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The institute claims that the reduction translates into 159 lives saved over five years in those cities. If all large cities had cameras, a total of 815 lives could have been saved, according to the study. The study compared 2004-2008, when the most recent fatal crash data were available, and 1992-1996, a period when the 14 cities had not begun red light camera programs.

--The Associated Press


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(The Associated Press)

January sales remain strong for carmakers
The top-selling vehicles and the total number sold last month:

1. Ford F-series, 35,806
2. Chevrolet Silverado, 28,172
3. Toyota Corolla, 20,581
4. Toyota Camry, 18,145
5. Nissan Altima, 16,454
6. Honda CR-V, 16,339
7. Chevrolet Impala, 15,188
8. Honda Civic, 14,634
9. Ford Fusion 14,346
10. Chevrolet Malibu 14,102

--The Associated Press

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