Most red-light runners who get a citation after being caught on camera in the City of St. Louis are not repeat offenders. That’s the crux of a new analysis of the city’s violator-funded red light safety camera program. Nearly 350,000 red light running violations were reviewed in the city from the time the camera enforcement program started in February 2007 through this past August. Nearly 80 percent of those receiving a ticket after being caught on camera running a red light did not receive a second ticket. And just 15 percent of drivers received two citations. This is consistent with studies around Missouri and nationally showing red light safety cameras have a positive influence on safer driver behavior. In the program’s lifetime in the City of St. Louis, the number of red light running violations has decreased an average of 55 percent for all locations with cameras. Some reductions in red light running are as high as 87 percent from when the cameras first became operational. Because the program is violator funded and other police resources can be deployed toward serious crimes, cops call the safety cameras a force multiplier that doesn’t gobble the tax dollars of safe drivers. And cops are calling on the safety cameras to provide evidence helpful in non-traffic related crime investigations. Video from the red light cameras helped in the investigation of the hit and run driver who killed St. Louis City police officer David Haynes in 2010.