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BACKGROUND
On May 16, 2010 Colin B. Foote was killed when a drug addicted, habitual traffic offender ran a red light and broadsided him as he crossed an intersection on a “green Light” only ¼ mile from his home. Had available, self-funding traffic safety technology been installed, or had the State of Rhode Island Div. of Motor Vehicles employed means to track Habitual Offenders as required by state law, it is likely that Colin would be alive today. Unfortunately, this particular 4-way intersection, like far too many in our state, can become “Killing Zones” when drivers ignore the yellow-to-red signal or deliberately speed up to “beat the light”. In 2009 alone, nearly 1 in 4 Rhode Island traffic fatalities were intersection related.

It is startling to know that motor vehicle fatalities are the leading cause of death for people between 15 and 44 years of age. In 2007, approximately 2.4 million intersection-related crashes occurred, representing 40% of all reported crashes and a 21.5 % of all traffic fatalities. Of all the categories of traffic accidents, intersection collisions account for nearly 1/4 of all fatalities.

MISSION STATEMENT
Our objective is very simple - our goal is to save lives and protect communities through improved traffic safety. Our singular focus is on “making our roads safer for everyone’s family and loved ones”. Our means to achieve this goal is by researching and disseminating information about existing and emerging technology for intersections that can improve driver behavior and reduce injury and deaths at intersections. A primary focus of our organization is to provide education and information about the installation and use of state-of-the-art intersection safety technology including red light safety cameras. We are advocating for the use of this life-saving, self-funding technology in cities and towns throughout the state. We are bringing together policymakers, community leaders and concerned citizens to inform and educate them about this technology and the benefits it will provide to everyone that travels our roads.

Our primary goal is to educate and inform the public about the success of intersection traffic light cameras. Charlestown, RI has installed red light cameras at two dangerous intersections, one at the location where Colin was killed.

WHAT WE DO
We are acting as a clearinghouse for information about the impact of intersection cameras and other technology on safe driving. We are advocating for red light safety cameras before legislative and administrative bodies at the state and local levels. We also engage in awareness and education promotions that help inform the public of the benefits of red light safety cameras. This technology, used presently in scores of municipalities throughout the country, has proven to reduce traffic violations and resulting collisions, injuries, and fatalities clearly demonstrating the ability to save hundreds of lives every year.

WE'RE NON-PROFIT
ColinsLaw.Org was founded in 2010 by the Foote family in honor and memory of their son, Colin B. Foote. We are registered with the office of the Secretary of State of Rhode Island and have been issued 501(c)(3) approval by the Internal Revenue Service as a not-for-profit organization. ColinsLaw.Org is State-Wide Organization, we exist through tax-deductible contributions and gifts from individuals, private and public organizations. Our members and supporters include those who represent concerned citizens, the traffic safety industry, safety organizations, and individuals who are active in advocating for safer roads through the use of technology.