Many State, Local Governments Reconsidering Red-Light Cameras
UNITED STATES – September 28, 2018 (autoblog.com) An online article from autoblog.com discusses the steps some state and local governments have taken to eliminate red-light cameras and speed cameras after numerous negative reports from drivers.*
In 2012, 540 communities nationwide had red-light cameras, and close to 150 had speed cameras. Today, 418 communities have red-light cameras, and 146 have speed cameras. These cameras are designed to catch drivers speeding through intersections or running red lights. If caught on camera, a driver will receive a ticket in the mail at the address registered to the vehicle.
Since their implementation, drivers have complained about the cameras, saying they are designed for revenue purposes, not for improving safety. In response, many states and cities have moved to eliminate their cameras. New Jersey and Ohio, for instance, have both ended their red-light camera programs. New Jersey is even taking things a step further by trying to prevent other states from ticketing its citizens through red-light cameras. Lawmakers in the state want to prohibit the sharing of information about New Jersey residents with other states for purposes of issuing tickets related to red-light or speed-camera violations.
The insurance industry, however, wants governments to pump the brakes on pulling their cameras. According to a report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), cities with longstanding red-light cameras have seen a reduction in fatal red-light running crashes of 24 percent and a reduction in all types of fatal crashes at intersections of 17 percent. In addition, IIHS says the cameras can reduce speeding by 80 percent immediately after installation, can reduce speed-related crashes by 8 percent, and can reduce serious injuries and fatal crashes by 19 percent.
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