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Red-Light Camera Debate: Do These Cameras Increase Risk of Accidents?

Red-light cameras may increase the risk of car accidents at intersections, as they can distract drivers and lead to many stopping short at yellow lights.

Red-light cameras may increase the risk of car accidents at intersections, as they can distract drivers and lead to many stopping short at yellow lights.

In an effort to increase city revenues and try to deter drivers from running red lights, many major cities across the nation have jumped on the red-light camera bandwagon, installing these cameras at various major intersections. The idea is that, by having red-light cameras ready to take pictures of vehicles and drivers who may be violated traffic laws, more tickets will be generated and more drivers will be diligent about not breaking the law.

However, an increasing number of studies seem to be debunking the notion that having red-light cameras at major intersections is creating safer driving conditions for motorists, as some of these studies have found that, paradoxically, red-light cameras are increasing the risk of motor vehicle accidents. In fact, one study conducted by the Washington Post found that the risk of car accidents increased by as much as 80 percent at intersections with red-light cameras (as opposed to intersections without these cameras).

The Backlash to Red-Light Cameras at Intersection

According to some researchers, one of the primary reasons for this increased risk associated with red-light cameras is that drivers are so concerned with being photographed by these cameras (and, in turn, being ticketed) that they are increasingly:

  • Stopping short at signals
  • Inappropriately responding to yellow lights (by stopping instead of proceeding through the light, which increases the risk of rear-end collisions)
  • Distracted by cameras and, consequently, not putting their full attention on the road and the changing driving conditions at intersections.

Such problems that are reportedly created by the presence of red-light cameras have led to:

  • More than 8 states in the U.S. officially banning the use of red-light cameras.
  • Some insurance companies, including AAA, denouncing the use of these cameras.

As Lon Anderson, a spokesperson for AAA, has stated, “[red-light cameras] are making a heck of a lot of money, and they are picking the motorists’ pockets on the pretense of safety.”

Aurora County Car Accident Attorneys

If you have been injured in or have lost a loved one in a truck accident, car accident or in any type of traffic accident, you are encouraged to consult with the motor vehicle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC. Meeting with one of our esteemed attorneys as soon as your health is stabilized can ensure that you ultimately have the strongest case possible, as waiting will start immediately running out the statute of limitations for your case and could even result in the loss of critical evidence.

Our trusted Aurora County personal injury and accident attorneys have a proven track record of successfully handling car accident cases, wrongful death suits and other types of personal injury lawsuits, and we are experienced at helping victims and their families secure the maximum possible settlement for their losses. We encourage those who think they may have a claim to meet with us for a free initial consult to learn more about their legal rights and to receive a thorough evaluation of their case. Call us at (303) 932-8666 to get your case started at no upfront cost.

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