Sunday July 17, 2016

Red Light Cameras Are The Ultimate Scam For Drivers And Cities

As if you needed reminding, red light cameras are more about profit than safety. I didn’t even realize these were shut down in my state in 2014آ—are they still going in yours?

Many drivers are familiar with receiving the dreaded automated traffic enforcement photo for running a red light. While red light cameras have been reported to reduce broadside crashes, it has been shown these cameras increase rear-end collisions as well. In addition, numerous tickets aren't going to people running straight through red lights, but drivers failing to make a complete stop while turning on red. Safety is touted as the biggest concern but there are better long term solutions than municipalities installing red light cameras. Building more roundabouts and lengthening yellow lights are just two of several cheaper alternatives to red light cameras.