Study Provides Concrete Evidence That Red Light Cameras Work

by Carmen Dellutri on February 21, 2013

Florida car accident attorneyRed light cameras are controversial, both here in Florida and across the country. However, a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety provides additional concrete evidence that the technology saves lives.

As Fort Myers accident attorneys, we hope that state and local officials take these new findings into account when making decisions about red light cameras.

The researchers studied whether red light running rates declined at Arlington, Va., intersections equipped with cameras. According to the IIHS, one year after the start of ticketing, the odds of a red light running violation at the camera locations decreased significantly.

"This study provides fresh evidence that automated enforcement can get drivers to modify their behavior," says Anne McCartt, senior vice president for research at IIHS and the study's lead author.

Violations occurring at least 0.5 seconds after the light turned red were 39 percent less likely than would have been expected without cameras. Violations occurring at least 1 second after were 48 percent less likely, and the odds of a violation occurring at least 1.5 seconds into the red phase fell 86 percent.

"What these numbers show is that those violations most likely to lead to a crash are reduced the most," McCartt says. "The longer the light has been red when a violator enters an intersection, the more likely the driver is to encounter a vehicle traveling in another direction or a pedestrian."

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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