Should Florida Ban Red-Light Cameras?

by Carmen Dellutri on September 23, 2013

Fort Myers accident lawyersLegislative efforts are currently underway to outlaw the use of red-light cameras in Florida. While supporters of SB-144 argue that the systems are only used to generate revenue, safety officials are worried about the potential safety implications for Florida’s intersections.

Cameras systems are currently used in 76 municipalities across Florida. Red-light running, which is to blame for many intersection accidents, is difficult to address using traditional policing. Officers cannot feasibly be stationed at every high-risk intersection.

And intersections are dangerous. More than 2.3 million intersection-related crashes occurred in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Across the country, these accidents resulted in more than 7,770 fatalities and approximately 733,000 injuries.

While opponents of automated enforcement routinely cite its ineffectiveness, studies show otherwise. An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study of red-light cameras in 14 large U.S. cities in 2011 concluded that the systems reduced the rate of fatal red-light running collisions by 24 percent.

The National Coalition for Safer Roads also cites a recent report in Florida showing the success of red-light cameras in reducing collisions. It found that 56 percent of communities experienced a reduction in crashes at intersections with camera systems.

In Florida, the proceeds from tickets issued to red-light runners also do some good. A portion of the funds is distributed to Florida trauma centers and research centers for paralysis, which provide much-needed care to car crash victims.

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 Port Charlotte intersection accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Port Charlotte injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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