HolyCoast: Red Light Cameras Reduce Accidents...NOT

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Red Light Cameras Reduce Accidents...NOT

I've long been opposed to red light cameras.  My main objection is I don't think it's constitutional for a machine to cite you for a violation when you cannot cross-examine that machine in court.  That's a major reason why some courts are refusing to prosecute these tickets or take action when drivers fail to show up in court.

However, there are plenty of other reason to dislike the cameras, especially since statistics show they INCREASE accidents and injuries rather than reduce them.  From the National Motorists Association:
Reports From The Media

Los Angeles | KCAL TV
A local TV station fact-checked the city's claims that their ticket cameras reduced accidents and found that the opposite was true. At 20 of the 32 intersections studied, accidents increased and several intersections tripled their accident rate.
Washington, D.C. | Washington Post
This report showed an overall increase in accidents at red-light camera intersections of 107 percent.
Portland, Oregon | KATU News
KATU News reviewed city statistics and found a 140 percent increase in rear-end crashes at the intersections where red light cameras were installed.
Fort Collins, Colorado | The Coloradoan
Ft. Collins, Colorado has experienced an 83 percent increase in the number of accidents since red light cameras were installed.
Oceanside, California | North County Times
This report showed a 800 percent increase in rear-end accidents.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Philadelphia Weekly
This article showed an increase of 10 to 21 percent in accidents in intersections with red-light cameras.
Corpus Christi, Texas | TheNewspaper.com
Data released by the city showed that the total number of accidents in Corpus Christi increased 14 percent, from 310 incidents to 353, at nine locations where automated ticketing machines were stationed. Contrary to the claim that red light cameras reduce the severity of collisions, the number of accidents involving injuries increased 28 percent from 140 to 179. Rear end collisions also increased by nearly a third from 160 to 208.
Winnipeg, Ontario | Winnipeg Sun
The average number of collisions at Winnipeg’s 12 original red-light camera intersections has jumped 18% since the devices were installed in 2003, according to Manitoba Public Insurance data obtained by the Winnipeg Sun. Despite claims by politicians and police brass that intersection cameras are making our streets safer by reducing collisions, the MPI data shows after six years of use, crashes at the intersections are actually going up, not down.
In most cities they make more money for the companies that run them than the cities they're supposed to serve. In fact, some cities like Los Angeles found they were losing money by having the cameras.

Time to stop them.

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