Friday, March 17, 2006

Traffic Cameras Increase Collisions

I was talking about this yesterday with my friend Paul G. and here it is today on Daily Wireless. Traffic cameras for preventing people from running red lights actually increase rear end collisions.

From the post:

"Traffic cameras are in use in over 100 communities in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Cameras are said to improve safety but recent studies indicate it's all about the money.

Red-light cameras are supposed to make us safer by discouraging people from running red lights. But numerous studies have found that when these cameras are put in place, rear-end collisions increase dramatically, reports Popular Mechanics."

" A study of red-light cameras in Washington, D.C., by The Washington Post found that despite producing more than 500,000 tickets (and generating over $32 million in revenues), red-light cameras didn't reduce injuries or collisions. In fact, the number of accidents increased at the camera-equipped intersections."


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