Study Finds Red Light Cameras Cut Fatal Crashes

A new study finds that red light cameras are saving lives by helping Americans remember that red means stop.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is releasing a study Tuesday that reports that the cameras have reduced fatal crashes by 24 percent in 14 large cities, including Raleigh, where the devices were introduced between 1996 and 2004.

Institute President Adrian Lund says the study shows red light cameras work, crediting them with saving hundreds of lives.

National Motorists Association Executive Director Gary Biller disputes the institute's finding that the cameras have reduced deaths. It cites previous studies that found that the cameras increase crashes. He says there are cheaper alternatives to cameras, such as lengthening yellow lights or improving sight lines.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2011 at 07:48 AM
    I would not be opposed to stoplight cameras if they were maintained by a municipality rather than a private company that stands to gain by long light cycles and shortened transition time between yellow and red. These companies get the lion's share of the fines. The idea is good in theory because it only charges a fine rather than also affect insurance rates if charged by a police officer for the same offense. The problem arises when such devices are mostly used for generating revenue rather than as monetary punishment.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2011 at 10:10 AM
    That's BS, the same idiots who race to run the light will now race to the light and slam on their brakes. This will most likely cause MORE accidents, at-least it would here in Greenville.
  • by govt mule beat to death Location: U.S. of : RIP offs on Feb 1, 2011 at 08:44 AM
    Dont believe anything you read and only HALF of what you see. This is a scam study that if investigated closely would show as many conflicting interests as WALL STREET and fannie mae. Just another way for them to increase profits for the city and the camera companies. I think they increase accidents and insurance companies can then justify raising rates as well.........and just like WALL STREET and the NYC pompous elitist crooks and frank and dodd and fannie mae....just another SCAM on tax payers. BTW why arent any of those crooks in jail.....but hey they got martha stewart so that should have saved us from the economy collapse.....good job worthless low life liars.
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Feb 1, 2011 at 05:53 AM
    Oh good--this will encourage cities to use more of them. Glad we got them stopped here in Greenville. No more big brother in our lives!
  • by eric here on Feb 1, 2011 at 05:08 AM
    sweet less people crash and less people die so less insurance claims right??? makes sense simple math 1 1=2 so y not lower the entire countries insurance rates makes sense to me oh wait insurance companies only want your money that’s right
  • by spend, spend, spend Location: washington on Feb 1, 2011 at 04:48 AM
    Want to waste tax payers money? fix the 1955 year model stop lights. Why are they red when you pull up? why do they change only when another car comes from the other direction? While your at it, fix the paved roads here, dirt was smoother, 5th street in washington will vidrate you into another lane. Stop taking away our rights, put a camera in your own home if you want to but leave the public alone
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Feb 1, 2011 at 03:54 AM
    This study has been done many times. Each time the study leans toward the side of the group backing the study. If they WANT cameras at intersections, the study says that cameras reduce accidents and if the study group is against cameras at red light, the study says that cameras make no diference on the number of crashes at the intersection with cameras. Could it just be another way that BIG BROTHER CAN WATCH US?
  • by EnoughisEnough Location: Gville on Feb 1, 2011 at 03:33 AM
    This is great...lives being saved...however good ol city of Greenville thinks that it is too expensive to maintain these life saving cameras so they were dropped...apparentley the cost of a life is less than the cost of a camera....thanks greenville...
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Feb 1, 2011 at 03:19 AM
    Greenville needs a lot of them as we have the worse drivers around & blatant red light runners!!
  • by Face palm Location: Greenville on Feb 1, 2011 at 03:01 AM
    Curiously, Raleigh had an increase in fatalities in the study. I would surmise that the manufacturer's of these very expensive devices have some sponsorship in this 'independent' study. But wait, that would be greed, graft and corruption - surely not in the good ole' US of A??
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