The Debate Over Red Light CamerasApril 4, 2018
According to a never-released report by a state Department of Transportation, red light cameras have been effective at improving safety and discouraging drivers from running red lights. However, critics of the program question their accuracy, their legality, constitutionality, and are concerned that this type of law enforcement could lead to corruption, bribery, and fraud.
The number of car accidents related to running red lights continues to be a problem in the United States. Even though the debate over red light cameras continues, more cities across the country are installing them.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that 22 percent of all wrecks in this country are caused by drivers running through red lights. These accidents are responsible for approximately 800 fatalities and roughly $7 billion in property damage, medical bills, lost productivity, and higher insurance costs each year. In some cities, these violations have gone up by over ten percent over the past three decades.
In an effort to stop this trend and prevent further injuries and property damage, a growing number of cities are installing red light cameras.
How the Cameras Work
The red light systems include one or more cameras, one or more triggers, and a computer. The computer is wired to the cameras and the triggers, as well as the traffic light. When a motorist drives through a red light, the triggers signal the camera to take a picture of the vehicle as it speeds through the intersection. As a car runs through a red light, the computer typically takes two pictures: One picture showing the car at the edge of the intersection, and another showing the car in the middle of the intersection.
Depending on the state, either the car owner will be responsible for paying the ticket, even if he or she was not driving the car, or the driver who was caught running through the red light will be ticketed. If the driver is ticketed, the system will need to get a clear picture of the driver, using a camera that is positioned in front of the car. Otherwise, the systems tend to use a camera to photograph the rear license plate for enforcement purposes. Regardless of who is ticketed, he or she can expect to receive a ticket in the mail within a month or two of the traffic violation.
Supporters of the red light cameras say that they will help keep the streets safer and prevent serious accidents. They believe that fewer people would run red lights if there were more red light cameras for traffic safety enforcement.
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