More Reports of How Red Light Cameras Increase Accidents and Insurance Rates
Of course, the bureaucrats who approve these devices will handily ignore this information in favor of more revenue:
We would all like to believe red-light cameras will make our intersections safer. However, a large study at the North Carolina Urban Transit Institute concluded "The results do not support the view that red-light cameras reduce crashes. Instead, we find that RLCs are associated with higher levels of many types and severity categories of crashes."
In a study of six cities, the Virginia Transportation Research Council reported an average increase in rear end, angle accidents, and injuries at RLC intersections of 42, 20, and 18 percent respectively. At multiple intersections in Winnipeg, Canada, accidents doubled, with broadside accidents and fatalities up 30 and 81 percent
In Anne Arundel County, Md., RLCs "caused an immediate 40 percent increase in rear-end collisions. Overall accidents were up between 25 percent and 41 percent for the next three years." And a 2008 study in the journal of the Florida Public Health Association found that contrary to common assumptions, the use of red-light cameras leads to increases in insurance rates and injury accidents." There are many such studies.
So, not only do you get ripped off by paying a fine where the state cannot prove your personal guilt, your insurance rates go up. What a system!
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