Red Light Cameras Have Been Proven to Reduce Red Light Accidents but They Are Controversial
According to data analyzed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), more than 800 people were involved in fatal car accidents when someone ran a red light. This is a 17% increase since 2012. As a result of these findings, the IIHS has paired with three other safety organizations to provide a checklist for the implementation of red light camera programs.
However, some people strongly oppose the use of these cameras. Read on to learn why these safety organizations believe they are the best option and why people are opposed to red-light cameras. If you have been involved in a car accident involving red lights, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free case evaluation.
The Argument for Red Light Cameras
According to the President of IIHS, David Harkey, red-light cameras have consistently reduced accidents at red lights. This has resulted in fewer injuries and deaths at intersections that have red-light cameras. He believes that these facts are enough to warrant using red-light cameras.
The Argument Against Red Light Cameras
Those who do not want to see an increase in red light cameras say that the actual purpose of these cameras is not to help citizens stay safe, but rather to generate revenue for the cities that install them. Jill Ingrassia, the managing director for a safety group that is part of AAA, says that the guidelines issued by national safety organizations can help restore the public’s trust in the program by outlining how these cameras can help save lives.
There is a Truly Uphill Battle for Advocates of Red Hill Cameras
From 2012 to 2018, there was a significant reduction in the number of cities that have red-light cameras. Unsurprisingly, this is also the same period during which red light accidents spiked dramatically. The IIHS has pointed out that though new camera programs are being implemented throughout the state and country, the downward trend is due to cities that are turning off their cameras.
There are many reasons they are doing so, including public opposition to red-light cameras, a reduction in the number of citations at the red lights, and financial issues. The IIHS’s goal is to get both more cameras installed and get the cameras that have been turned off turned back on again.
Have You Bee Involved in an Accident at a Red Light?
Generally speaking, a person who has been involved in a red light accident is more likely to support an increase in red-light cameras. If you have been in this type of accident then we strongly urge you to contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation. We can determine if the at-fault party can be held accountable and how best to prove your case. Call today to get started.