IIHS Study Finds Red Light Cameras Save Lives

Posted on February 4, 2011

A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) praises the use of red light cameras at intersections in more than a dozen American cities for saving 159 lives from 2004 to 2008, reports FairWarning.org.

Red light cameras photograph the license plates of cars that are speeding up to get through a light as it is turning red. The intersection cameras are being installed around Florida as a way to reduce traffic fatalities at intersections. The president of the institute acknowledges that many people do not like the cameras because there is no one from law enforcement to challenge when the driver receives a ticket in the mail.

The study compared cities with red light crashes in cities with cameras to cities without cameras. If each city had had red light cameras, upward of 815 lives could have been saved, the authors conclude. Opponents say red light cameras also cause some drivers to speed up, therefore increasing accidents, and that they are primarily a revenue generator. A longer yellow light is being suggested as an alternative to a red light camera.

Farah & Farah’s Florida auto accident attorneys warn that intersections are a location where many accidents take place, often because someone is speeding to try and make it through the light. Instead of speeding through an intersection, be prepared to stop knowing that these are dangerous locations for crashes. We will offer you a complimentary consultation on your accident to help you receive compensation for your injuries and pain and suffering for a Florida car crash that may not be your fault.