It’s been two years since New Jersey ended its somewhat controversial five-year experiment with red light cameras. The state’s “eyes” went dark in mid-December 2014 amidst cheers by many state citizens and quite a few state legislators who, according to various reports, said the cameras may have added to local government coffers, but did little to promote safety in the Garden State.
The claim that red light cameras do little to promote safety seems to be contradicted by a study performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which indicates that in documented instances the installation of such cameras reduces red light violations by about 40 percent. The experts noted another interesting phenomenon: In addition to the decrease in red light running at camera-equipped sites, the effect carried over to nearby signalized intersections not equipped with red light cameras.
Red Light Cameras Appear to Reduce Dangerous “Delayed” Violations
Traffic experts have long noted that the more time that passes between the signal turning red and the red light violation, the more likely there will be a collision. Red light cameras appear to be really important in reducing such “time-delayed” violations. IIHS data shows that violations occurring at least a half second after the light turned red were 39 percent less likely than would have been expected without cameras. Violations occurring at least 1 second after were 48 percent less likely, and the odds of a violation occurring at least 1.5 seconds into the red phase fell 86 percent.
What About Additional Rear-End Collisions?
The IIHS noted that some studies have shown that, while red light cameras reduce front-into-side collisions and overall injury crashes, they may actually increase rear-end crashes. Crash experts observe, however, that rear-end crashes tend to be much less severe than front-into-side crashes. Even accounting for the increase in rear-end collisions, the net effect is positive, according to the IIHS.
The IIHS studies are supported by data gathered by the Federal Highway Administration, which studied red light camera programs in seven American cities. Overall, the study observed a 25 percent reduction in right-angle crashes, with a concomitant 15 percent increase in rear-end collisions.
Intersection Accidents Are All Too Common
According to a report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), some 40 percent of all traffic crashes were intersection-related and that 96 percent of intersection crashes are due to driver error. Intersection crashes often lead to serious injury and even death. Accident victims often endure significant pain and suffering, have lost wages, and incur additional damages, as well.
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