Red Light Cameras Reduce Risk of Car Accidents, Traumatic Brain Injury in Florida

April 28th, 2011

So Florida brain injury attorneys question the move by lawmakers to repeal a law permitting red-light cameras at intersections. Senate Bill 672 would repeal a measure last year that permits municipalities to install the cameras and to collect fines from violators. Never mind the fact that many cities have gone to the expense of purchasing the systems – an expense that can only be recouped through years of operating the cameras at dangerous intersections and ticketing offenders.

Red Light PictureThe real losers are the innocent victims of devastating broadside car accidents, which most often occur at intersections when a careless driver runs a red light.

Sure there is some opposition – mostly from motorists who don’t think Big Brother should be using cameras to send offenders tickets in the mail. Others argue cities are installing cameras in an effort to make money – rather than putting them at intersections where the most crashes have occurred. Common sense tells you the areas that have seen the most crashes are the same areas where the most red-light running is occurring. The best of the arguments is that rear-end crashes are increasing at intersections equipped with the cameras. Statistics give some validity to that argument, though the phenomenon is usually short-lived as motorists getting used to the presence of the cameras apply brakes to avoid a ticket.

Even so, while rear end collisions can cause significant damage, the chances of suffering a moderate to severe brain injury in Florida are far greater in a high-speed broadside collision of the type the cameras are meant to stop.

In a study earlier this year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found the cameras have saved 159 lives in the 14 largest cities where they have been installed from 2004 to 2008. “The cities that have the courage to use red light cameras despite the political backlash are saving lives,” said Institute President Adrian Lund.

In the cities studied, the per-capita rate of fatal red light running accidents dropped 24 percent. If the cameras had been installed in the nation’s 99 largest cities, an estimated 815 lives would have been saved over the five-year period.

In the end, it is a question of who has more rights, a motorist running a red light or careful drivers who just want to arrive at their destination alive on the safest roads possible?.

  • Great post! I don’t agree with the Senate bill 672 and think the cameras should be installed as they’re proven to reduce the risk of car accidents.

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