This story should interest some of you. Red light cameras don’t make intersections safer.
Red-light cameras have not reduced accidents at most Kansas City intersections they monitor, according to a police analysis.
In fact, the analysis of more than 2,500 wrecks in the two years after the cameras appeared shows that injury wrecks, rear-end wrecks and overall wrecks all increased. Only right-angle crashes — the ones most likely due to red-light running — decreased.
The results didn’t surprise Rajiv Shah, an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who studied the effectiveness of red-light cameras in Chicago and concluded in 2010 they offered “no significant benefit.” — More.
This is one of the most compelling and convincing studies I’ve seen shattering the myth about revenue cameras. But don’t forget and listen to your elected officials when they say the cameras are about safety, and not about revenue.
Here’s a roundup on several studies, including: “Comprehensive studies conclude cameras actually increase crashes and injuries, providing a safety argument not to install them…. public policy should avoid conflicts of interest that enhance revenues for government and private interests at the risk of public safety.”
And here’s the Los Angeles study: Los Angeles, California City Controller Wendy Greuel yesterday issued a scathing 77-page critique of the red light camera program responsible for ticketing 44,542 Angelenos last year.