Study Says Red Light Cameras Reduced Crashes

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A study of nearly 300 intersections in Texas found that red light-related crashes dropped 25 percent statewide after traffic cameras were installed.

The Texas Transportation Institute released the report Monday. Researchers at the state agency say the data reinforces the safety benefit of the cameras despite the controversy the traffic controls have caused in Houston and other places.

Houston voters passed a referendum in November to turn off the cameras that the city began installing in 2007. But a federal judge invalidated that ballot measure, and the cameras were turned back on.

Critics say red-light cameras are unproven and a scheme to generate revenue from traffic tickets.

The Texas Transportation Institute study looked at crash data from 275 intersections in Texas both before and after red-light cameras were installed.

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One Comment

  1. RussP says:

    Since Texas Transportation Institute is part of Texas A&M, I wonder how unbiased this report is.

  2. Super Chad says:

    I don’t believe a word of it. These cameras are a revenue stream and once they’re in place, just like tollroads, they will never go away. People have no voice anymore: they vote to take the cameras out and a judge overrules them.

  3. Chris says:

    Red light crooks, thats all for the cities….mors government, more money.

  4. Justice 4 All says:

    The majority of people are idiots. Speed for example…just this morning I do as I usually do and drive the speed limit. Every car behind me eventually passed me so to say these are just revenue streams they’re supported by the idiots that run them. Obey the law, which is usually written for idiots to keep the rest of us safe.

  5. truth in adv says:

    Not all the money goes to the cities.A percentage of the funds go to local trauma centers to help off-set the costs associated with injuries incurred in truthwrecks caused by people who speed and run lights.

  6. Rick McDaniel says:

    Maybe. The real deal is, it was a cash cow, for the cities.

    You will NEVER make driving safer, unless you make the drivers safer, of course, and that isn’t going to happen, with cameras alone.

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