A new study out of the Texas Transportation Institute, a subset of Texas A&M University, shows that red-light related accidents decrease a notable percentage after cameras were installed.
The study analyzed 275 Texas intersections that are presently monitored by red-light cameras. Looking at crash statistics before and after the cameras were installed, researchers found a 23% drop in red-light related accidents in their one year grouping. That’s an impressive demonstration of value.
There has been much controversy in Texas concerning intersection monitoring. Opponents cite examples of innocent people being fined for red light running – even when the photos clearly show they are not involved. Officials state that the technology is being tweaked, but that the inconvenience of mistakes pales in comparison to the life-saving potential these cameras offer.