Red-light traffic cameras have been surrounded in at least a little bit
of controversy ever since they first starting showing at key intersections
throughout cities in the 90s. Something about “big brother”
and “all-seeing eyes” tends to make people worry. Nerves came
to a high point when Florida police organizations were accused of delegating
some of their responsibilities to American Traffic Solutions (ATS), one
of the country’s leading manufacturers of red-light traffic cams.
People wanted to see ATS cameras off the streets and the matter climbed
up to the Third District Court of Appeal for a ruling.
The court decided that the ATS cameras, their functionality, and how they
are managed do not violate any Florida laws. It concluded that the work
ATS performs with the law enforcement agencies throughout Florida is merely
secretarial, helping them complete their work but not actually taking
control of the project, as they had been accused. The result is that red-light
traffic cameras will not be leaving the state, not due to this issue, anyway.
Probably Better That They Stay
Intersections are where the majority of
car accidents occur. Many intersection accidents are caused by a driver barreling through
a red light in an attempt to save themselves 30 seconds. Instead, the
plow into oncoming traffic or people turning left who never had a chance
to spot them coming.
Independent studies into traffic cameras have shown consistently that red-light
running collisions are reduced when a traffic cam is present. Reckless
drivers who know that a mechanical eye is watching their every move tend
to heed traffic laws for fear of punishment later. Florida is also in
the top three states for motor vehicle fatalities at red-light intersections,
so removing them now would unlikely be to anyone’s benefit, other
than the people who routinely speed through intersections.
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