Many communities in Ohio and across the U.S. are either restricting the use of traffic-enforcement cameras or getting rid of them entirely. In 2012, there were 533 communities with a red-light camera system. That number dropped to 421 by the middle of 2018.
The main reason is this: Many cities treat red-light cameras as a way of generating revenue rather than keeping people safe. In 2014, Chicago had the largest red-light camera system but also the shortest yellow light duration allowable. The connection here is obvious.
Nevertheless, photo enforcement is proven to be effective. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that red-light cameras reduce red-light running violations by some 40%. Large cities with cameras see 21% fewer red-light running crash deaths than other large cities. It should also be noted that between 2012 and 2018, which saw the decline in cameras, there was a 17% increase in red-light running crash deaths.
These percentages are large when considering how hundreds of people die annually in red-light running crashes. The IIHS states that more than 800 people died in these crashes in 2016 with over half being pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants of vehicles other than that of the guilty driver. Nearly 43% of AAA Foundation survey respondents admitted to running a red light once in the previous 30 days.
Whether auto accidents result in injuries or fatalities, there is a way for innocent victims or their families to try and recover damages. These damages usually cover medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages in the case of personal injury claims. In wrongful death lawsuits, they might additionally cover funeral and burial expenses, loss of support and loss of consortium. Hiring a lawyer may be wise because he or she may determine how strong a case is.