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Why Red-Light Cameras Need More Public Support

Ohio residents may or may not be in favor of having red-light cameras at dangerous intersections, but the benefits are well-documented. Studies conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that large cities with camera systems see 21% fewer red-light running crash deaths than large cities without them. Cameras can cut down on the number of red-light running violations by around 40%.

Still, it’s true that red-light cameras have been losing public support for a while now. In 2012, there were 533 communities in the U.S. that had cameras. By the middle of 2018, the number was 421. Incidentally, red-light running crash deaths rose 17% from 2012 to 2018, though the lack of cameras cannot be said to be the sole factor.

As for why cameras are losing support, the public understands that they can become more a means of revenue than a means of safety. Chicago had the largest red-light camera system back in 2014, but at the same time, it had the shortest yellow light duration allowable.

There are various ways to build up public support, though. Communities that wish to install cameras can, among other things, publicize the early stages of the project, let community members participate on the advisory committee and clearly inform the public on the location of the cameras.

Cameras or no cameras, running a red light is negligent, and the driver will be held liable for any auto accidents he or she causes as a result of it. Victims, for their part, are eligible for compensatory damages if they are less than 50% to blame themselves. To see how their case stands up to this rule, victims may schedule a legal evaluation. If retained, a lawyer might help strengthen the case with evidence and handle settlement negotiations.