Red Light Cameras, actually INCREASING accidents. FACT.
The Right Turn Red Light Camera Fiasco
Today, the Governor of Texas did the right thing, and BANNED them from their state.
Actually, Governor, this was too long in coming. I have been against these red light camera installations, instinctively knowing that they were more dangerous than good, more unfair than just, and just a bad idea of how local cities can make more money by partnering with some tech company who wrote a bad app, bad software designed to nab people without people fair to people, without involving a human that could make some judgment calls. It was always a bad idea. And I also know that not all Traffic Engineers share my view, in fact, I have debated many of these over the years. Turns out that they were wrong after all. I am glad to see the menace of technology catching humans making mistakes, and not allowing for some humanity, get reduced... even while some countries are upping their ante by installing more and more cameras all over their countries, to nab humans making mistakes. It's not a good trend elsewhere. But I applaud the trend in the United States on this matter.
In California, some cities are still using these. MOST have been discontinued. Program Status as of 2017. Links to active locations on list below.
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The most common measures to increase safety are having lapse time (red in all direction for at least one second long) and time down counter for the green light (in seconds) common practice used in Europe. People wearing full face masks (which is not violation yet ) can remain unidentified after being caught on camera (as well as wearing fake beard, wig, you name it). Often a long vehicle (semi- or bus) triggers the camera which snaps photo of an intersection. In most cases every driver caught in the photo, even those who legally entered on the yellow light, will receive notice of violation in the mail
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Grant Johnson, registered Traffic Engineer, shares insights and experiences from around the world.