In the five months after Houston voters forced city officials to turn off a camera surveillance system that fined motorists for running red lights, traffic accidents at those 50 intersections with 70 cameras have decreased 16 percent, according to recently released data.
imagine that - of course red light cameras are solely about the government protecting us. Politicians only have the true interests of the citizens as the basis of all their actions which is why we need to make government grow to control everything. /sarc
What happened to the number of motorists running red lights? Any stats on that?
The facts are correct in the OP's quote but the article should be read to see if the statistics are relevant.
“The data clearly shows when you put those enforcement cameras in, it reduces the number of people who run red lights,” Blankinship said, referring to traffic studies. “My fear is that you’ll see the number of serious bodily injuries and fatalities from side-impact accidents increase.”
Okay, then how do you get this?
"HPD took an immediate $10 million hit from the department’s anticipated share of ticket revenue for the remainder of this fiscal year, as the city ended a lucrative system that issued nearly 800,000 tickets and collected almost $44 million in fines since going online in September 2006."
Obviously, people are still "running red lights" even with the cameras active. How else could you get 800,000 violations?
Back in November, Houstonians voted to turn off red light cameras at dozens of intersections. Now we're getting a look at new figures on accidents in those areas and they paint a different picture than previous data.
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