Thursday, August 28, 2008

Stating the Obvious

Another study proves once again that red-light cameras are dangerous:

Well, according to study after study, rather than improving motorist safety, red-light cameras significantly increase crashes and therefore, raise insurance premiums. In fact, the only studies that have shown any benefit to red-light cameras were either done by the IIHS…the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or researchers funded by them. How very strange, don’t you think? The most recent study revealing the truth about the cameras was done by researchers at the University of South Florida College of Public Health.

“The rigorous studies clearly show red-light cameras don’t work,” said lead author Barbara Langland-Orban, professor and chair of health policy and management at the USF College of Public Health. “Instead, they increase crashes and injuries as drivers attempt to abruptly stop at camera intersections.”

Comprehensive studies from North Carolina, Virginia, and Ontario have all reported cameras are associated with increases in crashes. The study by the Virginia Transportation Research Council also found that cameras were linked to increased crash costs. The only studies that conclude cameras reduced crashes or injuries contained “major research design flaws,” such as incomplete data or inadequate analyses, and were always conducted by researchers with links to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS, funded by automobile insurance companies, is the leading advocate for red-light cameras since insurance companies can profit from red-light cameras by way of higher premiums due to increased crashes and citations.

I have noted before that my own anecdotal evidence confirms this to be true, and it just passes the common sense test.

This is the inherent problem with red-light cameras and speed cameras; they create dangerous situations for drivers, and serve little purpose other than revenue enhancement for states and localities. How many crashes and how many injuries will it take before the General Assembly puts a halt to these cameras?

(Crossposted)

3 comments:

warpmine said...

But the money they get from those cameras must mean safety for all, right!

Was it ever a concern or was it a revenue source that simply had to be exploited? I think the latter what say you.

Cygnus said...

Revenue-happy Maryland will never ban these stupid cameras, as New Jersey and other sensible (!) states have done. And the speed cameras need to go yesterday as well.

Daniel said...

This GA? Do the right thing?

HAH!

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