A judgement upholding a law we passed restricting issuance of red light camera tickets for right on red violations has shown to have an effect on safety.
It has increased it.
It seems since we passed the law, the number of rear end collisions has decreased. Of course revenue to government and photo ticket camera companies has also gone down. But then the lawsuit that brought the study was never about revenue.... It was only about safety.
From the article...
Catlett said crash data in 2011 at the 14 monitored intersections show an overall decrease of 12 percent in wrecks from 460 in 2010 to 402 last year. Angle crashes showed a 7 percent decrease from 83 in 2010 to 77 last year. The biggest decrease occurred in rear-end wrecks, which decreased 18 percent from 298 in 2010 to 244 in 2011.
"Apparently, the program has modified driving habits, and I'm all for that," Catlett said. "That's the good news. I just hope it doesn't wear off."
Harkins said he feels the photo enforcement program "instilled better driving habits."
"In my 35 years of law enforcement, I've never seen a system that works as well as this does in doing what it's supposed to do," he said.
Catlett last year predicted an uptick in crashes with passage of the new law as drivers realized they no longer faced photo punishment for improper right turns on red.
"Crashes still seem to be going down," he said. "I'm happy to be wrong on that."