Despite driver disdain, study says red light cameras reduce crashes

By Natalie Tolomeo, Reporter
Last Updated: Sunday, January 06, 2013, 3:16 PM EST
Viewer Poll

Do you think red light cameras have improved traffic safety?

View all recent polls
This poll is not scientific and reflects the opinions of only those internet users who have chosen to participate.

Red light cameras - love them or hate them, a new study shows they are making intersections safer.

New video released from American Traffic Solutions showed crash after crash at Florida intersections with red light cams.

A study from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shows that of the 73 communities with red light cameras, 56 percent showed a drop in the number of crashes at intersections where cameras are up.

"It's stopped a lot of accidents here," said Orlando resident Chai Ean.

Ean lives just two blocks from the intersection of Old Winter Garden Road and Hiawassee Road in Pine Hills and says the cameras are working.

"I don't hear much of the sirens here anymore. Usually there are a couple of accidents here all the time, it even happened to my wife before they installed the cameras because she stopped for the red light," said Ean.

The report shows the number of rear-end and T-bone collisions is down and drivers say it's partly because behavior behind the wheel is different when you know you're being watched.

"Probably because people are more conscious of them," said Bruce Harro.

"Definitely, I'm not going to speed through a red light camera, so I guess it's working, if you think about it," said Audrene Porter.

Of the 73 Florida communities with red light cameras, about a dozen are here in Central Florida.

If you'd like to see the full report about the impact red light cams have on intersections, click here.