The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently conducted a study to measure the impact of red light cameras on intersection crashes. The study compared the rates of red light citations for pre- and post-camera installation at various intersections. When compared with pre-camera citations, any given intersection experienced a reduced amount of red light running after the installation of a camera.
While many officials were not surprised that traffic cameras thwarted the overall number of red light violations, the data from the study revealed that red light cameras drastically prevented the most serious of intersection collisions. According to IIHS officials, most auto accidents that occur at intersections governed by traffic lights are caused by drivers running red lights more than 1.5 seconds after the light changes from yellow to red.
Results from the study show that the number of red light violations that occurred 1.5 seconds or longer after the light switched from yellow to red decreased approximately 86% after the installation of a traffic cam. Therefore, IIHS officials believe the study evidences that the presence of traffic cams, and the direct threat of an automated citation and fine, may prevent thousands of serious intersection accidents. The data from the report also supports previous IIHS studies which suggested that red light cameras reduced the number of fatal intersection collisions by nearly 25%.
To date, Birmingham has not adopted a statewide red light camera plan. However, several cities like Montgomery, Selma, Tuscaloosa, Foley, Center Point, and Midfield either currently have red light cameras in place or are considering adopting the automated enforcement systems.
If you're injured in an intersection crash, seek the advice of an Alabama accident & injury lawyer. Even if your particular accident scene is not equipped surveillance cameras, an attorney may be able to discover other conclusive evidence that proves the other driver ran the red light and caused the accident.