Thursday, January 21, 2016

Florida Report Showed Accidents and Fatalities Increased With Red Light Cameras

A report by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles found that accidents increased almost 15% after the deployment of red light cameras at intersections.  A study of 71 local jurisdictions in the state looked at locations where cameras had been activated between January 1, 2012 and September 30, 2014.  The study showed that overall accident reports increased 14.65% after cameras were installed, rear-end crashes increased 10.18%.  Injury accidents increased as well, with "incapacitating injuries" increasing 29.31%.  Fatalities went up from 16 to 18 at these locations, and fatalities involving non-motorists (generally pedestrians or cyclists) showed a marked increase from 4 to 7.

Source: "Red Light Camera Summary Report: Fiscal Year 2014-2015",
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

The cameras did show success in two areas however.   "Angle crashes" declining by 0.12% with exactly one less "angle crash" accident.  And the cameras did issue $150million worth of tickets in FY15.  Of these citations, 253,744 tickets worth $40 million were issued for right hand turns on red, despite a state law that prohibits tickets for such turns made in a "careful and prudent manner."