This certainly isn't the first time, as we've seen plenty of similar reports in the past, but yet another study is showing that red light cameras tend to increase the number of accidents. The majority, of course, of these accidents are rear-end collisions, often caused by people slamming on the brakes at the last minute to avoid running the light. Of course, the cameras did generate a ton of extra revenue for the city as well -- which is where the real issue comes in. Is the purpose of these cameras to make driving safer, or to raise local revenue? If it's to make driving safer, it seems like this could more easily be accomplished by extending the length of the yellow, and also leaving an extra second or so where all directions have a red light, rather than immediately switching cross traffic to green. Unfortunately, these days, it seems more likely that these cameras are much more about the revenue -- even though they'll be defended by using the claim of safety reasons.
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