Over and over again, we've seen studies that have shown that red light cameras tend to increase, not decrease
auto accidents, and certainly don't do much to improve safety. The Agitator
points us to yet another study, this time from researchers at the University of South Florida, who again point out that red light cameras tend to increase the number of accidents
. The research also points out that accidents from running red lights are rather rare, and it's hardly a problem that requires automation. As for the few studies that have shown better safety from red light cameras, every single one came from a group poised to make money off of the cameras -- and they certainly do make money
. It's just unfortunate that it seems to come at the expense of more car accidents, all in the bogus name of public safety. Update
: Of course, just after publishing this, I see a story on Engadget about how Dallas has found that red light cameras are effective in preventing red light violations
(no word on rear end collisions from people slamming on the brakes however). Yet, here's the irony: because of that, the city gov't doesn't want to install any more, as it's cutting into revenue.