Red Light Camera Vendor Not Doing So Well With Public Opposition Driving Down Its Revenue

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There's been significant growing opposition to red light camera programs, which have a long history of showing absolutely no safety benefit, and are often run for-profit by local governments in combination with private companies. That opposition is leading more and more cities and towns to dump the red light cameras -- while some operators are getting caught illegally decreasing the time of the yellow or amber lights to try to issue more fines.

Jeff Nolan alerts us to the news that one of the biggest players in the space, Redflex, has announced that public opposition to its cameras has created a real drain on revenue, and its profits were down significantly. This would be the same Redflex that just so happened to fail to live up to its contract in Denver to deliver data that could be used to determine whether or not the cameras were really effective.

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    Yohann, 14 Sep 2009 @ 12:05pm

    Re: Re: They might work

    How does a camera stop someone from running a red light?

    Their product does one thing: Take pictures

    Same way that security posts at a store's exit stop a shoplifter: Deterrent. If you faced an $80 ticket, would you run through a red light? It keeps the people abiding by the law honest, and punishes the red light runners.

    If someone with car insurance runs a red light and causes an accident, they pay the $500 deductible, and the insurance company picks up the rest. That turns into higher rates, even for those who don't have any accidents. If nobody ran red lights (or even yellow ones), how many intersection accidents would there be compared to everyone running red lights? Given, this shows both limits and somewhere in between is what is happening now. 1%, 5%, 8% of drivers run red lights? Either way you look at it, running a red light can and will eventually cause an accident which might also kill someone.

    Your wife, children, mother or father could be killed by a red light runner who might've slowed down and stopped if he/she knew they were going to be caught. It's the same way DUI checkpoints deter drunk driving. If nobody got caught for DUI or DWI, then most likely more people would do it.

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