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Red Light Cameras Increase Accidents in Chicago

traffic-lights-242323_1280.jpgAcross the Chicagoland area red light cameras have been installed at hundreds of traffic signals. These red light cameras are sold to citizens as a way to reduce traffic accidents and increase safety on the roadways. The problem is, the cameras aren't making us safer. These cameras actually increase the likelihood of an accident occurring.

A Daily Herald analysis of 52 intersections across 29 Chicago suburbs shows that after cameras were installed, crashes involving injuries stayed the same or increased at nearly half the intersections where that data was reported. Crashes considered hazardous increased at nearly one-third of the intersections analyzed by the paper.

Similarly, a Chicago Tribune study found a 22 percent increase in rear-end crashes that caused injuries at intersections with red light cameras.

The researchers also determined there is no safety benefit from cameras installed at intersections where there have been few crashes with injuries in the past. In fact, after installing cameras at those intersections, accidents actually increased.

The study found that while T-bone crashes decreased slightly at intersections with cameras, rear-end collisions skyrocketed as driver slammed on their brakes to avoid the camera-generated ticket.

Chicago is home to the largest automated enforcement program in the country, which has grown to more than 350 red light cameras and raised more than $500 million in $100 tickets since 2002.

See: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160124/news/160129422/

See: http://www.chicagotribune.com/ct-red-light-camera-safety-met-20141219-story.html

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