Red Light Cameras Don’t Stop Accidents, But They Sure Make A Lot of Money

The City of Baltimore has more than 100 red light cameras. Since 2017, the cameras have led to 480,000 citations and more than $36 million in revenue.  Unfortunately, the city doesn’t have fewer accidents.

Associate Professor Justin Gallagher at the University of Montana conducted a study of red light cameras that showed they reduced accidents caused by running red lights, but increase others. To avoid getting a ticket due to running a light with a camera present, people slam on their brakes, which increases the number of rear-end collisions.

Overall, the cameras don’t reduce accidents, injuries, or deaths at intersections.

Recognizing the complications with the cameras, 10 states have discontinued their use completely, but so far, Maryland isn’t one of them.

When traveling in Baltimore be sure to look both ways… up ahead for a camera, and behind you for someone that might not stop as quickly as you do.

 

14 Comments

    • We stopped these cameras in the city of Chillicothe , OH years ago by getting a petition with enough signatures to get it on a ballot initiative to reverse the city counsel. END OF STORY.

      The killer was that the company that ran the cameras was making as much as the city, and in order to protest the ticket it had to first be paid….as in no due process.

    • Nearly all traffic related laws are just a form of revenue for the state and locsl city. It is just another way of taking YOUR MONEY. police departments don’t need Dodge chargers, State troopers do though.

  1. Red light cameras are “money machines” for the city. They’re not about safety at all. They cause more accidents when people jam on the brakes to avoid a ticket, then get rear-ended.

  2. So all of you responding above believe it’s O K to speed through Red Lights and to hell with the consequences. I personally see only one thing wrong with the red light system and that is it’s run by a third party. It should be administered by the Local Police and 100% of the fines collected for the City. There are problems I admit but they can be worked out before dismissing the system. People are still killed by red light runners so maybe we should execute the guilty within one month of the proof they were guilty?

    • No it’s not ok to speed through red lights. But if they really wanted to reduce this type of accident, change the timing of the lights..once one set turns red make the opposite lights turn green after a minute waiting time.other than this replace with roundabouts that keep traffic flowing.have rumble strips 50 yards before lights p to remind drivers they are approaching an intersection. Its the same with police cars on traffic duty, have a high profile and act as a deterrent, stop the crime before it happens. Oh but that way you don’t make the Serve part of your Oath. But who are you serving. Not the citizens. Self serving maybe as it keeps you employed I guess.

  3. When a private company runs something and makes as much as the state or city doing it says a lot about it really is a money maker for both not a safety thing

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