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    Virginia Beach Hides Data Showing Increased Red Light Camera Injuries

    http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/42/4206.asp

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    Virginia Beach Hides Data Showing Increased Red Light Camera Injuries

    More people ended up in the hospital after Virginia Beach, Virginia installed red light cameras.

    After holding out for more than three years, officials in Virginia Beach, Virginia finally released accident data that raise serious questions about whether the use of red light cameras has improved traffic safety in the city. Comparing three years before and three years after camera installation, the number of injury accidents went down 12 percent throughout the city. At the twelve intersections where red light camera tickets are issued, however, injury accidents went up 5 percent over the same period.

    "The red light cameras made intersection safety measurably worse, yet Virginia Beach is on the cusp of renewing their red-light camera contract with vendor Redflex at the end of this month," National Motorists Association (NMA) President Gary Biller told TheNewspaper. "Withholding damning injury crash data until this late stage in the contract renewal process seems like a deliberative effort by the city to keep residents in the dark about the poor safety performance of the ticket cameras."

    The NMA first requested the preliminary accident results in September 2010. The group repeated the public records request several times as consideration of the contract renewal with the Australian photo enforcement vendor grew near, only to be told the information was "not ready yet." After finally releasing the information, city officials dismissed the relevance of the climbing injury rate.

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    No suprise, people act like idiots and jam on their brakes coming to a screeching stop to avoid running through a simple yellow light. There have been several cities caught reducing the yellow light time when they installed red light cameras to INCREASE revenues. Some cities were even caught reducing the yellow light time below the federal minimum of 3.7 seconds. The simplest way to reduce accidents is increase the yellow light time .5-1 second.

    Furthermore, these cameras arent forcefields that stop red light runners who arent aware of them, are texting/oblivious to the world or drunk beyond reason. Those drivers still run the light and cause an accident.

    www.ticketassassin.com has good info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kopis View Post
    Some cities were even caught reducing the yellow light time below the federal minimum of 3.7 seconds.
    The federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices is not mandatory and has not been adopted by all states.
    I am responsible for my writing, not your understanding of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare View Post
    The federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices is not mandatory and has not been adopted by all states.
    Yes but reducing yellow light times when a city installs red light cameras show obvious intent to increase revenues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kopis View Post
    Yes but reducing yellow light times when a city installs red light cameras show obvious intent to increase revenues.
    With criminal disregard to the well being of it's citizens. It's been proven time and again that red light cameras, especially when coupled with shorter yellow lights, increase the risk of accidents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flightgoat View Post
    That is right..i agree with you..
    As does the simple fact they knew red-light cameras were increasing crashes, yet want to renew them.

    Withholding the statistics is quite damning.

    What kind of person knows there will be more injuries to total strangers but goes ahead anyway? That's not just government or bureaucracy. That's a sociopath.
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    Key point - Virginia law requires personal service trigger contempt of court for failing to appear - mailed red light camera tickets are not enough - the more people ignore the mailed tickets, the less likely localities will put up red light cameras.

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