Red light cameras have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING
to do with safety. NOTHING! It's ONLY reason for use is revenue generation.
As an expert professional driver, I can attest to this. Governmental reasoning (read:excuse) to employ red light cameras is to reduce accidents at intersections caused by people running red lights.
As anyone with a modicumof intelligence knows, nobody blatantly runs red lights, red light running that the cameras are intended to enforce is the result of people trying and failing to make it into the intersection before the yellow light changes to red. They argue that such red light running causes accidents when the runner crashes into just released traffic from the opposing direction, and the enforcement stops that, thereby making the intersection safer. HOGWASH!
One, while red light cameras may reduce T-bone accidents from red light running, they significantly INCREASE rear end collisions from people stopping too quickly for traffic conditions to avoid the camera, for a no netreduction inintersection accidents. Red light cameras DO NOT make intersections safer.
Two, and I have witnessed this several times, they increase the instance of drivers making a right turn on red, crossing the opposing lanes of traffic perpendicularly, and making a right turn again, continuing on their original direction of travel just off the intersection, a MOST unsafe practice.
To TRULY reduce accidents at intersections caused by red light running, the REAL solution, is a simple matter of increasing the time delay between the light turning red and the light turning green on the opposing side, allowing the inevitable yellow light runners misjudging the available time, and other traffic unable to stop for traffic conditions or other legitimate reasons, to clear the intersection before releasing opposing traffic.
But of course,REAL solutionsdon't make the greedy government any money, do they? That's why they rarely employ any.