05 February 2013
One sub-type is the driver who has a split second to decide and chooses poorly and ends up entering the intersection a tenth of a second after the light turns red. This kind of violator almost-never causes an accident, but ends up paying the bulk of the robo-tickets.
Go here to view a summary of Red Light Camera Studies This is provided by The Newspaper, a wonderful source of motoring news. You'll find a link for it on the left margin of my blog.
City Hall is not blameless. In fact, a lot of cities have been caught decreasing the yellow light interval at camera intersections, just so they can generate more light runners and more revenue. They sacrifice safety for money.
About the only thing proven to cut down on accidents and injuries is increasing the yellow light interval, and it doesn't cost $30,000 per pole to set up, just a traffic tech to reset the light timers. Plus it isn't sucking millions of dollars out of the public pocket and transferring it to the courts and the police and city hall.
Do our fearless leaders know this? I think they do. They just get hooked on the millions pouring into the city coffers, and choose theory over reality.
The good news is that a lot of cities every day are getting out of the traffic camera money sucking business.