March 27, 2002


As stoplight cameras spread, drivers see red (Craig Savoye, 3/19/02, The Christian Science Monitor)
In Oxnard, Calif., red-light running dropped 42 percent citywide after a program began there. In Washington, D.C., the police reported a decrease of 24,000 red-light-running violations monthly in the two years after 39 cameras were installed in 1999.

"The whole basis of our program is to change the behavior of the red-light-running driver," says Sergeant Richard Carlson, program manager for the Sacramento County red-light camera program. Last year the Sheriff's department videotaped one approach to what had been designated one of the 10 most dangerous intersections in the country. The camera caught 62 violations in a 24-hour period. Since red-light cameras were installed at the intersection last spring, the average number of violations has dropped to 13.

The argument of opponents, that the real problem is inconsistency of the duration of yellow lights, is too laughable to be taken seriously and a camera that is triggered only when it detects a violation of the law seems to allay privacy concerns. Posted by Orrin Judd at March 27, 2002 12:00 PM
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