I have written on red light cameras before and today a new study on the city of Garland, Texas confirms my belief in the system. During the 4 year study conducted from 2004-2008, researchers for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that cities, including Garland, with red-light cameras had fewer fatal accidents caused by red-light runners than cities without them. In fact, Garland saw a 25 percent decrease in the number of fatal accidents involving red-light runners at intersections with cameras.
Even though these cameras seem to be working in Garland, they are still really controversial. A lot of folks out there seem to think the cameras are an invasion of privacy and just a way for cities to make money.
As for me, I'm for red light cameras because I think the good outweighs the bad. I think the cameras have a deterrent effect; people are aware of them and are less likely to blow through a light. As a car accident lawyer here in Dallas Fort Worth, I have seen the results of accidents when people run red lights. The collisions are usually bad and result in serious injuries. I think if a red light camera will keep people from getting hurt, then they are a good idea. What do you guys think?