Monday, July 17, 2006

More on Red Light Camera's

I ran across this Blog Post from M.G. Bralley a retired Law Enforcement Officer blogging from Albuquerque. Besides the Anti Mayor Marty Chavez sentiment at the end of the post, he does give an excellent description of how the Albuquerque Ordinance works and how they managed to get around the state law which requires traffic citations be given out by a Law Enforcement officer who witnesses the incident and is displaying his or her badge of office on a uniform.

I also ran across two more studies which shows that accidents increase at intersections with red light camera's due to motorists making abrupt stops in order to avoid the citation.

Maryland county's red light cameras net $2.85 million, increase accidents

Georgia: Accidents Increased with Red Light Cameras

Add these to the Washington study as well as others I mentioned on my last blog about Red Light Camera's coming to Santa Fe which show increases in rear end collisions which are equal or increased over the reduction which usually occurs in red light running crashes. Some studies show increases in injuries from the rear end collisions verses the red light running collisions.


Amy said...

my comment is when you drive the posted speed limit and you have a yellow light and have time to stop, then stop. When the light changes to yellow and you're not speeding just look both ways and across and when you see you have time to pass through it, then pass through it. You won't get a 'running the Red Light Ticket' when you always do the speed limit. Otherwise, when you speed and suddenly slam on your brakes you may cause an accident, when the driver behind you is following to close for the posted speed limit.

Michelle Meaders said...

My understanding is that it is only a violation if you enter the intersection after the light has turned red. Is that true?

Sheriff Greg Solano said...

That is true the cameras are set up to only photograph or cite if you enter the intersection once the light turns red. There are reported instances where the synchronization has been off and citations had to be dismissed.