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Crashes at red-light camera intersections are down

Miami Herald -- Crashes are down at Florida intersections equipped with red-light cameras, according to a new state report.

A report of accidents compiled by the state from 73 different law enforcement agencies found that more than half of Florida agencies, 41, say accidents are less frequent at intersections using red-light camera technology. Crashes were more frequent in just 11 of the 73 jurisdictions while the rest saw no change or didn’t have enough information.

The five-page report from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles contains data from Hillsborough County, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Fort Lauderdale and Miami and includes accidents between July 2011 and June 2012.

In that time, Miami issued 98,062 violations while Fort Lauderdale issued 19,544. Accidents at intersections w


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 5:41:17 AM

blu: I agree. Money for the municipalities...
blupupher
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 7:52:49 AM

still about money.
Odd how this is one of the few places that shows a decrease.
MidNJ
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 7:03:47 PM

Seems that it depends on the intersection and how long the yellow light lasts.
SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:01:25 AM

It's working???
Corbintime
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 7:09:32 AM

The intersections where I saw them seemed to work well. They were removed though because the installers reduced the time the yellow light was on, causing more red light runners and more tickets.
millerin
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 7:09:11 AM

that's good.
genoist
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:49:21 AM

I'm not so sure about this. I see people come to very abrupt stops due to red light cams, when they would otherwise scoot through the yellow light.
speedys
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 4:19:38 AM

They have to justify the cameras some way.
Tiput
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 4:10:14 AM

bad idea but could save hundred of life.
carolfitz4438
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 4:04:07 AM

Cameras are a bad idea
Redink
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 4:03:17 AM

Still a bad idea.
dar 1
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 4:02:38 AM

Who cares.............
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 4:02:27 AM

hard to believe
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 4:01:22 AM

Propaganda
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 4:00:50 AM

Slam on your brakes or speed up to make the light. I hate red-light camera intersections. I purposely avoid them.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:53:01 AM

Money maker at work!
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:47:57 AM

big brotha at work
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:47:51 AM

BS
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:45:04 AM

something don't sound right about this story, there's nothing safe about 98,062 people running red lights.
bobzilla11
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:43:30 AM

problem = solution = new problem
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:38:27 AM

Intersections with cameras takes the guess work away from the red light runner.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:38:22 AM

So cameras are a plus for revenue and a plus for safety? hard to argue against that but seems to be very stringent on issuing tickets. Word gets around and drivers are more aware of not going through red lights.
texashoudini
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:36:49 AM

That's why they have red light cameras!
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:36:29 AM

This may be true but red-light camera are to generate money and nothing more.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:36:06 AM

More bad drivers in Miami than other parts of the state. Never have been a big fan of the red light camera.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:35:08 AM

The problem is when law enforcement or contractors DEPENDS on the money from these cameras to operate, then you see abuse.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:34:41 AM

Pretty simple. Stop on red. Your time is NOT more important than mine
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:34:30 AM

and tickets are up.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:32:22 AM

Courts are still divided on this tactic, all I know is too many drivers are out of control.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:30:58 AM

do what you need to do to stop and fine drivers that break the traffic laws... and harm other people... remmember... if you are hit by a red-light burner... yes your insurance will pay the repairs... but the time and anguish the loss of the vehicle cause... let alone any injuries... is NOT acceptable.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:30:25 AM

Lose the cameras big brother stinks.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:30:20 AM

What Florida needs to do is make it Illegal to pull a U-turn anywhere they want !
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:29:14 AM

if people KNOW about camera-covered intersections, they behave better there. Why not put signs at ALL intersections that "hidden camera is in use", even if there is not one there ? The psychological effect would be safer drivers.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:27:35 AM

Cities need more on busy streets!
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:24:50 AM

Probably good.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:24:32 AM

Cameras are not about safety its about revenue
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:23:59 AM

it is all about the mighty dollar
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:19:56 AM

I wish it was really about safety
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:16:54 AM

... and revenues are up at red-light camera intersections.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:11:50 AM

I don't like cameras in any capacity. If an officer can't catch them correctly, then a camera shouldn't be allowed, period.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:10:41 AM

They say its about safety, but yet their fines have increased 10 fold
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:10:22 AM

oh boy!
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:09:53 AM

Big Brother=Big money=Revenue for the man
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:08:20 AM

Money machines
Bonanza
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:07:04 AM

What does this have to do with the price of gas?
Ziggy1962
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:00:45 AM

Its all about the money.
CTTeacher
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:00:13 AM

They're making a difference.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 2:59:58 AM

Of course they will say that they are improving things. The money generated from the tickets issued, goes directly back to their department.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 2:57:07 AM

They must be having some impact.
jci25946
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 2:55:21 AM

Interesting, but...... GAS PRICES??
photobuddy
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 2:54:55 AM

The only stat that will affect the out come of cameras here at the intersections is $70 for every ticket issued. At 19,544 that is a lot of money for the tax man. How many rear end accidents are at the se intersections.
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