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Motor vehicle accidents, intersection cameras and red lights

On Behalf of | Jul 26, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

One of the most dangerous parts of New York roads is the intersections. Even with traffic lights, motor vehicle accidents go up. Some consider that drivers running red lights are at fault. Would the installation of cameras make a difference?

Compliance through enforcement

If you thought that you could get away with a traffic infraction because nobody ever enforces it, would you do it? Are you the lone driver who stops at a country road at a red light even though there is no other vehicle around for miles? For a law-abiding driver, traffic cameras are a welcome addition to intersections.

Reduction of fatal accidents

Statistics prove that it is possible to reduce the number of crashes that come directly from running red lights by 21% when a city installed cameras. However, some drivers do not like them. They believe that the cameras violate their privacy. They also favor the traditional enforcement style of having an officer pull over a car rather than having a machine take a picture.

Saving lives with technology

When you consider that there are plenty of drivers already texting while driving, rubbernecking and otherwise not paying attention, which leads to motor vehicle accidents, the help of technology is welcome. Besides that, it does not play favorites. Also, a camera does not miss a driver just because another one is right behind them.

Because red light runners respond to enforcement of the rules, the consistent monitoring of the intersection creates a deterrent. Therefore, those who might be tempted to run the light might think twice before doing so when they see the camera.

Of course, these deterrents do not guarantee the absence of crashes. If you or a loved one were involved in a motor vehicle crash, consider discussing your case with an attorney to protect your rights.