CLEARWATER, Fla. - Red-light cameras reduce fatal accidents, according to a study from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
The institute studied fatal accidents in 14 large cities, some of which utilize red-light cameras and some of which do not. The cities that did reduced fatal crashes by 24 percent, saving 159 lives.
A total of 815 lives would have been saved in all large cities, if the cameras had been used over a five-year period, the study showed.
Not all research done on the topic concurs with this study though. Other studies have shown that, while red-light cameras do appear to limit so-called T-bone crashes, they increase rear-end crashes.
Because of the discrepancy in the studies, the Clearwater City Council decided not to use red-light cameras at 10 to 12 intersections as they had originally planned.
Instead, in December, they chose to try red-light cameras at 1 or 2 intersections and see if they would actually reduce crashes. So far, they have not decided on which intersections to install the cameras.
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