Yes, we all know that running red lights is wrong, illegal, and in some places, expensive. But one red light camera company decided to show how dangerous it is.
Today’s video find comes from American Traffic Solutions, the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company that is the leader in manufacturing and selling red light cameras. The video is pretty simple: it’s a montage of drivers failing to stop for red lights, which results in a bunch of near-misses, slammed brakes, and a few collisions. The message: please stop at red lights. Understandable, considering the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates 676 people were killed in 2009 from crashes stemming from running red lights; another 130,000 were reportedly injured.
With all of the talk of red light cameras either reducing the number of drivers who run red lights or increasing the number of rear-end collisions when lights switch from yellow to red, the video might incite some debate. Many view red-light cameras not as a preventative measure but a Big Brotherish way for cities to rake in cash. A representative for the National Motorists Association told the Newark Star-Ledger he wondered why the company is “showing how [its] red light system doesn’t stop crashes.” The IIHS would beg to differ, suggesting camera enforcement in 14 large U.S. cities helped curb red light fatalities by as much as 24 percent.
Feel free to debate the issue in the comments section below – regardless of your side of the camera issue, we’re sure everyone can agree running a red is plenty dangerous. It’s hard to argue with the footage above…