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Feb 5, 2013

SAFETY ROADS * USA

* Virginia - IIHS: Red-light cameras improve safety, reduce violations

(Traffic cameras cause a lot of controversy. Some folks appreciate the way that the mere presence of a camera can make motorists drive more cautiously. Others see them as a scam foisted on the public by for-profit companies, working in cahoots with local police departments) 
 Arlington,VA,USA -The Car Connection, by Richard Read -Jan 25, 2013: -- The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just conducted a new study, which reveals that one type of traffic cam -- the red-light camera -- can significantly reduce the number of drivers who run red lights and, theoretically, the many accidents they cause. Admittedly, the size of the IIHS study was not especially broad: it involved red-light cameras placed at four busy intersections in Arlington, Virgina... It placed two more at non-monitored intersections in Arlington. For control purposes, the IIHS also installed cameras at four intersections in Fairfax County, Virginia, where there are no traffic cams... Here are the study's major findings: 

*  After one year, infractions at the intersections monitored by red-light cameras declined significantly... 
*  At the two sites located along the same travel corridors as the red-light cams, infractions also declined...
*  Curiously, at the sites in Arlington and Fairfax County not being monitored by red-light cams, the number of violations increased...

The IIHS may have the opportunity to test that hypothesis this year: Arlington's 2013 budget contains funds for additional traffic cams...

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