Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Law of Unintended Consequences Strikes Again

"Even the federal government has noted that red light cameras are increasing accidents, especially rear-end collisions.  As James Hemphill summarizes the problem at

A comprehensive report conducted by the Federal Highway Administration found that the presence of red light cameras at traffic intersections increased the likelihood of rear-end crashes by 14.9 percent and the number of injuries in traffic intersections by 24 percent. Red light cameras also do little to prevent “T-bone” accidents, where the side of one vehicle is impacted by the front or rear of another vehicle, as those accidents often occur when the driver is not paying attention, and not simply disregarding a red light."

[Power Line]

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