Red light cameras are not just catching violators. They are providing a stark visual record of car accidents caused by motorists who blow through red lights.
American Traffic Soutions Inc. has provided this YouTube video of car crashes at red lights in Florida. It includes a pair of Gulfport fender benders and ends with a high-impact crash in St. Petersburg (at 1:35).
This video is not for the feint-hearted, but helps to drive home the impact of these out-of-nowhere accidents.
"What these videos don’t show are the victims. Each year hundreds are killed and more than 100,000 are injured nationwide in red-light running related collisions," said Charles Territo of American Traffic Solutions, Inc.
Territo noted that in 2009, 62 Floridians were killed in red-light running related Red-light safety cameras change driver behavior and help save lives. "The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that over time, cities using cameras see a 24 percent reduction in red-light running related fatalities," Territo said.
Each month, the state of Florida collects more than $3 million from red-light runners. That revenue is distributed to the general fund, trauma center trust fund, and the brain and spinal cord research trust fund, he said.