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Loss of public support has meant less red-light cameras

New Jersey residents may or may not be aware of the controversy surrounding red-light cameras, or traffic-enforcement cameras. These are cameras placed at certain intersections to take photographs of drivers who run a red light. As a deterrent, they are effective; the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says they reduce violations by 40%.

Not only that, but red-light cameras can save lives. Large cities with these cameras see 21% fewer deaths at the hands of red-light runners than large cities without them. This is a significant difference, considering how more than 800 people died in red-light running crashes back in 2016.

The controversy has more to do with how local governments use the cameras and less to do with the cameras themselves. In particular, cities can generate lots of revenue through traffic tickets by installing these cameras and then shortening the duration of yellow lights. The resulting loss of public support has led to a decline in red-light cameras. In 2018, 421 communities had them whereas in 2012, 533 had them.

The IIHS, along with AAA and other organizations, has given various tips for building public support of cameras. Communities should inform the public on the location of their cameras, post signage warning drivers of them and create an action plan for addressing system malfunctions.

Car crashes that are the result of a traffic violation can easily form the basis for a personal injury claim. New Jersey being a no-fault state, only those victims who have suffered a serious injury or disability can file a third-party insurance claim. If they can, then they may want a lawyer to accompany them step by step. Personal injury lawyers might have access to third parties who can investigate a crash, determine the extent of injuries and strengthen a case in other ways.

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