According to this article in the New York Times, Red-Light Camera Debate Is a Stew of Anger, Revenue and Safety, tickets generated by red light cameras generate millions of dollars in revenue for cities, although any driver who has received one of these tickets is certainly not a fan of the technology. But a number of studies have shown that one benefit of red light cameras is that they lead to an overall decrease in the total number of traffic accidents.
Philadelphia currently has 28 red light cameras. In 2011, a study of 10 cameras which had been installed for three years or more indicated that there was a 24 percent decrease in overall accidents at those intersections. Interestingly, another study showed that although the number of overall accidents at intersections with red light cameras decreased, the number of rear-end collisions increased by 15 percent.
One thing the article doesn’t mention is that in accidents where these collisions occur, it may now be possible to get photo evidence of the scene of the crash. Evidence from red light cameras, or from video surveillance systems of local businesses, can be crucial to proving who was at fault in a motor vehicle collision. But these surveillance systems typically only store video for a limited time, so it’s important to obtain any photos or video quickly, before the evidence may be lost forever. If you or someone you know was injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact The Ashton Firm today to learn how to protect your legal rights.