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Red-light cameras reduce fatal crashes

February 4, 2011

Anyone driving in Broward County recently has probably noticed the surge of “red-light cameras” at every traffic light. Although many might feel as if they are not going to be effective, with 2,558 fatal car accidents in Florida in 2009, something needs to be done to prevent car accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2009, 676 people were killed and about 113,000 were injured in red light crashes. According to the Sun-Sentinel, a study conducted by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that fatal car accidents dropped 14 percent in 14 cities where red-light cameras are in effect.

Alternatively, The Associated Press reports that a study conducted by the National Motorists Association found that although there is a decrease in deadly accidents, the cameras caused the number of rear-end collisions to rise. Due to the fact that many drivers are distracted, when people see the cameras they slam on their brakes leaving the driver behind them with no time to swerve out of the way.

Florida car accidents often prove debilitating or fatal. Although it too soon to tell whether red-light cameras will truly help reduce the number of accidents in South Florida, drivers need to follow traffic laws and be attentive when driving at all times.

If you have been injured in a car accident, contact attorney Joseph M. Maus to discuss your rights.

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