Rochester issues a red light camera ticket every six minutes, according to an analysis by the Democrat and Chronicle. Most tickets are issued to people in poor neighborhoods, even if they don’t have red light cameras. The city is expected to haul in more than $1.5 million this year.
The purpose of this program is to make us safer. But a city analysis of the effectiveness of the cameras has so far proven inconclusive. Crashes increased at some intersections and decreased at others. One of the reasons the city statistician can’t do an effective study yet is the intersections have such low crash volumes.
The intersections studied had no fatalities in the year before or after the cameras were installed. They had very few personal injury accidents. Is the red light camera program a solution in search of a problem?
Furthermore, if the city continues to churn out tickets at this rate, it’s clear the cameras are not changing behavior. (One ticket has been issued for every three residents in the 14619 Zip Code.)
The cameras are bringing in so much revenue, it’s difficult to see the city ever pulling the plug, despite public sentiment and need for the devices.
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