Will red light cameras reduce deadly accidents?

Springfield has considered using them in the past

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Running a red light is an invitation to a traffic accident that is often deadly. Researchers have found that in cities that discontinued the use of red light cameras, traffic deaths from red light-running accidents have increased by 30%.

Springfield had considered using red light cameras at one point. Police department spokesperson Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that there is a problem with enforcement, since the camera would only show the car, not the offending driver.

22News cameras were rolling, catching several drivers running a red light on Thursday. Why is this offense so prevalent? Raymond Jarvis of Hampden has a theory.

“Those of us who are ‘Type A’ personalities; we’re going to do it no matter what. It’s something that if we as individuals become a little more concerned about the community and think we live in the community and worry about their safety, then we wouldn’t do what we do,” Jarvis said.

Other drivers critical of those who intentionally run a red light think that certain drivers enjoy breaking the law, regardless of the consequences.

“A lot of people don’t follow the law, don’t follow by the rules of the road. They do what they please, they just don’t care,” Raymond Matta of Springfield said.

There is also a widespread misconception about what drivers should do when the light turns yellow. A Springfield Traffic Bureau officer said that the yellow light means slow down, and prepare for the light to turn red- rather than speeding up before the light turns red.

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