U.S. drivers show support for red light cameras

Jul 29, 2011

U.S drivers say they support red light cameras

Cameras designed to identify drivers that run red lights appear to have the support of most American motorists, according to a new report.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety surveyed 3,000 U.S. drivers in 14 major cities on their opinions regarding red light cameras, finding roughly two-thirds favor red light cameras while 42 percent strongly support their use.

Advocacy for the cameras was even high in Houston, where 57 percent of drivers said they prefer having the cameras. That reality comes even after the city's voters recently chose to eliminate the devices.

Proponents say the bills cut down on road-related deaths, saving a number of families each year from having to submit a life insurance claim.

Most drivers don't buy the argument that it's somehow wrong to enforce the law just because you're using a camera to do it," says Anne McCartt, the Institute's senior vice president for research. "They understand that this technology is preventing crashes in their cities."

A separate IIHS study found the cameras cut down on fatal car crashes related to drivers running red lights by 24 percent in those 14 cities.

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