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Before opting for a red light camera system, first decide "Is there a problem?" Use collision data to show a higher than expected collision rate. If so, employ all modern engineering strategies. Better signage, extended yellow lights, dedicated turn lanes requiring only a Yield and not a Stop. Extending yellow lights just 1/2 second longer than the minimum will reduce red light running by nearly half. Once done, a camera system will only generate enough revenue to pay for itself if cameras cite "California Rolling Stops." These infractions do not pose a significant danger. Straight through violations which cause T-bone accidents occur well after the light has been red for 2 seconds. Cameras do not dissuade these violators.
July 20, 2011 at 6:23 a.m.
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