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Video Shows Dramatic Red-Light Runner Crashes

A company involved in road-safety camera installations has released a video showing intersection accidents involving red-light runners in Florida. The reported aim is to remind drivers about the "need to obey the law and stop on red."

 

A public-service announcement showcasing a video of accidents involving red-light runners in Florida aims to "serve as a reminder for all drivers about the need to obey the law and stop on red."

The effort, put forth by American Traffic Solutions, involves "shocking new video footage caputred by red-light safety cameras over the course of the past year." The release further notes that the clips reveal the "need for continued intersection safety enforcement and increased driver attention."

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office also is attentive to bringing to the public's attention the acts of red-light runners. The office periodically posts videos of red-light runners caught in the act.

The year 2011 saw 28,119 citations issued for running red lights at six major intersections in Hillsborough County, compared to 30,507 citations the year before, the first year the red-light cameras went operational.

Not far from New Tampa, cameras reportedly were watching drivers 24 hours a day at Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and Fletcher Avenue.

The ATS video is produced by a company that bills itself as a market leader in road-safety camera installations in North America. The company reportedly has contracts in nearly 300 communities in 21 states and the District of Columbia.

Red-light cameras are not popular with everybody, however.

  • See Ban the Cam? Red-Light Enforcement Hits Home

One person who is a proponent is Rich Glorioso, who as a state representative hearalded the cause to such an extent that he received recognition from Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee.

  • See Fight To Keep Florida's Red-Light Cameras a Glorioso Mission

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Have you been caught by a red-light camera? Are you glad the cameras are out there? Let us know in the comment box below.

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John Stanley January 01, 2013 at 01:28 PM
I saw two people blatantly run red lights yesterday alone and thank goodness there were no accidents. I know it's just a pipe dream, but this video should be required viewing! Be safe out there; watch out for idiots! Happy New Year!
Paul Henry January 02, 2013 at 02:48 AM
I agree- these videos should be required viewing - especially for the state legislators and others that think the automated for-profit devices actually reduce red light running crashes. Think that one over- if they did, we'd see two things: 1. A huge news release trumpeting how in the year before, there were (high) number of red light running crashes, and the year following, there were (low) number of red light running crashes. Haven't seen it yet? I wonder why? The answer is because they are not reducing this type of crash. 2. Actually this is one we would NOT see- videos of vehicles running red lights and crashing- CAUGHT ON THE DEVICES INSTALLED TO PREVENT THE CRASHES. The term epic fail comes to mind. Automated for-profit law enforcement is a bad idea, and it is un-American. Support the 2013 Florida Motorist Rights Restoration Act.
Jim January 04, 2013 at 06:28 PM
After their cameras have been in place for a number of years and the pro-camera PR machine has shifted its attention to new markets, some local officials wake up and realize that the cameras aren't helping. Most of those officials keep mum, but a few speak out. If you would like to read direct quotes from police chiefs and mayors admitting that cameras don't work, go here http://highwayrobbery.net/redlightcamsdocsIndustryPRMain.html#Candor Or, if the above link is missing or does not work, Google the names Mussenden Rhodes Weldon Medrano Fitton and scroll down to the box entitled "Extraordinary Candor by Officials."

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