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Are Miami Red Light Cameras Causing Accidents?

It's probably safe to say that red light cameras are not beloved by the majority of drivers-especially commuters who travel the same route day in and day out.

Red light cameras have been a fixture in Miami since 2011, when an ordinance authorized their use in Miami-Dade County. With a population of over 2.5 million, the region is one of the most densely populated areas in the state, which means it sees heavy traffic on a daily basis.

Although proponents of the red light cameras insist that the devices curb accidents by stopping motorists from attempting to speed through a yellow light, detractors claim they actually cause more accidents by prompting drivers to engage in a variety of unsafe maneuvers in an effort to evade the flash of the camera.

The controversy has now prompted Miami-Dade County Commissioners to take steps to repeal the red light camera ordinance.

If you have been injured in an accident at an intersection, get help from a Miami car accident lawyer as soon as possible. These crashes can cause life-changing injuries, and you may be entitled to compensation.

Do Red Light Cameras Do More Harm Than Good?

As reported by the Miami Herald, lawmakers at the county level have already pulled red light cameras in unincorporated areas of the Miami region. The change came over the summer of 2016, with one commissioner saying the cameras "have become a source of tension" that "can prove very costly."

Supporters of the cameras said they were disappointed by the decision. One group, whose members include individuals paralyzed in car accidents, said taking down the cameras could cause a spike in injuries. For every ticket generated by a red light camera in Miami, the paralysis fund receives $3.

If Miami ultimately does away with the cameras, it will join several other major cities that have done the same in recent years. According to an ABC News report, Houston ditched its red light cameras in 2010, and nine states have banned the cameras statewide.

However, there is evidence to support both sides of the red light camera debate. A 2005 study showed that red light cameras reduced side-impact crashes by 16 percent, while causes rear-end crashes to jump by 24 percent.

On the other hand, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says that red light cameras saved 159 lives over a four-year period.

In Los Angeles, red light cameras have caused widespread confusion, as the courts have decided to no longer pursue enforcement for violations. Although the cameras are still operational-and still issuing tickets-many lawyers in LA have advised people to simply throw the tickets away, since the fines aren't enforced.

Red light camera laws are in flux in states across the country. The IIHS keeps a list of state laws regarding the cameras, so motorists driving in other states can stay up to date on laws in various cities across the country.

Injured in an Intersection?

Even motorists who oppose red light cameras usually understand why they were created. The intention behind the devices was to prevent people from speeding up when lights change to yellow-or trying to speed through an intersection to shave a few minutes off their commute time. Side-impact crashes and T-bone crashes are among the deadliest on our roads.

Consult with Florida Car Accident Attorney Today

If you have been hurt in a crash in an intersection, don't hesitate to contact a Florida car accident lawyer about your case. These are devastating accidents that can result in long-term injuries. Get help today by speaking to a Miami auto accident lawyer.

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