Over the past ten to fifteen years there have been dramatic increases in surveillance cameras placed in public roads. People are discussing both sides of the issue. One argument says the red light cameras cause many problems including ripping people off, privacy issues, and wrongful tickets. Another argument says that the red light cameras have many benefits , such as safety for roads, income for cities, and allowing police to go after serious crime. After looking at both sides of the argument the correct position is that red light cameras should be used to increase traffic safety and benefit of economy.
The red light cameras improve safety on the roads. The surveillance cameras help decrease traffic violations. The cameras help monitor the speed of vehicles and monitor intersections with stop signs and red light. In fact, the surveillance cameras decrease serious accidents and injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported a decrease in deaths and injurie in 2009. Moreover ,the surveillance cameras decrease fatalities. The police chief ,in reports, shows in the last five years decreases from 54 traffic fatalities to 19 in Washington, D.C. In 2011, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a study that found red light cameras decreased fatal accidents by an estimated 24 percent in large cities. Studies show that the red light cameras significantly improved traffic violence, fatalities, and injuries in recent years.
Red light cameras have positive economic benefits. One of the benefits is increasing income for the city. The city may use this money for improvements to public roads. Furthermore, when cities use the red light cameras, they do not need to use policeman at intersections. The red light monitors traffic violence and helps the police to do their job. Also, the city could use policemen for other uses ,such as home crime or family abuse. Finally, the red light cameras reduce costs from collisions and injuries. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study showed a decrease in front-into-side crashes at intersections with cameras.
Overall, the red light cameras decreased the cost of collisions. In addition, recoveries after non-serious accidents are often easier and faster. That means less use of medical personal and medication. The red light cameras help to increase income for the cities, help the police to do their job, and reduce costs from collisions and injuries.
As more red light cameras are placed in public roads, more people will discuss and debate the benefits and problems with the cameras. We should continue to use red light cameras. The Red light cameras save lives,
increase traffic safety and improve the economy.