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Red-light cameras are known for acting as a deterrent against red-light running. Studies made by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that they can reduce red-light running violations by as much as 40%. In addition, cameras can save lives. Kentucky motorists should know that hundreds die in red-light running crashes each year around the country. More than 800 died in them in 2016.

The IIHS saw a 21% decrease in such fatalities, though, when it turned from analyzing big cities without red-light cameras to those that had them installed. Conversely, there has been an increase in these fatalities nationwide as more communities remove their red-light cameras and fewer consider implementing them. Between 2012 and 2018, fatalities rose 17% as the number of communities with cameras declined from 533 to 421.

The main reason for this decline is the loss of public support. Many cities are installing the cameras and then shortening their yellow lights so as to generate more revenue. The combination also leads to more rear-end collisions as drivers brake hard to avert the possibility of having their picture taken. Checklists from the IIHS and other organizations give some tips on how to build up that public support, though. Communities can, for example, publicize the early stages of the camera implementation process and make the cameras’ location clear through signage.

Those who incur auto accident injuries because the other driver ran a red light may be able to file a claim against that driver’s auto insurance company. With a lawyer, they may determine if their case will stand up under Kentucky’s pure comparative negligence law and how much they might be eligible for. A successful claim can usually cover things like medical expenses, income lost during the physical recovery and pain and suffering.