08/05/10 33 W - + 10 - 3 Red Light Runners in Knightdale

As referenced in this WRAL story, here's a YouTube clip of collisions and close calls as captured by red-light cameras in Knightdale. Complete with cheesy background music!

This video illustrates both the need and the problem with red light cameras. The jeep at the 35 second mark takes out 2 other vehicles because they weren’t prepared for the car in front of them to stop. But plenty of others simply show people busting the red. The best driving is the activity bus that swerves to avoid a rapid stopping car and cleanly makes the lane shift and on through… you can see at least one student getting sloshed about in the rear. I wonder what went through their minds!
Been Busted - 08/05/10 - 23:37

Problem? I don’t see any problem with the cameras. The only problem I see are with the drivers who aren’t paying attention to their driving. If people would allow the proper distance between the car in front there wouldn’t be an issue of not being able to stop in time. Remember, there is no such thing as a traffic accident. They are merely collisions or wrecks.
RescueRanger - 08/05/10 - 23:48

You’re right RR. There is no such thing as an “accident.” All of these are acts of negligence!
A.C. Rich - 08/06/10 - 09:38

I wonder how many of these drivers were on a cell phone or texting…..
Beach (Email) - 08/06/10 - 10:45

I agree that all of this is negligence on the part of the driver. However, there are numerous studies that show in ineffectiveness of such devices and the increase in accidents. He is a link: http://www.motorists.org/red-light-camer..
Been Busted - 08/06/10 - 13:14

I agree that there would be an increase in accidents. Heck, just pay attention while driving on an interstate at how close cars are to each other and that’s at speeds of 65+mph. The ineffectiveness of these devices are short term. I’m willing to wager these devices will have a long term effect especially on those who have collided with another vehicle due to their own inattentiveness.
RescueRanger - 08/06/10 - 14:17

There are studies either way on the effectiveness. But one thing I can tell you. The shear CLARITY of these cameras is amazing.
DJ - 08/06/10 - 14:37

The camera didn’t make these people drive that way! The cameras are there for two reasons, catch those who bust the lights which cause the accidents and second to possibly deter those accidents. And to generate revenue! I am for them!
Jason Lane - 08/08/10 - 17:06

Been Busted- keep drinking your hateraid. Like brother Lane said, these cameras didnt make you run the light. After working and/or volunteering in the knightdale area before and after the installation of the cameras; I can say that the number of “injury” collisions that we respond on have decreased. Also the number of entrapments and / or pin-ins have decreased significantly. Just remember when getting snapped while responding in the rig, smile and wave!

P.S. I’ve been busted too
Boggs - 08/10/10 - 10:24

I expect these systems see lower major accidents, and perhaps more minor, last-minute braking wrecks.

It’s also a shameless revenue source. Just wait till speeding cameras catch on around here!
Legeros - 08/10/10 - 11:55

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