After reading Donna Queeney and Chief Tom King’s April 4 column about red-light cameras, I contacted the National Motorists Association.
Based on its information, the “benefits” of red-light cameras can be countered by noting that for every study King cited showing safety improvements, there’s another study that finds just the opposite.
For example, a 2008 report from the University of South Florida found that “Comprehensive studies conclude cameras actually increase crashes and injuries.”
Regarding the insurance industry, USF researchers re-evaluated the study’s data and methodology and concluded that red-light cameras were not associated with differences in fatal red-light running or total fatal crash rates.
The most effective way to ensure intersection safety is through proper engineering.
Simple improvements such as making sure the yellow-light times are adequate are much more effective than red-light cameras.
The Texas Transportation Institute found that a one-second increase in the yellow-light duration yielded a 40 percent decrease in accidents and a 50 percent decrease in red-light violations.
The city of Loma Linda, Calif., increased yellow-light times by one second and decreased red-light violations by 92 percent.
Camera revenue plunged, and the city removed the cameras.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that, since 2012, the number of cities using red-light cameras has dropped 6 percent.
Red-light cameras are not primarily about safety but about revenue. Many communities that employ them face costly legal challenges, contract disputes and ultimately loss of public trust.
Red-light cameras are not needed in State College.
Albert Vannice, Boalsburg