Red light cameras have become a hot topic in many states. Some people view them as a safety measure, whereas others view them as only a moneymaker for municipalities. Even still, others view them as unwanted governmental intrusion into citizens’ private lives. As a result of the criticisms raised over the cameras, some states have opted to turn them off.

As some states have started to turn off the cameras, new research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that turning off red light traffic signal cameras actually costs lives. The Institute’s research shows that red light programs in 79 large U.S. cities saved nearly 1,300 lives through 2014.


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As many drivers know, New Jersey’s red light traffic camera program proved to be a controversial topic of conversation.  Some people felt that the cameras saved lives by reducing the number of car accidents.  Others believed the cameras amounted to too much of a governmental intrusion into people’s private lives, almost like Big Brother watching