Efforts to rein in car crashes via red-light cameras appear to be backfiring in New Jersey, reports
the state's Courier Post
, with the emphasis on "back."
Rear-end collisions have gone up 20% at intersections where red-light cameras have been in place for at least a year. That's according to the Department of Transportation, which helped launch a pilot program in the Garden State in 2009 to test the effects of the cameras, which photograph people failing to make stops. And while the overall number of traffic citations have gone down, it would seem to have come at the price of a shattered bumper.
"Any rational person would conclude that the program has failed," said New Jersey State Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon. "What we are doing is making people paranoid, causing them to slam on the brakes at the slightest hint a light might change."
Still, the DOT is defending the program, which has not yet completed its five year stint. A spokesperson for the agency said the data that's come in so far, while not encouraging, is "too limited to draw any definitive conclusions."
Via the Courier Post