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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The company behind St. Louis’ red light camera tickets has released a video compilation of the worst crashes in 2013. American Traffic Solutions monitors intersections in town with video cameras. The company documents every accident and moving violation. This video is their collection of the worst accidents in St. Louis over the past year.

American Traffic Solutions also collects data on area accidents and code violations. They say that drivers are becoming accustomed to the red light ticket system. As a result, the amount of red-light running violations is down over the past year. The company also says that the number of repeat offenders is down. A release from ATS states, “Eighty four percent (84%) of the vehicle owners who received and paid one red-light running citation since the program started in May 2007 never received another citation.”

The average number of citations issued per camera per month is down 60% in the six years since the cameras were first installed.

1 Comment

  • Roger Jones

    ATS does a great job of filming accidents it did not prevent. Look closely. On most of the videos you can see the light was red for 2 or more seconds. Some much longer. Who runs a red light other than a severely distracted or impaired motorist in such a scenario. If a motorist is unaware of a signal light or that it is red, it is a certainty that the presence of a camera would dissuade them.

    A 2004 Univ. of Texas study found of 40 red light running accidents only one occurred when the light had been red for less than 5 seconds. Over 80% of tickets of the straight through variety go to motorists who arrive less than one second into the red. The theory is that to teach these marginal violators a lesson will reduce the more serious infractions. There is no evidence of that.

    What about that claimed 60% reduction in violations since the advent of the cameras. Data from many cities show violations may drop during the first 2 or 3 years. Many locals learn of system perhaps. I sure doubt there are any reductions year-over-year during the last 3 years. The numbers plateau and the system becomes a sustainable cash cow achieving no safety benefits.

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