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US red light camera footage released

Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 17 Jul 2012

New Jersey police have released camera footage that graphically demonstrates the dangers of jumping red lights.

In the video, a number of drivers are shown gambling with red lights and losing. Thankfully, dramatic as the resulting crashes are, no-one was seriously injured in the events shown.

Whilst most of us understand why red light cameras are deployed, there are still many drivers who oppose their use. US police hope that the footage will change the minds of those drivers and I'm sure the same applies to objectors on this side of the pond.

Source: BBC News

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Posted by chrissuk2000 on Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:00 am Reply with quote

Actually, it's the same crash from 4 different angles

Posted by matthewj on Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:02 am Reply with quote

While this is a stunning video, surely no one thinks it is actually relevant to the use of red light cameras? This wasn't someone going through on orange and causing a bump. This was a drink-fueled driver who didn't even notice the lights. As such it is a poor example to strengthen a case.

Show us instead the minor accidents that cause chaos and block the road inconveniencing hundreds of people. The social cost of the red light jumper.

Posted by UKSNAPPER on Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:05 am Reply with quote

I think red light cameras are useful but then I also ride a motorcycle and being side-swiped by someone at 30mph or more is potentially a leg loser or worse.

Id rather be riding a Motorcycle but My Subaru Forester SH is pretty good too.

Posted by TieJustice on Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:56 am Reply with quote

I see this happening more and more in th UK.

I asked some of my pupils the traffic light order,
RED= stop behind the stop line Thumbs Up
RED AMBER= propere to go Thumbs Up ( do not go till there is a green)
GREEN = go Thumbs Up (only if your way is clear and give way to pedestrians that have started to cross)
AMBER= prepare to stop Crying or Very sad ( STOP AT THE STOP LINE you may ONLY go if you are so close to the stop line you may cause a accident)

I asked them how they know this there response where:
My dad mum told me.
My dad and mum always speed up when they see a amber and race to get past it and that's how I know.

I also asked have you been in a car with a member of your family when they have gone past the stop line on a RED light they all replied YES and on more than one time.

I found this shocking as they had all passed there Theory test.
I my selfe had seen some one go when the light had just turned red and a driver came threw at speed only it hit them, not a pretty site as they where hit in the drivers door. My pupil that was with me was in shock after this and it has taken me a long time to get her to go on a green light with out stoping first.

There is now a red light camera there now and it looks like it is working as I see drivers try more to stop on the amber light now.

Posted by pete169 on Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:45 pm Reply with quote

Having been a naughty boy last year, I was caught doing 70mph on a dual carriageway the problem was I was in a vehicle which which had a chassis larger than a car. On the subsequent driver course I opted for, the officers said that when in schools doing road/driver education (get them young) the most common answer to what a amber light means was "floor it" from one of their parents.

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