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6/19/2006Middletown, Ohio Accidents Increase with Red Light Cameras
Accidents have increased at several intersections after red light cameras were installed in Middletown, Ohio.
Red light cameras installed at eight intersections Middletown, Ohio have failed to reduce accidents, according to a review of data by the Middletown Journal newspaper. At a number of intersections, accidents have skyrocketed.
At Roosevelt and Wicoff, for example, there were four rear-end accidents and one unsafe lane change collision before cameras became active. After cameras were installed, the number jumped to seven rear-end crashes and ten other collisions.
Middletown activated the cameras on April 10, 2005 despite a downward trend in accidents. City officials had not even studied whether collisions were occurring because of red light running. As of May 31, the city has collected $547,718.50 in revenue, with camera vendor Peek Traffic taking a $356,984.55 cut. A total of 7797 tickets worth $100 each have been mailed out.
Source: Are red-light cameras keeping us safer? (Middletown Journal (Ohio), 6/19/2006)
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