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6/19/2006
Middletown, Ohio Accidents Increase with Red Light Cameras
Accidents have increased at several intersections after red light cameras were installed in Middletown, Ohio.

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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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