Not-So-Secret Cameras: You're Being Watched
Yep. You're on more than law enforcement's radar — you're probably on their cameras more than you know. More red-light photo enforcement cameras could be coming to an intersection near you. What do you think?
Many drivers get just a little bit nervous — and may drive a bit more responsibly — when there’s a police car in sight.
But it may not take an actual police car to prompt drivers to change their behavior. Fairfax County officials last week authorized a study to analyze the costs and benefits of bringing back red-light cameras.
It’s not just Fairfax County: Red-light cameras are successful in Arlington, according to a January 2013 report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Alexandria has a red-light camera program that has caught thousands of drivers. The city of Falls Church is putting cameras on school buses to catch drivers who blow past buses as they pick up and drop off students.
Opponents of the district’s red light and speed camera programs argue they are not accurate and may increase crashes.
Do you think red light cameras make intersections safer or do they represent too much Big Brother? Have you ever gotten into a wreck at an intersection thanks to someone running a light or stopping short? Tell us in the comments!