ATS, one of the nations leading provider of automated ticketing machines recently issued a press release explaining why their cameras can have no effect on most accidents. The press release explains that 58% of red light runners were distracted (including cell phone use, looking away, eyes closed, smoking, eating/drinking, reading, and applying make-up) while running a red light. If distracted drivers didn’t notice the red light, they certainly had no awareness of the camera and thus were not deterred from committing the violation. This press release is a blatant admission that cameras cannot do do anything to deter or prevent a majority of red light camera violations.
ATS sampled data from 67 intersections with red-light safety cameras across the United States over a three-month period. Distractions were coded into several categories, including cell phone use, looking away, eyes closed, smoking, eating/drinking, reading, and applying make-up. ATS data showed distracted red-light running increased by 58% from 2012 to 2015.