Red-light cameras save lives

 

We have all heard the cliche, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” But that is exactly the intent of Florida Rep. Frank Artiles and Sen. Jeff Brandes. A study by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, requested by Brandes, found that red-light cameras reduced accidents at intersections equipped with them, by 19 percent, and fatalities by 49 percent, but with an increase in some rear-end and angle crashes.

But these two want to eliminate the cameras and implement “proven safety counter-measures.” Just what are these counter-measures, the conversion of all intersections to roundabouts? Forty-nine percent fewer deaths at intersections sound outstanding to me, even throwing in a 10-percent margin of error. Perhaps Artiles and Brandes failed all of their math courses and have also lost their common sense.

Charles E. Hannemann,

Palmetto Bay

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