If you’ve been on the roads here in Boca Raton you better be ready to stop at red lights. According to News Channel 5, the warning period for red-light runners is over!
There are six intersections in the city of Boca that have these red light cameras and are not only ticketing drivers who speed through the red lights, but they’re working to help make intersections safer by reducing the risks of car accidents in Boca Raton at these locations.
Our Boca Raton injury lawyers understand that intersections are a dangerous place for all travelers, motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians alike. Most travelers don’t realize this, but intersection-related accidents in the state of Florida are some of the most common accidents we see. Accidents that occur at and near intersections account for about a third of all crashes. Intersection-related accidents account for about 40 percent of all of the traffic fatalities nationwide.
Some argue that these cameras are making our intersections safer and are helping to reduce the risks of accidents, but data concludes that these intersection cameras actually increase the risks of rear-end accidents. That’s right. Studied intersections that had cameras in comparison to intersections without cameras saw more rear-end accidents. Many believe that this is because motorists are quick to slam on the brake when the see the light turn to red to avoid getting a potentially costly ticket. Unfortunately, when motorists attempt to avoid tickets in this way they’re increasing their risks for an accident in these areas.
Officers warn that if you’re caught by one of these cameras, a local officer will look over the footage and the picture to confirm that you violated the law. If it’s concluded that you did in fact run a red light, then you’ll be receiving a ticket in the mail. If you receive one of these tickets, you can either appeal it or pay the $158 fine.
Officials say that the only goal of these cameras is to help to prevent car accidents in these areas. Drivers are not happy with the cameras though, saying they’re causing even more intersection accidents and doing nothing more than generating undeserved revenue for the city.
“I think it would be more helpful to have police officers there doing stops and checks,” said Shari Kaplan, a local Boca Raton resident. “That would probably be a wiser use of our tax dollars.”
Back in 2010, state legislators approved the use of these cameras to stop red-light runners. Since then, there have been a number of efforts to toss out this law. All have failed.
These cameras and the citations they issue are expected to bring in nearly $500,000 to the city every year.