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My Take - Traffic Cameras

It irritates me when people disregard the dangers inherent with driving and one of the biggest dangers is red light running. We've all had times when we've had the green light only to be cut off by another driver who tried to squeak by before their light went red. Now a first-of-its-kind study has shown a way to curb this type of behavior. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety studied the 14 largest U.S. cities that use traffic cameras at intersections. They found a 24 percent drop in fatal accidents with one city reporting a drop of 79 percent. Why do they work? Because traffic cameras change driver behavior. Just like we all glance at our speedometers when we see a police car, knowing a traffic camera is there to catch you running a light makes it a little less likely you'll try. Would you support traffic cameras where you live?

Send an e-mail to mytake@waff.com and tell me what you think. I may read some of your comments in a future editorial. I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take. What's yours?

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