Today I found myself in a place only more detested than the DMV…Traffic Court. While waiting for the long lag time between cutting a deal with the prosecuting attorneys and waiting on the judge to approve it, there was a video on loop in the waiting area. According to the video:
Traffic studies show that red-light running is a problem at several intersections in Nassau County. The goal of the red-light camera program is to change driver behavior. Studies across the country prove that red-light camera programs are successful at reducing the number of red-light runners and increasing compliance with traffic laws, thus making roadways safer for all drivers and pedestrians.
At first, I was disgruntled by red light cameras. But after watching the flatscreen on the wall with insane T-Bone collisions on loop, I was a bit more sold on them. Even after hearing all of the naysayers and their rear-end collision statistics. After all, if I were in an accident at an intersection, I would want a camera taping the works.
So what is the answer for us road warriors? As it is always- technology. The ability for apps to bring in red light camera locations and display them on native navigation systems is the next step. These apps are available for portable smartphone nav apps (such as Magellan) or specialty apps (such as Escort Live), but the ability to get red light data on the vehicle nav system and send an alert to the dashboard is the next step for the best experience. Of course, in our financially-strapped county we need not worry. It seems they are planting red light cameras at every intersection…