A new national study says red light cameras work. The Insurance Institute of Traffic Safety studied more than a dozen cities across the U.S. that have red light cameras. They found, on average, traffic fatalities dropped almost 25 percent.
Tickets, especially hefty ones, seem to convince many drivers to think twice when they approach an intersection with a camera.
LaVonda Culay got nabbed in Lakeland. Her mistake cost her $125. She says she never got a second one.
"No. I learned my lesson the first time," she said.
Since then, the cost of a ticket has gone up to $158. Lakeland is reporting good results from the red light cameras as well.
"We have seen a considerable change of driver behavior at those intersections" said Kevin Cook, a city spokesman.
Cook says traffic crashes have gone down about 27 percent at intersections with cameras.
Not everyone is convinced. Critics say the cameras are more likely to do more harm than good by causing rear end collisions.
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