Transcript for Red Light Cameras Under Scrutiny
There is growing controversy this evening over those traffic light cameras that record you as you drive underneath them. Tonight new video of what they capture as some wonder whether they're making anyone any safer. Here's abc's linsey davis. Reporter: Smashed, crashed, and crushed. Drivers and the disastrous effects of running red light caught on camera. More than 700 people die in the u.S. Every year. In response over 500 communities in 25 states have turned to cameras like this to catch and deter the offenders. Just the presence of one of these cameras has been found to reduce red light running by 40 to 50 percent. But they are not without controversy. Own own ents say while they decrease deadly so called t-bone collisions, drivers are likely to slam on the brakes when they see a camera to avoid paying a fine. Increasing less serious but still dangerous rear-end collisions. I would take the rear end crash and day over a t-bone crash. Reporter: Now some states are turning to a different solution longer yellow lights to give drivers more caution. Reporter: But the best way to
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