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Chicago Tweaks Red-Light Camera Rules, Issues $7.7 Million In New Fines

Chicago Tweaks Red-Light Camera Rules, Issues $7.7 Million In New Fines

No one likes red-light cameras. It's not just that they're automated, soulless hall monitors. It's not just that they're operated by semi-sleazy third parties that keep a big chunk of ticket revenue. It's also the fact that they seem like desperate ploys for cash. How much cash? In Chicago... read more

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Ohio Judge Says Speed Cameras Are "A Scam"

Critics of traffic cameras have something to celebrate: a judge in Ohio has declared the devices "a scam" and insisted that one tiny town must turn them off. To call traffic... read more March 13, 2013 by  2


 
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IIHS: Red-Light Cameras Improve Safety, Reduce Violations

Traffic cameras cause a lot of controversy. Some folks appreciate the way that the mere presence of a camera can make motorists drive more cautiously. Others see them as a... read more January 25, 2013 by  8


 
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Prototype Of The Week: noPhoto Frame Foils Traffic Cameras

Traffic cameras have been in use since 1969, but they weren't deployed in large numbers until the 1990s. Now that they've become commonplace around the globe -- catching... read more October 17, 2012 by  1


 
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You Are Being Watched: License Plate Readers & The End Of Privacy

Most of us are familiar with traffic cameras that monitor roadways for speeders and red-light runners. But how much do you know about licence plate readers, or LPRs? Ars... read more October 1, 2012 by  1


 
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Rochester Writes Off Red-Light Tickets For City Workers

Traffic cameras evoke conflicting emotions. On the one hand, none of us want to encourage speeding or red-light running. On the other hand, the idea of getting ticketed by a... read more September 10, 2012 by  3


 
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Run A Red Light, Wreck Your Credit Rating?

Red-light cameras save lives, according to their manufacturers, by penalizing drivers who run traffic signals. If camera manufacturers are to be believed, just the presence... read more January 12, 2012 by  2


 
2012 Nissan Rogue

2012 Nissan Rogue: Around View Monitor Makes Parallel Parking Easier

How often do drivers pass up a parking space because it looks a little too hard to get into? It isn’t only younger drivers that have a problem with parallel parking... read more November 15, 2011 by  0


 
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More Cities Turn Off Red-Light Cameras: Is It A Trend?

Traffic cameras were once heralded as a way of making streets safer and lightening the loads of thinly stretched police departments, but now, the tide seems to be turning --... read more November 8, 2011 by  5


 
Red light camera in Beaverton, Oregon, from Wikipedia

NYC To Get Red-Light Cameras 'On Every Corner' If Mayor Gets His Way

New York City has a reputation for danger and lawlessness that's utterly undeserved these days, being one of the safer large cities in the country. In fact, it's hard to find... read more August 23, 2011 by  0


 
Top ten states for red light-related fatalities (2009)

Obey Red Lights During 'Stop On Red Week' (And Every Week)

You could be forgiven for not knowing that we're in the middle of National Stop on Red Week. Between the stock market yo-yoing, the political finger-pointing, the tragedy in... read more August 10, 2011 by  4


 
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Got A Red-Light Ticket In L.A.? Don't Sweat It, Forget It

Los Angeles city officials are contemplating whether red-light cameras are going to have any future within city limits, and have already recommended the program be phased... read more July 26, 2011 by  0


 
Red light camera in Beaverton, Oregon, from Wikipedia

Baltimore Red-Light Camera Tickets Verified by Dead Police Officer

As readers of the Risk Factor know, blaming the computer for any and all technical glitches is a fairly regular and convenient excuse. One of the more unusual technical... read more February 24, 2011 by  16


 
Red light camera in Beaverton, Oregon, from Wikipedia

Friendly Helpful Speed Camera To Ticket You, Then Text You Too?

We've written a lot about traffic enforcement cameras, both the ones that nail red-light runners and those that send automatic tickets to drivers who exceed the speed limit... read more August 6, 2010 by  2


 
Alleged traffic violators posted to a Facebook page for the New Delhi police

You Thought Traffic Cams Were Bad? In India, Cops Use Facebook

Over the past few years, we've seen traffic cameras deployed in a growing number of cities across the U.S. (We wouldn't be surprised if the trend were tied to our struggling... read more August 3, 2010 by  1


 
Red light camera in Beaverton, Oregon, from Wikipedia

AZ Switches Off Speed Cameras For Privacy, Revenue Reasons

Last fall, we wrote about citizen initiatives to ban the use of traffic enforcement cameras in three small towns in Ohio and Texas. Now, the backlash has intensified, with... read more July 19, 2010 by  16


 
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