Each year hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries occur each year as the result of red light violations. Nationwide, 673 people were killed and about 122,000 injured by motorists who were either in too big a hurry or were distracted and ran through red lights. And, sadly, about half of the fatalities were pedestrians, bicyclists, or passengers in other cars.
Unfortunately, most communities do not have the resources to hire enough police to enforce the Wisconsin red light violation laws and give tickets to every motorist who breaks them. For that reason, red light cameras are being installed in many cities to try to save lives.
Do red light cameras work? According to 2011 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the cities with cameras reduced their total number of red light crashes by 24 percent. Other studies found that, as a result of red light camera enforcement, the number of accidents due to red light running decreased at intersections that had no cameras installed, leading researchers to believe that drivers were actually adopting safer practices behind the wheel.
When many red light studies were combined from all around the world, it was estimated that red light violations were reduced by 40 to 50 percent and right angle injury crashes were reduced by 24 percent.
However, some drivers continue to make bad decisions and still run red lights. If you or someone you know have been injured by one of these red light runners, give Hupy & Abraham, accident lawyers in Wisconsin, a call to see if we can help. You can reach us toll free at 800-800-5678 or by filling out the confidential form on this page.