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Study: Red-light cameras reduce crashes in BR

1 year ago July 01, 2013 Jul 1, 2013 Monday, July 01 2013 Monday, July 01, 2013 6:41:47 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - It's been five years since Baton Rouge launched a traffic light camera program, and data released last week shows drops in both traffic crashes and violations at the selected intersections.

The Department of Public Works evaluated intersections where traffic cameras were installed in 2008 and 2009 by comparing the average number of crashes in the years before and after the cameras took effect.

The study showed a sharp decline in right-angle crashes - considered the most dangerous type of collisions - but also showed slight increases in rear-end crashes.

Rear-end collisions often spike when cameras are installed as cautious drivers tend to stop suddenly to avoid being ticketed.

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