Rhode Island: Accidents Increase With Red Light Cameras

Source: TheNewspaper.com, April 5, 2013

City data show accidents continue to rise at red light camera intersections in Providence, Rhode Island.

Providence red light camera mapAfter a decade of toying with the use of red light cameras, Providence, Rhode Island has seen a continued spike in the number of accidents at photo enforced intersections. Between 2006 and 2012, the program generated $6,160,975 in revenue, but accidents have skyrocketed over the last three years.

According to the city’s annual reports to the state, obtained by GoLocalProv, there were 28 property damage collisions and 10 injury collisions at red light camera intersections in 2010. In 2011, collisions jumped 189 percent to 81, though injury collisions dipped to 7. Last year property damage accidents increased another 15 percent to 96 while injury accidents grew to 12. Over three years, the number of collisions had grown 242 percent.

The city now has fifteen intersections monitored by cameras that are owned and operated by Xerox.