Last month, we spoke with Senator Scott Renfroe, sponsor of Senate Bill 50, which would have banned red-light cameras at intersections, as well as the use of photos for issuing tickets.
Renfroe sees red-light cameras as being more about generating revenue than enhancing safety -- and he believes that other methods can be more effective when it comes to reducing crashes. For instance, a study in Texas showed that accidents at given intersections were halved simply by keeping the yellow light on for one second longer. In contrast, shortening the yellow light doubled pile-ups.
"The question I had for every department that testified against the bill was, 'What other engineering have you done at your intersections?'" he continues. "And I never really got an answer from anyone other than Cherry Hills, who said they hadn't done anything else. There are a lot of things that appear to help safety, including extending yellow lights and putting in better, brighter lights. But the studies we presented didn't sway the committee at all."
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