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December 25, 2012 > Longer Yellow shows benefit

Longer Yellow shows benefit

Submitted By Roger Jones

Safer Streets, LA Executive Director Jay Beeber has charted the data demonstrating that there is no "rebound" effect. Camera proponents often hold that such a strategy will be short lived as motorists adjust their behavior to the longer interval and continue to run red lights. The lack of a rebound effect also goes to support the claim that most violations are inadvertent and that when motorists are given more time to stop, more will do just that, stop.

Some critics of lengthening yellow lights have argued that such a strategy merely rewards the scofflaws adding, "Just where do you draw the line?" Local resident, Roger Jones, who compiled the data responds, "Just how much do you want to reduce red light running? One extra second reduces straight through violations by 80-90%. Cities can decide for themselves where extra safety measures are warranted and this solution is free. Fremont sends $576K per year to the Arizona vendor which provides the camera equipment."

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