Last week, Dallas officials reviewed the numbers and decided that a quarter of the cameras they had installed to catch motorists running red lights were too effective. So they shut them down.When they don't work, which is also often, they're either counterproductive or just too expensive. We're right back where we began.
They are not alone. Faced with data showing that drivers pay attention to cameras at intersections — resulting in fewer ticketable violations and ever-shrinking revenue from fines — municipalities across the country are reconsidering red light cameras, which often work too well.
(Longer-lasting yellow lights, on the other hand, are safe--and cheap.)