Regarding “County report weighs value of cameras at traffic lights”: We have sent more than $568,000 of taxpayer money to American Traffic Solutions to operate the marginal and contentious red-light camera program. In addition, sheriff’s deputies have spent more than 400 hours reviewing the videos and preparing for court when motorists fight the tickets. This money would be better spent fighting crime.
The Virginia Department of Transportation, as a test, increased the yellow-light time from 4 seconds to 5.50 seconds, resulting in a 94 percent drop in citations and improved safety. A study at the University of New Mexico found that an increase in yellow light timing up to 1.5 seconds decreased red-light running by 50 percent. Split seconds count when drivers are deciding whether to stop or continue through an intersection. Adding to the confusion, yellow-light timing varies at many intersections in Palm Beach County.
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