Cities across the state are rushing to install red-light cameras as a way to make money, er, catch offenders. An investigation is underway in Richland Hills, suggesting the â€œyellowâ€ warning light has been shortened, so more people will get caught running the red-light. But such trickery could also be costing people their lives.
Why would anyone want to reduce the “yellow” time? Well, let’s see, the cities make a nice bit of change on the deal, as do the camera companies.
But this is no joking matter, Fox News in Dallas reports that â€œThe Texas Transportation Institute found shortening yellow times by one second increased crashes between 125 and 225 percent at studied intersections.â€ Thatâ€™s where a few extra bucks in city revenues costs more than money, it costs lives.
According to Fox News, “In June, July, and August … video tape showed the yellow light at three seconds, the camera cited 4738 people for running a red light. But after the city lengthened the yellow to 3.5 seconds, citations dropped 88%. Only 569 people got cited in September, October and November.”