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City of Fort Lauderdale Considers Catching Red-Light Runners on Camera

In Broward County, Florida, the city of Fort Lauderdale is considering installing red-light cameras on its busiest roads. The devices would be used to catch anyone running a red light, and a fine would be imposed on the car’s owner. Some 28 auto crashes occur on Ft. Lauderdale roads daily, totaling to about 10,000 motor vehicle collisions a year. Motorists that failed to stop at red lights caused many of these accidents. In 2007, there were 3,201 red-light running motor vehicle-related collisions in Ft. Lauderdale resulting in 23 deaths. Several other communities in Florida have installed or are considering installing red-light cameras. In Apopka and Gulf Breeze, officials are reporting a decrease in red-light runners and accidents involving drivers that have run a red light since the cameras were installed on some of their roads. Other cities in the United States are reporting similar successes, although the number of rear-end collisions has been known to increase when these cameras are present—especially when drivers follow too closely behind the vehicle in front of them or are driving too fast in an attempt to beat a yellow light. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com has published a list of busy Ft. Lauderdale intersections where installing a red light could decrease the number of injury accidents. The site also lists the number of accidents that have occurred at these intersections over the past four years. Federal Highway and Oakland Park Boulevard: There have been almost 300 motor vehicle collisions. Commercial Boulevard and Federal Highway: Almost 295 auto accidents. Northwest Ninth Avenue and Commercial Boulevard: 264 auto collisions. Northwest 9th Avenue and Northwest 19th Street: 214 auto accidents. Federal Highway and Broward Boulevard: 196 motor vehicle collisions. Northeast 4th Avenue and Sunrise Boulevard: 128 auto accidents. In Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach, Hollywood, Naples, and other cities throughout Florida, our auto crash law firm represents clients injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by negligent, careless, or reckless drivers. Related Web Resource: Red Light Cameras, IIHS.org Contact The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. today.

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