December 17, 2014

Americans Support Red Light Cameras at Intersections, Says Survey

EAGAN, Minn. – The long arm of the law these days is often in the form of a robotic camera that captures motorists who run red lights. But the cameras are not always popular. New Jersey is scheduled to discontinue use of red light cameras on December 16, and several other cities and states are considering similar moves.

Despite the controversy, a majority of Americans back the use of red light cameras, according to a new survey from, the most popular legal information website.

The survey found that 56 percent of Americans support the use of red light cameras, while 44 percent oppose them.

Law enforcement and safety advocates say the devices are effective at catching violating motorists and enhance public safety at dangerous intersections. Opponents say the cameras are merely a means of enhancing a city’s revenues from citations, and may actually decrease safety by scaring drivers into making sudden stops, causing rear-end collisions.

Last month, voters in Cleveland approved a measure banning red light cameras in the city.  Several states and municipalities have adopted or are considering similar measures.

“Traffic laws vary considerably by state and municipality, and that includes the consequences of receiving a traffic citation,” said Stephanie Rahlfs, attorney-editor at “Every state has a different ‘points’ system that assigns different values to various traffic law violations. In addition, receiving a citation can often impact your auto insurance rates and renewals. It’s prudent to always be aware of the traffic laws in the particular city and state where you are driving.”

Free information on traffic tickets, including information on avoiding traffic tickets, types of traffic tickets, how to fight a ticket, and a searchable directory for finding an attorney, can be found at

The survey was conducted using a demographically balanced survey of 1000 American adults and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percent.

Note to editors: Full survey results and analysis are available upon request.


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