You wince as you watch it happen.
A dark-colored car heading west on Bullard Parkway runs the red light at the 56th Street intersection and is smashed by a vehicle with the right-of-way.
And it’s all caught on camera.
The City of Temple Terrace worked with Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to install the camera at the intersection. It’s one of five such cameras operational in Temple Terrace.
Now, the crash from November is the first of several 2012 red-light accidents in Florida featured in an ATS YouTube video.
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ATS has cameras in more than 70 Florida communities, and it says a decrease in traffic crashes is the most common trend once cameras are installed. In a press release, the company cites a new report from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to show “the effectiveness of red-light safety cameras as a viable police tool for the enforcement of traffic laws and reduction of dangerous crashes.”
Counties and municipalities in Florida who use red-light cameras submitted intersection data from July 2011 to June 2012 for the report.
“The clear majority of reporting agencies showed total crashes, angle-crashes and rear-end crashes all decreased in number from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012,” the ATS release states.
What do you think, Temple Terrace? Have you changed your driving behavior because red-light cameras are in place around the community? Are you for or against the cameras?