The Frederick County, Virginia Board of Supervisors said “no” to deadly red light cameras last night. The potential for icy roads kept several of us from making the 90 mile trip to speak, but the Northern Virginia Daily reported that the measure was narrowly defeated:
The proposal elicited mixed reaction from supervisors. Gene E. Fisher said he had researched the issue.
“The statistics I have seen show that this decreases accidents,” he said.
But Supervisor Gary A. Lofton said crash statistics he obtained from the Sheriff’s Office indicated there were few accidents caused by motorists running red lights in the county.
Installing cameras would be a “Draconian fix,” he said. Getting caught by the camera would have cost a motorist $50.
Of course, the only statistics Mr. Fisher bothered to look at were the ones in the sales packet provided by whichever red light camera company happened to drop by his office. No surprise that this “research” did include the comprehensive 2007 Virginia Department of Transportation study that documented the results at red light camera intersections across the Commonwealth:
- Rear end accidents increased 42%
- Angle accidents increased 20%
- Injury accidents increased 18%
- The total number of accidents increased 29%