Remote cameras have been installed at intersections to catch drivers who speed or drive recklessly.
Each year, speeding and reckless driving causes serious car accidents, severe injuries, and even death. In an attempt to reduce speeding in Chicago, remote cameras have been installed in various intersections to monitor offenders and issue tickets.
Automated Speed Enforcement Violations
These traffic tickets are called Automated Speed Enforcement Violations and are issued to an offender via mail. The system uses a 3D tracking radar that calculates the speed of vehicles as the pass through the intersection. A video camera takes images and videos of the car and its license plate number. This data is used to issue traffic tickets to offenders.
The public has shown annoyance and frustration with the system. An investigative report generated by the Chicago Tribune revealed that cameras have issued about 2.4 million incorrect citations. The concern is that the tickets were issued even when the cameras were known to be inactive or when there was confusion regarding enforcement zone signs. The public is outraged against the incorrect issuing of tickets and has been questioning if the cameras were placed there for generating revenue for the state.
Even though the public debates over the effectiveness of the ticketing system, data reveals unexpected outcomes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted a study on a community near Washington D.C. In 2007, the community installed 56 fixed cameras, 30 portable cameras, and 6 mobile speed vans in residential areas, on roads that had speed limits of 35 mph, and in areas with schools and parks.
The study revealed a decrease in speeding by 59% and a 19% reduction in the possibility of intersection accidents leading to fatalities or disabling injuries. The key reason for the reduced speeding is that motorists consciously reduce their driving speeds to avoid getting a speeding ticket. This in turn leads to a reduction in car accidents. The accidents that do take place are not as severe and thus a reduction in fatalities and serious injuries. The data suggests that if these cameras are used nationwide, approximately 21,000 disabling injuries and fatalities per year can be eliminated.
Liability for Speeding
It is the responsibility of every driver to obey traffic rules and maintain proper speed limits. Offenders can be held responsible and liable for any damages incurred to another party, including any injury-related expenses and medical bills. If you have been injured by a speeding motorist, speak to a Chicago car crash lawyer from Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166. Call today for a free consultation.