Although many people debate whether police cameras on our streets are infringements of individual privacy, there is no denying that they can help reduce accidents. The SF Chronicle reports that collisions in the city have been cut in half since red-light monitors were installed at many busy intersections. In 1998 there were 773 collisions involving red light violations, but in 2006 these had been reduced to 374. Even though the monitors are installed at only 23 intersections, they seem to have raised the consciousness of motorists who might be tempted to zip through a red light. Once a driver gets in the habit of not trying to beat the light at some intersections, the behavior carries over to other intersections–and a good thing too. Our city will be a lot safer for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians if everyone learns to follow the rules.
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