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How cameras can help reduce red-light running crashes

The year 2017 saw a 10-year high in the number of people killed in red-light running crashes. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety states that more than two people die every day in the U.S. in such crashes. Drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists in Wyoming will want to be on their guard because most drivers who run red lights do so not because they're distracted but because they're reckless and impatient.

Eighty-five percent of drivers in AAA's recent Traffic Safety Culture Index admit that running red lights is wrong, yet nearly one in three said they did it at least once in the previous 30 days. Furthermore, over two in five drivers expressed their opinion that getting pulled over for it would be unlikely.

Because police cannot be everywhere, traffic authorities need to consider red-light cameras. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recommends installing cameras at those intersections with a proven pattern of traffic violations and crashes. Signs should be posted to notify drivers that the cameras are in use.

As for drivers themselves, they should be careful not to speed off once a light turns green. They should cover their brakes when preparing to enter an intersection, and they could tap their brakes a couple of times to get the attention of the driver behind them.

Speeding and distracted driving are just two forms of negligent or reckless driving, and they can easily form the basis for a third-party insurance claim. Those who intend to file one may want to do so with legal advice and guidance. A lawyer may negotiate for a reasonable settlement covering economic and non-economic damages like medical costs, lost wages and both physical and emotional suffering. Third parties like crash investigators may come in to bolster the case with evidence.

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