When the Number of Crashes Goes Down, We'll Know We Have a Problem


A Washington Post analysis finds that the number of collisions at D.C. intersections goes up after red-light cameras are installed, to which D.C. Police Chief Ramsey responds, "Yes, exactly!":

D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey said he remains convinced that the devices are worthwhile. Even if the number of crashes is not going down, he said, citations for red-light running have dropped by about 60 percent at intersections that have cameras.

Ramsey said the number of accidents would be even higher without the cameras, adding that he would like to install them at every traffic light in the city.