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It turns out red light cameras INCREASE serious accidents

It turns out red light cameras INCREASE serious accidents
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It happens all the time on the road. You approach an intersection only to have that green light turn yellow. Do you slam on your brakes and try to stop or do you goose the gas and go through the intersection?

If there are red-light cameras in your area, then you're more likely to slam on the brakes. But is this really helping with accidents and safety in the long run?

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, "Data posted to the city's website indicate that crashes at red-light camera intersections decreased 33 percent between 2005 and 2012, with a 22 percent drop in crashes that resulted in serious injury. The city's data also indicate rear-end crashes decreased 7 percent at those intersections during that period."

But researchers from the Chicago Tribune are calling shenanigans on the Sun-Times findings. In an independent study, the Tribune found that the Sun-Times results were more than a little skewed.

Next page: You have to see the real results for yourself. 
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