Cars Caught on Camera

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Red-light cameras may have saved some lives, but they've also stirred up more controversy than any other traffic control device on the roads to date. Test your red-light camera knowledge with our quiz.

Americans love their cars -- and their traffic lights…? The car first became popular soon after the turn of last century. How long after that was the first electric traffic light was installed?

Utah policeman Lester Wire was credited with developing the first electric traffic light in 1912. The light had green and red signals and was run by a nearby operator.


Some people agree with red-light cameras, and others do not. Which states listed below have banned red-light cameras?

Several states, including New Hampshire and West Virginia, have banned the use of red-light cameras based on beliefs in personal rights, and the state's ability to infringe on those rights.


What is the dilemma zone?

You've been here before, asking yourself, "Can I make it through the yellow or not," then gunning the engine and braking at the same time.


How much did the town of Cary, N.C., allegedly collect in red-light ticket revenue between 2004 and 2009?

At $4,000,000, red-light tickets were a land-slide revenue source for the community.


What is the average time of a yellow light?

A yellow light typically remains about the same time as a driver saying "Can I make it, or should I stop?"


If 99 of the country's largest cities would install red-light cameras how many lives could be saved over a five-year period?

Based on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study, if the 99 largest cities in the country had installed the cameras during the five-year period, the number of lives saved would be more than 800.


What types of accident do red-light cameras help reduce the most?

T-bone accidents is the correct answer. Not only a graphic description, but also a very good steak.


What type of accident do red-light cameras supposedly increase?

The correct answer is rear-end accidents. Keep your eyes on your rear-view mirror if you're slamming on the brakes!


What is the term used for someone who violates a law -- in this case, a traffic law?

The word scofflaw has remained in use for as long as roads have been around.


What are the two main reasons red-light camera opponents cite for not using the cameras?

Privacy and revenue generation are also perennial justifications for many other arguments, too.


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