The City of Bellevue, Washington, is installing red light cameras at some key intersections to catch aggressive drivers who are running red lights. The Seattle Times reports that the cameras will be installed within the next six months at up to six busy intersections. The City of Bellevue also plans to place speed cameras to catch speeding drivers near three elementary schools.
Every day, aggressive drivers run red lights, endangering the lives of motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately 1,000 people are killed and 90,000 are injured every year by motorists running red lights. The problem seems to be increasing at an alarming rate.
Motorists who run red lights usually site the reason as “being in a hurry.” A study done by the California Board of Audits show that the red light cameras reduce the number of crashes. The National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running sites a Charlotte, North Carolina red light camera program for cutting the number of car crashes in the city by 10%.
In Washington State, RCW 46.61.050 — Obedience to and required traffic control devices, is the code that is relevant to running a red light.
If you or loved one is seriously injured or killed by a driver running a red light, then that person is responsible for your damages, including pain and suffering, because of their negligence. Contact The Farber Law Group so that your rights are protected. Contact us today for a free case consultation.