Albemarle County police say that their data show that the number of crashes at the intersection of Rio and 29 decreased after the installation of red light cameras last year, Dave McNair reports for The Hook. Initial data demonstrated that crashes had increased at the intersection—and they have—but police say that those numbers include lanes that are not monitored by red light cameras. The decline that their more specific data demonstrate is from fourteen to nine during the same periods in two consecutive years, the former without cameras, the latter with. Between December and July, a stunning 7,638 tickets were generated by the cameras, though an equally stunning 42% of those were found to be invalid.
Raise your hand if you knew that not all directions of that intersection are on camera. That’s news to me.