According to a recent poll from PEMCO Insurance, 55 percent of drivers say the cameras make them think twice before pushing the limits of yellow lights.
“It’s clear that drivers are lining up on difference sides of the issue,” said Jon Osterberg, PEMCO spokesperson. “But either way, cameras do deter drivers from running red lights, according to this latest poll.”
The poll shows 64 percent of drivers think that traffic cameras are at least somewhat effective in reducing traffic violations. Twenty percent question the cameras’ effectiveness, and 10 percent think red light cameras aren’t effective at all.
Thirty-one percent of those polled support more cameras, while another 31 percent said the number of existing cameras is “about right.” And 29 percent said fewer or no cameras should be installed.
The jury is out on whether red light cameras actually improve safety. BanCams.com, a local group opposed to red light cameras, cites several studies that question their effectiveness.
Lynnwood has red light cameras at eight intersections. The rest of the cameras you see mounted above signals are to monitor traffic flow and change signal timing as needed.