Infractions caught by red light cameras won’t change auto insurance rates

Red light cameras are used to catch traffic violators.The installation of red light cameras is supposed to reduce traffic violations and auto accidents. Some are concerned tickets received from these devices will result in higher auto insurance rates. Some facts indicate otherwise.

In Jacksonville, Florida, if red light cameras catch drivers violating traffic laws, they’ll only be charged a fine of $160. It’s considered a civil infraction, and there is no possibility that points will be put on a person’s license or that auto insurance rates will rise, according to the Florida Times-Union.

The cameras are a hotly debated topic in some communities. Several Florida cities are accused in a class-action lawsuit of violating the state’s constitution. "Right now you still don’t have the right to confront your accuser," Palm Beach lawyer Jason Weisser told the Times-Union.

Jacksonville is installing cameras at the city’s 10 most dangerous intersections, the Times-Union said. These devices are connected to the traffic signals and take pictures of drivers that run red lights.

According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, in 2008, close to 800 people were killed and nearly 137,000 were injured in auto crashes that involved a driver running a red light.ADNFCR-3298-ID-19763510-ADNFCR

About John Pirro
John Pirro is a licensed fire and casualty insurance agent specializing in various aspects of the auto insurance industry. He worked in the auto body repair industry before taking a reporting position at Online Auto Insurance News.

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