Abiding by red light cameras, wants us to think a little harder about coming to a complete stop the next time we lose the right of way. The company says that more than 100,000 people are injured in collisions involving a driver who ignored a red light.

The video after the jump compiles a number of incidents in New Jersey involving inattentive or downright stupid drivers. Some of the clips feature near misses, while others involve scary collisions. Hit the jump to see for yourself, and remember to heed the traffic signal the next time you're behind the wheel.



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      TangoR34
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should install automatic spike strips at the lights. May be people will then stop jumping reds.
      visconti24
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, drivers are busy texting, chatting on the phone, eating, applying make-up, looking at the navigation, GPS, screens, changing radio stations, chatting with passengers, sending faxes and so on. They have little time to worry about red lights.
        ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @visconti24
        Yeah its amazing how much people try to do behind the wheel. I personal don't think chatting with passengers is a distracting just because i can talk and look forward at the same time!! WHAH!!
      Jonathan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm suprised no one was killed during any of this. Not from the accidents, but from being pulled from the car and beaten. This IS Jersey...
      jesscott
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is no current legislation for stupid. That said, cameras are just revenue generation devices and have no effect on morons.
        Weiman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jesscott
        So it's OK to run a red light if you're a moron? Great reasoning.
      Juffinstuff
      • 3 Years Ago
      People who drive in America are so ******* stupid. On the way home from picking up my girlfriend from a family gathering earlier tonight (I drove her in my 2012 Focus because of inclement weather), a truck (owned by a small business owner, nonetheless) decided that even though I had the right-away at a stop sign, he would start accelerating without coming to a complete stop, nearly side-swiping my car. Sometimes I want to just speed up to make these f*ckers hit me, only to make their lives h*ll and their insurance rates rise. Don't drive like a selfish, greedy, aggressive MORON.
        bchreng
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Juffinstuff
        I've been wondering about that. If u were get in an accident like that (and assume they were completely and undeniably at fault) would your rates rise as well?
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the one thing I hate about driving, bonehead drivers!
      Jaybird248
      • 3 Years Ago
      No one supports the intentional violation of red lights, but these cameras are often used as a revenue crutch by local officials. That's especially true in borderline situations like rolling right turns which would likely be ignored by a cop on scene if there was no danger involved. ATS, (hardly an unbiased party here,) argues that all camera tapes are later reviewed by a live officer but that person is likely under pressure to certify the tickets for if he didn't, his job would not be necessary. In any case, most collisions could be avoided by simply extending the yellow a second or two. But of course, there's no money in that.
        CromwellD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jaybird248
        I agree with a majority of this; however, I am not sure if extending the yellow a second or two is the answer. In a majority of these videos, the light has been red for a few seconds already, as evidenced by the other vehicles already stopped for the red light. Red light cameras themselves cause accidents, as people often slam on their brakes to avoid getting caught on camera. Of course, those videos aren't published and it can also be argued that the person who hit them was at fault for following too closely... The problem is people simply aren't paying attention to their surroundings. And it isn't just cell phones either. Conversations with other passengers, changing radio stations, looking at objects on the side of the road, putting on makeup, reading while driving, etc. is the problem, not the length of yellow lights...
      Stinkyboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      gates with spikes at windshield level will reduce red light accidents by 1/2.
      getoffmydinghy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Like ATS gives a **** about our safety. They benefit from this! They made this video laughing all the way to the bank along with municipalities that are complicit in things like oh, I don't know, shortening the yellow light time against the recommendation of traffic engineers, perhaps? http://www.motorists.org/red-light-cameras/studies http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/04/430.asp
        J D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @getoffmydinghy
        You hit the nail on the head. This is HARDLY what I'd call a PSA. It'd be like McDonalds doing a "PSA" to end world hunger.
      eljay001
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please stop on red? How about please pay attention to the world around you when you are driving. For the most part these are rather lousy examples. It's mostly drivers who are turning left and do not wait for traffic to exit the intersection or assume that a yellow light means approaching traffic will stop. I wonder if the knowledge of a red light camera being there urged these drivers to make the turn quicker than they otherwise would have? Then there are other examples of apparently distracted drivers. It looks like a couple of them could've avoided collision by using the gas instead of the brakes, but I suppose one can't expect that judgement out of them with such poor driving leading them into the situation to begin with. I think we desperately need to come up with some sort of federal standard for yellow light times. For some reason they seem to keep getting shorter and many of them, at least in my area, do not even allow for one to clear the intersection at the posted speed limit even if the driver has already entered it.
        CromwellD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @eljay001
        "Then there are other examples of apparently distracted drivers. It looks like a couple of them could've avoided collision by using the gas instead of the brakes, but I suppose one can't expect that judgement out of them with such poor driving leading them into the situation to begin with." While you are correct, most people can barely drive a vehicle in a straight line let alone learn defensive driving. In an emergency situation, 99% of people will just slam on the brakes, not realizing it is contributing to the accident. Sure, there are times when you have to slam on the brakes, but there are plant of other times when other measures (hitting the gas, merely letting of the gas and turning out of the way, etc.) are more appropriate. When I am driving, I am always pay attention to the vehicles behind and beside me (the number, their position, even the type and color of the vehicle), that way, if I have to take defensive action, I have an avoidance strategy. I've been driving for over 18 years and am proud to say that I have only been in one traffic accident... Guess what, I was t-boned by someone that, yep, you guessed it, ran a red-light...
      Randy
      • 3 Years Ago
      And slow on yellow!
        Juffinstuff
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Randy
        People are so stupid. Just like the new Autoblog comment system!
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Juffinstuff
          I realize what you're trying to say, but seriously... YOU DON'T NEED TO SAY IT 3 TIMES!
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn and I thought here in Virginia people drive bad, but even they know when to stop. I don't think I ever saw anything like this happen in VA.
        Chris L
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dennis Baskov
        I have. The worst driving I've ever seen has taken place in Fairfax County. I'm so glad I got out of there in 2010.
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