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St. Louis Car Crashes Caught On Red-Light Cameras (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

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The controversial red-light cameras in St. Louis catch a lot of cars running through intersections after the traffic light has already changed -- and sometimes, they capture the resulting collisions.

Where are these crashes happening locally -- and how bad are they?

American Traffic Solutions, the company that operates the cameras, has released a video, on view below, showing a collection of these accidents in real time. So in addition to tickets and fines, here's another reason to try and avoid running red lights: It can be dangerous!

See also:
- VIDEO: Missouri's Top 10 Red-Light Collisions of 2011
- Red Light Camera Vendor With Ties to Missouri Caught in Chicago Bribery Scandal
- St. Louis City Continues to Install Red Light Cameras, Despite Judge's Ruling

Here's the video, courtesy of ATS (more photos and footage below):

Based on city data, the red-light cameras have had a positive impact, ATS says in a news release. The company says the cameras reduce red-light-running violations -- and therefore minimize collisions:

Data analysis for the City of St. Louis shows the message is getting through so clearly that most drivers don't need to be told twice. Seventy seven percent of all drivers receiving a citation for running a red light only did so once. Of all red-light runners captured by the City's redlight cameras, 92 percent received only two or fewer citations. This low rate of repeat red-light running behavior indicates drivers in St. Louis are modifying their driving habits for the better.

Just in case you don't feel like watching all of those crashes (the last one's pretty bad!), here are the intersections where the collisions took place, followed by more Missouri crash videos from ATS.

Hazlewood

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Florissant

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St. Charles

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St. Ann

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Continue for the St. Louis intersections and for more crash footage from ATS in previous years.



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fuckyou
fuckyou

just dont pay the tickets. they dont give you a warrant in st louis.

Paul_Henry
Paul_Henry

The videos are proof of the ineffectiveness of automated for-profit law enforcement. No doubt ATS will have their anonymous cowards on here ala Bill Kroske to defend the devices.

Matt Dresner
Matt Dresner

Here are a couple of problems I see with cameras. First, an Arizona company gets 60% of the cut. Why can't a Missouri, or local company get the business? The second problem is that in the city, unless you go to court ALL tickets are for $100. That includes not coming to a complete stop at a right turn onto a side street. I can see using the lights for enforcing running red lights, but the rest is bunk. Cameras should only be used to record red light/left on arrow only violations. If they happen to record an accident along the way, great.

Adam Usher
Adam Usher

Everyone should have a "dash cam" you can get them as cheep as $25 on Amazon.

Catherine Claire
Catherine Claire

I don't understand why people are arguing about whether they prevent accidents. Of course not, or at least the difference is statistically insignificant. These cameras were never meant to prevent crime, simply enforce laws. Thanks to this video, the wreck was caught on camera and law enforcement has more to go on than unreliable witness statements. I was recently hit by a car while riding a bike and the bas***d drove away. Unfortunately it was a little too far from the intersection, so I was SOL, but at least there was a chance to catch the pr*ck thanks to the cameras. Furthermore, I keep seeing a lot of responses regarding how it's just to generate ticket revenue, but no one has said anything about the fact that the MISSOURI Supreme Courts deemed them unconstitutional in regards to red light tickets as well.

Adam Usher
Adam Usher

That's a good way to die Blake. Darwinism will work its magic on you sooner or later.

Adam Usher
Adam Usher

Stupid is and stupid does, wonder how many of these crashes were caused by texting? Was in Houston this week and was told they got rid of all red light camera's b/c they deemed them unconstitutional.

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

I just flip the plate down on the bike and cruise on thru red light cameras on principle, flying my finger high. Beside, red light cameras mean less cops on the street.

Justin L Fisher
Justin L Fisher

Not to mention, most of the money for these cameras goes to the camera manufacturer....NOT the city the cam resides in. They're pointless

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

I think they have to cause accidents, going through an intersection at night and a blinding flash in your eyes what could possibly go wrong...

Christopher Harrison
Christopher Harrison

It was in both the RFT and the PD a couple of years ago. Yellow-light times on Jeffco boulevard were set for speed limits as much as 20 MPH slower than the actual speed limit. It was quite the story when it happened, shouldn't be too hard to find.

Casey McBroom
Casey McBroom

I don't think it requires any debate... It's been reported seemingly countless time: They are a source of revenue. They should be done away with and the police across the country should return to fighting victim based crimes. Imagine if the police put as much effort into cleaning up North St. Louis crime as they do into b.s. minor speeding infractions. But, no, there is more money in extortion, than protecting people from force.

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

This is why I support red light cameras 100%. These assholes that cause these accidents should be put in fucking jail 5 years minimum. This is almost worse than drunk driving.

Joe-Well Sure-Vin
Joe-Well Sure-Vin

fuck no! get these cameras out of here. doesn't half of the money collected from those cameras go back to the camera company instead of to the state?

shamefulidentity
shamefulidentity

This is why I support red light cameras 100%.
These assholes that cause these accidents should be put in fucking jail 5 years minimum. This is almost worse than drunk driving.

Beth Schwartz Rodgers
Beth Schwartz Rodgers

No, All this happened just as much before and after red light cameras, just because a camera is hanging on a pole does not mean people become smarter!

CityViolatesLaw
CityViolatesLaw

Has RFT ever followed up to figure out whether the Red Light Camera Law in St. Louis City was actually voided by a judge, and if so, why is this company still handing out tickets?  If there is no law on the books, then the company is just extorting money from citizens.

Christopher Harrison
Christopher Harrison

It depends. In Arnold, for example, when the cameras didn't generate the expected revenue they shortened yellow light times to generate more tickets to pay for the cameras. That resulted in MORE and worse accidents, and eventually the yellows were re-extended.

Bryan Berger
Bryan Berger

Cameras don't do anything. They give footage for "worlds craziest ________" shows, that no one watches anyway.

S.J.
S.J.

@shamefulidentity Why do all you libs feel the need to use foul language.  Do you folks have any ability to just speak with a tad of intelligence?  Let's not be foolish.

The reason these lights are in existence is because they are a HUGE money maker for cowardly cities and mayors like Slay.  The number of accidents compared to the number of violations are the only bench mark.  There are hundreds of thousands of these tickets issued over the years and just a hand full of accidents.  That's the only discussion that should be made.  The cowards need to give ALL the statistics not just a handful that they feel the "stupid people" will buy into.

justfantastica
justfantastica

@shamefulidentity How did the camera's help stop the accidents? Do you think ATS sent the related video(s) to the victims of these accidents, so they could send it to their insurance companies? Answer: They didn't. If some bozo isn't watching the road, and is going to run the light and hit another car (or pedestrian(s)), the camera being there doesn't change a thing. Perhaps a flapping scarecrow to alert the driver who's (obviously) not watching? 

shamefulidentity
shamefulidentity

Don't run red lights you won't have that problem. Take accountability for your own actions and be an adult.

Period.

Paul_Henry
Paul_Henry

@shamefulidentity
Or perhaps we should call you Bil Kroske, the ATS VP that impersonated local citizens to drum up support for his red light robbery program? If so, your user name is appropriate, you should be ashamed.

"Just don't run the light" doesn't always work:

"Just don't run the light" has been disproved in Florida from North Miami to Jacksonville. Many people did not run lights and were wrongly accused. I think from now on, the Internet Provider of anyone making this allegation should be fined $158 towards a victim fund so they can make up for time and money lost proving their innocence. They can of course "finger" the user and transfer liability. ;)

I'll guarantee you the same things happen in Missouri, as greed knows no state boundaries.


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