There is a way to increase safety at intersections without using red-light cameras.
It is a technique called “delayed green.”
In normal operation, when the street with the green goes red, the cross street immediately goes green.
Traffic starts to move and if anyone has run the light, accidents occur.
By delaying the green for three seconds, the intersection gets a chance to clear and accidents go way down.
Traffic engineers and traffic safety people have known this for some time.
Of course, this does not generate any revenue and it’s free and easy to do.
We don’t need red-light cameras to make intersections safer.
— J. Michael Edelman, Fort Worth