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Study: Traffic cameras change driver behavior

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A new study finds traffic cameras are doing their jobs and making our roads safer.

The moment the light turns from yellow to red you have a choice to make: put on the breaks or put the pedal to the metal and blow the light.

But, then you risk your life--and a ticket.

The debate over red light cameras in Arizona has been going on for years.

This week, supporters of red light camera programs got a boost with the release of a national study by the National Coalition for Safer Roads.

Executive director David Kelly sat down with FOX to explain the findings.

"Let's admit it, people are going too fast in intersections, their time, they think, is more important than everybody else's because they decided to leave three minutes before they had to get to their next appointment that was 10 minutes away. What we know with automated enforcement and red light safety cameras is that they change driver behavior. Most people, an overwhelming number of people, who get red light camera tickets don't get a second one. They get one, change their behavior and they don't get another one," Kelly.

The NCSR says years of data from local camera programs like we have in Arizona clearly support the camera's safety benefits.

"A recent study in the state of Florida, for example, there was a 56% reduction in crashes in intersections as a result of red light cameras," said Kelly.

The study also shows the times of day when drivers are most likely to run a red light, which holidays and who's doing it.

More red light violations occur on Friday than any other day of the week and between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. than any other time of day.

In addition, more people run red lights on Memorial Day weekend that on any other holiday.

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