Red light cameras: 2 times fewer offenses in 10 years

Red light cameras have been part of our daily lives for over a decade. The violations reported are now half as many.

The idea of ​​monitoring intersections in order to control the crossing of red lights dates back to the early 2000s. From 2005, several experiments took place in Paris, Toulouse or Metz, with the first prototypes installed on intersections known to be accident-prone.

It was from the summer of 2009 that the first cabins of red light radar are deployed, starting with Le Vésinet (78) and the city of Lyon. More than 700 cabins are installed throughout France, and are found both in large cities and in smaller towns. The number of red light cameras remained stable for a few years, before decreasing in 2016.

Red light cameras: versatile models

According to the specialized website Car radars, the 638 red light radar booths made it possible to send 745,736 violation notices in 2011. This number has since been slowly but steadily declining, reaching the 353.716 infractions in 2020, with an identical number of cabins in service. These radars therefore had a positive effect on the conduct of motorists, unlike other types of speed cameras.

After more than a decade of service, the first generation red light radars are gradually disappearing, to be replaced by more efficient models. Since 2020, we have indeed seen the appearance of turret radars at the crossroads, while new urban radars are gradually supplementing the State’s arsenal. In addition to crossing the red light, these versatile speed cameras can also penalize other offences, such as speeding, using the telephone or wearing a seat belt.

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