Traffic fatalities are trending up in Las Vegas. Could red light cameras help? – KNPR

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We just got through the first month of the year, but already Las Vegas police are issuing a warning: road deaths are going up.

By mid-January, the number of traffic deaths had increased by almost 60%. And last year, police reported 156 traffic deaths, up from 153 a year earlier.

At the same time, police are becoming more vocal about the desire for state lawmakers to allow traffic cameras on red lights, allowing drivers to be ticketed through photographic evidence.

But does it work? Can those cameras decrease traffic crashes without allowing the slow creep of even more police surveillance in Las Vegas?

Guests: Andrew Bennett, director, Clark County Office of Traffic Safety; Erin Breen, coordinator, UNLV’s Transportation Research Center

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