Speed cameras and red light cameras are commonly used in highly trafficked areas to try to deter drivers from breaking traffic laws.
However, over recent years, there has been a significant growing backlash to the use of these cameras, as some regulators, car insurance companies and drivers themselves have taken issue with the fact that the use of these cameras seems to be motivated by financial gain rather than public safety (in that cities try to increase revenues from tickets even though these cameras can increase the risk of traffic accidents).
While this debate continues, it’s important for all drivers to know the specific laws regarding the use of speed cameras and red light cameras within the state. Knowing the laws can help drivers be informed about when:
- They should contest tickets.
- It may be possible to hold cities liable for contributing to car accidents (due to the questionable legality of using these cameras in certain areas).
Where Speed Cameras and Red Light Cameras Can Be Used
According to Colorado laws, while it’s legal for cities to install and operate red light cameras at intersections throughout the state, speed cameras can only legally be used at or around:
- School zones
- Construction zones
- Municipal areas
- Certain residential areas.
Speed cameras used outside of these areas may not be considered to be legally operated.
Problems with Speed and Red Light Cameras
One of the specific reasons that the use of speed cameras and red light cameras is so problematic is that these cameras have been linked to increasing the risk of motor vehicle accidents because they can:
- Distract drivers
- Cause drivers to slam on the brakes suddenly, increasing the risk of rear-end collisions
- Cause drivers to miss other important visual cues when driving (such as, for instance, changing signals, pedestrians crossing the street, etc.)
Contacting the Boulder Car Accident Lawyers at the Cederberg Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident – or if you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, contact the Boulder car accident lawyers at the Cederberg Law Firm by calling us at 303-499-0449 or emailing us using the form at the side of the screen.
For more than 35 years, our esteemed legal professionals have been successful at securing results and compensation for people who have been seriously injured in car accidents and other types of traffic accidents. Having handled countless cases, our attorneys have a deep understanding of the law, as well as the legal experience you need, and we can fiercely defend your rights in any legal setting.
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