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Average Car Insurance Rates - Red Lights and Speeding Cameras (Part Two)

This is post two of two in a series explaining how the impact of new traffic cameras are influencing traffic safety and insurance rates.

Although many drivers feel that these cameras are more trouble than they’re worth, there is evidence that they truly are doing a bit of good. Studies have shown that the more dangerous side-impact collisions often seen at intersections have actually been reduced since fewer people are running red lights or stop signs. Not only have intersections with these cameras been affected, but studies seem to indicate that intersections throughout nearby areas have seen positive effects, even if they did not actually have cameras in that particular intersection. While many people have negative opinions about these cameras, they do seem to be having a positive influence on the way some people drive, which may keep them around for awhile.

If you have these cameras in your town, you may be wondering how getting ticketed via this medium will affect your car insurance rates. Well, on the bright side, in some locations these tickets are only considered civil penalties and usually will not actually have an affect on your car insurance rates; however, they should be a warning that you need to change some of your driving habits. Remember, having an accident, or getting a speeding ticket from an officer will actually raise your rates, so be sure that you take measures to drive safely and obey the law.

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    Average Car Insurance Rates - Red Lights and Speeding Cameras

    This is post one of two in a series explaining how the impact of new traffic cameras are influencing traffic safety and insurance rates.

    With the emergence of red light and speeding cameras all over the nation, many people are feeling a bit like their privacy has been invaded. Many drivers have negative opinions about these cameras and feel like they’re merely a way for the government to make a bit more money. Whether you have a positive or negative opinion about the use of these traffic cameras, one thing is for sure, it’s one more reason to slow down and obey the law. Getting nailed by one of these new toys can not only hit your driving record pretty hard, it can also hit your pocket book via higher car insurance rates.

    No longer are these special cameras seen only in the larger, metropolitan areas, they’re now being introduced in cities all across the nation, such as Akron, Ohio, Fairfax City, Virginia, and Scottsdale, Arizona. Many of the cities that have been implementing these new cameras feel like they’re proving to be very effective in encouraging drivers to take heed. In fact some cities have handed out thousands of tickets within a couple weeks as a result of these newly installed cameras.

    These cameras actually work by not only taking a picture of the car that was in violation of the law, but they also take a close up picture of the license plate of the offending car as well. This allows them to find the driver’s personal information and mail you either a speeding ticket or a ticket for running a red light. Many people feel that the problem with these cameras is that there is no way to prove who was actually driving the car at the time, so you may receive a ticket, even if you were not the one driving your car. While in some states you can contest these tickets as to whether you were driving or not, other states still will hold you responsible regardless.

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    Car Insurance Rates - Electronic Stability Control

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking at a number of safety improvements to make passenger cars and trucks safer to drive. One of the items at the top of their list is finding a way to encourage automakers to equippe cars with electronic stability control systems (ESC).

    The U.S Department of Transportation is considering requiring auto makers to have this technology installed on all new passenger vehicles by the  year 2009.  According to the NHTSA, this technology could save around thousands of lives each year.

    Electronic stability control (ESC) is a computer controlled braking system that monitors the driver’s steering and applies braking to the individual wheels of the car to keep the vehicle headed in the right direction. This allows the driver to maintain control in situations where the car would typically lose control like spin outs and driving on ice.  When functioning correctly, ESC responds faster than the driver’s reflexes during extreme steering maneuvers, keeping the car on road.

    Automotive engineers confidently predict that greater use of electronic stability control would reduce crashes, but the NHTSA crash test rating system does not always substantiate the engineering view.

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