By Matt Schmitz on October 22, 2013
It sounds like the fuzzbuster of the 2010s. But highway-safety advocates say police-camera-detecting navigation systems — which notify drivers as they approach an intersection with a red-light or speed camera — are consistent with the mission of using automated enforcement as a deterrent instead of a citation generator.
As traffic enforcers more frequently use cameras to dissuade speeders, red-light runners, intersection blockers and other traffic scofflaws, automakers are offering navigation systems programmed with the locations of speed and red-light cameras to warn drivers that they’re being watched. Navigation-info suppliers such as Navteq provide automakers with systems that contain camera locations. According to USA Today, GM and Mazda both have begun to offer camera-location info on some of their vehicles.
As of this month, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety counts 653 communities in 24 states that use automated enforcement by way of either red-light cameras or both speed and red-light cameras combined, and even more communities use cameras for some other form of traffic management. The IIHS reports that the District of Columbia even uses automated enforcement to ticket drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians.
Both the IIHS and Governors Highway Safety Association agree that publicizing the locations of cameras promotes the devices as the deterrent they are intended to be, although potential drawbacks include motorists choosing alternate routes to avoid cameras, USA Today reported.Related