Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Re: Red light cameras - Do they stop or cause accidents?
I think what's important is that drivers need to keep an eye on what is going on around them, front and back. In the case you mentioned, the other guy sounds like he wasn't paying attention. Considering he hit a stationary car and pushed it across the intersection, he's a tosser who should have his licence cut up for that. It's extra moronic to blame someone else for what is clearly his stuff up. Either that or his brakes failed.
An example of not paying attention to what's going on behind you - One day I was out helping a driver. He was loaded up with the day's deliveries (3 tonne truck plus load - probably 5 tonnes minimum gross weight) and we were on a main road. The light turned amber, the Corolla in front jumped on the brakes - the truck driver swerved to the next lane and went through the amber light as he had no chance of stopping in time. He was lucky there was no-one in the next lane. If that driver was paying attention to the truck behind, she would have gone through. Now if it was a semi trailer, that Corolla would have been turned into a hood ornament.
So, if you check your rear vision mirror every 10 seconds or so, a driver will notice if a car is right behind or not, or if there's a truck and you can take this into account in the situation. Many times when braking heavily upon noticing the traffic in the lane has stopped, I'll check my rear vision mirror and give the car behind as much room as possible after I've braked enough to ensure I can stop.
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