Houston’s red light cameras kept accidents at bay?

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HOUSTON, Tx.- Remember those red light cameras in Houston that everyone had an opinion about.

They were up and running from 2006 to 2010 at fifty intersections in the city, keeping an eye on drivers and watching for people running red lights and causing accidents.

People threw such a fit, there was a vote and a lawsuit to terminate the contract with American Traffic Solutions.

The end result, the cameras were taken down and life was back to normal for drivers in H-town, at least that's what a lot of people think.

Whether you were a fan of the red light cameras or not, it seems they really were helping keep us safe.

The Houston Police Department says auto crashes have more than doubled in the last four years since the red light cameras were taken down. We're talking an increase of 117%!

While the cameras were in operation, HPD reported 4,100 crashes.

Since they've been removed, almost 9,000 crashes have been reported in the same intersections with a 30% increase in deadly accidents.