We've all heard about the controversy of red light cameras in our communities...and chances are if you've ever debated testing a light you know how they work. A new study shows that red light cameras actually help prevent fatal traffic accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in a study of the 14 biggest U.S. cities, 159 lives were saved between 2004 and 2008 because of the use of red light cameras. Even better, the combined per capita fatality rate fell 35% in cities with the red light cameras compared with those those cities without the technology from 1992-1996. The per capita fatality rate fell in 48 cities without cameras in either period...but only by 14%. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety predicts that if red light cameras operated in all major cities from 2004-2008 as many as 815 deaths could have been prevented. Just a little something to think about on a sunny Thursday afternoon...and drive safely out there!