Cars Caught on Camera
by Staff
Red-light cameras may have saved some lives, but they've also stirred up more controversy than any other traffic control device on the roads to date. Test your red-light camera knowledge with our quiz.

Americans love their cars -- and their traffic lights…? The car first became popular soon after the turn of last century. How long after that was the first electric traffic light was installed?

  • Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1912
  • Cleveland, Ohio, in 1914
  • Detroit, Mich., in 1920

Some people agree with red-light cameras, and others do not. Which states listed below have banned red-light cameras?

  • New Mexico and Georgia
  • New York and Pennsylvania
  • New Hampshire and West Virginia

What is the dilemma zone?

  • It's a 10-foot (3-meter) circle around the display table at the local pastry shop.
  • It's about 20 feet (6.1 meters) from the last piece of candy in the office candy dish.
  • An unspecified zone of pavement before a red light when a driver must figure out if he or she can run the yellow or wait for the red.

How much did the town of Cary, N.C., allegedly collect in red-light ticket revenue between 2004 and 2009?

  • $300,000
  • $4,000,000
  • $5,000,000

What is the average time of a yellow light?

  • 4 seconds
  • 1 second
  • 3 seconds

If 99 of the country's largest cities would install red-light cameras how many lives could be saved over a five-year period?

  • More than 650
  • More than 500
  • More than 800

What types of accident do red-light cameras help reduce the most?

  • Rollover accidents
  • T-bone accidents
  • Porterhouse accidents

What type of accident do red-light cameras supposedly increase?

  • Side-by-side accidents
  • Rear-end accidents
  • Rear-quarter panel accidents

What is the term used for someone who violates a law -- in this case, a traffic law?

  • Brigand
  • Scofflaw
  • Marauder

What are the two main reasons red-light camera opponents cite for not using the cameras?

  • The cameras are radioactive and my photo in the camera never looks good.
  • You're infringing on my privacy and the cities are only using it to raise money.
  • It was yellow, I swear, and I can't seem to recall that intersection.