As a Resident of this F'd up state I can tell you about it.
Initially, if caught on camera, you are sent a citation for ~$158, with no way to fight it in court.
Next, as we are all taught in Driver's Ed. if you find yourself unable to slow down to a stop at an intersection safely, it is safer to maintain your rate of speed and go through the light.
Next if you're not driving the car and someone else is (say a friend), because the car is registered to you, an individual, you receive the citation, NOT the driver.
Clearly red light camera are designed as money makers. If it was truly meant for safety, then you could go before a judge and argue the citation in court. Only recently can people begin to fight the citation.
I understand clearly that driving is NOT a right, but a privilege, but now I see our local / state governments treating everyone as if they were a criminal. Red light cameras remove the "Innocent Until Proven Guilty" aspect of our legal system. The burden of proof is on the camera, but since so many argued (originally), "...you can't ticket me if you didn't see me do it..." argument that our local govts. twisted the laws to suit their money making needs.
If they truly were installed for safety (as claimed), then people would be able to address the citations in traffic court. I have personally seen some positive results at one intersection. But shortening yellow lights, negates all of the positive results that people complained about originally, it's dangerous at that intersection. Now this will introduce more fender benders and accidents and way more red light violations.