Tennessee City Finds More Drivers Speeding After Cameras Disabled

June 19, 2014

A study has found that the number of speeding motorists increased immediately following a decision to disable traffic cameras in Oak Ridge.

The study by Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. was done at the city’s request after officials decided not to renew a contract making use of the cameras, which were turned off on April 21.

“At the request of the city, Redflex disabled the cameras and flashes but allowed the computers and sensors to remain operational, allowing for the continued collection of traffic count and speed data for analysis,” according to the study.

“Speeding began to increase immediately after the cameras were deactivated,” the report continues.

Redflex spokesman Lee Buckels told The Knoxville News Sentinel that the company compared traffic statistics from the three weeks immediately before and after the cameras were turned off.

City Manager Mark Watson said he isn’t aware of any move by the City Council to reconsider its April decision.

The company’s study also noted that the city received $1.2 million in revenue from tickets issued by the traffic cameras, which has been used on various safety projects.

“By the decommissioning of the program, future projects will have to be funded by taxpayer dollars instead of an optional violator funded program,” the study said.

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  • June 27, 2014 at 2:05 pm
    blu lightning says:
    I thought most traffic cameras were for red light enforsement. I know that some areas like Scottsdale have erected speed cameras, but those are pretty rare. Even of this study... read more
  • June 23, 2014 at 11:39 am
    SWFL Agent says:
    Yes, I hate public cameras of any kind. I think the Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, would have a legitimate case that his privacy was invaded. Where are his rights?
  • June 23, 2014 at 8:32 am
    james says:
    I'm guessing most of the people who want machines/computers running everything are Prog. agents.
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