INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A bill to allow cities to install cameras at intersections iscloser to being law. The cameras would catch drivers who run redlights.
On Tuesday, 24-Hour News 8 cameras caught several peoplebreaking the law at several busy intersections including Collegeand Broad Ripple Avenue and 16th and Meridian streets.
"Instead of slowing down at a yellow light like they aresupposed to, they speed up," said Don Poulson, Indianapolisresident.
Lafayette already tested the system and found that in one dayat one intersection where more than 8500 drivers pass, camerascaught 135 of them running red lights.
"And we don't have the resources just to set police men youknow day after day hour after hour on intersections trying to catchpeople running red lights," said Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski.
Albuquerque, New Mexico has had the cameras at intersectionsfor years. The city recently did a study of four of theintersections. It found that accidents in those intersections werereduced by as much as 75%. However, along with the cameras the cityinstalled rumble strips and signs to warn drivers.
"I have mixed feelings I am one who is for civil liberties,but on the other hand there are so many people who run red lightsin this town that something needs to be done," said Poulson.
According to the proposal, the cameras would capture driverscommitting the crime. That photo would then be sent to your homewith a ticket for no more than $100.
The money would pay for the cameras installation, operationand maintenance. And the remainder of the money would go to localroads, county and local law enforcement and police equipment.
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