More Red Light Cameras Coming to Montgomery Intersections

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By Jessica Gertler

More cameras will be put up at Montgomery intersections to stop you from running red lights, but some drivers don't like where the money raised from violators will be going.

Cameras are hovering over 14 intersections in Montgomery. They snap a picture when a driver doesn't stop at a red light, and now, cameras will be installed at seven new intersections in the city.

"The number of total reported accidents is at the lowest its been in 20 years," says Major Keith Barnett, Traffic Division Commander for the Montgomery Police Department.

Barnett says the number of red light runners has dramatically dropped where there are cameras. Some more than 50 percent.

That's why he says more cameras will be popping up. You may have noticed some being installed off the Union Street Exit and at Perry Hill Road and Atlanta Highway.

"I get calls from citizens complaining that people run the red lights, especially the turn lane at Atlanta Highway and Perry Hill Road, so therefore we want to look at reducing the dangers in that intersection," says Barnett.

A red light ticket does not effect your insurance, but it will cost you $60 for the first offense and $100 for the second.

American Traffic Solutions, a private company, supplies the cameras and collects about $19.50 for every ticket. Many critics are upset that a chunk of the money goes to ATS, which is based in Arizona.

"Kind of makes me feel cheated," says Montgomery driver Hagen McMeneny.

"It should all benefit here in the state, so that's kind of disappointing that it is benefiting another state," says another driver Krystal Parker.

"The city does not have the capabilities to run this type program. There are a lot of independent companies. ATS is just one of them," says Barnett.

Barnett says what matters is driver safety, and that the cameras prevent red-light-runners and crashes.

Barnett says if you have noticed any red light cameras that have been installed in the last few weeks, those are not  turned on. He says the activation date has not been set.

Here is a list of the intersections where the cameras will be placed:

1. Atlanta Highway and Coliseum Blvd.

2. Atlanta Highway and Perry Hill Road/ Dalraida Road

3. Eastern Blvd. and Carmichael Road

4. Eastern Blvd./ U.S. 231 and Lagoon Park Drive/ Plantation Way

5. Troy Highway/ U.S. 231 and Lagoon Park Drive/ Plantation Way

6. Eastern Blvd./ U.S. 231 and East Shirley Lane

7. S.R. 9/ South Union Street and South Street East

 

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