The red light cameras are back at James H McGee Boulevard and Third Street. And there’s more over at South Smithville Road and Linden Avenue.
The cameras were officially turned on, on Monday.
Monday marks the start of an initial 30-day warning period. Drivers caught on camera running red lights will receive a warning in the mail.
After that, drivers caught breaking the law will receive actual citations, sent to the registered owner of the vehicle.
Both are busy intersections with lots of traffic. Some drivers say they’ve seen their fair share of dangerous driving at both locations.
Bob Hansen said: “People go through red lights, yellow lights. Stop signs – don’t stop at them, anymore. And speed.”
A few people said they think the cameras are necessary and only serve to bring in revenue for the city.
But others admitted speeding and running red lights is a big problem in the area – so the cameras, are a good idea.
Nikki Williams said: “I wouldn’t say it’s a bad idea. If it’s going to prevent people from speeding and running red lights. Why not do it.”
These latest cameras join many others already in effect across the city. Including cameras on Gettysburg Avenue, Sibenthaler Avenue, and Main Street.
Police say the goal is to get drivers to slow down and drive safely. And the results – police say – speak for themselves.
There have been 84 fewer injury crashes so far, compared to the same period – last year.
There are 432 injury crashes to-date in 2018. Compared to 516, during the same period in 2017.
Another driver, Ozie Hinton, said police should put up a few more signs warning people the cameras are in place.
“Good idea,” Hinton said of the cameras. “We do need to try to control some of the speed that’s in the area. But it’s a bad idea that they don’t have the warning signs up like they used to, to remind people to slow down.”