According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press red-light cameras went up at five intersections in 2007 with the intent it would reduce the number of T-bone crashes.
It hasn’t worked, but the red light cameras and mobile speed cams on Hixson Pike have brought in in $1.7 million in fines, city records show.
Of the five initial cameras, three recorded more right-angle crashes in 2008 than 2007, city records show. Two recorded fewer crashes. Rear-end collisions have stayed roughly the same, the figures show.
But before the public pumps its brakes and decides the program is a money-grabbing failure, city traffic engineer John Van Winkle wants everyone to give the program more time.
“We want to look at the numbers over several years,” he said. “We really need at least two years to make any conclusion.”
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