Council Panel Mulls Traffic Cameras -- Engineering Division to Conduct Analysis

By Maki, Amos | The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN), July 18, 2012 | Go to article overview

Council Panel Mulls Traffic Cameras -- Engineering Division to Conduct Analysis


Maki, Amos, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)


The city of Memphis is considering the use of cameras to catch lead-footed drivers.

Chief Administrative Officer George Little said during a Tuesday meeting of the council's Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee that installing cameras to catch speeding drivers could reduce the number of traffic accidents inside the city while freeing up police officers for other duties.

This is in response to legitimate public safety issues, said Little. The general data suggests that where there are cameras, the number of accidents goes down over time.

Little said the Engineering Division was conducting a traffic analysis to see where the cameras would be needed and that the Memphis Police Department was testing some of the speed cameras. Little said he would report back to the committee before requesting a vote on the cameras.

When the council approved the current year's operating budget in June, it did not approve the installation of speed cameras. Several council members said they view the installation of speed cameras as a revenue-generating measure, but Little and a representative of American Traffic Solutions which leases 25 red-light cameras to the city and is proposing the speed cameras said public safety was the top priority.

While it has budget implications, we've missed an important part of the conversation, said Little. There's a big public safety component to this.

ATS could provide the city with several types of cameras. …

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