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Old 07-25-2008, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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I will say that in all my years and places driving, I have never seen the amount of red lights ran as I have here in Murfreesboro.
Hear, hear! In the past few months I've traveled to several different cities/states and it never fails to amaze me how prolific the red light runners are here. It's very disturbing and dangerous and if the red light camers can break people of this habit, then I'm all for them. I'm sick of seeing someone run every. single. light. in this town!

I was just in Augusta and although I saw no one running red lights, I DID see many people turning right in front of oncoming traffic. The oncoming cars always slammed their brakes on to avoid an accident, but not once did I hear a horn honking at the idiot making the turn which leads me to believe that it must be an understood practice. I told my hubby that if someone tried to do that in Murfreesboro they'd be t-boned in a heartbeat! People here just don't seem to want to stop for anything.
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Old 07-25-2008, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Blackwater Park
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I guess it's due to the mix of college students and yankies.
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Old 02-11-2010, 12:23 AM
 
Location: South GA
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Nope, perfectly legal and the reason it's done is the city gets what they want which is revenue without cost. Contract out the camera installation,service, and processing and get money for nothing more than allowing it. Heck most places contract out DMV services and license/tax services and I'm sure trying to figure out a way to contract out court services soon. The problem is they don't have much oversight so they tend to treat you how they want and there's no recourse. As long as the city/county gets their money they really don't care...
I DO like the way you think!
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Old 03-27-2010, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Florida
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They have had these red light camera in Kingsport for about 8 months now.They have caused a lot of rear end collisions. Now if a light with a camera turns yellow, people are slamming on their brakes which is causing the people behind them to slam into the first car.
I am wondering if these lights are trading one problem for another? Less light running (which I agree, can hopefully prevent a few major accidents) and more rear end accidents, which can be just as damaging financially and medically.
Which is caused by tailgating.

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Old 06-30-2015, 09:13 AM
 
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Such a great article on these red light cameras. What started out as a great premise for safety has turned out to be nothing more than a vehicle itself for revenue, and sometimes, worse.

The truth about Tenn. traffic cameras | Columbia Daily Herald
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Old 06-30-2015, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Such a great article on these red light cameras. What started out as a great premise for safety has turned out to be nothing more than a vehicle itself for revenue, and sometimes, worse.

The truth about Tenn. traffic cameras | Columbia Daily Herald

I have always felt they were a revenue scheme. Interesting article.
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Old 06-30-2015, 04:52 PM
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Location: LEAVING CD
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I have always felt they were a revenue scheme. Interesting article.
As are all fines nowadays, it's called taxation at the end of a gun...
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Tennessee at last!
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The city next to my rural area put them up and when they had a reduction in tickets and revenue then they changed the timer on the signals so that the yellow light was too short to be legal. Many folks got and paid tickets before the court ruled that the timer was illegal and the yellow light switched to red too fast. Those that got tickets after the ruling got off.

The city found out that the neighboring rural areas avoided the city due to that issue, even more so after the court ruling, and that was why the businesses lost money. Long story short, the lights have been removed and folks still avoid the shopping in that city.
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Old 07-18-2015, 07:15 PM
 
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One of the most overlooked, or unspoken, issues about red light cams is the destructive effect they have on local businesses.
I remember reading about the first red light cam in Kingsport generating $800,000 in the first year of use. The same newspaper went on to report the growing number of small business failures in the area and referred to the local mall as "the ghost mall."
When you consider all the red light cams in use now and the revenue they take out of the community it is easy to see why businesses fail. It is also easy to see why many retail chain stores will not open a store in the area. The businesses that fail or never open will never pay a dime in taxes. Our politicians say they want to grow the town but red light cams are not the way.
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