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Crashes at Johnson City red light camera intersections decrease slightly; revenue plummets

Staff Report • Jan 20, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Crashes have declined at Johnson City intersections with red light traffic safety cameras, but will those cameras be here in a few more years?

Staff Writer Gary B. Gray delved into all the numbers, statistics and figures surrounding the red light cameras first installed at intersections in Johnson City back in 2010. There are six such cameras now.

“We still are seeing some red light violations contributing to angle crashes, and we’re also seeing a lot of failures to yield,” Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois said. “We’ve seen people legally in the intersection but failing to yield to other people. There are also a lot of things going on. You have to judge your speed, pay attention to pedestrians — but rear-end crashes have gone down a bit, and I’m happy to see that. Part of that may have been getting the word out about these types of crashes and that folks are using more caution.”

Read Gray's story to find out specifics on the deal Johnson City signed with Arizona-based red light camera company Redflex Traffic Systems, including how a contract would be renewed and if such discussions are occurring.

Gray also breaks down the crashes reported at all six intersections.

What are other Tennessee cities doing about traffic cameras? Gray provides those answers, too.

Check out Gray's story, which starts on the front page of the Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, edition of the Johnson City Press, for much more on this topic.

In a sidebar to the main story, Gray analyzed the revenue the city generates from red light cameras and discovered income has plummeted from the near half million dollars collected the first year. For specifics on these numbers and some thoughts on why revenue has declined be sure to check out this story, which appears on page 7A of the Sunday Jan. 20, 2013, edition of the Johnson City Press.

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