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City cams will catch red light runners

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Traffic Cameras will be watching for Memphis drivers who run red lights.

Starting in about 90 days, drivers who run red lights at certain locations can expect to receive a ticket in the mail.

An Arizona-based company will install red light cameras at 10 different locations throughout the city.

Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin said the cameras will be placed in intersections with high rates of traffic accidents, including Winchester and Millbranch and Summer Avenue and Sycamore View.

"I will tell you...it is proven to save lives," said Godwin. "It is proven to make a difference. I think it's a good thing for the citizens of Memphis."

The cameras are projected to bring in more than $9 million over a 5-year period. The program won't cost the city a penny - in fact, Memphis will receive about $3 million.

"It's as revenue-generator and a safety issue. Our citizens will be safer because of red light cameras," said city council chairman Myron Lowery.

American Traffic Safety Solutions will install the cameras and receive a cut of the revenue collected by the city.

Lowery says the cameras are a win-win for the city, especially if they can help save lives. 

Memphis Police Department has yet to decide where all the red light cameras will be installed. When they do, the city will hold public meetings to receive input from citizens.

 

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