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Red light cameras coming to Memphis

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Motorists in Memphis could soon be charged with traffic violations for running red lights even if they aren't caught by a police officer.

Red light cameras will soon be watching traffic in the city of Memphis.  The cameras will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, meaning if you run a red light at a location where one is posted, you will receive a ticket.

Within a few days of running the light, you'll receive a packet in the mail from the city of Memphis.  Inside will be a $50 fine, along with a web address where you can watch a video of your car running the light.  In the future, the city may also send a still photograph of the infraction.

The first intersection to come online, Winchester and Riverdale, was chosen because of the 387 car wrecks there over the past three and a half years.

Later in October, cameras will go online at Germantown Parkway and Trinity Road, as well as Lamar Avenue and East Shelby Drive.

Future plans include launching red light cameras at the following intersections:

  • Germantown Parkway and Dexter
  • Winchester and Kirby
  • Germantown Parkway and US 64
  • Winchester and Hickory Hill
  • Lamar and American Way
  • Lamar and Winchester
  • Germantown Parkway and Cordova Rd
  • Austin Peay and Yale
  • E. Shelby Drive and Getwell
  • E. Shelby Drive and Millbranch
  • Poplar Avenue and S. Highland

"It's about saving lives," city of Memphis spokesperson Donna Davis said. "It's about making the streets safer."

Davis said the cameras will eventually pay for themselves, adding the program is not aimed at making money.

"The revenues are actually projected to go down as people become more aware," she said.

Residents Action News 5 spoke to were split on their opinions about the cameras.

"They already got patrols out here, so that's their job," motorist Maurice Wright said.

But drivers like Regina Harden said the cameras are a good thing.

"I think they are good in a sense because I got caught once," Hardin said, adding the experience changed the way she drives.

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