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Council approves adding more speed cameras

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A red light camera is already installed at the intersection at Highland Street and Poplar Avenue. A red light camera is already installed at the intersection at Highland Street and Poplar Avenue.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Memphis City Council approved adding more red light cameras and speed cameras to neighborhoods and school zones.

Councilman Myron Lowery proposed adding those cameras in the name of public safety at Tuesday's city council meeting.

"People who received tickets from running a red light, don't usually get another one because the proof is already there," said Lowery.

A video of Memphis intersections taken from the company ATS shows collisions and red light runners in 2012. Because of their success Lowery also requested 15 new speed cameras in school zones. That was later upped to 150 by Councilman Morris.

"Studies have been conducted showing people speed through school zones, not only during school hours but after hours, as well. These cameras will now be protecting our children and adults in schools and communities where schools are located," said Lowery.

If the council passes the proposed budget then the process to install new cameras will begin July 1. ATS said it could take anywhere from 90 to 120 days, but they could generate up to $20 million in revenue.

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