MURFREESBORO, TN – The red light cameras in Murfreesboro are facing new management as the city council will meet this week to discuss a new contract.
The current one under American Traffic Solutions is about to expire, but the contract isn’t the only thing that has residents concerned, it’s the state of the cameras themselves.
Murfreesboro C.A.P.E. (Citizens Against Photo Enforcement) along with many others including councilman Eddie Smotherman have been voicing their concerns over the issue for awhile now.
One of the main reasons is the consistency of the cameras keeping drivers safe on the road.
“If they had enforceability, and everybody had to pay them I’d be much more supportive of them,” said Smotherman.
Jacob Bogle of Murfreesboro C.A.P.E has found statistics that are not adding up right.
In a report given by the Murfreesboro Police Department, they said the total number of crashes at intersections had decreased by 11% per year.
Bogle found in that same report, the number of crashes at camera enforced intersections had only decreased by 1.1% per year.
“Statistically, you’re more likely to get in a crash at one of these photo enforced intersections than elsewhere,” said Bogle.
Bogle along with many others in support with removing the cameras believe the city council is doing nothing, but people like Smotherman are hard at work meeting in the middle.
“If the only monitoring were doing with intersections is with cameras, then I think we’ve let the public down with trying to make those intersections safe,” said Smotherman