Alabama City’s Traffic Cameras Generating Thousands of Tickets

July 22, 2014

The Alabama city of Opelika has issued more than 7,500 tickets since installing cameras at four intersections last year.

Opelika Police Department Capt. Shane Healy tells the Opelika Auburn News the goal of installing the red light cameras was to change drivers’ behavior and improve safety.

Healy says the number of tickets the department is issuing on a monthly basis has started to decline. He says this likely means that drivers have become aware of the cameras and have made adjustments to their driving habits.

City Engineer Scott Parker says an Auburn University professor has asked about studying the relationship between monitored intersections and crashes. Healy says it’s not year clear if the cameras have translated into fewer crashes at the intersections they’re installed in.

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