MORE Information on the Red Light Camera's - Some are DEAD Against the Idea - Hear More

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Above: Old Fort Parkway / Thompson Lane intersection is watched over with a red light traffic camera

The red light traffic cameras in the city of Murfreesboro are here to stay, for the time being. On Thursday (Nov. 7, 2013), the city council voted to extend the red light camera contract extension. Assistant City Manager Jim Crumley stated the cameras are helping ease traffic accidents. . .

Of course, not everyone is FOR the traffic camera's. Murfreesboro C.A.P.E. member Axl David told WGNS that his group is against the cameras. CAPE stands for Citizens Against Photo Enforcement.

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For the complete story, please see the following soundbytes and additional information outlined in this post below.

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Full Story from the Murfreesboro City Council Meeting by WGNS' Zach Troutman:

Council voted through an extension of their contract for automated traffic enforcement, better known as the red light traffic cameras, at the group's November 7th meeting.  Earlier in the evening, several Nashville evening news programs ran segments on the revelation that revenue from Murfreesboro's red light cameras does NOT go back to the city, a fact that the MPD made public almost as far back as the cameras' installations, yet is still occasionally trotted out as breaking information.  Assistant City Manager Jim Crumley explains . . .   



Police Chief Glenn Chrisman notes that red light camera tickets do NOT appear on your driving record OR credit reports.



Finally, Councilman Eddie Smotherman took a moment to explain the shadows creeping over the faces of the usually clean-shaven councilmen and Murfreesboro Police Chief Glen Chrisman (pictured)... That look was explained as being the result of "No Shave November" . . .



The Parks & Recreation Department purchased 3 new elliptical machines, as well as moved forward with Phase 4 of the Stones River Greenway extension, and the City Traffic Engineer recommended a new traffic signal be installed at the I-24 eastbound off-ramp on South Church Street.

Elevators, security, and office space in City Hall will soon be renovated, and public hearings were scheduled for December 5th to consider annexation and zoning along Salem Highway & Veterans Parkway, as well as changes to the Zoning Ordinance.

Hear the COMPLETE Interview with Axl David who is against the camera system (7min and 18sec):

Release from the Murfreesboro Police Department: 

The Murfreesboro Police Department requested the City Council approve a one year contract extension to American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to continue operations on six automated traffic light enforcement intersections.    
 
The Council was provided with a statistical update from Chief of Police Glenn Chrisman (attached).  Chief Chrisman stated to the Council: “The data shows significant decreases in crashes at all signalized intersections throughout the city.  The goal of the program from the beginning was to increase safety in our intersections by adjusting driver behavior.  Clearly this program has reduced traffic crashes and has resulted in safer intersections city-wide.”    
 
A typo in a draft form of the report resulted in the reported data in Chart 1 on page 3 of the letter being incorrect, stating that 94 total crashes were reported in 2012/2013 at the six intersections with automated enforcement.  This number is actually 84 and thus resulted in a decrease of -47.5%.  The number 94 was also incorrectly reported on page 4 when comparing pre-enforcement and last year’s data and the correct percentage decrease should now correctly read -51.45% decrease at enforcement intersections.  We regret the error and have taken steps to correct it.


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