Could Speed Cameras Be Installed in Knoxville?

By: Kim Bedford Email
By: Kim Bedford Email

(WVLT) - Knoxville residents are already familiar with red light cameras that can catch you running a red light.

Now, the city may get cameras that can catch speeders.

Volunteer TV's Kim Bedford explains why they soon could be coming to Knoxville.

"I think it's horrible through here. I don't think very many people at all abide by the speed limits," says Alisha Rivera, who favors speed cameras in Knoxville.

Speeding... it's easy to get a way with and we've all most likely been guilty of it at one point of another.

But, some speed cameras could slow you down.

"I think most of the people in the department are in favor of them, if it would work and reduce speeding. When you reduce your speed of motorists, you can reduce your chances of having an automobile crash," said Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk.

DeBusk says the department has to be given the green light from Knoxville Citizens first.

"It's something we'd look at, we'd be certainly open to, would do some research on it if asked to do so," said DeBusk.

The speed cameras would work the same way as the red light cameras that were installed earlier this year in Knoxville.

"When you're driving down the road, if you violate the speed limit, that would trigger the camera and it would take a picture of your plate at that point," said DeBusk.

You would then be hit with a $50 fine that would not go on your driving record or insurance.

"The roads are getting faster and people are actually more wreckless now," said Knoxville resident Billy Tyler.

Many drivers we spoke to say they'd love to see speed cameras go up.

"If you're following the speed limit, then it doesn't matter whether somebody's watching your or not," said Jamie Abernathy.

"I think it's a wonderful thing. I think that it's really going to cut back on the accidents," said Alisha Rivera.

And, the cameras could do more than just prevent accidents.

"If it's a way to maybe have police in another area that's needed more, then I think it'd be a great thing," said Abernathy.

But, not everyone is crazy about it.

"It kind of makes it a little harder to get where you're going in a hurry," said John Puckett.

KPD says, just like the red light cameras, no taxpayer dollars would go into the speed cameras installation, maintenance and operation.

That would all be paid for by violators fees.

In addition, the first month you would get warning tickets.

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