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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  • by Mark Location: Knoxville on Nov 2, 2007 at 04:04 PM
    I do not agree with having speed cameras. I too think it is another way to drain people of their hard earned money. I do not know of one person who drives that has not exceeded the posted speed limit at one time or another. I will vote against this if I get the chance. I am perfectly fine with the red light cameras though. I think that they were a really good idea.
  • by Maggie Location: Farragut on Nov 2, 2007 at 12:25 PM
    there are laws on the book about speeding because they take into account the "average" safe speed for any road, given a combination of factors, such as weather, familiarity with the road vs driving in a strange city, curves, nearby exits, etc. speed limits are designed to keep people safe at all times under all conditions. yes, there are reasons for that, but I think there's a big difference between going 5-10 miles over & going 20 miles over. I understand speed plays a factor, but if people would drive RESPONSIBLY when they drive fast, it wouldn't be an issue. look at the Audobon. accidents there happen because people take risks they shouldn't & drive recklessly. there IS no speed limit there, and there are FAR less accidents per capita. I'm afraid speed cameras would be abused just to bring in more money for the city. they say it's a flat $50 fine & no points go on your license/insurance, but I'm sure there's a catch. I'd rather they monitor cameras for reckless drivers & nail them.
  • by Chris Location: knox on Nov 2, 2007 at 06:25 AM
    Of course those who break the speed laws will hate the fact they will be caught on camera. But I think it is a good idea. Speed plays a big part in accidents. That is why there are laws on the books against speeding. People will only slow down and obey the law if they are fined. So, get the camera. Sooner rather than later.
  • by Jennifer Location: North Knoxville on Oct 31, 2007 at 11:37 PM
    sure, that's a great way for big brother to keep his thumb on you. fantastic. so those of us who can't afford a ticket are going to get hit for doing 5 miles over? contrary to popular belief, you can speed responsibly. if there's light to no traffic, I don't think there's anything unsafe about going 5-10 miles over on a dry road that you're familiar with. the problem comes in when people speed AND drive recklessly, weaving in and out, or driving carelessly in unsafe weather. I'd be fine w/ the cameras if they were designed to catch speeders doing *excessive* speeds, say more than 10 miles over, or even 5, to allow for possibly missing a speed zone sign or speedometer error, but I'd be FAR more ok if the cameras were being used to get drunks and reckless drivers off the roads. they cause FAR more accidents each year than people who just go fast. some of us have a led foot, but we're not reckless! I'd rather get the reckless jerks off the road than look over my shoulder every day.
  • by A.J.. Location: Knoxville on Oct 31, 2007 at 08:38 PM
    We sure miss Kim as the weekend anchor. She is one class act and one of Knoxvilles gems. Bring her back!


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