Effectiveness of red-light cameras challenged
By John Huotari | john.huotari@oakridger.com
The Oak Ridger
Posted May 15, 2008 @ 11:05 PM

Speakers at a Thursday evening forum questioned the effectiveness of red-light cameras, like those proposed for Oak Ridge, and they expressed concern at what they see as the erosion of constitutional rights.

Oak Ridge officials have proposed the cameras as a way of improving traffic safety. City Council members are expected to discuss them at a June 2 non-voting work session.

But Thursday evening, Oak Ridge marketing and technical consultant Dale Gedcke said the cameras are "not reliably effective at improving safety," and they significantly increase the rate of rear-end collisions and tend to increase total accident rates.

Meanwhile, Ron Brown, known for a long-running legal battle challenging the speed limit on South Illinois Avenue, said red-light camera tickets assume a vehicle owner's guilt.

C officials still have to determine whether to use the cameras, City Manager Jim O'Connor said.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Monday's edition.