Red-light camera activations in Clarksville increase
By JAKE LOWARY • The Leaf-Chronicle • September 3, 2009
Activations at the city's red-light cameras were up again in August, but police say it is still early and difficult to determine what a normal level is.
At the 12 intersections monitored by the cameras, there were slightly fewer than 2,600 activations in August, an increase of about 300 since July.
The intersection with the most activations was Fort Campbell Boulevard and Tiny Town Road with 951. Three intersections registered no activations, but one of those was under repair, according to a news release by Clarksville Police spokesman Jim Knoll.
He said he was puzzled by that, because there should have been some activation of the other two cameras, on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard at Exit 4 and at Trenton Road.
Sundays and Mondays were the peak days of the week for violations.
The prime time for activations was between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and again from 3 to 6 p.m., Knoll said.
The intersection of Wilma Rudolph Boulevard and Dunbar Cave Road saw an increase in activations between 8 and 10 p.m.
Knoll said, however, it's still difficult for CPD to determine what "normal" is in terms of activations of the cameras designed to catch drivers running traffic lights.
"Who knows what the numbers are; we're only three months into it," he said. "We're still getting a feel for what the norm would be."
Both July and August's totals were down from the first month of operation in June. During the first 30 days, the cameras were activated more than 3,000 times.
Knoll said the difference between July and August is almost negligible.
"To me, within 300, that's not that big of flux," he said.
The majority of August activations were drivers who went through the lights two- or three-tenths of a second after it turned red. Knoll said in roughly 5 percent of the violations — about 170 — the light was red for more than two seconds.