List of initial red light camera intersections released
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10 intersections will have the cameras.
Some of Knoxville's most accident prone intersections are on the preliminary list to get red light cameras.
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The initial list is not set in stone, with city leaders making the final list next week. But as of Monday, the following intersections would have the red light cameras: Cedar Bluff and I-40/75, Cedar Bluff and Peters Road, Kingston Pike and Papermill, Kingston pike at Alcoa, on both the north and southbound sides, Henley at Cumberland Avenue, Henley and Clinch, Henley at Western, Old Broadway and 640, and Clinton highway at Tillery.
"This intersection is a mess all the way through," Matt Bratton said of Peters and Cedar Bluff.
"There's been terrible horror stories," added Josh Mcgee.
Both work near the intersection, which will soon have red light cameras installed in the area. Standing there for an hour on Monday, we saw five cars run the light on just one side of the intersection.
"Once you have that opportunity for a green light, you pretty much go," Mcgee said, later admitting, "Honestly I have ran that red light."
City leaders hope the cameras convene change, change people working near the intersection say is long overdue.
"People get silly out there," Bratton said. "One would hope that those people would get a few tickets and cease that sort of behavior."
Recent studies in other cities with red light cameras suggest that behavior change may not be for the better
"It will change how people drive," Professor Glenn Reynolds said. "It will make people slam on the brake more as they enter the intersection. I don't think it's going to help traffic slow. The research indicates it tends to make the problem worse.
Reynolds recently wrote an article in a national publication about red light cameras, citing several studies which back up his claims.
Knoxville city leaders disagree with those contentions, though many admit the they have taken a look at the studies. The city is planning an educational campaign to let people know where the cameras will be, in hopes of reducing wrecks and increasing awareness.
It could be several months before anyone sees if the accident rates go down or not. The city will finalize the intersection list next week. It will be at least three weeks before crews install the cameras. There will also be a grace period for drivers, who will get just a warning from police once the cameras become operational.