1/10/2005Rome, Georgia Camera Causing Lots of Accidents
Despite 2,490 tickets issued, a camera in Rome, Georgia is seeing an increase in accidents.
A red light camera went active in Rome, Georgia in July 2004. Its stated purpose was to reduce accidents at the intersection. In the past six months, it has utterly failed in the stated goal. It has billed motorists $209,160 so far, but in return it has seen 26 accidents -- including 12 in just one month. The article doesn't mention the previous accident rate, just that it's up and that the city government maintains the problem isn't the camera.
According to police reports, 26 accidents occurred at the intersection between July â€" the first month of the cameras' operation â€" and November 2004. November saw 12 accidents.Source: Red-light cameras reviewed (Rome News-Tribune (Georgia), 1/10/2005)
City Manager John Bennett, though, doesn't believe the cameras are the cause of the accidents.
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