Officials: Red light cameras have led to less citations in NN

NEWPORT NEWS -- Red light cameras have led to a dramatic decrease in citations, according to Newport News transportation engineer Jacqueline Kassel.

There have been red light cameras at Mercury Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue, Jefferson and Oyster Point, and Jefferson and Denbigh Boulevard for six years.

Kassel says they've changed driving habits for the better.

"What we've seen the last three years is the number of citations have gone down dramatically. Three years ago we had 29,000 citations. Now, we only had 17,800 citations per year," Kassel said. "That's a dramatic decrease in people running red lights."

Last year accidents at those intersections also declined from the year before.

"People used to run the light, used to push the yellow, and now when they see that yellow they're slowing down and stopping for the red."

Some drivers told 13News Now they appreciate the cameras.

"This area is terrifying for traffic accidents," driver Amanda Miller said. "It's a mix of everybody from all over the country, with the military and all the bases. I think [the lights are] a great idea."

The program has been so successful, the city is considering red light cameras at three other intersections that have a high volume of red light runners and accidents: Warwick and Denbigh boulevards, Jefferson Avenue and Bland Boulevard, and J Clyde Morris Boulevard and Diligence Drive.


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