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A round of applause is in order for the State House subcommittee that killed legislation imposing restrictions on the use of cameras to ticket motorists running red lights.

Rep. Joe McCord, R-Maryville, introduced a bill that would have, first, mandated the yellow, or caution, light be set for 5 seconds at all intersections where red light cameras are installed, and secondly, forbid local government from contracting with private companies to operate red-light systems.

Sen. Tim Burchett, R-Knoxville (Farragut), sponsored a similar bill in the State Senate.

Another round of applause should go to Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen IV, KPD Capt. Gordon Catlett and Margie Nichols, who represented Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslamís office, for their tenacious support of the safety devices noting a 40-plus percent reduction in T-bone crashes.

Neither legislator offered an alternative safety measure to the red-light cameras.

An issue in the debate centered on the City generating revenue from the cameras, but so what. Lawbreakers should pay for their crimes and townships should be able to collect the fees and put them to good use.

Now itís Farragut turn to install some devices at say ... four intersections in town ó Campbell Station and Grigsby Chapel roads, Kingston Pike intersection at Smith, Concord and Campbell Station roads. It is about safety.

 

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