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Many anonymous callers to presstalk have expressed concerns over the red-light camera issue in the town of Farragut.

The calls have been few compared to other topics discussed in presstalk; nevertheless, it is something that preys on the minds of those callers.

A few callers say the cameras would “create a loss of freedom.”

This ponderous statement was expounded upon in this week’s presstalk when a caller stated that the freedom lost is a right to meet one’s accuser.

A good point, but is it valid?

Persons ticketed by the red-light camera system could meet their accuser in court if they wish to challenge the ticket. The camera, being an agent or tool of the police department — as are in-car cameras with which most police cars are equipped — films the actual violation and should be available for court use.

Perhaps those persons supporting this argument have had success talking their way out of a ticket with a police officer at the time of the alleged offense.

In court, a suspect could argue that the car on the film is not theirs, but license registration and the degree of accuracy of the camera is a tough witness for the prosecution.

The bottom line for the discussion is that traffic in the town of Farragut is out of control.

Drivers in the town limits pay no heed to red lights or stop signs.

One caller stated he would “take his chances” at red lights rather than give up his freedom. The question that arises from that statement is: are others willing to take chances with your driving?

The state legislature attempted to pass laws shutting down red-light cameras stating the devices were just a means to generate funds. The proposed bill was killed in committee and the next week legislation arose to title pleasure and fishing boats — a ploy that would only generate funds.

Gary Palmer and the town of Farragut have invited Knox County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Ben Harkins and others to field questions and provide answers to citizens’ concerns over the red-light camera issue in two Town Hall Meetings scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 16 and 30.

Palmer, the assistant town administrator, said he welcomes the community to come to this informational gathering.

Perhaps those of you who have spoken out against these devices, which statistics show have reduced deadly T-bone crashes in the City of Knoxville by about 40 percent, will provide an alternative to the system to help make the streets of Farragut safer for you, your spouse and your children.

We can only hope.


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