New Traffic Camera Law Cut Tickets 73 Percent in Knoxville

Knoxville traffic citations fell 73 percent from June to July as a result of a new state law regulating red-light camera use, reports Don Jacobs.
Beginning July 1, when the law took effect, the Knoxville Police Department stopped issuing $50 violations for improper right turns recorded by cameras at 15 city intersections.
KPD Capt. Gordon Catlett, who oversees the photo enforcement program, said violations decreased from 4,826 in June to 1,308 in July.
Catlett said KPD officers continue issuing violations for drivers captured on camera running straight through a red light or improperly turning left.
Only right turns on red are exempted from the cameras’ $50 gaze.
“The real story is going to be in about four months when people realize they don’t have to stop before making a right turn and we see an increase in rear-end collisions,” Catlett said.
In Farragut, Traffic Enforcement Manager Ben Harkins deemed the new statute “a bad law.” Farragut also ceased July 1 issuing $50 right-turn-on-red violations based on camera evidence.

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