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Tickets fall 73% after traffic camera law

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - In Knoxville, traffic citations fell by 73% after a new state law took effect that prohibits using traffic cameras to issue tickets for right-turn-on-red violations.

Knoxville police issued 4,826 tickets in June but only 1,308 in July, after the law took effect, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

House Transportation Chairman Vince Dean was 1 of the bill's main sponsors. The East Ridge Republican has said traffic cameras can't recognize legitimate reasons for being in the intersection after the light turns red.

Failing to stop before a right turn on red is still illegal, but an officer must witness the violation in order to issue the $50 ticket.

Knoxville Police Capt. Gordon Catlett said he expects the new law to result in an increase in rear-end collisions.

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