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Red Bank thriving after traffic cameras go dark

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RED BANK, TN (WRCB) - You have fewer eyes watching you on the road than you did two and a half years ago.

City leaders in Red Bank took the three controversial cameras down but supporters say they made Dayton Boulevard safer.

Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol believes the perception of the cameras is still there.

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More than two years after traffic cameras hurt Red Bank's image, city leaders say the city is thriving again but Chief Christol says it has nothing to do with cameras.

“As we start to see the economy turning around, we've seen businesses coming back and people coming back, so our traffic volume has increased over time,” he said.

Chief Christol says crashes throughout the city dropped 19-percent during the first five years the cameras were in place, but numbers were about the same without cameras.

“In 2010, we start to see that stabilize a little bit and then in 2011, we start to see a slight increase and in the last three years, we've seen pretty consistent numbers at those intersections,” he added.

Red Bank Vice Mayor Eddie Pierce wasn't in office back then but says he saw the cameras work.

“I saw the value of them because they were actually reducing accidents. Before they came in, there were two to three accidents a week at the Ashland Terrace light. After they came in, those kind of went away because people were paying attention. So, I saw the value of it,” Pierce said.

Tom Leslie has lived in the area for several years and he still believes certain areas need cameras.

“In select areas they're going to be necessary. But what are they really doing in the other areas because for some people, once they get passed areas with the cameras, they're going to speed up again,” Leslie added.

As for the revenue the cameras brought in, Chief Christol believes the better economy is making up the difference.
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