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Police Expand Red Light Camera Program

The warning period for the two new red light cameras will end on October 15th. After that, the car's owner will get a civil citation in the mail for $75.
FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick City Police are expanding their red light camera program to encourage drivers to obey traffic laws.

Frederick City Police want to keep the roads safer by cracking down on drivers who run red lights.

"Our two main goals are to reduce accidents and ultimately gain driver compliance with the right lights, so we want to change driving behaviors," said Lt. Jason Keckler, with the Frederick City Police Department.

Police added two new red light cameras and now have 14 cameras in their program. One of the new cameras is at West South and Jefferson Streets and the other is at West South and Bentz Streets.

The warning period for the two new red light cameras will end on October 15th. After that, the car's owner will get a civil citation in the mail for $75. Drivers won't get any points on their record.

The majority of residents in the area say the cameras are needed due to people speeding and running red lights along West South Street.

"It helps people be safer because they normally don't want to have to pay for tickets, so I guess they'll slow down and not run red lights," said Rahim Gibson, a Frederick resident.

Mike Rice lives at the intersection of West South Street and Bentz Street.

"It lessens the changes possibly of people running the red light and causing problems with accidents," Rice said.

However, not everyone agrees with the red light program.

"I disagree with them, especially because of the places that they put them. I understand they're trying to regulate the traffic flow, but at the same time they're handing out fines. The areas they them in, a lot of the people really can't afford the fines," said Christian Cubs, a Frederick resident.

Police say they've seen a 69 percent decrease in accidents at intersections that have red light cameras.

Keckler says police decide where to put the red light cameras based on accident data, citizen complaints, and officer observations.

"If we can eliminate accidents at an intersection where we have red light cameras and the cost involved between insurance companies, injuries, hospitalizations, and those types of things, it makes it well worth it," Keckler said.

Police may add more red light cameras next year if they're needed in certain intersections.

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