PRO: Red-light cameras make safer intersections
By BY DIANNA WRAY
Jan. 30, 2011 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 30, 2011 at 7:31 p.m.
Port Lavaca resident Gracie Cook believes the red-light cameras in Port Lavaca make people safer.
"I'm very much in favor of them. I just think they need them up there to stop people from going through red lights," Cook said.
Port Lavaca Police Chief John Stewart said he was ambivalent about the red- light cameras when the council first began discussing them.
"This is about safety," Stewart said.
Since seeing them in action, he has come to support the cameras, he said.
Red-light cameras deter motorists from running red lights, keeping everyone safer, he said.
"Bad things happen when people have accidents running red lights," Stewart said, noting that a fatal 2008 wreck was what caused the council to become interested in installing the cameras.
Since the cameras came to town, Stewart said, he has seen fewer accidents at the intersections where they were installed.
Port Lavaca resident Russell Cain has collected his share of tickets since the cameras were installed, but still supports them, he said.
"It slows down traffic, and it saves lives. I've gotten some tickets from those cameras when I was getting used to them, but I adjusted and I think most people have. I'm for the lights. They save lives, and anything that does that is something I'm in favor of," Cain said.