TX-DOT says accident reduced 30% at red lights with cameras

A TX-DOT study shows a piece of traffic technology has reduced the number of crashes at selected intersections statewide. TX-DOT says overall collisions were down by 30% at many intersections with red light cameras from June of 2007 to June of 2008.

But, in Longview, where four cameras are operating, officials say there's not enough data to know if the collision rates have dropped, but the say the cameras are having an effect.

"The most important thing to us is that if the citizens of Longview are approaching these intersections where the cameras are employed and being more cautious when doing so then the camera systems are doing their job," said Sgt. Ben Kemper with Longview Police.

Marshall also has red light cameras, but their police say they do not have the information needed to see if collisions have decreased there.

Bob Hallmark, reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com