Germantown's Red Light Cameras Aren't Running

Germantown's Red Light Cameras Aren't Running

Despite the fact that some cameras are still up, Germantown is not using red light cameras and hasn't been for months.
GERMANTOWN, TN (localmemphis.com) - They can net you a hefty fine if you're caught running a red light. Traffic cameras are a common sight around the Mid-South, but drivers in Germantown don't have to worry about being photographed running a light.

Despite the fact that some cameras are still up, Germantown is not using red light cameras and hasn't been for months.

"I'll be darned," says Joe Sanders.

Germantown stopped using the cameras last November, when the city's contract expired with the company recording traffic.

"I wasn't aware that they weren't running," says Margaret Morgan.

"I didn't know," says Sanders.

Most drivers don't know because cameras are still up at Wolf River Boulevard.

The sight is still intimidating for some.

"That would make me a little bit more paranoid," says Todd Upton.

The city removed cameras at the intersections of Poplar at West Street and at Germantown Road.

Drivers shouldn't get too comfortable, though. $300,000 is included in next year's budget to install more cameras and pay to run them.

"They make you think and they should," says Sanders. "Memphis has the worst drivers on earth."

"It's fine with me because I'm not going to run it if I can help it," says Mattie Horn.

"I don't know that they've deterred that many accidents," Morgan says. "I hate to drive Germantown Parkway just because of people running red lights. So it hasn't stopped a lot of them."

The city plans to have more cameras up and running again by this fall.
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