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Red-Light camera now means business

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   Everyday, Stephen Miller pulls into the 15th Street & 6th Avenue intersection knowing he's being watched by a red-light camera, but he doesn't like.  "It's the fact, you can be charged with a crime and you don't even have an accuser," says Miller.

   The camera has been up in front of McDonald's for more than month.

   At first, it was a test run to give drivers a chance to break habits of running the red lights.

   But, now the camera captures violators and mails owners of the vehicle $110 ticket.  "A cop should give you a ticket, and not some kind of machine," expressed Miller.

    City leaders have said the camera is a safety measure because a number of drivers constantly run the lights at the intersection.

    Mitchell Carruthers likes having the camera.  He and friends live nearby .  They say the camera has already helped make the intersection more pedestrian friendly. "People run this red light and trying to cross here is dangerous."  "People speed through this intersection, so it helps a lot that has slowed down a bunch and I haven't heard much tires squealing.."

    While some drivers say they're glad the red light camera is finally being enforced others say they believe it may eventually cause more harm than good. "You come on a yellow light and say ah man I'm going to fast, you're going to have somebody slam on their brakes just because they don't want to get a ticket, just because they know that's there," explained Miller

   However, Carruthers says "I think they'll catch on really quickly and that they won't speed as much because there are still actual consequences."

  The 15th Street camera is currently the only one installed in Tuscaloosa so far.   Cameras could be placed at seven other intersections.

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