Posted: Dec 29, 2010 6:24 PM by Melissa Hawkes
Updated: Dec 29, 2010 6:28 PM
If your driving in Lafayette, you are bound to cross paths with a safe light camera. Twelve intersections in the city have them, but the Lafayette Consolidated Government is hoping to add almost twenty more.
Director of Transportation, Tony Tramel, said "In our data analysis we have seen a significant amount of decreases in crashes of all types."
At least six safe light cameras could be installed along the Evangeline Thruway. One could be at the Simcoe St. intersection, which resident's say is a hot spot for accidents.
Brandon Castille, said, "I go out on Simcoe Strip and see a lot of accidents. I mean it's for safety purposes."
Tramal said the most dangerous intersections are chosen based on crash data. The camera for the Simcoe intersection along with the sixteen others has been pending for almost two years.
Tramel said, "so someone asks why is it talking 2 plus years to get them up? it's just the opposite-- mostly because of the DOTD."
Bill Fontenot from the DOTD said the state is evaluating the effectiveness of the cameras.
He explained, "it's to promote better driver behavior and to be fair to the driver as well."
The new policy has recently been completed, but permits haven't been granted yet.
Fontenot said, "electronic enforcement is a good tool but would they be all approve today under the new policy? More than likely not."