Camera cops are watching our streets

Traffic cameras like this are watching the streets of Lufkin, looking for red light runners.

In the blink of an eye, you’ve not only run a red light, but now you’re facing a automatic traffic ticket. Since moving to East Texas, it’s been hard to find an intersection that doesn’t have a set of electronic eyes watching and waiting for a car to run the red.

Photo-enforced intersections aren’t as new as you’d think. Larger cities have seen widespread use of cameras, some since 2003. Here in Lufkin, they’ve been around for about a year, but the debate still centers around two questions. Do they really improve traffic safety and are they even constitutional?

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