Big drop in traffic tickets 5 years after red light camera installed

ALBANY, Ore. -- Five years ago, Albany Police installed red light cameras at one of the busiest intersections in town. A recent study conducted by the City of Albany found that the camera project led to a dramatic drop in the number of red light runners and may have improved safety for drivers and pedestrians.

David Archer regularly crosses the intersection of Queen Ave. and Geary Street. He told our news team that he's noticed that drivers are more obedient at traffic signals.

"Walking or even driving I've seen a lot of people they're really cautious about those cameras. They don't want to get that ticket in the mail," said Archer.

Albany Police Lieutenant Casey Dorland, who is in charge of the red light cameras, says over 2,500 tickets have been given out since the red light cameras were installed. He said that the intersection is considerably safer for drivers and pedestrians since the project opened in 2008

"That many lanes of travel from four different directions to one spot, and that many crosswalks trying to manipulate that intersection, it's exceptionally dangerous," said Lt. Dorland.

Police officials said the red-light cameras help to keep people honest, especially as funding for traffic enforcement has decreased.

"When we have something installed like this that monitors behavior when were not present, it's a huge benefit," said Lt. Dorland.

Albany Police said they're seeing a change in drivers' behaviors around other signalized intersections, crediting the red-light cameras for the change.