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10/29/06-Lufkin

Red Light Camera Update

by Tashun Chism

At first glance, the intersection of Copeland and John Reddit may seem normal. But if you look a little closer you'll notice the cameras. Cameras like the ones at that intersection captured approximately 1,626 red light runners in Lufkin between October 1st and October 24th.

"If you don't want the ticket, don't run the red light," said Lt. David Young of the Lufkin Police Department.

that's the message Lufkin city officials have been spreading for weeks, but are drivers paying attention?

"I'm ready for the probation period to end. I'm a law abiding citizen and I think everybody else should be, too," said Karie Celestine of Lufkin.

"Yeah, I'll be ready. I see it in Longview and I think it's a good idea," said Barbara McBride, a Lufkin resident who moved from Longview 3 years ago.

Many East Texans we talked to admit they have noticed the cameras for quite some time. They also noticed drivers running red lights long before the cameras were even installed.

"I've seen a lot. At this intersection and the other intersections, too, and that scares me because they have no regard for the law. They're not looking out for everybody else," Celestine said of red light runners.

Out of the eleven red light cameras located throughout Lufkin, police say the majority of the violations have happened at Copeland and John Reddit.

"During the setup phase we had a patrol car sitting at the intersection and it still captured two dozen violations in a two hour period," said Lt. Young.

Copeland and John Reddit has always been notorious for bad accidents.

Lufkin police hope the red light cameras will keep them from happening there and at several other intersections.

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