With a positive vote to remove the traffic cameras from Red Bank, the community is finally on its way to re-growth and prosperity.
All that is left is to close Corridor J, remove half of those pesky red lights on Dayton Boulevard, then close the businesses along Hixson Pike and Highway 153.
Presto! traffic and business will return to Dayton Boulevard and Red Bank in general.
While you are at it, might as well close Walmart so that local business won't have that competition to deal with either.
God help the poor drivers who could not leave home on time to obey traffic laws and make the cameras naturally obsolete.
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I agree with Ted. The people who speed and run red lights in Red Bank really scored a victory this week. I eat lunch in Red Bank every once in a while and the traffic light cameras never bothered me. The whole time they have been installed I never got a ticket. Of course I don’t speed or run red lights in Red Bank either. I am picturing drivers from all over Hamilton County just chomping at the bit waiting for the cameras to come down so they can drag race down Dayton Blvd.
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You gentlemen are obviously not from Red Bank and have not seen the decline in the city since the cameras went up. Corridor J had long been up and running before the cameras went up. Hixson was also thriving before the cameras as well. There has been a decline in traffic through Red Bank due to the cameras.
I have never received a ticket from the cameras and have asked that the speed van be placed on my street on more than one occasion. That being said, by the Red Bank Police Department’s own report, traffic has decreased through Red Bank by 1,200 vehicles per day. Let me repeat that last part – per day.
That is 1,200 cars per day that do not pass by our gas stations and restaurants. With the work going on 27, people would rather sit in traffic than take a chance with the cameras, maybe out of fear of tickets or out of principle. With the cameras down maybe some of these folks may venture through our little city and stop and get gas or stop for a bite to eat.
Red Bank looks like a ghost town compared to what it used to be. It is our property values that are dropping. I am sure business won’t return to Red Bank “presto” but at least it will give my hometown a fighting chance. As for the racing down Dayton Boulevard, I think the Red Bank Police Department can handle that and maybe it will give them a reason to have more officers on patrol at a time. Heck, it may even create some more jobs.