Traffic tickets more than quadruple at Knoxville red light intersection

Traffic tickets more than quadruple at Knoxville red light intersection

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The problem at the intersection of Broadway and the I-640 exit ramp is what drivers aren't doing before turning the wheel. The problem at the intersection of Broadway and the I-640 exit ramp is what drivers aren't doing before turning the wheel.

By HANA KIM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Red light cameras have been in operation in Knoxville for about three years.

But one intersection in North Knoxville is seeing a trend that officers call a bad habit and it's causing the number of violations to skyrocket.

At the intersection of Broadway and the Interstate 640 exit ramp, it used to be illegal to make any right turns on red.

However, to prevent backups during the state's SmartFIX 40 project began last year, drivers have been permitted to make a right hand turn on red, and the number of violations has more than quadrupled.

The problem is what drivers aren't doing before turning the wheel.

"State law requires that a vehicle approaching a red signal is required to come to a full and complete stop before they execute a right turn," says Capt. Gordon Catlett, with the Knoxville Police Department.

Catlett oversees red light cameras in Knoxville and on Friday, he showed 6 News specific violations caught on camera he says are all too common.

"If drivers would do that I think we would see a significant reduction in red light camera violations," Catlett says.

Before SmartFIX 40, 14 violations were caught on camera at Broadway and I-640 on a daily basis.

But since right turns have been allowed, the camera is picking up about 58 violations per day.

Anyone who gets a red light camera ticket can go online to see their violation. If you think you were wrongly cited, you can call Laser Craft at (865)-525-59511 to review the incident.

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