Odessa Looking Into Installing Red-light Cameras 5/16/13
May 16, 2013
Traffic continues to be a major issue in the booming Midland-Odessa area
Now, the city of Odessa is looking into installing red-light cameras at busy intersections.
"I think that right here when you get into Odessa there's so much traffic that there needs to be something done about it," said Travis Hudson who works in Odessa.
American Traffic Solutions is currently monitoring ten intersections in Odessa and drivers CBS 7 spoke with say they have seen people run yellow and red-lights.
"Oh yeah! I live off of West County and I see it all the time," said Terrance Samuel and Odessa resident.
Running red lights is not just a problem in Odessa, drivers CBS 7 spoke with in Midland say they also see it happen.
"Rarely, but sometimes they do and I feel that is really so dangerous," said Islam Shawakha.
The city of Midland says they do not have red-light cameras and aren't looking into installing them at this time. Still, drivers say they would like to see extra measures be put into place to help curb the congested traffic.
"It makes everything a big mess. It needs to be re-done basically," said Anthony Estrada who works in Midland.
CBS 7 spoke with the Odessa Chief of Police this afternoon and he says data shows that the amount of wrecks caused from running red-lights goes down when cameras are installed. He supports adding cameras to intersections if it is cost effective and the cameras are proven to make roads safer.