To the Editor:
Anyone traversing the streets of Killeen needs to be aware that they will be at increased risk of an accident or injury, starting in May, due to the actions taken by several members of the City Council. Council members Shirley Fleming, Jonathan Okray and Dick Young voted to eliminate the use of red-light cameras at several busy intersections within the city.
In spite of evidence produced by the police department that violations and accidents have been decreasing at these intersections, since 2008, they still voted to end their use. There have been about 1,000 fewer accidents at these intersections since the installation of the cameras. I strongly believe that their actions will result in placing the traveling public at an increased risk of accident and/or injury once the “red light runners” realize that the electronic monitors are no longer in use. Oh, and by the way, this will also result in a decrease in revenues to the city of approximately $400,000 a year. I had expected that our elected representatives would be concerned and help promote safety for our citizens, but in this case, I guess I was wrong.