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Returning your call

December 11, 2008

Editor's Note: On Fridays, Herald-Mail reporters and editors answer some of the questions that are called in by readers to Mail Call. Consider this us returning your call.

I'm confused about the cameras at the city's intersections



Q: "I'm kind of confused on the lights that they keep talking about, or the cameras they keep talking about in the paper. I see those cameras at different intersections in Hagerstown, and the articles keep making it sound like these are new, that we've never had cameras. Can anyone clear that up in an article?"

A. Erik Kline, traffic supervisor for the City of Hagerstown, said the existing cameras act as a trip device. They cause traffic lights to change by detecting approaching vehicles.

The new cameras would catch people who run red lights by capturing the images of the vehicles.

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