Charlotte, North Carolina (AP) Traffic cameras are a hot topic these days.
In some cities, including Charlotte, they’re used to detect crimes that have gone undetected for years.
Charlotte is among those.
The city says its new cameras have helped reduce traffic deaths and the number of people struck by vehicles.
The cameras have been installed in Charlotte’s neighborhoods.
They’re installed on city roads and are paid for by fees collected from drivers.
They’re also part of a larger strategy to reduce the number and number of deaths and injuries caused by motor vehicles in the city.
The camera program was part of the $10.4 million in $10 million grants the city was awarded in 2015 and the city has spent more than $6.4 billion since.
But the cameras are not the only way the city is doing something to reduce traffic crashes.
It’s also using its technology to educate drivers.
“I’ve always had a love for cameras and being able to share the pictures and video with the public,” said Charlotte Police Chief Charles Mills.
“The goal of our camera program is to increase safety for all people, not just the motorists.”
The cameras also give police the ability to track vehicles in real time.
“The technology allows us to go into these neighborhoods and have an idea of who’s on the scene and how many people are involved in the crashes,” said Mills.